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Slipping in just before the big Preview Night, Top Cow has sent us its San Diego Comic Con schedule.  Lots of special guests (and a surprise guest) will be dropping by the Top Cow booth to sign autographs and meet with fans.

Top Cow will set up shop at Booth #2329 and heads into the convention with exclusives, preview books, free goodies and a long list of guests, headlined by Top Cow CEO and founder Marc Silvestri (Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce), artist J.G. Jones (Wanted) and writer Paul Dini (Madame Mirage).

Actor and producer Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy) and writer Hugh Sterbakov will be on hand to sign copies of their new Freshmen comic, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special and the new Vol. 1 hardcover. During their signing (see schedule below), they will be joined by renowned sculptor Clayburn Moore to premiere the prototype of the Nightmare Puppeteer Torso Statue, based on the lead female Freshmen character. The limited-run statue will ship in early 2009 but will be available for pre-order at Comic-Con and comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity and an exclusive mini-litho, available only at the signing.

The creators behind Broken Trinity, Top Cow’s big summer event that will have far-reaching consequences on the Top Cow Universe, will also be at the show. Writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Samurai: Heaven and Earth), layout artist Phil Hester (and current writer on The Darkness) and artist Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade) will sign copies of Broken Trinity #1, which features an exclusive variant cover by Sejic. Hester’s partner on The Darkness, artist Michael Broussard (Unholy Union), will also be available for autographs and sketches.

At the Top Cow booth (#2329), the publisher will have the following new products available for fans:

  • First Born: Aftermath San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Ryan Sook
  • Witchblade #118 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Marc Silvestri
  • Broken Trinity #1 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Stjepan Sejic
  • Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover by Sheldon Mitchell
  • Starfall Preview Book – available for free, get an early look at the upcoming sci-fi, fantasy and adventure series by Randy Queen (Darkchylde) and Sarah Oates
  • Black Vault / Impaler Preview Book – available for free, this flip book features first looks at the space suspense tale Black Vault (formerly Iron Maiden One) by writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and artist Nelson Blake II (G.I. Jo: Reloaded), and the critically acclaimed  vampire story Impaler by writer William Harms (Bad Mojo)
  • Available for sale, new posters for Broken Trinity by Dale Keown, Starfall by Randy Queen and Sarah Oates, and Cyblade / Velocity by Stjepan Sejic
  • Available for sale, new lithographs for Broken Trinity, Freshmen, Madame Mirage and reprints of Wanted and The Darkness
  • Available for sale, new T-shirts by Swagdog, plus get a glimpse at a new line of tees from Iron Fist

Top Cow will also present a panel on Saturday, July 26 from 3 – 4 p.m. in Room 2 of the Convention Center, where attendees can hear exciting announcements about recent film developments and upcoming publishing plans, including new projects from top creators. Panelists will include Marc Silvestri, Seth Green, Paul Dini, Ron Marz and special surprise guests straight from Hollywood. Attendees will also receive a free gift and a special pass to an autograph signing with Freshmen creators Seth Green and Hugh Sterbakov and surprise guests, to take place after the panel at the Top Cow Booth (#2329). One lucky attendee will receive a free piece of original art from Witchblade artist Stjepan Sejic.

Fans will also get the opportunity to meet and talk with their favorite Top Cow creators. The appearance schedule at the Top Cow Booth (#2329) appears below (please check the booth daily for updates as the schedule is subject to change without notice).

Fans should note that because of anticipated crowding issues, select artists will only be able to do a limited amount of free sketches per sitting. Fans can obtain special sketch tickets in advance for one free sketch by the artist of their choice at the Top Cow booth at the start of each day, first come, first served.

As a bonus, there will be raffle drawings held throughout the weekend for Wanted movie merchandise and original sketches drawn by Top Cow artists.

In addition, the new trailer for the Wanted movie on Blu-ray disc will debut on the monitors at the Top Cow booth.

TOP COW 2008 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SIGNING AND PANEL SCHEDULE*
All signings take place at the Top Cow Booth (#2329) unless otherwise noted.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

8 – 9 p.m.
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, Broken Trinity, Dragon Prince)

THURSDAY, JULY 24

10 – 11 a.m.
Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)
Jeremy Haun (artist, Pilot Season: Alibi)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Marc Bernardin (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
Adam Freeman (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
Jorge Molina (artist, Pilot Season: Urban Myths)

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, Broken Trinity, Dragon Prince)
Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Matt Hawkins (creator/writer, Lady Pendragon)
Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Marc Silvestri (creator/artist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer)
David Wohl (creator/writer, Witchblade, The Darkness, Aphrodite IX)
Steve Firchow (colorist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Hunter-Killer)
Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness, The Darkness: Butcher, Unholy Union)
Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)

4 – 5 p.m.
Paul Dini (writer, Madame Mirage)
J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)
Phil Hester (writer/artist, The Darkness, The Magdalena/Daredevil, Broken Trinity)

5 – 6 p.m.
Hugh Sterbakov (co-creator/writer, Freshmen)
Sheldon Mitchell (artist, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)
Rick Basaldua (inker, Witchblade/Devi, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)
Blond (colorist, Freshmen)

6 – 7 p.m.
Rob Levin (writer, The Darkness: Butcher; VP – Editorial)
Nelson Blake II (artist, Black Vault)
William Harms (creator/writer, Impaler)
Afua Richardson (artist, Pilot Season: Genius)

FRIDAY, JULY 25

10 – 11 a.m.
Alex Zamm (writer, Zero G)
Jason Badower (artist, Zero G, True Blood)
John Leekley (writer, Johnny Delgado Is Dead)
Chris Moreno (artist, Johnny Delgado Is Dead)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)
Joshua Ortega (creator/writer, Necromancer)
Randy Queen (creator/writer/artist, Starfall)
Sarah Oates (artist, Starfall)

