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New All-Ages Adventures with JOHNNY BOO and PIRATE PENGUIN!

January 11, 2016 / More →

Eisner Award winner James Kochalka is a master of many media, from comics to music to film and beyond... but one of his all-time most beloved projects is his series of graphic novels for kids starring the little ghost Johnny Boo, and his pet ghost Squiggle. In the new issue of Diamond Previews, we're delighted to unveil a brand-new adventure, Johnny Boo Goes Like This!, plus an awesome new boxed set of the series' first five books, Johnny Boo's Big Boo Box — both coming in March 2016!

Johnny Boo (Book 7): Goes Like This! by James Kochalka
ISBN: 978-1-60309-384-2 • Diamond: JAN16-0450
$9.99 (US) • 48-page full-color hardcover, 6” x 9”
Johnny Boo and Squiggle come across a giant pencil! Is it... magical? Whatever it is, when Johnny Boo draws with it, his drawings come to life. Before you know it, they're off on another adventure, filled with tigers, ice cream monsters, and truly unbelievable hairstyles. Celebrate the power of creativity - the Johnny Boo way!
In stores March 2016 - click here for a 5-page preview!

Johnny Boo's Big Boo Box! by James Kochalka
ISBN: 978-1-60309-385-9 • Diamond: JAN16-0451
$39.99 (US) • Slipcase set of FIVE 40-page full-color hardcover graphic novels, 6” x 9” x 2"
Collecting Johnny Boo's first five fan-favorite adventures, from
Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World to Johnny Boo Does Something!

Ray Friesen's PIRATE PENGUIN VS NINJA CHICKEN is back, and funnier than ever before! Join the adventure in March!

Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (Book 2): Escape from Skull-Fragment Island!
by Ray Friesen
ISBN: 978-1-60309-367-5 • JAN16-045623
$14.99 (US) • 112-page full-color hardcover, 6.5” x 8.5”
Set phasers for maximum silly: Ray Friesen, the non-stop sugar rush called by Booklist “a manic blend of mayhem and adventure,” is back for more! When Pirate Penguin and Ninja Chicken stumble across a mystical lost sword, a rip-roaring aquatic adventure ensues, with appearances by cousin Privateer Puffin, the terrifying Pirate Queen, and two unforgettable "mermaids." PLUS: our heroes get trapped in a Swedish furniture store, and a dozen more wacky short stories!
In stores March 2016 - click here for a 6-page preview!

Best Books of 2015: Critics rave about MARCH, STORY OF MY TITS & more!

January 4, 2016 / More →

As 2016 kicks off, critics everywhere continue their annual exercise of looking back on 2015 to select the year's best books... and Top Shelf has been scoring big!

The bestselling civil rights saga March: Book Two received tremendous acclaim from nearly two dozen publications, including The Washington Post, NPR, and the New York Public Library. As GQ sums up: "It is vital, gripping work, passionately rendered and meticulously researched, equal parts true story and moving graphic memoir." Congratulations to Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell on these well-deserved honors.

Critics also couldn't stop talking about Jennifer Hayden and her unforgettable memoir The Story of My Tits — named one of the year's best by (among many others) Library JournalComic Book ResourcesForbes, and even the New York Times! In the words of Paste, "Jennifer Hayden’s funny, sad, stunning graphic novel remixes various pieces of her life centered around a mastectomy in the wake of a diagnosis that 12 percent of all women encounter... Hayden remains a relatable, charming guide throughout all 349 pages, offering a new touchstone of empathy and endurance."

Fans of Alex Robinson celebrated the year-end arrival of his newest masterwork, and promptly placed Our Expanding Universe on "Best of 2015" lists from The Comics Alternative to The Oklahoman. Grab it yourself and discover what Publishers Weekly's critic calls "a character driven portrait of friends in New York [that] deals with all the big issues of relationships, cheating, parenting. One of the most absorbing graphic novels I've read."

Eddie Campbell scored significant accolades as well, from the likes of Publishers Weekly and The AV Club. If you haven't explored his massive Bacchus Omnibus Edition yet, the Village Voice urges you to do so: "Campbell's breakneck inking and skittering Zip-a-Tone accents perfectly complement his fantasias of the god of wine and cronies wandering through the twentieth century."

All that plus critical love for Tim GingerThe Motorcycle Samurai, and Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas... what an amazing year! Thanks for your support of independing publishing, and here's to more great stuff to come.

Oversized Hardcover Edition of MARCH: BOOK ONE Coming in February!

December 1, 2015 / More →


The groundbreaking graphic novel memoir of a living legend of the civil rights movement, March: Book One has swiftly become an iconic work. Created by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, this #1 New York Times bestseller is also a Coretta Scott King Honor book, a required text in classrooms across America, and the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Now for the first time ever, this modern classic — praised by everyone from President Bill Clinton to LeVar Burton to Tim Cook — will appear in an oversized hardcover edition (8" x 11.7"), so the stunning work of Lewis, Aydin, and Powell can be appreciated on a grander scale.

Pre-order now via your favorite retailer, for release in February 2016!

Hot Off the Press: Alex Robinson's OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE!

December 1, 2015 / More →

The master cartoonist behind Box Office Poison, Tricked, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten is back! Our Expanding Universe, the new graphic novel from Alex Robinson, is available now from your favorite retailer. Click here for a preview, or take it from these critics:

"In Our Expanding Universe, Robinson considers the big choice — to have kids or not... It's a delight to watch him pile speech bubbles atop each other, assemble mundane elements into complicated full-page tableaux and mix realism with fantasy." — NPR

"Robinson is a genius at characterization, and masterly in weaving the friendships and relationships together; the players are so believable and real that readers will continue thinking about them long after the story concludes." Publishers Weekly

"Robinson's ability to examine the awkward, to comment on societal trends, and to grab you by the heart and pull wet stuff from your tear ducts are all fully on display here... Top notch." — Under the Radar

"An improbably well-balanced examination of friendship and parenthood."Page 45

While you're shopping, pick up the striking new cover edition of Alex Robinson's multi-award-winning debut, Box Office Poison, declared by Wizard Magazine the best indy graphic novel of all time! As the AV Club once said: it's "a salute to comics, an exploration of the human condition, and a solid, absorbing, and riotously snide tale about at least half of the things that make life important."

And don't miss the stunning Slipcase Edition of Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's Nemo Trilogy! With these three standalone adventures, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen creators follow pirate queen Janni Nemo on decades of rip-roaring escapades around the globe, from Lovecraftian horrors to metallo-fascist monstrosities. Now you can get — or give — the full trilogy in a gorgeous boxed set for one low price.

MARCH: BOOK ONE shortlisted for Young Hoosier Book Award!

November 17, 2015 / More →


More congratulations are in order for Team March (Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell). Last night at the Indiana Library Federation's annual conference, the Association of Indiana School Library Educators announced their shortlist of candidates for next year's prestigious Young Hoosier Book Award — and the most advanced category, Middle Grades, features March: Book One!

Indiana's thousands of libraries will now spend the next year stocking up on the nominated titles, before the 2016-17 school year begins and students begin voting.

Meanwhile, students in Oklahoma are reading March in preparation to vote in the Sequoyah Book Awards, which have also nominated Book One for their 2016 list.

And as the year's end nears, March: Book Two has been declared one of the Best Books of 2015 by Publishers Weekly as well as The Washington Post, which declared "there is perhaps no more important modern book to be stocked in American school libraries... March is a powerful marriage of eloquent, stirring words and artful, gut-punching pictures."

 

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