Catalog / 2020 Releases

2020 Releases

Here's everything Top Shelf has planned for 2020 (subject to change) listed in order of release -- with a few highlights from 2019 as well! Do yourself a favor this year and try some things that you're not that familiar with. You won't be disappointed.

And click on the links for a quick look at the entire publishing schedule; our mature-reader perennials, and our all-ages perennials.

December 2019

They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

A New York Times Bestseller!
Winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature!
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, NPR, New York Public Library, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, IGN, and Forbes!
Selected by the LA Times Book Club …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-450-4 - Diamond: MAR190630

From Hell: Master Edition #08 (of 10)

From Hell: Master Edition #08 (of 10)

by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

“The Unfortunate Mr Druitt.” London is desperate to solve its most notorious crime — and one schoolteacher will pay the price.

"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of …

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ISBN UPC 827714016215 00811 - Diamond: SEP190738

 
Cosmoknights (Book One)

Cosmoknights (Book One)

by Hannah Templer

Read Cosmoknights as a free webcomic at www.cosmoknights.space, then pick up the book edition!

One of New York Public Library's "Best Books of 2019"!

"A gorgeous and timely space adventure saga... Every panel hums and crackles with glowingly lush, well-realized worldbuilding. The dynamic …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-454-2 - Diamond: MAY190659

Highwayman

Highwayman

by Koren Shadmi

“A bewitching and fascinating roadtrip… with impeccable writing and narration.” — Planete BD

“Shadmi intrigues with his mysteries and his evocative skill, asking more questions than he answers.” — BoDoï

"Shadmi skillfully mixes together [a] sweeping kind of mystical scientism …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-441-2 - Diamond: JAN190855

 
Penny Nichols

Penny Nichols

by MK Reed, Greg Means, and Matt Wiegle

“Tremendous fun, as Penny Nichols quips her way through the chaotically creative world of independent horror film-making. A real joy from start to finish!” — Graham Annable, director of The Boxtrolls and author of Peter & Ernesto

"[A] smart, snarky ode to the joy of creation... Wiegle’s …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-448-1 - Diamond: FEB190752

A Shining Beacon

A Shining Beacon

by James Albon

"A fantastic book, extrapolating British current affairs into a dystopian nightmare. It’s on point, superbly written, joyously illustrated and a pleasure to read." — Grovel

Pictures at a revolution: acclaimed graphic novelist James Albon (Her Bark and Her Bite) explores the role of the …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-445-0 - Diamond: DEC180806

 
Belzebubs

Belzebubs

by JP Ahonen

“As twisted as it is sidesplitting… [Belzebubs] weaves slice-of-life drama and mockumentary-style humor into a pentagram of laughs, relatable moments, and a love for black metal.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This webcomic has become a cult sensation... it’s a silly, Addams …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-442-9 - Diamond: OCT180731

Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho

Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho

by Kim Dwinell

Sam and Jade are back! Get ready for more ghostly mysteries, beautiful beaches, cute boys, and wild adventures in this delightful full-color graphic novel.

When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets… spooked, it’s time for Sam and Jade to bring out the Journal of Weird and leap into …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-447-4 - Diamond: FEB190753

 
Red Panda and Moon Bear

Red Panda and Moon Bear

by Jarod Roselló

One of Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2019!

"Red Panda & Moon Bear is fun, wacky and heartfelt. Everyone can enjoy this adventure, but it will resonate especially with Latinx kids. I look forward to seeing more!" — Duncan Tonatiuh, author of Dear Primo and Separate Is Never Equal

"A …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-444-3 - Diamond: DEC180805

Johnny Boo (Book 10): Johnny Boo and the Midnight Monsters

Johnny Boo (Book 10): Johnny Boo and the Midnight Monsters

by James Kochalka

The best little ghost in the world — and his pet ghost, Squiggle — continue their award-winning adventures with a spooky story that can turn any night into Halloween!

Are you scared of the dark? Did you know that when the clock strikes twelve, that’s when the midnight monsters come out? …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-457-3 - Diamond: APR190694

 

January 2020

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest -- HARDCOVER

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest -- HARDCOVER

by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

"This wild metafictional romp is a fitting goodbye to two singular talents." — The Guardian (Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2019)

After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-456-6 - Diamond: MAY190661

A Letter to Jo

A Letter to Jo

by Joseph Sieracki and Kelly Williams

This unforgettable graphic novel presents the gripping firsthand account of a Polish-American machinegunner in World War II, adapted from a genuine letter home from the author’s own grandfather.

