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Jeffrey Brown returns to autobiographical comics with A MATTER OF LIFE!

April 3, 2013

Our relationship with Jeffrey Brown dates back almost as far as the company itself -- from his stunning debut CLUMSY through the full Girlfriend Trilogy (UNLIKELY and AEIOU), the comedy of BIGHEAD and I AM GOING TO BE SMALL, the all-ages adventure of INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS and much more, Jeffrey has continued to grow and develop just as Top Shelf has. This month, it's a great pleasure to announce a new landmark together: his first autobiographical book in full color, venturing into the unexplored worlds of family and faith!

A MATTER OF LIFE by Jeffrey Brown


by Jeffrey Brown
-- Full-color hardcover graphic novel, 5.25" x 8"
-- 96 pages
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-266-1
-- $14.95 (US)
-- Audience: Mature readers (16+)
-- In the current DIAMOND PREVIEWS (for books shipping in June)

"[A] characteristically heartfelt memoir." -- Booklist

After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all-ages humor book Darth Vader and Son, graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Unlikely) returns to the autobiographical work that first made his reputation -- with an all-new full-color hardcover!

In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men: himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar. Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions: matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself.


Burning Building Comix by Jeff Zwirek

by Jeff Zwirek
-- Full-color hardcover graphic novel, 6.25" x 12.25" (unfolds to 6.25" x 24.5")
-- 40 pages
-- ISBN 978-0-9858751-3-8
-- $19.95 (US)
-- Audience: Mature readers (16+)
-- Self-published by Jeff Zwirek & distributed by Top Shelf
-- In the current DIAMOND PREVIEWS (for books shipping in June)

Presented for the first time under one cover and in full color, Burning Building Comix by Jeff Zwirek is a comics art object and reading experience like no other. The innovative format of this book allows readers to follow the plight of the trapped tenants in a ten-story burning apartment building, with each tier of panels representing 1 “story” in the building. Dive into a world of hijinks and drama, as each tenant -- the depressed atheist, the expectant mother, the brave doggy, the latchkey kid, the devil worshipper, and more -- struggles through the smoke and flames to safety!

This unique hardcover opens vertically to reveal two tall booklets, so the reader can move up & down in space and forward & backward in time. Don't miss Burning Building Comix... it's a ten-story story!