Chris Staros

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Chris Staros is the Editor-in-Chief of Top Shelf Productions (www.topshelfcomix.com), one of the more critically-acclaimed independent publishers of literary graphic novels. He’s also a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) teaching Sequential Art classes to the next generation of industry professionals. In the recent past, he’s served as the Chairman of the Board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), where he oversaw the non-profit organization’s charter to protect the First Amendment rights of the comic book industry. Since co-founding Top Shelf Productions, Inc.

in 1997, Top Shelf has produced over 300 graphic novels that have helped to revitalize interest in comics as a literary art form.

Most notably, John Lewis’ March, Alan Moore’s From Hell, Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Jeff Lemire’s Underwater Welder, Jeffrey Brown's Clumsy, and Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls -- all of which have garnered accolades from the likes of CNN, NPR, The Colbert Report, Time, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times (and two have been made into major motion pictures). If you want to make him happy, talk to him about Elvis, as he loves the King more than anything.