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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!

Get your first look inside MARCH: BOOK TWO as pre-orders officially open!

November 6, 2014 / More →

It's been a little over a year since we released March: Book One, and this graphic novel memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell turned into a smash hit. Debuting at #1 on both the New York Times and Washington Post Bestseller lists, March has quickly become a key resource for parents, librarians, teachers, and readers searching for a powerful way to bring the lessons of the civil rights movement alive for the modern world.

Now, after 40 weeks on the Bestseller List, after university reading programs, awards, and dozens of events making up the most ambitious book tour in Top Shelf history... it's time for Phase Two.

Our distributor Diamond Comics has released their November catalog for books shipping in January, confirming your suspicions that March: Book Two is set for release in January 2015 — and you can pre-order it from your favorite retailer! To celebrate, they've also published the first interview with all three creators discussing what lies ahead in Book Two:

"If Book One is Star Wars, then Book Two is our Empire Strikes Back. The stakes are higher, the heroes are stronger, and the danger is more lethal... we show how these young people became a truly national force, and one of the key elements of the broader Civil Rights Movement." — Andrew Aydin

Diamond's also showing off a few first glimpses of interior art from Book Two. Don't miss it!

Retailers can now place their orders for March: Book Two with Diamond code NOV141657. In addition, there are two special editions available exclusively from Top Shelf — a hardcover edition, and a limited edition signed & numbered hardcover.

Thanks for all your support. We can't wait to get this incredible book into your hands.

Name your own price for PINOCCHIO VAMPIRE SLAYER + more, with the Halloween Humble Bundle!

October 29, 2014 / More →

With PINOCCHIO, VAMPIRE SLAYER, Dusty Higgins & Van Jensen have turned a clever premise into a critically acclaimed fan-favorite comic adventure. Now the entire 528-page saga can be yours — along with a dozen other unhallowed books & graphic novels — in the name-your-own-price Humble Horror Book Bundle!

Launching today and continuing for two weeks, this DRM-free digital deal celebrates Halloween with work by Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Joss Whedon, Joe Hill, Max Brooks, and many more spooky talents. After naming their own price, customers can download thousands of pages of horror entertainment, while simultaneously helping to prevent real-life horrors: a variable portion of each purchase can be allocated to both the anti-sexual-assault organization RAINN and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

For more details and to download your Bundle today, visit www.humblebundle.com/books.

PRAISE FOR PINOCCHIO, VAMPIRE SLAYER:

One of YALSA’s Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens!
"It's the greatest thing I've read all year. And you'll notice my nose didn't grow one bit when I said that." — Mark Waid
"Page after page of amazement." Publishers Weekly
“The premise for this graphic novel is really almost too good to be true… and the execution doesn't disappoint.” Booklist
"Outstanding." Topless Robot
"Sometimes dark, sometimes silly, but always fun, Pinocchio coming of age Batman-style is just the thing for fantasy and horror fans." MTV
“Really, really good.” Comics Alliance
"Seriously, it's perfect." Comic Book Resources

This puppet may not be a real boy… but he just might be a real hero.

When bloodthirsty monsters invade Pinocchio's hometown and kill his father Geppetto, Pinocchio discovers a new benefit to his magical nose: telling lies produces a never-ending supply of wooden stakes to combat the vampire hordes! Will Pinocchio be able to defeat these horrors, avenge his father, and save his friends?

Jensen (Green Lantern Corps) and Higgins (Knights of the Living Dead) present a captivating blend of comedy, horror, romance, and adventure, rooted in the original Italian novel but brought - as if by magic - to new life.

Download your Humble Bundle at www.humblebundle.com/books!

Top Shelf's New York Comic Con is bigger than ever!

October 9, 2014 / More →

New York Comic Con is upon us! For this super-sized show, we've crammed our tiny booth full of Top Shelf talent. At booth #2238 you'll find:

Eric Orchard is coming from Toronto for the debut American signing of his critically-acclaimed graphic novel for all ages, Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch. He's a tremendously talented illustrator and his book is truly gorgeous, full of whimsy, comedy, and quirky atmosphere.

Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler are flying out from Portland for the east-coast debut of their very popular GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU panel (a big hit at Emerald City and San Diego Comic-Cons), based on their witty and informative book of the same name (just released in a new printing), which will be Friday at 5:15pm, and they'll sign their book throughout the show. It's the perfect gift for the believer AND the heathen in your life.

Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag are two young New Yorkers who have racked up a tremendous following for their webcomic Strong Female Protagonist, a smart and very modern take on the superhero genre through the eyes of a new generation. They had a phenomenally successful Kickstarter to bring it to print, and now Top Shelf is helping them distribute the book! Molly and Brennan be with us at NYCC, signing debut copies.

Come on by booth 2238 and say hello!

THANKS FOR AN AMAZING $3 SALE!

September 27, 2014 / More →

Our big sale is now over. Thank you to everyone for making it such a success! Our tireless team has been packing & shipping your orders from day one, and they will all be out the door within the next few weeks (as there's still a bunch of packing to do!). We appreciate your patience, and again, thanks for helping us continue to make great books. Happy reading!
Your friend thru comics,
Chris Staros

 

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