Platinum Studios, an entertainment media company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, today presents the return of the Comic Book Challenge (www.ComicBookChallenge.com), a contest for aspiring comic book writers and artists worldwide.

New and unpublished comic book creators will be encouraged to submit their ideas online as we approach San Diego Comic Con in July. The top 50 semi-finalists will be invited to pitch their concepts live to a panel of industry insiders, including Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, chairman of Platinum Studios and founder of Malibu Comics, where he discovered and developed Men In Black and Marc Silvestri, founder and chief executive officer of Top Cow Comics. The winner's comic concept will be developed for print, online, film and TV.

"We were amazed by the industry-wide support for the Comic Book Challenge last year and the quality of submissions we received. We are excited to bring it back for a second year," said Rosenberg. "DJ Coffman, our 2006 winner, is a fantastic talent and we are thrilled to debut his 'Hero By Night' at Wizard World Los Angeles and online at www.drunkduck.com."

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DJ Coffman, winner of Comic Book Challenge 2006, for his property "Hero By Night," will be at Wizard World Los Angeles, March 16-18, 2007. "Hero By Night Diaries," the prequel to the book release is available online at: www.drunkduck.com/Hero_By_Night_Diaries.

Comic book fans will be able to cast their vote for one of the top three finalists by going online at www.ComicBookChallenge.com or www.drunkduck.com/comicbookchallenge. All contest dates will be announced shortly.

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Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for all forms of media. Platinum Studios' library contains more than 3,800 characters and a full range of genres and styles including www.drunkduck.com, the largest Web comics community. With deals in place with some of the entertainment and new media's top players, Platinum is a recognized leader in the creation of new content across all media.

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