Here is a rundown of the announcements made by Top Cow at this years C2E2 convention.

From the Press Release

Netherworld Contest Winners:

Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Top Cow Productions are proud to announce the winners of the Netherworld “We Are All Lost” Variant Cover Contest. Contestants were asked to submit images, either manipulated photographs or original art, incorporating the phrase “We Are All Lost” into an urban landscape. The Grand Prize winner will have his piece featured as the cover art for the Netherworld #1 Retailer Incentive variant cover, shipped to qualifying retailers with Netherworld #1.

Grand Prize winner Bozhidar Savov of Bulgaria submitted a striking original manipulated photograph. The Runner Up winner is Gary Blauvelt from Connecticut and the Third Place winner is Mark Lauthier from Australia. The winners have been contacted and prizes will be shipped out shortly. A sincere thank you to all of the fans who participated in the contest. Netherworld #1 will be in stores on April 13th and is a five-issue series from the masters of supernatural terror Bryan Edward Hill and Rob Levin (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box) and artist of Tony Shasteen (Witchblade: Annual, Stephen King’s Talisman).


The Darkness in 2011:

Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik was excited to share with fans at C2E2 information and screen captures from the upcoming The Darkness II video game. The game is slated to be released in Fall 2011 on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC and is being developed by Digital Extremes and published by 2K Games.

The Darkness comic also has an incredibly exciting year ahead in 2011 under the helm of long time writer, Phil Hester, who was present at the panel. The recently released, The Darkness #90 kicked off the six-part “Outer Darkness” story arc, which will begin the ramp up to the landmark The Darkness #100. In “Outer Darkness”, Darkness bearer Jackie Estacado will be forced to confront his ultimate enemy. Featuring art by Sheldon Mitchell and covers by Bane, the story line promises to push Estacado to his limits. Additionally and previously unannounced, 2011 will also see the return of several classic The Darkness characters and villains that have not been seen in the series for years.


The panel also covered Top Cow’s smash hit event series, Artifacts, with upcoming third arc artist Jeremy Haun (Berserker, Detective Comics). The series, which is at its midpoint, has introduced and re-introduced thousands of fans to the Top Cow Universe and the 13 ancient Artifacts and their unique bearers. Top Cow Publisher also updated fans on the status of the highly anticipated Artifacts playing cards. The playing cards, which will be shipped to qualifying retailers as an incentive item, met with some production difficulties, but have been produced and will ship to retailers in the next few weeks. The 13 cards of each suit feature portraits of every Artifacts bearer by John Tyler Christopher. A set of four matching cards, one of each suit, will ship with each issue of Artifacts. To thank retailers and fans for their patience, Top Cow will match retailers’ quantities of the cards for issues #2-#6 with their qualifying numbers for issue #1 regardless if they qualified for the higher quantity on later issues. Additionally, Top Cow announced that rare Gold Foil stamped cards would be inserted into the mix as a 1-in-10 chase item for lucky fans and retailers.

Top Cow Launches New Series in July:

Top Cow Productions released a teaser image today at their C2E2 panel hinting at the true nature of the upcoming series Mysterious Ways. Video game industry titan Jason Rubin (The Iron Saint, Crash Bandicoot) teams with Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps) to bring a dark, action-packed supernatural thriller that will have you questioning everything you believe. Sam, an alcoholic ex-cop, woke up with a mysterious piece of silver and soon finds himself the prime suspect in a serial murder case pursued by a relentless FBI agent.

via Top Cow


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