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Comic-Con International 2008

Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, announced that submissions for The Comic Book Challenge 2008 are officially open at www.ComicBookChallenge.com. Aspiring comic book creators are encouraged to submit their entries online beginning today and closing May 31, 2008 at 11:59 pm PST. Once submissions close, an internal team will select the Top 50 who will move on to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity, comic book, and entertainment industry judges on July 24th, during the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA.

Fans across the globe will then have their chance to settle the debate by voting online for their favorite entry. The Challenge winner will receive a coveted publishing deal along with the chance to see their concept developed across multiple platforms including film, television, and digital.

"A break into this industry does not come easy, " says 2007 winner, Jorge Vega. "As an 'unknown, ' an entry into the Comic Book Challenge truly allows you to showcase your skills as a creator and artist."

"2008 marks the third installment of The Comic Book Challenge, " says Platinum Chairman & CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, "and we're fully committed to introducing the world to another great new talent. "

Past Comic Book Challenge successes include DJ Coffman's 2006 winner, "Hero By Night, " which sold out through Diamond Comics Distributors during its first print and is now an ongoing series in its second volume, and 2006 finalist, Megan Rose Gedris, who's "I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space" will appear at comics retailers May 2008. Top 50 finalist Axel Medellin has been hired as an artist for Platinum Studios, while Jorge Vega's 2007 winning entry, "Gunplay, " dropped in the retail stores as a full graphic novel this past April.



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