Official Press Release
This August, Wizard World Chicago marks the debut of Necromancer, a supernatural superheroine drama by Top Cow Productions and the creative team of SF novelist Joshua Ortega (Frequencies) and artist Francis Manapul (Witchblade).
Necromancer follows the adventures of Abigail van Alstine, an all-too-naïve teenager who finds herself unwillingly thrust into the world of sorcery, and a demonic plot to conquer the earth that dates back over 300 years. "Joshua is a fresh face in comics, but an experienced writer in the world of novels. Francis has extensive experience in comics, but is doing the work of his career on Necromancer," said Top Cow Editor-in-Chief Jim McLauchlin.
"Having Francis on the book is incredible…the work he's doing is utterly amazing, and we're both excited about the series and the chance to work together," said writer Joshua Ortega.
Necromancer #1 debuts at the Top Cow booth, #512, at Wizard World Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 4-7. The creative team of Ortega and Manapul will be in attendance for signings. Necromancer #1 will be in comic stores August 10, and ships with covers by Francis Manapul, Chris Bachalo (X-Men), and Greg Horn (Elektra).
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line ofcomic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company haslaunched 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 twodecades. Its flagship franchise Witchblade was TNT's #1 original film of 2000.Virtually all of Top Cow's other properties are in development as featurefilms, live action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has alsosuccessfully 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, Christmasornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees and role playing games.