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Pilot Season 2011 Voting Kicks Off With Meltdown and Chipotle

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Pilot Season 2011 Voting Kicks Off With Meltdown and Chipotle

Voting Begins December 5th

New York, NY  (December 2, 2011) Top Cow Productions and Image Comics announced today a premiere launch event at Meltdown in Los Angeles for the Pilot Season 2011 voting period. The Pilot Season “Take Control” party invites Los Angeles fans to meet the various creative teams involved in 2011’s Pilot Season competition, get their books signed, and get the details on how they can determine the winning series this year. The event is co-sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, through arrangement with marketing firm Bonfire Agency.

Since 2007, Pilot Season has become the leading fan-driven comic event, allowing creators to compete with brand-new original properties for fan votes. This year, Top Cow released eight unique pilot issues by eight creative teams ranging from established industry pros to up-and-coming talent to screenwriters and even one NFL All Star. With all eight books in stores, voting will begin on Monday, December 5th at topcow.com, where fans can also find additional information on each title.

To kick off the highly contested month of voting, Top Cow and Image Comics have partnered with Meltdown Comics to host a “Take Control” launch party on Wednesday, December 7th from 7:00-9:00pm. Fans will have the opportunity to mingle with the creative teams, get their Pilot Season issues signed, receive free comics from Top Cow, and enjoy free food and drinks furnished by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Confirmed guests include Joshua Hale Fialkov, Rahsan Ekedal, Morgan Davis Foehl, Dennis Calero, Brad Keene, Matt Hawkins, Filip Sablik, Nick Nantell,Dan Casey, and Troy Peteri. All fans in attendance will also receive “Buy One, Get One Free” certificates for future visits to Meltdown’s neighborhood Chipotle at 7660 Sunset Blvd. Meltdown Comics, one of Los Angeles’ premiere comic shops, is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046 and can be reached at (323) 851-7223.

This year’s voting process has evolved from previous years. From December 5th to December 18th, fans will be able to vote as often as they would like for their favorite series. On December 19th, the four highest vote-getters will continue to the second round. Until December 25th, fans will be able to vote once per day for their favorite series, with the highest two vote-getters continuing to the final round of competition on December 26th. The final winning series will be determined when voting closes on December 31st and will be announced in early January 2012.

“Pilot Season is one of the highlights of the year for all of us at Top Cow and we’re thrilled to kick off the voting in style at Meltdown,” commented Top Cow Publisher, Filip Sablik, “Rather than just do a standard signing event, we thought it’d be fun to have a party and celebrate all these great new books! I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a couple impromptu campaign speeches on December 7th.”

“We’re thrilled to have Chipotle on board for this leg of the Pilot Season program,” added Steve Rotterdam, Bonfire Co-Founder and Partner. “It makes the event all the more celebratory.”

For more information on Pilot Season, go to topcow.com. For additional information on the event and Meltdown, head to meltcomics.com.

Preview – Pilot Season 2011: Seraph #1

Pilot Season 2011: Seraph 2011


Price: $3.99

The angelic warrior now known only as Seraph was once a sinner. After living a life of selfishness and sin, personal tragedy drove him to kill himself. Plucked on his way to Hell by Heaven, the man was made Heaven’s soldier in an endless battle. Charged with fighting an ancient war, but bound by God’s law, can Seraph triumph over opponents not restricted in the same way and regain his faith in the process?

Creator LANCE BRIGGS (Chicago Bears) and writer PHIL HESTER (THE DARKNESS, Wonder Woman) are joined by artist JOSE LUIS (Justice League of America) deliver a story of personal loss and redemption wrapped in a rich supernatural mythos.

Preview – Pilot Season: Misdirection #1

Pilot Season: Misdirection #1


Price: $3.99

Vince Martinez raced cars for a living, now he can?t even drive. A tragic mistake took Vince from the height of success to losing his career, his family & his freedom. When he is unwittingly made the getaway driver for a bank robbery gone wrong, will Vince head back to jail or show the world why he was NASCAR’s hottest driver in one of the heaviest trafficked cities in the US.

Writer FILIP SABLIK (LAST MORTAL, PILOT SEASON: ASSET) teams with artist CHRIS DIBARI (Pale Horse, The Warriors) hit the gas on a high-speed fugitive tale with a twist!

Top Cow Review: Teen Wolf #1, Teen Wolf #2, Pilot Season: The Test #1

Teen Wolf #1

Teen Wolf #1The three issue Teen Wolf comic book series from Top Cow and MTV Comics is based on the new MTV series, not the campy movies.  There’s a lot I like in the first issue, but also a bunch I shrugged.  The story is ok in that tween sort of way and seems to take a lot of influence from Buffy the Vampire Slayer as to the themes and characters.  The similarity being, you have a teen in high school who has to deal with this power and ability.  But, unlike Buffy, the main character Scott is hunted and not the hunter.  The entertaining twist is that the hunter is Scott’s girlfriend’s father, a nice spin that you know will set up conflict in that Scott doesn’t want to hurt him to protect himself, but he might have to.

