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Top Cow Announces SDCC 2011 Signing Schedule

Official Press Release

TOP COW ANNOUNCES COMIC-CON SIGNING SCHEDULE

JAM PACKED FOUR DAYS INCLUDES SIGNINGS, PANELS, & PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Comic-Con International in San Diego is days away and Top Cow Productions, Inc. is excited you’ll be spending time with us. Below are several creators who are just as thrilled that you’ll be making a stop at the Top Cow Booth #2629:

San Diego Signing Schedule

Wed Jul 20, 2011

6pm – 7pm Artifacts with Jeremy Haun & Michael Broussard

Where: Top Cow Booth #2629

7pm – 8pm Echoes hard cover with Joshua Hale Fialkov & Rahsan Ekedal

Where: Top Cow panel #2629

8pm – 9pm The Darkness with Sheldon Mitchell & Rick Basaldua

Where: Top Cow Booth #2629

 

Thu Jul 21, 2011

10am – 12pm Echoes hard cover with Joshua Hale Fialkov & Rahsan Ekedal

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

11:30am – 12:30pm Michael Broussard & Jeremy Haun (Image Booth)

Where: Image Comics booth #2729

12pm – 1pm Spreading The Darkness panel

Where: Panel Room 9

1pm – 2pm Artifacts with Whilce Portacio, Jeremy Haun & Eric Canete

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

2pm – 3pm Magdalena with David Marquez & William Farmer

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

3pm – 4:30pm Darkness with Sheldon Mitchell & Rick Basaldua

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

3:30pm – 4pm Portfolio Reviews

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

4:30pm – 6pm Darkness II: Confession signing with Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, Filip Sablik, & Sunny Gho

Where: Top Cow Booth #2629

6pm – 7pm September Mourning with Marc Silvestri & Emily Lazar

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

Fri Jul 22, 2011

9:30am – 10:30am Echoes hard cover with Rahsan Ekedal

Where: Image Comics booth #2729

10am – 11:30am Magdalena with David Marquez & William Farmer

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

11:30am – 12:30pm September Mourning with Marc Silvestri & Emily Lazar

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

12:30pm – 2pm Artifacts with Whilce Portacio & Jeremy Haun with Eric Canete &

Ro bLevin

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

2pm – 3:30pm Darkness II: Confession with Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, Filip Sablik, & Sunny Gho

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

4pm – 6pm Echoes hard cover with Joshua Hale Fialkov & Rahsan Ekedal

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

4:30pm – 5pm Portfolio Reviews

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

6pm – 7pm Darkness with Sheldon Mitchell & Rick Basaldua

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

 

Sat Jul 23, 2011

10am – 11am Top Cow Universe with David Marquez & Rob Levin

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

11am – 12pm Darkness with Sheldon Mitchell & Rick Basaldua

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

11am – 12pm MTV Comics panel

Where: Room 7AB

11:30am – 12:30pm Top Cow: We Create… Excitement panel

Where: Room 8

12:30pm – 1:30pm September Mourning with Marc Silvestri & Emily Lazar

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

1:30pm – 3pm Pilot Season 2011 Signing

Where: Top Cow Booth #2629

3pm – 4pm Darkness II: Confession with Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard &

Filip Sablik

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

4pm – 5pm MTV’s Teen Wolf

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

5 – 5:30pm Portfolio Reviews

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

5:30pm – 6:30pm Artifacts with Jeremy Haun & Eric Canete

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

5:30pm – 6:30pm Echoes hard cover with Joshua Hale Fialkov & Rahsan Ekedal

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

Sun Jul 24, 2011

11am – 12pm Darkness with Sheldon Mitchell & Rick Basaldua

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

12pm – 1:30pm Echoes hard cover with Joshua Hale Fialkov

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

1:30pm – 3pm Artifacts with Whilce Portacio, Jeremy Haun & Rob Levin

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

3pm – 4:30pm Darkness II: Confession with Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard &

Filip Sablik

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

4:30pm – 5pm Portfolio Reviews

Where: Top Cow booth #2629

Top Cow will also be accepting art sample submissions (penciling, inking, coloring, and full art) every morning from show opening until 12noon. Three samples will be selected every day, and posted at the booth, for a one-on-one portfolio review with Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik at the end of the day (see schedule for specific times).

