CBS CONSUMER PRODUCTS PACKS A POWERFUL PUNCH AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2009
Panels to Present Ghost Whisperer and Jericho Merchandise and Licensed Products
Exclusive Products from Star Trek, CSI and Twilight Zone
Also Unveiled During This Year's Event
NEW YORK - July 23, 2009 -- CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Entertainment, announced today a full lineup for one of the biggest entertainment happenings of the year -- Comic-Con International 2009. Panels with the producers and cast of top-rated Ghost Whisperer and fan-favorite Jericho will include the unveiling of various licensed merchandise from CBS Consumer Products. Some of CBS's other signature brands debuting exciting new merchandise at this year's show include Star Trek, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the Twilight Zone which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
"There is no single event in the calendar year that is more effective in bringing fans together with the brands they love than Comic-Con," said Liz Kalodner, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Consumer Products. "Our licensing partners have done a phenomenal job in creating a lineup of products and attractions that will make this year's event an unforgettable experience for those attending."
A complete rundown of events and product introductions from CBS Consumer Products follows:
On Friday, July 24th from 5:00-6:00 pm Jericho star Lennie James, producers Dan Shotz, Karim Zreik, Jon Steinberg, show writer Robert Levine, and Devil's Due Publishing (DDP) President Josh Blaylock will be on hand to discuss the "3rd Season" of the fan-favorite series in its new comic book format. The debut of the comic book series - Jericho: Season 3: Civil War -- will pick up where the television program left off, answering many questions for its passionate fans. The first issue of the comic book is scheduled for an October release and will be a six issue miniseries from DDP and the show's original creators and producers. Known as an "Ashcan" by comic collectors, DDP is currently at work on a black and white mini-comic giving an advanced sneak peek into the comic, which will become available for $5 but limited to 500 copies. Room 7AB.
On Sunday, July 26th, Ghost Whisperer stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim, Jamie Kennedy and Christoph Sanders, along with Executive Producers Ian Sander, Kim Moses and P.K. Simonds, will offer fans a first-look at Season Five and the show's biggest-ever presence at Comic-Con. In addition to a cast autograph session (11am-12pm / IDW Booth #1705), a press conference (12:15-12:45 pm / Room 1B), and a panel discussion (1-2 pm / Room 6BCF), the producers will unveil the latest extensions in the Ghost Whisperer "Total Engagement Experience" which uses the TV show as the initial component of a multi-platform entertainment experience, including the Internet, music, mobile, DVDs, publishing, video games and more.
Upcoming extensions of Ghost Whisperer being announced at Comic-Con include:
-- Legacy Interactive will be releasing the first-ever Ghost Whisperer video game. Written by Emmy Award-winning television writer Lance Gentile, the game is scheduled to be released in first quarter 2010.
-- Breygent Marketing will introduce sets for Seasons 1 and 2 that will include a 72-card base, over 22 different Costume Cards, and Special Collector's Autograph Cards featuring autographs by the Ghost Whisperer cast.
Publishing, Posters, and Pins
-- IDW/Legacy Interactive will work together to distribute posters and collectible pins throughout this year's show - while supplies last. The cast will also sign a special collector's edition cover of IDW's trade paperback Ghost Whisperer: The Muse -- a Comic-Con exclusive available at IDW Booth #1705
Since IDW Publishing's January release of Star Trek: Countdown #1, the first comic book in a four-issue limited comic book series tied to this summer's blockbuster Star Trek movie, the comic book has been one of the top sellers at comic book stores across the country. Those fans are being rewarded at Comic-Con 2009 with an exclusive reprint of Countdown #1 featuring a new cover and a preview of Nero #1 in the back. IDW will also be announcing the Star Trek "writer's cut" movie adaptation which is likely to be a miniseries at $3.99 per issue, then collected into a graphic novel/trade paperback. IDW Booth #1705
In addition, attendees of this year's show can bear witness to the unveiling of exclusive Comic-Con 2009 Star Trek merchandise including:
-- QMx will be unveiling a high-end, collector's artisan U.S.S. Enterprise that will be on display at the Sideshow Collectibles booth at Comic-Con. QMx Booth #A9
-- Funko's San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Transporting Spock Light-Up Bobble Head will be available at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343. He features a clear body that illuminates when you tap his head. Limited edition of 1,500 pieces. ($15). A similar transporting Captain Kirk bobblehead will be available at Funko's Booth #4829.
-- Genki has formulated a special scent just for Comic-Con. The convention exclusive KHAAAN! cologne will be available in Genki's Booth #3149
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
IDW brings the sleuthing to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation fans at Comic-Con by offering up demonstrations of its newly launched CSI iPhone application, which lets fans digitally download IDW's CSI comics. IDW Booth #1705
Timed perfectly to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential series of our time - The Twilight Zone -- Bif Bang Pow! will launch three brand new Twilight Zone bobbleheads based on some of the most renowned episodes from the original series including "Nick of Time," "The Invaders" and "Talky Tina." Comic-Con 2009 will mark the first time The Mystic Seer and Invader Twilight Zone bobbleheads will be available for purchase ($14 each). The one-of-a-kind collectibles measure from 6 to 8 inches tall and can be found at Entertainment Earth's Booth #2343.
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About CBS Consumer Products
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