Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Alec Omnibus Now Available

From Chris Staros of Top Shelf:

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED -- THE ALEC OMNIBUS IS HERE

EDDIE CAMPBELL'S OMNIBUS, ALEC: THE YEARS HAVE PANTS, IS NOW IN STOCK AND HITTING STORES THIS WEEK!

"My participation in comics originally grew from my personal admiration for the work of Eddie Campbell, both in partnership with Alan Moore (on FROM HELL) and on his own (in the inimitably observant ALEC stories, as well as the irreverent BACCHUS tales). Driven to expose Eddie's work to the widest possible audience, I entered the comics business as Eddie's distributor in the United States, and soon thereafter partnered with Brett Warnock to re-launch Top Shelf. Fifteen years later (!), I'm holding in my hands one of the things I'm most proud of: A gorgeous edition of Eddie's groundbreaking autobiographical comics, collected in a giant 640-page single volume!" -- Chris Staros

A brief description: Brilliantly observed and profoundly expressed, the ALEC stories present a version of Eddie's own life, filtered through the alter ego of "Alec MacGarry." Over many years, we witness Alec's (and Eddie's) progression "from beer to wine" -- wild nights at the pub, existential despair, the hunt for love, the quest for art, becoming a responsible breadwinner, feeling lost at his own movie premiere, and much more! Eddie's outlandish fantasies and metafictional tricks convert life into art, while staying fully grounded in his own absurdity. At every point, the author's uncanny eye for irony and wry self-awareness make even the smallest occasion into an opportunity for wit and wisdom. Quite simply, ALEC is a masterpiece of visual autobiography.

Available in two handsome editions:
Softcover with French Flaps:http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=618-- $35.00 (US), Diamond: JUL091081, ISBN 978-1-60309-025-4

Deluxe Hardcover:http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=643-- $49.95 (US), Diamond: JUL091082, ISBN 978-1-60309-047-6

Or see both (and more) at EDDIE CAMPBELL's webpage:http://www.topshelfcomix.com/eddiecampbell

Here's what people are saying:

"ALEC is magic, and even if I knew how all of it was done I'd be doing you a disservice if I pointed out the wires and mirrors. ... It is written by someone who obviously finds being alive an endless source of novelty and conundrum." -- Alan Moore

"Do you need me to tell you how good Eddie Campbell is? Or that ALEC is probably the best book-length comic about art and wine and midlife crises and families and friends and wine and love and art and saying goodbye and terror there is?" -- Neil Gaiman

"This impressive collection -- a high-water mark in the graphic novel's short history -- confirms that no one else in the medium combines emotional truth, literary intelligence, and formal daring with such adroitness and elegance." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Witty and thoughtful ... a great and epic comic documentary novel like no other." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

AND IN THE NEXT DIAMOND PREVIEWS -- OUT JAN 6TH!

TOP SHELF KICKS OFF 2010 WITH SUPER SPY: THE LOST DOSSIERS FROM MATT KINDT & JAMES KOCHALKA'S SUPER F*CKERS COLLECTION!

Top Shelf is proud to kick off 2010 with more SUPER SPY from Matt Kindt, as well James Kochalka's highly-anticipated SUPER F*CKERS collection! Here's the skinny on both:

SUPER F*CKERS by James Kochalka http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=653

SuperF*ckers collects all four fan-favorite issues of Kochalka's beloved SuperF*ckers series, plus the all-new Jack Krak one-shot! Foul-mouthed, filthy-minded, and completely oblivious, these young "heroes" do everything BUT fight crime – they're too busy getting high, hazing the new kids, playing video games, scheming to be team leader, and designing new costumes. A hilariously rude look at what super-powered teens would really be like, presented with Kochalka's signature sweetness and charm, SuperF*ckers is an over-the-top book with its mind in the gutter and its heart on its sleeve. -- $14.95 (US), Full-Color Flexi-Cover Graphic Novel, 144 pages, ISBN 978-1-60309-052-0

"Probably the perfect superhero book, as it appeals as much to people who love superhero books as it does to people who absolutely hate them." -- J. Caleb Mozzocco, Las Vegas Weekly

SUPER SPY (VOL 2): THE LOST DOSSIERS by Matt Kindt http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=12&title=646

Couldn't get enough of the critically-acclaimed and Eisner-nominated SUPER SPY? Curious what all the fuss is about? Have we got a book for you! Creator Matt Kindt has pulled out all the stops to make this an unforgettable supplement to (or first taste of) his 2007 opus. What's inside? Deleted scenes! Standalone spy stories! Sketchbook pages! 3-D comics! Full annotations! Diagrams of spy gadgets and keys to unlock secret codes hidden throughout the original book! Toys and stories for you to cut out and assemble! It's like a secret spy activity book for grown-ups! PLUS: illustrations, photos, and commentary from Matt explaining the real-world spy origins of his stories and techniques! Don't just read this book... USE it! -- $12.95 (US), Full-Color Softcover Graphic Novel, 96 pages, ISBN 978-1-60309-043-8

"[Super Spy] rivals the power of the most complex and serious spy novels and films." -- Booklist (starred review)

Graphic novels for your Top Shelf:
www.topshelfcomix.com/perennials
www.topshelfcomix.com/kidsclub
www.topshelfcomix.com/eddiecampbell
www.topshelfcomix.com/mattkindt
www.topshelfcomix.com/jameskochalka

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