PLEASE NOTE: All dates/times are subject to change. Lines may be cut off prior to the end time listed to ensure a timely completion of each signing. Number of items signed may be limited at the signings.

Free sketch tickets will be available in very limited quantities at the beginning of each day of the show on a first come, first served basis. Sketch tickets are limited one per fan per day. Fans must be present at the appointed signing time to redeem their sketch ticket. Not all artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will offer free sketches and fans should inquire at the booth on the morning they plan to get a sketch for availability.

For up-to-date information on Top Cow’s plans at Comic-Con International in San Diego, please visit www.topcow.com or follow us on Twitter (@TopCow).

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.  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

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Collector’s Paradise opens store #2, Celebrates with FCBD Launch!

Official Press ReleaseCollector's Paradise

Collector’s paradise DEFIES THE BAD ECONOMY BY OPENING A SECOND LOCATION AND CELEBRATES COMICS WITH FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ON MAY 7 

San Fernando Valley’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Welcomes Industry Creators to help promote launch of the new location and Free Comic Book Day, a day of Celebration of the Comic Books Industry! 

PASADENA, Calif., April 30, 2011 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce that it has purchased the famous Pasadena hobby landmark, Comic Odyssey, and has turned it into the second location of the company’s store brand, Collector’s Paradise.

Everyone knows that with the current economy, consumers are spending less than before on their hobbies.  Collector’s Paradise believes that as the economy changes for the better, the comic book industry will recover and with the proliferation of comic-based movies, a whole new audience will continue to grow for our products. “Opening a new location has always been a dream of mine, and bringing more business to such a fine area as Pasadena is an exciting opportunity we just could not pass up”, said Edward Greenberg, one of the co-owners of Collector’s Paradise.

The timing of the opening of the new store could not have been better, as it gives Collector’s Paradise the opportunity to unveil the new location during the most exciting day of the year for the whole industry, Free Comic Book Day.  An annual event that happens every year on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day has become the most attended day of the year for most stores participating in the celebration. This year, on May 7, Collector’s Paradise will present to its customers a very exciting  event, that will showcase the store’s commitment to continue being not just a retail store, but a “Destination” where consumers come to meet the industry’s finest creators face to face.

On May 7th, Collector’s Paradise is presenting one of their best line-ups of comic book creators to date, including:

Len Wein – creator of such characters as Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus. As an Editor, Len oversaw such books as Crisis on Infinite Earths and Watchmen. Len is currently writing DC Universe Legacies. Len will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign for fans.

JT Krul – a bright rising star at DC Comics. Having started at Aspen Comics, where he took over writing duties from Michael Turner on books like Fathom and Soulfire, this past year, JT has left his mark on Green Arrow and Teen Titans, an upcoming Flashpoint tie-ins, in addition to his first creator-owned title, Mindfield. JT will be on hand from 3pm to 5pm to sign for fans.

David Petersen is known all around as the creator /artist / writer of the amazing All Ages book, Mouse Guard, from Archaia. The book has won all types of awards and is considered a shining example of a graphic novel for fans of ALL ages. David will be on hand from 4pm to 6pm to sign for fans.

Jim McCann‘s latest graphic novel, The Return of the Dapper Men, from Archaia, has been a huge critical hit and commercial success, selling out the whole first printing in a matter of days.  His Marvel work, Avengers: The Reunion and Hawkeye & Mockingbird, among others, has also received some high praise.  Jim will be on hand from 4pm to 6pm to sign for fans.

Mark Sable‘s career in comics started with creator-owned Grounded, Fearless, and Hazed. He’s done some DC work including a Teen Titans Cyborg mini-series. His original series, Unthinkable, from Boom Studios! was too close to real life for TSA Agents, and right now he’s working on a new series, called Graveyard of Empires, for Image Comics. Mark will be on hand from 11 to 2 to sign for fans.

Sheldon Mitchell has done a great deal of work for Top Cow Studios, including Freshmen Summer Vacation Special, and his current run on The Darkness. Sheldon will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign and sketch for fans.

Rick Basaldua has been an artist/inker for many years on many Top Cow books, including the hot Artifacts mini-series, as well as Rising Stars, Pilot Season, and Utopia at Marvel Comics. Rick will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign and sketch for fans.