Where the first issue drops for me is the art.  It’s not up to snuff for other Top Cow comics.  The character consistency just isn’t there and there’s some outright nasty panels.

The ending though was enough to make me want to read the second issue, where I might have dismissed it were different.  I’m not a Buffy fan, and this being in a similar vein it’s not surprising I can’t quite recommend the series, but if you enjoy the television show or Buffy, it might be for you.

Writer: David Tischman Artist: Stephen Mooney Publisher: Top Cow and MTV Comics

Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Teen Wolf #2

Teen Wolf #2The second issue of the three issue limited series is much like the first.  The story is ok, and the art is shaky.  It picks up where the first left off with Scott needing to figure out why he’s still in werewolf form.  For some reason he’s stuck and needs to find help.  Issues compound because it’s not like he can go to school like it and he has a lacrosse game to play in and a girlfriend he has to juggle.

The series I think would have done well to focus more on the drama and relationship angle, and Scott’s struggle with having this creature inside of him.  Instead it bounces around between that and wanting to be Buffy.  It doesn’t quite pull it off

Again, the art isn’t what I’d expect from a Top Cow comic.  Like the first, it suffers inconsistent design of the characters.

My thoughts on the second issue are pretty much the same as the first.

Writer: David Tischman Artist: Stephen Mooney Publisher: Top Cow and MTV Comics

Story: 7 Art: 6.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Pilot Season: The Test #1

The Test #1I’m pretty much ready to declare it Joshua Hale Fialkov month.  In this comic, which he co-created with Matt Hawkins, Fialkov teams up with his Echoes artist Rahsan Ekedal.  The issue is the first of Top Cow’s latest Pilot Season which allows comic book readers to pick up a bunch of number one issues, and then vote as to which they want to see become a limited series.  It’s Kickstarter meets American Idol.  The first issue is all creepy and mystery, which I’d expect from Fialkov and Ekedal.  Both are masters at it.

A group of individuals wake up in a biodome with little memory as to who they are or how they got there.  All that’s given to them is what’s told through a giant video screen at the top of the dome.  How much of this is real?  Is this a game?  Is this a giant experiment?  We have no idea but the first issue sets it all up and keeps us wondering.

There’s a lot of nice touches here with the main characters not being able to talk for a while and all we get is the pre-programmed computer feeding them information.  The set up is solid, art is good and enough mystery to make me want to find out more.  Hopefully, we get a chance to see where it all goes from here.

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Rahsan Ekedal Publisher: Top Cow

Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Top Cow and Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview – Pilot Season: The Test #1

Pilot Season: The Test #1


The Harvey nominated creative team of ECHOES, JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (I’Vampire) and RAHSAN EKEDAL (Solomon Kane) reunite to kick off 2011’s PILOT SEASON competition with TEST. A group of ten strangers wake up in a mysterious town with no memory of who they are and how they got there.  They are the lone survivors of an apocalyptic event, chosen to repopulate the Earth. But what is the true nature of their fate?

TEST offers a fresh take on survivalist horror and psychological thriller in the way only FIALKOV and EKEDAL can!

Images Comics Goes Same Day Digital on comiXology with Top Titles

Today Images Comics and comiXology announced that the majority of their comics will now be same day digital as print.  Image Comics is the third largest comics publisher in the United States.  Top titles include Chew, Pilot Season, The Infinite, Severed and Skullkickers, along with various other titles will join the ranks of long-time same-day-as-print titles like The Walking Dead and Invincible on the Comics by comiXology platform on iOS, Android and comics.comixology.com, as well as online at the Comics by comiXology powered comics.imagecomics.com website and Image Comics iOS app.

Starting this Wednesday October 5th, the following titles will be available on the full comiXology platform, the comiXology Digital Storefronts, as well as on comics.imagecomics.com and the Image Comics iOS app:

  • Chew
  • The Infinite
  • Severed
  • The Last of the Greats
  • Marksmen
  • Moriarty
  • Pilot Season
  • Red Spike
  • Red Gunther
  • SkullKickers
  • The Strange Talent of Luther Strode
  • Vescell

Around the Tubes

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It’s Friday, nuff said.  So, tomorrow is Baltimore Comic Con, so follow our Twitter account for updates and our YouTube page to check out the videos as we upload them.  Until then, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

CBR – Top Cow’s 2011 “Pilot Season” is On the Air – Details on this year’s Pilot Season by Top Cow.  There’s always solid books coming out of this, well worth the pick up.

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – The Avengers #16

IGN – Avengers Academy #18

IGN – Batman #713

CBR – Captain America #2

IGN – Captain America #2

IGN – Daredevil #2

IGN – Deadlands: Death Was Silent

IGN – Fear Itself: Deadpool #3

IGN – Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #3

IGN – Fear Itself: The Home Front #5

IGN – Flashpoint: Abin Sur – The Green Lantern #3

IGN – Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #3

IGN – Flashpoint: The Outsider #3

IGN – Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #3

IGN – Gladstone’s School For World Conquerors #4

IGN – Green Lantern Corps #63

IGN – Hulk #39

IGN – Invincible Iron Man #507

IGN – Justice League of America #60

IGN – Ka-Zar #3

IGN – Legion of Super-Heroes #16

IGN – Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl #1

IGN – Star Wars: Knight Errant – Deluge #1

IGN – Ultimate Comics: Fallout #6

IGN – Uncanny X-Men #542

IGN – Venom #6

IGN – The Walking Dead #88

IGN – X-Factor #224

IGN – X-Men: Schism #3

Examiner – Picks Of Comic Book Week for 8/17/11: Where’s Speedball When You Need Him?

