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Kim Dwinell announces Surfside Girls sequel for 2019

July 20, 2018 / More →

Second volume of acclaimed middle-grade graphic novel series brings supernatural new adventures for California tween sleuths

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 20, 2018) — Top Shelf Productions announced today that Surfside Girls, Kim Dwinell’s celebrated graphic novel series for middle-grade readers about friendship, fun, and lost mysteries of the local landscape, will receive a full-length sequel next summer.

Surfside Girls (Book One): The Secret of Danger Point introduced readers to best friends Sam and Jade, who put together clues ranging from suspicious beachcombers to spooky ghosts to baby dinosaurs in order to save their town from an unexpected threat. Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho, scheduled for June 2019, presents even more beautiful beaches, hidden secrets, distracting cuties, and wild adventures:

When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets… spooked, it’s time for Sam and Jade to pull out the Journal of Weird and jump into action! Trying to solve this two-hundred-year-old mystery takes the girls all over their town and beyond, all while Surfside’s Annual Surf Competition is going on. Add to the mix a cute surfer boy, a mysterious mustached man with a guitar, and a very jealous Sam — can the surfing sleuths save the day again?

“I’ve had so much fun this last year watching readers of all ages discover Sam and Jade’s world,” says author Kim Dwinell. “I packed Surfside Girls with Southern California sunshine, and I hope everyone enjoys spending time with it as much as I do. I'm absolutely stoked to show you what the girls get up to in Book Two!”

Kim Dwinell will meet fans and sign Surfside Girls at Comic-Con International today, Friday July 20th, from 10am-11am and 4pm-5pm in booth 2743 (Top Shelf / IDW Publishing).

"Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable characters, sunny colors, and supernatural mystery, it’s a perfect summer read." — Brigid Alverson, School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids

"Kim Dwinell supplies a great-looking world of infinite potential... Anyone fondly remembering the tenacious and good-hearted Nancy Drew adventures from their youth can locate a spiritual successor for their own children in Surfside Girls." — Slings & Arrows

Surfside Girls (Book One): The Secret of Danger Point is now available wherever books are sold. Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho will be published in June 2019 by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing. For more information, visit surfsidegirls.com.

George Takei’s graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy coming in 2019

July 19, 2018 / More →

Graphic memoir of actor/author/activist will depict his childhood in 1940s Japanese American internment camps

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 19, 2018) — As nations around the globe confront new versions of old debates about immigration, incarceration, and family separation, actor/author/activist George Takei is preparing a beautiful and powerfully resonant graphic memoir of his own direct experience with American xenophobia.

In summer 2019, Top Shelf Productions will publish Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, created in collaboration with co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker. George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Readers will experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

Tomorrow at Comic-Con International, co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott will discuss They Called Us Enemy, and share early glimpses of Harmony Becker’s artwork, in the panel “The Human Condition: Connecting Humanity with Graphic Novels,” Friday at 1 pm in Room 23ABC.

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COME AGAIN... to San Diego Comic-Con International!

July 13, 2018 / More →

San Diego Comic-Con is always huge for Top Shelf — an occasion to debut some of our year's most jaw-dropping books, assemble a massive lineup of your favorite cartoonists, and sign for you until our hands fall off! This year's show (kicking off next week) is no exception.

Come visit us and our colleagues at IDW Publishing all convention long in Booth #2743, for your opportunity to grab all the stunning books above and to meet:

Nate Powell (Come Again)
Dan Berry (The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head)
Erin Nations (Gumballs)
Steve Nedvidek, Jack Lowe, & Ed Crowell (The Jekyll Island Chronicles)
Anne Optowsky & Aya Morton (His Dream of the Skyland) — Thursday only
Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls) — Friday only

With special appearances from:
Jeff Lemire (The Underwater Welder / Essex County)
Eddie Campbell (The Goat Getters / From Hell)
Peter & Maria Hoey (Coin-Op Comics Anthology)
Rian Hughes (I Am a Number)
Bobby Curnow (Ward’s Valley)
Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler (God Is Disappointed In You / Sh*t My President Says)

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Carolyn Nowak has arrived. Welcome to GIRL TOWN!

June 14, 2018 / More →

Multi-award-winning cartoonist Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes) uses fantasy worlds to explore profound truths about friendship and desire. Her solo debut collection celebrates the ascent of a rising literary star.

Carolyn Nowak’s Girl Town collects the Ignatz Award-winning stories “Radishes” and “Diana’s Electric Tongue” together with several other tales of young adulthood and the search for connection. Here are her most acclaimed mini-comics and anthology contributions, enhanced with new colors and joined by brand-new work.

Bold, infatuated, wounded, or lost, Nowak’s girls shine with life and longing. Their stories — depicted with remarkable charm and insight — capture the spirit of our time.

Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak (September 2018)
$19.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-438-2 • Diamond: JUN18-0750
160 pages • full color • softcover graphic novel w/ flaps • 6.5” x 9”
For older teens & adults (16+)
Read an 11-page preview excerpt now and pre-order from your favorite retailer!

Announcing FROM HELL: MASTER EDITION

June 1, 2018 / More →

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Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell’s masterpiece returns as full-color “prestige” comic book series in September

Jack is back — and this time, the blood is red.

For decades, the award-winning graphic novel FROM HELL has welcomed readers into the grandeur and grime of London in the late 1800s. The New York Times-bestselling opus is an achievement the New Yorker dubs “remarkable” and Entertainment Weekly calls “an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century.”

Beginning in September, readers old and new will experience FROM HELL as never before. The FROM HELL Master Edition presents Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s Victorian masterpiece as a ten-issue serial, thoroughly restored and revised “for color, clarity, and continuity” by Eddie Campbell himself.

“The most dramatic change is the color, of course,” says Campbell. “I prefer the term ‘colorizing’ to ‘coloring’ since I’m not simply painting within the black lines, but reconceiving every panel to suit a full-color world. But I’ve also gone through and fixed small errors and minor flaws that have haunted me for decades. Ultimately the result is my equivalent of a ‘director’s cut’ of From Hell.”

From Hell is one of the greatest graphic novels ever made — the first comic I ever read that really opened my eyes to the possibilities of sophisticated writing and art in this format,” says Chris Staros, Editor-in-Chief of Top Shelf Productions. “It’s been one of the keystones of Top Shelf’s line for almost twenty years, and now it’s an honor to watch Eddie breathe a whole new life into this epic.”

Eddie Campbell discusses his process in greater depth and reveals an exclusive interior preview of From Hell: Master Edition in a new interview at Entertainment Weekly.

From Hell: Master Edition #1 (of 10) will be released exclusively through comic shops and digital retailers in September 2018. To find a comic shop near you, visit comicshoplocator.com or call 1-800-COMIC-BOOK.

 

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