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MARCH and HECK receive Eisner Award nominations! Plus: the Glyph Awards!

April 16, 2014 / More →

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After a terrific year for comics of all kinds, the judges of the 2014 Will Eisner Awards had quite a challenge selecting this year's nominees. Late yesterday, however, the results were released -- and Top Shelf is honored to congratulate four terrific authors on four Eisner nominations!

March: Book One, the monumental civil rights graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has already been acclaimed by critics, readers, retailers, universities, and library organizations. Now we are honored to add the endorsement of the comic book community, with Eisner Award nominations in Best Publication for Teens and Best Reality-Based Work, and Nate's artwork on the book singled out for Best Penciller/Inker!

As Andrew Aydin told the Washington Post: “I grew up in Atlanta as a nerd, so I’ve been reading about heroes in comic books and learning about the heroism of John Lewis since before I can remember... Decades later, the fact that our book is now being embraced by the comics community, and considered alongside so many great works, means the world to me.”

Congratulations also to Zander Cannon, whose powerful graphic novel Heck is Eisner-nominated for Best Graphic Album—Reprint! That gorgeous hardcover collects the story first serialized in the digital magazine Double Barrel.

One year after these books' triumphant launch at Comic-Con 2013, we'll see you again in San Diego this summer for the Eisner Award ceremony!

And that's not the only good news... the Glyph Comics Awards have also announced their list of nominees! The Glyphs, celebrating the best in African-American comics, have not only nominated March: Book One for Story of the Year, they've selected its 1950s-era inspiration, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story for Best Reprint Publication! How appropriate for past, present, and future to be celebrated all together.

Congratulations to Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, Zander Cannon, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and all the amazing talents nominated this year!

Welcome the acclaimed PINOCCHIO, VAMPIRE SLAYER to Top Shelf!

April 2, 2014 / More →

This month’s Previews catalog features an twisted fairy-tale adventure for teens and adults alike! Now's your chance to see why the critics are raving about Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer:

Coming in June: the acclaimed PINOCCHIO, VAMPIRE SLAYER complete in one volume!

After gathering substantial praise for their individual volumes, artist Dusty Higgins and writer Van Jensen officially join the Top Shelf family this summer with the first-ever complete collection of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer! Click through for more details and a 12-page preview.

One of YALSA’s Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens!
"It's the greatest thing I've read all year. And you'll notice my nose didn't grow one bit when I said that." — Mark Waid
"Page after page of amazement." Publishers Weekly
“The premise for this graphic novel is really almost too good to be true… and the execution doesn't disappoint.” Booklist
"Outstanding." Topless Robot
"Sometimes dark, sometimes silly, but always fun, Pinocchio coming of age Batman-style is just the thing for fantasy and horror fans." MTV
“Really, really good.” Comics Alliance
"Seriously, it's perfect." Comic Book Resources

This puppet may not be a real boy… but he just might be a real hero.

When bloodthirsty monsters invade Pinocchio's hometown and kill his father Geppetto, Pinocchio discovers a new benefit to his magical nose: telling lies produces a never-ending supply of wooden stakes to combat the vampire hordes! Will Pinocchio be able to defeat these horrors, avenge his father, and save his friends?

Jensen (Green Lantern Corps) and Higgins (Knights of the Living Dead) present a captivating blend of comedy, horror, romance, and adventure, rooted in the original Italian novel but brought - as if by magic - to new life.

Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer
by Dusty Higgins and Van Jensen

--a softcover graphic novel with French Flaps, 6.25” x 8.5”
--528 pages
--$24.95 (US)
--ISBN 978-1-60309-347-7
--Diamond order code: APR141393
--Pre-order now for release in June!

Plus: Liz Prince's essential WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME IF I WET THE BED?, back in print!

Just as Liz Prince re-enters the spotlight with her delightfully misanthropic new book Alone Forever, we've headed back to print on her lovable debut! It's a must-have for any reader who's ever been in love. Grab your copy today, hot off the press!

Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?
by Liz Prince

--a softcover graphic novel, 4" x 6"
--80 pages
--$7.00 (US)
--ISBN 978-1-891830-72-3
--Diamond order code: APR141394

John Lewis' MARCH reaches college campuses, Oprah, and MTV!

March 24, 2014 / More →

Over six months after its publication, the phenomenon that is March: Book One continues to break new ground. This graphic novel, the first in a trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has won tremendous acclaim, both as a great book on its own terms, and as an opportunity to reach new audiences. March is not only communicating to new generations about vital American history, it's also introducing the graphic novel format to countless new readers.

With that in mind, we're very proud to announce three new developments this week:

Michigan State and Marquette University select MARCH!

