March 14, 2017 / More →
FDR had radio. JFK had TV. Trump has Twitter.
Top Shelf Productions is pleased — big league — to announce Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, in which Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Shannon Wheeler tackles the 140-character president. For the first time, these revealing snapshots of the world’s most powerful man will be collected, curated, and brought to memorable new life as cartoons. This compulsively readable hardcover will reach stores in August 2017.
Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump
by Shannon Wheeler
-- A 120-page hardcover, 5” x 6.5”
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-410-8
-- For mature readers (16+)
-- Available August 2017
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 he’s illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won’t believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It’s true! It’s very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book — even the haters and losers (Sad!).
"Shannon Wheeler drew a book I wish I had thought of; that's the ultimate compliment I can offer in 140 characters! #buyit #wheelerisagenius"
—Jack Ohman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
In Sh*t My President Says, Donald Trump's most revealing tweets are transformed into razor-sharp cartoons, offering a subversive and illuminating insight into the mind of the most divisive political figure of our time. Whether you love him or hate him, this take on Trump will help you come to grips with the man and his ideas thanks to Wheeler's signature mix of slapstick and sophistication.
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March 3, 2017 / More →
Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao’s Waypoint and Anonymous Content will produce the Best-Selling Graphic Novel ‘The Underwater Welder’ from Award-winning Cartoonist Jeff Lemire
The New York Times Bestseller from Top Shelf/IDW has been Optioned for a Feature Film
THE UNDERWATER WELDER is the mind–bending graphic novel written by critically acclaimed, award–winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire, and published by Top Shelf/IDW.
Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao, and Anonymous Content will produce the film.
The New York Times bestselling graphic novel details a man in the dangerous profession of underwater welding, who has a supernatural encounter at the bottom of the sea.
Jeff Lemire, Chris Staros (Editor–in–Chief, Top Shelf), and Ted Adams (CEO and Publisher, IDW Publishing) are attached as executive producers.
The deal was brokered on Jeff Lemire's behalf by Angela Cheng Caplan of the Cheng Caplan Company, Inc. and Allison Binder, esq. of Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP, and on Top Shelf/IDW’s behalf by Tuvyah Aronoff of Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates.
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February 22, 2017 / More →
The prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prizes announced today their list of finalists, and March: Book Three (by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell) is one of five books listed as a finalist for Young Adult Literature.
This is the first LA Times nomination for the acclaimed March trilogy, which has already won the National Book Award as well as a record-breaking four major awards from the American Library Association. Nate Powell was previously an LA Times finalist in 2009 for his book Swallow Me Whole, also in Young Adult Literature. At the time, no graphic novel had been nominated for the prize in any category since Art Spiegelman's Maus.
This year's LA Times Book Prizes will be awarded at the University of Southern California on April 21, 2017, inaugurating the LA Times Festival of Books. Tickets to the ceremony will be on sale starting March 16. For more information, visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/book-prizes/.
February 14, 2017 / More →
It's February — which means our pre-order calendar is rolling on into the spring! And appropriately enough for Valentine's Day, we know you're going to love these comics. Click through for previews and talk to your favorite retailer about...
Campbell Whyte explodes onto the scene with HOME TIME!
It's the last summer before high school, and these six friends are ready for a vacation of sleepovers, video games, and romance. But after tumbling into a river, they emerge in a wild world stranger than any RPG! Australian cartoonist Campbell Whyte makes his jaw-dropping debut with a kaleidoscopic saga — each chapter drawn in a different visual style — and a love letter to the fantasy worlds of the 80s and 90s, all bound together with whimsy and heart.
Home Time: Under the River by Campbell Whyte
A 228-page full-color hardcover graphic novel, 9" x 9"
ISBN 978-1-60309-412-2 - Diamond: FEB170448
$24.99 (US), advance-solicited for release in June 2017
You absolutely must see these interior pages — click here for a 7-page preview!
A stunning decade of Nate Powell's award-winning talent!
Celebrate the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.
Nate Powell has been called “a writer-artist of genius” and “the most prodigiously talented graphic novelist” of his generation. This box contains the reasons why.
Swallow Me Whole won the Eisner Award for its portrayal of teen mental illness, Any Empire explores the trickle-down effects of war on young minds, and You Don’t Say collects Powell’s short comics from 2004 up to the debut of the landmark March trilogy.
Together, these three volumes represent the first decade of mature work from one of the new giants of cartooning: a creator renowned for his sensitivity, intimacy, and visual courage.
Nate Powell's Omnibox by Nate Powell
A slipcase set of Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, & You Don't Say (696 total pages!)
