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Carolyn Nowak's GIRL TOWN debuts this weekend at SPX!

September 12, 2018 / More →

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Plus: meet Nate Powell, Liz Prince, Erin Nations, Maria Hoey, Molly Ostertag, Jennifer Hayden, Jess Fink, and more!

Brave the hurricane and join Top Shelf at Small Press Expo this weekend in Bethesda, MD! We're honored to host Carolyn Nowak and Nate Powell as Special Guests of the festival, and thrilled that Carolyn's much-anticipated Girl Town will make its world debut at the show. (Following SPX, Girl Town will reach comic shops in October and mainstream booksellers in November.)

The Top Shelf booth will also feature Liz Prince (Look Back & Laugh) and Erin Nations (Gumballs), and you won't have to look far to find Maria Hoey (Coin-Op), Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist), Jennifer Hayden (The Story of My Tits), Jess Fink (Chester 5000)...


It's an Extraordinary day! LOEG (vol. IV): THE TEMPEST #1 & 2 are in stores now.

September 12, 2018 / More →


It's a Top Shelf Two-in-One! Issue #1 of Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's final project (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest) sold out immediately upon release, but reprints are now back in stock… along with the brand-new issue #2! Call your favorite comic shop now to grab 'em.

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The astonishing MASTER EDITION of Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell's FROM HELL approaches issue #2!

September 12, 2018 / More →

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“What Doth the Lord Require of Thee?” Blackmail and black magic — and one unforgettable tour of London — come to life in full color!

"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century." — Warren Ellis, Entertainment Weekly

Experience FROM HELL as never before: fully restored and in color for the first time!

This volume contains Chapters 3 and 4, as well as all the original annotations.

Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).

From Hell: Master Edition #2 (of 10)
by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell
$7.99 (US) • 72 pages • full-color prestige-format comic book (with spine and 3" flaps)
Diamond order code: SEP180779

Check out 4 preview pages now and pre-order at your favorite comic shop for release in NOVEMBER!


In this month's PREVIEWS catalog: fantasy action meets family heartbreak in the irresistible SUPERS!

August 9, 2018 / More →

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“A great adventure that will delight young and old alike.” Bande à Bulle

"Grabbing you with its action (midnight mischief, combat), its themes (teamwork, self-improvement, coming of age, friendship, love), its humor, and its freshness, Supers pleases right away…. one of the most beautiful young-fantasy comics in recent years.” Comixtrip

ACBD Award Winner! Real life meets super-powered action when three refugee siblings start a new school year as the ultimate illegal aliens.

“Will you tell me about Mom?”
“I don’t remember much, you know.”
“You can make it up. I don’t mind.”

Mat, Lili, and Benji aren’t from around here. Abandoned on planet Earth, hiding far from their home, they can’t even use their powers in public, for fear of being discovered. Starting at a new school is hard enough already…

Supers won the first ever Youth Award from ACBD (the French Association of Comics Critics) thanks to its rich blend of family tension, super-thrills, and classroom drama, all presented in gorgeous full-color artwork. Now it’s your turn to meet these awesome immigrants. Welcome to the family!

Supers (Book One) by Frédéric Maupomé and Dawid
$14.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-439-9 • Diamond order code: AUG180832
112 pages • full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps • 6.5" x 9”
Advance solicited for release in November 2018
Read an 11-page preview now and pre-order with your favorite retailer!


Kim Dwinell announces Surfside Girls sequel for 2019

July 20, 2018 / More →

Second volume of acclaimed middle-grade graphic novel series brings supernatural new adventures for California tween sleuths

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 20, 2018) — Top Shelf Productions announced today that Surfside Girls, Kim Dwinell’s celebrated graphic novel series for middle-grade readers about friendship, fun, and lost mysteries of the local landscape, will receive a full-length sequel next summer.

Surfside Girls (Book One): The Secret of Danger Point introduced readers to best friends Sam and Jade, who put together clues ranging from suspicious beachcombers to spooky ghosts to baby dinosaurs in order to save their town from an unexpected threat. Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho, scheduled for June 2019, presents even more beautiful beaches, hidden secrets, distracting cuties, and wild adventures:

When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets… spooked, it’s time for Sam and Jade to pull out the Journal of Weird and jump into action! Trying to solve this two-hundred-year-old mystery takes the girls all over their town and beyond, all while Surfside’s Annual Surf Competition is going on. Add to the mix a cute surfer boy, a mysterious mustached man with a guitar, and a very jealous Sam — can the surfing sleuths save the day again?

“I’ve had so much fun this last year watching readers of all ages discover Sam and Jade’s world,” says author Kim Dwinell. “I packed Surfside Girls with Southern California sunshine, and I hope everyone enjoys spending time with it as much as I do. I'm absolutely stoked to show you what the girls get up to in Book Two!”

