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The Underwater Welder has landed -- and it's a hit!

July 31, 2012 / More →

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Jeff Lemire's long-awaited follow-up to Essex County is finally in stores everywhere, and from all reports, The Underwater Welder has been touching readers profoundly. Here's a sampling of the critical reaction:

"Lemire’s stylized art and inventive panel structure is the perfect vehicle for his well-told story, and the tale’s poignant moments make the moments of desolation even more heart-wrenching... A beautiful, moving, wholly satisfying story about fatherhood and growing up." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The Underwater Welder... is all kinds of wonderful. Buy it. You will wet yourself with tears, your brain will spin from masterful storytelling, and you will love it." -- Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly

"The Underwater Welder is an early contender for the year's best comic book... a richly-detailed story with characters that are all deeply flawed and undoubtedly human... once you pick it up you'll wish it never ended." -- Jason Serafino, Complex

"A spectacularly unpredictable reading experience... a roughly 220-page tour de force with enough emotional resonance that you might find yourself wiping away a single tear while closing the book’s final page. Thus far, this is my favorite original graphic novel of the year." -- Erik Norris, IGN

"This is a pretty clear frontrunner for me for 'Best of 2012' so far, but while it may still be too early to call that race, The Underwater Welder is at least the best in what was already an impressive line of work from Jeff Lemire." -- Ain't It Cool News

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RedBull.com's Urban Nomad spotlights Top Shelf's Comic-Con stars!

July 30, 2012 / More →

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Video journalist Jeremiah Alexis, better known as the Urban Nomad, stopped by Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend to 1) high-five Quentin Tarantino and 2) investigate the world of indie comics! Of course, he found a treasure trove of great talent at the Top Shelf table.

Check out the video to see Jeremiah rocking out with (among others) Ed Piskor, Jeffrey Brown, Nate Powell, and Joseph Remnant!

Thanks to Jeremiah and to all the thousands of others who came out to see us at Comic-Con! You made it a fantastic show. Check out our Events page to find out where we'll be next. See you on the road!


Announcing Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins' UNEARTHING!

July 29, 2012 / More →

Unearthing by Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins
Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout Comics are truly pleased to announce a project several years in the making: a sumptuous new book from Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins, serving as a biography of Alan's close friend and mentor Steve Moore (no relation), a history of London, a mystical journey, and a tribute to human imagination. Called by the New York Times a "poetic and densely allusive text," Unearthing has now been transformed by Alan Moore and photographer Mitch Jenkins into a stunning narrative art-book.

Unearthing by Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins

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James Kochalka wins the Eisner Award!

July 16, 2012 / More →

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Top Shelf Productions' 15th-anniversary celebration at San Diego Comic-Con International this weekend was brought to new heights with a terrific moment of triumph: Top Shelf veteran and creative superstar James Kochalka won the industry's highest honor, the Will Eisner Award, for Best Publication for Early Readers! The award honors his latest book for children, Dragon Puncher 2: Dragon Puncher Island.

This was the third Eisner nomination for James Kochalka; as he remarked in a memorable acceptance speech, "It feels really good to finally win." His earlier book Pinky & Stinky was nominated for a similar youth-oriented category in 2003. Dragon Puncher Island has the unique distinction of featuring both of James' sons, Eli and Oliver, as "actors" in the story, along with their cats Nooko and Spandy, and even James himself.

This Eisner Award is the latest peak in a recent string of Kochalka honors. Last year saw James honored by his home state as the first ever Vermont Cartoonist Laureate (the first such position in the continental U.S.), his band James Kochalka Superstar just released the new album I Am the Beast, and his Top Shelf graphic novel (for mature readers) SuperF*ckers is debuting later this year as an animated series on Frederator's Cartoon Hangover channel in partnership with YouTube. Plus the latest collection of his landmark daily diary comic American Elf debuted at Comic-Con this weekend!

For more Kochalka news and updates, including daily installments of American Elf, visit AmericanElf.com.

Congratulations, James! It's an honor to help bring your books into the world.


Top Shelf Cyber-Con brings Comic-Con to you!

July 11, 2012 / More →

Dear friends,

This week marks our 15th year at the San Diego Comic-Con International, and we're making it a doozy. Not only do we have a killer lineup of books and author signings at the show, but we're using technology to extend the celebration to fans around the world! Read on for details.

Welcome to the Top Shelf Cyber-Con -- celebrating Comic-Con worldwide with digital new releases and a massive digital sale!

Welcome to the Top Shelf Cyber-Con -- celebrating Comic-Con worldwide with digital new releases and a massive digital sale!

The biggest comic-book event of the year has arrived, and Top Shelf is celebrating like never before. Comic-Con International is in San Diego tonight through Sunday, but you don't have to be in San Diego to participate -- all you need is a computer screen, tablet, or smartphone.

