Top Cow Announces Berserker #1 Back-to-Back Launch Parties

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Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that fans of Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia will get to meet and greet the actor/producer during the last weekend of June at two separate Los Angeles area comic book stores. Ventimiglia will be promoting the release of Berserker #1, a comic book published by Top Cow Productions, Inc. in conjunction with Ventimiglia's production company, DiVide Pictures.

Ventimiglia will be signing copies of Berserker #1 on Saturday June 27, at Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood from 1 to 3 P.M. Joining Ventimiglia at the store located on 7018 Melrose Avenue will be DiVide Picutures' partner Russ Cundiff and Berserker artist Jeremy Haun (Battle for the Cowl: Arkham, Chuck),

On Sunday June 28, the Berserker crew proceeds to Collectors Paradise, located at 7131 Winnetka Avenue, where they will be signing from 12 to 2 P.M. Fans are encouraged to visit the store websites at www.goldenapplecomics.com and www.comicsandcards.net respecitvely to learn more about the signings and Berserker.

A special "RAGE" edition of Berserker #1 with cover art by Dale Keown (The Darkness, Hulk: The End) exclusively produced by Top Cow Productions, Inc. just for the signings will also be available for purchase. The limited variant edition carries a $10 SRP.While series writer Rick Loverd will not be present at either signing due to prior obligations, copies of the book will be available pre-signed by Loverd so that fans may have a copy of Berserker #1 signed by the entire creative team.

The brutal new series, which debuts Wednesday June 24, offers a blend of Norse mythology with contemporary characters. The story focuses on an American war veteran and a high school athlete coming to grip with the animalistic and uncontrollable rage living inside them. "Berserker is a feel good kill. This is the book I wish I read as a kid," explains Venitmiglia.

"We are incredibly excited by the way Berserker has come together. On every level, from the concept to Rick's writing to Jeremy's art to Dave McCaig's colors to the involvement from Milo and Russ at DiVide, this book is firing on all cylinders," added Filip Sablik, Top Cow Publisher, "We can't think of a better way to kick off the series than with back to back signings at two of our hometown's best comic stores in Golden Apple and Collector's Experience."Fans received a glimpse of the new series in a zero issue that debuted at the 2009 New York Comic-Con. Berserker #0 has been extensively reviewed by various review websites, creating a media buzz after Ventimiglia discussed the comic in an interview aired on a February episode of the TODAY Show on NBC.

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.

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