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Alan Moore joins Top Shelf for a hanful of projects

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Alan Moore joins Top Shelf for a hanful of projects

Press Release

It’s official. Alan Moore is on top — Top Shelf, that is. Top Shelf
Productions is pleased to announce three upcoming projects from famed
comics scribe Alan Moore, the virtuoso behind such landmark works as
From Hell, Watchmen, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The
first two projects, The Mirror of Love and Voice of the Fire, are due
out Summer 2003, with the third project, Lost Girls, to follow.

THE MIRROR OF LOVE

by Alan Moore & José Villarrubia

This epic poem recounts the history of same-sex love, revealing a
hidden side of Western culture through the lives of its greatest
artists. Sappho, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Oscar
Wilde, and many others are woven into this rich, visceral piece
described by The Comics Journal as a “vital, affecting piece of work …
exquisitely moving — not because it’s a testament to same-sex love, but because it’s a testament to love, period.” Originally written fourteen years ago, The Mirror of Love sprang from Moore’s activist heart as a reaction to Britain’s controversial anti-gay law, Clause 28. In the past, Mirror has been translated into both a comic book and a stage production, but Top Shelf presents it as it was meant to be, a hardcover book illustrated with over forty full-color photographs from acclaimed artist José Villarrubia. Included in the 120-page special edition is an essay about the poem and its previous incarnations, an index of characters and places, a selection of classic poems quoted in the text, and a bibliography. The result is a truly arresting volume that captures the spirit of Moore’s poem while redefining the concept of a picture book for adults.

VOICE OF THE FIRE

by Alan Moore; illustrated by José Villarrubia; with an introduction by
Neil Gaiman

Teen Witches, old warriors, mad poets and talking heads. In thirteen self-contained stories, Voice of the Fire narrates the lives of
extraordinary characters that lived in the same region of England over
the course of 5,000 years. These interconnected stories paint the
landscape of Northampton in a stunning, dark palette. In the tradition
of Kipling, Borges and Schwob, Moore weaves fact and fiction in tales
haunted by lust, ghosts and longing. Top Shelf will offer the first
printing of Moore’s masterpiece as a hardcover, illustrated with José
Villarrubia’s trademark computer manipulated images. This first
American edition will also feature new cover art and an introduction by
the award-winning creator of Sandman, Neil Gaiman. Time Out magazine
calls it “Remarkable, savage and, at times unbearably beautiful,” and
Locus “A daring, unsettling work of literature.”

LOST GIRLS

by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie

Can pornography be art? Can an erotic comic have literary merit?
Can both men and women enjoy explicit images? Moore and Gebbie set out
to answer these difficult and ambitious questions in Lost Girls, a
240-page fully painted graphic novel that has been in the works for over a decade. Like he did in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Moore revisits characters from Victorian fiction, this time children’s
literature. The three protagonists are the familiar faces from
Wonderland, Oz and Neverland, who meet as grown women in a mysterious
hotel in 1913 England. There, they embark on a journey through an erotic fantasy world of their own conjuring, all rendered in Gebbie’s
beautifully painted, full-color art. Lost Girls will be yet another
addition to Moore’s long list of genre-defining works, as it seeks to
reinvent pornography as something exquisite, thoughtful, and human. Top
Shelf will celebrate the release of this highly anticipated book with a
hardcover first edition, and offer a limited run of books signed and
numbered by both Gebbie & Moore.

Special Bonus Items:

TOP SHELF: ASKS THE BIG QUESTIONS

ALAN MOORE LITHOGRAPH

To satisfy those who cannot wait until summer, Top Shelf begins its run
of Alan Moore releases in April, 2003 with the latest installment of its flagship anthology, Top Shelf: Asks the Big Questions. Among this
collection of stories by the industry’s most distinguished talent is a
never-before seen Cobweb tale. Previously banned by DC Comics from the
ABC/Wildstorm anthology Tomorrow Stories, Top Shelf’s publishing of this evocative story provides Moore’s heroine and her fans with the sense of completion they are due. Lastly, also scheduled for release in April, is the first ever lithograph of Alan Moore himself. José Villarrubia captures the essence of the creator in this striking image that is destined to be framed and displayed. The Alan Moore lithograph is offered in both signed and unsigned versions.

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