Here's everything Top Shelf has planned for 2018 (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 Rian Hughes
"Riddled with wit and bursting with as much mischief and behavioural insight as any Kyle Baker book, this collection of short strips and cartoons is exactly the sort of the masterclass in style and colour that you’d expect from the king of comics-orientated logo design." — Page 45
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 …
Winner of the Excellence in Graphic Literature Award, PubWest Design Award, and DINKy Award!
Finalist for the Eisner Award, Russ Manning Award, National Cartoonist Society Graphic Novel Award, Readings Children's Book Prize, Aurealis Award, and Ledger Award.
“Beautifully realised, funny, …
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
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 …
"[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 …
"Enjoyably intimate." — Publishers Weekly
"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 …
by Chris Gooch
A finalist for the Ledger Award for excellence in Australian comics.
"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 …
"Lightly balanced between writer and artist, each the right amount of crazy... Snortingly funny." — NPR
"Ingenious... Valerie’s poignant romances open larger vistas where music and imagination offer wit and insight beyond the grayness of daily life." — Library Journal
"Funny and …
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 Dave Calver
"Limbo Lounge by the great illustrator Dave Calver is gorgeous, weird, great to read, and great to look at." — Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
An original graphic novel where newly dead people in Limbo await their fate at a bar while …
"Mechaboys feels like the return of an old friend... like the Linklater movie Dazed & Confused mixed with a garage-built robot battle suit. Pure Kochalka magic!" — Atomic Books
"Kochalka includes the standard high-school plot points—party in the woods, gym class rope-climb, an obnoxious …
From the pages of Christian Slade’s Korgi: a beautiful enamel pin featuring Sprout the corgi in all his adorable fluffiness! Show your love of Korgi—and corgis in general—today!
Pin measures approximately 1.5” by 1.25” with a metal clutch fastener.
Praise for Bobby Curnow & Brenda Hickey:
“A modern myth that evokes the agelessness of the best folktales but is a completely new invention.” — Newsarama
“Hickey’s artwork is outstanding.” — Comic Wow!
“Depth of characters and story are what really drive this book to be one of …
"Cat and Bat are full of bad ideas, but buying this book is a good one." — Shannon Wheeler
"Cat'n'Bat can make you laugh, think, and then laugh again. Thoughtfully silly and cleverly dark." — Jordan Calhoun, Black Nerd Problems
Cat and Bat are best friends. Every day, they watch awful …
"Spectacular... each page is a feast for the eyes. This is a striking assemblage of two decades of challenging, entertaining, and crisply beautiful stories." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“It’s official: Coin-Op is the most wonderful new comic series you haven’t heard about …
“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 Erin Nations
WINNER OF THE 2018 DINKy AWARD FOR DIVERSITY!
"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
"No comic in 2017 spoke as deeply and personally while …
"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." — …
"Crisp of line and hypnotically peculiar, Hanshaw deftly suspends us between dream and reality, as good comics do. As in life, the harder we look the more we see, and the stranger things invariably become." — Shaun Tan
Praise for Julian Hanshaw:
"Understated, wryly observed, and welcome." …
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.” — …
by Nate Powell
One of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Spring 2018!
"Rendered in fluid, magical brushwork tinted in the colors of a sunrise and filled with mysterious shadows and crannies... this enchanting solo effort reveals even greater depths to Powell’s gift for visual storytelling and …
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 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 …
ISBN 978-1-60309-434-4 - Diamond: APR180322
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 …
ISBN 978-1-60309-436-8 - Diamond: MAR180562
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 …
ISBN 978-1-60309-432-0 - Diamond: APR180323
Opening with a 1919 deathmatch between two American superhumans in the ruins of Utopia, the second issue of Moore and O’Neill’s final comic series takes its readers on a breath-taking ride over a waterfall of storytelling styles, from a startling 21st century Lincoln Island and its current …
ISBN UPC 827714014280 00211 - Diamond: JUN18-0748
“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, …
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 …
ISBN 978-1-60309-426-9 - Diamond: FEB180481
Praise for Carolyn Nowak:
"I raise my glass, tip my hat, and set off a million dollars worth of fireworks to Carolyn Nowak's electric brain, electric fingers and eclectic, electric storytelling smarts. What a wise, sad, funny, exhilarating book!" — Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic …
ISBN 978-1-60309-438-2 - Diamond: JUN18-0750
Jack is back — and this time, the blood is red.
"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 Weekly
Experience FROM HELL as …
“A great adventure that will delight young and old alike.” — Bande à Bulle
"Grabbing you with its action (midnight mischief, combat), its themes (teamwork, self-improvement, coming of age, friendship, love), its humor, and its freshness, Supers pleases right away…. one of the most …
“What Doth the Lord Require of Thee?” Blackmail and black magic — and one unforgettable tour of London — come to life in full color!
"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 …
“A story whose pleasure lies not only in appreciating the beauty of its artwork, but in deciphering what lies hidden in its metaphors.” — Nerd Geek Feelings
“Beautiful and unique… Ye delicately portrays how difficult it is to find oneself in the world and, more importantly, how to …
by JP Ahonen
”Belzebubs strikes that delicate balance between adorable and totally fucking metal.”—Steven Seigh, Talking Comics
Praise for JP Ahonen:
"JP Ahonen is, flat-out, one of the best comic artists and writers working in the world today. His comics are hilarious, action-packed, and …
Two Latinx kids battle supernatural threats to their working-class neighborhood with the power of science, magic, and some very special hoodies.
Red Panda and Moon Bear are the defenders of their community! Together, these brave siblings rescue lost cats, scold bullies, and solve mysteries, all …
The beloved young-reader series by Eisner Award winner James Kochalka returns with a new adventure fit for a king!
Johnny Boo is wearing a crown on his head, so that means he's the king! Squiggle wants to be king too, so he puts a rock on his head. After a brief argument, they decide to share …
by James Albon
Pictures at a revolution: acclaimed graphic novelist James Albon (Her Bark and Her Bite) explores the role of the artist in a frighteningly familiar near-future of tyrannical regimes and popular revolts.
Francesca Saxon, artist and loyal citizen of the nation, is thrilled when she receives a …
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
Israeli cartoonist Koren Shadmi (Love Addict, The Abaddon) turns to science …