Top Cow’s July Freebies

Top Cow’s latest freebie initiative launches across 25 comic shops in the U.S and Canada. Details below, and perhaps your comic shop (see the link below).

CYBERFORCE/HUNTER-KILLER #1 HEATS UP JULY’S “LET US WIN YOU OVER” PROMOTION

Publisher unveils 25 participating retailers for month of July

CFHK #1Top 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.

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“ ’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:

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Tyrese Gibson Signing

Tyrese will be singing copies of the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen comic books based on the blockbuster smash movie now in theaters, as well as discussing his upcoming comic book collaboration, MAYHEM!, with local superstar and Image Comics founder, Todd McFarlane who had this to say, “With the current state of the comic book industry, any new infusion of excitement or customers would be a welcome relief. Tyrese brings both of those to the table along with his unbridled enthusiasm. Image is looking forward to having a long sustained run with him on MAYHEM and some of the other ideas he’s talked about for the future.”
Megastar artist Jim Lee is also excited about MAYHEM, “There’s nothing more compelling about a bold, original character than an impassioned team of creators. MAYHEM’s boundless energy starts from the top as whirlwind dynamo creator Tyrese Gibson singlehandedly makes you love the character as if he were your very own betrayed, tragic son seeking redemption. MAYHEM is fresh, fun and most importantly, from the heart.”
Because of time contraints and to help ensure as many fans as possible have the opportunity to meet Tyrese, fans can only obtain autographs on one comic book purchased from Atomic Comics at the event, plus one personal item.
All fans who have prepaid for MAYHEM! #1-3 for only $10 will have a backing board signed as well, and will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a limited signed copy of this hot new comic!
Tyrese’s talented comic book posse will be at Atomic Comics Chandler as well: Mike Le, Will Wilson, Percy Carey (Eisner Award nominated writer of the groundbreaking graphic novel, Sentences), and artist Tone Rodriguez.

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