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Alan Moore's Top Shelf

Alan Moore has just announced three new projects for Top Shelf Productions. Moore is the award-winning and groundbreaking writer of such comics as Watchmen, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Mirror of Love and Voice of the Fire will be released in the summer of 2003 and the other project, Lost Girls, will follow.

Mirror of Love features art by Josť Villarrubia and is an epic poem recounting the history of same-sex love in Western culture through the lives of Sappho, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, and many others. Mirror of Love was originally written 14 years ago as a reaction to Britain's controversial anti-gay law, Clause 28. Mirror has been adapted into a stage production, but now Top Shelf presents it as it was intended -- a hardcover book illustrated with more than 40 full-color photographs. The 120-page special edition includes an essay about the poem and its previous incarnations, an index of characters and places, a selection of classic poems quoted in the text, and a bibliography.

Voice of Fire will also feature art by Villarrubia with an introduction by Neil Gaiman. It features 13 self-contained stories narrating the lives of extraordinary characters that lived in the same region of England over the course of 5,000 years. In the tradition of Kipling, Borges and Schwob, Moore weaves fact and fiction in tales haunted by lust, ghosts and longing.

Lost Girls, with art by Melinda Gebbie, ask if pornography be art? Can an erotic comic have literary merit?
Can both men and women enjoy explicit images? This 240-page fully painted graphic novel that has been in the works for over a decade with Moore revisiting characters from Victorian fiction, specifically children's literature. The three protagonists are the familiar faces from Wonderland, Oz and Neverland, who meet as grown women in a mysterious hotel in 1913 England. There, they embark on a journey through an erotic fantasy world of their own conjuring, all rendered in Gebbie's painted, full-color art.