Here comes the big one! The Comic-Con International in San Diego is July 21-25 -- and this year, Team Top Shelf will be bigger than ever before! That's right, the Top Shelf zone at San Diego will feature no fewer than FOURTEEN amazing creators, who will be signing and sketching for you all convention long!
Take a look at who's coming: Sean Michael Wilson (Ax: Alternative Manga), Kathryn & Stuart Immonen (Moving Pictures), JD Arnold & Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf & the Three LPs), Jeff Lemire (Essex County), Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele (The Surrogates), Andy Runton (Owly), James Kochalka (Johnny Boo, Dragon Puncher, SuperF*ckers), Jeffrey Brown (Undeleted Scenes), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), Matt Kindt (Super Spy), and Kevin Cannon (Far Arden). Add on the full crew of Top Shelf staff, and the house will definitely be hopping -- heck, it'll take you an hour just to shake everybody's hand!
Mark your calendars for three Top Shelf panel sessions as well! The first is "Manga for Grown-Ups: Garo, Ax, gekiga, and the alternative manga revolution" (Thursday, July 22, 12:30-1:30), featuring Sean Michael Wilson and friends discussing the amazing history of adult-oriented "alternative" manga in Japan and its recent arrival into the English-speaking world, including the debut of our AX anthology. The next day, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen have a dedicated panel all to themselves, "Spotlight on the Immonens: Sex, Lies and Comic Books" (Friday, July 23, 12:30-1:30), where they'll discuss Moving Pictures, their superhero work, and much more. Finally, don't miss "Top Shelf 2010: Sweden, Japan, and so much more" (Friday, July 23, 5:30-6:30) as we celebrate our most international year ever and announce a whole pile of new projects (with plenty of never-before-seen art)!
But what about the BOOKS, you ask?