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Top Shelf Comics for August 2005


By The Editor
May 29, 2005 - 15:36

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TRICKED
by Alex Robinson

[A "Featured Item" & "Certified Cool" on page 350 of Previews, with a full-page ad on page 349]

From the Eisner award-winning creator of BOX OFFICE POISON – voted by Wizard magazine as the best indy graphic novel of all time! – comes the highly-anticipated original graphic novel, TRICKED. Four years in development and clocking in at 352-pages, Alex Robinson, "the master of true-to-life relationship drama" (Library Journal), has created another tour de force. TRICKED follows the lives of six people -- a reclusive rock legend, a heartbroken waitress, a counterfeiter, an obsessive crank, a lost daughter, and a backstabbing lover -- whose lives are unconnected until an act of violence brings them spiraling in on each other. Combining intriguing characters with a story structure that is both complex and innovative, TRICKED is not to be missed. -- $19.95 (US), 352 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 5/8", Graphic Novel, ISBN 1-891830-73-2

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The New Edition of:
BOX OFFICE POISON
by Alex Robinson

[Listed On page 350 of Previews, with a full-page ad on page 349]

"A convincing, absorbing and satisfying fictional portrait of post-college life in New York City." -- Publishers Weekly

"A salute to comics, an exploration of the human condition, and a solid, absorbing, and riotously snide tale about at least half of the things that make life important." -- Tasha Robinson, The Onion AV Club

Sporting a brand new cover, the award-winning and long-out-of-print BOX OFFICE POISON is back! This 608-page epic story of Sherman, Dorothy, Ed, Stephen, Jane, and Mr. Flavor is a true comics masterpiece. Alex Robinson's completely natural and inspiring knack for dialogue makes this 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 graphic novels to hit the stands in years. -- $29.95 (US), 608 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 5/8", Graphic Novel, ISBN 1-891830-19-8

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SPIRAL-BOUND
by Aaron Renier

["Certified Cool" on page 350 of Previews, with a full-page ad on page 351]

"Brilliant! Aaron Renier has created a playfully mysterious universe, complete with its own dreamlike logic. It's a delightfully inventive treasure." -- Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants

"Aaron Renier's Spiral-Bound is exactly the sort of novel I have been looking for when the weather outside is glum and I want to spend the afternoon on my couch with Nico on the stereo and a pot of toasted rice tea simmering on the end table. If you want anything more from a graphic novel than a noble elephant, a shadowy mystery, an intrepid bird, an underwater monster, an impeccable rabbit, an underground tram, a devoted dog, an aquatic sculptor, a corrupt mayor, a maze of secrets, a secret maze and not one but two performances by my new favorite musical ensemble Kodiak & Calico, you should be ashamed of yourself." -- Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events

With an ensemble cast straight from a box of Animal Crackers, this delightful tale of ambition, morality, and self-discovery is the first major work by extraordinary newcomer Aaron Renier. Drawn in a decidedly beautiful fashion, reminiscent of Richard Scary and Lewis Trondheim, Renier has given us a fully-realized and compellingly adventurous narrative, at once both achingly naive and profoundly worldly. This tightly crafted graphic novel is the real deal, and will charm your socks off. A remarkable debut. -- $14.95 (US), 184 pages, 9 3/4" x 7 1/2", Graphic Novel, ISBN 1-891830-50-3

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WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED #36: NEO CONS
Edited by Peter Kuper and Ryan Inzana

From attacks on Sponge Bob, to fake newscasters, to nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, to tax cuts for the rich, Neo Cons are everywhere! As the Bush administration rewrites the constitution, the artists of World War 3 draw the line and demonstrate that a picture is worth a thousand WMDs. For a quarter century, World War 3 has been on the cutting edge of political comix, and this 25th anniversary edition continues with a line up of today's sharpest talents, including: Spain, Joe Sacco, David Rees, Steve Brodner, Barry Blitt, Eric Drooker, Sabrina Jones, Ryan Inzana, Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, and a wraparound cover by Sue Coe. World War 3 is the antidote to complacency. Distributed by Top Shelf. -- $5.00 (US), 64 pages, Anthology


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