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SDCC ’09 | Top Shelf Productions

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SDCC ’09 | Top Shelf Productions

Top Shelf will debut three Surrogates books at the San Diego Comic-Con, and series writer and artist, Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, will be at the Top Shelf booth (#1721) the entire weekend signing all three:

— THE SIGNED & NUM LIMITED ED OF “THE SURROGATES OWNER’S MANUAL” [the special Hardcover of Vols 1 & 2 combined, limited to 1000]

— THE SURROGATES (VOL 2): FLESH AND BONEa [the all-new prequel to the hit graphic novel]

— THE SURROGATES (VOL 1) [new cover edition of the original graphic novel soon to be a major motion picture]

To see all three books, click here: www.topshelfcomix.com/robertvenditti

If you can’t attend the show, Top Shelf has a special deal for you:

Pre-order the SIGNED & NUMBERED EDITION of THE SURROGATES OWNERS MANUAL, or any of the other Top Shelf debuts listed in this press release, and receive free Media Mail shipping during the month of July (limited to domestic orders). Click here to see all the new graphic novels available: http://www.topshelfcomix.com/specialdeals

Owly Animated Short to debut at Comic-Con

Top Shelf Productions and Sprite Animation Studios have teamed up to bring the character to life. From the press release:

Owly, the kindhearted star of the award-winning graphic novel series by Andy Runton, will come to life in an animated short at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23-26.

It was jointly announced today by Chris Staros, Publisher of Top Shelf Productions and Junichi Yanagihara, Executive Producer at Sprite Animation Studios that the loveable Owly and his unlikely best friend Wormy will be animated in a brand-new original segment directed by Moto Sakakibara and storyboarded by creator Andy Runton. Prominently featured will be Runton’s innovative “Pictomation,” a storytelling device in which the characters’ thoughts and feelings are animated with iconic and expressive images rather than dialogue, enabling fans of all ages, languages, and backgrounds to enjoy the show.

“I’m absolutely overjoyed to be working with the entire Sprite team. Over the past months, we’ve worked very closely to make sure Owly was faithfully translated to 3D. Every little detail was important to them, and the end result blows me away! They’ve created an animation that captures the pure essence of Owly in ways I never thought possible. It’s amazing to see Owly and Wormy come to life like this. The level of artistry at Sprite is incredible,” said creator Andy Runton.

“I am very passionate about the world of ‘Owly’ and its pure, honest, and adorable star. It is such a blessing to be able to bring Owly to new audiences who have not yet been touched by these wonderful stories,” said director Moto Sakakibara.

Fans can visit the Top Shelf Productions booth (#1721) during the convention to see the short and to speak with members of
the Sprite and Top Shelf teams, as well as meet Andy Runton, who will be there signing graphic novels, doing sketches, and talking to fans from around the world.

Owly’s foray into animation comes at a time of big changes for the little “bird of play.” Following the re-release of all five Owly trade paperbacks with newly painted covers; a new line of T-shirts; a new supply of plushies; a brand new American Library Association poster and bookmark celebrating Owly’s support for libraries nationwide; the creation of an extensive collection of lesson plans for the use of Owly in classrooms; the release of all five Owly trade paperbacks on Amazon’s Kindle, and the announcement that Top Shelf and Andy Runton have entered into an agreement with Simon & Schuster to publish two Owly picture books, starting with Owly & Wormy in Friends All Aflutter in 2011, Owly is on the move.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.spriteanimation.com/owly

Top Shelf’s other guests:

In addition to the Top Shelf PANEL that will be held from 4-5PM on Thursday July 23rd in Room 10, and Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele attending (as mentioned above), Top Shelf will also be featuring the following creators all weekend:

JEFF LEMIRE
— Signing the debut softcover and hardcover editions of
THE COLLECTED ESSEX COUNTY.
www.topshelfcomix.com/jefflemire

KEVIN CANNON
— Signing his Top Shelf debut, FAR ARDEN.
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=636

BWANA SPOONS
— Signing Top Shelf’s first art book, WELCOME TO FOREST ISLAND.
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=642

ANDY RUNTON
— Showcasing all five of his OWLY graphic novels
(with new covers), a new set of T-shirts, a new round of
Plush Toys, and a sneak peak at the new Owly animation
trailer from Sprite Animation.
www.topshelfcomix.com/owly

THE INDIE SPINNER RACK TEAM
— Showcasing their new anthology AWESOME 2: AWESOMER.
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=639

NATE POWELL
— Signing copies of SWALLOW ME WHOLE.
http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=30&title=567

JEFFREY BROWN
— Signing his entire line of graphic novels (including the
new FUNNY MISSHAPEN BODY from Touchstone Books).
www.topshelfcomix.com/jeffreybrown

MATT KINDT
— Signing copies of SUPER SPY, and bringing all his
amazingly-designed boutique items.
www.topshelfcomix.com/mattkindt

RICH KOSLOWSKI
— Signing copies of THE KING.
www.topshelfcomix.com/richkoslowski

The All-New Single Volume Edition of LOST GIRLS

And the Top Shelf crew of CHRIS STAROS, BRETT WARNOCK & LEIGH WALTON.

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