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This company really deserves to live. [Apr. 3rd, 2002|12:01 pm]
Kurt Onstad
I got this email in my box today from Warren Ellis to his mailing list. I'm doing what I can to spread it around...

TOP SHELF IN TROUBLE � WE NEED YOUR HELP

Dear Comics Fans,

We have just been informed this week that our book trade distributor has
filed for bankrupcy (Chapter 11). They will continue to operate and
hopefully recover � and we will support this all we can (as our industry
needs them, and they are good people) � but unfortunately, this has
happened at a time when they owed us an enormous sum of money (over
$80,000.00 minus returns). And to make matters worse, the most recent
check they cut us, for almost $20,000.00, bounced this week, in turn
causing the last 30 checks we wrote to printers, conventions,
cartoonists � practically every aspect of the business � to bounce (or
be held) in turn.

To put it bluntly, even with all the hard work we've put in over the
years, if we don't raise $20,000 this month, it could realistically
force us to suspend publishing operations for the foreseeable future.
It's hard to believe but a big domino has fallen right on top of us at
the worst time possible. So, that leaves us no choice but to be honest
and ask for your help.

If 400-500 of you can find it in your hearts to each spend around fifty
bucks on our core list of books below, this would literally pull us
through � We mean that. We've got such a strong future schedule, and so
many cool things to announce soon (including two more Alan Moore
projects and two Film & TV projects), that I'd hate to think that we'd
have to pull the plug right before we were just about to arrive.

In any event, if you can find it in your hearts to help us out, we will
be eternally grateful. We'll be manning the phones personally on this
"drive," and we'll also be sure to keep you informed -- hopefully
letting all of you know in three-to-four weeks that everything's okay
(with your help, that is�).

On behalf of Brett Warnock and myself.

Truly, your friend thru comics,

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

(770) 425-0551
staros@bellsouth.net
http://www.topshelfcomix.com

**************************************************************************************
ORDERS OVER $100 GET AN EXTRA $25 WORTH OF BOOKS FREE!
FREE SHIPPING FOR US ORDERS ($10.00 FOR INTERNATIONAL)

PHONE IN CREDIT CARD ORDERS TO:
CHRIS STAROS (770) 425-0551

OR

E-MAIL CREDIT CARD ORDERS TO:
STAROS@BELLSOUTH.NET

OR

MAIL CHECKS TO:
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS, INC.
PO BOX 1282
MARIETTA, GA 30061-1282
USA

OR

ORDER ON-LINE AT:
HTTP://WWW.TOPSHELFCOMIX.COM
(for our widest selection of books)


I'm going to order the From Hell graphic novel (since I really enjoyed the movie, but haven't gotten around to getting that book yet), so I'm doing what I can. I also highly recommend the Box Office Poison trade. It's the complete run of the excellent true-to-life comic by Alex Robinson. This company puts out excellent trade paperbacks, which are an important part to the future of the survival of the comic book industry. Please do what you can, and get some really great reading material in the process.

Kurt

Update: It worked. A new message was sent to the major comic book news sites thanking the online community for support, and keeping them in business. They're still nowhere near where they were in terms of health, but they're no longer in danger of shutting down. We did good!
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