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CBS profiles Congressman Lewis's MARCH at Comic-Con and the youth he's inspiring

July 24, 2015 / More →

Today, CBS This Morning featured an amazing segment on the award-winning March series created by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, calling Lewis a "civil rights superhero."

CBS's Jan Crawford asked the congressman about his recent trip to Comic-Con, where he dressed "in costume" recreating the trench coat and backpack he wore to march for voting rights across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, 50 years ago. At the convention, he joined hands with local students who had studied March and led a "children's march" through the halls of Comic-Con, with a huge crowd following solemnly behind.

"I walked with little children, wonderful little children," says Lewis, who was joined by Aydin and Powell every step of the way. "We marched onto the floor of the convention center. It was unreal, unbelievable... and this throng of people came walking with us."

CBS then sat down with the students who had marched with Congressman Lewis to find out what they'd learned from March. "He empowers me to fight for what is right... not giving up so easily." said 9-year-old Valerie Medina. "A superhero does the right thing, and so does he," agreed Ameera Ali, 10. "Superheroes are meant to help people, and that's exactly what John Lewis does."

Lewis explained his goals for the series, which has already achieved #1 New York Times Bestseller status, become required reading at colleges & universities nationwide, and been honored by both the Coretta Scott King & Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards: "It is important to educate, to inform, and to inspire another generation of young people to say 'When I see something that is not right, not fair... I too can do something. I can speak up. I can speak out. I can find a way to get in the way.'"

Watch the segment here, and please help us spread the word about this vital project — join the March!

Now available: Top Shelf's Comic-Con debuts & exclusives!

July 22, 2015 / More →

Summer's here and the time is right for hot new Top Shelf books! Following hit debuts at Comic-Con, our magnificent new titles have reached shelves at a store near you. Visit your favorite retailer today and discover these critically acclaimed gems:


Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
152-page full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, $19.99 (USD)
Once a government test pilot, now a widower, Tim enjoys a quiet retirement in New Mexico… until a conspiracy theorist starts asking uncomfortable questions, and the haunting reappearance of an old friend provokes some hard choices about when to let go and when to hold on.


The Motorcycle Samurai by Chris Sheridan
176-page full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, $19.99 (USD)
It’s been called “the new benchmark for indie digital comics.” Now discover the mad genius of The Motorcycle Samurai for yourself, as Chris Sheridan does the unthinkable: brings his creation to print! His boldly kinetic action will blow your mind.


Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume One by Eddie Campbell
560-page b&w softcover graphic novel with French flaps, $39.99 (USD)
With a fine blend of action, comedy, suspense, and an ear for a great story, Bacchus brings the gods and myths of ancient Greece to modern life, as if they had never left.

And that's not all...

Due to popular demand, we now have copies available of the limited edition signed & numbered hardcovers of both Eddie Campbell's Bacchus and Jeff Lemire's Essex County. Click below to order these deluxe bookshelf editions of timeless classics, direct from Top Shelf!


Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume One "Private Reserve" Signed & Numbered Edition
($75.00 USD, limited to 300 copies)
Essex County Signed & Numbered Slipcase Edition ($75.00 USD, limited to 500 copies)
Essex County Signed & Numbered Slipcase SKETCH Edition ($150.00 USD, limited to 50 copies)

Thanks to everyone for a great Comic-Con!

July 14, 2015 / More →

Just returned from San Diego Comic-Con, and wanted to give a big shout out to the whole Top Shelf & IDW family for making it a great show. Special thanks to Zac Boone & Leigh Walton -- as well as Ted Adams, Greg L Goldstein, Dirk Wood, Rebekah Cahalin, Allison Baker, Lorelei Bunjes, Rosalind Morehead, Kahlil Schweitzer, Chance Austin-Bercher, Marion Copeland, Trisha Phillips, Justin Eisinger, Mike Ford, Dustin Everhart, Craig Yoe, Dean Mullaney, Jerry Bennington, and the entire IDW crew -- for diving in and making the whole show run smoothly. AND ALL THE AWESOME TALENT MAKING WAVES AND HISTORY ON THE CON FLOOR: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell of MARCH; Eddie Campbell of BACCHUS, Jeff Lemire of the ESSEX COUNTY LIMITED EDITION; Troy Little of the FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS Preview; Julian Hanshaw of TIM GINGER; Chris Sheridan of THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI; Jess Smart Smiley of UPSIDE DOWN; and ‪#‎SDCC‬ perennials Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler of the evergreen GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU. And to my wife Nita Fontsere Staros, who kept me company on the island of Coronado and helped keep things breezy and calm all weekend. TCB! -- Chris Staros

Comic-Con 2015: Top Shelf debuts, con exclusives, Team MARCH, and more!

