Top Shelf solicitations for product shipping October, 2002

Press Release


by Actus

"One of the most compelling group projects in all of comics today." -- Bart Beaty, The Comics Journal

Everybody wishes for happy endings, but even if you're lucky enough to have one, happy endings are hardly ever what you expect. In their newest and most irresistible book, the Actus artists -- and their special guest, the German illustrator Anke Feuchenberger -- present six graphic novellas with interesting twists on the "Happy Ending." Packaged in a single stunning full-color hardcover volume, this witty and magnificently illustrated book is not to be missed. Top Shelf Productions is proud to represent the dynamic and extremely talented Israeli team, Actus; five outstanding cartoonists, Rutu Modan, Yirmi Pinkus, Mira Friedmann, Batia Kolton, & Itzik Rennert, who pool their talents annually to produce something simply amazing.

-- $21.95 (US), 188 pages, Full-Color Hardcover, 5" x 7", ISBN 965-90221-4-X


by James Kochalka

James Kochalka's best-selling graphic novel, MONKEY VS. ROBOT, just sold out, and Top Shelf is releasing the 2nd printing of the graphic novel with snazzy French Flaps. … MONKEY VS. ROBOT is an excitingaction-packed rumble-in-the-jungle! A factory of self-replicating robots is stripping the jungle of its natural resources, threatening the territory of a colony of nearby monkeys. A series of encounters between the two groups quickly escalates into all-out war. Even with all the explosive action and eye-catching graphics, beneath this entertaining veneer runs a stirring examination of the dual nature of existence, the dichotomy within the human mind, and mankind's profound effect on the environment. A modern day fable for all ages based on the timeless struggle between technology and nature.

-- $14.95 (US), 160 pages, Deluxe Graphic Novel, 8" x 8", ISBN: 1-891830-15-5


Top Shelf is proud to announce the signing of Kurt Wolfgang latest "work in progress," the 400-page, wordless graphic novel, PINOKIO. Most recognized for his mini comics LOWJINX #2: UNDERSTANDING MINICOMICS, LOWJINX #3: THE BIG RIP-OFF!, and his other wordless graphic novel, WHERE HATS GO, this time the Xeric Grant and Ignatz Award recipient Kurt Wolfgang knocks the familiar Disney treatment of Pinocchio aside and bathes in the more morbid and murky tones of Carlo Collodi's original Italian novel. This amazing adaptation will not only be illustrated in Kurt's strikingly beautiful brand of visual poetry, but also be designed and packaged by our industry's preeminent designer, Jordan Crane (creator of NON, LAST LONELY SATURDAY, & COL-DEE). Scheduled to be released in the 2003-2004 timeframe.

A brief description: Geppetto, an elderly widower forever poisoned byremorse and regret, reluctantly pushes through a lonely existence,haunted by a decade old fatal move and the ghosts it has spawned.Seeing the goodness within him, a magical fairly grants him half a wish in the form of a mischievous little robot boy with a magnetic attraction to neck deep trouble; all the curiosity of a toddler and twice the attitude of a surly teenager. Determined to right a life of wrongs, Geppetto, along with his "son" and a guardian cockroach, navigates a chipped and rusted urban landscape of abandoned amusement parks, slave drivers and clowns of ill repute, in search of the lock to the key that he knows swims within his heart, the lock that binds him to the ghosts of his past.

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