Bandai Entertainment to Publish Top Cow Titles in Manga Format


February 13, 2006 (Cypress, Ca) – Bandai Entertainment Inc. announce today it will publish a series of “manga sized” digest essential collections of two of Top Cow Entertainment's best selling titles, Tomb Raider and Witchblade.

“Tomb Raider and Witchblade are Top Cow's flagship publishing properties and we're honored to be in business with a company as renowned as Bandai in its manga division launch,” says Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. “We look forward to a long enduring relationship with the company soon to be known as one of the leading manga companies in the United States.”

Each volume will feature a color cover with black and white interiors reprinting ten issues of each respective comic series, for a total of 220 pages. Each manga sized digest will retail for $9.99.

“Though American comics are not normally found in the manga section of stores we feel the right title repackaged in the manga format will introduce this material to the mass market buyer.” said Manga Editor Robert Napton. “The fact that Witchblade is about to become the first American comic to be recreated in Japan as an authentic anime only creates more awareness for Top Cow's properties in anime and manga fandom.”

The first volume of Tomb Raider will be released in May, followed by the first volume of Witchblade in June, with subsequent volumes coming out on a quarterly schedule.

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