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The Darkness #75 Kicks Off Top Cow’s “Let Us Win You Over”

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Official Press Release



“The Darkness” #75 will be the first free comic

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Top Cow Productions, Inc. announced today that their “Let Us Win YOU Over” initiative would begin in February and the inaugural title in the program would be the highly anticipated anniversary issue – The Darkness #75.

The “Let Us Win YOU Over” initiative is a yearlong campaign by Top Cow Productions to give out free copies of its regular comics to potential fans in the U.S. and Canada through participating comic book stores. Each month, a different set of stores, each month a different free comic. The stores vary by geography and demographics. Top Cow has partnered with ComicsPRO to bring this promotion to fans and all of the retailers are members of ComicsPRO.

The publisher decided to launch the program with a special celebratory anniversary issue of one of their flagship titles, The Darkness #75. The issue, which is an over-sized 48-page comic, commemorates the 75th overall issue of the series regardless of volume. The list of artists includes: Michael Broussard (current series artist), Jorge Lucas (Pilot Season: Ripclaw), Dale Keown (Pitt), Joe Benitez (Justice League of America), Ryan Sook (Superman/Batman), Steve Firchow (Ultimatum), Frazer Irving (Silent War), Lee Carter (2000 AD), Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade) and Matt Timson (Impaler). The story, which will examine what a possible future would be like for current Darkness bearer Jackie Estacado, will be penned by current series writer Phil Hester. The issue will be in comic shops on Wednesday, February 11th, 2008 and normally retails for $4.99.

“This initiative our most ambitious attempt yet to recruit new readers,” explained Filip Sablik, Publisher of Top Cow. “We wanted to kick it off in a big way and what better way than one of our biggest books of the year, both literally and figuratively. This is a great jumping on point for new fans as it is a standalone story, featuring the best art we have to offer, and an awesome value.”

A list of the participating retailers during the month of February (listed alphabetically by state) is included below. Additional information can be found at the official online home of the “Let Us Win YOU Over” initiative – www.topcow.com/freecomics. Customers who currently purchase The Darkness at the stores below will be able to purchase an extremely limited “All Beef” Edition (limited to just the stores listed below) at the regular cover price. Fans are encouraged to contact the specific retailer they wish to visit for specific details:

Collector’s Edition

9307 Treasure Hill

Little Rock, AR 72227

501-227-9777

www.thewildstars.com

Atomic Comics

1120 S. Country Club Dr #105

Mesa, AZ 85210

480-649-0807

www.atomiccomics.com

4 Color Fantasies

7172 Archibald Ave

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

909-563-8751

www.4colorfantasies.com

Earth-2 Comics

15017 Ventura Blvd

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

818-386-9590

www.earth2comics.com

Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff

2980 Treat Blvd

Concord, CA 94518

925-825-5410

www.flyingcolorscomics.com

Happy Harbor Comics

10112-124 St

Edmonton, AB Canada T5N 1P6

780-452-8211

www.happyharborcomics.com

Time Warp

3105 28th St

Boulder, CO 80301

303-443-4500

www.time-warp.com

Tate’s Comics

4566 North University Dr

Lauderhill, FL 33351

954-748-0181

www.tatescomics.com

Dr. No’s Comics & Games

3428 Canton Rd

Marietta, GA 30066

770-422-4642

www.drnos.com

Clem’s Collectibles

4201 Coldwater Rd

Ft. Wayne, IN 46805

260-480-7087

www.clemscollectibles.com

Comicopia

464 Commonwealth Ave #13

Boston, MA 02215

617-266-4266

www.comicopia.com

Alternate Worlds

72 Cranbrook Road

Cockeysville, MD 21784

410-795-5510

Muse Comics

2100 Stephens #107

Missoula, MT 59801

406-543-9944

www.musecomics.com

The Hobby Shop

1501 Ward Blvd Ste #245

Wilson, NC 27893

252-291-3384

www.thehobbyshopofwilson.com

Krypton Comics

2819 S. 125th Ave Ste #261

Omaha, NE 68144

402-391-4131

www.kryptoncomicsomaha.com

Jetpack Comics

112 Portland St

Rochester, NH 03867

603-330-9636

www.jetpackcomics.com

Comic Oasis

3121 N. Rainbow Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89108

702-212-8885

www.comicoasis.com

Jim Hanley’s Universe

4 West 33rd St

New York, NY 10001

212-268-7088

www.jhuniverse.com

Laughing Ogre Comics

4258 N. High St

Columbus, OH 43214

703-435-6682

www.laughingogrecomics.com

Brave New Worlds4

5 N. 2nd St

Philadelphia, PA 19106

215-925-6525

www.bravenewworldscomics.com

Comics & Paperback Plus

201 E. Main St

Palmyra, PA 17078

717-838-4854

www.comicsandpaperbackplus.com

New Dimension Comics

3075 Clairton Rd #940

West Mifflin, PA 15213

412-655-8661

www.ndcomics.com

Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy

6111 Burnet Rd

Austin, TX 78757

512-454-2399

www.dlair.net

Titan Comics

3701 W. Northwest Hwy #125

Dallas, TX 75220

214-350-4420

www.titancomics.com

Zanadu Comics

1923 3rd Ave

Seattle, WA 98101

206-443-1316

www.zanaducomics.com

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, 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 two 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 subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also 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 platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. 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 roleplaying games.

About ComicsPRO

ComicsPRO (www.comicspro.org) is the only trade organization for direct-market comic book retailers. ComicsPRO’s goals are not that different from trade organizations in other industries: to promote advocacy, education, and opportunity for their members. As a small business, you face many challenges without a lot of support. Joining ComicsPRO makes you part of a group facing – and overcoming – many of the same challenges. ComicsPRO allows you, as a small business, to receive benefits that are often only available to much larger groups, including discounted credit card rates and deals on health insurance. But the most important goal of ComicsPRO is to provide a voice for the often-overlooked concerns of direct-market retailers.