New Releases from Topshelf

Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2001
By: Darren Schroeder

BOX OFFICE POISON by Alex Robinson
Top Shelf Productions is proud to announce the complete, 608-page (!!!) BOX OFFICE POISON graphic novel collection. This perennial fan favorite is so wonderfully written that the series screams for an all-up collection. As big fans of the comic book series know, this epic story of Sherman, Dorothy, Ed, Stephen, Jane, and Mr. Flavor is not to be missed. Alex Robinson's completely natural and inspiring knack for dialogue has made his story of dreary jobs, comic books, love, sex, messy apartments, girlfriends (and the lack thereof), undisclosed pasts, and crusty old professionals one of the most delightful and whimsical books to hit the stands in years. This definitive edition will be for keeps! -- $29.95 (US), 608 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 5/8", Graphic Novel, ISBN: 1-891830-19-8

SPEECHLESS by Peter Kuper
SPEECHLESS is a coffee-table art book of one of the most significant activist artists of our generation. Spanning three decades, SPEECHLESS will cover the career of artist Peter Kuper. From his co-founding days of WORLD WAR 3 (the longest running magazine in zine history), to ROLLING STONE's Comic Artist of the Year, to major magazine cover illustrator and beyond. This full-color, hardcover collection will include dozens of unpublished illustrations and wordless comics in the unique stencil style that gave his DC/Vertigo collection THE SYSTEM its powerhouse punch, and helped revamp the look and feel of the world renowned "Spy vs. Spy" (which Kuper has illustrated for MAD MAGAZINE for the past three years). SPEECHLESS will also include essays and anecdotes on his experiences as a comic art expert in a landmark obscenity trial; step-by-step discussion of the process of illustrating covers for magazines like TIME and the VILLAGE VOICE; commentary on creating the very first comic strip to appear in the hallowed NEW YORK TIMES; and tales of harrowing travels spanning the globe. This ultimate collection of Kuper's art -- containing tons of never before seen comics stories in glorious full-color -- will leave any fan of the medium ... well, speechless! -- $19.95 (US), 112 pages, 9 1/2" x 12 1/2", Deluxe Hardcover Art/Comix Book with Full-Color Interiors and Cover, ISBN: 1-891830-14-7

Chris Staros
Top Shelf Productions, Inc.
PO Box 1282
Marietta, GA 30061-1282

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