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Alex Robinson Voyages Into OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE!

August 31, 2015 / More →

Ever since the days of his massive award-winning debut Box Office Poison, Alex Robinson has been one of the indie comics community's biggest stars — "A master cartoonist," as Publishers Weekly put it. Now, like Halley's comet, he's completed another lengthy trip around the solar system and come back with a powerful new graphic novel: Our Expanding Universe!

The award-winning author of Box Office Poison, Tricked, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten returns to his home turf, as a small constellation of city-dwellers take a frightening step into the unknown: parenthood.

Amid dinner parties, game nights, and hospital stays, a once-tight group of friends wrestle with the shifting shapes of their lives. Under the pressures of marriage and the passage of time, will they cling to the past, leap into the future, or self-destruct? Hey, not every implosion leads to a Big Bang...

OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE by Alex Robinson
A 256-page, b&w softcover graphic novel with flaps, 6 1/2” x 9 5/8”.
ISBN 978-1-60309-377-4 • Diamond Comic Distributors code: SEP15-0465
$19.99 (US) • coming in November
Click here to read an 8-page preview!

But why stop there? Along with the release of Our Expanding Universe, we're proud to unveil a snazzy new edition of Alex Robinson's groundbreaking and widely beloved debut, Box Office Poison!

This 608-page opus — following an unforgettable ensemble cast through dreary jobs, messy apartments, new love, naked roommates, and comic-industry exploitation — has received such honors as the Eisner Award and the Angoulême Prix du Premier Album, and was declared by Wizard Magazine the best indy graphic novel of all time.

BOX OFFICE POISON (New Cover Edition) by Alex Robinson
A 608-page, b&w softcover graphic novel, 6 1/2” x 9 5/8”.
ISBN 978-1-891830-19-8 • Diamond Comic Distributors code: STAR13562
$29.95 (US) • coming in November
Click here to read a 5-page preview!

Coming in October: FEAR AND LOATHING, UPSIDE DOWN 2, and a NEMO Slipcase!

July 29, 2015 / More →

One of Top Shelf's most-anticipated new projects is almost here! Troy Little's outrageously entertaining graphic novel adaption of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has now landed in Diamond Previews for pre-order. Ask for it by name!

“Troy Little masterfully captures the madness and essential humor that makes this book an enduring classic.” — Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan)

“I am super-into everything about this.” — Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly)

"Pre-ether binge reading material. Glorious madness, as mercilessly demented as its original counterpart. The Good Doctor would look on this and raise his highball glass in hearty approval.” — John Layman (Chew)

"An outstanding interpretation of Thompson’s gonzo masterpiece." Gonzo Today

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
adapted by Troy Little
full-color hardcover
176 pp • 6” x 9” • $24.99 (US) • mature readers (16+)
ISBN 978-1-60309-375-0 • Diamond: AUG15-0325

The Top Shelf Kids Club continues to expand as Jess Smart Smiley celebrates Halloween with the all-new Upside Down (Book Two): A Hat Full of Spells! Prepare for even more spooky silliness, crazy plot twists, and witchy hijinks with young Harold the candy-loving vampire. Click to read a preview!

“I really enjoyed Upside Down!” — Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints)

“The perfect balance between silliness, simplicity, and strange.” — Ray Friesen (Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken)

Upside Down (Book Two): A Hat Full of Spells
by Jess Smart Smiley
two-color softcover w/flaps
192 pp • 7 5/8” x 10” x 2” • $14.99 (US) • all ages (9-12+)
ISBN 978-1-60309-371-2 • Diamond: AUG15-0328

And finally... Comic-industry legends Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill expanded their League of Extraordinary Gentlemen universe with the Nemo spinoff trilogy of pulp-adventure graphic novels to rave reviews... and now we present them together as a stunning gift set, perfect for any bookshelf! Pre-order the Nemo Slipcased Set and find it at your favorite retailer in October.

"Moore and O’Neill construct enormous fictional amalgamations from the literature of the past. No one else has ever done it nearly as well as these two." Comic Book Resources

Nemo Trilogy (Slipcase Edition)
by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill
Containing Nemo: Heart of Ice, Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, and Nemo: River of Ghosts
Slipcase Edition of three 56-page full-color hardcovers (shrink wrapped)
7” x 10.75” x 1.5” • $39.99 (US) • mature readers (16+)
ISBN 978-1-60309-381-1 • Diamond: AUG15-0326

CBS profiles Congressman Lewis's MARCH at Comic-Con and the youth he's inspiring

July 24, 2015 / More →

Today, CBS This Morning featured an amazing segment on the award-winning March series created by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, calling Lewis a "civil rights superhero."