Tess Fowler is a rising star. So far her works has been featured in Michelle Obama Year One, Wonderland Annual 2010, Grimm Fairy Tales and Charmed, as well as Heavy Metal Magazine. Tess will be on hand from 3pm to 5pm to sign and sketch for fans.

Kids are a big focus of Collector’s Paradise’ effort on FCBD.  The event will feature costumed characters for the kids to take photographs with, as well as several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.

In addition to the free comics, Collector’s Paradise Pasadena will hold their biggest sale of the year, especially on comic book back issues, which will be sold at incredible price of just 50 Cents each, or $50 for an approx. 300 count box. The is the biggest reduction of price for back issues in the history of the store and will only happen on that day.

The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Pasadena from 11am to 7:00pm, with creator signings and character appearances throughout the day.

Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar, in Old Town Pasadena.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise @ 626-577-6694 (business) or 818-326-2517 (cell), or at store@comicsandcards.net

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Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from monthly creator appearances, to the proprietary online subscription manager software, to the recently-opened Art Gallery. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture. For the last two years, Collector’s Paradise was picked by fans as the Best Comic Book Store in Los Angeles County, according to an online poll done by Fox LA.
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Catch Up On the Event of the Year with the Artifacts Volume 1 Trade Paperback

Official Press Release

CATCH UP ON THE EVENT OF THE YEAR WITH THE ARTIFACTS VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

LOS ANGELES, Calif., January 6, 2011 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that fans can catch up on 2010’s event series ARTIFACTS with the ARTIFACTS VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK, which collects the early issues as well as recently sold-out ARTIFACTS #4, out at the end of this month.

With an introductory price of $9.99, readers can discover the series that has everyone buzzing.  The paperback collection’s release will coincide with the beginning of the second chapter of the yearlong event.

Separately, thirteen mystical Artifacts will guide the fate of the Universe. Together, thirteen Artifacts will end the Universe. When a mysterious antagonist kidnaps, Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado, Armageddon is put into motion. Starring virtually every character in the Top Cow Universe, this is a series for diehard fans and new readers alike.

Written by Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE, MAGDALENA) with the art team of Michael Broussard (THE DARKNESS), Rick Basaldua (THE DARKNESS), Sal Regla (MAGDALENA) and Sunny Gho of IFS (VELOCITY), this volume collects ARTIFACTS #1-#4 along with the Free Comic Book Day #0 issue and a beautiful cover gallery, behind-the-scenes extras, and much more!

ARTIFACTS VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK (SEP100528), a 160-page full color comic trade, will be in stores January 26, the same day as ARTIFACTS #5 (Cover A by Klein: OCT100528, Cover B by Christopher: OCT100529, Cover C by Keown: OCT100530).

“ It’s loud, widescreen comic book mayhem that sticks to the roof of your brain” – 4 out 5 stars – Comic Book Resources

“…dramatic and heavy…visually striking…” – Newsarama

“…great writing and great art are in perfect tandem.” – Crave Online

“‘Artifacts’ is a masterful event that presents world-changing stakes while keeping the story grounded with a human center.” – MTV Splashpage

“Top Cow took Marvel and DC to school on how to innovate the event comic with the release of Artifacts.” – IGN

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Top Cow’s Artifacts Sells Out Again!

Official Press Release

TOP COW’S ARTIFACTS SELLS OUT AGAIN!

ARTIFACTS #3 GOES BACK FOR 2nd PRINTING, AVAILABLE SAME DAY AS ARTIFACTS #4

LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 8, 2010 – Following the issues before it, the third issue from Top Cow’s limited event series that ties in the publisher’s entire Universe, ARTIFACTS, heads back to the printers for a second printing after a distribution-level sellout.  The second printing of ARTIFACTS #3 will be out in stores the same day as ARTIFACTS #4 for readers who couldn’t get their hands on the issue in time.

“Three issues, four sold out issues!  I couldn’t be prouder of the amazing work Ron Marz, Michael Broussard, Rick Basaldua, Sunny Gho, and the rest of the Artifacts team are doing on our biggest event to date,” said Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik.  “And a big thanks to all of the retailers and fans who are supporting the series. It only gets better from here!”

