Here's everything Top Shelf has planned for 2017 (subject to change), listed in order of release. Do yourself a favor this year and try some things that you're not that familiar with. You won't be disappointed.
by Lauren Purje
"Lauren Purje may not know much about art, but she knows... actually, she knows a lot about art. And art school, and the art world, and artists. She shows that it’s okay to laugh at art, and more importantly, if you’re an artist, to laugh at yourself." — Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy and …
by Erin Nations
"Fantastic." — Virginia Library Association Graphic Novel Diversity Awards
"GUMBALLS #1 is funny, sincere, and just generally brilliant when dealing with autobiography, fake personal ads, or any number of other events. Nations is a promising new voice in comics, and you need to read GUMBALLS …
"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 …
Winner of the National Book Award
"March can help a new generation understand that the arc of the moral universe doesn't just bend toward justice; humans must struggle to bend it. To read Lewis's graphic memoir... is to be reminded that what so many have taken for granted in American life today …
Discover the phenomenal graphic novel memoir by US Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis!
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA's …
Don't miss the sequel to the #1 bestseller March: Book One!
New York Times Bestseller
One of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Winner of the Will Eisner Award
Winner of the Street Literature Book Award Medal
Winner of the Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo Award
"With March, …
Top Shelf is honored to present a milestone of comics history: the stunning conclusion to the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy.
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award
Winner of the …
by Jess Fink
Winner of the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series!
Praise for Chester 5000:
"A woman-friendly, couple-friendly book destined to become a perennial in sex-positive toy and book stores." — The Comics Journal
"Delightfully playful... a genuinely beautiful piece of erotica evidently drawn …
Sherman’s frustration with his job grows and grows… while the story of Jane and Stephen’s relationship is revealed!
With new commentary by creator Alex Robinson.
IN PRINT! (PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2017)
Ed gets ready to interview at Zoom Comics, and Sherman meets the new love of his life at a housewarming party… now, if he could just track her down again!
With new commentary by creator Alex Robinson!
IN PRINT! (PUBLISHED MARCH 2017)
by James Albon
"Like a New Yorker cover spun out to a full-length story... Albon uses loose and energetic colored pencil, in a palette heavy in yellows and blues, to capture the social and emotional whirl of this airy tale." — Publishers Weekly
"James Albon's delicate and utterly unique artwork is so …
Sherman’s on a date… with a girl who’s name he can’t remember! And Ed’s employment situation changes, but will it be for the better? All this in thrilling color!
With new commentary from Alex Robinson.
IN PRINT! (PUBLISHED APRIL 2017)
by Erin Nations
The buzzed-about series returns! In his second issue, Erin’s ready to do some shots… of testosterone, that is, injected weekly for Hormone Replacement Therapy. The result? “I feel like I’m going through menopause and puberty at the same time.” Plus: an all-new assortment of workplace …
Ed finds that working for Irving Flavor turns out to be an acquired taste. And the secret origin of the Nightstalker... revealed!
With a new commentary by Alex Robinson.
IN PRINT! (PUBLISHED MAY 2017)
by Nate Powell
Celebrate the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award!
"It’s tempting to call this a Powell sampler, but each of the collected works is a standalone mini-masterpiece in its own right." — Barnes & Noble's "Best Comics & Graphic Novels of June 2017"
Nate Powell has been called …
by Kim Dwinell
"I loved this book! Surfside Girls is exactly what I wish all my summer vacations had been like. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the beach!" — Janet Lee, Eisner-Award-winning artist of Return of the Dapper Men
"Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable …
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Christian Slade’s heartwarming Korgi series!
Korgi: Short Tails is a 48-page comic book collecting all seven Korgi stories from Free Comic Book Day, together with a brand-new adventure called “Cloud Cat.” A robot loses its head, finger-puppets battle, a …
“Beautifully realised, funny, smart, weird and surprisingly epic in scope, Home Time is also just plain brilliant.” — Shaun Tan
“Campbell Whyte’s debut graphic novel is cute, funny, scary, exciting, and cleverly constructed. The drawings are always a pleasure, each new art style …
FDR had radio. JFK had TV. Trump has Twitter.
Some people are saying, I don’t know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion — he’s very, very, good, okay? Now …
by Erin Nations
Don't miss the newest issue of the series critics are calling "funny, sincere, and just generally brilliant" — GUMBALLS! Erin Nations reflects on the transformative effects of his hormone injections: the good, the bad, and the awkward. After decades of being perceived as a woman and not taken …
Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel!
