The information and new projects after the break:
Witchblade #1 and Darkness #1 will be given away to the benefit of Hero Initiative
Los Angeles, CA December 11, 2009 (For Immediate Release): WOWIO, an eBook/multi-media company is proud to announce the addition of Top Cow Comics to its growing list of publishers looking to take advantage of the digital distribution of published books. Top Cow brings such heralded and well-known titles as Witchblade, Darkness, and Wanted to the well-established and growing list of popular comic’s titles. The companies are launching a weekly roll-out of titles that launches today with a fundraising partnership with The Hero Initiative through WOWIO’s “Gifting for a Cause” program.
WOWIO is a digital resource that provides eBooks for people to either read online for free, or to purchase and download to read on a computer, mobile device or eReader. They also have the option to send eBooks to friends and family as a gift for a small fee. Through “Gifting for a Cause,” when someone sends an eBook as a gift, they can make an additional donation to one of WOWIO’s nonprofit partners, including the Hero Initiative. For a limited time, WOWIO will contribute 100% of the download cost of Witchblade #1 and The Darkness #1 titles to the Hero Initiative.
At Wowio.com, WOWIO offers a variety of eBooks to fit anyone’s interests, with costs from $0.99 and up, fitting anyone’s budget. Readers can choose from a library of thousands of titles including magazines and journals, fiction, children’s books, travel guides and more. WOWIO is considered an industry leader in the comic book and graphic novel space with thousands of titles available.
The addition of Top Cow titles only increases the quality of comic book offerings on WOWIO. Top Cow will release the following titles for the month of December for free: Witchblade #1, Wanted #1, The Darkness/Pitt #1, Witchblade #80, Tracker First Look, The Darkness Volume 3 #1, Berserker #0, Impaler Volume 2 #1, Hunter-Killer #1 and The Darkness Volume 1 #1. Each week will see new issues available for fans to download.
“With such a large, vibrant selection of comic books and graphic novels on Wowio.com, the addition of Top Cow adds an unprecedented depth to our offerings,” said Brian Altounian, CEO of WOWIO. “In addition, I have been such a big fan and supporter of the Hero Initiative’s agenda that they were the first non-profit we approached for our program, which has now swelled to 15 local charities.”
With more than 65 years at the drawing board, Gene Colan proved himself to be Marvel's most dedicated, and one of its most important artists. Now Hero Initiative and Marvel Comics have created a breathtaking collection that looks back at Colan’s important career and phenomenal work as no other volume has before. The Invincible Gene Colan is a 128-page hardcover book that showcases Gene’s amazing art, and includes important analysis from Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Walter Simonson, Neil Gaiman, Tom Spurgeon and Tom Palmer.
Originally solicited as a softcover, The Invincible Gene Colan is now a hardcover, at the same price of $19.99. Net proceeds will benefit Gene Colan. The book can be ordered in the Hero Initiative section of Diamond Previews, using order code DEC090880. Orders must be in by December 24, 2008, and the book will be in-stores February, 2010. Through special arrangement with Marvel Comics, there will be only ONE printing of this book EVER.
“As a fiction writer in the early 1990s, I had the profound good fortune of seeing Gene Colan illustrate several of my stories,” said book Editor Clifford Meth. “Then, last year, Gene contacted me with the hopes of finally retiring. That call sparked the genesis of this book. The Invincible Gene Colan is a lasting and long-overdue tribute to perhaps the greatest master to touch the comic art form. Gene Colan is the Bob Dylan of visual storytelling. He is quite simply without peer.”
"It's quite an honor to have the most iconic, respected and beloved comic book company, Marvel Comics, publish a book honoring my career,” said Gene Colan. “It was apparent from the time I was a young boy that I had talent drawing. As I grew older, I began to sharpen my skills and point them in the direction of comics, my passion. Since 1946 it's been a thrill for me to be part of the Marvel family. And it really is a family! The Invincible Gene Colan is the culmination of a 63 year relationship with Marvel. I'm deeply grateful!"
Please place your orders with your favorite retailer immediately. You will not want to miss out on adding this amazing collection.