Kim Dwinell will meet fans and sign Surfside Girls at Comic-Con International today, Friday July 20th, from 10am-11am and 4pm-5pm in booth 2743 (Top Shelf / IDW Publishing).

"Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable characters, sunny colors, and supernatural mystery, it’s a perfect summer read." — Brigid Alverson, School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids

"Kim Dwinell supplies a great-looking world of infinite potential... Anyone fondly remembering the tenacious and good-hearted Nancy Drew adventures from their youth can locate a spiritual successor for their own children in Surfside Girls." — Slings & Arrows

Surfside Girls (Book One): The Secret of Danger Point is now available wherever books are sold. Surfside Girls (Book Two): The Mystery at the Old Rancho will be published in June 2019 by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing. For more information, visit surfsidegirls.com.


George Takei’s graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy coming in 2019

July 19, 2018 / More →

Graphic memoir of actor/author/activist will depict his childhood in 1940s Japanese American internment camps

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 19, 2018) — As nations around the globe confront new versions of old debates about immigration, incarceration, and family separation, actor/author/activist George Takei is preparing a beautiful and powerfully resonant graphic memoir of his own direct experience with American xenophobia.

In summer 2019, Top Shelf Productions will publish Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, created in collaboration with co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker. George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Readers will experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

Tomorrow at Comic-Con International, co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott will discuss They Called Us Enemy, and share early glimpses of Harmony Becker’s artwork, in the panel “The Human Condition: Connecting Humanity with Graphic Novels,” Friday at 1 pm in Room 23ABC.

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COME AGAIN... to San Diego Comic-Con International!

July 13, 2018 / More →

San Diego Comic-Con is always huge for Top Shelf — an occasion to debut some of our year's most jaw-dropping books, assemble a massive lineup of your favorite cartoonists, and sign for you until our hands fall off! This year's show (kicking off next week) is no exception.

Come visit us and our colleagues at IDW Publishing all convention long in Booth #2743, for your opportunity to grab all the stunning books above and to meet:

Nate Powell (Come Again)
Dan Berry (The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head)
Erin Nations (Gumballs)
Steve Nedvidek, Jack Lowe, & Ed Crowell (The Jekyll Island Chronicles)
Anne Optowsky & Aya Morton (His Dream of the Skyland) — Thursday only
Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls) — Friday only

With special appearances from:
Jeff Lemire (The Underwater Welder / Essex County)
Eddie Campbell (The Goat Getters / From Hell)
Peter & Maria Hoey (Coin-Op Comics Anthology)
Rian Hughes (I Am a Number)
Bobby Curnow (Ward’s Valley)
Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler (God Is Disappointed In You / Sh*t My President Says)

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Carolyn Nowak has arrived. Welcome to GIRL TOWN!

June 14, 2018 / More →

Multi-award-winning cartoonist Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes) uses fantasy worlds to explore profound truths about friendship and desire. Her solo debut collection celebrates the ascent of a rising literary star.

Carolyn Nowak’s Girl Town collects the Ignatz Award-winning stories “Radishes” and “Diana’s Electric Tongue” together with several other tales of young adulthood and the search for connection. Here are her most acclaimed mini-comics and anthology contributions, enhanced with new colors and joined by brand-new work.

Bold, infatuated, wounded, or lost, Nowak’s girls shine with life and longing. Their stories — depicted with remarkable charm and insight — capture the spirit of our time.

Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak (September 2018)
$19.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-438-2 • Diamond: JUN18-0750
160 pages • full color • softcover graphic novel w/ flaps • 6.5” x 9”
For older teens & adults (16+)
Read an 11-page preview excerpt now and pre-order from your favorite retailer!


Announcing FROM HELL: MASTER EDITION

June 1, 2018 / More →

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Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell’s masterpiece returns as full-color “prestige” comic book series in September

Jack is back — and this time, the blood is red.

For decades, the award-winning graphic novel FROM HELL has welcomed readers into the grandeur and grime of London in the late 1800s. The New York Times-bestselling opus is an achievement the New Yorker dubs “remarkable” and Entertainment Weekly calls “an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century.”

Beginning in September, readers old and new will experience FROM HELL as never before. The FROM HELL Master Edition presents Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s Victorian masterpiece as a ten-issue serial, thoroughly restored and revised “for color, clarity, and continuity” by Eddie Campbell himself.

“The most dramatic change is the color, of course,” says Campbell. “I prefer the term ‘colorizing’ to ‘coloring’ since I’m not simply painting within the black lines, but reconceiving every panel to suit a full-color world. But I’ve also gone through and fixed small errors and minor flaws that have haunted me for decades. Ultimately the result is my equivalent of a ‘director’s cut’ of From Hell.”

