Official Press Release
Diamond is currently reporting that Top Cow and Image Comics' Strykeforce #1 has completely sold out of its print run through the distributor. In lieu of a second printing at this point, Top Cow is releasing its' inventory of the convention exclusive edition (originally intended to be sold throughout the summer convention season) at a reduced price to meet immediate demand. This edition features a Marc Silvestri and Tyler Kirkham sketch cover. In addition, Top Cow plans to publish the complete first issue for free on their website, www.topcow.com. Strykeforce #2, which is still available for reorder, hits shelves tomorrow, Wednesday, May 5th, 2004.
"Once we heard the book sold out, we wanted to get more copies into readers' hands," says Joel Elad, Top Cow Director of Marketing and Sales. "Therefore, we took surplus copies of the sketch cover intended for the summer conventions, cut the price, and renumbered them as Regular Edition books for the consumers to enjoy."
After hearing the news, artist Tyler Kirkham exclaimed, "That's so cool! I'm glad so many people are enjoying it as much as I love drawing it."
Retailers can find more information about ordering copies of Strykeforce #1 sketch cover, and a special edition signed by artist Tyler Kirkham, from the next Previews Update or by calling their Diamond Customer Service Representative.
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 or animation. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, 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.