Category:Top Shelf Productions titles
Titles released by Top Shelf Productions.
Pages in category "Top Shelf Productions titles"
The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
Titles released by Top Shelf Productions.
The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Blankets (comics) – Blankets is an autobiographical graphic novel by Craig Thompson, published in 2003 by Top Shelf Productions. As a coming-of-age autobiography, the tells the story of Thompsons childhood in an Evangelical Christian family, his first love. The book was acclaimed, with Time magazine ranking it #1 in its 2003 Best Comics list. In late 1999, Thompson began work on the graphic novel, Thompson produced the books as a way of coming out to his parents about no longer being a Christian. Craig Thompson, Craig is the character, who is depicted from childhood to young adulthood. Craig is a talented artist and devout Christian, at a Baptist Christian winter camp he meets a girl from a similar background named Raina who becomes his first love. Like Craig, he likes to draw, and the first portion of the story details their childhood together and their adventures are also recalled at least once in each chapter throughout the book. Raina, Craigs first love, a fellow Christian whom Craig first meets at a church camp, like Craig, her family is not well-off financially, and her parents divorce causes her stress. She also takes care of her mentally disabled sister and brother, although she believes in God, she does not believe as strongly as Craig does. Craigs parents, Craigs parents are strict, devoutly religious Christians who are not very tolerant of liberal Christianity, Rainas father, Rainas father is a man who is loyal to his own beliefs and is hoping to salvage his relationship with his wife. Rainas mother, Rainas mother has no interest in repairing her relationship with her husband, both she and her husband leave Raina to take care of her adopted siblings, as well as her niece. Laura and Ben, Rainas adopted sister and brother, both of whom are mentally handicapped, Ben is a far more quiet and collected person, whereas Laura is far more energetic. Julie and Dave, Rainas sister and brother in law, Blankets chronicles Craigs adolescence and young adulthood, his childhood relationship with his younger brother, and the conflicts he experiences regarding Christianity and his first love. Though written chronologically, Thompson uses flashbacks as a literary and artistic device in order to parallel young adult experience with past childhood experience, major literary themes of the work include, first love, child and adult sexuality, spirituality, sibling relationships, and coming of age. Craig begins by describing his relationship with his brother during their childhood in Wisconsin, Thompson also depicts a male babysitter sexually abusing both Craig and his younger brother, Phil. Craig suffers harassment from bullies at school and at church, the two become inseparable, and continue their relationship through letters and phone calls. They arrange to spend two weeks together at Rainas home in Michigans Upper Peninsula, Craig arrives and meets Raina’s family, which includes her two adopted siblings, Ben and Laura, her older biological sister Julie, and her parents, who are undergoing a divorce. Raina feels responsible for taking care of Ben and Laura, who are mentally handicapped, despite growing closer during the visit, the two return to their separate lives, but Raina eventually decides to break off the relationship
2. Top Shelf Productions – Top Shelf Productions is an American publishing company founded in 1997, originally owned and operated by Chris Staros and Brett Warnock and a small staff. Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, Top Shelf is based in Marietta, Georgia. Top Shelf publishes comics and graphic novels by such as Alan Moore, Craig Thompson, James Kochalka, Andy Runton, Jeffrey Brown, Nate Powell, Alex Robinson, Jeff Lemire. The company was founded by Chris Staros and Brett Warnock after discussions between the pair at the 1997 Small Press Expo, the partnership evolved from combining Warnocks design skills and marketing abilities with Staros talents for editing and book-keeping. The duo started publishing under the name Primal Groove Press, the first title to be published by the new imprint was Pete Sickman-Garners Hey, Mister, After School Special, a collection of Garners previously self-published comic books along with two new tales. Staros and Warnock have aimed to give their imprint a style that is quite hip, but also quite endearing, in April 2002 the collapse of the bookstore distributor LPC caused severe financial problems for the company. A $20,000 check the distributor had issued bounced, investigation by Top Shelf revealed an LPC filing for Chapter 11, a move which left Top Shelf in a perilous state, The company had issued checks based on the LPC check clearing. The company called upon the goodwill it had established in the comics market. They asked former customers to find it in your hearts to each spend around fifty bucks and this would literally pull us through. The communication swiftly spread across the internet, with both Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis