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Linsner, O'Barr Make Peregrine's Wish

Peregrine Entertainment scored a coup for its third annual issue of Independent Voices. The wraparound cover for the issue, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be a collaboration between fan favorites and the critically acclaimed Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn) and James O'Barr (The Crow).

"We're very pleased that Joe and James have given us the chance to bring this unique piece of artwork to the fans," said Peregrine Publisher David Napoliello, "and we couldn't ask for a more worthy cause than Make-a-Wish."

Independent Voices #3 features stories by Richard Pini (Elfquest), Steve Conley (Astounding Space Thrills) and Steve Stegelin (Boondoggle) and art by Carla Speed-McNeil (Finder from Lightspeed Press), Jason Alexander (Empty Zone from Sirius Entertainment), and Vince Sneed and John Peters (Forty Winks from Peregrine Entertainment).

Peregrine has already auctioned the original Linsner/O'Barr cover painting for Independent Voices #3 at the Pittsburgh Comicon's Make-A-Wish Foundation auction on April 28, 2001. It's unusual to do such a thing more than two months before the actual comic book is released, but the auction and other fundraisers at the convention raised more than $35,000 for Make-A-Wish.

Independent Voices #3 is a black-and-white, 48-page comic book that will retail for $2.95 in July. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Since its founding in 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted a wish more than 83,000 wishes, one wish for every qualified child referred to them from around the world.