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MARCH: BOOK THREE makes history by winning National Book Award

November 17, 2016 / More →

NEW YORK (November 17, 2016) — Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell received an unprecedented honor last night, as their book March: Book Three became the first graphic novel to ever receive the National Book Award.

The March trilogy, published by Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing, depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting on the role of young people in the “nonviolent revolution” of the 1960s and its direct legacy in the modern day. Its previous honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. March is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“This is unbelievable,” said Congressman Lewis after receiving the award from Katherine Paterson, chair of the Young People’s Literature award jury. His voice shook with obvious emotion as he recalled a childhood visit to the public library in rural Alabama, where “we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. Now, to come here and receive this award, with these two… it’s too much.”

Nate Powell dedicated the award to his children “and their generation that will inherit this earth,” as well as to the incoming president of the United States, expressing a wish that it might transform his heart.

“There are two important lessons from this,” concluded Andrew Aydin, after many thank-yous. “One is that the story of the Movement must be told. We all must know it, if we are to understand the politics of today. And two: let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.”

Archived video of the ceremony’s livestream is available online at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/92795242.

The three volumes of March are available wherever books are sold, separately as well as together in a slipcase set.


Lauren Purje knows YOU MIGHT BE AN ARTIST IF...

November 1, 2016 / More →

2017 will be here before we know it — and Top Shelf is delighted to be launching our year with a witty and wise debut from Brooklyn cartoonist Lauren Purje!

You Might Be an Artist If..., now available for pre-order, is a charming hardcover collecting years of Lauren Purje’s addictively relatable comic strips about the ups & downs of life as an artist. Flights of fancy, bitter grumblings, pep-talks, self-doubt, inspiration, procrastination, and more are all captured with a wry and relatable sense of humor.

Capturing the moments that remind us why we take art seriously — but not TOO seriously — Purje’s comics are a perfect handbook for anyone living the creative life.

You Might Be an Artist If... by Lauren Purje
$19.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-406-1 • Diamond order code: NOV16-0483
144-page hardcover graphic novel, 5.75" x 8.25"

Scheduled for release in January 2017, but you can check out an 8-page preview and pre-order it now from your favorite retailer!


MARCH Adopted by Atlanta Public Schools

October 24, 2016 / More →

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the award-winning March graphic novel trilogy is being adopted in seventh-grade English Language Arts courses across Atlanta Public Schools. The series, created by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has already been adopted by major public school districts such as New York City and San Francisco. Now, APS brings the bestselling story of John Lewis to schools throughout Atlanta, a landmark nexus of the civil rights movement as well as Aydin's hometown and Lewis's constituent district.

Up next for March: the authors travel to New York City to accept their Finalist medals from the National Book Awards, and see whether March: Book Three will become the first graphic novel ever to win!


Christian Slade's KORGI returns!

October 20, 2016 / More →

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"If there was ever a true 'all-ages' book, this is it. Korgi hits every note perfectly, and can hook readers all across the spectrum with its tantalizing suspense and action.... The art is spectacular." — School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids

“Guaranteed to be loved by children. Its Disney-esque beauty and Bone-like comic timing and fantasy adventure are thoroughly enjoyable, and Slade’s black-and-white draftsmanship is impeccable.” — The AV Club

"In many ways, Korgi is a prime example of how to handle an all-ages book. With just the right level of surprise and adventure, it’s determined to hook older readers just as quickly as children." — Read about Comics

Korgi (Book 4): The Problem with Potions by Christian Slade
$9.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-403-0 • Diamond order code: AUG16-0471
120-page softcover graphic novel w/flaps, 6.5” x 8.5”

Magic potions can be powerful stuff, but they don't always turn out like you want. Our canine hero, Sprout the Korgi, learns this the hard way — and goes through quite the transformation — in his latest adventure! This mixed-up woodland fairy tale features Ivy's first meeting with Sprout, a surprisingly musical new trick, an undead unicorn, more of those pesky Creephogs, and at least one giant boulder.

As always, the story unfolds in lovingly detailed pen-and-ink drawings. From the heart, mind, and hands of Christian Slade comes the most fantastic and creative chapter yet from the enchanting world of Korgi.

In stores now — click here for a 6-page preview, and don't miss the first three Korgi adventures from Christian Slade!


RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Comes to Top Shelf!

October 10, 2016 / More →

NEW YORK (October 10, 2016) — Return of the Dapper Men, the Eisner-award-winning graphic novel by Jim McCann and Janet Lee, will be republished in a deluxe new edition in summer 2017 from its new home at Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.

The deal, announced yesterday at New York Comic Con, also includes the long-awaited expansion of the Dapper Men story into a trilogy. McCann and Lee reunite for an all-new sequel, Time of the Dapper Men, which will be released in summer 2018.

