The Darkness #75 Kicks Off Top Cow's "Let Us Win You Over"

Wed, January 28th, 2009 at 1:04pm PST | Updated: January 29th, 2009 at 11:11am

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Official Press Release

"The Darkness" #75 will be the first free comic

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Top Cow Productions, Inc. announced today that their “Let Us Win YOU Over” initiative would begin in February and the inaugural title in the program would be the highly anticipated anniversary issue – The Darkness #75.

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 all of the retailers are members of ComicsPRO.

The publisher decided to launch the program with a special celebratory anniversary issue of one of their flagship titles, The Darkness #75. The issue, which is an over-sized 48-page comic, commemorates the 75th overall issue of the series regardless of volume. The list of artists includes: Michael Broussard (current series artist), Jorge Lucas (Pilot Season: Ripclaw), Dale Keown (Pitt), Joe Benitez (Justice League of America), Ryan Sook (Superman/Batman), Steve Firchow (Ultimatum), Frazer Irving (Silent War), Lee Carter (2000 AD), Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade) and Matt Timson (Impaler). The story, which will examine what a possible future would be like for current Darkness bearer Jackie Estacado, will be penned by current series writer Phil Hester. The issue will be in comic shops on Wednesday, February 11th, 2008 and normally retails for $4.99.

“This initiative our most ambitious attempt yet to recruit new readers,” explained Filip Sablik, Publisher of Top Cow. “We wanted to kick it off in a big way and what better way than one of our biggest books of the year, both literally and figuratively. This is a great jumping on point for new fans as it is a standalone story, featuring the best art we have to offer, and an awesome value.”

A list of the participating retailers during the month of February (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 The Darkness 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 specific retailer they wish to visit for specific details:

Collector's Edition
9307 Treasure Hill
Little Rock, AR 72227
501-227-9777
www.thewildstars.com

Atomic Comics
1120 S. Country Club Dr #105
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-649-0807
www.atomiccomics.com

4 Color Fantasies
7172 Archibald Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
909-563-8751
www.4colorfantasies.com

Earth-2 Comics
15017 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
818-386-9590
www.earth2comics.com

Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff
2980 Treat Blvd
Concord, CA 94518
925-825-5410
www.flyingcolorscomics.com

Happy Harbor Comics
10112-124 St
Edmonton, AB Canada T5N 1P6
780-452-8211
www.happyharborcomics.com

Time Warp
3105 28th St
Boulder, CO 80301
303-443-4500
www.time-warp.com

Tate's Comics
4566 North University Dr
Lauderhill, FL 33351
954-748-0181
www.tatescomics.com

Dr. No's Comics & Games
3428 Canton Rd
Marietta, GA 30066
770-422-4642
www.drnos.com

Clem's Collectibles
4201 Coldwater Rd
Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
260-480-7087
www.clemscollectibles.com

Comicopia
464 Commonwealth Ave #13
Boston, MA 02215
617-266-4266
www.comicopia.com

Alternate Worlds
72 Cranbrook Road
Cockeysville, MD 21784
410-795-5510

Muse Comics
2100 Stephens #107
Missoula, MT 59801
406-543-9944
www.musecomics.com

The Hobby Shop
1501 Ward Blvd Ste #245
Wilson, NC 27893
252-291-3384
www.thehobbyshopofwilson.com

Krypton Comics
2819 S. 125th Ave Ste #261
Omaha, NE 68144
402-391-4131
www.kryptoncomicsomaha.com

Jetpack Comics
112 Portland St
Rochester, NH 03867
603-330-9636
www.jetpackcomics.com

Comic Oasis
3121 N. Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89108
702-212-8885
www.comicoasis.com

Jim Hanley's Universe
4 West 33rd St
New York, NY 10001
212-268-7088
www.jhuniverse.com

Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High St
Columbus, OH 43214
703-435-6682
www.laughingogrecomics.com

Brave New Worlds4
5 N. 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-925-6525
www.bravenewworldscomics.com

Comics & Paperback Plus
201 E. Main St
Palmyra, PA 17078
717-838-4854
www.comicsandpaperbackplus.com

New Dimension Comics
3075 Clairton Rd #940
West Mifflin, PA 15213
412-655-8661
www.ndcomics.com

Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy
6111 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757
512-454-2399
www.dlair.net

Titan Comics
3701 W. Northwest Hwy #125
Dallas, TX 75220
214-350-4420
www.titancomics.com

Zanadu Comics
1923 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
206-443-1316
www.zanaducomics.com

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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