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Preview – The Darkness #99

The Darkness #99

Story by: Phil Hester Art By: Romano Molenaar Cover By: Jeremy Haun & Sheldon Mitchell
Price: $2.99

CELEBRATE THE FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY!
The Darkness has mustered its considerable defenses in its home dimension to crush its prodigal son and current bearer, Jackie Estacado. Long time writer PHIL HESTER (WONDER WOMAN, THE GREEN HORNET) and ROMANO MOLENAAR (THE DARKNESS II: CONFESSION) build to the crescendo that will be landmark THE DARKNESS #100 when Jackie will come face-to-face with the source of his power and misery.

Preview – The Darkness #96

The Darkness #96

story PHIL HESTER, art ROMANO MOLENAAR, cover A JEREMY HAUN , cover B SHELDON MITCHELL
Price: $2.99

CELEBRATE THE FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY!
Since The Darkness first debuted fifteen years ago, the Darkness itself and its headstrong bearer, Jackie Estacado, have often been at odds. Estacado is no saint, but the Darkness has crossed a line and to protect his family, Jackie will take the fight into the heart of the Darkness itself. Leading up to the landmark issue #100, long time writer PHIL HESTER (Wonder Woman, Green Hornet) is joined by artist ROMANO MOLENAAR (The Darkness II: Confession) for the stunning conclusion of his three year run!
Featuring a variant cover by SHELDON MITCHELL!

Preview – The Darkness #95

The Darkness #95

story PHIL HESTER art SHELDON MITCHELL cover BANE

Price: $2.99

‘OUTER DARKNESS,’ Part Six The Darkness declares all out war against its most rebellious bearer, Jackie Estacado! With a small group of loyal allies, Jackie must face down an army of doppelgangers, a scorned woman from his past, and the very source of his own power.

Preview – The Darkness #94

The Darkness #94

By: Phil Hester, Sheldon Mitchell, Bane

Price: $3.99

The Darkness declares all out war against its most rebellious bearer, Jackie Estacado! With a small group of loyal allies, Jackie must face down an army of doppelgangers, a scorned woman from his past, and the very source of his own power.

The Darkness #94 Cover

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

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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Review – The Darkness #87


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The Darkness #87 COVA_stampedJust an amazing issue.  The Darkness #87 is a stand alone that takes a break to look at one of the many forces out to get Jackie Estacado and stop the Darkness force.

Just as the Brotherhood of The Darkness existed to serve the interests of The Darkness on Earth, another cult has existed in secret serving the needs of The Angelus on this world. Now armed with a legendary weapon crafted from the heart of a sun itself, a servant of the cult within Jackie’s inner circle moves to end the Estacado line once and for all.

If you don’t know anything about the Darkness or it’s characters, this is still a highly enjoyable comic.  Really the premise is simple.  A person is trained their entire life with one mission.  When it comes time to commit that mission, what happens when they realize the evil they’ve been trained to fight isn’t so bad.  If your action created the risk of creating a worse evil, would you still take it?

That’s the basic set up here.  It adds a ton to The Darkness, but at the same time can be taken as a simple tale about indoctrination.  It’s simple and very effective.  A straight forward story that gets you to think what you’d do in that situation or if it’s a decision you’ve already made.

Beyond solid and entertaining, a definite buy.

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Preview – The Darkness #87

Official Press Release

THE DARKNESS #87

(W) Phil Hester   (A) Sheldon Mitchell   (Cov) Dale Keown

The Darkest Tale of The Darkness Yet!
Just as the Brotherhood of The Darkness existed to serve the interests of The Darkness on Earth, another cult has existed in secret serving the needs of The Angelus on this world. Now armed with a legendary weapon crafted from the heart of a sun itself, a servant of the cult within Jackie’s inner circle moves to end the Estacado line once and for all.

32 Pages   Full Color    On-going Series   $2.99

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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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Review – The Darkness #86


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The Darkness #86 COVA_stampedSo, did The Darkness always have this aspect of God in it?  The Darkness #86 is the second part of Alkonost storyline.  Jackie is captured by an individual who wants to collect him.  We learn out why, which I didn’t see coming and also why Jackie is seeing visions of his sister.

Alkonost, Part 2 of 2!
In the hunt for The Sovereign Jackie and crew strike a deal with an insane Russian mobster and collector of the occult, but his supernatural enforcer wants to add a Darkness wielder to the collection. What is The Alkonost and how does it control even The Darkness itself?

Top Cow Pit artist Sheldon Mitchell (Pilot Season: Stealth) joins regular writer Phil Hester (Gen13, The Anchor) for a sinister two-part story. Featuring a cover by Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire)!

The story is interesting and definitely kept me on my toes.  My biggest issue is I felt like things needed to be expanded more, and this story might of been helped by expanding it to a third issue.

There’s a lot going on, including a new factor in the Darkness world (at least I think it’s new, I’m new to the series, give me a break).  There’s a strange mix of religion with the Darkness and one I’m not positive fits perfectly.  Also, once we learn what’s really been collected, it seems to be too powerful of an object to just be hidden away.

I’ve generally enjoyed the Darkness but this issue while entertaining came off as rushed and not completely fleshed out as much as it should have been.

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