“After seeing three disparate pieces of Janet's art one Christmas I couldn't get them out of my head," says writer Jim McCann. "In my mind they fit into a story, and that tale became the Dapper Men saga. I'm so lucky Janet said yes to taking this journey together, and now, thanks to Top Shelf/IDW, our characters get to continue their journeys in the trilogy we envisioned."

Artist Janet Lee adds, “From the very first, Jim and I dreamed that the adventures of Ayden, Zoe, and the inhabitants of Anorev would be told in a trilogy of books. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be working with the folks at Top Shelf to make that happen. Top Shelf is the home of comics that changed my life. Now my beloved characters have a home there too.”

“Jim and Janet have created a world of wonder that appeals not only to children but to the child inside all of us," says Top Shelf editor-in-chief Chris Staros. "I’m very pleased to be working with them as they bring the world of the Dapper Men to new life at Top Shelf.”

McCann adds a few hints about what comes next for the world of the Dapper Men: "We will see more whimsy, more choices to be made, more challenges to overcome, lessons to learn, and of course more new characters for Janet to draw in Time of the Dapper Men. I'd tell you about the final book, but let's just say the ending of Time will have you guessing and gasping for more. And you'll get it. Finally."

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MARCH is a National Book Award Finalist

October 6, 2016 / More →


NEW YORK — This morning the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 67th Annual National Book Awards — including, for the first time since 1957, a sitting member of Congress.

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell are now National Book Award finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, for the concluding volume of their bestselling graphic novel trilogy March. The autobiographical series, which depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, has previously won such honors as the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. It is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“This is amazing to me,” said Congressman Lewis. “I’m overwhelmed and deeply moved that March: Book Three is a finalist for the National Book Award. It is my hope that this honor inspires many more young people, and people not so young, to read March and to learn the transformative lessons of our ongoing struggle to create the beloved community.”

Co-writer Andrew Aydin had this to say: “When I found out, I cried. I couldn’t help it. This is such an unbelievable honor. It’s been an incredibly long and difficult journey to get to this point, and I am deeply, deeply grateful to the judges and supporters who have gotten us here.”

Artist Nate Powell added, “We're all blown away by how deeply this trilogy has been embraced. It's never been more urgent to understand and apply the Movement's history and perspectives — this work is for the unwritten future. We're grateful to be able to help those voices be heard.”

Few graphic novels have previously reached NBA Finalist status, including such acclaimed works as American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang, Stitches by David Small, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. Other notable finalists include The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Profiles in Courage by Senator John F. Kennedy, who is himself a character in March.

The March team will travel to New York City to join this year's other finalists for two days of festivities November 15th and 16th. For more details, visit http://www.nationalbook.org.


Meet Top Shelf authors at New York Comic-Con!

October 2, 2016 / More →


The enormous New York Comic-Con is this weekend — and we'll be there! Catch all these authors at the Top Shelf / IDW Publishing booth (#1844) all weekend long, with official signings Friday 10am and Sunday 12pm:

Plus don't miss Top Shelf's Leigh Walton on the IDW Publishing: Indie Books On The Rise panel (Sunday Oct 9, 1:30–2:30 pm in Room 1A02) for the scoop on what's next from Top Shelf — including a very exciting announcement from an Eisner-winning project!


Introducing GUMBALLS by Erin Nations!

October 2, 2016 / More →

October has arrived, and pumpkin lattes aren't the only new thing on the menu! The latest catalog from Diamond Comic Distributors features upcoming titles for December 2016 release, which for Top Shelf means the launch of a very special new series.

Pop in your quarters and see what pops out of Gumballs — a brand new one-man anthology comic from Portland cartoonist Erin Nations! His bright, candy-colored palette and crisp linework pop off the page, while his stories reflect a fascination with humanity in all its diverse foibles — hinting at one of his earliest creative influences, Matt Groening’s The Simpsons.

In Gumballs #1, Erin serves up a delicious variety of stories: recollections of growing up as a triplet, interactions with oddball grocery-store customers, the adventures of clueless dork Tobias, painfully funny faux Personal Ads, and “Tales of Being Trans” -- reflections on Erin’s true-life journey of gender transition.

Gumballs tips its hat to the classic alt-comic tradition of Eightball, Optic Nerve, and Box Office Poison, but speaks with a delightfully fresh voice for the modern age.

Gumballs breaks new ground as Top Shelf's first project from an openly transgender cartoonist, but it's also our first new project in the comic book format in over a decade. The last comic book series launched under the Top Shelf banner was The Surrogates by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele, which went on to become a New York Times Bestseller and inspire a hundred-million-dollar movie... so clearly the future is bright for Erin Nations and Gumballs!

