Official Press Release
Top Cow Productions announced today the launch of a brand new mini-site highlighting their flagship title, Witchblade. Additionally, the publisher confirmed that the introductory priced Witchblade Volume 1 trade paperback would be available in stores this Wednesday, February 13th.
The mini-site is part of Top Cow’s ongoing effort to provide new and existing fans alike with a one-stop location on the internet to get information on their favorite Top Cow properties. Fans can direct their browsers to www.topcow.com/witchblade to explore the new website. The site features information about the Witchblade title, the principal characters in the series, preview key issues, and more. “We have a ton of exciting things happening in the world of Witchblade this year and we wanted to make sure fans get up to speed on the series,” explained Top Cow Publisher, Filip Sablik.
Kicking off the publisher’s trade paperback re-branding initiative for Witchblade is the release of the Witchblade Volume 1 trade paperback on Wednesday, February 13th. The collection contains the initial storyline by current series writer, Ron Marz (First Born, Samurai: Heaven & Earth), entitled “Witch Hunt.” The six-issue story is an ideal jumping-on point for readers interested in discovering the modern Witchblade series. Drawn by Mike Choi (X-Men, X-23: Target X) and featuring an iconic painted cover by Stjepan Sejic (First Born, Angelus), the edition is an artistic tour-de-force. However, the thing sure to catch the attention of potential fans is the volume’s aggressive introductory pricing, available exclusively in comic shops for only $4.99. The book market version will carry the regular $9.99 SRP on the cover. Volume 2 will follow in stores on February 27th with Volume 3 planned for release on March 12th.
“I could go on about ‘Witch Hunt’ being a ground-floor read meant to introduce Witchblade to a new audience, or about Mike Choi’s phenomenal artwork, but really, all you need to know is six issues for five bucks. Come on, the only thing more awesome than that is the Giants winning the Super Bowl,” said writer Ron Marz.
Retailers are excited about the new trade paperback’s release as well:
“The pricing for this trade paperback is incredible. Preorder sales were great and we expect sales will continue to be very high at release.” – Cameron Merkler, Discount Comic Book Service.
“A trade paperback collection that’s significantly less than the price of the six issues it collects if you bought them individually? Insanity! Or is it? I think this shows how excited the folks at Top Cow are about this Witchblade material and how committed they are to getting it in reader’s hands. Bravo!” – Roger Ash, Westfield Comics
Praise for Ron Marz’s Witchblade tenure:
“Marz has cut away the fat without destroying the history.” Grade A – Paperback Reader
“The Witchblade-verse is at its most newbie-friendly point in years.” 4 Out of 5 – Silver Bullet Comics
“Don’t be intimidated by this series having over 100 issues so far. Now is as good a time as any to get on board.” Grade A – Judgement Day, Comic World News
“There is no greater accomplishment for a writer than leaving a reader wanting more, and I want more. Witchblade is highly recommended.” – Suspended Animation
“Witchblade is a damn fine read” – Earth-2.net
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri who also co-founded Image Comics in the 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 2 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 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 27th, 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.
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