Top Cow is soliciting and distributing The Unusual Suspects, and all-original 96-page graphic novel written by Dan Wickline (30 Days of Night) in March. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit The Hero Initiative, the only charity dedicated specifically to helping comic creators in medical or financial need.
"When Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin asked if we would publish a book as cool as this for such a worthy cause I jumped at the chance," said Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. "Sometimes it's important to do something for no other reason than just giving back to those who paved the road for all of us."
The Unusual Suspects is the brainchild of writer Dan Wickline, who's written 16 short stories, illustrated by a bevy of great talent, including Nat Jones (Spawn), Ben Templesmith (Fell), Tone Rodriguez (Conan), Chris Moreno (Sidekick) and many more. Wickline, all the artists, and cover artists Mike Mayhew and Dean White, have done all their work for free as well, to help maximize benefit for The Hero Initiative.
"I got to write a bunch of fun and twisted stories while helping out a fantastic charity and working with amazing artists," said writer Dan Wickline. "This is one of the great things about being in this industry."
Art attached: Unusual Suspects cover art by Mike Mayhew and Dean White
Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri who co-founded Image Comics in the 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 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, 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 role playing games.
The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. For more information, visit www.HeroInitiative.org or call 310-909-7809.