Before the series launches in December, get to know Erin with this Buzzfeed profile, and ask your favorite retailer to pre-order Gumballs today!


MARCH Nominated for National Book Award

September 12, 2016 / More →

An icon of the civil rights movement is now on his way to one of the nation's most prestigious literary prizes.

As the March trilogy celebrates five continuous weeks of holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, news broke this morning via the New Yorker of the National Book Awards Longlist for Young People's Literature — featuring March: Book Three! Congratulations to Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell for this great honor.

March: Book Two recently received the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work and two Harvey Awards, but this is the first award to feature March: Book Three, and the first National Book Award nomination for all three of the creators. In fact, John Lewis is the first sitting member of Congress to be nominated for the National Book Award since John F. Kennedy in 1957 for Profiles in Courage.

The current "longlist" of ten books will be narrowed to five finalists on October 13th, before the final award ceremony November 16th. We wish them the best of luck!


Congressman John Lewis's MARCH Dominates New York Times Bestseller List

August 15, 2016 / More →

Congratulations are in order for Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Their award-winning March trilogy has struck another milestone, as March: Book Three makes its debut appearance on the New York Times Bestseller List at #1.

In fact, the entire trilogy takes the top three slots, while March: Book One celebrates a full year of Bestseller status with its 52nd week on the charts, coming full circle from its own #1 debut.

In the wake of Book Three's release, demand for March has been staggering, selling out multiple printings. For several days in a row, each of the three volumes of March outsold every other book in America aside from J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter adventure.

This triple-bestseller status is only the latest in a string of recent honors for March, the three-volume graphic novel memoir which brings the history of the civil rights movement to urgent new life through the eyes of John Lewis. In May, the nation's largest public school system, New York City Schools, announced the addition of March to their official "Passport to Social Studies" curriculum. A few weeks ago at Comic-Con, the authors accepted an Eisner Award (often called "the Oscars of comics") and led a commemorative "children's march" joined by hundreds of students and readers, with Congressman Lewis in "cosplay" as his younger self complete with trench coat and backpack. A recent New York Times article profiled the series' phenomenal success and its real-world impact on students across the country — including young activists who are being inspired by March to take up the mission of nonviolent protest in their own communities.

At last, the March trilogy is complete — but as Congressman Lewis reminds us, the march continues.


MARCH Outsells Every Book in America Except New Harry Potter

August 3, 2016 / More →


Thanks to years of support from readers, teachers, students, librarians, retailers, and more — and a cresting wave of publicity including Rachel Maddow's impassioned testimonial to the power of these comics — we are stunned and extremely proud to announce that, according to retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell's Books, the entire March trilogy is currently outselling every book in America that isn't the brand-new Harry Potter book.

Celebrate with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell by picking up March: Book Three from your favorite retailer today!


MARCH: BOOK THREE is here — and on Rachel Maddow tonight!

August 2, 2016 / More →


More than five years after the project was first announced, Top Shelf Productions is honored to reach a new milestone this week with the third and final volume of March, the award-winning and #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

As the New York Times reports this morning, March has become a groundbreaking phenomenon, reaching classrooms across America and inspiring hundreds of thousands of readers with the story of John Lewis and the power of nonviolence.

Now, in the wake of the March team's recent Eisner Award and "Children's March" at Comic-Con, the trilogy comes to an incredible conclusion with March: Book Three, called by the Washington Post "sublime… an achievement on many fronts."

The early reviews are staggering:

  • "March is one of the most important graphic novels ever created — an extraordinary presentation of an extraordinary life, and proof that young people can change the world. I'm stunned by the power of these comics, and grateful that Congressman Lewis's story will enlighten and inspire future generations of readers and leaders." — Raina Telgemeier
  • "This memoir's unique eyewitness view of epochal events makes it essential reading for an understanding of those times—and these." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • "A stirring call to action that’s particularly timely in this election year, and one that will resonate and empower young readers in particular. Essential reading." Booklist (starred review)
  • "Simultaneously epic and intimate... These vivid black-and-white visuals soar." School Library Journal (starred review)

Pick up March: Book Three today... and don't miss the entire MARCH team on The Rachel Maddow Show, tonight on MSNBC at 9pm!


Deluxe Comic-Con Editions - Now Available!

August 2, 2016 / More →


Along with this week's debut of March: Book Three, we're also pleased to offer copies of all the deluxe signed & numbered editions launched at Comic-Con! These gorgeous limited-edition volumes are only available through Top Shelf / IDW, while supplies last — so don't miss your chance.