CBS's Jan Crawford asked the congressman about his recent trip to Comic-Con, where he dressed "in costume" recreating the trench coat and backpack he wore to march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago. At the convention, he joined hands with local students who had studied March and led a "children's march" through the halls of Comic-Con, with a huge crowd following solemnly behind.

"I walked with little children, wonderful little children," says Lewis, who was joined by Aydin and Powell every step of the way. "We marched onto the floor of the convention center. It was unreal, unbelievable... and this throng of people came walking with us."

CBS then sat down with the students who had marched with Congressman Lewis to find out what they'd learned from March. "He empowers me to fight for what is right... not giving up so easily." said 9-year-old Valerie Medina. "A superhero does the right thing, and so does he," agreed Ameera Ali, 10. "Superheroes are meant to help people, and that's exactly what John Lewis does."

Lewis explained his goals for the series, which has already achieved #1 New York Times Bestseller status, become required reading at colleges & universities nationwide, and been honored by both the Coretta Scott King & Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards: "It is important to educate, to inform, and to inspire another generation of young people to say 'When I see something that is not right, not fair... I too can do something. I can speak up. I can speak out. I can find a way to get in the way.'"

Watch the segment here, and please help us spread the word about this vital project — join the March!

Now available: Top Shelf's Comic-Con debuts & exclusives!

July 22, 2015 / More →

Summer's here and the time is right for hot new Top Shelf books! Following hit debuts at Comic-Con, our magnificent new titles have reached shelves at a store near you. Visit your favorite retailer today and discover these critically acclaimed gems:


Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
152-page full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, $19.99 (USD)
Once a government test pilot, now a widower, Tim enjoys a quiet retirement in New Mexico… until a conspiracy theorist starts asking uncomfortable questions, and the haunting reappearance of an old friend provokes some hard choices about when to let go and when to hold on.


The Motorcycle Samurai by Chris Sheridan
176-page full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, $19.99 (USD)
It’s been called “the new benchmark for indie digital comics.” Now discover the mad genius of The Motorcycle Samurai for yourself, as Chris Sheridan does the unthinkable: brings his creation to print! His boldly kinetic action will blow your mind.


Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume One by Eddie Campbell
560-page b&w softcover graphic novel with French flaps, $39.99 (USD)
With a fine blend of action, comedy, suspense, and an ear for a great story, Bacchus brings the gods and myths of ancient Greece to modern life, as if they had never left.

And that's not all...

Due to popular demand, we now have copies available of the limited edition signed & numbered hardcovers of both Eddie Campbell's Bacchus and Jeff Lemire's Essex County. Click below to order these deluxe bookshelf editions of timeless classics, direct from Top Shelf!


Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume One "Private Reserve" Signed & Numbered Edition
($75.00 USD, limited to 300 copies)
Essex County Signed & Numbered Slipcase Edition ($75.00 USD, limited to 500 copies)
Essex County Signed & Numbered Slipcase SKETCH Edition ($150.00 USD, limited to 50 copies)

Thanks to everyone for a great Comic-Con!

July 14, 2015 / More →

Just returned from San Diego Comic-Con, and wanted to give a big shout out to the whole Top Shelf & IDW family for making it a great show. Special thanks to Zac Boone & Leigh Walton -- as well as Ted Adams, Greg L Goldstein, Dirk Wood, Rebekah Cahalin, Allison Baker, Lorelei Bunjes, Rosalind Morehead, Kahlil Schweitzer, Chance Austin-Bercher, Marion Copeland, Trisha Phillips, Justin Eisinger, Mike Ford, Dustin Everhart, Craig Yoe, Dean Mullaney, Jerry Bennington, and the entire IDW crew -- for diving in and making the whole show run smoothly. AND ALL THE AWESOME TALENT MAKING WAVES AND HISTORY ON THE CON FLOOR: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell of MARCH; Eddie Campbell of BACCHUS, Jeff Lemire of the ESSEX COUNTY LIMITED EDITION; Troy Little of the FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS Preview; Julian Hanshaw of TIM GINGER; Chris Sheridan of THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI; Jess Smart Smiley of UPSIDE DOWN; and ‪#‎SDCC‬ perennials Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler of the evergreen GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU. And to my wife Nita Fontsere Staros, who kept me company on the island of Coronado and helped keep things breezy and calm all weekend. TCB! -- Chris Staros

 

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