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Top Cow Talent Hunt 2015

Over a week ago, Top Cow launched their Talent Hunt for 2015.

Yeah!

I participated last year and am already hard at work on this next year’s submission. The deadline is March 15th so you have plenty of time. Pick a Top Cow character and write a one-shot story featuring him or her and voila. You’re in. They are picking up 2 writers and 2 artists as winners this year (plus runner ups). The RULES are a lot more opened too. It just needs to be a self-contained story with one of the characters, that’s it. Even if you don’t win (you won’t because I will!) it’s a great experience of what it must feel like to work on a company’s established characters as opposed to your own creations.

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Looks like a fun bunch to hang out with.

For all the details, click here and make sure to download the RULES and SUBMISSION AGREEMENTS from the link I just gave you. Also make sure to visit the  official Top Cow Talent Hunt discussion thread to keep up with the Hunt and get your questions answered.

Get to work and good luck.

PS: On a side note, I discovered artist Stjepan Sejic by reading his work at Top Cow when I researched their characters last year and I must recommend his creator-owned title: Death Vigil. Just pick it up already.

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My Top Cow Talent Hunt 2013 SCRIPT!

HI Guys

I am not a Top Cow Talent Hunt 2013 winner …bouhou…

BUT!

The good news is that I can now share the script I wrote for the Hunt with you. YEAH!

Here were the rules:

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And here is my script:

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Thanks for reading!

Dead-on Deadline.

Today I went to the library to return books I did not have time to read. That’s a sad thing.

It’s all because of the Top Cow Talent Hunt. As the January 31st deadline approaches, I am sharpening my script like a Witchblade (BWAHAHAHA……get it?).

The thing is that I cannot talk about the story I am writing and if I am one of the 4 winners, I will not be able to post the script here. Doing so would disqualify me. So everybody cross their fingers and hope to freakin’ die that I NEVER post the script on this blog!

January 31st is also Nick and I’s deadline for our short story. We are supposed to turn in the full script with rough artwork to 8th Wonder Press for the Anthology we are going to be a part of . Good thing is, we already did AND we already got approved! Nick is using the extra time to experiment with sketches and such and I could not be more excited with the stuff he is coming up with.

All in all, 2014 starts on fire!

I know that’s not a proper expression but if the GIRL can be on fire, I figure 2014 might as well.

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Library Giraffe.

I love the public library.

The dejected librarians, the smell of hobos, the $150 fee I had to pay that one time because I forgot and no one told me; I love it all.

Seriously though, I believe the library is the one and only thing taxes are worth paying for. That and the art. Not the weird statues they put downtown though. And maybe education….and roads… we need roads…until we have flying cars.

Recently, I checked out a bunch of Comics from Top Cow for research. As you might already know, I am currently writing a 22 pager for their Talent Hunt so I had to read a bunch of their stuff.

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The giraffe is only here as reference.

Isn’t that neat? I mean look at that “The Darkness Compendium”, I mean BOOM!

Of course, I usually use the library for fun reads. Since it is on the back burner at the moment, I keep renewing books until one is due and I cannot renew it any longer because somebody else has a “hold” on it. Then I have to read it real, real quick. It’s all about the incentive of avoiding late fees.

Here is my current back log:

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Looks like I’m in a Grant Morrison phase

I started some of them but I had to put the Top Cow stuff first with the deadline coming up.

One of my favorite is definitely Morrison’s “Doom Patrol”. I’ll leave you on that until next time.

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Morrison’s hilarious parody of The Punisher in Doom Patrol.

Ripped to shreds.

I am currently reading tons of Top Cow comics in order to compete for their Talent Hunt. As I read more and more of their stuff, a story starts to form in my head. That’s good. Better hurry since the January 31st deadline is looming. Incidentally, it is also my mommy’s birthday and the deadline for our Loony Story with 8th Wonder Press.

I need to be familiar with the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the Top Cow Universe if I want to write a story to their specifications and satisfaction. As I mentioned last week, they provide a list of recommended reading (thank God!). I have been trying to get my hands on all of the books. I got a fair share from the library (I pay taxes Goddammit!), others from the Comic Book Shop (Excalibur!!!) and then, as a last resort, Amazon.com. I ordered the first volume of “Artifacts” from them ( I got all other 4 volumes from the library).

I was really excited to read it. It has an introduction by Marc Silvestri that really explains his vision for Top Cow. How it was “the perfect place to satisfy [his] sci-fi/fantasy/horror fetish.” And it is. Looking back on the Witchblade and the Darkness, I realize it is very much X files if Mulder and Scully had superpowers. It has detective/horror elements much like “Seven” with added fantasy elements (Angels, demons and even Dragons!) and heroes wielding magical weapons on top. What a cocktail! If anything, there is nothing else like it in Comics.

I am truly enjoying the experience, much more than I thought I would. Writer Ron Marz is really bringing the whole universe and all its characters together in a compelling and downright cool way. I am looking forward to reading more of his work.

But even better, I cannot wait to finish the research phase and start the outline phase ( I already have a plot!).

The only blemish on that otherwise good time is that damn Artifacts Vol.1 from Amazon.com. As soon as I started reading, it started falling apart at the seam! Each page I turned would come undone! That was like a total nightmare!!! It fell apart one page at a time.

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Yep, she’s dead; ripped to shreds.

I never had that happen before! Books from the library are as sturdy as a rock but this brand new one falls apart?!? I was totally freaked out. You know, bad omen type of situation. Looking at it now, I believe the glue from the seam must have been defective. Oh well, I should have gotten it from the comic book store. I still might because the artwork is pretty sumptuous too.

I am about to read Artifacts Vol.4 tonight. Stjepan Sejic is the artist ( he was for a few other titles I read as part of the research) and he is a very talented artist/digital painter. I’ll leave you on a positive note with his sick artwork! Go check him out.

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The Top Cow Talent Hunt

Though I am obviously still working on the script for 8th Wonder Press, I am also starting work on the next thing. And the next thing for me is: The Top Cow Talent Hunt.

Publisher Top Cow is looking to publish the work of 4 artists and 4 writers. All you have to do is submit a script or some artwork following their hyper specific guidelines. I only heard of this a couple weeks back so I am a bit late to the party but I am still going to write a 22 pages script by the January 31st deadline. I just have to read up and study the Top Cow universe first.

I actually started reading Witchblade and the Darkness when it first came out in France back in 1996 I believe. It was published by Image Comics and I thought it was so cool but I was like 14 years old and I thought SPAWN was the bomb! So the Witchblade was like a sexy version of Spawn to me. Then the Darkness came out and it was another cool murderous dark anti-hero. It was all very dark and brooding and gory like Batman on steroids (and with boobs!) and I loved it.

The Top Cow universe has changed quite a bit since  so I have A LOT of catching up to do. Thank god the submission guidelines include recommended reading.

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Poor me! I have to read sooooooo many comics.

Now I am trying to get as many of this books from the library as possible and I did find about half of what I need. I am just waiting for them all to be available which should be soon. I am also still waiting on Artifacts Vol.1 from Amazon so I can read the whole series. So far it is the only trade I bought for the purpose of this submission but I plan on going to Excalibur to get some more stuff as I am sure they carry pretty much everything and I like giving them money. They are a true comic book shop where one can find specific issues AND they know their stuff. No gimmicks. No toys.

That’s about it. I will keep you updated on the processes. On one hand the studying of the Top Cow universe and the birth of a story within that universe; and on the other hand, I’ll let you know how our to-be-published project is coming along.

After all that, perhaps I can catch up on my library readings:

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Look at me and my first world problems:

I don’t have enough time to read ALL those Comic Books!

See you next week,

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