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MARCH Sweeps American Library Association Awards with Record-Breaking FOUR Wins

January 23, 2017 / More →

ATLANTA — The bestselling March graphic novel trilogy broke new records today by winning four major awards in the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards, more than any book in the awards' history. March: Book Three, the concluding volume by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, was announced as the winner of:

  • the Coretta Scott King Book Award (for outstanding African-American books for youth),
  • the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature),
  • the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (for most distinguished informational book for children),
  • and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

These honors for March: Book Three follow closely on the heels of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category, making it the first book to win both the Printz and the National Book Award.

"I'm delighted and honored that America's librarians are supporting March with these awards," said Congressman Lewis. "I love books and I love librarians. When I was growing up I tried to read every single thing I could. I hope these awards will help inspire all of our young people — and some of us not so young — to read, to learn, and to act. March is a guidebook reminding us that we all must speak up and stand up for what is right, what is fair, and what is just."

The March trilogy, which depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, has previously won such honors as the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. It is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Congressman Lewis accepted the YALSA Nonfiction Award on behalf of the three creators today at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. The King, Printz, and Sibert Awards will be handed out in ceremonies at the ALA Annual Conference in June.

MARCH wins the Walter Award from We Need Diverse Books

January 20, 2017 / More →

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The groundbreaking March trilogy reached another milestone this week, as the organization We Need Diverse Books declared it the winner of their second annual Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category.

March: Book Three was declared the winner of "The Walter," which is named in memory of children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014) and celebrates diversity in teen literature. Three honor books were also named: Watched by Marina Budhos, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, and The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A ceremony honoring the winners will take place at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 2017.

WNDB will donate a minimum of 2,000 copies of the 2017 Walter Award winner, March: Book Three, across the United States to schools with limited budgets. For more information, visit www.weneeddiversebooks.org.

Jealousy is an art — in James Albon's HER BARK & HER BITE!

January 11, 2017 / More →

This month's Diamond Previews catalog features an unfamiliar name: James Albon. He's a titanically talented young British artist living in France, and we can't wait to bring you his haunting beautiful debut graphic novel.

Her Bark and Her Bite follows an ambitious painter named Rebecca as she meets a man who seems to be the life of every party. He makes her feel like a million bucks — until she starts to suspect he's emotionally bankrupt.

Check out a preview of James Albon's stunning colored-pencil page layouts, and pre-order now for release in April 2017!

New CHESTER 5000 from Jess Fink in stores soon!

January 11, 2017 / More →

Chester 5000 (Book Two): Isabelle & George
Jess Fink's adults-only webcomic Chester 5000 took the world by storm when it first appeared, with a combination of vintage charm, page-turning story hooks, steamy scenes, and robot lovin' — all without a single word of dialogue. We were delighted to collect the complete tale as a beautiful hardcover, which has become a perennial favorite and critical darling.

Now, Jess returns to the world of Chester 5000 with the prequel Isabelle & George, full of even more drama, romance, and mechanical wonders. Following a smash-hit Kickstarter, she's partnered with Top Shelf once again to bring it to store shelves everywhere next month, February. Click here for more details and a 7-page preview, and grab a copy from your favorite retailer for that special someone in your life!

BOX OFFICE POISON returns — in full color!

January 11, 2017 / More →

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Alex Robinson's Box Office Poison began as a black-and-white comic book series, then grew to a massive graphic novel of over 600 pages — one of the first of Top Shelf's famous "bricks" and a smash hit that won the Eisner Award, the Angoulême International Comics Festival Award, and was eventually voted by Wizard Magazine the best independent graphic novel of all time.

Now, this page-turning "slice of life" saga is reborn for a new age. Box Office Poison Color Comics #1 has just arrived in stores, launching a new version of the series with all-new colors by Pat N. Lewis and pages of commentary from Alex Robinson himself. Jump on board and fall in love with these unforgettable characters all over again — or for the first time.

"A convincing, absorbing and satisfying fictional portrait of post-college life in New York City." Publishers Weekly

"A salute to comics, an exploration of the human condition, and a solid, absorbing, and riotously snide tale about at least half of the things that make life important." The AV Club

"Alex Robinson is pretty much king of the hill when it comes to slice-of-life comic book dramas, and Box Office Poison is a major reason why. This new mini-series is the perfect gateway for those who have never read the original graphic novel or those who want to experience an old favorite with a new coat of paint." — IGN

 

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