Buy Dan Wickline's "The Unusual Suspects" for $5, win a trip to tour Top Cow's HQ

Official Press Release

It's 2008, duh. And The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping older comic creators in medical or financial need, is looking to sell 2008 copies of The Unusual Suspects, Dan Wickline's crazy-cool graphic novel sensation of '07! And we're gonna make it sooooo easy to pick one up, you'd have to be damn Unusual NOT to!

The $12.99, 100-page graphic novel is being knocked down to a mere $5 at select locations! You can get your $5 copy at The Hero Initiative Booth at Wizard World Los Angeles (March 14-16) and Unusual Suspects artists Tone Rodriguez, writer Dan Wickline, and cover artist Mike Mayhew will all be will be on-hand to autograph copies at the Hero booth!


If you dig on that Interweb, you can order yours for a mere $5 at www.AtomicComics.com. Just click on the "Official Store of the Hero Initiative" banner! If you want the up-close and personal feel, Los Angeles' famed Golden Apple will also slide ya one at $5 a pop. And BEST of all…

EVERYONE who buys a copy will be entered into a sweepstakes where the winner will get a 3 day/2 night trip to Los Angeles (coach air and hotel) where you'll ALSO receive a $200 shopping spree at Golden Apple AND lunch and a tour of Top Cow Productions' brand-spankin' new palatial offices!

And can you dig this? You can help our men and women in camouflage as well! For every 10 copies purchased, Hero will donate one copy to a military reading project, Operation Book Drop, so that troops in Iraq can satisfy their comic jones!


"If you're into aircraft, I can tell you the books will be sent in C-17s to Kuwait, then forwarded in Chinooks to the respective units that will be enjoying them," said Afghanistan vet and current Florida Army National Guard Sergeant Shirley D. Rincón, who is also a Hero volunteer. "But regardless of how they get there, they'll be a much-appreciated little slice of home. Take it from someone who's been over there."

"This is a much better plan than my original idea of trying to convince the world they should buy the book because I was the illegitimate love child of Alan Moore and Warren Ellis. Though I do have Alan's hair and Warren's eyes," said Dan Wickline.


"Top Cow is proud to have published such a fine anthology as The Unusual Suspects, and we're excited to participe in this drive to benefit The Hero Initiative," said Mel Caylo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Top Cow Productions. "We're especially looking forward to having…er…hosting the sweepstakes winner for lunch and a tour of our new digs! Cannibals? Where?"

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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 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 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, 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 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.

About Golden Apple Comics

Golden Apple Comics has been the premier comic book & pop culture store in Los Angeles for over 28 years. Stan Lee performed the ribbon cutting ceremony on our new location in November 2006, next door to Gallery 1988. Always cutting edge & proactive in the community, Golden Apple views this as a great opportunity to attract new readers to our thriving industry. Golden Apple has been has always been the place in LA of anything groundbreaking in the comic world. Golden Apple Comics, a landmark in the comic book industry, has a new address, but the same pivotal grasp on the marketplace.

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 310-909-7809.

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