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MARCH: BOOK THREE Headlines Huge Comic-Con for Top Shelf in 2016!

July 15, 2016 / More →

Top Shelf 2016 Comic-Con Debuts
San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is nearly upon us — and it's an enormous show for Top Shelf this year! For the first time, we'll be exhibiting in the prime real estate of the IDW Publishing booth (#2743), so look for the Top Shelf zone there!

And we'll have an absolutely stellar lineup of featured authors and debut books:
Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell (Eisner nominees, debuting March: Book Three, also available in hardcover as well as a signed & numbered limited edition hardcover — and leading a children's march on Saturday morning!)
Jennifer Hayden (Special guest of the show and Eisner nominee for The Story of My Tits)
Troy Little (Eisner nominee for Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
Eddie Campbell (Debuting Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume Two, also available in a signed & numbered limited edition hardcover, as well as Eddie Campbell's Omnibox)
Benjamin Frisch (The Fun Family)
Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe, Moses Nester, & S.J Miller (The Jekyll Island Chronicles)
Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler (God Is Disappointed in You, Apocrypha Now, and the God/Apocrypha Slipcase Set)
Koren Shadmi (Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater)

Plus the stunning new hardcover edition of Jeff Lemire's The Underwater Welder (also available in a signed & numbered limited edition)

In addition to official signing sessions at the IDW Signing Area (schedule here), the above authors will be holding additional signings in the Top Shelf zone on a rotating basis throughout the show. Come say hello — at booth #2743!

Read on to find details on the our can't-miss programming at the show:

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New Hardcover Edition of Moore & Campbell's Masterpiece FROM HELL Reaches Stores in September

July 15, 2016 / More →

In this month's Diamond Previews, by popular demand: Top Shelf presents an elegant new hardcover edition of From Hell, one of the enduring masterworks of the graphic novel form. This new edition, and the much-anticipated reprint of Aaron Renier's classic all-ages adventure Spiral-Bound, are both available for pre-order from your favorite retailer, for release in September!

From Hell (New Hardcover Edition) by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell
ISBN 978-1-60309-397-2 • Diamond: JUN16-0567
560-page hardcover graphic novel • $39.99 (US)
For mature readers (18+)

"A seminal graphic novel." — Kirkus Reviews
"Remarkable." — The New Yorker
"Fearsomely complex." — Publishers Weekly
"Positively intoxicating." — The Guardian
"Both creators are at the top of their game... a hypnotic read and perpetual re-read." — Rolling Stone
"A great work of literature." — Amazon
"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century." — Warren Ellis, Entertainment Weekly

The award-winning classic by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell returns — in hardcover — with a powerful new cover design!

Two of the greatest creators in the history of comics. Eleven unsolved murders. One sprawling conspiracy, one metropolis on the brink of the twentieth century, and one bloody-minded Ripper ushering London into the modern age of terror. From Hell, often ranked among the greatest graphic novels of all time, is now available in a handsome hardcover edition, with a brand new cover design by Eddie Campbell & Chris Ross. -- a 560-page hardcover graphic novel.
Pre-order now for release in September 2016!

Also returning in September:
Spiral-Bound by Aaron Renier
ISBN 978-1-891830-50-1 • Diamond: JUN05-3272
184-page softcover graphic novel with rounded corners • $14.95 (US)
For all ages (10+)

Winner of the Eisner Award!
"Brilliant! Aaron Renier has created a playfully mysterious universe, complete with its own dreamlike logic. It's a delightfully inventive treasure." — Dav Pilkey
"Exactly the sort of novel I have been looking for." — Lemony Snicket
"Spiral-Bound is a lush magical landscape... It reminds us of the joy of discovery, and of finding oneself." — Craig Thompson

With an ensemble cast straight from a box of Animal Crackers, this delightful tale of ambition, morality, and self-discovery is an all-ages classic. Drawn in a decidedly beautiful fashion, reminiscent of Richard Scarry and Lewis Trondheim, Aaron Renier gives us a fully realized and compellingly adventurous narrative, at once both achingly naïve and profoundly worldly. This tightly-crafted graphic novel is the real deal, and will charm your socks off.
Pre-order now for release in September 2016!