disseminating the appeal through their online presences. The move created such an atmosphere that rival publisher and fellow LPC client Dark Horse felt moved to issue a statement to the effect that they were in a profitable position, Top Shelf were unprepared for the response, with a volunteer drafted to help pack the orders. A second communication was issued a day later, declaring Top Shelf Saved by Comics Community Record 12 Hours, Top Shelf have slowly expanded their line and typically aim to launch works at conventions in order to generate a buzz. The 2004 Comic Con International saw the company launch 8 books and this has at times caused unrest with retailers, particularly when Blankets was launched at the 2003 Comic Con International. The company also followed this route with Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbies Lost Girls, the work had long been on the schedules of Top Shelf, initially intended as a three volume affair scheduled for a 2002 release. The eventual publication proved controversial, with Moore himself describing the work as pornography, before publication fears were raised that the book would prove hard to sell given its nature, and that there may be legal implications. However, the work received good reviews and the print run sold out in one day. The work has yet to be distributed in the United Kingdom, Top Shelf agreed not to distribute the work in the UK until after that copyright expired at the end of 2007. They do, however, refute that the breaches the copyrights held
3. Bacchus (comics) – Bacchus is a comics character created by Eddie Campbell and based upon the Roman god of wine and revelry, known to the Greeks as Dionysus. Bacchus first appeared as a character in Deadface 1, a Harrier Comics title which lasted eight issues, after these collections and repackaging, Dark Horse commissioned the new storyline, Deadface, Earth, Water, Air, & Fire, a four issue mini-series published in 1992. The final work in the Bacchus mythos to be published by Dark Horse was also the first time Bacchus appeared within a comic published in colour, The Ghost In The Glass, published in 1995. Ed Ilya Hillyer worked as inker on the last four issues of Deadface, Kublick again helped Campbell with the writing on the first two issues of the Deadface, Earth, Water, Air, & Fire series. 1,001 Nights of Bacchus saw collaborations on the front with Kublick, Marcus Moore, Daren White and Mark Campbell. Artistic collaborators on this sequence were Steve Stamatiadis, Dylan Horrocks and Pete Mullins, the Ghost In The Glass featured art by Teddie Kristiansen. Mullins again assisted on King Bacchus, with credit for April Post on part 9. The final serial, Banged Up saw Marcus Moore again assist with some of the stories and Mullins assist on almost all of the art with a little help from Steve Francis on part 8
4. Creature Tech – Creature Tech is a graphic novel, written and penciled by Doug TenNapel and published by Top Shelf Productions. Elements of the tie in with TenNapels previous comic book work Gear. The book tells of the adventures of Dr, in exchange for granting the government the lease to build the facility, the City of Turlock demanded that it be staffed primarily by locals. Ongs task is to open the hundreds of crates in the warehouse, then to catalog. Many of the artifacts found inside are proven to be dangerous and thoroughly insane. Russian teleporter technology, aliens, mutants. As such, the nicknames the facility Creature Tech. During what is apparently just another day at the office, the ghost of the evil Dr. Jameson looses a slug-beast from its stasis capsule. Jameson was killed a century prior, after making a deal with a demon named Hellcat in exchange for the power to bring a giant space eel to Earth, Jameson succeeded a little too thoroughly, and he was crushed when the eel crash-landed into gold-rush-era Turlock. During the ensuing battle, Ong is stabbed through the heart by an attached to the slug-beast. The parasite detaches itself from the beast and attaches to Ongs chest, replacing his heart, but creating a permanent symbiosis. Using the Shroud, Jameson resurrects his old body and begins a search for the remains of the space eel that killed him, so that he can resurrect it, in the meantime, he uses his demonic powers to unleash an army of demon-possessed cats upon Turlock. Creature Tech has received positive reviews. Publishers Weekly said TenNapels creativity and attention to fill this book with pleasant surprises. Aint It Cool News comic book editor Moriarty spoke well of the story, saying it is better than that of films like Shrek, The Iron Giant, and a review in Booklist said that TenNapels cartooning talent makes a winner out of this crazed romp. At least some work for a film adaptation was done by Andy Cosby
