June 21, 2009 / More →
Top Shelf is delighted to announce that Andy Runton's beloved all-ages comic series Owly is now available on the Amazon Kindle!
Comic Book Resources has a story up today profiling the launch, complete with preview images of Owly as displayed on a real Kindle. This marks the first time Top Shelf has moved into the world of portable digital readers -- but you can be sure it won't be the last!
If you're lucky enough to own a Kindle device, you can visit Amazon's online store to download all 5 Owly graphic novels right now for $4.00 each -- as well as two Owly comic books for only $.99 each!
June 19, 2009 / More →
Diamond Comic Distributors has released its sales charts for the month of May, and sitting on top of the graphic novel chart is none other than The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910 by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill! Apparently the long-awaited new League story sold over four times the volume of the next nearest book. Hats off once again to Alan and Kevin for crafting a fantastic comic and inspiring such enthusiastic fans! And thanks to retailers for supporting us so strongly with this title, and to all the fans for picking it up. Viva la League!
June 16, 2009 / More →
May 22, 2009 / More →
Top Shelf is pleased to announce that the buzz-building for September's SURROGATES film has begun in earnest! Last night, movie audiences nationwide saw the debut of the official Surrogates trailer, attached to select reels of Terminator: Salvation. Based on the graphic novel The Surrogates by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, the upcoming Surrogates film stars Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Radha Mitchell, and Rosamund Pike and debuts from Touchstone Pictures on September 25! For more movie coolness, check out the Virtual Self Industries web site at ChooseYourSurrogate.com.
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May 16, 2009 / More →
Since the New York Times unveiled its "Graphic Books" bestseller charts a few months ago, Alan Moore has been a regular presence, with Watchmen consistently topping the paperback chart, and strong showings for several other books including The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 1. A few weeks ago, the Top-Shelf-published masterpiece From Hell hit the list with its latest printing -- congrats, Alan and Eddie!
Now the most recent sales chart shows the Top Shelf debut of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Century: 1910, landing at #4 on the paperback chart! Not bad, fellas! Our 21st-century hats are off to the extraordinary team of Alan, Kevin O'Neill, Todd Klein, and Ben Dimagmaliw.
May 13, 2009 / More →
This is it! After years of anticipation, the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story published by Top Shelf and Knockabout is in stores nationwide.
The third volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, titled Century, will be composed of three 80-page graphic novels, and the first, "1910," is now available! The gang's all here: writer Alan Moore, artist Kevin O'Neill, colorist Ben Dimagmaliw, and letterer Todd Klein.
For more details and a 9-page preview, click here, or check out our review database to see what the critics are saying about the new League!
May 7, 2009 / More →
Back in November 2007, on the occasion of Top Shelf's 10th Anniversary, writer Quinn Johnson conducted an expansive interview with Top Shelf head honchos Chris Staros and Brett Warnock. Unfortunately, the intended publication that was to print the interview went under before this conversation could see the light of day.
Now, at long last, we bring you the full text of that very honest and in-depth chat about Top Shelf's history, philosophy, and future! Click "more" to continue!
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May 1, 2009 / More →
Each year on the first Saturday in May, comic shops across North America and around the world celebrate Free Comic Book Day, passing out free comic books to everyone who walks through their doors! Top Shelf is once again delighted to join the celebration with a new all-ages comic published especially for the occasion, Owly and Friends! Grab yours this Saturday, May 2nd!
For fans in the Orlando area, Korgi creator Christian Slade will be appearing at ACME Comics in Longwood, Florida from 11am-5pm, together with Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans)!
As the title implies, Owly and Friends includes a brand-new Owly story by Andy Runton, plus a delightful new Korgi adventure by Christian Slade, a classic Yam story by Corey Barba, and two -- two! -- new Johnny Boo tales by James Kochalka. With a jam cover by James Kochalka and Andy Runton to boot!
With a vibrant cover co-created by James Kochalka and Andy Runton, this year's FCBD book is a great way to keep up with the ever-growing family of Top Shelf comics for all ages. Be sure to visit your local retailer on Saturday, May 2nd to grab your FREE copy!
April 26, 2009 / More →
Team Top Shelf has spent the past weekend in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Swedish SPX! Head honchos Chris Staros and Brett Warnock brought along special guest Jeffrey Brown, whose landmark graphic novel Clumsy has just been published in Swedish by our pals at Galago.
While Jeffrey was in town, the popular Swedish morning show Nyhetsmorgon taped this awesome interview! Don't worry, it's in English (mostly) -- so click here to watch! Or see below, after the jump:
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April 15, 2009 / More →
Our pals at Publishers Weekly just published a great new article exploring the burgeoning relationship between Top Shelf and the alternative comics community in Sweden!
The first product of that relationship, Niklas Asker's multi-layered romance Second Thoughts, just arrived from the printer and looks gorgeous! It should be in stores soon.
Down the road in 2010, look for two new releases that have been big hits in Sweden, translated into English for the first time and published by Top Shelf: The 120 Days of Simon by Simon Gärdenfors and Hey Princess by Mats Jonsson! We're all very excited to be bringing these amazing books to English-language readers.
April 4, 2009 / More →
Despite our small staff, we've always been a road crew -- year-round, Top Shelf exhibits at more conventions, trade shows, festivals and conferences than any other publisher in the comics biz. Now this weekend, we swing into action on both coasts!
Top Shelf East is heading to Athens, GA for the tiny-but-awesome FLUKE! festival, where you can meet Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Andy Runton (Owly). Meanwhile, the West Coast team is driving up to Seattle, WA for the Emerald City Comicon! And how about this for star power: in addition to Brett Warnock and Leigh Walton, we're bringing James Kochalka (American Elf, Johnny Boo), Matt Kindt (Super Spy), and Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole)! Don't be surprised to see a Top Shelf 2.0 contributor or two, either!
March 17, 2009 / More →
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March 9, 2009 / More →
If you've ever read an issue of Superf*ckers, you know they don't do much in the way of superheroics -- most of their time is spent sitting around the clubhouse playing video games! So who better to review the new game Killzone 2 than Superf*ckers supreme Jack Krak and Orange Lightning?
Our pals at Boing Boing's videogame site Offworld (well-established Kochalkaholics, who've previously worked with James on the Monster Mii series) are exclusively hosting the review here - check it out!
March 2, 2009 / More →
Top Shelf Productions is bursting with pride to announce that Nate Powell's graphic novel Swallow Me Whole has been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize!
Swallow Me Whole is one of five official finalists in the category of Young Adult Fiction, making it the first graphic novel to be nominated for this prize, in any category, since Art Spiegelman's Maus won the Fiction category in 1992! "I'm honored just to be considered," says Powell, "and feel dizzy having my book even placed in the same sentence as Maus."
Although Swallow Me Whole was not created exclusively for young adult readers, it is fundamentally a story about the dark, quiet corners of adolescence. The book follows two teenage stepsiblings, Ruth and Perry, through the ups and downs of school, family, and suburban restlessness -- all complicated by the insect armies, swirling visions, and haunting voices that no one else can perceive.
"To be a young person is to be surrounded at all times by frightening transition and the terror of losing touch with a safe and familiar world," says Powell. "Sometimes the only salvation from that terror is in what a teenager can create for themselves."
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February 19, 2009 / More →