July 2, 2014 / More →
Sunday morning in Las Vegas was a great occasion for African-American books for young people, as the American Library Association's 45th annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrated the very best in the field. History was made as, for the first time ever, a sitting member of Congress was one of the honorees: Georgia representative and civil rights icon John Lewis and his co-author Andrew Aydin received the Author Honor for their graphic novel March: Book One, drawn by Nate Powell. Congressman Lewis spoke movingly at Sunday's ceremony about his memories of Mrs. King and his hopes for the March trilogy, while Aydin thanked his mother for teaching him the importance of libraries, and singled out Powell's artistry for recognition.
March: Book One, named one of the year's best books by USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and many more publications, recently received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and has been selected as required reading for first-year students at three major universities (totaling 15,000 freshmen). It has also been adopted by schools in 30 states at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and spent over 30 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, including several weeks at #1.
For more information or to download the free Teacher's Guide to March: Book One, please visit www.topshelfcomix.com/march.
June 25, 2014 / More →
It's been a while since beloved indie cartoonist Jeffrey Brown released his shape-changing robot parody Incredible Change-Bots and its hilarious sequel Incredible Change-Bots Two... In the meantime, he's gone and launched TWO best-selling Star Wars series for kids, Darth Vader and Jedi Academy! And now he's back, with the biggest Change-Bots book yet.
Collecting over 200 pages of rare "odds, ends, and missing parts," Incredible Change-Bots Two Point Something Something includes short stories, gallery art show pieces, game and toy designs, artwork created for fan club members, interviews with almost every Change-Bot, and more. Click here for a ten-page preview, and pre-order now with your favorite retailer!
Note: a limited HARDCOVER edition of Change-Bots Two Point Something Something is also available, exclusively from Top Shelf! Click here for details.
Also opening for pre-order is the gorgeous new softcover edition of Lars Martinson's Tonoharu Part One! This Xeric-award-winning book turned many heads in its original hardcover release, called "stunningly good" by Boing Boing. Now Lars brings his international opus to a more affordable softcover format. More details and an 8-page preview here!
June 25, 2014 / More →
Our newest addition to the Top Shelf Kids Club, Eric Orchard's spooky and whimsical adventure Maddy Kettle, won't be out until September... but anticipation is already building! Not only has Eric sown the seeds with a 16-page preview in last month's Free Comic Book Day issue, but now we have more good news: Maddy is an official selection of the Junior Library Guild! The JLG services thousands of subscriber libraries, who have a standing order to receive its selections each month... so the competition is fierce to be the ONE title selected for each category in a given month. In the world of kids' books, landing the JLG is considered a good omen, often the first step in a run of additional honors!
We can't wait for you all to fall in love with Eric Orchard, his creation Maddy, and their fantastical world. Reserve your copy today from your favorite retailer!
June 6, 2014 / More →
The Top Shelf Kids Club is already home to so many beloved characters... but there's always room for more! As of now, pre-orders are officially open for two great books debuting in August 2014.
Eric Orchard's Maddy Kettle was introduced to the world in this spring's Free Comic Book Day issue, and the response has been terrific. NPR said it "looks fantastic: every panel exudes quirky, gorgeous atmosphere,” while io9 agreed it was "quirky, beautifully illustrated, and frankly looks like it's going to be an instant classic. Don't miss it." What's more, an early version of a Maddy Kettle scene has already received the Silver prize at the Spectrum Awards, honoring the best in fantasy art. Now Maddy's full adventure is off to the printing press, and it's time to pre-order from your favorite retailer!
And that's not all... we're also announcing the return of Johnny Boo, the best little ghost in the world — and he's brought company! When author James Kochalka asked what adventure Johnny Boo should go on next, many readers wanted him to visit the moon. Others wanted him to ride a skateboard. Well, dreams do come true! Johnny Boo Zooms to the Moon! has all this and more, including moon ice cream, a new monster, and the mighty Boom Power of new friend Susie Boom!
Click through for details and a free preview of each book!
June 4, 2014 / More →
The Humble eBook Bundle deal -- in which you can pay what you want and download a bundle of great digital books -- just got even sweeter.
As of today, the bundle has swelled to thirteen titles, including the acclaimed The From Hell Companion by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell (called "A man-behind-the-curtain look at a seminal graphic novel... an indispensable reference") and Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten (winner of the Harvey Award for best graphic novel!) as well as an audiobook by Cory Doctorow, and James K. Morrow's award-winning Shambling Towards Hiroshima.
All this in addition to the terrific bargain it already was. So head on over and grab your bundle - there's only one week left!