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 …
“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
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
"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 …
"Funny, poignant, surreal and still warmly emotional and human — a delight to read." — Forbidden Planet
"Funny and weird... Valerie exhumes her love life by hanging out with all of the guys that didn’t work out, and the one that might still." — Barnes & Noble, Best Comics of February …
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 …
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 …
The key to success on prom night? Wearing the right suit.
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, …
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 …
Praise for Julian Hanshaw:
"Understated, wryly observed, and welcome." — Dave McKean
"Exquisitely realized. Deeply rewarding." — Booklist (starred review)
"Awe-inspiring... Emotive subject matter tackled with grace and serenity." — Broken Frontier
"One of the best written pieces of …
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
"No comic in 2017 spoke as deeply and personally while entertaining as Gumballs did. A mix of autobiographical …
"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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
Praise for Carolyn Nowak:
"I raise my glass, tip my hat, and set of 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 …
“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 …
“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 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 their new …
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 …