As Leonard fights on the frontlines of World War II, memories of Josephine and home help keep him …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-452-8 - Diamond: APR190693

 
Nocturne: The Walled City Trilogy (Book Two)

Nocturne: The Walled City Trilogy (Book Two)

by Anne Opotowsky and Angie Hoffmeister

“Massive. Mesmerizing.” — Paul Gravett, author of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

“Opotowsky effortlessly weaves over twenty complex characters together... Hoffmeister’s limpid gray wash and ink drawings render the cityscapes with dreamy affectionate realism.” — Library …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-451-1 - Diamond: MAR190743

His Dream of the Skyland: The Walled City Trilogy (Book One)

His Dream of the Skyland: The Walled City Trilogy (Book One)

by Anne Opotowsky and Aya Morton

"Indescribably gorgeous... it's a tale that ranges over cruelty and dignity, love and venality, unspeakable crimes and unstoppable bravery." — Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

“A stunning piece of work… it has depth, lots of drama, bucket-loads of charm, and comedy and tragedy in equal measure. …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-429-0 - Diamond: MAY180755

 
From Hell: Master Edition #09 (of 10)

From Hell: Master Edition #09 (of 10)

by Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore

“The Apprehensions of Mr Lees.” A sham psychic and a weary police inspector steel themselves for a long pursuit… only to find their world turned upside down by the killer’s confession.

"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, …

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ISBN UPC 827714016215 00911 - Diamond: NOV190724

British Ice

British Ice

by Owen D. Pomery

"An evocative 'arctic noir,' this graphic novel unfurls a study in desolation, mounting tensions, and chilling atmosphere." — Publishers Weekly

"An affecting, lonely, and ruthless novel of cold capitalism, the sicknesses of patriotism, and one man with the grip of history on the shoulder …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-460-3 - Diamond: SEP190739

 

February 2020

Lupus

Lupus

by Frederik Peeters

Winner of the “Essential” Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival

"Peeters examines the complexity of human relationships—among friends, lovers, parents and their children—in this moving and unpredictable sf epic... Peeters is a compositional genius, utilizing stunning …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-459-7 - Diamond: AUG190836

Why Did We Trust Him?

Why Did We Trust Him?

by Shannon Wheeler

The Eisner-Award-winning wit of Shannon Wheeler breaks hilarious new ground in a handsome new collection.

Hot off Sh*t My President Says, Shannon Wheeler unloads a new set of top notch cartoons in this premium collection. Instead of lampooning the president Wheeler demonstrates what won him a …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-453-5 - Diamond: MAR190742

 
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

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 …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-395-8 - Diamond: JUN16-0409

March: Book One

March: Book One

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

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 …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-300-2 - Diamond: JUN13-1298

 
March: Book Two

March: Book Two

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

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, …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-400-9 - Diamond: NOV141657

March: Book Three

March: Book Three

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

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 …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-402-3 - Diamond: JUN160408

 

March 2020

An Embarrassment of Witches

An Embarrassment of Witches

by Sophie Goldstein and Jenn Jordan

"This affable coming-of-age fantasy... add[s] a touch of magic to familiar human comedy." — Publishers Weekly

"Rich and funny fantasy worldbuilding makes this graphic novel about twenty-something post-college angst a charming (pun intended) read." — Faith Erin Hicks (Pumpkinheads, The …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-462-7 - Diamond: OCT190846

From Hell: Master Edition #10 (of 10)

From Hell: Master Edition #10 (of 10)

by Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore

“Gull, Ascending.” A monumental work is perhaps best viewed from a distance.

"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century." — Warren Ellis, Entertainment …

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ISBN UPC 827714016215 01011 - Diamond: JAN200774

 
The Lab

The Lab

by Allison Conway

This “silent” graphic novel follows a nameless subject trapped in a nightmarish test facility, raising unsettling questions of exploitation and oppression.

The Lab is a wordless visual journey into the grim machinery of exploitation. Its nameless protagonist is held in solitary captivity, …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-461-0 - Diamond: OCT190844

April 2020

A Radical Shift of Gravity

A Radical Shift of Gravity

by Kate Glasheen and Nick Tapalansky

"This beautiful book is very smart about global catastrophes and very honest about personal ones. For everyone asking ‘How can we raise a family in a world like this?’, A Radical Shift of Gravity offers a powerful answer.” — Jeff Lemire

Against the dreamlike backdrop of massive planetary …

$24.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-458-0 - Diamond: JUL190817

Camp Spirit

Camp Spirit

by Axelle Lenoir

“At first glance, a light and frothy comedy, but little by little it transforms into something wild.” — BDGest

“Axelle Lenoir weaves a sympathetic story around a very endearing heroine. Inside: tons of humor and a beautiful accuracy in human relationships, but also a veil of mystery that …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-465-8 - Diamond: DEC190722

 

May 2020

Rascal

Rascal

by Jean-Luc Deglin

Rascal is a cat. My cat. I didn’t ask for him, he just sort of... happened to me. But that’s how it works sometimes, isn’t it?