Michigan State University and Marquette University have both selected March as freshman required reading for 2014! March: Book One will be featured in "One Book, One Community," a program in which Michigan State University partners with the City of East Lansing to read, discuss, and celebrate a book together as a community. Similarly, Marquette University in Milwaukee has selected March: Book One for its First-Year Reading Program, in which all incoming students spend the summer reading a common text and then discuss it during New Student Orientation. Together, these programs will see over 10,000 students reading this graphic novel simultaneously!

Oprah Magazine loves MARCH!

March: Book One is praised by New York State Senator Daniel Squadron with a glowing review in the new issue of O, the Oprah Magazine (April 2014, on newsstands this week): "A riveting chronicle of Lewis’s extraordinary life… it powerfully illustrates how much perseverance is needed to achieve fundamental social change."

MARCH heads to MTV!

Last but not least, co-authors Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin recently taped an interview with MTV News' Sway Calloway, which will air on MTV shortly!

Announcing the long-awaited return of HEY, MISTER and more!

March 6, 2014 / More →

This month's pre-order announcement is a very special landmark for us at Top Shelf. When Brett Warnock and I decided to join forces at the Small Press Expo in 1997, we had one goal: to bring great comics into the world, comics that could be funny or charming, and full of subtext and heart.

And the first graphic novel we ever released was Pete Sickman-Garner's wry and witty Hey, Mister: After School Special.

Now, so many years later, we're pleased as punch to announce the return of Pete, and his whole cast of lovable Hey, Mister weirdoes, for their biggest adventure ever -- to Hell and back! This 192-page self-contained graphic novel is a perfect introduction for new readers, while longtime fans will find extra treats lurking inside.

Hey, Mister: Come Hell or Highwater Pants
by Pete Sickman-Garner

ISBN 978-1-60309-030-8
$14.95 (US)
A 192-Page full-length graphic novel, 6.5" x 9.5"
Can Mister, Young Tim, and Aunt Mary help Satan sneak back into the underworld and retrieve his soul? Pete Sickman-Garner returns at last to his beloved cult-favorite series HEY, MISTER, rounding up the whole cast for one Hell of a heist job.
Pre-order in the current Diamond Previews today for books shipping in May!

Also coming soon: new printings of essential Top Shelf classics!

Now's the time to pre-order YOUR copies of the spring reprints of the Jeff Lemire library (The Underwater Welder, Essex County, and Lost Dogs) as well as the legendary Lost Girls by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie!

New releases from Top Shelf in stores now!

2014 is off to a mighty beginning with these new releases! Head to your favorite store today to pick up The Bojeffries Saga by Alan Moore & Steve Parkhouse and Alone Forever by Liz Prince -- and stay tuned for the March 19 release of Nemo: The Roses of Berlin by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill as well as our reprinted edition of the timeless civil rights comic book Martin Luther King & the Montgomery Story (hitting stores in April)!

Your friend thru comics,

Chris Staros

Top Shelf launches first wave of DRM-free graphic novels!

February 19, 2014 / More →

Ever since we first began selling digital editions of our books in 2011, Top Shelf has embraced digital distribution wholeheartedly. We’ve presented an unmatched library of award-winning and fan-favorite graphic novels on multiple platforms, working with digital partners to offer readers a remarkable degree of choice, while keeping digital prices substantially lower than print.

And since our printed books are so handsomely designed, we know that offering you affordable and convenient e-books doesn’t stop you from craving the print edition for your bookshelf — on the contrary, the two formats complement each other.

Fans evidently agree! You've responded to our digital offerings with great enthusiasm, downloading Top Shelf comics by the thousands from excellent vendors like Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, BN Nook, and more, while continuing to shop for your favorites in printed format from your favorite retailers.

Today, we’re launching a new program that gives digital readers even more options. In addition to selling through our digital partners, select titles are now available in DRM-free digital editions directly from our online store at! Using this DRM-free option allows you to download your purchase as a simple PDF, ePub, or CBZ file -- yours to keep, back up, or transfer to mobile devices.

What’s more, this new direct-download option allows us to launch another great feature: add-on pricing. Starting today, customers who order select titles from the online store can purchase both print and digital editions at the same time, for a substantial savings! For example, Jeff Lemire’s The Underwater Welder is priced at $19.95 print and $6.99 digital, but now when ordering the print edition, it’s only $2.99 extra to add on the digital edition. One for home and one for the road? One for you and one for your sweetie? The choice is yours, with add-on pricing!

Top Shelf’s new DRM-free ebook program launches with the following titles:

Also, the following digital-exclusive titles are now available DRM-free:

Thanks as always for your support. Let’s explore the future of comics… together!


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