Top Cow’s June Freebies

Publisher Top Cow (Witchblade, The Darkness, etc) have been doing this Let Us Win You Over promotion for a few months now and it’s a great shot in the arm for the comics biz. Basically a few selected comic shops in America and Canada get a Top Cow title for free to give to their customers as they see fit. Every month is a different free issue. For June, its Berserker #1 which is a gory and intense series about a war vet getting uncontrollably berserk and trying to figure out why, with elements of Norse mythology thrown in for good measure. The issue goes on sale on June 24. Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia helped to develop the concept. The press release is below, and the long list of this month’s freebie winning stores are at the link below that.

Berserker #1 Keown CvrTop 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.

Berserker #1 Cvr“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.net

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

2 Comments

  1. Hello there sir! Sorry that I have not checked in for a while…health matters and all…anyway, I’m going to check out Berserker #1 when it arrives, as I find it a bit intriguing…I’ll let you know what I thought of it afterward.

    Lew

  2. No probs Lew! Hope you get better soon mate. Berserker looks like an interesting, and gory, series, for sure.
    Kris


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