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Top Cow Unveils 2005 TPB Schedule

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Top Cow Unveils 2005 TPB Schedule

Official Press Release

With double-digit growth over the last two years in its trade paperback publishing business, Top Cow is aggressively expanding its output in 2005. Combining previously published volumes with new content and soliciting completely new volumes, Top Cow is overhauling its program to feature more competitive pricing and better spine design.

“We’ve always had a strong presence with our trade paperbacks and the occasional original graphic novel,” says Top Cow President/C.O.O. Matt Hawkins, “but we’re literally doubling output in 2005. We’ve sold out recently of a number of Top Cow previously printed trades and this has afforded us the opportunity to bring old content in line with our new program. Combining old trades with additional content will slightly alter volume numbers for Witchblade and Darkness. We’ve included the updated list below.”

Top Cow’s 2005 Trade Schedule:

January

Witchblade: Revelations Vol 2

  • Writer – David Wohl/Christina Z.
  • Artist – Marc Silvestri/Michael Turner/J.D. Smith
  • Cover – JG Jones
  • Page count – 224 + covers $24.99
  • Replacing – Former Revelations Vol 2 (Witchblade #9-#17) and adds former Witchblade Vol 3 Family Ties ( Witchblade #18, #19 & Darkness #9, #10)

    Darkness: Original Sins Vol 3

  • Writer – Malachy Coney
  • Artist – Joe Benitez/Clarence Lansang
  • Page count – 288 +covers $24.99
  • Collecting – Darkness #15-#25

    *Replaces former Darkness Vol 3: Spear of Destiny (#15-#18) trade and adds (#19-#25)

    February

    Strykeforce

  • Writer – Marc Silvestri/Jay Faerber
  • Artist – Brandon Peterson/Tyler Kirkham
  • Cover – Tyler Kirkham
  • Page count – 240 + covers $19.99
  • Collecting – Strykeforce (#1-#5) + Codename Strykeforce #0, #1- #3 from 1994

    March

    Wanted Hardcover

  • Writer – Mark Millar
  • Artist – JG Jones
  • Cover – JG Jones
  • Page count – 192 + covers $29.99
  • Collecting – Wanted #1-#6 + Dossier

    Rising Stars Vol 3

  • Writer – J. Michael Straczynski
  • Artist – Brent Anderson
  • Cover – Brent Anderson
  • Page count – 208 + covers $19.99
  • Collecting – Rising Stars #17-#24

    April

    Rising Stars Deluxe Hardcover

  • Writer – J. Michael Straczynski
  • Artist – Brent Anderson/Keu Cha
  • Page count – 656 + covers. Price TBD
  • Collecting – Rising Stars #1-#24, #0, #1/2, prelude

    Witchblade Vol 4

  • Writer – David Wohl/Christina Z.
  • Artist – Randy Green
  • Page count – 352 + covers $24.99
  • Collecting – Witchblade #26-#39

    May

    Marc Silvestri: A Tale of Art and Revolution soft cover.

  • Artist – Marc Silvestri (Biographical)
  • Page count – 276 + covers $24.99

    Battle of the Planets Digest Vol 3

  • Writer – Alex Ross/David Wohl/Munier Sharieff
  • Artist – Wilson Tortosa
  • Page count – 224 + covers $9.99
  • Collecting – Battle of the Planets: Princess #1-#6 + ½ issue + Battle book

    June

    Wanted Soft cover

  • Writer – Mark Millar
  • Artist – JG Jones
  • Cover – Paul Mounts
  • Page count – 192 + covers $19.99
  • Collecting – Wanted #1-#6 + dossier

    July

    Darkness Vol 3 ½

  • Writer – Scott Lobdell
  • Artist – Clarence Lansang/Clayton Crain
  • Page count – 448 + covers $29.99
  • Collecting – Darkness Vol 1 #26-#39 + Witchblade/Darkness and Darkness/Witchblade

    August

    Witchblade Vol 5

  • Writer – Paul Jenkins
  • Artist – Keu Cha/Francis Manapul
  • Page count – 368 + covers $24.99
  • Collecting – Witchblade #40-#53

    September

    Darkness Vol 5

  • Writer – Ron Marz/Paul Jenkins/Frank Tieri
  • Artist -Martin Montiel/Matt Banning/Eric Basaldua
  • Page count – 256 + covers
  • Collecting – Darkness #7-#16

    October

    Rising Stars Vol 4

    Bright

  • Writer – Fiona Avery
  • Artist – Dan Jurgens
  • Collecting – #1-#3

    Untouchables

  • Writer – Fiona Avery
  • Artist – Brent Anderson
  • Collecting – #1-#5
  • Page count – 208 + covers

    November – (10th Anniversary for Witchblade)

    Witchblade Vol 8

  • Writer – David Wohl/Geoff Johns
  • Artist – Francis Manapul
  • Page count – 304 + covers $19.99
  • Collecting – Witchblade #59-#69 + Endgame (Evo 1, Tomb Raider 25, Endgame prelude)

    Witchblade Vol 9

  • Writer – David Wohl, Ian Edginton, Troy Hickman
  • Artist – Francis Manapul/Leonard Kirk/Michael Choi/Tony Daniel.
  • Page count – 256 + covers $19.99
  • Collecting – Witchblade #70 – #79

    December

    Hunter Killer Vol 1

  • Writer – Mark Waid
  • Artist – Marc Silvestri
  • Page count – 224 + covers
  • Collecting – Hunter Killer #1-#6 + #0 +sketchbook +Wizard ½

    New Volume Breakdowns:

    Witchblade

    Vol 1 – Origins (#1-#8)

    Vol 2 – Revelations (new printing including Family Ties) (#9-#17)

    Vol 3 – Prevailing (#18-#25)

    Vol 4 – collecting (#26-#39) untitled

    Vol 5 – collecting (#40-#53) untitled

    Vol 6 – Obakemono

    Vol 7 – Blood Relations (#54-#58)

    Vol 8 – Endgame (#59-#69) + Evo 1 and Tomb Raider 25

    Vol 9 – Death Pool (#70-#79)

    Vol 10 – #80 + (collecting first couple Marz/Choi story arcs)

    Darkness

    Vol 1 – Coming of Age (#1-#6)

    Vol 2 – Heart of Darkness (#7, #8, #11-#14)

    Vol 3 – Original Sin (#15-#25)

    Vol 3 ½ – (#26-#39) + Darkness/Witchblade & Witchblade/Darkness

    Vol 4 – Resurrection

    Vol 5 – (#7-#16) untitled

    Vol 6 – #17+ two David Lapham story arcs

    Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and 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. 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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