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SPX 2017 Marks 20 Years of Top Shelf!

September 14, 2017 / More →


This weekend, America's indie comics community descends once again on our nation's capital for the Small Press Expo (SPX), September 16-17, 2017 at the Bethesda North Marriott in Rockville, MD. And Top Shelf will be spending it as we've done for 20 years now: bringing you brilliant comics from veteran creators and brand-new talents alike!

What talents, you ask? Talents like:

Plus plenty more members of the Top Shelf family (Jess Fink, Liz Prince, etc) around the room.

It's all happening at SPX Table W64-67!

Stick around Saturday night for the Ignatz Awards ceremony (featuring nominees March and Chester 5000) — and read on for four killer panels featuring Top Shelf talent you won't want to miss:

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Sh*t My President Says breaks the internet!

August 15, 2017 / More →

Image for <em>Sh*t My President Says</em> breaks the internet!

Congratulations to Shannon Wheeler, whose new book Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump comes out in stores today & tomorrow. This 120-page hardcover, in which the award-winning cartoonist and satirist tackles the 140-character president, has blown through the roof with a staggering 3,649,450% climb on Amazon's bestseller charts, easily reaching #1 on the "Movers & Shakers" list and cracking well into the top 10 of all books!

Of course, this avalanche of demand has blown through Amazon's inventory, but they'll be restocked very soon, and the book lands in bookstores everywhere today, followed by comic shops tomorrow. Ask for it by name! (Well, you might have trouble with the asterisk...)

For more on Sh*t My President Says, visit Shannon's interview with the Washington Post, or visit the book's official web site!

Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill present The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST

July 20, 2017 / More →

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Six-issue miniseries will serve as "swan song" not only to award-winning LEAGUE series but also to creators' careers

San Diego, CA (July 20, 2017) – After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest.

Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, The Black Dossier, and the Nemo trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the world’s most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team will use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyse, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of Prospero’s Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast-list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories.

Commencing as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy children’s comics that will make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus will also reprint classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reaches of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: THE TEMPEST.

-- a 6-issue mini-series, each issue 32 pages in (mostly) full color, saddle stitched, 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” (standard comic-book size), $4.99 (US). Issue #1 is scheduled for June 2018.

Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).

Top Shelf brings an incredible lineup of old friends & new faces to San Diego Comic-Con 2017!

July 18, 2017 / More →

Comic-Con International starts this week in San Diego. It's the biggest show of the year... and the big debut for so many of the incredible books we've spent all year preparing for you.

Come visit us at the bustling Top Shelf corner of the enormous IDW pavilion (Booth #2743) and meet the following Top Shelf talents:

And last but not least:

  • Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, official guests of Comic-Con for the first time, celebrating MARCH with one very special panel and book signing on Saturday.

Plus: keep an eye out for Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist), Ray Friesen (Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken), Koren Shadmi (Love Addict), and other friends of Top Shelf!

Check IDW's official signing schedule for authors' official time slots — and in addition, most Top Shelf authors will be available in the Top Shelf zone throughout the show, ready to show off their new books and sign your copy.

Read on for panels you must not miss!

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Welcome to SUPER TOKYOLAND and I AM A NUMBER!

July 6, 2017 / More →

As we gear up for San Diego Comic-Con and the release of some stunning summer books (including Home Time, Surfside Girls, Sh*t My President Says, and Return of the Dapper Men), time marches ever on — and two amazing fall books are now open for pre-order! The Top Shelf family continue to expand as France's Benjamin Reiss explores Tokyo while UK design legend Rian Hughes presents his first ever solo collection of comics:

Super Tokyoland by Benjamin Reiss

"[Super Tokyoland's] visual style, strongly inspired by manga, enhances the story's tone beautifully... This well-constructed graphic novel illuminates a radically different way of life from European culture." — Planete BD

"Humble, sincere and spontaneous... The drawing is original, and Reiss takes every opportunity to show that he has more than one arrow in his quiver." — Le Bar à BD

"One feels grateful for its sincerity and frankness... Reading Super Tokyoland is a pure moment of pleasure: travel, cultural discoveries, and guaranteed escapism." — Publik Art

In August 2002, artist Benjamin Reiss flies to Tokyo to spend a year with Kayoko, the Japanese girl he met in France a year earlier. What he finds upon landing is a vast and complex culture, steeped in tradition but full of surprises. As one year stretches into six, Benjamin becomes immersed in the world of sento baths, taiko drums, and bento boxes, while studying cartooning under several masters of manga.

With striking detail and easy charm, Super Tokyoland is a perfect hybrid of European and Japanese comics, forming a rich exploration of immigrant life.

Super Tokyoland by Benjamin Reiss
ISBN 978-1-60309-418-4 • Diamond: JUL17-0675
$24.99 (US) • 232 pages
2-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 6.75” x 9.5”
On sale October 2017
Check out a 10-page preview!

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes

"Rian Hughes is a luminescent pop culture demon." —David Quantick

"One of the most successful and prolific designer/illustrators of the past 20 years" —Roger Sabin, Eye Magazine

"Hughes has been credited with doing more than anyone else to elevate the sophistication level of comic book design."—Michael Dooley, AIGA

"One of the most interesting and engaging graphic designers working with comic books today." —Sonia Harris, Comic Book Resources

Rian Hughes has got your number!

When everyone has a number, everyone knows their place. Lower numbers are better, higher numbers are less important, and that’s just the way it is. But what if that number could change? You might try to buck the system and assert your individuality… or you might end up with a big fat zero.

Big questions are explored and unexpected answers found in the first solo comics collection from award-winning designer & illustrator Rian Hughes. His whimsical, witty, and insightful strips reveal the lighter side of our obsession with social rankings. Where do you stand in the pecking order? Is your number up?

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes
ISBN 978-1-60309-419-1 • Diamond: JUL17-0674
$19.99 (US) • 120 pages
Full-color hardcover graphic novel / strip collection, with transparent dust jacket, 6” x 9”
On sale November 2017
Check out an 8-page preview!

 

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