Official Press Release
Top Cow Productions Inc. proudly announced today that to commemorate the release of the Witchblade Volume 1 trade paperback, writer Ron Marz will appear for two signings in the Baltimore – Washington, D.C. metro area this Saturday, February 23rd. Marz will also appear on the Fox 45 “Morning Show” in Baltimore on the morning of Friday, February 22nd to promote his work on Witchblade.
Fans can meet Ron Marz at one of two locations below on February 23rd. Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik will also be on hand at both signings.
11 A.M.-2 P.M.
Cards, Comics, and Collectibles
100 Chartley Drive
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phoenix Comics and Toys
Lansdowne Shopping Center
19340 Promenade Drive
Lansdowne, VA 20176
Ron Marz first garnered widespread attention and critical praise for his work on Silver Surfer and Green Lantern in the 1990s. He has worked on numerous licensed properties including Star Wars, virtually every major comic franchise, and major comic book events such as Marvel vs. DC and Batman/Aliens. More recently, he co-created Samurai: Heaven & Earth for Dark Horse Comics with artist Luke Ross and is writing Friday the 13th: Bad Land. He also edits three titles for Virgin Comics’ Shakti line, which endeavors to bring comics inspired by traditional Indian mythology to a U.S. comic audience.
Some of his best work can be found in Top Cow Productions’ series Witchblade, which Marz helped revitalize and usher into a new, critically acclaimed era. Marz has been writing the series for over 35 issues and is currently scheduled to write it until at least 2010, a substantial commitment for any writer. This past summer he also authored Top Cow’s major event First Born. In March, his First Born collaborator, painter Stjepan Sejic, will join him on Witchblade #116. Both creators have pledged to remain on the title until at least issue #150. In celebration of Marz’s contribution to the Witchblade series, Top Cow has rebranded their Witchblade trade paperback line to begin with Marz’s first issue on the series. Witchblade Volume 1 contains Marz’s first six issues in full color for only $4.99 (exclusively at comic shops).
“The Baltimore Comic-Con is one of my favorite shows of the year,” commented Marz, “so I jumped at the chance to meet more of the fans from the Baltimore/D.C. area. Plus, I don’t have to work too hard to convince fans to pick up a $5 dollar trade!”
Marz’s collaborator, artist Mike Choi, will be a guest at WonderCon in San Francisco on Saturday and Sunday to meet West Coast fans.
For more information on Witchblade, visit the official Witchblade mini-site at http://topcow.com/witchblade.
About Top Cow Productions Inc.
Top Cow (http://topcow.com) was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and 2 licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, Witchblade, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, The Darkness, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved sell-out and Platinum sales status. Wanted is currently in production as a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman and slated for release June 27, 2008. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games, and role playing games.