Top Shelf Productions solicitations for product shipping July, 2003


by Craig Thompson

"I thought it was moving, tender, beautifully drawn, painfully honest,

and probably the most important graphic novel since JIMMY CORRIGAN." --

Neil Gaiman

"Blankets officially confirms Craig Thompson's place in the world of

graphic novels as one of the true greats." -- Brian Michael Bendis

"Thompson's graphic novel debut, Good-bye, Chunky Rice, was a delicate

parable of loss that garnered deserved acclaim. [This] eagerly awaited,

follow-up to it is more ambitious, more accomplished, and more

accessible....this is a genuine graphic novel, with a universal appeal

..." -- Gordon Flagg, Booklist, American Library Association.

From the author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling graphic

novel, GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE comes Craig Thompson's all-new masterpiece.

Clocking in at 592 pages, BLANKETS may well be the single most

anticipated graphic novel of the year. Wrapped in the landscape of a

blustery Wisconsin winter, BLANKETS explores the sibling rivalry of two

brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of

two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of

playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.

A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson.

-- $29.95 (US), 592 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", Deluxe Graphic Novel, ISBN



by Jeffrey Brown

The follow-up to Jeffrey Brown's self-published debut hit, CLUMSY.

UNLIKELY continues to explore the nature of relationships in this story

of how Jeffrey Brown lost his virginity. A full-length graphic novel of

excruciating detail and intimacy, drawn in an awkward style that both

disarms the reader and heightens the emotional impact of the work.

-- $14.95 (US), 256 pages, 5" x 7 3/4", Graphic Novel, ISBN



Edited by Jon B. Cooke

Frank "The Monkey Boy" Cho speaks! We get the story behind Brandy, Oscar

the weiner dog, Dean and the entire Liberty Meadows gang as one of the

finest artists working today gets the CBA treatment when we examine his

career in-depth with an exhaustive interview, sketchbook gallery,

special color section, and Shanna the She-Devil preview! Plus comrade

Chris Goss, creator of The Red Star, one of the hottest and most

innovative titles today, explains how this unique comic book -- one

singlehandedly resurrecting the Evil Soviet Empire -- is produced by the

Archangel Studio team of cutting-edge collaborators. In addition, Mike

Friedrich details the history of Star*Reach, the first alternative

publisher of "Groundlevel" comics in the '70s. We'll also out the truth

from talented animator J.J. Sedelmaier about secrets behind his great

Saturday Night Live cartoon series, The Ambiguously Gay Duo and The

X-Presidents in a lively interview.

-- $7.50 (US), 100 pages, Magazine, Saddle Stitched, Color Covers, B&W

and Full Color Interiors

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