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Congressman John Lewis Recruits Another Generation to MARCH with New Graphic Novel

January 21, 2015 / More →


“With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” — LEVAR BURTON

"Essential reading... March is a moving and important achievement." USA Today

"Riveting." O, The Oprah Magazine

An astonishingly accomplished graphic memoir." — NPR

"Visually stunning… This insider’s view of the civil rights movement should be required reading for young and old; not to be missed." School Library Journal (starred review)

John Lewis has been many things in his career: a civil rights activist, a featured speaker at the March on Washington, a leader of the "Bloody Sunday" march in Selma, a respected member of Congress, a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, and a worldwide symbol of the power of nonviolent protest.

With his latest project, he's added "#1 bestselling author," as his multi-part graphic novel autobiography, March, has become a smash success. Today, the long-awaited March Book Two reaches store shelves, poised to be even bigger than its predecessor — and perhaps even more relevant to this day and age. With March: Book Two, Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell give us a first-hand experience of milestone events that transformed the nation, including the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington.

At a time when, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the majority of states earn a D or F grade in teaching the Civil Rights Movement to their young people, March has quickly become a key resource for schools, libraries, activists, and the general reader. It’s been adopted in classrooms nationwide, spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even become the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. What's more, three major universities planned their freshman orientations around March, compelling 15,000 students nationwide to read and discuss it in a single month.

Why a graphic novel? Because John Lewis remembers the impact that a 1957 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story" had on him and his whole generation, inspiring them to take up nonviolence and join the civil rights movement. Now he's having the same impact on young people today.

As America continues to grapple with issues of race and the legacy of the civil rights movement, March offers an unforgettable success story and a way forward — one that's already been embraced by countless readers who are looking for hope today.

Congressman John Lewis is an international icon, and his story is now more essential than ever. See why this project has become such a phenomenon — join the March!

Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill Voyage into the Unknown in NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS!

January 13, 2015 / More →

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With the stunning conclusion of Century, the top-selling third volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, creators Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill brought their literary-crossover saga to an incredible climax. Critics called it "magnificent," a "glorious creative tapestry," and "arguably one of the greatest comics of all time." Moore and O'Neill might have been tempted to stop there and rest on their laurels... but one character, Captain Nemo's steel-hearted daughter Janni, demanded the spotlight for herself, and a spinoff was born!

With a classic two-fisted spirit of adventure, the NEMO graphic novels have followed the terrifying pirate queen in her confrontations with unearthly Antarctic horrors (in Heart of Ice) and mechanical metropolitan monstrosities (in The Roses of Berlin).

Now, Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout Comics present what may be the Captain's final voyage! It's 1975, and our aging heroine is beginning to display a tenuous grip on reality. Pursuing shadows from her past—or her imagination—Captain Janni Nemo steers her wondrous ship Nautilus on an obsessive journey into the tropical mysteries of the Amazon, in a last attempt to put to rest the blood-drenched spectres of old. What awaits? New allies, outrageous enemies, inscrutable youths, impossible creatures, and a truly flabbergasting final battle. Don't miss Nemo: River of Ghosts — preorder now for release in March!

IDW Publishing Acquires Top Shelf Productions

January 6, 2015 / More →

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Two Industry Leaders Combine Forces

SAN DIEGO, CA - Leading comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW Publishing announced today that it has acquired Top Shelf Productions, the award-winning independent publisher of graphic novels, including the #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller March by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (with Kevin O'Neill) and From Hell (with Eddie Campbell), Craig Thompson's Blankets, Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole, and Jeff Lemire's Essex County.

"The acquisition of Top Shelf is a milestone for IDW," said Ted Adams, IDW CEO and publisher. "We looked a very long time for a company that would complement our own publishing line-up, and in Top Shelf we found the ideal match. The addition of Top Shelf's library further positions IDW's leadership role among the top powerhouses in comics."

Top Shelf will remain a distinct imprint within IDW and co-founder Chris Staros will join the company as Editor-in-Chief, Top Shelf Productions. Top Shelf's fans can expect the same independent editorial approach that has garnered industry-wide awards and made it an envy among its peers.

"IDW is committed to preserving and growing the Top Shelf brand, which we've long admired," said IDW president and COO Greg Goldstein. "Chris and his team have built a great working relationship with creators, fans, and retailers alike, and IDW will work diligently to expand Top Shelf's publishing capabilities and market reach while further developing those relationships."

Founded in 1997, Top Shelf Productions offers a broad library of comic books and graphic novels from dozens of the industry's top independent creators. Following the acquisition, Top Shelf's headquarters will remain in Marietta, GA.

"Top Shelf and IDW complement each other perfectly," said Top Shelf Productions co-founder and publisher Chris Staros. "We both started around the same time, and when I would watch IDW over the years, as a fellow publisher, I'd see them making smart move after smart move. Now I'm extremely excited to combine their talents and resources with Top Shelf's award-winning literary approach to comics. And believe it or not, the idea to join forces hit us both at exactly the same time. Last year, as I was about to pitch Ted and Greg this 'crazy' idea, they approached me to suggest the same thing! How's that for a good omen? Together, we're going to be able to publish some incredible work. I'm really looking forward to this."

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Save a Bundle on a Holiday Bundle, with Top Shelf's Seasonal Digital Sale!

December 16, 2014 / More →

Happy holidays from Top Shelf! We're celebrating with a bundle of discounted digital bundles available from Comixology, so you can grab a ton of great comics with just a few easy clicks.

In this holiday shopping season, don't forget to treat yourself to some fun... After all, you may (fingers crossed) find yourself with free time on your hands! Or, use the "Send as Gift" feature to nab a last-minute digital gift for a loved one.

What kind of bundles? Just take a look at these deals:

  • Top Shelf Seasonal Bundle (twenty of our all-time most beloved graphic novels, by the top names in the field) - $69.99!
  • American Elf (the complete award-winning strip by James Kochalka, spanning 14 years of autobiographical magic) - $9.99!
  • The Girlfriend Trilogy (Jeffrey Brown's landmark works of autobiographical intimacy) - $8.99!
  • The Surrogates (the complete bestselling sci-fi series by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele) - $5.99!
  • Double Barrel (the complete digital magazine by Zander & Kevin Cannon, containing two full graphic novels and much more) - $5.99!
  • Motorcycle Samurai (the acclaimed saga so far, by kinetic cartoon wizard Chris Sheridan) - $4.99!

These discounted sets are available now through December 22, so head on over and download a bundle or two while they last!

JOHNNY BOO and MONSTER ON THE HILL make ALSC's Graphic Novel Reading List!

November 19, 2014 / More →

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The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, today released the 2014 updates to their Graphic Novel Reading List, which aims to be a handy summary of the best graphic novels available for young readers each year. We're pleased to find two Top Shelf Kids Club titles receiving this honor: the Johnny Boo series by James Kochalka (for Grades K-2), and Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell (for Grades 3-5)!

Congratulations to James and Rob for this great recognition, and if you're looking to start or expand a collection of youth graphic novels, please take a look at the full ALSC list — as well as the full Top Shelf Kids Club line!

 

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