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Kevin O'Neill leads a LEAGUE of Top Shelf talent at Comic-Con 2014!

July 17, 2014 / More →

Hang on to your seats... this is the big one! San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us, and once again we've got an incredible line-up ready for you there. Let's dive right in:

limited-edition League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century hardcover signed & numbered by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill

Famed artist Kevin O'Neill is coming all the way from London for his first US appearance in years, to debut the complete League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century hardcover, including a $50 limited edition, signed & numbered by both himself and writer Alan Moore (which is Top Shelf's first ever official Comic-Con exclusive)!

Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell will be signing March: Book One and sharing more details about Book Two!

Earlier this week we revealed the cover to possibly our most-anticipated release ever, March: Book Two! At Comic-Con we'll have Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell signing Book One and sharing more details about Book Two (an early 2015 release).

Special advance debut of Maddy Kettle by Eric Orchard!

We'll have the special advance debut of Eric Orchard's buzzed-about fantasy graphic novel Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch - plus free Maddy Kettle posters!

Jeffrey Brown at Comic-Con 2014

Jeffrey Brown will join us to sign all his terrific Top Shelf books as well as the brand-new Goodnight Darth Vader (Chronicle) and Jedi Academy Book 2: Return of the Padawan (Scholastic)!

Don't miss our TWO incredible panels:

God Is Disappointed in You panel

God Is Disappointed in You with Shannon Wheeler & Mark Russell
Thursday, 7/24/14, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., Room: 32AB
God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek "condensed" version of the Bible you never knew you needed -- hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic -- with illustrations and gags by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man). Join him and writer Mark Russell for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate "ten-minute Bible." PLUS: a taste of the new audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.)!

Top Shelf Productions featuring Kevin O'Neill and more!

Top Shelf Productions featuring Kevin O'Neill and more!
Friday, 7/25/14, 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
We're so excited to debut The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century hardcover that we flew artist Kevin O'Neill all the way from England for his first US visit in years! You think in his 15 years of collaboration with Alan Moore on the League, he's picked up a good story or two? PLUS: Top Shelf continues to innovate with new digital projects, meet the genius minds behind our latest graphic novels, and get a look at the much-anticipated Book Two of March, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell!

Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and Hey, Mister: Come Hell or Highwater Pants

Meet the authors of two outstanding recent releases: Van Jensen will be signing the thrilling Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer (complete edition), while Pete Sickman-Garner signs the fiendishly entertaining Hey, Mister: Come Hell or Highwater Pants!

Whew! You'll find all this -- and more -- at the Top Shelf booth (#1721). See you there!

MARCH: BOOK TWO cover revealed -- the sequel to Rep. John Lewis' award-winning graphic memoir!

July 14, 2014 / More →

US Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis made history with the release of March: Book One, his award-winning and #1 bestselling graphic novel memoir co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell. Aside from the unprecedented factor of such a major figure using the graphic novel format, the book has been embraced as both a true work of literature and also a much-needed tool for reaching new generations with the history and lessons of the civil rights movement.

But John Lewis isn't finished making history.

March: Book Two by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Today, for the first time, we're revealing the gorgeous cover design of March: Book Two, the much-anticipated second part of the March trilogy. It's scheduled for release in early 2015, so we're still half a year away — but the interest in this title is so tremendous that we wanted to showcase something special now, as we head into Comic-Con next week.

Book Two will be significantly longer than Book One, taking a step forward into the tumultuous events of 1961-1963 while continuing the framing narrative of President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. Major plot lines include the famous journey of the Freedom Riders, imprisonment at Mississippi's Parchman Penitentiary, and young John Lewis' involvement in helping to plan and lead the legendary 1963 March on Washington.

Nate Powell's powerful cover showcases (on top) the Freedom Riders' bus set on fire by a white supremacist mob in Anniston, AL, May 14, 1961, and (on bottom) Lewis' fiery speech at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

Watch Lewis and Aydin discuss March and showcase the Book Two cover on CNN!

As before, we're offering two special editions of March: Book Two exclusively from Top Shelf, in addition to the regular softcover — there is a hardcover edition as well as a limited edition signed & numbered hardcover.

Please join us in celebrating this first look at the next step in the record-breaking March project! Book One continues to rack up awards and honors, has been adopted by schools in 30 states, and is currently being read by 15,000 incoming freshmen at 3 major universities, so the journey of this project is truly just beginning.

Congressman John Lewis & Andrew Aydin accept Coretta Scott King Book Award!

July 2, 2014 / More →

Andrew Aydin and Congressman John Lewis accept their Author Honor from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

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.

Jeffrey Brown's INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS Are Back! ...Or Something.

June 25, 2014 / More →

Announcing Jeffrey Brown's Incredible Change-Bots Two Point Something Something

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.

A new softcover edition of Lars Martinson's TONOHARU!

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!

MADDY KETTLE is a Junior Library Guild selection!

June 25, 2014 / More →

Maddy Kettle

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!

 

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