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MARCH, FEAR AND LOATHING, and THE STORY OF MY TITS Land Five Eisner Nominations!

April 19, 2016 / More →


Comic-Con International announced today the 2016 nominees for the Will Eisner Awards, widely considered among the most prestigious in the comics industry — and Top Shelf Productions is honored to see three books named in five nominations.

March: Book Two, called one of the best books of 2015 by dozens of publications, has already won multiple awards this year. Now, this acclaimed work of civil rights history by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell joins a handful of other works in a tie for the year's most Eisner nominations, with nods in three categories: Best Publication for Teens, Best Reality-Based Work, and Best Penciller/Inker.

Jennifer Hayden scores her first Eisner nomination, as her witty and heartbreaking memoir of illness, family, and maturity, The Story of My Tits, earns a place in the Best Reality-Based Work category.

And finally, one of the strengths Troy Little brought to his adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was his wildly expressive lettering — and the Eisner committee agrees, handing him a Best Lettering nod, his third career nomination.

From their (broken) home to yours: Welcome to THE FUN FAMILY.

April 14, 2016 / More →


“Simply wrenching... Benjamin Frisch subverts the iconography of family cartooning, exposing the seedy underbelly of America’s obsession with the perfect family.” — Jessica Abel, author of La Perdida and Drawing Words & Writing Pictures

“Required reading for the coming sanity wars, this story is the stuff of my nightmares... Cute-ify this monstrosity any way you like, Mr. Frisch, I will be in the fetal position weeping, giving you a thumbs up for a job brutally done.” — Paul Hornschemeier, author of Life With Mr. Dangerous and Mother, Come Home

“Best Emerging Graphic Novelist” The Austin Chronicle

Beloved cartoonist Robert Fun has earned a devoted following for his circle-shaped newspaper comic strip, celebrating the wholesome American family by drawing inspiration from his real home life... but the Fun Family bears some dark secrets. As their idyllic world collapses and the kids are forced to pick up the pieces, can they escape the cycle of art imitating life imitating art?

In his debut graphic novel, Benjamin Frisch presents a surreal deconstruction of childhood, adulthood, and good old American obsession.

COMING IN JUNE 2016!

The Fun Family by Benjamin Frisch
Full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 240 pages, $24.99 (US)
ISBN 978-1-60309-344-6 - Diamond: APR16-0643
For mature readers (16+)
Now open for pre-order from your favorite store

For details and a 10-page preview, click here!

Pre-order now: the divine second half of Eddie Campbell's epic BACCHUS!

April 14, 2016 / More →


"Bacchus mixes air hijacks and ancient gods, gangland drama and legends, police procedural and mythic fantasy, swimming pool cleaners and classics. It shouldn't work, of course, and it works like a charm. ... Eddie Campbell is the unsung King of comic books. ... The man's a genius, and that's an end to it." — Neil Gaiman

"A story of surprising richness and gravity… Bacchus stands as one of Eddie Campbell’s crowning achievements as writer, artist, and executive creator." The Comics Journal

"Campbell's breakneck inking and skittering Zip-a-Tone accents perfectly complement his fantasias of the god of wine and cronies wandering through the twentieth century." — The Village Voice

"Campbell is one of the premier cartoonists of his generation." Publishers Weekly

"No one else in the medium combines emotional truth, literary intelligence, and formal daring with such adroitness and elegance." Booklist

Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus is a true epic, spanning a decade of work, over a thousand pages, and several millennia of alcohol consumption.

In Bacchus, the visionary behind From Hell (with Alan Moore) and Alec: The Years Have Pants presents his version of “an American-style comic book,” filtered through his own brilliant, whimsical, and wide-ranging sensibility. 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.

Nearly 600 pages, this deluxe volume collects the second half of the Bacchus saga (including 1001 Nights of Bacchus, Hermes vs. the Eyeball Kid, The Picture of Doreen Grey, King Bacchus, and Banged Up), with new notes and commentary by the author.

COMING IN JUNE 2016!

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The Son Rises in the West... as APOCRYPHA NOW hits Emerald City Comicon!

April 5, 2016 / More →

Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler have brought down the house at comic-cons and book festivals all over America with their book God Is Disappointed in You and its accompanying live presentation, a rip-roaring hour of Biblical comedy.

This weekend, the duo return to Seattle for a special advance debut of their Biblically brilliant sequel, Apocrypha Now, at Emerald City Comicon! Catch their new panel on Sunday at 2:30:

God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now
Sunday, April 10th, 2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.
Room: T301
It's the second coming! Their first book, God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent-yet-faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) & Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that DIDN'T make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that's saying something). In a special advance release for Emerald City, Apocrypha Now is about what the Bible DIDN'T tell you.

They'll also be signing, sketching, and telling their favorite preteen-Jesus stories at Booth #1804 (IDW Publishing) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Meanwhile, check out the recent preview excerpt of Apocrypha Now that recently ran over Easter weekend at Nerdist.

MARCH Wins Awards from Street Lit & Indie Comic Communities!

March 30, 2016 / More →


Praise continues to roll in from all directions for the March trilogy, as Congressman John Lewis's first-hand account of the Civil Rights Movement is brought to stunning new life in collaboration with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

First, the Street Literature Book Award Medal (SLBAM) Committee issued its 2016 awards, with March: Book Two receiving the medal for the new Graphic Novel category! The SLBAMs celebrate excellence and popular demand in contemporary street literature, in school, academic, and public libraries across the United States.

In addition, the inaugural Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo (DINK) last weekend celebrated Nate Powell as a featured guest, and Saturday night at the first annual DINKy Awards, March: Book Two was declared the winner in the Mid/Large Press category. (Another Top Shelf title, Jennifer Hayden's The Story of My Tits, was also nominated.)

Congratulations to the whole March team as their incredible work continues to reach, educate, and inspire new readers from all walks of life.

 

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