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May 7, 2006


CR Sunday Magazine

A Short Interview With Eddie Campbell

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Go, Read: Brian Doherty on Infinite Crisis

Brian Doherty looks at Infinite Crisis as one of two major sprawling fantasies of the 2000s (the other being Star Wars), both with things to say about American foreign policy under President Bush.

Go, Read: Jim Woodring's Blog

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Cheeky

***RECEIVED FROM TOP SHELF MAY 5 MORNING***
Hey Comics Fans,

Big news in Top Shelf land. After 16 years in development, the complete LOST GIRLS by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie has finally shipped to the printer, and will be hitting stores in August!

This will be the most expensive book Top Shelf has ever published, with the first printing costing us almost $200K. Why so expensive? Because Lost Girls will be published as three, 112-page, super-deluxe, oversized (9" x 12") clothbound hardcover volumes, each wrapped in a beautiful dust jacket, with all three volumes sealed and shrink-wrapped in a gorgeous slipcase. The entire epic published -- all at once -- as an art object for the ages.

And to help raise the money to pay for this print run, we've decided to offer a Signed & Numbered edition, limited to 500 copies, that will be autographed by both Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie. This is a Top Shelf website exclusive, and the money raised through this advance sale will allow us to finance the project.

Advance orders of this special edition will ship out as soon as they arrive from the printer. But please note that this special edition will likely sell out before the summer release date, and quite possibly within days of this announcement, so pre-ordering is highly recommended.

To see what the slipcase and volumes will look like, click on either edition below and then click on PREVIEW.

LOST GIRLS (Signed & Numbered Edition, limited to 500 copies) http://www.topshelfcomix.com/
catalog.php?type=12&title=479 -- $150.00 (US) + Shipping, FOR ADULTS ONLY, A Web Exclusive

LOST GIRLS (Regular Edition) http://www.topshelfcomix.com
/catalog.php?type=12&title=219 -- $75.00 (US) + Shipping, ISBN 1-891830-74-0, FOR ADULTS ONLY

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK CONTAINS EXPLICIT MATERIAL AND IS FOR ADULTS ONLY. AT THE WEBSITE YOU MUST CERTIFY THAT YOU ARE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE A COPY.

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DESCRIPTION:

LOST GIRLS
by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie

For more than a century, Alice, Wendy and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland and Land of Oz of our childhoods. Now, like us, these three lost girls have grown up and are ready to guide us again, this time through the realms of our sexual awakening and fulfillment. Through their familiar fairytales they share with us their most intimate revelations of desire in its many forms, revelations that shine out radiantly through the dark clouds of war gathering around a luxurious Austrian hotel. Drawing on the rich heritage of erotica, Lost Girls is the rediscovery of the power of ecstatic writing and art in a sublime union that only the medium of comics can achieve. Exquisite, thoughtful, and human, Lost Girls is a work of breathtaking scope that challenges the very notion of art fettered by convention. This is erotic fiction at its finest.

-- $75.00 (US), ISBN 1-891830-74-0, FOR ADULTS ONLY

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Brett Warnock and I would personally like to thank everyone for helping us get this project off the ground, as this is, without a doubt, the single most important graphic novel we've ever published. And with a decade of publishing and 150 literary graphic novels & comix to our credit -- including From Hell and Blankets -- that's saying something.

Why is this release so important? Because it does something that's never been done before: reinvent pornography as something literary, thoughtful, exquisite, and human. A singularly unique and layered story, Lost Girls is a commentary on the intimate wonder of human sexuality, the undeniable value of free speech, and the vulgarities of war. In an era and political climate when most would shy away from taking such a stand, this graphic novel champions freedom of expression and puts that ideal to the test. As a tightly knit community of fans, creators, retailers, publishers, distributors, and press we all believe that the pen truly is mightier than the sword, but we also know that the power of the pen lies not in the author so much as the audience. As such, Lost Girls need the support of all of us.

It has often been said, "If it's worth reacting to, it's worth overreacting to," and you can be sure that this fully-painted epic will get a reaction from everyone who reads it -- and more than its share of over-reactors as well. The literary, political, social, and sexual aspects of Lost Girls are going to challenge our system to live up to itself. Get ready. Lost Girls is coming in August!

