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Spotlight: Revival

Do you remember the first time you picked up a comic book? The feel of it in your hands, the excitement of having a new story to delve into? The details of the artwork that sprang off the page, waiting to be devoured by an eager mind? Now, when was the last time you felt that excitement?

Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, GI Joe) and Mike Norton (Battlepug, Queen + Country) have succeeded in bringing us back to our beginnings. A new story, a new twist, a new feel. All that wonder you first felt when you turned the page of that comic book? It’s back. And in a big way.

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, home of snow, cows and a small community of the living dead. They’re not zombies or walkers or anything like that though. They’re simply alive again, back to their jobs and everyday lives. What could possibly cause this you ask? We have no idea. But the local police have organized a special team to figure that out. We follow this team, a reporter and a CDC liaison, as they search to find out why people are “reviving” and if they really are themselves. What could possibly go wrong?

Seeley’s writing succeeds in bringing us a new spin on the horror/mystery genre. With elements of action, mystery, investigation, horror, family, supernatural and drama, Revival is a truly well-rounded tale. Many horror tales have become formulaic and predictable over the years. This book is not one of those stories. With twists and turns and spins, you’ll be glued to the pages, wondering what could possibly happen next to this small, rural town? Jeff Lemire writes in the introduction of the first volume, “It’s equally chilling and fascinating stuff…”

Norton’s art goes hand in hand with Seeley’s writing seamlessly. Each detailed panel gives us another piece to the bigger picture. With realistic characters that have imperfections, and beautiful snowy landscapes, Norton gives us the sense of being in Wisconsin, in the thick of it. Heads above the rest of  though is Norton’s hauntingly beautiful character design of one of the more moving, mysterious characters in the book. To say any more would only spoil it.

With sold out multiple printings and rave reviews, I’d follow Jeff Lemire’s advice: “…sit back and enjoy. You can only discover your favorite new comic once, so savor it. I know I did.”

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Top Shelf Productions October Sale

 

 

Top Shelf Productions publishes some of the most interesting and visually engaging alternative comics and graphic novels in the industry right now. Working with talents such as Alan Moore, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Nate Powell, Craig Thompson, and many other award-winning creators, they continue to deliver unique, quality stories year after year.

Since 1997 Top Shelf has published more than 250 award winning comics and graphic novels. Their most recent accomplishment? The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire reached the New York Times Bestseller List in August of this year. For a publisher that started out as a single anthology showcasing up-and-comers, they’ve come a long way.

 

To celebrate our love for Top Shelf and their support of emerging talent, ALL TOP SHELF graphic novels are  25% off during the month of October!

If you’re looking for a gift for an alternative/independent reader we recommend starting with our Top Shelf section. Here are a few favorites:

  • Andy Runton: Owly (all ages, wordless)
  • Jeff Lemire: Underwater Welder, Essex County
  • Craig Thompson: Blankets (available in soft or hardcover)
  • James Kochalka: American Elf, Dragon Puncher, Johnny Boo (all ages)
  • Harvey Pekar: Cleveland
  • Jeffery Brown: Incredible Change-Bots, Clumsy, Undeleted Scenes
  • Alan Moore: League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century
  • Nate Powell: Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire

 


Artist Spotlight: Jeff Lemire

UPDATE!

This wednesday, Jeff Lemire came out with three separate books of varying tastes!

Underwater Welder

An original graphic novel about fatherhood, life and dealing with the past.

National Comics #1

Part murder mystery, part supernatural, Lemire brings realistic characters and comic relief to one of DC’s newest books.

Justice League Dark #11

John Constantine discovers the location of one of the DC Universe’s most secret artifacts!

Jeff Lemire, Canadian writer/artist most known for his series Sweet Tooth, has a very distinct style in a sea of generic super-hero art. With expressive faces, thick brush strokes, and a quirky view of the world, Lemire has made a splash with titles published by Top Shelf and Vertigo. His latest work, The Underwater Welder, due to hit shelves next week, scroll down for a tour of his best pieces!

Lost Dogs.

The back cover describes this tale as “bold, brutal and emotionally raw” and it certainly isn’t wrong. Both dark and heart-wrenching this is the story of a man who’s been left with nothing he holds dear and the events that follow. With splashes of red in just the right places, this art is sure to stir something in each of us.

Sweet Tooth.

A new breed is being born. Children with the features of animals, endangered by hunters who want their heads. This is the story of Gus, nickname Sweet Tooth, a boy with the features of a deer. With inventive art, the story is told in a way only a comic book could deliver. Pick up the first trade and find out why Geoff Johns calls this “The new MUST READ book.”

Essex County.

They say write what you know. Lemire takes that advice and brings us an imaginary version of Essex County, Ontario. This trilogy of graphic novels is the story of a community throughout the years, in beautiful black and white. The artist has a striking style, using both light and dark to make his pages bold and interesting. This book puts you into the world of his creativity; where you can almost see these characters living and mingling around you. Nominated for both Eisner and Harvey awards.


Artist Spotlight: Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire, Canadian writer/artist most known for his series Sweet Tooth, has a very distinct style in a sea of generic super-hero art. With expressive faces, thick brush strokes, and a quirky view of the world, Lemire has made a splash with titles published by Top Shelf and Vertigo. His latest work, The Underwater Welder, due to hit shelves next week, scroll down for a tour of his best pieces!

Lost Dogs.

The back cover describes this tale as “bold, brutal and emotionally raw” and it certainly isn’t wrong. Both dark and heart-wrenching this is the story of a man who’s been left with nothing he holds dear and the events that follow. With splashes of red in just the right places, this art is sure to stir something in each of us.

Sweet Tooth.

A new breed is being born. Children with the features of animals, endangered by hunters who want their heads. This is the story of Gus, nickname Sweet Tooth, a boy with the features of a deer. With inventive art, the story is told in a way only a comic book could deliver. Pick up the first trade and find out why Geoff Johns calls this “The new MUST READ book.”

Essex County.

They say write what you know. Lemire takes that advice and brings us an imaginary version of Essex County, Ontario. This trilogy of graphic novels is the story of a community throughout the years, in beautiful black and white. The artist has a striking style, using both light and dark to make his pages bold and interesting. This book puts you into the world of his creativity; where you can almost see these characters living and mingling around you. Nominated for both Eisner and Harvey awards.