Top Cow Reveals July Retailers and Comic for "Let Us Win YOU Over" Promotion

Thu, July 16th, 2009 at 5:45pm PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Top Cow Productions, Inc. revealed today the names of the participating retailers in their “Let Us Win YOU Over” initiative for July and the next free issue in the program – Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #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 July’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.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1 marks the return of two of Top Cow’s most popular teams to the forefront of the Top Cow Universe and the first time the two teams have met. When the Hunter-Killer team zeroes in on Cyberforce as rogue Ultra-Sapiens, a brutal melee erupts. But who is manipulating the two teams into conflict and to what end? Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1 is written by Hunter-Killer co-creator Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Amazing Spider-Man) and drawn by artist Kenneth Rocafort (Astonishing Tales, Madame Mirage). Series artist Rocafort provides two connected covers each featuring one team and the hot art team of Mike Choi & Sonia Oback (Uncanny X-Men, X-Force) provide covers for Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1. The issue will be in comic shops on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 and retails for $2.99.

“It’s no hyperbole on my part when I say that this is Top Cow’s biggest event series for 2009. We’ve been building towards this for well over a year and so it was a natural step to include the launch issue in the “Let Us Win YOU Over” program,” said Filip Sablik, Top Cow’s Publisher.

“ ’Let us win YOU over’ should be renamed ‘THANK YOU Top Cow’. Two hundred FREE copies to give to customers is the type of promotion I hope to see more of from all comic publishers,” added Ryan Liebowitz of Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, CA, “It's a win-win scenario for everyone and a total no-brainer!”

A list of the participating retailers during the month of July (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
3155 Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-940-6061
www.atomiccomics.com

Bases Cards & Comics
1330 W Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93535
661-942-1396

Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90058
323-658-6047
www.goldenapplecomics.com

Dragon Cards & Collectables
15-1771 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, BC Canada V1Y 7T1
250-860-1770

Librairie Millenium
451 Marie-Anne East St
Montreal, QB Canada H2J 2A2
514-284-0358

Legends of Superheroes
1655 Straits Turnpike
Middlebury, CT 06762
203-577-2445
www.legendsofsuperheroes.com

Crossroad Comics
4952 North University Dr
Lauderhill, FL 33351
954-742-0777
www.crossroadcomics.com

A Comic Shop
114 Semoran Blvd Ste 6
Winter Park, FL 32792
407-332-9636
www.acomicshop.com

Beyond Tomorrow Comics
327 N North West Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067
847-705-6633

Moonlite Comics
1100 US Hwy 127 South Ste A
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-223-1684

Twilight Zone Comics
18 North Crain Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21001
410-766-0480

Argos Book Shop
1405 Robinson Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616-454-0111
www.argosbooks.com

Comic City
43538 West Oaks Dr
Novi, MI 48377
248-449-7114
www.comiccity.com

KJB Enterprises
2525-A Lincoln Rd
HaHierburg, MS 39401
601-268-7675

Comic Junction
1621 S University Dr #203
Fargo, ND 58103
701-232-7121
www.comicjunction.com

Chris Comics
919 Lafayette Rd
Seabrook, NH 03874
603-474-2283
www.chriscardscomics.com

Fat Cat Books
15 Avenue B
Johnson City, NY 13790
607-797-9111
www.fatcatbooks.net

Comic Collection, Toys, & Compact Discs
931 Bustleton at Street Road
Feasterville, PA 19053
215-357-3332

The Comic Store
28 McGovern Ave
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-397-8737
www.comicstorepa.com

Richard’s Comics & Collectables
1214A Laurens Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
864-271-1104
www.richards-collectables.com

Capstone Comics212 W Parmer Lane #107
Austin, TX 78727
512-339-4252
www.capstonecomics.com

Lone Star Comics-Dallas
6465 Mockingbird
Dallas, TX 75214
214-823-0934
www.lonestarcomics.com

Lone Star Comics-Arlington
511 E Abram St
Abram, TX 76010
817-860-7827
www.lonestarcomics.com

B & D Comic Shop
802 Elm Ave
Roanoke, VA 24016
540-342-6642
www.banddcomics.com

Heroes and Villains
1152 Big Bethel Rd
Hampton, VA 23666
757-838-4431
www.heroesva.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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