ISBN 978-1-60309-409-2 - Diamond: FEB170449
$49.99 (US), advance-solicited for release in June 2017
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January 23, 2017 / More →
ATLANTA — The bestselling March graphic novel trilogy broke new records today by winning four major awards in the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards, more than any book in the awards' history. March: Book Three, the concluding volume by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, was announced as the winner of:
- the Coretta Scott King Book Award (for outstanding African-American books for youth),
- the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature),
- the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (for most distinguished informational book for children),
- and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
These honors for March: Book Three follow closely on the heels of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category, making it the first book to win both the Printz and the National Book Award.
"I'm delighted and honored that America's librarians are supporting March with these awards," said Congressman Lewis. "I love books and I love librarians. When I was growing up I tried to read every single thing I could. I hope these awards will help inspire all of our young people — and some of us not so young — to read, to learn, and to act. March is a guidebook reminding us that we all must speak up and stand up for what is right, what is fair, and what is just."
The March trilogy, 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.
Congressman Lewis accepted the YALSA Nonfiction Award on behalf of the three creators today at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. The King, Printz, and Sibert Awards will be handed out in ceremonies at the ALA Annual Conference in June.
January 20, 2017 / More →
The groundbreaking March trilogy reached another milestone this week, as the organization We Need Diverse Books declared it the winner of their second annual Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category.
March: Book Three was declared the winner of "The Walter," which is named in memory of children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014) and celebrates diversity in teen literature. Three honor books were also named: Watched by Marina Budhos, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, and The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A ceremony honoring the winners will take place at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 2017.
WNDB will donate a minimum of 2,000 copies of the 2017 Walter Award winner, March: Book Three, across the United States to schools with limited budgets. For more information, visit www.weneeddiversebooks.org.
January 11, 2017 / More →
This month's Diamond Previews catalog features an unfamiliar name: James Albon. He's a titanically talented young British artist living in France, and we can't wait to bring you his haunting beautiful debut graphic novel.
Her Bark and Her Bite follows an ambitious painter named Rebecca as she meets a man who seems to be the life of every party. He makes her feel like a million bucks — until she starts to suspect he's emotionally bankrupt.
Check out a preview of James Albon's stunning colored-pencil page layouts, and pre-order now for release in April 2017!
January 11, 2017 / More →
Jess Fink's adults-only webcomic Chester 5000 took the world by storm when it first appeared, with a combination of vintage charm, page-turning story hooks, steamy scenes, and robot lovin' — all without a single word of dialogue. We were delighted to collect the complete tale as a beautiful hardcover, which has become a perennial favorite and critical darling.
Now, Jess returns to the world of Chester 5000 with the prequel Isabelle & George, full of even more drama, romance, and mechanical wonders. Following a smash-hit Kickstarter, she's partnered with Top Shelf once again to bring it to store shelves everywhere next month, February. Click here for more details and a 7-page preview, and grab a copy from your favorite retailer for that special someone in your life!
January 11, 2017 / More →
Alex Robinson's Box Office Poison began as a black-and-white comic book series, then grew to a massive graphic novel of over 600 pages — one of the first of Top Shelf's famous "bricks" and a smash hit that won the Eisner Award, the Angoulême International Comics Festival Award, and was eventually voted by Wizard Magazine the best independent graphic novel of all time.
Now, this page-turning "slice of life" saga is reborn for a new age. Box Office Poison Color Comics #1 has just arrived in stores, launching a new version of the series with all-new colors by Pat N. Lewis and pages of commentary from Alex Robinson himself. Jump on board and fall in love with these unforgettable characters all over again — or for the first time.
"A convincing, absorbing and satisfying fictional portrait of post-college life in New York City." — Publishers Weekly
"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." — The AV Club
"Alex Robinson is pretty much king of the hill when it comes to slice-of-life comic book dramas, and Box Office Poison is a major reason why. This new mini-series is the perfect gateway for those who have never read the original graphic novel or those who want to experience an old favorite with a new coat of paint." — IGN
January 11, 2017 / More →
The first issue of Erin Nations' Gumballs is out — and readers love it!
"Gumballs #1 is funny, sincere, and just generally brilliant when dealing with autobiography, fake personal ads, or any number of other events. Nations is a promising new voice in comics, and you need to read Gumballs #1." — ComicsVerse
"Gumballs #1 lays bare a lot of serious, complicated stuff and presents it with a frankness and humor that really moved me to my core." — Comicosity
You can meet Erin, learn more about his work, and get your comics signed at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon next Wednesday, January 18, 2017. For details or to RSVP, see Erin's web site.
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.
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!
October 24, 2016 / More →
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!
October 20, 2016 / More →
"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!
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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