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Top Cow Freebies For March

Official press release below regarding Top Cow’s unique initiative to give out free comics to participating comic shops in the U.S and Canada. See if yours is on the list!

wb125_cov_cTop Cow Productions, Inc. revealed today the names of the participating retailers in their “Let Us Win YOU Over” initiative for March and the program would continue with another highly anticipated anniversary issue – Witchblade #125.
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 all of February’s retailers are members of ComicsPRO.
Witchblade #125 is an over-sized 40-page comic, which launches the six part “War of the Witchblades” storyline. Since the events of First Born, Detective Sara Pezzini and dancer Danielle Baptiste have shared the mystical gauntlet, the Witchblade; but recently cracks have appeared in their relationship. The story is written by regular writer Ron Marz and ongoing artist Stjepan Sejic. The issue will be in comic shops on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 and normally retails for $3.99.
“Let Us Win YOU Over is off to a great start,” said Filip Sablik, Publisher of Top Cow. “The reaction from retailers and fans at the copies of The Darkness #75 given away was very gratifying and we’re equally excited to give potential fans a taste of our flagship title, Witchblade.”

“”With a Witchblade movie in the works, and writer Ron Marz working on a long-term plan for the character, issue #125 is a great place to jump on to the series,” said Matt Price, co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman, OK. “And getting that first taste for free is even better!  I applaud Top Cow for making this effort to draw in new readers to direct-market stores.”

“”Top Cow is to be commended for ‘putting their money where their mouth is’ with this promotion — there’s no better tool to create new readers than a free sample. I’m certain this will widely increase the number of eyes looking at Top Cow comics this year”,” added Brian Hibbs, owner of Comix Experience in San Francisco, CA.

A list of the participating retailers during the month of March (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 The Darkness 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 specific retailer they wish to visit for specific details, below.

Fantasy Comics
2595 N 1st Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
520-670-0100
www.fantasycomics2595.com

Samurai Comics
5024 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-265-8886
www.samuraicomics.com

Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave
Winnetka, CA 91306
818-999-9455
www.comicsandcards.net

Comics Unlimited
16344 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
714-841-6646
www.comicsunlimited.com

Comix Experience
305 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-863-9258
www.comixexperience.com

Illusive Comics & Games
2725 El Camino Real Ste #105
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-985-7481
www.illusivecomics.com

Another Dimension
424B 10 St NW
Calgary, AB Canada T2N 1V9
403-283-7078
www.another-dimension.com

Happy Harbor Comics
180 Manning Crossing
Edmonton, AB Canada T5A 1A5
780-478-8211
www.happyharborcomics.com

Quest Comic Shop
225 Lovvorn Rd
Carrollton, GA 30117
770-832-0172
www.questcomicshop.com

Heroic Adventures
2131 S Route 157
Edwardsvile, IL 62025
618-659-0099
www.heroic-adventures.com

Larry’s Comics
66 Lakeview Ave
Lowell, MA 01850
978-459-5323
www.larryscomics.net

Cosmic Comix & Toys
87 Mellor Ave
Cantonsville, MD 21228
410-747-3041
www.cosmiccomix.com

Source Comics & Games
1601 W Larpenteur Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
651-645-0386
www.spurcecandg.com

Star Clipper
6392 Delmar Blvd
St Louis, MO 63130
314-725-9110
www.starclipper.com

Splash Page
2545 Central Ave Ste C
Billings, MT 59102
406-652-9444
www.splashpagemontana.com

Double Midnight Comics
245 Maple St Ste #11
Manchester, NH 03103
603-669-9636
www.dmcomics.com

Fallout Shelter Comics
27 Bayard St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-354-4520
www.falloutshelter.com

Carol & John’s Comic Shop
17448 Lorain Ave
Cleveland, OH 44111
216-252-0606
www.cnjcomics.com

Speeding Bullet Comics
614 N Porter Ave
Norman, OK 73071
405-360-6866
www.speedingbulletcomics.com

Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
503-517-9050
www.cosmicmonkeycomics.com

Brave New Worlds
212 north Easton Rd
Willow Grove, PA 19090
215-657-8838
www.bravenewworldscomics.com

New Dimension Comics
113 E McMurray Rd
McMurray, PA 15317
724-941-5445
www.ndcomics.com

Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy
7959 Fredericksburg Rd Ste #129
San Antonio, TX 78229
210-615-1229
www.dlair.net

Laughing Ogre Comics
22854 Bryant Ct Ste #112
Sterling, VA 20166
703-437-9530
www.laughingogrecomics.com

Zanadu Comics
1307 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
206-632-0989
www.zanaducomics.com

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