Official Press Release
Comics Fans Worldwide,
This month, Top Shelf is proud to bring to you several amazing AlanMoore projects, solicited in the current Diamond PREVIEWS catalog.Printings will be limited on these books, so be sure to pre-order themat 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 AnExtraordinary Gentleman will NOT be reprinted:
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 BigQuestions, features the controversial Alan Moore and Melinda GebbieCobweb story, previously banned by DC Comics from the ABC/Wildstormanthology Tomorrow Stories, providing Moore's heroine and her fans withthe sense of completion they are due. Note: The story is published inits original form, but to respect DC's copyright on "Cobweb," the storyhas been re-titled "La Toile" (the French word for "The Web"). … Alsoinside this behemoth anthology, replete with full-color and two-colorsections and clocking in at 336 pages, you'll find: a tribute to CharlesSchulz, with strips by Chris Ware, Seth, Ivan Brunetti, Joe Matt, TonyMillionaire, Tom Hart and more; an amazing collection of internationalcomics by Jason, Martin Tom Dieck, Nicolas Mahler, Ulf K, Winshluss, andthe Swiss comics collective Atrabile; plus stateside inkstuds like MattMadden, Renée French, Josh Simmons, Jesse Reklaw, Mack White, JamesKochalka, James Sturm, Steve Weissman, Peter Kuper, and the RobotPublishing Posse; and a career spanning interview and portfolio sectionwith David Chelsea. All wrapped in eye-popping cover art by rising starTomer "Midnight Mass cover artist" Hanuka. This is the biggest and mostbeautiful 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 LITHOGRAPHAs Alan Moore fans are well aware, Mr. Moore is not usually one for thepublic spotlight. In fact, the most commonly seen photo of Alan is thesame one originally used for the back cover of Watchmen -- taken almost20 years ago! Recently, José Villarrubia conducted a long photo sessionwith Alan Moore at his home in Northamton, and from that exquisitebatch, Top Shelf presents the first ever, official portrait of AlanMoore. José, the master digital artist and photographer (for books likethe Eisner-nominated Veils and Promethea), and Eisner-nominatedcolorist (Fantastic Four: 1234, Sentry, Hellshock and Cage),beautifully captures the essence of Alan in this striking image suitablefor 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 todo so. Alan Moore says: "Both funny and genuinely touching in turn,Craig Thompson's Good-bye, Chunky Rice is an affecting meditation uponfriendship, loneliness and loss, all delivered with a real feel for themusicality of the comic strip form. … Highly recommended." Spin Magazinesays: "This one-shot graphic novel is the comics debut of the year;every one of its 128 pages is beautifully composed, sparkling withinvention and life." Publishers Weekly says: "Thompson has crafted anenduring fable … that will charm anyone separated from a dear and lovingfriend." Good-bye, Chunky Rice is an absolutely essential tome for everygraphic novel reader. A quite picture novella of a journey to find one'sself, and the deeper meaning of life.
-- $14.95, 128 pages, Color Cover, B&W Interiors, 7 ½" x 9", PerfectBound, 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'sfour-years-in-the-making, magnum opus, BLANKETS, with this deliciouslydrawn official promotional poster supporting The 2003 Alternative PressExpo (APE) in San Francisco. Featuring the lead female character fromBLANKETS, the lovely Raina, this poster measures over 13" x 19", isoffset printed in two shades of melancholy blue, and comes signed by theartist. This beautiful poster is an original image that will not bereprinted. 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 his50th 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 othersurprises. Over 100 contributors include best-selling authors MichaelMoorcock, Iain Sinclair, Darren Shan and Neil Gaiman; Illustrators PeterKuper and John Coulthart; Moore's former collaborators Dave Gibbons,Bill Sienkiewicz, Bryan Talbot, David Lloyd, J H Williams, KevinO'Neill, Oscar Zarate and Steve Bissette and many others from his early2000AD and Marvel UK days right up to his current ABC titles; hismusical collaborator Tim Perkins; Creators from every era includeveterans like Will Eisner, and Len Wein through "underground" figureslike Denis Kitchen and Howard Cruse right up to current hot indiecartoonists like James Kochalka and Scott Mills. This book provides aunique and revealing insight into of one of this era's greatest creativeminds, which no fan of Moore's work should be without. … 100% of allpublisher's net profits and all creators' royalties from proceeds ofthis 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 witha full-color section, Perfect Bound, ISBN 0-946790-06-X