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John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell revisit history in Selma

March 29, 2013 / More →

Every year, in partnership with the Faith & Politics Institute, Congressman John Lewis leads a bipartisan group of representatives & senators to Alabama for a "Civil Rights Pilgrimage," visiting key sites in the history of the civil rights movement. This year, during the 50th anniversary of major events in the watershed year of 1963, the delegation surpassed 250 people, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Also in attendance were the two young men collaborating with John Lewis on his upcoming graphic novel memoir March (Book One): Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell! Above is a photo of the three graphic novelists during the ceremonial crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, commemorating the 1965 march across that bridge, known as "Bloody Sunday," in which protesters were gassed and beaten by state and local police -- an event depicted in the opening pages of March.

Perhaps the most powerful event of the pilgrimage occurred in the state capital of Montgomery, during a reconciliation & remembrance service at First Baptist Church, where Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy officially apologized to Lewis for the police's inaction while Lewis and other Freedom Riders were beaten by a violent mob in 1961. As a gesture of reconciliation, Murphy gave his own badge to Lewis and said, “we are truly grateful to you.”

Stay tuned for more news on Mr. Lewis and March, building up to its release on August 13!


Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell return to FROM HELL for new COMPANION; Jess Fink says WE CAN FIX IT!

February 27, 2013 / More →

In this month's Diamond Previews (for pre-order), we explore the past with two incredible books of the future: Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell reveal the secrets of their creative partnership on the legendary FROM HELL, and Jess Fink brings her erotic whimsy to bear on a hilarious and thoughtful sci-fi memoir.

Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell return to FROM HELL; Jess Fink says WE CAN FIX IT!

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It's the Top Shelf "IN LOVE WITH COMICS" Sale!

February 13, 2013 / More →

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Celebrate Valentine's Day this year by curling up with a beautiful graphic novel... digitally!

Whether you're sharing comics with your sweetie, or simply falling in love with a new book, Top Shelf is here for you. We've selected a lovely lineup of thematically appropriate digital comics and put them on sale for a limited time! Jeffrey Brown's intimately observed relationship memoirs, Alan Moore & Jose Villarrubia's celebration of same-sex love through the ages, Liz Prince's young-love comedy, Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover's whimsical romantic mystery, award-winning dramas from Ludovic Debeurme and Alex Robinson, and more!

As if that weren't enough, Jess Fink's delightful Chester 5000 makes its digital debut today! The beloved webcomic-turned-graphic-novel, about the special feelings that blossom between a young lady and her Victorian sex robot, is now available for your digital comics reader. This wordless romp is funny, romantic, and very steamy -- so adults only, please!

This year, try something new for V-Day with Top Shelf digital comics -- and don't hesitate to share the love!

(Sale ends FEBRUARY 17TH, 2013.)


Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis to launch graphic novel trilogy in August

February 11, 2013 / More →

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Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, a man who has witnessed history in the making and helped make history himself as one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis is turning to the graphic novel format, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole, NY Times Bestseller for The Silence of Our Friends). The resulting graphic novel trilogy, entitled March, will be released by Georgia-based publisher Top Shelf Productions, known for the thoughtful and award-winning works of Alan Moore, Craig Thompson, and Jeff Lemire.

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

The first volume, March (Book One), will appear in stores everywhere on August 13, 2013. Two weeks later, America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom.

Throughout the year, Lewis and his co-creators will travel across the country to promote the book, including featured keynote appearances at BookExpo America in New York, the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, and Comic-Con International in San Diego.

March is a historic first, both for the U.S. Congress and for comics publishing as a whole, marking the first time a sitting member of Congress has authored a graphic novel. Top Shelf Productions is the first and only graphic novel publisher to be certified by the House Committee on Standards.

In March, a true American icon joins with one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists. Together, they bring to life one of our nation’s most historic moments, a period both shameful and inspiring, and a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.

March (Book One), a deluxe softcover graphic novel with french flaps and black & white interiors, 6.5" x 9.5", 128 pages, ISBN 978-1-60309-300-2, $14.95 US. August 13, 2013.

For more information and a 14-page preview, visit http://www.topshelfcomix.com/march.

