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Thin wallets, fat bookshelves: Top Shelf’s plans for 2009

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Thin wallets, fat bookshelves: Top Shelf’s plans for 2009

Top Shelf’s Chris Staros has been quietly posting his company’s release plans for the new year over at his site. But why click on that link when I can run down the list for you right here and now!

Johnny Boo Book 2

JANUARY

Johnny Boo Book 2: Twinkle Power by James Kochalka. Kochalka continues his children’s series about an uber-cute and friendly ghost in this second volume. $9.95 hardcover.

Pantomime, edited by John Lowe. An anthology of work by students attending the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). This is apparently their fourth anthology so far. Don’t ask me what happened to the first three. $9.95.

MARCH

Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore. Just in time for the Watchmen movie, here comes the paperback edition of Mr. Moore’s first-ever prose novel. I haven’t read this yet, so maybe now’s my chance to pick it up. $14.95.

World War III Illustrated #39, edited by Peter Kuper and Kevin Pyle. The influential left-wing political anthology This latest issue is a wordless, international edition, and features contributions by Seth Tobocman, Terry Laban, David Sandlin, Barron Storey and more. $5.

APRIL

LOEG, Vol. III

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. III) Century No. 1 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Alright, The Black Dossier might have been (no, was) severely disappointing, but I have high hopes for this new, and final tale in the LOEG series. Set in London circa 1910, Mina, Quartermain and their friends find themselves up against some true horrors. Can they make it through the 20th century alive? $7.95.

Lost Girls Single Edition Volume by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie. Is that not enough Alan Moore for you? Well, perhaps this all-in-one collection of 2007’s ode to porn and the erotic imagination will satisfy you. In more than one way no doubt, you pervert. $45 hardcover.

MAY

Far Arden

Far Arden by Kevin Cannon. Cannon’s webcomic about a crusty sailor looking for a mythical paradise takes physical form. $19.95 hardcover.

Second Thoughts by Niklas Asker. Swedish newcomer Asker tells the story of a budding romance between a writer and photographer living in different cities. $9.95 softcover.

Awesome 2: Awesomer. That Indie Spinner Rack anthology must have done pretty well, because here’s the sequel. Jeff Lemire, Alex Robinson, Robert Goodlin and Chris Duffy are among the contributors. Love the title. $14.95 softcover.

JUNE

Essex County Collection

The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire. The complete Canadian trilogy, packaged together in one handy volume. $29.95 softcover. $49.95 hardcover.

Welcome to Forest Lanes by Bwana Spoons. Painter/designer/artist/whathaveyou Spoons presents a 144-page book of his work, including comics, sketches and more. $30 hardcover.

JULY

The Surrogates 2: Flesh and Bone by Venditti and Weldele. Not a sequel but a prequel to the sci-fi body-swapping series, set 15 years previously and concerning the mysterious murder of a homeless man. $14.95.

Alec: The Years Have Pants

Alec: The Years Have Pants by Eddie Campbell. Mark this one down on your calendar. Originally titled the Alec Omnibus, this 640-page tome collects every one of Campbell’s autobiographical tales from The King Canute Crowd to After the Snooter (sadly ignoring First Second’s Fate of the Artist). That’s not all though, as the book will contain an all-new novella and several short stories never before seen. $39.95 softcover. $59.95 hardcover.

Johnny Boo Book 3: Happy Apples. More ghostly goodness. This time with apples. $10 hardcover.

AUGUST

The Marshall Law Omnibus by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill. Oooo, I’ve been hotly

anticipating this one. Mills and O’Neill’s outlandish, over the top superhero satire is finally collected into one big, fat volume. $49.95 hardcover.

Super Spy Vol. 2: The Lost Dossiers by Matt Kindt. A suppliment to Kindt’s 2007 graphic novel, this book features a number of deleted scenes, standalone stories, sketchbook pages, 3-D comics and more, along with a running commentary from Kindt on the making of the comic. $12.95 softcover.

SEPTEMBER

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol III: Century #2 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. We reach the 60s and things go from bad to worse. $7.95.

Moving Pictures by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen. The Nazi’s attempt to pilfer Europe’s great art is the backdrop setting for this WWII romance (of sorts). $14.95.

BB Wolf and the 3LPs by J.D. Arnold and Rich Koslowski. The classic fairy tale is retold with a musical spin and racial injustice allegory. $9.95.

OCTOBER

Hey Princess

Hey Princess by Mats Johnson. Originally published in 2002 in Sweden, this (I belive) semi-autobiographical book chronicles the lives and loves of young twentysomethings in the big city. $14.95.

The 120 Days of Simon by Simon Gardenfors. Another Swedish cartoonist, Gardenfors spent 120 days on the road, never once returning home or staying in the same place for more than two nights. Apparently this book cause a bit of a scandal when it came out in its native country. That’s enough to get me interested. $14.95.

Night Animals by Brecht Evens. Two wordless stories, one about a schoolgirl, the other about a rabbit-man. $6.95.

DECEMBER

AX Vol. 1: A Collection of Alternative Manga, edited by Sean Michael Wilson and Mitsuhiro Asakawa. Now here’s the crowining jewel in Top Shelf’s line-up, at least as far as I’m concerned. More than 400 pages of primo Japanese comics culled from one of the most cutting-edge manga magazines around. This is sure to turn heads. $29.95.

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