Comic Spotlight: Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald J. Trump
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Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald J. Trump
Hardcover | Kindle
Story and Art by Shannon Wheeler
IDW Publishing | Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: August 15, 2017

In my world, as I’m sure it is in yours, when someone drops an LOL into a text or tweet, it is often because they have nothing else to say and want to let you know they saw it. In Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets Of Donald J. Trump, however, I absolutely laughed out loud. Maybe it was the tweets or maybe it was the hilarious illustrations from author Shannon Wheeler. But whatever it was, it had me in stitches.

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Comic Review: Nemo: The Roses Of Berlin
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Nemo: The Roses of Berlin
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Alan Moore
Art by Kevin O’Neill
Letters by Todd Klein
Colors by Ben Dimagmaliw
Top Shelf Productions
Release Date (Print): March 26, 2014
Release Date (Digital): February 26, 2014
Cover Price: $14.95 (Print); $3.99 (digital)

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin is the next story in Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen universe. This one is a follow-up to the previous story, Nemo: Heart of Ice, and it follows the story of Janni Dakkar, the daughter of the legendary Captain Nemo. In The Roses of Berlin, it’s 1941 and Janni and her husband Broad Arrow Jack travel into the heart of Berlin to rescue their daughter from the hands of Adenoid Hynkel.

What I’ve enjoyed about The Roses of Berlin and the previous volume is that the series has gone back to the high adventure of the first two volumes of the series. There is fun to be had in this series, and plenty of references to books and movies and what have you, but it doesn’t feel like you have to have a classics degree from Oxford to understand the story. Maybe it just helps that I know what Moore is referencing here, and I feel like I’m on the inside of some kind of special club. I think that has always been part of the appeal of the entire series. You may not catch everything that Moore is referring to, but when you do catch something, you feel like all those high school English classes were worth something.

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Comic Review: The Bojeffries Saga

The Bojeffries Saga
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Alan Moore
Illustrated by Steve Parkhouse
Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Cover Price: $14.95

Thirty-one years ago, Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse‘s satirical deconstructionist epic of the contemporary British family, The Bojeffries Saga, made its debut in the pages of the comic anthology publication Warrior, the same magazine where the Moore-penned Marvelman (later to become Miracleman in its U.S. reprinting) and V for Vendetta first appeared in serialized form. Warrior also featured works by other luminaries of the U.K. comics scene such as Steve Moore, Brian Bolland, Grant Morrison, and John Bolton and played a key role in bringing about the British Invasion of the American four-color world in the 1980s.

The stories comprising The Bojeffries Saga have appeared in a variety of publications and collected volumes on both sides of the Atlantic since the first story premiered in 1982, and now Top Shelf Productions has produced another trade paperback collection complete with an all-new 24-page story that catches up with the Bojeffries clan in the modern day.

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Comic Review: Heck

Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written and Illustrated by Zander Cannon
Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Cover Price: $19.95

How do you take advantage of a doorway to Hell underneath your home? In Heck, a graphic novel from creator Zander Cannon and Top Shelf Productions, two men will come face to face with such a decision; but the results will be dangerous as heck.

Hector “Heck” Hammarskjöld was the captain of the football team in high school and an all-around popular guy; people looked up to him and he knew it. Now, Heck feels like a washed up small-town hero with those around him still praising him for his glory days. When his father passes away, Heck inherits his old man’s home. While cleaning it out with Elliot — a “nerd” who has admired Heck since high school — they stumble upon a secret that will forever change their lives: the house rests above a gateway to Hell.

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Comic Review: March, Book One

March, Book One
Trade Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Art by Nate Powell
Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Cover Price: $14.95

Democratic Congressman John Lewis is one of the last true American heroes we have still living. As congressman for Georgia’s 5th district since 1987, Lewis has served the people of his state with great strength and integrity. One of Congress’ staunchest liberal members, Lewis supported gay rights and universal health care, came out in opposition to the first Iraq War in 1991 and the North American Free Trade Agreement, and was the first member of the House of Representatives to call for the impeachment of President George W. Bush over his warrant-less wiretapping of U.S. citizens.

Prior to the beginning of his political career, Lewis was one of the most integral figures in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the youngest member of the “Big Six” group of black leaders that worked tirelessly to bring about great change in the American societal and political structure that had been oppressing African-Americans for centuries. One of the key moments in the history of the movement was the August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that took place in our nation’s capital, culminating in Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech before the Lincoln Memorial.

Congressman Lewis has teamed up with Top Shelf Productions for March, a trilogy of graphic novels documenting his lifelong role in the Civil Rights Movement.

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