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MARCH: BOOK ONE shortlisted for Young Hoosier Book Award!

November 17, 2015 / More →

More congratulations are in order for Team March (Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell). Last night at the Indiana Library Federation's annual conference, the Association of Indiana School Library Educators announced their shortlist of candidates for next year's prestigious Young Hoosier Book Award — and the most advanced category, Middle Grades, features March: Book One!

Indiana's thousands of libraries will now spend the next year stocking up on the nominated titles, before the 2016-17 school year begins and students begin voting.

Meanwhile, students in Oklahoma are reading March in preparation to vote in the Sequoyah Book Awards, which have also nominated Book One for their 2016 list.

And as the year's end nears, March: Book Two has been declared one of the Best Books of 2015 by Publishers Weekly as well as The Washington Post, which declared "there is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries... March is a powerful marriage of eloquent, stirring words and artful, gut-punching pictures."

THE STORY OF MY TITS is one of the year's best graphic novels!

November 12, 2015 / More →

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Congratulations to Jennifer Hayden — her ambitious, hilarious, heartbreaking graphic memoir The Story of My Tits continues to earn rave reviews, and was announced today as one of the Best Books of 2015 by both and Library Journal!

"I wanted something that would take my voice and transmit it to the reader as easily as if I was having a beer with them at the kitchen table," explains Hayden in a new interview with Publishers Weekly. "I wanted that informality and immediacy." Readers have embraced the result, which goes far beyond a breast-cancer narrative to a page-turning exploration of adolescence, adulthood, family, love, and grief. "I set out to tell a survivor's story that would be the story of a woman, and the last chapter is cancer — not a cancer story per se."

Jennifer's next appearance is next Saturday, November 21, at the Miami Book Fair.

Read a 12-page sample of this landmark book and see why critics call it "everything a graphic memoir can and should be"!

New York City schools endorse MARCH with new "NYC Reads 365" program

November 5, 2015 / More →

The New York City Department of Education has unveiled "NYC Reads 365" — a new program "to promote a City that reads every day" with a central list of recommended books for each grade level. Top Shelf is proud to announce that the 7th/8th grade list includes March: Book One, the award-winning graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell!

The selected titles will be placed and promoted throughout New York's public schools and public libraries, along with a variety of tie-in resources for students and their families.

After accolades from the Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards, the American Library Association, and university first-year programs nationwide, we are honored to see March now receive this endorsement from America's largest public school system.

If you're a teacher looking to join this growing movement and bring the transformative March series into your classroom, please click here to download our comprehensive teacher's guide.

FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE ROAD: Artist Troy Little's Signing Tour!

October 29, 2015 / More →

It's here! After great anticipation and a sell-out early launch at New York Comic-Con, Troy Little's stunning graphic novel adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas hits comic shops everywhere this week.

But how to promote this full-color monument to American ingenuity? For guidance, we turned to the words of Thompson himself: "If a thing like this is worth doing at all, it's worth doing right... We'd be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end." So the only way to handle a book like this, we felt, was to dress up like human peacocks and get crazy, then screech off across the desert and hold some signings.

We'll be replicating, as closely as possible, the actual journey depicted in the book — drinks at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, driving through the California desert in a convertible, and searching for the American Dream on the Las Vegas Strip. But instead of a briefcase of intoxicants, Troy will be loaded with art supplies, so he can document the experience in comics form as we go. So what are you waiting for? "Buy the ticket, take the ride!"

FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE ROAD: Artist Troy Little's Signing Tour
(watch this space for updates!)
10/28 • City Cinema (Charlottetown, PE)
10/30-11/1 • Hal-Con (Halifax, NS)
11/6 • San Diego Comic Art Gallery (San Diego)
11/7 • Comickaze Comics & More (San Diego)
11/8 • Meltdown Comics (Los Angeles)
11/9 • The Polo Lounge (Los Angeles)
11/10 • Barnes & Noble (Santa Monica)
11/11 • Maximum Comics #1 (Southwest Las Vegas)
11/12 • Maximum Comics #2 (Henderson)
11/13 • Maximum Comics #3 (Northwest Las Vegas)
11/13 • Barnes & Noble (Northwest Las Vegas)
11/13 • Karaoke party @ Flex Cocktail Lounge (Las Vegas)

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JAN '16: Ludovic Debeurme Returns with RENÉE, while STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST Leaps Back Into Action

October 29, 2015 / More →

Fans of Ludovic Debeurme and his award-winning graphic novel Lucille have cause for celebration! Top Shelf is pleased to announce the poetic and emotionally wrenching sequel, Renée, now available for pre-order from your favorite retailer.

Renee by Ludovic Debeurme
Softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 544 pages
$29.95 (US)
ISBN 978-1-60309-304-0 • Diamond order code: NOV150469

Named one of the year's 20 Essential Graphic Novels by ACBD (the French Association of Comics Critics)!

"With detailed hatching reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, Ludovic Debeurme crafts fantastical and poignant scenes, exploring the ordinary monstrosity of man and his anxieties… Debeurme has invented a unique poetry here, with intelligence and grace." Les InRocks

"Renée's triple-voiced narrative is beautifully constructed, and proves Debeurme's enduring talent for breaking the traditional boundaries of comics. Simply excellent." Citrouille / Association of Booksellers for Youth

The acclaimed French cartoonist Ludovic Debeurme returns with the devastating follow-up to his prize-winning graphic novel Lucille. While Lucille moves back in with her mother and Arthur serves time in prison for murder, directionless young Renée becomes obsessed with a married jazz musician twice her age. Balancing the grotesque and the graceful, Debeurme's haunting border-less panels follow these three lost souls between dreams and reality, twining their stories together into a poignant and universal search for redemption.
Click here for details and an 11-page preview!

Strong Female Protagonist: Book One
by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag

$19.95 (US)
ISBN 978-0-692-24618-4 • Diamond: JUN148321
"Bold and interesting." Entertainment Weekly

"Strong Female Protagonist... bring[s] new questions about vigilantism, justice, and heroics to the field, standing alongside stories like Watchmen and Soon I Will Be Invincible in the canon of witty, thoughtful commentaries on superheroism that manage to be, at the same time, extremely satisfying as superhero comics." — Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag have earned a devoted following for their slice-of-super-life webcomic Strong Female Protagonist — now bring it to your bookshelf! One of Comic Book Resources' Best Books of the Year leaps back into action with a new printing in January. Don't miss it!


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