Today, we're launching digital editions of our greatest new graphic novels. On top of that, from now through Sunday, July 15, we're slashing prices on dozens of digital comics whose authors are appearing at Comic-Con -- including some of our most beloved books.

Top Shelf digital comics are available in a variety of formats, including Comixology, Apple iBooks, iVerse Comics Plus, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, and more! They can be read on your computer, Apple iOS device, or Android device, as well as many e-readers.

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SURROGATES, AMERICAN ELF, & DOUBLE BARREL #2 digital debuts! Plus a SURROGATES sale!

July 4, 2012 / More →

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Hey friends,

Today we take another step into the future, as two of Top Shelf's landmark releases have gone digital, in new and very exciting ways. First, the bestselling creative team behind The Surrogates graphic novels has returned with an all-new series, The Surrogates Case Files, available exclusively in digital form. On top of that, James Kochalka's American Elf, a monument of modern cartooning, has entered the digital comic / ebook format in a new series of handy year-by-year collections.

Click here to read all about it!

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Out today: LEAGUE 2009 and LOVELY HORRIBLE! Plus news on Welder, Wizzywig and more...

June 27, 2012 / More →

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The much-anticipated day is here!

In stores everywhere TODAY are two brilliant new graphic novels, the final chapter of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century trilogy by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill, and The Lovely Horrible Stuff by Eddie Campbell. On top of that, three more major summer releases have rolled off the printing press and will be in a store near you very soon. And finally, the new Diamond catalog opens pre-orders on the newest member of the Top Shelf Kids Club -- Upside Down: A Vampire Tale!

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Cannon + Cannon = DOUBLE BARREL! Adventure is yours to download!

June 6, 2012 / More →

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WELCOME ABOARD the next generation of pulp adventure! Acclaimed cartoonists Zander Cannon (The Replacement God, Top 10) and Kevin Cannon (Far Arden) have joined forces to launch a new kind of adventure comic: a digital comics magazine, serializing two massive graphic novels and packed with extras, delivered to your screen for $1.99 per month.

Two Cannons. Two comics. Two dollars. DOUBLE BARREL!

It all begins in this 122-page double-stuffed first issue. First: Zander Cannon presents HECK, the story of washed-up high school football hero Hector Hammarskjöld, who returns to his hometown for his father's funeral... only to discover a portal to the underworld! Then: following the smash success of his first graphic novel Far Arden, Kevin Cannon returns with an all-new saga of that Arctic crusty sea-dog Army Shanks, as he encounters the mysterious CRATER XV!

In a world of thin plotting, price-gouging, and trade-waiting, two cartoonists are here to fly the flag for two-fisted action and page-turning thrills! Grab DOUBLE BARREL today and load up on adventure!

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD TODAY!

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Now available for pre-order: THE UNDERWATER WELDER by Jeff Lemire!

May 31, 2012 / More →

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Yes, the much-anticipated new graphic novel from Jeff Lemire, The Underwater Welder, is now in the Diamond Previews catalog, and available for pre-order!


From the author of:
LOST DOGS
ESSEX COUNTY
THE NOBODY
SWEET TOOTH
ANIMAL MAN


And the winner of:
The Xeric Award
The Alex Award
The Joe Shuster Award
The Doug Wright Award
The Canada Reads "People's Choice" Award


"Jeff Lemire has created a moving, brilliant, and fiercely original work about loss, longing, and love. Full of piercing moments that will stay with you for long after you've finished reading, The Underwater Welder is a testament to the basic truth that down in the depths or up on land, there's nothing more haunting and wondrous than the human heart. A masterpiece of visual storytelling."
-- Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire)

"The most spectacular episode of The Twilight Zone that was never produced. I really, really care about the people in this story... And I can pretty much guarantee you will too."
-- From the introduction by Damon Lindelof (LOST, Star Trek, Prometheus)

WARNING: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE.

As an underwater welder on an oilrig off the coast of Nova Scotia, Jack Joseph is used to the immense pressures of deep-sea work. Nothing, however, could prepare him for the pressures of impending fatherhood. As Jack dives deeper and deeper, he seems to pull further and further away from his young wife and their unborn son. Then one night, deep in the icy solitude of the ocean floor, something unexplainable happens. Jack has a mysterious and supernatural encounter that will change the course of his life forever.

Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface.

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New video trailer for Ed Piskor's WIZZYWIG, featuring nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock!

May 15, 2012 / More →

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We have a very special graphic novel coming in July: Ed Piskor's WIZZYWIG, the thrill-packed tale of computer-hacking pioneer Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle. Inspired by real events and real people but filtered through Ed's off-kilter style, it's a blast for anyone who enjoys a wild story, and packed with "Easter eggs" and references for the truly tech-savvy.

