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Top Cow announces massive Free Comic Book Day schedule

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Top Cow announces massive Free Comic Book Day schedule

Official Press Release

Top Cow Productions Inc. is proud to announce that many of its creators will be participating in Free Comic Book Day (May 3, 2008) by making public appearances at select comic book stores across the country.



Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. This is the seventh year the event is being held.



“Free Comic Book Day is one of the few days you can count on seeing a lot of families out to the comic book store together,” observed Phil Hester, who writes The Darkness. “Kids mean new readers, if not for a darker book like The Darkness, but at least for comics in general!”



Hester is just one of the many Top Cow creators who will go out on Free Comic Book Day to meet fans. “I’m so proud that many of our writers and artists are helping to create buzz for Free Comic Book Day at their local shops,” said VP of Sales and Marketing Mel Caylo. “We love our fans as much as they love us, plus, this is a great way to earn ourselves some new readers!” 



As part of Free Comic Book Day, Top Cow is releasing an eight-page prelude to its big summer event, Broken Trinity, written by Ron Marz (Witchblade, Samurai: Heaven and Earth) and drawn by Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade, First Born). The issue also contains four-page introductions to each of its flagship titles, Witchblade and The Darkness.



Here is a list of Top Cow creators who are scheduled to appear this Saturday, Free Comic Book Day:
 


BRAVE NEW WORLD COMICS


22722 Lyons Avenue #6


Newhall, CA 91321


(661) 259- 4745


11 a.m. — 1 p.m. PST


Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness)


Sheldon Mitchell (artist, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special, X-Men: Messiah CompleX )


Blond (colorist, Freshmen, Witchblade Takeru Manga)


Nei Ruffino (colorist, Witchblade/Devi, Grimm Fairy Tales, Return to Wonderland)



GOLDEN APPLE COMICS (VALLEY)


8967 Reseda Blvd. (S. of Nordhoff near CSUN)


Northridge, CA 91324


(818) 993-7804


2 p.m. — 4 p.m. PST


Michael Broussard (artist, The Darkness)


Sheldon Mitchell (artist, Freshmen: Summer Vacation Special, X-Men: Messiah CompleX )


Blond (colorist, Freshmen, Witchblade Takeru Manga)


Nei Ruffino (colorist, Witchblade/Devi, Grimm Fairy Tales, Return to Wonderland)



END ZONE HOBBY SHOP


133 S. State Street


Clearfield, Utah 84015


(801) 774-5050


11 a.m. — 1 p.m. MST


Tyler Kirkham (artist, Strykeforce, Ultimate Fantastic Four)



AMAZING COMICS & CARDS


5555 Stearns Street, Suite 103


Long Beach, CA 90815


(562) 493-4427


10 a.m. — 1 p.m. PST


Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)


Rick Basaldua (inker, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)


Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Elk’s Run)



GOLDEN APPLE COMICS (HOLLYWOOD)


7018 Melrose Ave


Los Angeles, CA 90038


(323) 658-6047


2 p.m. — 4 p.m. PST


Eric Basaldua (artist, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)


Rick Basaldua (inker, Witchblade/Devi, Hunter-Killer)


Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer, Pilot Season: Cyblade, Elk’s Run)



EARTHWORLD COMICS


537 Central Avenue


Albany, NY 12206


(518) 459-2400


12 — 4 p.m. EST


Ron Marz (writer, Witchblade, First Born, Broken Trinity)



YANCY STREET COMICS


3615 Universal Plaza


New Port Richey, FL 34652


(727) 817-0888


11 a.m. — 6 p.m. EST


Phil Hester (writer, The Darkness, Firebreather)



ATOMIC COMICS (MESA SUPERSTORE)


1120 South Country Club #105


Mesa, AZ 85210


(480) 649-0807


12 — 5 p.m. MT


Marc Silvestri (artist, Hunter-Killer, Cyberforce, The Darkness, Witchblade)



THE COMIC BUG


1807 ½ Manhattan Beach Blvd.


Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


(310) 372-6704


12 — 3 p.m. PST


Ryan Winn (inker, The Darkness)



GEOFFREY’S COMICS


15900 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite B


Gardena, CA 90250


(310) 538-3198


12 — 2 p.m. PST


David Wohl (writer, Witchblade, Aphrodite IX, The Darkness)



METRO COMICS INC.


San Patricio Plaza


Corner of Roosevelt and San Patricio


Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 00968


(787) 781-4110


9 — 11 a.m. AST


Kenneth Rocafort (artist, Madame Mirage, Hunter-Killer)




For more information on Free Comic Book Day and to find out which shop near you is participating, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.



About Top Cow Productions Inc. 



Top Cow Productions, Inc. (http://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 is set for release on DVD on July 29, 2008. 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 currently in production as a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman and slated for wide release on 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 roleplaying games.