'Witchblade #54' features special cover

Official Press Release

Celebrating the launch of a new era for Top Cow's preeminent title,Witchblade #54 sports a special black cover with gold foil at no additionalcharge to fans or retailers. The original cover penciled by new seriesartist Francis Manapul will be a second cover stapled beneath the all blackcover (not a variant).

"We wanted to do something other than just another variant cover to drawattention to the new creative team launch for Witchblade and came up withthe idea for this cover," says Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. "It's anexperiment and, as always, we'd love to get feedback on it from fans andretailers."

Original Witchblade writer and co-creator David Wohl takes over writing thetitle with this issue and Francis Manipul, arguably one of the most talentednew finds in the business last year, will be penciling the book on anongoing basis. The new story arc remains faithful to previous storylines,but does not require anyone to have read any Witchblade issues prior to thisone.

"With the television series, we've seen a tremendous upswing in the sales ofour trade paperbacks in the book stores," says Top Cow Marketing DirectorFrank Mastromauro. "This new storyline gives some of those fans that havewatched the TV series an opportunity to start reading the monthly bookwithout having to dig through 53 back issues. The 2nd season of Witchbladekicks off in June and we're coordinating several massive joint marketingefforts with TNT to draw attention to comic stores and specifically theWitchblade comic book. We'll be making an announcement about our joint TNTefforts in a few weeks."

Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line ofcomic books in 18 languages in over 55 different countries. The company haslaunched 18 original franchises in the industry's Top 10, six at #1, a feataccomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagshipfranchise Witchblade was TNT's #1 original film of 2000 and is now in itssecond season as a television series for the network. Virtually all of TopCow's other properties are in development as feature films, live actiontelevision or animation. Top Cow has also successfully licensed andmerchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs,puppets, posters, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mousepads, die cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks,trading cards, standees, video games and role playing games.

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