The first chapter of Top Cow’s biggest event-to-date from Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE) and Top Cow superstar artist Michael Broussard (THE DARKNESS) concludes with ARTIFACTS #4.  Artifact bearers from around the globe including Sara Pezzini, bearer of the Witchblade; Jackie Estacado, bearer of The Darkness, Dani Baptiste, bearer of the Angelus; the Magdalena, bearer of the Spear of Destiny; Tom Judge, bearer of the Rapture; and many others have found themselves pulled into an ancient struggle ignited by the kidnapping of Hope Pezzini.  The fourth issue will reveal the architect of this fateful orchestration.

” Separately, thirteen mystical artifacts guide the fate of the Universe. Together, thirteen Artifacts will end the Universe. When a mysterious antagonist kidnaps, Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado, Armageddon is put into motion. Artifacts brings together a number of plot threads from all over the Top Cow Universe the past few years.

ARTIFACTS #3 2nd Printing (OCT108160) and ARTIFACTS #4 (AUG100510) will be in stores Wednesday, December 22, 2010.

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Top Cow Echoes ‘We Create’ at Long Beach Comic Con 2010

Official Press Release

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO VOTE FOR PILOT SEASON 2010

TOP COW ECHOES ‘WE CREATE’ AT LONG BEACH COMIC CON 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 28, 2010 – With Halloween weekend upon us, join Top Cow Productions, Inc. in their home city of Los Angeles at the second annual Long Beach Comic Con, October 29-31, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Meet the Top Cow team and creators at booth #212 for convention exclusives, preview books and free goodies, and celebrate the success of this year’s action-packed event series Artifacts, launch of Echoes and the kick-off of the Pilot Season 2010 voting period with them.

Fans who stop by the booth will be among the first to launch the Pilot Season 2010 voting period.  At voting stations, attendees can decide who deserves a series of their own:  a group of bank robbers, a femme fatale of the digital age, a former assassin for the CIA, a doctor working at a pharmaceutical company, or an ex-pat who made a del with a demon.  Several creators for this year’s Pilot Season will be on-hand to sway your vote.

Among the creators appearing at the Top Cow booth #212 will be Joshua Fialkov (Tumor, Echoes), Rob Levin (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), William Harms (Impaler), Filip Sablik (Pilot Season: Asset), Jeff Katz (Pilot Season: Crosshair), Rick Loverd (Berserker), Michael Broussard (Artifacts, The Darkness), Sheldon Mitchell (The Darkness), Rahsan Ekedal (Echoes, The Crazies), Rick Basaldua (Artifacts, The Darkness), Randy Queen (Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom of Pain), Sarah Queen (Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom of Pain) and Joe Weems (Artifacts, Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia).

Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik is hosting a panel on Saturday, October 30, Top Cow: We Create…Competition, at 3:00-3:45pm in Seaside Ballroom B.  Join Sablik and a host of Top Cow creators as he walks attendees through what the Cow has in store for you in 2011, including the next arc in Artifacts and Magdalena, Top Cow mainstays Witchblade and The Darkness, what’s coming out first at Minotaur Press, and more.  Panelists include Broussard, Mitchell, Levin, Fialkov, Ekedal and Loverd.  All attendees will receive a free gift!

At the Top Cow booth #212, the publisher will have the following new products available for fans:  Witchblade #139 Long Beach Comic Con exclusive cover by Randy Queen and Sarah Queen, two Halloween lithographs by the Queens and Stjepan Sejic. Additionally, Top Cow will have several exclusive trade paperback bellyband packages.

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.  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.

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Artifacts #2 Sold Out At Distributor Level; Goes Back for Second Printing

Official Press Release

ARTIFACTS RACE CONTINUES TO HEAT UP

ARTIFACTS #2 SOLD OUT AT DISTRIBUTOR LEVEL; GOES BACK FOR SECOND PRINTING

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 26, 2010 – Artifacts, Top Cow’s latest Universe event series by writer Ron Marz (Witchblade) with the art team of Michael Broussard (The Darkness), Rick Basaldua (The Darkness), Sal Regla (Magdalena) and Sunny Gho of IFS (Velocity), experienced another sell out at the distributor level for its second issue.  A second printing of Artifacts #2 has been sent to Diamond Comics Distributors to meet the demand and will be available in local comic stores tomorrow.

