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Top Shelf solicitations for product shipping May, 2003

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"). Deepinside this behemoth anthology, replete with full-color and two-colorsections, you'll find: a tribute to Charles Schulz, with strips by ChrisWare, Seth, Ivan Brunetti, Joe Matt, Tony Millionaire, Tom Hart andmore; an amazing collection of international comics by Jason, Martin TomDieck, Nicolas Mahler, Ulf K, Winshluss, and the Swiss comics collectiveAtrabile; plus stateside inkstuds like Matt Madden, Renée French, JoshSimmons, Jesse Reklaw, Mack White, James Kochalka, James Sturm, SteveWeissman, Peter Kuper, and the Robot Publishing Posse; and a careerspanning interview and portfolio section with David Chelsea. All wrappedin eye-popping cover art by rising star Tomer "Midnight Mass coverartist" 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 ­ SIGNED & NUMBERED EDITION

As 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! Last year, 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. This edition is signed by both Alan Moore & JoséVillarrubia and limited to 500 copies.

-- $40.00 (US), SIGNED & NUMBERED BY ALAN MOORE & JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA, Limited to 500 copies, Full Color, 13" x 17", Lithograph

ALAN MOORE LITHOGRAPH ­ UNSIGNED EDITION

As 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! Last year, 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. This edition is unsigned.

-- $20.00 (US), UNSIGNED, Full Color, 13" x 17", Lithograph

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, now's the time to doso. Alan Moore says: "Both funny and genuinely touching in turn, CraigThompson'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", 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 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.

-- $20.00 (US), 13" x 19", Signed by Craig Thompson, Poster

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