12 – 1 p.m.
Marc Bernardin (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
Adam Freeman (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
Afua Richardson (artist, Pilot Season: Genius)
Jorge Molina (artist, Pilot Season: Urban Myths)

1 – 2 p.m.
SURPRISE GUEST SIGNING

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Marc Silvestri (creator/artist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer)
Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)
Rick Basaldua (inker, Witchblade/Devi, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)
Steve Firchow (colorist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Hunter-Killer)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Hugh Sterbakov (co-creator/writer, Freshmen)
Sheldon Mitchell (artist, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)
Blond (colorist, Freshmen)
Troy Peteri (letterer, Freshmen)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
B. Clay Moore (writer, Black Vault)
Nelson Blake II (artist, Black Vault)
William Harms (creator/writer, Impaler)
Rob Levin (writer, The Darkness: Butcher; VP – Editorial)
David Wohl (creator/writer, Witchblade, The Darkness, Aphrodite IX)

4 – 5 p.m. THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW – Room 7AB
Featuring the biggest announcement Image Comics has made since the original seven founders formed the company! Be there as as Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), Marc Silvestri (Witchblade), Whilce Portacio (Spawn), Rob Liefeld (Youngblood), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon) and Jim Valentino (Shadowline) get together to talk about where Image has gone and what the future holds.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Randy Queen (creator/writer/artist, Starfall)
Sarah Oates (artist, Starfall)
Paul Dini (writer, Madame Mirage)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)
Jeremy Haun (artist, Pilot Season: Alibi)

5:30 – 7 p.m.  TOP SECRET IMAGE COMICS SPECIAL EVENT – Image Comics Signing Area
In the wake of The Image Comics Show’s earth-shattering news, this event will take place at the Image signing area to commemorate the big announcement with a special gathering of creators. Features an extremely limited edition, San Diego Comic Con-only print signed by all present!

5:30 – 7 p.m.
Phil Hester (writer/artist, The Darkness, The Magdalena/Daredevil, Broken Trinity)
Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness, The Darkness: Butcher, Unholy Union)
Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, Broken Trinity, Dragon Prince)
Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)

SATURDAY, JULY 26

10– 11 a.m.
Rob Levin (writer, The Darkness: Butcher; VP – Editorial)
B. Clay Moore (writer, Black Vault)
Nelson Blake II (artist, Black Vault)
William Harms (creator/writer, Impaler)

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Phil Hester (writer/artist, The Darkness, The Magdalena/Daredevil, Broken Trinity)
Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness, The Darkness: Butcher, Unholy Union)
Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)
David Wohl (creator/writer, Witchblade, The Darkness, Aphrodite IX)

12 – 1 p.m.
Marc Silvestri (creator/artist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)
Jeremy Haun (artist, Pilot Season: Alibi)
Matt Hawkins (creator/writer, Lady Pendragon

1 – 2 p.m.
Randy Queen (creator/writer/artist, Starfall)
Sarah Oates (artist, Starfall)
Paul Dini (writer, Madame Mirage)
J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)

2 – 3 p.m.
Marc Bernardin (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
Adam Freeman (writer, Pilot Season: Genius)
Afua Richardson (artist, Pilot Season: Genius)
Jorge Molina (artist, Pilot Season: Urban Myths)
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, Broken Trinity, Dragon Prince)
Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)

3 – 4 p.m.
Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)
Rick Basaldua (inker, Witchblade/Devi, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)

3 – 4 p.m. HERD IT THROUGH THE BO-VINE (panel, Room 2)
Marc Silvestri (CEO/creator/artist, Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce)
Matt Hawkins (president/COO)
Filip Sablik (publisher)
Rob Levin (VP – Editorial)
Mel Caylo (VP – Marketing and Sales)
Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, Broken Trinity, Dragon Prince)
Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)
Seth Green (co-creator, Freshmen)
Hugh Sterbakov (co-creator/writer, Freshmen)
Paul Dini (writer, Madame Mirage)
B. Clay Moore (writer, Black Vault)
William Harms (creator/writer, Impaler)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)
Randy Queen (creator/writer/artist, Starfall)
Sarah Oates (artist, Starfall)
Jorge Molina (artist, Urban Myths)
PLUS SURPRISE GUESTS STRAIGHT FROM HOLLYWOOD!

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Seth Green (co-creator, Freshmen)
Hugh Sterbakov (co-creator/writer, Freshmen)
Clayburn Moore (owner/sculptor, CS Moore Studios)
PLUS SURPRISE GUESTS STRAIGHT FROM HOLLYWOOD!

SUNDAY, JULY 27

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
J.G. Jones (artist, Wanted)
Joshua Ortega (creator/writer, Necromancer)
David Wohl (creator/writer, Witchblade, The Darkness, Aphrodite IX)

12 – 1 p.m.
Afua Richardson (artist, Pilot Season: Genius)
Jorge Molina (artist, Pilot Season: Urban Myths)

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness, The Darkness: Butcher, Unholy Union)
Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)
Stjepan Sejic (artist, Witchblade, Broken Trinity)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
B. Clay Moore (writer, Black Vault)
Nelson Blake II (artist, Black Vault)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Pilot Season: Alibi)
Jeremy Haun (artist, Pilot Season: Alibi)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Sheldon Mitchell (artist, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)
Blond (colorist, Freshmen)
Rick Basaldua (inker, Witchblade/Devi, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special)
Rob Levin (writer, The Darkness: Butcher; VP – Editorial)
Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)

*SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

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