Top Shelf Productions Founder Returns to Comics With 'Kitchen Table'

Brett Warnock, who published Alan Moore's 'From Hell' and John Lewis' 'March,' comes out of retirement with a new food magazine mixing prose, illustrations and comic strips.
Kate Blairstone

An important figure in independent comics publishing is coming out of retirement for a new project — but Kitchen Table is, as the title suggests, is not necessarily the comic book return that people might have been expecting.

The 80-page magazine, which just debuted a Kickstarter campaign to fund its launch, sees the return of Brett Warnock to publishing after close to four years. He describes the project as a combination of “my experience in visual arts and storytelling, with my passion for food, cooking and a deep love of place.”

Kitchen Table will focus on “personal stories about food,” with an emphasis on “not only the how-to’s of cooking, but also the why’s of eating,” he explains in his introduction to the crowdfunding campaign. “I’m super excited to use my Jedi Force Powers for good, calling on my skills as a publisher, editor and art director to create a magazine that inspires, entertains, enlightens and empowers readers.”

Contributors to the first issue include Jim Mahfood, James Kochalka, Alli Arnold, Kate Blairstone, Heather Arndt-Anderson and Kathleen Bauer.

As founder and co-publisher of Top Shelf Productions — the latter title shared with Chris Staros, who is still with the company as editor-in-chief — Warnock worked with creators including Alan Moore, Jeffrey Brown, James Kochalka and Jeff Lemire and helped bring Rep. John Lewis’ March memoir trilogy to print. Warnock retired from comics in 2015, following the acquisition of Top Shelf by IDW Publishing. At the time, it was said that he was planning to focus his efforts on a “food and nature blog.”

Kitchen Table is intended to be published on a quarterly schedule, following three issues in 2019. More information about the title can be found here.