Top Shelf Productions co-founder Brett Warnock is returning to the comics industry after a four-year hiatus with Kitchen Table Magazine. The magazine, which is scheduled to debut in January 2019, plans to feature work by writers, artists, cartoonists, and photographers on the subject of food.
"This is wonderfully full-circle for me. Issue #1 has a new comic by James Kochalka, who was one of the first indy cartoonists I published over twenty years ago," Warnock said. "Plus I get to work for the first time with comics veterans whose work I’ve long admired, like Jim Mahfood and Dan Zettwoch, as well as emerging talent like Erin Nations. Needless to say, given my background, comics will represent."
Warnock is self-publishing Kitchen Table Magazine, and is currently crowdfunding the first issue on Kickstarter.
"The first issue is ready to go - it’s a lush and beautiful thing, both eye candy and brain food," said Warnock. "I’ve backed 17 Kickstarter campaigns over the years, and I love how they’ve leveled the playing field for creatives; it’s a great space for us to show off the magazine to new readers, and launch our subscription drive."
In January 2015, Warnock announced his retirement from the comics industry coinciding with IDW Publishing's acquisition of Top Shelf. At the time, his stated plans were to "explore business opportunities through his newly launched food and nature blog." Top Shelf co-founder Chris Staros stayed onboard with the IDW acquisition, and remains with the company.