“The reception for Artifacts has been tremendously gratifying,” said Marz.  “I feel like Artifacts #1 going back for a third printing was a pretty good indication that if you put together an event storyline that’s accessible to new readers, people will give it a try.”

“So seems like Artifacts #2 selling out is an indication that those people are sticking with the series, which is hugely appreciated. I hope everyone is in for the long haul, because there’s a lot more to come,” added Marz.

Separately, thirteen mystical artifacts guide the fate of the Universe. Together, thirteen Artifacts will end the Universe. When a mysterious antagonist kidnaps, Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado, Armageddon is put into motion. Artifacts brings together a number of plot threads from all over the Top Cow Universe the past few years.

Artifacts #2 2nd Printing, a 32-page full color comic book for $3.99, will be in stores tomorrow, October 27, 2010.  The saga continues with Artifacts #3 arriving in stores on November 17.

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.  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.

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Artifacts #1 Goes to Third Printing Plus Artifacts #0 In Its Entirety

Official Press Release

TOP COW CELEBRATES A FIRST WITH ARTIFACTS

ARTIFACTS #1 GOES TO THIRD PRINTING

LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 31, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that the first issue from their mega-event series, Artifacts, has sold out for a second time at Diamond and will head back to the printers for a third printing to meet demand, a first in Top Cow history.

The dynamic pairing of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade) with the art team of Michael Broussard (The Darkness), Rick Basaldua (The Darkness), Sal Regla (Magdalena) and Sunny Gho of IFS (Velocity) delivers one of the most accessible and engaging event series to date.

”The rapid sales velocity on Artifacts #1 has been incredibly gratifying and a testament to the fantastic work that the entire creative team of Ron Marz, Michael Broussard, Rick Basaldua, Sal Regla, and Sunny Gho have been doing,” commented Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, “We’ve never gone to a third printing, but this is our biggest event to date and we want our retail partners to know that we are fully behind it.”

“Obviously I’m thrilled we’re going go to a third printing of Artifacts #1,” said Marz.  “Huge thanks to the readers and retailers for supporting the book. The most gratifying aspect to the whole thing is that a lot of new readers are trying out Artifacts, finding it absolutely accessible, and using it as their gateway into the Top Cow Universe.”

Bringing together a number of plot threads from all over the Top Cow Universe the past few years, Top Cow’s first foray into a universe-tying event has been well-received across comic book and pop culture communities, including Comic Book Resources, Newsarama, Comic Vine, iFanboy, Techland, USA Today and many, many more taking notice.

Artifacts #1 3rd Printing, a 32-page full color comic book for $3.99, will be in stores September 22, 2010.  The saga continues with Artifacts #2 arriving in stores the same day.

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.  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.

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Top Cow Celebrates Artifacts’ Launch & Sell-Out at Two Release Parties

Official Press Release

TOP COW CELEBRATES ARTIFACTS’ LAUNCH & SELL-OUT AT TWO RELEASE PARTIES

ARTIFACTS #1 BY TOP COW HAS SOLD OUT; REPRINTS OF ARTIFACTS #1 ON ITS WAY

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 28, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that copies of Artifacts #1, have sold out at the distributor level.  A second printing of Artifacts #1 is being sent to Diamond Comics Distributors to meet the demand for the publisher’s 13-issue mega-event series and will be available in upcoming weeks.

Written by Ron Marz (Witchblade, Green Lantern) and featuring the art team of Michael Broussard (The Darkness), Rick Basaldua (The Darkness), Sal Regla (Magdalena) and Sunny Gho of IFS (Velocity), the Artifacts event series promises to be Top Cow’s most ambitious art series to date and will weave together story lines from a number of Top Cow titles.  The first issue kicks off with the abduction of Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado and quickly spirals into a conspiracy, which threatens to destroy the entire Top Cow Universe.

”We have been working on Artifacts for almost two years and nothing has been more gratifying than hearing and seeing the reaction from reviewers and fans alike,” commented Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik. “Ron, Michael, Rick, Sal, Sunny, and Marc have delivered a breath-taking, show-stopping first issue and let me assure you, we are just getting warmed up.”