Now, with the book open for pre-orders, we're pleased to present the official Wizzywig theme song, written and performed by nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock (The Browncoats Mixtape, Parks & Rec EP, that Downton Abbey rap song) and featured in this music video / book trailer:

WIZZYWIG by Ed Piskor: Book Trailer

(Stay tuned for a remix of the song featuring Mikal kHill and Dual Core, coming to AdamWarRock.com next week!)

Share and embed the video anywhere you like, and help spread the word about this killer book! Wizzywig will be released in July, and can be pre-ordered today direct from Top Shelf or from your favorite retailer.


First hints of SUPERF*CKERS cast revealed - including James Kochalka himself!

May 11, 2012 / More →

As we at Top Shelf prepare to release James Kochalka's massive 4th volume of American Elf, one of the key incidents from that book is quietly coming to fruition: James' hilariously foul-mouthed super-comedy book SuperF*ckers is being adapted to an animated series by Frederator Studios (producers of The Fairly Oddparents and Adventure Time)!

James is currently in California for dialogue recording, and recently shared this photo of some of the assembled cast, with the comment: "This was one of the best days of my whole life, swear to god, and I’ve had a lot of good days."
SuperF*ckers showrunner Fran Krause; David Faustino (Jack Krak); creator James Kochalka (Grotus); Veronica Belmont (Grotessa); and Phil Morris (Ultra Richard).
Fran Krause (showrunner); David Faustino (Jack Krak); creator James Kochalka (Grotus); Veronica Belmont (Grotessa); and Phil Morris (Ultra Richard).

It seems that James himself will take the microphone for certain roles, including Grotessa's disgusting pet slime-creature, Grotus.

For more details and amazing development art, follow the official Frederator SuperF*ckers blog!

Don't forget to pick up the SuperF*ckers graphic novel and read up before the show debuts! The newest American Elf will be out in July.


Jeff Lemire reveals first look at THE UNDERWATER WELDER!

May 10, 2012 / More →

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Essex County author Jeff Lemire has had a good week - he's announced the triumphant finale of Sweet Tooth and been nominated for four Shuster Awards! - and decided to celebrate today by revealing three amazing new pieces of interior art from The Underwater Welder, his highly-anticipated next graphic novel from Top Shelf!

Click over to Jeff's blog to see the stunning pages at full size. The Underwater Welder can be pre-ordered now, for release in August.

And don't forget to grab Lost Dogs, Jeff's early Xeric-winning graphic novel, now republished by Top Shelf in a lovely new edition!


Top Shelf Tackles TCAF and Free Comic Book Day!

May 4, 2012 / More →

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Convention season is really here - no sooner do we wrap up Stumptown, MoCCA, and Calgary than we head off to Toronto for the Toronto Comics Art Festival!

It's a big crowd this year: joining our man Leigh Walton are (deep breath) Andy Runton (Owly), Brendan Leach (Pterodactyl Hunters), Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Lost Dogs), Jess Fink (Chester 5000), Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung Fu), Matt Kindt (Super Spy), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire), and Pat Grant (Blue)!

Meanwhile, if you're not in Ontario, head to your local comic shop and grab your absolutely FREE copy of the 2012 Top Shelf Kids Club comic book, with six ALL-NEW stories featuring Owly, Korgi, Johnny Boo, and more!

Happy reading!


Two huge summer books -- WIZZYWIG and AMERICAN ELF 4 -- now available for pre-order!

May 2, 2012 / More →

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The new issue of Diamond Previews has arrived, so pre-orders are now open for our JULY 2012 releases... and you're not gonna want to miss these books!

WIZZYWIG is the first solo graphic novel from Ed Piskor, and it's a triumph years in the making, full of criminal thrills and retro-techno delight.

We also have the long-awaited next landmark from James Kochalka, the Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont: Book 4 of his award-winning autobiographical opus, AMERICAN ELF!

And finally: a new issue of WW3 ILLUSTRATED, on the topic of censorship!

Pre-order now to snag these great July books!


FREE Digital Action Pack available now!

April 26, 2012 / More →

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Savvy to digital comics and looking for something new to read? Curious about e-reading and hesitant to take the plunge? Look no further than the Top Shelf Action Pack, packed with 168 pages of our most thrilling comics, and yours for the price of ZERO!

Inside are full chapters from seven graphic novels: Infinite Kung Fu, The Homeland Directive, Lost Dogs, From Hell, SuperF*ckers, Bighead, and Any Empire!

It's available on Comixology and iVerse now, with more formats coming soon. Check it out!