Top Shelf debuts new website, new books

This morning, indie publisher Top Shelf unveiled a new, more user-friendly website, but they’ve also announced a slew of new books for 2011 and beyond listed below — among the highlights, a two-volume BACCHUS omnibus by Eddie Campbell, the return of Petey and Pussy, and promising work by Jess Fink and Will Dinski.

Five New Graphic Novel Series:
MADDY KETTLE by Eric Orchard
MONSTER ON THE HILL by Rob Harrell
PIRATE PENGUIN VS NINJA CHICKEN by Ray Friesen
OKIE DOKIE DONUTS by Chris Eliopoulos
DRAGON PUNCHER by James Kochalka

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2010 MoCCA programming announced

A panel with Al Jaffee, Jules Feiffer, Arnold Roth and Gahan Wilson may be the highlight — not just of MoCCA but the YEAR — but the rest of the MoCCA Festival’s programming has just been announced at The Daily Crosshatch. In addition to the panels, David Mazzucchelli will be presented with the Klein Award on Saturday. Full lineup below

Saturday, April 10th

11:30 Titans of Comics: Living Cartooning Legends.
A conversation between some of the the 20th century’s biggest cartooning names. Our working title for this one was “Hall of Famers.” Featuring: Jules Feiffer, Gahan Wilson, Arnold Roth, Al Jaffee. Moderated by: Danny Fingeroth.

12:45 Dash Shaw and Frank Santoro in Conversation
A three way conversation between the artists behind Body World, Cold Heat, and moderator Bill Kartalopoulos (New School). Featuring: Dash Shaw, Frank Santoro. Moderated by: Bill Kartalopolous.
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DC lawyering up for Siegel case

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Over at Blog@ Jeff Trexler decodes some court filings which suggest that DC/Warners MAY expect the Superman case to go to trial. They’ve let go of their previous attorneys (who worked on the Edgar Winter case, among others) and replaced them with Daniel Petrocelli, a very high powered IP lawyer who represented Disney in the epic (and bitter) Winnie the Pooh royalty case, and the Ron Goldman family in a civil case against O.J. Simpson.

Time Warner’s decision to bring on such a high-profile litigator as its new outside counsel would seem to signal that the company does not expect a settlement with the Siegel family in the foreseeable future. It’s equally possible that the hire is itself a negotiation tactic, as it’s not unusual for a party in a lawsuit to bring in big name counsel in an attempt to intimidate a seemingly intractable opponent.


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Evan Dorkin’s monsters

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A Flickr set of monsters , drawn by Evan Dorkin for his daughter Emily. Above, Mr. Bascomb.

Photo Parade: Oni, Hannigan, Templesmith, etc., etc., etc.

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Anders Nilsen went to Rothenburg’s Kriminalmuseum and Munich’s Altes Pinakothekand took pictures.

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Jamie S. Rich and Diana Schutz spoke to Brian M. Bendis’s comics class. Charlie Chu (recently relocated to Portland as an Oni employee) took pictures.
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Is “Lost Island” attraction on its way at Disneyland?

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Some Lost personnel were just at the Paleyfest yakking about their continuing anxiety over upcoming fan reaction to the final season, and they also let this thrilling news drop:

Since few fans really expected major secrets to creep off the island during this friendly panel, the most exciting bit of news for series fans might be that Disney is considering turning the island attraction at Disneyland (once the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ Tree House, later a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’-themed scene). Yes, ‘Lost Island.’ Theme park fans should stay tuned.


We seem to remember hearing a different(?) rumor that whatever is Tom Sawyer’s Island now was going to be turned into Lost Island, which makes a bit more sense, but who knows. We’ve never trod this “Pirates themed” attraction (the changes to the original PotC ride were so traumatic we’re afraid to go back to Disneyland) but the Swiss Family Robinson “tree-house” thingamajigger was super lame, involving a non-perilous clamber over a rope bridge and so on. Replacing it with, say a giant black tentacle that sounds like a taxi printer and shakes you around — or a giant lighthouse mirror, maybe…is a swell idea.

ALSO: if, like us, when you heard about the tsunami alarms on Hawaii this weekend, your second thought (after “Oh God, please no!”) was “Oh God please, don’t let the Lost sets be destroyed before season 6 ends!” then take some comfort in the fact that the penultimate episode is shooting right now. WE’RE ALMOST THERE.

But back to Disney-lost. What would be YOUR favorite part of a Lost attraction?

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 3/1/10

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§ Charles M. Hatfield visited the Crumb’s GENESIS art exhibit

Evidence of “mistakes” or second-guessing was pretty minimal, though; Crumb’s facility and focus remain mind-blowing. The underdrawing was completely hidden by his tight inks, and the hypnotic textures of the rendering were, well, just that. What I particularly enjoyed was seeing other viewers — ones unversed in Crumb’s work, or so I inferred from their sotto voce comments — confronting the pages in all their stubborn individuality, marveling at their strangeness, and often trying faithfully to read them in their entirety, one after another, until, in most cases, they gave up from the sheer surfeit. I heard more than one visitor remark on the impossibility of taking it all in.

§ Adam Kempa has the definitive work on the New Yorker 85th Anniversary Covers Hidden Image. [Via Flog.]

§ Graeme McMillan’s The 75 Books You Should Own For DC Comics’ 75th Anniversary is a pretty comprehensive list, but this feature needed more cover pictures!
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