Platinum’s Comic Book Challenge Returns

Platinum Studios has announced its second Comic Book Challenge, a contest for aspiring comic book writers and artists worldwide. New and unpublished comic creators are encouraged to submit their ideas for a chance to have their property developed for print, online, film and television. Last year’s winner, Hero By Night by DJ Coffman, will see its first issue hit retail on March 21.

The top 50 semi-finalists in the Comic Book Challenge will be invited to pitch their concepts live to a panel of industry insiders at the San Diego Comic-Con in July. Judges will include Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios and founder of Malibu Comics, where he discovered and developed Men In Black, and Marc Silvestri, founder and CEO of Top Cow Comics.

“We were amazed by the industry-wide support for the Comic Book Challenge last year and the quality of submissions we received,’ says Rosenberg. ‘We are excited to bring it back for a second year. DJ Coffman, our 2006 winner, is a fantastic talent and we are thrilled to debut his Hero By Night at Wizard World Los Angeles and online at DrunkDuck.com.”

Coffman will accompany Platinum Studios to unveil Hero By Night #1 at the Wizard World Los Angeles convention, being held March 16-18. Hero By Night Diaries, the prequel to the book release, is available online at www.drunkduck.com/Hero_By_Night_Diaries.

Comic book fans will be able to vote for one of the top three finalists in this year’s competition by logging on to www.comicbookchallenge.com or www.drunkduck.com/comicbookchallenge. All contest dates will be announced shortly.