July 1, 2015 / More →

♫It's the most wonderful time of the year...♫ — Comic-Con time, of course! Join us next week for a special milestone: Top Shelf's first San Diego Comic-Con since joining the IDW Publishing family. We'll be marking the occasion in TWO locations, both at IDW's booth #2743 and at the Top Shelf island in its historic home, booth #1721.

And what have we got in store? You may have already heard about our special Comic-Con exclusives, but that's just the tip of the iceberg...


Legendary civil rights icon and #1 New York Times bestselling author Congressman John Lewis returns to Comic-Con along with his award-winning collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, ready to meet you at their Saturday morning panel and discuss their newest bestseller March: Book Two, now available in a limited signed & numbered hardcover edition!


After years away, the internationally renowned Eddie Campbell returns to Comic-Con to celebrate the debut of his massive Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume One, also available in the exclusive signed & numbered Bacchus Hardcover "Private Reserve" Edition!

Likewise, Jeff Lemire joins us to celebrate the exclusive new signed & numbered Essex County Deluxe Slipcase Edition, also available in a super-limited Sketch Edition!

Troy Little makes his Top Shelf con debut with a FREE giveaway of your first look at his hotly-anticipated graphic novel adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, ahead of its October release!


By popular demand! Chris Sheridan's hit digital series The Motorcycle Samurai is now a gorgeous printed graphic novel — and it debuts at Comic-Con, with Chris on hand to sign your copy!

Also debuting: prizewinning UK cartoonist Julian Hanshaw's gorgeous and moody Tim Ginger, ready to blow your mind and break your heart, in the finest Top Shelf tradition. Give him a fine American welcome and he just may help you understand the rules of cricket!

Join these titanic talents, along with Nate Powell (promoting his stunning new short-story collection You Don't Say as well as March) and Ray Fawkes (author of next month's mind-bending Junction True with Vince Locke), on Friday's panel Top Shelf Productions — Live!


Speaking of panels, Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler have developed a cult following for their tongue-in-cheek version of the Bible, God Is Disappointed in You — don't miss their gut-busting Thursday panel and be the first to hear the Good News about the unbelievable sequel!

All this AND Jess Smart Smiley, joining us to delight readers of all ages with his Top Shelf Kids Club hit Upside Down: A Vampire Tale and to tell you what he's cooking up for Book Two!)

Announcing Jennifer Hayden's magnum opus: THE STORY OF MY TITS!

June 30, 2015 / More →

"Heartbreaking and riveting, Jennifer Hayden's caustic, sarcastic wit streams through her quirky drawings, unfolding a survivor's tale and so much more. The Story of My Tits takes us from her flat-chested adolescence to small-boobed acceptance, then loss - until the dramatic reconstruction of Jennifer herself." —Marisa Acocella Marchetto, author of Cancer Vixen and Ann Tenna

"Hayden's work reminds me of why I began drawing comics, and why I continue... comforting, straightforward and strongly connected to life." — Gabrielle Bell, author of Lucky and Cecil & Jordan in New York

"Hayden's cheerful profanity and scratchy lines give the work a homey, intimate feel." Publishers Weekly

"The central character is the author herself, and she's a joy... seriously fun, alive, and inspiring — as an artist, a writer, a woman, and a human being." Under the Radar

When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. Growing up flat-chested and highly aware of her inadequacies… heading off to college, where she “bloomed” in more ways than one… navigating adulthood between her mother’s mastectomy, her father’s mistress, and her musician boyfriend’s problems of his own—not to mention his sprawling family. Then the kids come along… As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the ‘70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in.

For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism & humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.

Release date: September 2015, ahead of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
Format: A 352-page softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 8” x 8”.
ISBN: 978-1-60309-054-4 Cover price: $29.99 (US)
Click here for preorder options and a 12-page preview!

 

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