Top Cow Launches on WOWIO

Dec 11th 2009

Witchblade #1 and Darkness #1 will be given away to the benefit of Hero Initiative

Los Angeles, CA December 11, 2009: 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.”

About Wowio.com
WOWIO, LLC, is currently the only online source where readers can legally access high-quality copyrighted eBooks from leading publishers for free. Readers have access to a wide range of offerings, including works of classic literature, college textbooks, comic books, and popular fiction and non-fiction titles. With offices in Houston, Los Angeles and Boston, WOWIO is poised to bring a new immersive experience to the digital delivery of print publishing content. http://www.wowio.com

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.

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday's creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. http://www.heroinitiative.org


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