Top Cow collects “Common Grounds”
“Common Grounds” TPB Coming This Month
Official Press Release
Dear Comic Reader of the World,
Hey. All apologies for not making this a “formal” kinda press release, but…
waitasec. Why should I apologize for that? Who really likes press releases?
They’re the speed limit signs of life. They’re just kinda “there,” and nobody
really pays attention to ’em, right?
Anyhoo, a word or 417 about Common Grounds. The paperback collecting the
acclaimed 6-issue Top Cow mini-series written by Troy Hickman hits Your Local
Comic Store on Nov. 10. How acclaimed? Hey…
• This is the book that Guillermo del Toro called “Endearing, moving, and
• This is the book that Mark Waid called “Very clever, very sharp, and
• This is the book that caused Joe Quesada to say, “You guys are on to
something with this Hickman cat-he could be the surprise hit of the year!”
• This is the book that caused Troy’s own mom to ponder, “So what is it you do
with these comic books? You type the words into the bubbles above their heads?”
Aside from that, Common Grounds is an artistic tour de force. Thirteen stories
reside within the pages of the paperback, illustrated by George Pérez, Ethan
van Sciver, Chris Bachalo, Carlos Pacheco, Sam Kieth, Michael Avon Oeming,
Angel Medina and Dan Jurgens. A veritable galaxy of stars!
But more than anything, this is a passion project, both for myself and Troy
Hickman. I first encountered Troy in Artist’s Alley at Wizard World Chicago,
hawking hand-stapled issues of Kinko’s-copied mini-comics. Troy’s stories were-
and still are-told with passion. And depth. And feeling. And above all,
humanity. It’s been a pleasure to bring these stories to life in Common
Grounds. Many have already tasted of this heady brew in the original issues.
Word-of-mouth has spread, as fan has told fan. Now, it’s your opportunity to
get ’em all, in one place at one time. I suggest you do.
Okay, promise kept: This wasn’t your typical press release. But then, Common
Grounds is not your typical comic book.
Editor-in-Chief, Top Cow Productions
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