When a mysterious mewling package arrives in the mail, one busy young woman’s life changes forever. Rascal lives up to his name, filling every day with wild …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-463-4 - Diamond: OCT190845

Home Time II: Beyond The Weaving

Home Time II: Beyond The Weaving

by Campbell Whyte

Praise for Home Time:
“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, …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-464-1 - Diamond: NOV190725

 
The Grot: The Story of the Swamp City Grifters

The Grot: The Story of the Swamp City Grifters

by Pat Grant

Praise for Pat Grant:
“Wholly original, enormously entertaining… a new talent that we may be enjoying for decades to come." -- The AV Club
"Complex and beautiful... uncommonly sophisticated." -- ComicsAlliance

“Anyone willing to get filthy can also get rich.” In this dystopian swamp …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-466-5 - Diamond: JAN200786

Blue

Blue

by Pat Grant

Blue is a fascinating blend of autobiography and fiction with a sci-fi twist: in a seaside Australian town struggling with alien tentacle-creature immigration, a trio of aimless teenagers skip school to go surfing, chase rumors of a dead body, and avoid dealing with their own fears. A re-release of …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-273-9 - Diamond: JAN12-1268

 

June 2020

Kodi

Kodi

by Jared Cullum

The gorgeous story of two friends separated by everything in the world -- except love. Readers and animal-lovers of every age will want to relive this journey over and over again.

Katya and her Meema are spending another normal summer at their cottage in Alaska, when a chance accident leaves …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-467-2

Monkey vs Robot: The Complete Epic

Monkey vs Robot: The Complete Epic

by James Kochalka

A magnum opus from one of the giants of indie cartooning finally gets its due -- in full color, and expanded with a new 120-page grand finale!

"An expressive, funny-sad book that rewards us with its deft execution." — Artbomb

"The Monkey Vs. Robot books are like the best of children’s …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-468-9 - Diamond: JAN200754

 

July 2020

From Hell: Master Edition -- HARDCOVER

From Hell: Master Edition -- HARDCOVER

by Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore

Meet the most notorious serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper -- and meet the vast and vibrant communities of Victorian London where his foul deeds gave birth to the modern era. In this remarkable new edition, the award-winning bestseller FROM HELL now features astonishing colors by Eddie …

$49.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-469-6

August 2020

Listening to the Hundredfold Notes of the Avowed Nightingales: The Walled City Trilogy (Book Three)

Listening to the Hundredfold Notes of the Avowed Nightingales: The Walled City Trilogy (Book Three)

by Anne Opotowsky and Amber Ma

The solemn wisdom of gems and jaded history. Watch in the last volume of the trilogy how one entangles the other. The gems float down from the Mekong, gathering dragon fire, ancient qi and vengeful powers along the way.

One such gem, embedded in a ring, first discovered in Volume One when it …

$34.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-471-9

September 2020

Glork Patrol (Book One): Glork Patrol on the Bad Planet

Glork Patrol (Book One): Glork Patrol on the Bad Planet

by James Kochalka

Who keeps the galaxy silly? The Glork Patrol! When the patrol crash-lands on the sinister Bad Planet, Baby Gonk finds a giant egg... so of course he sits on it. Soon it hatches a baby Quackaboodle, the most dangerous creature in the universe! Will there be a fight to the death, or will the Baby …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-475-7

Johnny Boo (Book 11): Johnny Boo Finds a Clue?

Johnny Boo (Book 11): Johnny Boo Finds a Clue?

by James Kochalka

The Eisner-Award-winning Johnny Boo series just keeps getting wilder and funnier! This time, a secret thief has stolen Johnny Boo’s ice cream. Armed with his mighty magnifying glass, Johnny Boo will find all the clues and capture the vicious villain. The main suspect is a purple mountain whose …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-476-4

 

October 2020

Bionic

Bionic

by Koren Shadmi

Bionic is a coming-of-age tale for the digital generation, taking place in the near future. It’s the story of Victor, a geeky teenager on a hopeless quest to win the love of the gorgeous Patricia — but when she returns from a horrible accident with astonishing new robotic parts, both their …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-478-8

Under-Earth

Under-Earth

by Chris Gooch

Under-Earth takes place in a subterranean landfill, hollowed out to serve as a massive improvised prison. Sunken into the trash and debris of the past -- gameboys, iphones, coffee cups, old cars -- we follow two parallel stories.

In the first, a new arrival struggles to adapt to the everyday …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-477-1

 

November 2020

The Book Tour

The Book Tour

by Andi Watson

Upon the publication of his latest novel, G. H. Fretwell, a minor English writer, embarks on a book tour to promote it. Nothing is going according to plan, and his trip gradually turns into a nightmare. But now the police want to ask him some questions about a mysterious disappearance, and it seems …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-479-5

December 2020

what If We Were...

what If We Were...

by Axelle Lenoir

Nathalie and Marie are 17 years old and best friends. Since elementary school, they’ve been creatively filling moments of boredom with a game called “What If We Were...?”. One player names a topic — let’s say “vampire slayers” for example — and then both imagine what life would be …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-465-8

January 2021

Parenthesis

Parenthesis

by Elodie Durand

Julie is barely out of her teens when a tumor begins pressing on her brain, ushering in a new world of seizures, memory gaps, and loss of self. Suddenly, the sentence of her normal life has been interrupted by the opening of a parenthesis that may never close.

Based on the real experiences of …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-481-8

A Nautical Fable

A Nautical Fable

by Marine Blandin

Constructed on top of a former animal cemetery, a nautical space with odd, surrealist architecture becomes the theatre for a series of strange phenomena. A mysterious whale, inexplicable disappearances, a locker key tossed years ago into what was supposed to be a bottomless pit… This pool …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-482-5