MUMBAI: New York-based production company Likely Story and media entrepreneur
John S Johnson have purchased a 33 per cent interest in graphic novel publisher
Top Shelf Productions.
Under the terms of the investment deal, Johnson
will join the board of Top Shelf and Likely Story will get a first-look deal of
all new Top Shelf publications.
The first project due for development through
Likely Story is Alex Robinson's Too Cool To Be Forgotten that was named
one of Amazon.com's top ten graphic novels of the year.
Too Cool To
Be Forgotten tells of a 40-something father of two who undergoes hypnotherapy
to quit smoking, only to be transported back to his teenage existence in 1985.
to relive his high school life, the man must discover whether he can make amends
for his past life or will be condmened to repeat prior mistakes.
introduced Johnson to Top Shelf partner Chris Staros several years ago and the
relationship grew from there.
Staros joined Top Shelf founder as a partner
in 1997, two years after Brett Warnock founded the company. The stable of more
than 200 titles includes Alan Moore's From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary
Gentlemen, Craig Thompson's Blankets and Jeffrey Brown's Clumsy
Among other initiatives Johnson founded the philanthropic
Pacific Foundation that funds innovation in the arts, environment and social justice.