For publicity inquiries, contact Leigh Walton (leigh@topshelfcomix.com, 919-610-2481).

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Double Barrel gets physical: preorder your Zander & Kevin Cannon hardcovers!

January 30, 2013 / More →

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From the pages of the hit digital magazine DOUBLE BARREL come a magnificent pair of actual, physical books! Pre-order now from your favorite retailer, or grab the exclusive signed & numbered bundles direct from Top Shelf, and get ready for adventure in the spring!

HECK by Zander Cannon
-- A 284-page hardcover graphic novel
-- 8.5" x 5.5" (landscape format)
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-301-9, $19.95 (US)
-- Audience: Mature readers (16+)

It's his own personal Hell. After the funeral of his estranged father, faded hometown hero Hector "Heck" Hammarskjöld finds himself the new owner of the old man's house... and inside it, a portal to the underworld! Award-winning cartoonist Zander Cannon (The Replacement God, Top 10, Smax, The Stuff of Life) presents his long-awaited first graphic novel: a story of memory, friendship, and regret, where the past is dead and buried... but not out of reach.

Also available: a special deluxe package of HECK, for true heroes of the underworld!

HECK (Signed & Numbered) by Zander Cannon
This Heck hardcover comes with a limited-edition bookplate signed by Zander Cannon, plus a few bonuses:
-- "True Tales of Jin" mini-comic
-- "Master of Feng Shui" mini-comic
-- A Double Barrel sticker
-- And Heck postcard cut-out action figures!
Available exclusively from Top Shelf for $29.95 and limited to 150 copies!

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CRATER XV by Kevin Cannon
-- A 496-page hardcover graphic novel, 5" x 6.5"
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-100-8, $19.95 (US)
-- Audience: Mature readers (16+)

You've never seen a Cold War like this. In CRATER XV, the follow-up to 2009's Eisner-nominated FAR ARDEN, Kevin Cannon weaves together an intoxicating tale of swashbuckling adventure, abandoned moon bases, bloodthirsty walruses, rogue astronauts, two-faced femme fatales, sailboat chases, Siberian pirates, international Arctic politics, and a gaggle of horny orphans. For mystery, thrills, and Arctic chills, set a course for CRATER XV!

Also available: a special deluxe package of CRATER XV for Army Shanks' biggest fans!

CRATER XV (Signed & Numbered) by Kevin Cannon
This CRATER XV hardcover comes with a limited-edition bookplate signed by Kevin Cannon, plus a few bonuses:
-- Exclusive new Army Shanks mini-comic
-- "The Horse Head Killer" mini-comic
-- A Double Barrel sticker
-- And Crater XV postcard cut-out action figures!
Available exclusively from Top Shelf for $29.95 and limited to 150 copies!

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DOUBLE BARREL goes DRM-free!

January 22, 2013 / More →

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We've had an incredible ride so far with Double Barrel, the digital comics series by the mighty Minneapolis duo Kevin Cannon & Zander Cannon (no relation). For seven issues, Double Barrel has been bringing you two Cannons every month, serializing their new graphic novels, Heck by Zander and Crater XV by Kevin (the sequel to Far Arden), together with dozens of pages of bonus stuff in each issue. It's not just two outstanding adventure comics by top-class cartoonists, it's a whole little community and a comics education wrapped up in one package.

After 6 of the projected 12 issues, both Heck and Crater XV had been through some wild plot twists and game-changing reveals, and the Cannon boys took a month off to catch their breath... before heading downhill for the final half. If you're ready to join them, issue #7 is available now!

And one more thing -- they're going DRM-free! Starting now, the versions of Double Barrel sold by Google Books and the Apple iBookstore have no copy restrictions, and we're offering direct downloads of PDF, ePub 3, and CBZ formats for sale direct from www.topshelfcomix.com. And not to worry, all other retailers (Comixology, Comics+ by iVerse, Amazon Kindle) will continue to offer Double Barrel just like always.

The latest issue is always $1.99, while back issues go to half price - just 99 cents each - making it super-easy for new readers to catch up. Hop in and let's roll!


