[ENGLISH] Top Cow tells us: LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 18th, 2009– Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that they have reached an agreement with Mayhem Comics and Games to offer a subscription service for Top Cow’s entire line of new comics to readers. Mayhem Comics and Collectibles, founded by Dave Cory and Rob Josephson in Iowa in 1990, sells discount comic books, role playing games and supplies, collectible card games, t-shirts, anime and toys in two retail locations and online. The subscription service with Top Cow would provide subscribers with home delivery of their favorite Top Cow titles the week each comic is released packed in a free comic bag and board for its protection.
“We are incredibly thrilled to finally be able to offer a subscription service to our fans that don’t have a local comic shop near them,” said Filip Sablik, Publisher of Top Cow Productions, “Mayhem Comics and Collectibles has a fantastic reputation for taking care of their customers and we can’t think of a better partner.”
“It’s a great way for those customers who don’t have a local shop or are unable to get to one to read these great stories.” said Chris Pellack, Mayhem’s Mail Order Manager. “The way the economy is right now, it is very practical for consumers to have their books delivered, especially with Top Cow’s pledge to keep their books at $2.99 through 2009.” Pellack added.
Subscriptions are offered in runs of six or twelve issues for ongoing titles, such as Witchblade and The Darkness, as well as full runs of each mini-series at a discounted and guaranteed price. The price guarantee ensures that, in addition to the cover price discount, even if the comic raises its cover price or if a special issue is priced above the regular cover price, subscribers will only pay their original subscription price. Additionally, as part of the agreement Mayhem has pledged that the comics will be in subscribers’ hands within seven days after the direct market.
“Due to our centralized location, many subscribers will receive their books by the weekend after its release. But seven days should be plenty of time for the post office to deliver the books.” Pellack said.
Mayhem’s commitment to providing its customers with great value and service was one of the motivating reasons for Top Cow’s decision to select the comic store as their subscription partner.
In addition to The Darkness and Witchblade subscriptions for a complete run of all five issues of Black Vault and six issues of Impaler are currently offered, with more titles to come. Fans interested in subscribing should visit www.mayhemcomics.com for more information.
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) 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. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. 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 starring Angelina 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.
About Mayhem Collectibles
David Cory and Robert Josephson founded Mayhem Collectibles, Inc. in 1990 in Ames, Iowa. Today, Mayhem has two retail locations, generating over a million dollars in sales a year, is the subscription service of choice for Frank Cho’s “Liberty Meadows” and Scott Kurtz’s “PvP, both published by Image Comics, and was a qualifier for 2008’s “Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award”.