  • March: Book Three by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell (deluxe hardcover edition with signed & numbered bookplate sewn into the binding — signed by all 3 creators and limited to 500 copies)
  • Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume Two by Eddie Campbell (deluxe hardcover edition with signed & numbered bookplate sewn into the binding — limited to 300 copies)
  • The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire (deluxe hardcover edition with ribbon bookmark and signed & numbered bookplate sewn into the binding — limited to 300 copies)
  • Eddie Campbell's Omnibox: The Complete Alec and Bacchus (3-volume slipcase with signed & numbered loose bookplate — limited to 25 copies)

Order now while supplies last!


MARCH: BOOK THREE Headlines Huge Comic-Con for Top Shelf in 2016!

July 15, 2016 / More →

Top Shelf 2016 Comic-Con Debuts
San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is nearly upon us — and it's an enormous show for Top Shelf this year! For the first time, we'll be exhibiting in the prime real estate of the IDW Publishing booth (#2743), so look for the Top Shelf zone there!

And we'll have an absolutely stellar lineup of featured authors and debut books:
Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell (Eisner nominees, debuting March: Book Three, also available in hardcover as well as a signed & numbered limited edition hardcover — and leading a children's march on Saturday morning!)
Jennifer Hayden (Special guest of the show and Eisner nominee for The Story of My Tits)
Troy Little (Eisner nominee for Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
Eddie Campbell (Debuting Bacchus (Omnibus Edition): Volume Two, also available in a signed & numbered limited edition hardcover, as well as Eddie Campbell's Omnibox)
Benjamin Frisch (The Fun Family)
Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe, Moses Nester, & S.J Miller (The Jekyll Island Chronicles)
Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler (God Is Disappointed in You, Apocrypha Now, and the God/Apocrypha Slipcase Set)
Koren Shadmi (Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater)

Plus the stunning new hardcover edition of Jeff Lemire's The Underwater Welder (also available in a signed & numbered limited edition)

In addition to official signing sessions at the IDW Signing Area (schedule here), the above authors will be holding additional signings in the Top Shelf zone on a rotating basis throughout the show. Come say hello — at booth #2743!

Read on to find details on the our can't-miss programming at the show:

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New Hardcover Edition of Moore & Campbell's Masterpiece FROM HELL Reaches Stores in September

July 15, 2016 / More →

In this month's Diamond Previews, by popular demand: Top Shelf presents an elegant new hardcover edition of From Hell, one of the enduring masterworks of the graphic novel form. This new edition, and the much-anticipated reprint of Aaron Renier's classic all-ages adventure Spiral-Bound, are both available for pre-order from your favorite retailer, for release in September!

From Hell (New Hardcover Edition) by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell
ISBN 978-1-60309-397-2 • Diamond: JUN16-0567
560-page hardcover graphic novel • $39.99 (US)
For mature readers (18+)

"A seminal graphic novel." — Kirkus Reviews
"Remarkable." — The New Yorker
"Fearsomely complex." — Publishers Weekly
"Positively intoxicating." — The Guardian
"Both creators are at the top of their game... a hypnotic read and perpetual re-read." — Rolling Stone
"A great work of literature." — Amazon
"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

The award-winning classic by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell returns — in hardcover — with a powerful new cover design!

Two of the greatest creators in the history of comics. Eleven unsolved murders. One sprawling conspiracy, one metropolis on the brink of the twentieth century, and one bloody-minded Ripper ushering London into the modern age of terror. From Hell, often ranked among the greatest graphic novels of all time, is now available in a handsome hardcover edition, with a brand new cover design by Eddie Campbell & Chris Ross. -- a 560-page hardcover graphic novel.
Pre-order now for release in September 2016!

Also returning in September:
Spiral-Bound by Aaron Renier
ISBN 978-1-891830-50-1 • Diamond: JUN05-3272
184-page softcover graphic novel with rounded corners • $14.95 (US)
For all ages (10+)

Winner of the Eisner Award!
"Brilliant! Aaron Renier has created a playfully mysterious universe, complete with its own dreamlike logic. It's a delightfully inventive treasure." — Dav Pilkey
"Exactly the sort of novel I have been looking for." — Lemony Snicket
"Spiral-Bound is a lush magical landscape... It reminds us of the joy of discovery, and of finding oneself." — Craig Thompson

With an ensemble cast straight from a box of Animal Crackers, this delightful tale of ambition, morality, and self-discovery is an all-ages classic. Drawn in a decidedly beautiful fashion, reminiscent of Richard Scarry and Lewis Trondheim, Aaron Renier gives us a fully realized and compellingly adventurous narrative, at once both achingly naïve and profoundly worldly. This tightly-crafted graphic novel is the real deal, and will charm your socks off.
Pre-order now for release in September 2016!