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Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that fans can catch up on 2010’s event series ARTIFACTS with the ARTIFACTS VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK, which collects the early issues as well as recently sold-out ARTIFACTS #4, out at the end of this month.
With an introductory price of $9.99, readers can discover the series that has everyone buzzing. The paperback collection’s release will coincide with the beginning of the second chapter of the yearlong event.
Separately, thirteen mystical Artifacts will guide the fate of the Universe. Together, thirteen Artifacts will end the Universe. When a mysterious antagonist kidnaps, Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado, Armageddon is put into motion. Starring virtually every character in the Top Cow Universe, this is a series for diehard fans and new readers alike.
Written by Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE, MAGDALENA) with the art team of Michael Broussard (THE DARKNESS), Rick Basaldua (THE DARKNESS), Sal Regla (MAGDALENA) and Sunny Gho of IFS (VELOCITY), this volume collects ARTIFACTS #1-#4 along with the Free Comic Book Day #0 issue and a beautiful cover gallery, behind-the-scenes extras, and much more!
ARTIFACTS VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK (SEP100528), a 160-page full color comic trade, will be in stores January 26, the same day as ARTIFACTS #5 (Cover A by Klein: OCT100528, Cover B by Christopher: OCT100529, Cover C by Keown: OCT100530).
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 starringAngelina 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.