Foreign art can be inherently enticing for its foreignness. We all look to fiction and art to transport us to another world, another reality, another point of view, but much as memoir and autobiography hold in them a special titillation of getting to see something real and private, art from other cultures brings with it a promise that, no matter how successful the art may be at transporting or communicating, by default the reader will be exploring something exotic. As a suburban white boy I read manga
Do you like violent, foul-mouthed teenaged superheroes a la "The Boys" and "Brat Pack," but wish they were drawn more like children's books? Then man, have we got the book for you: "Superf*ckers" by James Kochalka
If you love self-contained indie superhero universes, cartoony art, and absolutely filthy humor, you should already be a fan of James Kochalka's "Superf*ckers," about a group of teenage heroes with poor impulse control
Over at Top Shelf 2.0, Kevin Cannon has posted a comic in the shape of a car. I don't just mean that it's a book in a car shape, I mean that the pages are on pieces of cardboard that combine to form a small vehicle with wheels that moves
Voracious comic readers can now order from the Top Shelf for the price of wells. And if that crude bar hopping metaphor isn't obvious enough, Top Shelf Publications is having a massive $3 sale at its Web site.
Top Shelf has finally collected all the autographical comics of Eddie Campbell, the artist of "From Hell," in a satisfying large omnibus called "The Years Have Pants." It's about drinking, art, love, growing up, and the daily absurdities of being alive, and while you have to wait till October to get your copy, there are 16 pages online now for your viewin
The upcoming Bruce Willis flick "The Surrogates," which is based on a Top Shelf comic, imagines a society where people experience their lives through robot avatars rather than first-hand. A new video after the jump examines some of the science behind the technology in the film, and even prophesies that we will be living in a world similar to "The Surrogates" within ten years, which I find a liiiittle hard to believe, but great sound bite
Alan Moore is often called the greatest writer in comics, so when he decided to spend 16 years of his life working on an illustrated pornography titled "Lost Girls" about the sex lives of Alice in Wonderland, Wendy from "Peter Pan" and Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz," most people stood up and paid attention.
Moore created "Lost Girls" with his long-time partner and now wife, painter Melinda Gebbie, hoping to add a work of artistic quality to the genre of pornography, which he felt was "woefully under-represented
A new trailer is out for the Bruce Willis film "The Surrogates," based on the Top Shelf graphic novel about people live through android avatars called "surrogates" that look identical to human beings, and simulate the experience of living for their users, who never have to leave their homes. Everyone is beautiful, anyone can do -- or be -- anything, and no one can get hurt. At leas
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