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

Thu, June 11th, 2009 at 11:24am PDT

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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
602-395-1066
www.atomiccomics.com

Comickaze Comics Books & More
5517 A/B Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
858-278-0371
www.comickaze.com

Crush Comics
2869 Catro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley, CA 94546
510-581-4779
www.crushcomics.com

The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-372-6704
www.thecomicbug.com

4-Colour, 8 Bit Comics & Games
348 Princess St
Kingston, ON Canada K7L 1B7
613-542-1200
www.4c8b.com

Galactic Quest
481 West Pike St
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
770-339-3001
www.galacticquest.com

Captain Comics, Inc.
710 Vista Ave
Boise, ID 83705
208-336-2333
www.captain-comics.com

Dreamland Comics
1415 W Schaumburg Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60194
847-524-6060
www.dreamlandcomics.com

Comic Carnival North
7225 N Keystone Ave Ste B
Indianapolis, IN 46240
317-253-8882
www.comiccarnival.com/ccn

Prairie Dog Comics
4800 W Maple Ste 122
Wichita, KS 67209
316-942-3456
www.pdcomics.com

Rubber Chicken Comics
15 N Main St
Bellingham, MA 02019
508-966-2210
www.rubberchickencomics.com

Comic City
466 N Telegraph Rd
Pontiac, MI 48341
248-334-4139
www.comiccity.com

Comic Book Adventures
3151 Hennepin Ave So
Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-822-2309

Paradox Comics-N-Cards, Inc.
26 Roberts St N
Fargo, ND 58102
701-239-9505
www.paradoxcnc.com

Game On
220 Westview Plaza
McCook, NE 69001
308-345-8888
www.gameongames.com

All Things Fun!
185 C Route 73 North
West Berlin, NJ 08091
856-719-1414
www.allthingsfun.com

Wishing Well Comics
5706 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
702-870-1268
www.wishingwellcomics.com

Upstate Comics
1097 RT 55 Freedom Business Center
LaGrangeville, NY 12540
845-452-3320
www.upstatecomics.com

Impulse Creations, Inc.
5840 S Memorial Dr Ste 209
Tulsa, OK 74145
918-284-2913
www.impulsecreations.net

New Dimension Comics
516 Lawrence Ave
Ellwood City, PA 16117
724-758-2324
www.ndcomics.com

Lone Star Comics-Mesquite
3600 Gus Thompson Rd #107
Mesquite, TX 75040
972-651-2040
www.lonestarcomics.com

Benders Books
22 S Mallory St
Hampton, VA 23663
757-723-3741

Comic Cubicle
4809 Courthouse St #2
Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-229-5299

Cascade Comics and Games
226 E North Bend Way
North Bend, WA 98045
425-888-0880
www.cascadecomicsandgames.com

Comic Boy
3462 Fairmont Rd
Morgantown, WV 26501
304-296-3100

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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