SOURCE: Planetwide Media

March 27, 2007 13:25 ET

NCsoft Teams With Planetwide Media to Launch City of Heroes and City of Villains Comic Book Creator Contest

Artists Can Create City of Heroes/City of Villains Comics Using Software and Digital Content Packs

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- NCsoft ® and Planetwide Media announced today the launch of City of Heroes® and City of Villains® Comic Book Creator Contest. The contest based upon user generated content will officially run from March 27, 2007 through 11:59 CDT April 27, 2007. Participants will be able to enter by submitting a four to eight-page comic book entry, utilizing featured super-powered hero and villain characters from their online game play, along with a collection of City of Heroes and City of Villains images, icons, symbols and artwork, created by Planetwide Media's Comic Book Creator™ software.

A panel of celebrity judges including legendary comic book writer -- Marv Wolfman, esteemed comic book artist -- David Nakayama and City of Heroes Lead Game Designer -- Matt "Positron" Miller will judge the contest submissions.

The City of Heroes and City of Villains Comic Book Creator Contest is free to enter. Participants can download a free 30-day trial version of the Original Comic Book Creator software by visiting http://www.hypercomics.com/. Contestants must first register as official members of City of Heroes and City of Villains online communities at http://www.CityofHeroes.com and http://www.CityofVillains.com. All entries must be received by 11:59 CDT, April 27, 2007. Winning entries will be announced and posted online at http://www.CityofHeroes.com, http://www.CityofVillains.com and http://www.hypercomics.com on or before May 25, 2007.

Contest Details:

Participants in the Contest will have the opportunity to win one of the three exciting prize packages.

--  One (1) Overall Grand Prize Package: Exclusive, limited edition Lord
    Recluse™ City of Villains statue (Retail Value: $49.99), a Sound Blaster
    X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card courtesy of Creative Labs (Retail Value:
    $99.00), one year of City of Heroes and City of Villains game time to be
    applied to the winner's account (Retail Value: $143.40), a BFG Nvidia
    GeForce® 8800 GTS OC2™ PCI Express Graphics Card (Retail Value:
    $489.99), a Collectors Edition of City of Heroes and City of Villains
    Retail Game Boxes (Retail Value each: $49.99), an in-game exclusive
    character title (Retail Value: no cash value), a NCsoft 60 Day Game Time
    Card (Retail Value: $29.99) and a $100 Comic Book Creator (CBC) Software
    Bundle
--  One (1) Best Action Prize Package: A Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
    sound card courtesy of Creative Labs (Retail Value: $99.00), six months of
    City of Heroes and City of Villains game time to be applied to the winner's
    account (Retail Value: $ 77.70), a City of Heroes and City of Villains Good
    Versus Evil Edition Retail Game Box (Retail Value: $29.99), an in-game
    exclusive character title (Retail Value: no cash value), a NCsoft 60 Day
    Game Time Card (Retail Value: $29.99) and a $100 Comic Book Creator (CBC)
    Software Bundle.
--  One (1) Best Story Prize Package: A Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
    sound card courtesy of Creative Labs (Retail Value: $99.00), six months of
    City of Heroes and City of Villains game time to be applied to the winner's
    account (Retail Value: $77.70), a City of Heroes and City of Villains Good
    Versus Evil Edition Retail Game Box (Retail Value: $29.99), an in-game
    exclusive character title (Retail Value: no cash value), a NCsoft 60 Day
    Game Time Card (Retail Value: $29.99) and a $100 Comic Book Creator (CBC)
    Software Bundle.
    
For detailed information on The City of Heroes and City of Villains Comic Book Creator Contest, official contest rules or to enter the contest, visit http://www.CityofHeroes.com/.

"We are excited to be partnering with Planetwide Media to bring their Comic Book Creator software to our fans and customers through this contest," said Ross Borden, Senior Marketing Manager of NCsoft North America. "The comic book software is a natural extension to the gameplay of City of Heroes and City of Villains. The creativity of our players never ceases to amaze us and we're excited to see what they come up with this time!"

"We're thrilled to have our Comic Book Creator self-publishing software empower NCsoft's gamers in the comic book contest, which will allow users to showcase their gaming skills and storytelling abilities in a comic book form," said Kevin Donovan, President of Planetwide Media. "NCsoft has a solid vision on how to continue providing their gamers with enhanced and innovative online experiences."

About NCsoft Corporation

NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles in the last three years and continues to support its franchises, which include Lineage®/Lineage II, City of Heroes®/City of Villains®, Guild Wars/Guild Wars Factions/Guild Wars Nightfall and Auto Assault®. More information about NCsoft can be found at www.plaync.com.

NCsoft, the interlocking NC logo, PlayNC, Guild Wars, Guild Wars Factions, Guild Wars Nightfall, Nightfall, ArenaNet, Lineage, AutoAssault and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation. City of Heroes, City of Villains, Lord Recluse and all associated logos and designs are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cryptic Studios, Inc. and NCsoft Corporation. Cryptic Studios is a trademark of Cryptic Studios, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Planetwide Media

Planetwide Media, (A division of Planetwide Games, Inc.) provides a unique and patent pending, interactive, self-publishing personalized media platform for a wide audience of emerging consumers in the digital media space. The company provides web enabled tools, software applications and video games that provide personal interactivity. The company's signature product, Comic Book Creator™ is a best of breed digital media platform that embraces User Generated Content (UGC) and enables users to blend their creations into their social networks, their blogs and across the web. Comic Book Creator is an easy to use platform that provides the consumer with a richly enhanced interactive digital experience. Planetwide Media is currently licensing the Comic Book Creator technology and partnering with world-class entertainment, video game, sports, music and lifestyle brands worldwide.

Visit http://www.myplanetwide.com, http://www.mycomicbookcreator.com and http://www.hypercomics.com for more information.

Comic Book Creator TM & © 2007 Planetwide Games, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sponsor and Celebrity Judge Information

For more information about the contest sponsor and celebrity judges, please visit:

Creative: http://www.creative.com/

Marv Wolfman: http://www.marvwolfman.com/

David Nakayama: http://www.davidnakayama.com/

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Mike Crouch
    NCsoft Corporation
    (512) 531-1615
    Email Contact

    Mark Politi
    Planetwide Media
    Vice President, Media Relations
    (949) 421-0488 Ext. 4212 Office
    (310) 409-5938 Mobile
    Email Contact

    Jenny Chong
    Terpin Communications Group
    310-821-6100, Ext. 103
    Email Contact