“We’ve been talking about Artifacts being a chance to put our best foot forward, so to speak, in terms of introducing the entire Top Cow Universe to readers,” added Marz.  “So I’m absolutely thrilled with the response we’ve received, especially going to a second printing so quickly. I’m proud of what Michael and I and everyone else on the creative and editorial teams has produced, and I want to get it into as many hands as possible.”

On Saturday, July 31st, Top Cow will co-host two bi-coastal launch parties to celebrate the release of this momentous first issue. The Los Angeles release party will be held at Collector’s Paradise from 7-10pm PST.  Broussard, Basaldua, and Publisher Filip Sablik will be at the event signing copies of the Collector’s Paradise exclusive variant cover of Artifacts #1, as well as an exclusive limited edition print featuring art from Broussard. Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave in Canoga Park. Additional information can be found at the store’s website at http://comicsandcards.net.

The New York release party will be held at Midtown Comics at Times Square from 3-5pm EST.  Marz will be at the event signing copies of the Midtown Comics’ exclusive variant cover of Artifacts #1.  Midtown Comics is located at 200 W 40th Street (Corner of 7th Avenue) in New York. Additional information can be found at the store’s website at http://www.midtowncomics.com/.

Momentum for the race to Artifacts began after the publisher released an Artifacts guide as part of the Top Cow Artifacts #0 Free Comic Book Day issue.  Artifacts #1 is the perfect place for faithful readers to see their loyalty pay off, and for new readers to enter the Top Cow Universe.

Artifacts #1’s success joins other recent sold-out Top Cow titles – The Darkness/Pitt #1, The Darkness/Pitt #2, Tracker #1, Pilot Season: Murderer #1, Pilot Season: Demonic #1, Angelus #1, Angelus #2 and Magdalena #1.

Artifacts #1 Second Printing will be in stores August 18th, 2010.

Artifacts #2 will arrive in stores August 25th, 2010.

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Top Cow Productions & Collector’s Paradise celebrate release of Artifacts #1

Official Press Release Collector's Paradise

TOP COW PRODUCTIONS and Collector’s paradise celebrate RELEASE OF TOP COW’S GAME-CHANGING COMIC BOOK, ARTIFACTS #1 WITH A RELEASE PARTY FOR THE AGES!

Valley’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store helps publisher promote a Major Release

CANOGA PARK, Calif., July 26, 2010 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce that they will be throwing the Los Angeles Release Party for Top Cow Production’s ARTIFACTS #1 on Saturday, July 31 from 7 to 10pm.

Collector’s Paradise has a long history of working closely with comic book creators and publishers. Top Cow Productions’ new release, Artifacts, promises to be a game-changing comic book for the company and their fans, and Collector’s Paradise is proud and thankful for the opportunity to present this book to Los Angeles fans in style.

ARTIFACTS: The event FIVE Years in the Making!

Thirteen mystical Artifacts, including the Witchblade, the Darkness and others, guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe. For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 Artifacts would herald mankind’s destruction. What ensues will remake the entirety of the Top Cow Universe, from the Witchblade and the Darkness, to the Angelus, Magdalena, and countless others. Artifacts #1 is the perfect place for faithful readers to see their loyalty pay off, and for new readers to experience the Top Cow Universe.From Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and Top Cow superstar artist Michael Broussard (The Darkness) comes an event series, which will literally shake the Top Cow Universe to its foundation.

RELEASE PARTY WILL FEATURE:

– A signing by the art team on the book, Michael Broussard and Rick Basaldua, plus publisher, Filip Sablik.

– Original Art from the issue displayed in the Gallery.

– An EXCLUSIVE Variant Cover ARTIFACTS #1, limited to 500 copies made and available ONLY from Collector’s Paradise

– An EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Print, limited to 100 copies made, featuring the wraparound cover to the series with art by Michael Broussard.