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 8/17/11

Review – Twilight Guardian #1

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Twighlight Guardian #1Such a fantastic first issue.  Twilight Guardian #1 is what I’m looking for in a first issue.  It sets up a mystery, gives an entertaining and likable main character and some great art to boot.  This Top Cow Pilot Season winner is written by Troy Hickman with art by Siddharth Kotian.

The tale of a lone, dedicated hero patrolling her nine block suburban neighborhood captured the imaginations of fans during 2008’s Pilot Season and after heated voting emerged as one of the winning titles.

Now creator and writer Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) returns with a four issue limited series, which will delve into Twilight Guardian’s past, her motivations for crime-fighting, and even give her an arch-nemesis in the terrifying Dusk Devil! Joining Hickman is up-and-coming artist Siddharth Kotian (Eat The Dead). Issue #1 features a beautiful painted cover by Eric Jones (Hack/Slash, Unknown).

The series is only four issues, but there’s something I really like about it.  I can guess where it’s going and time will tell, but overall I really enjoy it.  It features a strong woman in the lead roll and a mysterious villain.  There’s just something to it.  The art is pretty solid, writing interesting and overall it’s another fascinating look as to what makes a hero super.

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39 Minutes Wins Top Cow’s Pilot Season 2010

Official Press Release


LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 10, 2010 – As announced on MTV Geek, Top Cow Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that the winners of Pilot Season 2010 is William Harms and Jerry Lando’s 39 MINUTES.

39 MINUTES beat out ASSET by Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik and David Marquez, CROSSHAIR by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri, Jeff Katz and Allan Jefferson, FOREVER by Brad Ingelsby and Thomas Nachlik and 7 DAYS FROM HELL by Bryan Edward Hill, Rob Levin and Phil Noto.

39 MINUTES turns a heist story on its head when a group of ex-soldiers turned bank robbers’ decide to hit up small towns leaving a path of destruction by killing everyone who gets in their way.  As the clock’s ticking, the only man who can stop them just happens to be in prison and refuses to help.

“All of the books in this year’s competition are really good,” said Harms.  “I’m excited and humbled that 39 MINUTES came out on top.”

Fans rushed to the web, even crashing the first poll, to vote for their favorite 2010 Pilot Season one-shots.  Pilot Season is an annual initiative Top Cow began in 2007 that borrows its concept from the television industry: five ‘pilots’ are submitted for consideration to be ‘picked up for a season,’ except instead of TV executives decided their fates, it’s the fans!

Now that 39 MINUTES has been declared the winner, the creative team will work with Top Cow’s editorial department to start planning out their series, which will debut in 2011.

Previous winners of Pilot Season include: CYBLADE, VELOCITY, TWILIGHT GUARDIAN and GENIUS.  VELOCITY can currently be found at your local comic book shop shelves, TWILIGHT GUARDIAN (NOV100495) is available for pre-order and, along with GENIUS, will be debuting in 2011.

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Voting Tidal Wave Crashes Pilot Season 2010 Poll

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 29, 2010 – Readers want to be heard!  Over the weekend, the Top Cow Pilot Season 2010 poll saw a surge in votes causing the service provider to shut down the poll days ahead of its close.  As a result, the publisher is extending the deadline to vote and the period to read all Pilot Season 2010 titles for free digitally to Monday, December 8 at Midnight PST.

“After reading this year’s line-up of Pilot Season contestants,” says Atom! Freeman, Top Cow’s Director of Sales and Marketing.  “Who’s surprised that they broke the Internet?”

Under a different provider, the new poll station is now set up at the Top Cow site (www.topcow.com).  Readers can vote multiple times a day up until the poll closes on December 8.  The title that receives the highest TOTAL vote of both polls will be developed as a series and added to the Top Cow production calendar.

39 Minutes, Asset, Crosshair, Forever and 7 Days From Hell will continue to be available for free through many of Top Cow’s digital distribution partners including Comixology, WOWIO, MyDigitalComics.com, DriveThruComics.com, as well as through select comic book and pop culture news sites.

Pilot Season is an annual initiative Top Cow began in 2007 that borrows its concept from the television industry: “Pilots” are submitted for consideration to be “picked up for a season,” except instead of TV executives deciding their fates; it’s the fans who decide by voting online.

Previous winners of Pilot Season include: Cyblade, Velocity, Twilight Guardian, and GeniusVelocity can currently be found at your local comic book shop shelves, Twilight Guardian is available for pre-order and, along with Genius, will be debuting in 2011.

For more information on Pilot Season and to vote, go to www.topcow.com.

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