5. From Hell – From Hell is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1996 and collected in 1999. Set during the Whitechapel murders of the late Victorian era, the novel speculates upon the identity, the novel depicts several true events of the murders, although portions have been fictionalised, particularly the identity of the killer and the precise nature and circumstances of the murders. The title is taken from the first words of the From Hell letter, the collected edition is 572 pages long. The 2000 and later editions are the most common prints, the comic was loosely adapted into a film of the same title, released in 2001. From Hell was originally serialized as one of features in Taboo. After running in Taboo #2–7, Moore and Campbell moved the project to its own series, published first by Tundra Publishing, then by Kitchen Sink Press. The series was published in ten volumes between 1991 and 1996, and an appendix, From Hell, The Dance of the Gull-catchers, was published in 1998, knights theories have been described as a good fictional read whose conclusions have been disproved numerous times. Moore and Campbell conducted significant research to ensure plausibility and verisimilitude, Moores opinions on the reliability of those references are also listed. Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, also known as Prince Eddy, marries and fathers a child with Annie Crook, Prince Eddy had visited the area under an assumed name and Annie is unaware of her husbands royal position. Queen Victoria becomes aware of the marriage and has Albert separated forcibly from his wife, Victoria then instructs her royal physician Sir William Gull to impair Annies sanity, which he does by damaging or impairing her thyroid gland. The princes daughter is taken to Annie Crooks parents by the painter Walter Sickert, Crooks father believes the child to be his through an incestuous relationship with his daughter. Sickert reluctantly leaves the child with Crooks parents, after Queen Victoria learns of the blackmail attempt, Gull is once again enlisted, this time to silence the group of women who are threatening the crown. The police are complicit in the crimes — they are granted prior knowledge of Gulls intentions, Gull, a high-ranking Freemason, begins a campaign of violence against the five women, brutally murdering them with the aid of a carriage driver, John Netley. While targeting Mary Kelly, Gull also kills Catherine Eddowes, who was using Kellys name as an alias, as the killings progress, Gull becomes more and more psychologically unhinged, until he finally has a full psychic vision of the future while murdering Mary Kelly. The story also serves as a character study of Gull, exploring his personal philosophy and motivation. Gull takes Netley on a tour of London landmarks, expounding on their hidden mystical significance, later, Gull forces the semi-literate Netley to write the infamous From Hell letter which lends the work its title. Following this, several people write letters to the police claiming to be the murderer, Gull has a number of transcendent experiences in the course of the murders, culminating with a vivid vision of what London will be like a century after the last murder. It is implied that, through his activities, male dominance over femininity is assured
6. Good-bye, Chunky Rice – Good-bye, Chunky Rice is a 1999 graphic novel about friendship written by Craig Thompson. It was originally published by Top Shelf Productions, good-bye, Chunky Rice was originally published by Top Shelf Productions. It would be re-released in a new format by Pantheon Books in May 2006, before this, the graphic novel had six printings with Top Shelf. The book tells the story of Chunky Rice, a turtle who leaves his familiar surroundings, including his deer mouse best friend. Other side characters in the novel also experience similar losses of friendship through tragedy or their own choice, good-bye, Chunky Rice won Thompson the 2000 Harvey Award for Best New Talent
7. Jack's Luck Runs Out – Jacks Luck Runs Out is a full-color one-shot comic book created by Jason Little. The book features playing cards as characters, where the character is a jack. In March 1998, Little received a grant to help publish the book from the Xeric Foundation, the book was published by Top Shelf Productions. Little considered Jacks Luck Runs Out originally to be an exercise in drawing, the entire book was drawn and inked before the faces were added, which were taken from playing cards. When adding the faces, Little spent nine hours cutting and photocopying the faces of playing cards, the majority of the computer work was done on a PC486. Towards the end of development, Little was working at MTV, the final thirty-six hours of work was done in a single session. Little was inspired to create Jacks Luck Runs Out by the comics of Evan Dorkin, the three main characters are based on the three face cards in a deck of playing cards. To emulate the style of playing cards, Little used primary colors, since playing cards originate from medieval times, they have a distinct two-dimensional quality to them. Because of this, Little chose to use flat perspective for the comic book, in 1999, Little was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best New Talent as well as an Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent for his work on Jacks Luck Runs Out. List of Xeric grant winners Jason Littles comics at his Beekeeper Cartoon Amusements, includes 5 page preview