James Kochalka ends the award-winning AMERICAN ELF after 14 years

December 31, 2012 / More →

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With a complicated blend of sadness, excitement, and awe, we are proud to celebrate James Kochalka's stunning achievement in American Elf, the daily diary comic strip that changed lives, inspired careers, and brought a daily dose of human connection and Kochalka magic to countless readers around the world. After over 14 years, James has decided to bring American Elf to a close, and tonight he posted the final strip.

Here's how our new editions of American Elf describe the series:

It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, American Elf is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate.

Click [MORE] to read some of our favorite praise for the series.

Meanwhile, we’re continuing to work with James to roll out the remastered digital editions of American Elf with new covers, for Comixology, Apple iBooks, ComicsPlus by iVerse, etc. - the latest one is American Elf 2005.

Beyond that... we don't know where James is going next, but we can't wait to find out!

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Kevin O'Neill's original art for LEAGUE 2009: Now available for purchase!

December 10, 2012 / More →

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Collectors and superfans, get your wallets ready: the inimitable Kevin O'Neill has teamed up with Galerie Champaka in Brussels to offer for sale his original art pages from 2009, this year's epic conclusion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century trilogy, written by Alan Moore.

The virtual exhibition on the Galerie's web site includes all 72 interior story pages from this "glorious creative tapestry" (The Independent), as well as the book's haunting front cover, and topped off with Kevin's full-color frontispiece.

Head over to the Galerie Champaka web site for more details and purchase information. And stay tuned from the next Moore/O'Neill League adventure, coming to you in February: Nemo: Heart of Ice!


Announcing NEMO: HEART OF ICE!

November 30, 2012 / More →

Now available for pre-order from your local comic shop: a new, standalone, thrill-ride from the world of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen! This one's an absolute blast, so get your pre-orders in now and don't miss it.

NEMO: HEART OF ICE
by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill

-- A 56-page full-color hardcover graphic novel
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-274-6, $14.95 (US)
-- Co-Published by Top Shelf & Knockabout
-- Diamond code: DEC121247

In the current Diamond Previews catalog for books shipping to stores in February 2013!

In the grim cold of February surfaces a thrilling new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book: NEMO: HEART OF ICE, a full-color 56-page adventure in the classic pulp tradition by the inestimable Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.

It's 1925, fifteen long years since Janni Dakkar first tried to escape the legacy of her dying science-pirate father, only to accept her destiny as the new Nemo, captain of the legendary Nautilus. Now, tired of her unending spree of plunder and destruction, Janni launches a grand expedition to surpass her father's greatest failure: the exploration of Antarctica. Hot on her frozen trail are a trio of genius inventors, hired by an influential publishing tycoon to retrieve the plundered valuables of an African queen. It's a deadly race to the bottom of the world -- an uncharted land of wonder and horror where time is broken and the mountains bring madness. Jules Verne meets H.P. Lovecraft in the unforgettable final showdown, lost in the living, beating and appallingly inhuman HEART OF ICE.


James Kochalka digital sale!

November 29, 2012 / More →

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To celebrate the digital launch of James Kochalka's new animated series, SuperF*ckers, we're kicking off a sale on Kochalka comics for your digital reading pleasure!

Now through December 2, download the complete SuperF*ckers graphic novel for the f*ckin' crazy price of $3.99, plus load up on his award-winning American Elf series for half price, and more!

Dive into the wild world of Kochalka now, get the inside scoop on SuperF*ckers, and be able to brag that you "knew him when"!


SUPERF*CKERS is coming to your screen!

November 26, 2012 / More →

The good folks at Cartoon Hangover (home of the new hit series Bravest Warriors) are counting down the days to the launch of SUPERF*CKERS, the animated series based on James Kochalka's obscenely funny comics, launching this Friday (November 30th)!

If these GIF teasers whet your appetite, click over to watch the NEW official SuperF*ckers trailer and subscribe to SuperF*ckers so as not to miss a thing!

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THE UNDERWATER WELDER swims up the Amazon... Dot Com Top 10!

November 13, 2012 / More →

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Mega-retailer Amazon has just released their 2012 Best Books of the Year list, and we spy a few familiar names on the Top 10 chart for Comics & Graphic Novels!