– Free Beer, Refreshments and snacks will be available for the guests
The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery on Saturday July 31st, from 7 to 10 pm, with creator signings from 7-8pm.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, on the corner of Winnetka Ave and Sherman Way, in Canoga Park.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery @ 818.999.9455 (business) or 818.326.2517 (cell), or at cparadise@socal.rr.com.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from monthly creator appearances, to the proprietary online subscription manager software, to the recently-opened Art Gallery. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture. For the last two years, Collector’s Paradise was picked by fans as the Best Comic Book Store in Los Angeles County, according to an online poll done by Fox LA.
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Top Cow Reveals Comic-Con International 2010 Signing Schedule

Official Press Release

Top Cow Productions

TOP COW REVEALS COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2010 SIGNING SCHEDULE

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 19, 2010 – Comic-Con International in San Diego is days away and Top Cow Productions, Inc. is excited you’ll be spending time with us.  Below are several creators who are just as thrilled that you’ll be making a stop at the Top Cow Booth #2629:

Thursday, July 22

10:00 – 11:00am:   William Harms, Thomas Nachlik

11:00 – 12:00pm:   Nelson Blake II, Sheldon Mitchell, Rick Basaldua

11:30 – 12:30pm:   Ale Garza

12:00 – 1:30pm:    Ron Marz, Kenneth Rocafort

12:30 – 1:30pm:    Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill

1:30 – 3:00pm:      Michael Broussard, Ryan Winn, Troy Peteri

2:00 – 3:00pm:      Phil Hester

5:00 – 6:00pm:      Rick Basaldua, Richard Fairgray, Eric Basaldua

5:30 – 6:30pm:      Joshua Hale Fialkov

6:00 – 7:00pm:      Sheldon Mitchell, Paolo Pantalena

Friday, July 23

10:00 – 11:00am:   Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill, David Hine, Jeff Wamester

11:00 – 12:00pm:   Kenneth Rocafort, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Richard Fairgray

12:00 – 1:00pm:     Sheldon Mitchell, Troy Peteri, Joe Weems

12:00 – 1:30pm:     Phil Hester

1:00 – 2:30pm:       Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, Emily Lazar

1:30 – 2:30pm:       Ron Marz

2:30 – 3:30pm:       Milo Ventimiglia, Russ Cundiff, Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

4:30 – 5:30pm:       Jason Rubin, Sal Regla, Josh Hale Fialkov, Rahsan Ekedal

5:30 – 6:30pm:       David Marquez, William Harms, Thomas Nachlik, Jonathan Lincoln

Saturday, July 24

10:00 – 11:00am:    David Hine, Jeff Wamester, Rick Basaldua, Paolo Pantalena

11:00 – 12:00pm:    Kenneth Rocafort

11:30 – 1:00pm:      Ron Marz, Michael Broussard, Troy Peteri

12:00 – 1:00pm:      Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

1:00 – 2:00pm:        Thomas Nachlik, William Harms, Jonathan Lincoln

2:00 – 3:00pm:        Richard Fairgray, Rahsan Ekedal, Randy Queen, Sarah Queen

3:00 – 4:00pm:        Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman

3:00 – 4:30pm:        Sheldon Mitchell, Eric Basaldua

4:00 – 5:00pm:        Ale Garza, Troy Peteri

4:30 – 5:30pm:        Jason Rubin, Sal Regla, Joe Weems

5:00 – 6:30pm:        Marc Silvestri, Emily Lazar

5:30 – 6:30pm:        Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill

Sunday, July 25

10:00 – 11:00am:    Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Rick Basaldua

11:00 – 12:00pm:    David Marquez, Thomas Nachlik

12:00 – 1:00pm:      Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill, Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

1:00 – 2:00pm:        David Hine, Jeff Wamester, Eric Basaldua, Ale Garza

2:00 – 3:00pm:        Richard Fairgray, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Paolo Pantalena

3:00 – 4:00pm:        Sheldon Mitchell, Rick Basaldua

4:00 – 5:00pm:        Kenneth Rocafort, Michael Broussard

PLEASE NOTE: All dates/times are subject to change.  Sketch tickets will be available at the beginning of each day of the show.  Sketch tickets are limited one per fan per day. Fans must be present at the appointed signing time to redeem their sketch ticket. Not all artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will offer free sketches and fans should inquire at the booth on the morning they plan to get a sketch for availability.

Be sure to check out the Top Cow “We Create” Multimedia panel on Saturday, July 24 at 1:30-2:30pm in Room 9 as well.

For up-to-date information on Top Cow’s plans at Comic-Con International in San Diego, please visit www.topcow.com or follow us on Twitter (@TopCow).

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