8. Keyhole (comics) – Keyhole was a critically acclaimed black-and-white alternative comic book published from 1996–1998. A two-man anthology by cartoonists Dean Haspiel and Josh Neufeld, Keyhole was published by two different publishers, starting with Millennium Publications and ending up at Top Shelf Productions, Keyhole began as a self-published mini-comic by the long-time friends Haspiel and Neufeld. Keyhole Mini-Comics ran for four issues in 1995, reviewed in Factsheet Five, Comics Buyers Guide, and elsewhere, it was then picked up by Millennium, which published the first full-sized issue in June 1996. With its fourth issue, Keyhole was released under Millenniums new imprint, Top Shelf picked up the comic for its fifth and sixth issues. In 2002, Haspiel, Neufeld, and Alternative Comics announced plans to publish Keyhole vol, II, but the comic never appeared, and the two cartoonists have since moved on to other projects. Walker and Neufelds Titans of Finance, Neufelds one-page Travel Tips, other stories appearing in Keyhole included short autobiographical pieces by Haspiel, and assorted collaborations with other writers. Although Keyhole only ran six issues, it was a critically acclaimed project which proved to be a launching pad for both Haspiel and Neufelds careers. Haspiel debuted his existential antihero, Billy Dogma, in Keyhole, a character whose adventures have since been published by Modern Comics, Top Shelf, Alternative Comics, Neufeld, in turn, collected the Titans of Finance stories in a self-titled comic published by Alternative in 2001. In 2004, he collected his Keyhole travel stories in the Xeric Award-winning graphic novel A Few Perfect Hours, in addition, both cartoonists became regular illustrators for Harvey Pekar and his American Splendor projects. Keyhole at the Grand Comics Database Keyhole at the Grand Comics Database Keyhole at the Comic Book DB Keyhole at the Comic Book DB Boyd, hit List, Keyhole to Last Gasp Comix & Stories, The Comics Journal #189. Review of Keyhole #1-3 Keyhole page at Josh Neufelds website Promo for Keyhole vol,2, #1 at the Alternative Comics website Haspiel & Neufelds Lionels Lament collaboration, produced after the demise of Keyhole
9. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book series co-created by writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin ONeill which began in 1999. According to Moore, the concept behind the series was initially a Justice League of Victorian England, elements of Volume I were used in a loosely adapted feature film of the same name, released in 2003 and starring Sean Connery. A reboot was announced in May 2015, Jekyll, and Hawley Griffin the Invisible Man. They help stop a gang-war between Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty, nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, following this they are involved in the events of H. G. Wellss The War of the Worlds. Two members of the League achieve immortality, and are seen in an adventure in 1958. During this adventure Captain Nemos daughter, Janni Dakkar, is introduced, in a 1997 interview with Andy Diggle for the now defunct Comics World website, Alan Moore gave the title of the work as The League of Extraordinary Gentlefolk. Moore changed the name to Gentlemen to better reflect the Victorian era, simon Bisley was originally going to be the artist for the series before being replaced by Kevin ONeill. The Victorian setting allowed Moore and ONeill to insert in-jokes and cameos from many works of Victorian fiction, the works bear numerous steampunk influences. In the first issue, for example, there is a bridge to link Britain and France. This has lent the series popularity with fans of esoteric Victoriana. Moore said, The planet of the imagination is as old as we are and it has been humanitys constant companion with all of its fictional locations, like Mount Olympus and the gods, and since we first came down from the trees, basically. It seems very important, otherwise, we wouldnt have it, moores long-standing outspoken criticism of DC Comics made his position with DC-owned subsidiary Wildstorm Comics tenuous from the start. Moores initial agreement was with WildStorm owner Jim Lee, who sold his studio to DC after dealing with Moore, Moore agreed to honor his contracts with Lee, but made it clear that he wished to continue to have no dealings with DC directly. The fifth issue of the first volume contained an authentic advertisement for a douche with the brand name Marvel Douche. The entire initial print run was destroyed and reprinted because the publisher felt that this could be perceived as an attack on Marvel Comics, after several additional complaints over DC interference, Moore decided to wind up his ABC projects, intending to only continue with League. Moore requested that someone involved with the films production company—and DC Comics parent company and he also claims that his lack of support from DC regarding a minor lawsuit related to the film adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was instrumental in his departure. When no such apology was forthcoming, Moore decided to withdraw future volumes of the League from DC in protest, reprints of Volumes I-II and the Dossier are now being published by Vertigo as well as ABC. Volume II has an appendix, most of which is filled with an imaginary travelers account of the alternate universe the League is set in