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This Month @ Top Shelf: Alan Moore, Alan Moore and more Moore!

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Official Press Release

Comics Fans Worldwide,

This month, Top Shelf is proud to bring to you several amazing Alan
Moore projects, solicited in the current Diamond PREVIEWS catalog.
Printings will be limited on these books, so be sure to pre-order them
at your local retailer to guarantee that you’ll get a copy. For example,
Top Shelf: Asks The Big Questions (featuring the banned DC Comics
“Cobweb” story), the Alan Moore Lithograph, and Portrait Of An
Extraordinary Gentleman will NOT be reprinted:

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TOP SHELF: ASKS THE BIG QUESTIONS

Co-edited by Rob Goodin and Brett Warnock

Co-edited by Rob Goodin and Brett Warnock, Top Shelf Asks The Big
Questions, features the controversial Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie
Cobweb story, previously banned by DC Comics from the ABC/Wildstorm
anthology Tomorrow Stories, providing Moore’s heroine and her fans with
the sense of completion they are due. Note: The story is published in
its original form, but to respect DC’s copyright on “Cobweb,” the story
has been re-titled “La Toile” (the French word for “The Web”). … Also
inside this behemoth anthology, replete with full-color and two-color
sections and clocking in at 336 pages, you’ll find: a tribute to Charles
Schulz, with strips by Chris Ware, Seth, Ivan Brunetti, Joe Matt, Tony
Millionaire, Tom Hart and more; an amazing collection of international
comics by Jason, Martin Tom Dieck, Nicolas Mahler, Ulf K, Winshluss, and
the Swiss comics collective Atrabile; plus stateside inkstuds like Matt
Madden, Renée French, Josh Simmons, Jesse Reklaw, Mack White, James
Kochalka, James Sturm, Steve Weissman, Peter Kuper, and the Robot
Publishing Posse; and a career spanning interview and portfolio section
with David Chelsea. All wrapped in eye-popping cover art by rising star
Tomer “Midnight Mass cover artist” Hanuka. This is the biggest and most
beautiful Top Shelf ever!

— $24.95 (US), 336 pages, 7″ x 8 1/2″, Color Cover, Full-Color,
Two-Color, and B&W Interiors, Perfect Bound Anthology, ISBN:
1-891830-32-5

ALAN MOORE LITHOGRAPH
As Alan Moore fans are well aware, Mr. Moore is not usually one for the
public spotlight. In fact, the most commonly seen photo of Alan is the
same one originally used for the back cover of Watchmen — taken almost
20 years ago! Recently, José Villarrubia conducted a long photo session
with Alan Moore at his home in Northamton, and from that exquisite
batch, Top Shelf presents the first ever, official portrait of Alan
Moore. José, the master digital artist and photographer (for books like
the Eisner-nominated Veils and Promethea), and Eisner-nominated
colorist (Fantastic Four: 1234, Sentry, Hellshock and Cage),
beautifully captures the essence of Alan in this striking image suitable
for framing. 13″ x 17″, Full Color.

— $40.00 (US), Signed & Numbered by Alan Moore & José Villarrubia,
Limited To 500

— $20.00 (US), Unsigned

4th PRINTING OF GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE

By Craig Thompson

Top Shelf just can’t keep this book in print! The 3rd printing is gone,
and it’s time once again to roll the presses on GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE.
If you haven’t jumped onto this speeding bandwagon, it’s not too late to
do so. Alan Moore says: “Both funny and genuinely touching in turn,
Craig Thompson’s Good-bye, Chunky Rice is an affecting meditation upon
friendship, loneliness and loss, all delivered with a real feel for the
musicality of the comic strip form. … Highly recommended.” Spin Magazine
says: “This one-shot graphic novel is the comics debut of the year;
every one of its 128 pages is beautifully composed, sparkling with
invention and life.” Publishers Weekly says: “Thompson has crafted an
enduring fable … that will charm anyone separated from a dear and loving
friend.” Good-bye, Chunky Rice is an absolutely essential tome for every
graphic novel reader. A quite picture novella of a journey to find one’s
self, and the deeper meaning of life.

— $14.95, 128 pages, Color Cover, B&W Interiors, 7 ½” x 9″, Perfect
Bound, ISBN 1-891830-09-0.

ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO (APE) POSTER ­ SIGNED BY CRAIG THOMPSON

by Craig Thompson.

Top Shelf begins the roll-out for Craig Thompson’s
four-years-in-the-making, magnum opus, BLANKETS, with this deliciously
drawn official promotional poster supporting The 2003 Alternative Press
Expo (APE) in San Francisco. Featuring the lead female character from
BLANKETS, the lovely Raina, this poster measures over 13″ x 19″, is
offset printed in two shades of melancholy blue, and comes signed by the
artist. This beautiful poster is an original image that will not be
reprinted. Craig Thompson fans should not miss this opportunity.
Suitable for framing.

— $15.00 (US), 13″ x 19″, Signed by Craig Thompson, Poster

AND FROM “ABIOGENESIS PRESS” THIS MONTH, ANOTHER EXCELLENT ALAN MOORE BOOK:

ALAN MOORE: PORTRAIT OF AN EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN

Edited by “Smoky Man” and Gary Spencer Millidge (Abiogenesis Press)

With an Introduction by Terry Gilliam

A stunning homage to the genius of From Hell and Watchmen creator,
author, performance artist and magician, Alan Moore, celebrating his
50th year. Featuring specially created comic strips, illustrations,
stories, essays, articles, personal tributes, photographs and lots more,
including new and rarely seen interviews, a new biography and many other
surprises. Over 100 contributors include best-selling authors Michael
Moorcock, Iain Sinclair, Darren Shan and Neil Gaiman; Illustrators Peter
Kuper and John Coulthart; Moore’s former collaborators Dave Gibbons,
Bill Sienkiewicz, Bryan Talbot, David Lloyd, J H Williams, Kevin
O’Neill, Oscar Zarate and Steve Bissette and many others from his early
2000AD and Marvel UK days right up to his current ABC titles; his
musical collaborator Tim Perkins; Creators from every era include
veterans like Will Eisner, and Len Wein through “underground” figures
like Denis Kitchen and Howard Cruse right up to current hot indie
cartoonists like James Kochalka and Scott Mills. This book provides a
unique and revealing insight into of one of this era’s greatest creative
minds, which no fan of Moore’s work should be without. … 100% of all
publisher’s net profits and all creators’ royalties from proceeds of
this book are to be donated to charities in aid of Alzheimer’s disease.

— $14.95 (US), 6″ x 8 1/2″, 272 pages, Color Cover, B&W Interiors with
a full-color section, Perfect Bound, ISBN 0-946790-06-X

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