Jeff Lemire's devastating story of fatherhood and fear, The Underwater Welder, adds another feather in its cap with its appearance on the list, confirming this recent prediction in the New York Journal of Books: "This is a title almost guaranteed a place on the shortlist of the best graphic novels of 2012... Lemire is at the top of his game here." Under the Radar agrees: "Like all of Lemire's work, the story packs an emotional gut punch that hits you when you're not expecting it. It's sure to stand as one of the year's best books in any medium." If you're just now discovering The Underwater Welder, you're in luck: it's just arrived in a new printing, plus it's available in digital form via six different retailers, as well as the Top Shelf app!

We're also pleased to see Jeffrey Brown's sweet and funny book Darth Vader and Son make the list! The phenomenal success of that book, plus the release of his Sundance-hit movie Save the Date, make this quite a year for Mr. Brown. Following his lighthearted Star-Wars-themed take on fatherhood, published by Chronicle Books, Jeffrey will return to Top Shelf next year for the sober, literary flip-side: A Matter of Life. Stay tuned for more details!


WIZZYWIG hits Publishers Weekly's Best of 2012 list!

November 5, 2012 / More →

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The good folks at Publishers Weekly have announced their Best Books 2012 list -- and Ed Piskor's computer-hacker epic Wizzywig is one of only five titles featured in the graphic novel section!

Here's the brief write-up PW included, which links to a longer review: "The stories of the early hackers are almost too incredible to be true, filled with daring crimes, mad escapes, and twisted pun-ishments. In his graphic novel debut, Piskor uses real-life tales to create the story of Kevin 'Boingthump' Phenicle, a smart, awkward kid (based on a number of real-life hackers) whose computer genius takes him on a long, wild ride of daring escapades, a Robin Hood for the digital age."

Hats off to Ed for this latest in a string of rave reviews! For more information, critical acclaim, a 10-page sample, and even the music video, check out our catalog page for Wizzywig. The book's available from your favorite retailers now, in hardcover or digital format -- if you'd like to pick it up for yourself, or as a gift for the tech-head in your life.


Top Shelf at New York Comic-Con and Alternative Press Expo!

October 9, 2012 / More →

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Once again, this weekend brings us two major shows on opposite coasts... so Top Shelf will just have to be in two places at once!

On the east coast, it's one of America's biggest conventions, the New York Comic-Con! This show takes over New York City's Javits Convention Center, starting Thursday night and running through Sunday. Come by the Top Shelf booth (#1115) to meet Jeff Lemire (The Underwater Welder, Lost Dogs), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Undeleted Scenes), Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung Fu), Jennifer Hayden (Underwire), and Ray Friesen (Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken)!

Meanwhile in San Francisco, Brett Warnock will be holding down the fort this weekend for APE: The Alternative Press Expo! Joining him are Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf & the 3 LPs, Three Fingers), J. D. Arnold (BB Wolf, and Wayne Shellabarger (Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance)! And hey, speaking of Veeps, don't miss the Vice-Presidential debate this Thursday, October 11, then swing by the Top Shelf booth at APE for Wayne's savvy (and sardonic) analysis...

Hope to see you there!


Meet Johnny Boo & Harold in TRICKY TREATERS: Free at Your Comic Shop!

October 3, 2012 / More →

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This Halloween, Top Shelf's spookiest and silliest all-ages characters are teaming up for a FREE mini-comic of all-new stories by James Kochalka and Jess Smart Smiley!

We're joining Diamond Comic Distributors' Halloween ComicFest to bring you Tricky Treaters, a 12-page full-color comic book available at your local comic shop. Inside this all-ages treat are a new James Kochalka comic featuring Johnny Boo, the Best Little Ghost in the World, and a new Jess Smart Smiley comic starring Harold and his bat friends from Upside Down: A Vampire Tale (in stores very soon)!

Head over to your favorite comic shop to grab a free copy -- or better yet, buy a bundle of 20 copies (for only $4.99!) to pass out to the neighborhood kids on Halloween night! To learn more or find the nearest store, check out the official Halloween ComicFest web site.