FCBD’12: Image Comics and Top Cow announce creator signings

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Press Release

This annual Free Comic Book Day, Image Comics will be celebrating 20 years of success in revolutionizing the comics industry with two new comics. Both provide great examples of what Image excels at providing: a diversity of genres and styles —something for everyone.

Both IMAGE 20 and WITCHBLADE: UNBALANCED PIECES will be available to the public at comic book stores on May 5, 2012, and they’re absolutely free!

IMAGE 20 is jam-packed full of exciting stories from new, upcoming comics and returning favorites. Titles include G-MAN from Chris Giarrusso, Robert Kirkman’s GUARDING THE GLOBE from Phil Hester and Todd Nauck, Mike Allred’s IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS from Jamie S. Rich and Mike Norton, CRIME AND TERROR by Steve Niles and Scott Morse, NEAR DEATH by Jay Faerber and Simone Guglielmini, and REVIVAL from Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.

In “Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces,” new and lapsed WITCHBLADE fans will get the perfect chance to try out the brand new creative team, Tim Seeley and Diego Bernard, and a fresh new direction of Top Cow’s flagship title. Since the events of ARTIFACTS, Sara Pezzini’s entire life has been altered in immeasurable ways, not the least of which is she’s living in a new city and has a new career. But one thing remains constant — the Witchblade. For fans who get hooked, “Unbalanced Pieces” continues in WITCHBLADE #155 — and they can pick up the WITCHBLADE: REBIRTH VOLUME ONE trade paperback for only $9.99.

Many Image Comics creators are making special appearances for FCBD signings and events across the country, including but not limited to:

ALABAMA
Afua Richardson (GENIUS) Sho’Nuff Comics – Tuscaloosa, AL

CALIFORNIA
Ed Brubaker (FATALE) Collector’s Paradise – Pasadena, CA
Gerry Duggan (THE INFINITE HORIZON) The Comic Cellar – Alhambra, CA 11 AM-1 PM
Joshua Hale Fialkov (ECHOES, THE DARKNESS, THE LAST OF THE GREATS) Collector’s Paradise – Canoga Park, CA
Shane & Chris Houghton (REED GUNTHER) Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101 11AM-1 PM
Collector’s Paradise – Pasadena, CA 2-4 PM
Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo & Sonia Oback (MIND THE GAP) Collector’s Paradise – Pasadena, CA
Derek McCulloch (PUG) The Escapist Comic Bookstore – Berkeley, CA 10:30 AM-1 PM
Comic Ink – Dublin, CA 2-6 PM
Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) Black Cat Comics – Milpitas, CA
Jeff Roenning, Dana Shukartsi, Jean-Paul Bonjour & Robert Love (ALPHA GIRL) Illusive Comics & Games, Santa Clara, CA 10 AM-2 PM
Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN) The Comic Bug, – Manhattan Beach, CA 10 AM-4 PM

ILLINOIS
Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH, WITCHBLADE) CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation – Chicago, IL
Mike Norton (IT-GIRL AND THE ATOMICS) CHALLENGERS Comics + Conversation – Chicago, IL

INDIANA
John Tyler Christopher (WITCHBLADE, ARTIFACTS) BlueMoon Comics – Lafayette, IN

IOWA
Phil Hester (THE DARKNESS) Daydreams Comics – Iowa City, IA

MARYLAND
Filip Sablik (LAST MORTAL) Cards, Comics & Collectibles – 100 Chartley Dr., Reisterstown, MD 11 AM-2 PM

MICHIGAN
Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley (HOAX HUNTERS) Comics & More – Madison Heights, MI 12-5 PM

MINNESOTA
Mitch Gerads (THE ACTIVITY) Comic Book College – Minneapolis, MN 12-5 PM

NEW ENGLAND (MA and NH)
Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore (THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE) Larry’s Comics – Lowell, MA 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Jetpack Comics – Rochester, NH 2-7 PM

NEW JERSEY
Mark Poulton (AVENGELYNE) Adventureland Store – Voorhees, NJ

NEW YORK
Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE) Excellent Adventures – Ballston Spa, NY 11 AM-1:30 PM
Comic Depot – Saratoga Springs, NY 2:30-5 PM

NORTH CAROLINA
Chris Burnham (OFFICER DOWNE, ELEPHANTMEN) Ultimate Comics – Durham, NC
Chris Giarrusso (G-MAN) Acme Comics – Greensboro, NC
Kevin Mellon (HEART) Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find – Charlotte, NC

OREGON
Steve Lieber (UNDERGROUND) Cosmic Monkey – Portland, OR 2:30-3:30 PM
Things from Another World (Hollywood Branch) – Portland, OR 12-2 PM
Bridge City Comics – Portland, OR 4:30-6 PM
Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner (WITCH DOCTOR) Things From Another World (Beaverton Branch) – Beaverton, OR 2-4 PM

TEXAS
Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES) Zeus Comics – Dallas, TX 10 AM-5 PM
David Marquez (MAGDALENA) Austin Books & Comics – Austin, TX

CANADA
Tyler Jenkins (PETER PANZERFAUST) Alpha Comics – Calgary, Alberta 12-4 PM

UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Ward (INFINITE VACATION) Gosh Comics – London, UK 12-4 PM

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), including its flagship franchise WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS, and WANTED, in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Top Cow has also successfully licensed its franchises into toys, statues, clothing,video games, roleplaying games, and a variety of merchandise.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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