1. Home

Top Shelf Productions Profile


Top Shelf Productions Profile

Top Shelf Productions

Copyright Top Shelf Productions


Top Shelf Productions is a promoter of the creator owned comic book. For the past ten years, Top Shelf Productions has produced an outstanding and award winning amount of graphic novels. They have, in their words, "...helped to revitalize interest in comics as a literary art form."

They continue to produce creator owned comic books and push the boundaries of the comic book form. What follows is a profile of Top Shelf Productions from Publisher and co-owner Chris Staros, edited by About.com's comic book guide, Aaron Albert.


Top Shelf Productions


Publishers: Chris Staros & Brett Warnock (the co-owners of the corporation)

Started by:

Top Shelf was founded by Brett Warnock (see history below).


Top Shelf doesn't publish "characters" per se, but rather a wide range of creator-owned graphic novels covering a broad range of literary and dramatic subjects.

Famous For:

In the 10-year history of the corporation, Top Shelf is best known for publishing over 150 graphic novels and comics that have helped to revitalize interest in comics as a literary art form. Most notably:

-- Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie's Lost Girls
-- Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell's From Hell
-- Andy Runton's Owly
-- Craig Thompson’s Blankets
-- Jeffrey Brown's Clumsy & Unlikely

Public Company (Can you own a piece of it?):

Top Shelf is privately held.

Percentage Of Market Share (According to Diamond):


Creator Owned Projects:

That's all Top Shelf does. That's what we're known for.


Top Shelf has offices in Marietta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon, and you can write or email to either Chris or Brett at:

Chris Staros
Top Shelf Productions, Inc.
PO Box 1282
Marietta GA 30061-1282



Brett Warnock
Top Shelf Productions, Inc.
PO Box 15125
Portland OR 97293-5125




Send Projects to:

The Top Shelf submissions policy is on the website, here:


And here is the text from that web link:


Regarding submissions, we're easy. Just send us a xerox copy of what you'd like us to look at, and enough postage if you want the materials returned to you. Just please do not send image files to our email addresses. Also, we cannot accept scripts or plot synopses, unless they are accompanied by a minimum of 10-20 completed pages (i.e., fully inked and lettered comic book pages).

Other Media:

From Hell, the story of Jack the Ripper, has been adapted into a major motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham, and Top Shelf also have several other properties under development for film, television, and animation.

Get A Job With:

Top Shelf has employees and interns, but isn't currently hiring (as a small company has to keep staff to a minimum to keep overhead down).



Brett Warnock began publishing graphic novels and comics in 1995 with the anthology Top Shelf. Created in the spirit of promoting the careers of up-and-coming cartoonists, the anthology has since grown in scope and size, garnering critical accolades, as well as Best Anthology nominations from both the Harvey and Ignatz Awards. Publication of several other books followed, and Top Shelf began its reputation as a leader in discovering and showcasing the vanguard of the alternative comics scene.

During this time, Chris Staros was gaining his own acclaim as the American agent for several international cartoonists (such as Eddie Campbell and Gary Spencer Millidge), as well as for being the author of The Staros Report; an annual hundred-page industry resource guide dedicated to discussing the most intelligent and innovative comics in the industry. The Staros Report also garnered a Best Comics Related Periodical nomination from the Harvey Awards, as well two nominations from the prestigious Eisner Awards.

Brett and Chris first became friends, and then, at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in 1997, decided to become publishing partners in the newly formed Top Shelf Productions, Inc. Since that time, Top Shelf Productions has published over 150 graphic novels and comic books that have helped to revitalize interest in comics as a literary art form. Most notably, Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie's Lost Girls, Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell's From Hell, Andy Runton's Owly, Craig Thompson’s Blankets, and Jeffrey Brown's Clumsy & Unlikely, which have garnered critical accolades from the likes of Time Magazine, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker, and the New York Times Book Review. Perennial favorites also include: Alex Robinson’s Tricked & Box Office Poison; Renée French The Ticking; Craig Thompson's Carnet de Voyage; Aaron Renier's Spiral-Bound; James Kochalka's American Elf & Super F*ckers; Derek Kirk Kim's Same Difference; & Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele's The Surrogates.

The future promises stellar new releases sure to appeal to both connoisseurs of superb narrative art and fans of engaging pop culture, as the Top Shelf line of books are ideally suited to attract new readers into the comicsphere. Keep an eye out for Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman (Vol 3); Craig Thompson's Kissypoo Garden; Jeffrey Brown's Incredible Change-Bots; Brian Wood's Dogs Day End; Ray Fawkes & Vince Locke's Junction True; Christian Slade's Korgi; Andy Hartzell's Fox Bunny Funny; Kagan McLeod's Infinite Kung-Fu; Brian Ralph's Crum Bums; Nate Powell's Wormwood; and our very first grimoire, The Moon & Serpent Bumper Book Of Magic co-written by Alan Moore & Steve Moore.

Top Shelf also provides international representation for Eddie Campbell Comics (Australia), Abiogeneisis Press (England), Actus (Israel), and Stripburger (Slovenia) and sub-distributes the graphic novels of many other independent press publishers.

Top Shelf publications are available (or can be ordered from) wherever graphic novels and books are sold, and are distributed worldwide to the book trade by Diamond Book Distributors and to the "direct market" by Diamond Comic Distributors, Cold Cut, Last Gasp, and Top Shelf Productions.

  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Comic Books
  4. Comic Book Publishers
  5. Top Shelf Productions Profile - History, Submissions, Creators, and Other Information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.