Top Shelf Graphic Novels Win Three PubWest Book Design Awards!

June 8, 2016 / More →

Congratulations are in order for Top Shelf's lead designer Chris Ross, along with creators Ray Fawkes, Vince Locke, Troy Little, and Jeff Lemire!

This afternoon, the Publishers Association of the West announced the winners of their 2016 PubWest Book Design Awards, featuring no less than three "Gold" awards for Top Shelf graphic novels:

Junction True by Ray Fawkes & Vince Locke

Production Managers: Chris Staros, Chris Ross, and Veronica Haas
Designer: Chris Ross
Printer: Asia Pacific Offset
Inspired by its themes of surgical body-modification and interlocking parts, Junction True features an exposed spine and a vellum "skin" (dust jacket) which can be removed, inverted, and re-attached — which not only completes the circular painting on the cover, it also reveals a secret message coded into the flaps.

Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas adapted by Troy Little

Production Managers: Chris Staros and Chris Ross
Designers: Troy Little and Chris Ross
Printer: Tri Vision Company
The cover design to Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (color-coded to the "American Dream" which animates the book's plot) pays subtle tribute to previous visual adaptations of Thompson's work, while breaking new ground with the bold energy that characterizes Troy Little's style. A shimmering spot gloss on the front cover highlights the "bats" which Mr. Duke famously hallucinates in the book's iconic opening scene — are they truly there? Or only in your head?

Essex County (Slipcase Edition) by Jeff Lemire

Production Managers: Chris Staros and Chris Ross
Designers: Chris Ross and Jeff Lemire
Printer: Tri Vision Company
The cloth-bound limited slipcase edition of Essex County is an elegant celebration of one of Top Shelf's most critically acclaimed works. Two haunting sketches by Jeff Lemire of the book's enigmatic crow were transferred to a red foil-stamp on either side of the slipcase, while the book itself bears the image of the orphaned protagonist Lester in his superhero costume.

Congratulations to all the winners — these books are not just great comics, they're truly spectacular art objects.

March: Book Three — John Lewis's award-winning trilogy concludes in August!

June 7, 2016 / More →

This August, Congressman John Lewis collaborates again with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell for the searing conclusion of the award-winning graphic novel trilogy MARCH. Through an unforgettable literary and artistic narrative, MARCH portrays the surpassing courage, sacrifice, and revolutionary nonviolence that transformed American society in the 1960s, narrated firsthand by one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement.

"March is one of the most important graphic novels ever created — an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I'm stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis's story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders."
— Raina Telgemeier

By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.”

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.

With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening ... even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

March: Book Three
by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
A 256-page graphic novel with French flaps, 6.5” x 9.5”
ISBN 978-1-60309-402-3
Diamond order code: JUN16-0408
Click here for details and an 8-page preview!
In stores August 2nd, 2016

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Top Shelf Tackles TCAF 2016!

May 13, 2016 / More →

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Featured guests Jennifer Hayden and Jeff Lemire lead a terrific lineup of Top Shelf talent at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend (May 14-15 at the Toronto Reference Library). Jennifer's critically-acclaimed memoir The Story of My Tits makes its TCAF debut this weekend, along with the stunning Limited Slipcase Edition of Jeff's now-classic Essex County, and the festival is celebrating with dedicated spotlight programming around each author.

Joining them are Canada's own Troy Little (with his addictively great adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Ray Fawkes (whose alluringly twisted Junction True makes its TCAF debut), Eric Orchard (the wild imagination that brought you Maddy Kettle), plus from the IDW extended family, Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare) and Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony). And last but not least, we'll have hot-off-the-press copies of the much-anticipated Cigarette Girl, featuring the groundbreaking indie manga of Masahiko Matsumoto, plus Apocrypha Now, Renée, and many other outstanding new releases.

Click below to see all the panels & programs featuring our authors, and come see us at TCAF booth #271!

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