And to hear what Alan Moore has to say about the project, just click here to read the amazing 2-part interview Kurt Amacker of Cinescape did with him, where Alan addresses every issue one could have with this work: http://www.topshelfcomix.com/
news.php?article=147

Your friend thru comics,

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

***RECEIVED FROM FANTAGRAPHICS MAY 5 AFTERNOON***
Hey Comics Fans,

Big news in Fantagraphics land. After a few months in development, ANGRY YOUTH COMIX #11 has finally shipped to the printer, and will be hitting stores in May!

This will be quite an expenditure for Fantagraphics, with the first printing costing us over $1500 to print. Why so expensive? Because AYC uses only the most cutting-edge staple technology known to mankind. All 24 pages will be folded and bound with the greatest care by the finest stapling artisans known to Canada. The entire issue will be published -- all at once -- as an art object for the ages.

And to help raise the money to pay for this print run, we've decided to distribute this issue to comic book stores worldwide as well as via the World Wide Internets. This is a Fantagraphics exclusive, and the money raised through this distribution will allow us to finance the project and defray our enormous costs.

Advance orders of this special issue will ship out as soon as they arrive from the printer. But please note that this special issue will likely sell out before the summer release date, and quite possibly within days of this announcement, so pre-ordering is highly recommended.

ANGRY YOUTH COMICS #11
-- $3.50 (US) + Shipping, FOR ADULTS ONLY

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BOOK CONTAINS EXPLICIT MATERIAL AND IS FOR ADULTS ONLY. AT THE WEBSITE YOU MUST CERTIFY THAT YOU ARE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE A COPY.


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DESCRIPTION:

ANGRY YOUTH COMIX #11 by Johnny Ryan
24-page B&W comic book • $3.50; more in Canada • MATURE READERS

For most of this century, Loady McGee an Sinus O'Gynus have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland and Land of Oz of our childhoods. Now, like us, these two lost boys have grown up and are ready to guide us again, this time through the realms of our sexual awakening and fulfillment. Through their familiar fairytales they share with us their most intimate revelations of desire in its many forms, revelations that shine out radiantly through the dark clouds of war gathering around a luxuriously spooky graveyard. Drawing on the rich heritage of erotica, Angry Youth Comix is the rediscovery of the power of ecstatic writing and art in a sublime union that only the medium of comics can achieve. Exquisite, thoughtful, and human, Angry Youth Comix is a work of breathtaking scope that challenges the very notion of art fettered by convention. This is erotic fiction at its finest.

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Gary Groth, Kim Thompson and I would personally like to thank everyone for helping us get this project off the ground, as this is, without a doubt, the single most important issue of ANGRY YOUTH COMIX we've ever published. And with eleven issues to our credit, that's saying something.

Why is this release so important? Because it does something that's never been done since at least the last issue of Angry Youth Comix: reinvent pornography as something literary, thoughtful, exquisite, and human. A singularly unique and layered story, Angry Youth Comix #11 is a commentary on the intimate wonder of human sexuality, the undeniable value of free speech, and the vulgarities of war. In an era and political climate when most would shy away from taking such a stand, this particular issue of AYC champions freedom of expression and puts that ideal to the test. As a tightly knit community of fans, creators, retailers, publishers, distributors, and press we all believe that the pen truly is mightier than the sword, but we also know that the power of the pen lies not in the author so much as the audience. As such, Angry Youth Comix needs the support of all of us.

It has often been said, "If it's worth reacting to, it's worth overreacting to," and you can be sure that this fully-inked epic will get a reaction from everyone who reads it -- and more than its share of over-reactors as well. The literary, political, social, and sexual aspects of Angry Youth Comix are going to challenge our system to live up to itself. Get ready. Angry Youth Comix #11 is coming in May!

Your friend thru comics,

Eric Reynolds
Fantagraphics Books
7563 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115 USA
(206) 524-1967 x218 tel.
(206) 524-2104 fax
www.fantagraphics.com

Go, Look: New Sean Phillips Site

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Excellence in Blogging

I think it's worth noting that after months and months and months of sustained, daily and more-than-daily output, Eric Burns of Websnark.com has announced his intention to slow down and only post to his site occasionally. Burns has been really valuable to me as a daily voice with a consistent point of view on a subject about which I know very little (webcomics). I will miss the daily check-ins. Thanks, Eric!

Hey, Kids! Free Comics!

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A Free Comic Book Day-related blog report that might put a smile on your face.

Initial Thought Of The Day

Do other industries have things like the Mid-Ohio Con Incident? If not, how can we be more like those industries?
 
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