"Return of the Dapper Men is a transformational experience... be prepared to take a fantastic journey." — from the introduction by Tim Gunn
“The writing is lyrical and reads like a forgotten fairy tale... The artwork is often stunning.” …
“I’ve been following Chris Sheridan quite a while now, and have always gotten a big kick out of the energy that comes from his crackling art and stories. A love of drawing and storytelling always pops off the page for me. I think Spacebat may have even been the first thing I ever saw of …
by Chris Gooch
"Chris Gooch twists the knife in the gap between persona and self... Bottled is a slow burn of a comic where the betrayals and the dread cut deep." — Katie Skelly, author of Nurse Nurse and My Pretty Vampire
"Gooch lingers over camera lenses, the arc of a knife through space, the pause before …
KRAK IS BACK! After kind of destroying the world (whoops!), the wonderfully profane and destructive Superf*ckers are returned to life to hang out, make out, punch each other out, and generally cause a ruckus. But when their leader, SuperDan, insists on their help in rescuing an old friend still …
"[Super Tokyoland's] visual style, strongly inspired by manga, enhances the story's tone beautifully... This well-constructed graphic novel illuminates a radically different way of life from European culture." — Planete BD
"Humble, sincere and spontaneous... The drawing is original, and Reiss …
"I really liked Roots. I cried, I laughed, I was genuinely moved. O’Connor shares some of her most private moments with us, and her autobiographic style invites us to feel those moments right along with her. It’s a wonderful journey." —Natalie Nourigat, author of Between Gears and I Moved to …
by Rian Hughes
Praise for Rian Hughes:
"Rian Hughes is a luminescent pop culture demon." —David Quantick
"One of the most successful and prolific designer/illustrators of the past 20 years" —Roger Sabin, Eye Magazine
"Hughes has been credited with doing more than anyone else to elevate the sophistication …
by Erin Nations
In the jam-packed fourth installment of Gumballs: Erin and his fellow triplets get spooked by a haunted board game! Tobias' dreams come true as he finally holds his crush's hand... accidentally. And modern-day Erin battles the anxiety that comes with using public restrooms and making doctor …
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.
Cat and Bat are best friends. Every day, they watch awful television, get awful ideas, and get into an awful lot of trouble. In the grand tradition of silent comedy, award-winning Ukrainian animator & artist Sashko Danylenko presents an addictive collection of strips that reveal painfully funny …
Two lovable dirtbag teens, tired of being bullied, build a robot battle suit to take revenge on their entire high school. But they never expected to become… kind of popular?
Welcome to the love-child of Superbad, Carrie, Mean Girls, and Transformers. Experience the thrill of keg parties, gym …
Ward is a grumpy gnome who only wants to be left alone. He never asked for company… but when his beautiful forest starts filling up with animals, it’s more than just grumpiness that makes him nervous. Mysterious muck-trolls and terrifying humans are invading, and he’ll need all the help he …
Remco knows he is special. He was chosen. God took a shine to him, after a bright light in a clear northern sky brought Remco to the incredible Cloud Hotel, a wondrous place that he never wants to leave. But Remco has outstayed his welcome… and it’s time to check out.
LA Times Book Prize …
Written by Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, & Jack Lowe. Illustrated by Moses Nester, with colors by S. J. Miller.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, one sixth of the world’s wealth vacationed in and around the tiny Georgia island of Jekyll. Captains of industry like Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan and Carnegie all called the Jekyll area home. Blending elements of historical fact, clockwork …
After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest. This …
“Magnificent.” — Forbidden Planet International
“Splendid fun.” — The Guardian
“Relentlessly clever.” — The Miami Herald
“A stunning return to form.” — The First Post
“One glorious creative tapestry.” — The Independent
“Easily one of the best of the year.” — …
“It’s official: Coin-Op is the most wonderful new comic series you haven’t heard about yet.” — Paul Constant, The Seattle Review of Books
“Peter and Maria Hoey are among the very best illustrators in comics.” — Rob Clough, High-Low
This first-ever collection by the …
by Erin Nations
"Nations is a standout, portraying his experience with humor and honesty, and with distinctive, whimsical art." — Publishers Weekly, Top 10 Comics & Graphic Novels for Spring 2018
"Gumballs is funny, sincere, and just generally brilliant — when dealing with autobiography, fake personal ads, …
"What could be a gimmicky setup rises far beyond cliché, bringing new questions about vigilantism, justice, and heroics to the field ... Humor is hard to get right, but humor with a serious message is even harder. Mulligan and Ostertag's creation strikes just the right balance. It's super." — …
“Fun for kids of all ages. It's AWESOME!" — DJ Lance Rock, host of Nick Jr's Yo Gabba Gabba!
"Perfect for beginning readers." — Publishers Weekly
"Johnny Boo is sweet without being sugary and comfortably familiar yet fresh on every page. All in all, Kochalka's light touch has created …
by Nate Powell
One of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Spring 2018!
PRAISE FOR NATE POWELL:
“A writer-artist of genius.” — The Times (UK)
“The most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his [generation].” — Booklist
“His layouts, his touch with shadow and darkness... …
by Liz Prince
PRAISE FOR LIZ PRINCE:
“Magnificently evocative… Simple, line-based art provides a perfect complement to her keen narration, giving this an indie, intimate feel and leaving readers feeling like they really know her. Liz’s story, captured with wry humor and a deft, visceral eye, is a …
A new edition of the groundbreaking New York Times Bestseller!
"Lost Girls is to erotic literature what Moore's now classic 1987 Watchmen (with Dave Gibbons) was to the superhero scene. Each busts the frames of its respective genre with formal precision; each reflects upon its own ways and means …
Legendary talents team up for a jaw-dropping action-romp starring the baddest dudes in the TMNT universe: Raphael and Casey Jones. It's a must for grown-up Turtles fans and anyone nostalgic for the grim 'n' gritty days of 90s comics.
“Pure, unfiltered and unhindered Kevin Eastman.” — TMNT …
“A stunning piece of work… it has depth, lots of drama, bucket-loads of charm, and comedy and tragedy in equal measure. His Dream of the Skyland is a beautiful book that looks set to become a classic.” — Grovel
“It opens with a scene of furtive, hurried sex… but this astounding tale, …