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Owly Animated Short to Debut at Comic-Con!

July 9, 2009 / More →

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Top Shelf Productions and Sprite Animation Studios team up to bring beloved graphic novel character to life.

SAN DIEGO, July 9th, 2009 – Owly, the kindhearted star of the award-winning graphic novel series by Andy Runton, will come to life in an animated short at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23-26.

It was jointly announced today by Chris Staros, Publisher of Top Shelf Productions and Junichi Yanagihara, Executive Producer at Sprite Animation Studios that the loveable Owly and his unlikely best friend Wormy will be animated in a brand-new original segment directed by Moto Sakakibara and storyboarded by creator Andy Runton. Prominently featured will be Runton’s innovative “Pictomation,” a storytelling device in which the characters’ thoughts and feelings are animated with iconic and expressive images rather than dialogue, enabling fans of all ages, languages, and backgrounds to enjoy the show.

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New SURROGATES movie poster unveiled!

July 6, 2009 / More →

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Superhero Hype and ComingSoon.net have the exclusive first look at the new poster for Touchstone Pictures' film adaption of The Surrogates by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele! Click here for the full-size view (featuring star Bruce Willis in all his goateed glory), and make your plans now for the movie's September 25 debut!


Kevin Cannon talks FAR ARDEN!

June 29, 2009 / More →

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Kevin Cannon's rip-roaring sea adventure FAR ARDEN is shaping up to be quite the buzzed-about debut! Recently Kevin talked with The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon, for a terrific interview about his career so far and the experience of creating Far Arden. Check it out here!

Also, don't miss this comprehensive list of sound effects used in Far Arden, as assembled by Kevin's studio partner and not-brother, Zander Cannon! Find your favorites -- me, I can't decide between THROW UP A LITTLE IN MOUTH and MID-AIR GROIN GRINDER!


LEAGUE IS #1!

June 19, 2009 / More →

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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!


JEFF LEMIRE on CANADA READS!

June 16, 2009 / More →

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One of our favorite Canadians, Essex County creator Jeff Lemire, is featured today by CBC Radio's Canada Reads Book Club! Host Hannah Sung talked with Jeff to get his list of favorite graphic novels, and the Book Club is also running a contest to win a pack of signed Jeff Lemire books! Head over to the site and check it out!


THE SURROGATES TRAILER IS LIVE!

May 22, 2009 / More →

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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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Top Shelf hits the NYT Bestseller List!

May 16, 2009 / More →

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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.


Wednesday, May 13 is LEAGUE Day!

May 13, 2009 / More →

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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!


Behold: the lost Top Shelf interview!

May 7, 2009 / More →

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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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Sweden loves Jeffrey Brown!

April 26, 2009 / More →

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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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Top Shelf gets Sweded!

April 15, 2009 / More →

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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.


Top Shelf storms the Emerald City!

April 4, 2009 / More →

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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!


Great greasy Grotus! It's the SUPERF*CKERS music video!

March 17, 2009 / More →

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James Kochalka's power-packed potty-mouths continue their quest for Total Internet Domination! You thought they would stop at video game reviews for Boing Boing Offworld? Fools! Behold!

The inimitable musical genius of James Kochalka Superstar has teamed up with the fine folks at Bindle Dog Animation (including Top Shelf 2.0 star Jeff Zwirek) to produce the first ever animated music video for the SuperF*ckers theme song!

Four issues of the SuperF*ckers comic book are available now, and the 144-page omnibus collection will be out in late 2009 or early 2010!

Note: SuperF*ckers is, of course, for mature readers only!

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James Kochalka's SUPERF*CKERS invade Boing Boing!

March 9, 2009 / More →

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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!


Nate Powell's SWALLOW ME WHOLE nominated for LA Times Book Prize!

March 2, 2009 / More →

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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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