Top Shelf 2.0 digital comic book intitiative goes live

Sun, May 18th, 2008 at 5:02pm PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

American indie-comics publisher Top Shelf Productions launches today its new free digital comics initiative, playfully titled Top Shelf 2.0. Updated 5 days a week, the new program will showcase a huge variety of talent both old and new, introducing creators to new fans - and fans to new creators - with a constant stream of new stories.

Updates to the site, posted every weekday, will take many forms, ranging from one-page gags to short stories to chapters in an ongoing series. With each day's new story, co-editors Brett Warnock and Leigh Walton will unveil another piece in a rolling assortment of previously featured artists and new debuts. As a special bonus for the site's launch, the initial offering features ten stories by twelve creators, demonstrating the vast diversity of comics and cartoonists involved. According to the editors' welcome message, "that's just the tip of the iceberg!"

Among those currently or soon to be featured on Top Shelf 2.0 are: --the haunting avant-garde imagery of Bart Johnson and Ben Constantine...

--the globe-spanning high-kicking funkadelic fury of Kagan McCloud, serializing his indie classic *Infinite Kung Fu* in preparation for the collected edition to be published by Top Shelf in 2009...

--a stunning painted fable by John C. Ralston...

--Jed McGowan working his color wizardry with a beautifully limited palette...

--the freewheelin' mythic imagination of the inimitable Bernie McGovern...

--a pair of young artists whose energy and charm practically shines from every panel of their cartoony adventures: Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos and Michael DeForge...

--the monumental TENTH 24-hour comic by the master of the form, David Chelsea (whose new book, *24x2*, is on sale now from Top Shelf)...

--an inky poetic parable from young Slovenian prodigy Domen Fin

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