Top Cow Wants To Win You Over With "Bezerker" #1 For Free

Official Press Release

Top Cow Productions, Inc. revealed today the names of the participating retailers in their "Let Us Win YOU Over" initiative for June and the next free issue in the program - Berserker #1.The "Let Us Win YOU Over" initiative is a yearlong campaign by Top Cow Productions to give out free copies of its regular comics to potential fans in the U.S. and Canada through participating comic book stores. Each month, a different set of stores, each month a different free comic. The stores vary by geography and demographics. Top Cow has partnered with ComicsPRO to bring this promotion to fans and a portion of June's retailers are members of ComicsPRO. Top Cow reminds retailers that any direct market retailer with a Diamond account is eligible to participate and should contact their Diamond Customer Service representative for information on signing up.Berserker #1 is a brutal new series, co-produced with DiVide Pictures, 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 #1 is written by screenwriter and creator Rick Loverd and drawn by artist Jeremy Haun (Battle for the Cowl: Arkham Asylum). Series artist Haun and artist Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt) will provide illustrations to the two cover variants featured on Berserker #1. The issue will be in comic shops on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 and normally retails for $2.99."We're incredibly proud of the work Rick and Jeremy have done on Berserker #1 and excited that Top Cow believes in the series enough to give out free copies to retailers and fans," said Milo Ventimiglia, star of NBC's Heroes and co-founder of DiVide Pictures.

"We are very much looking forward to the being a "Let Us Win You Over" store. Not very many promotions come along where we can give away free comics and when they do we try our hardest to take advantage of them to help both the publisher and ourselves," explained Mike Cresser of Crush Comics in Castro Valley, CA, "We are hoping to increase our sales on Top Cow titles due to this and very much appreciate the effort being put forward by Top Cow."

A list of the participating retailers during the month of June (listed alphabetically by state) is included below. Additional information can be found at the official online home of the "Let Us Win YOU Over" initiative - www.topcow.com/freecomics. Customers who currently purchase Berserker at the stores below will be able to purchase an extremely limited "All Beef" Edition (limited to just the stores listed below) at the regular cover price. Fans are encouraged to contact the retailer they wish to visit for specific details:

Atomic Comics

10215 N 28th Dr #A1

Phoenix, AZ 85051


Comickaze Comics Books & More

5517 A/B Clairemont Mesa Blvd

San Diego, CA 92117


Crush Comics

2869 Catro Valley Blvd

Castro Valley, CA 94546


The Comic Bug

1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


4-Colour, 8 Bit Comics & Games

348 Princess St

Kingston, ON Canada K7L 1B7


Galactic Quest

481 West Pike St

Lawrenceville, GA 30045


Captain Comics, Inc.

710 Vista Ave

Boise, ID 83705


Dreamland Comics

1415 W Schaumburg Rd

Schaumburg, IL 60194


Comic Carnival North

7225 N Keystone Ave Ste B

Indianapolis, IN 46240


Prairie Dog Comics

4800 W Maple Ste 122

Wichita, KS 67209


Rubber Chicken Comics

15 N Main St

Bellingham, MA 02019


Comic City

466 N Telegraph Rd

Pontiac, MI 48341


Comic Book Adventures

3151 Hennepin Ave So

Minneapolis, MN 55408


Paradox Comics-N-Cards, Inc.

26 Roberts St N

Fargo, ND 58102


Game On

220 Westview Plaza

McCook, NE 69001


All Things Fun!

185 C Route 73 North

West Berlin, NJ 08091


Wishing Well Comics

5706 W Charleston Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89146


Upstate Comics

1097 RT 55 Freedom Business Center

LaGrangeville, NY 12540


Impulse Creations, Inc.

5840 S Memorial Dr Ste 209

Tulsa, OK 74145


New Dimension Comics

516 Lawrence Ave

Ellwood City, PA 16117


Lone Star Comics-Mesquite

3600 Gus Thompson Rd #107

Mesquite, TX 75040


Benders Books

22 S Mallory St

Hampton, VA 23663


Comic Cubicle

4809 Courthouse St #2

Williamsburg, VA 23188


Cascade Comics and Games

226 E North Bend Way

North Bend, WA 98045



Comic Boy

3462 Fairmont Rd

Morgantown, WV 26501


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.

About ComicsPRO

ComicsPRO (www.comicspro.org) is the only trade organization for direct-market comic book retailers. ComicsPRO's goals are not that different from trade organizations in other industries: to promote advocacy, education, and opportunity for their members. As a small business, you face many challenges without a lot of support. Joining ComicsPRO makes you part of a group facing - and overcoming - many of the same challenges. ComicsPRO allows you, as a small business, to receive benefits that are often only available to much larger groups, including discounted credit card rates and deals on health insurance. But the most important goal of ComicsPRO is to provide a voice for the often-overlooked concerns of direct-market retailers.

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