Monday, December 01, 2008

WEEK OF TOP COW: Marc Silvestri

In 1992, Marc Silvestri founded Top Cow Productions, Inc., one of six studios that comprised the newly formed independent publisher, Image Comics. Silvestri’s “Cyberforce” was one of Image’s launch titles, and it started off the fledging Top Cow with a bang. Eventually, strayed away from its superhero roots to create what have since become the pillars of the company, “The Darkness” and “Witchblade,” which also facilitated a rise to prominence of the late, great Michael Turner, just one of the many young artists Top Cow helped develop.

Top Cow has spearheaded pioneering initiatives like Pilot Season, whereby the publisher releases a selection of one-shots featuring new or underused characters, and readers will vote via MySpace to determine which title will graduate to ongoing series. Top Cow has also found great success in other media, with projects like “The Darkness” video game, the “Witchblade” anime, and the film adaptation of Mark Millar and J.G. Jones’ “Wanted."


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