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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ten Years of Top Shelf -- Congratulations to Chris Staros and Brett Warnock on this weekend's tenth anniversary of Top Shelf Productions. Almost as long as I have been writing about comics, I have been writing about the comics they publish. And even before that, when Chris Staros was publishing The Staros Report (a great 'zine that probably would have been a blog if launched today), I was writing about them -- a letter from me appears in the second or third issue (circa 1996-97), alongside letters from James Kochalka and Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics Books, both of whom also went on to change the way I see comics as an artform.

Top Shelf has been home to some of the best and most inventive comics creators in the history of the artform, including Renee French, Alan Moore, James Kochalka, Eddie Campbell and many others.

To mark this milestone weekend, Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon today posts a long and extremely informative and entertaining interview with Brett Warnock, Top Shelf's co-publisher and art director. Please click on over and read about Brett's life in comics.

Top Shelf's story is an important one in the overall emergence of comics as a mainstream artform over the past decade, and I hope you'll join me in congratulating Chris and Brett on ten great years. I'm looking forward to the next ten even more.

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