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Her ex-lovers are all dead... in THE THREE ROOMS IN VALERIE'S HEAD!

September 29, 2017 / More →

Falling in love is easy. But it's not the fall that kills you.

In January 2018, Top Shelf welcomes two remarkable British talents — ultra-short fiction writer David Gaffney and comic artist Dan Berry — in their first collaboration. The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head is a dark comedy about relationships, memory, loneliness and obsession.

Valerie has a rich interior life. Serially unlucky in love, to feel better she imagines that her previous boyfriends are dead and that their bodies are kept downstairs in the cellar in a strange, mummified state. Every day she brings them upstairs and speaks with them about what went wrong.

What follows is a series of peculiar, funny, and sometimes disturbing short tales about inept lovers, weird obsessions, and socially malfunctioning men who repeatedly fail to build a relationship with poor Valerie.

Apart from Stanley. Stanley was special.
Could he be the one to save her?


The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head is a full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 9.5" x 6.5" (landscape), 120 pages. Check out a six-page preview and pre-order now from your favorite retailer!

New York Comic-Con is next weekend!

September 29, 2017 / More →

Our nation's biggest city holds one of our nation's biggest comic-cons — and we'll be there next weekend, October 5-8, for New York Comic Con! Come to Booth #1844 (IDW Publishing) to meet these awesome cartoonists:

Tara O'Connor (Roots) — a New York Comic-Con debut!

Shannon Wheeler (Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump)

Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point)

Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men: Deluxe Edition)

Lauren Purje (You Might Be An Artist If...)

Plus: join us Sunday, October 8 at 2:30pm in room 1A18 for a festive panel with these & other authors, plus coming attractions!

Ignatz Awards for Jess Fink and Carolyn Nowak!

September 29, 2017 / More →


It was a good night to be a robot lover.

At the Small Press Expo earlier this month (as Top Shelf celebrated our 20th anniversary!), the Ignatz Awards went to all kinds of amazing indie cartoonists. But we were particularly proud to see two winners from the Top Shelf family:

Jess Fink won "Outstanding Series" for her erotic masterpiece of steampunk romance, Chester 5000. If you're new to the series (and over 18), there's no better time to pick up its two handsome hardcover volumes!

Carolyn Nowak won "Outstanding Story" for her charming, haunting graphic novella "Diana's Electric Tongue." As Publishers Weekly reported this week, Carolyn is coming to Top Shelf for Girl Town, a collection of her award-winning short stories coming next year!

Congrats to all the nominees and winners, and stay tuned for more on Girl Town!

SPX 2017 Marks 20 Years of Top Shelf!

September 14, 2017 / More →


This weekend, America's indie comics community descends once again on our nation's capital for the Small Press Expo (SPX), September 16-17, 2017 at the Bethesda North Marriott in Rockville, MD. And Top Shelf will be spending it as we've done for 20 years now: bringing you brilliant comics from veteran creators and brand-new talents alike!

What talents, you ask? Talents like:

Plus plenty more members of the Top Shelf family (Jess Fink, Liz Prince, etc) around the room.

It's all happening at SPX Table W64-67!

Stick around Saturday night for the Ignatz Awards ceremony (featuring nominees March and Chester 5000) — and read on for four killer panels featuring Top Shelf talent you won't want to miss:

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Sh*t My President Says breaks the internet!

August 15, 2017 / More →

Image for <em>Sh*t My President Says</em> breaks the internet!

Congratulations to Shannon Wheeler, whose new book Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump comes out in stores today & tomorrow. This 120-page hardcover, in which the award-winning cartoonist and satirist tackles the 140-character president, has blown through the roof with a staggering 3,649,450% climb on Amazon's bestseller charts, easily reaching #1 on the "Movers & Shakers" list and cracking well into the top 10 of all books!

Of course, this avalanche of demand has blown through Amazon's inventory, but they'll be restocked very soon, and the book lands in bookstores everywhere today, followed by comic shops tomorrow. Ask for it by name! (Well, you might have trouble with the asterisk...)

For more on Sh*t My President Says, visit Shannon's interview with the Washington Post, or visit the book's official web site!

 

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