From Hell is one of the greatest graphic novels ever made — the first comic I ever read that really opened my eyes to the possibilities of sophisticated writing and art in this format,” says Chris Staros, Editor-in-Chief of Top Shelf Productions. “It’s been one of the keystones of Top Shelf’s line for almost twenty years, and now it’s an honor to watch Eddie breathe a whole new life into this epic.”

Eddie Campbell discusses his process in greater depth and reveals an exclusive interior preview of From Hell: Master Edition in a new interview at Entertainment Weekly.

From Hell: Master Edition #1 (of 10) will be released exclusively through comic shops and digital retailers in September 2018. To find a comic shop near you, visit comicshoplocator.com or call 1-800-COMIC-BOOK.


TCAF 2018: James Kochalka, Eddie Campbell, Brenda Hickey, Bobby Curnow, Carolyn Nowak, & more!

May 10, 2018 / More →

This weekend we're off to Canada for the famous Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)! It's our first year exhibiting on the busy first floor (#128-129), so come on by — you can't miss us!

Joining us are two award-winning legends of alt-comics, James Kochalka and Eddie Campbell, making their TCAF debuts as featured guests of the festival. It'll mark the world premiere of Kochalka's latest book Johnny Boo and the Ice Cream Computer and his first festival appearance with Mechaboys, while Campbell celebrates the launch of The Goat Getters: Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century, and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comics from our friends at The Library of American Comics as well as Bizarre Romance with Audrey Niffenegger. 

We're also thrilled to have both Bobby Curnow and Brenda Hickey for their first ever joint signing of the electrifying and emotional fantasy adventure Ward's Valley!

The inimitable Carolyn Nowak will be on hand as well — stop by for a free signed poster for her upcoming short story collection Girl Town, coming this fall!

Elsewhere on the floor, you'll find Molly Ostertag with Strong Female ProtagonistConor McCreery with Kill Shakespeare, and so much more!

We'll see you soon at TCAF table #128-129!


Get blown away by HIS DREAM OF THE SKYLAND in August!

May 10, 2018 / More →

Emmy Award winner Anne Opotowsky teams up with visionary artist Aya Morton for a stunning exploration of youth, ambition, loyalty, and the walls we build both inside and out, animating historical Hong Kong with powerful modern resonance.

“A stunning piece of work… it has depth, lots of drama, bucket-loads of charm, and comedy and tragedy in equal measure. His Dream of the Skyland is a beautiful book that looks set to become a classic.” — Grovel

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Eisners 2018: HOME TIME is on a roll!

April 26, 2018 / More →

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Campbell Whyte's debut graphic novel Home Time: Under the River placed another feather in its colorful cap today, as the Eisner committee of Comic-Con International announced it as a finalist for the Eisner Award in Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)!

Earlier this month, Home Time received the DINKy Award for Best Work: Mid/Large Press at the Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo (DINK), where Erin Nations' Gumballs series also received the Outstanding Diversity Award.

Home Time is also a finalist for such honors as the National Cartoonist Society Graphic Novel Award, Excellence in Graphic Literature Award, Readings Children's Book Prize, and Aurealis Award. Fans know that Campbell crafted the book around six main characters, famously using a different art style in each chapter to represent each one — and at this rate, he's on track to get an award for each kid!

Congratulations to Campbell, Erin, and all the outstanding nominees.


MoCCA 2018 Means MARCH, CAT'N'BAT, and More!

April 5, 2018 / More →

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*sniff sniff* That scent... Paper, ink... Fresh comics? Why, convention season must be blooming once again!

Join the Top Shelf crew at New York City's Metropolitan West this weekend for the 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival! Visit us at Table B129-130 to meet Guests of Honor Nate Powell and Andrew Aydin (March) and celebrate the silent-comedy debut of Cat 'n' Bat with Sashko Danylenko! Plus: don't miss Ward's Valley hot off the press, as well as Mechaboys, The Three Rooms in Valerie's Head, I Am a Number, and other recent favorites!

The Festival will also feature select components of the exhibit The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece and will host a talk by Aydin & Powell on Saturday (April 7), 3:30pm, in the Garamond Room at Ink48.

The festival runs April 7-8, 2018 from 11:00AM - 6:00PM. We look forward to seeing you!


Welcome to the story to end all stories.
The final LEAGUE volume begins in July!

March 28, 2018 / More →

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest #1

After an epic seventeen-year journey through the entirety of human culture, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, The Tempest. This six-issue miniseries is a celebration of everything comics were, are and could be.

Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe.

This is literally, and literarily, the story to end all stories. Here’s how it begins.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest #1 (of 6) 
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill (JULY 2018)
$4.99 (US) • Diamond: APR180310 • For mature readers (16+)
32 pages in (mostly) full color • saddle stitched • 6 5/8” x 10 1/8” (standard comic-book size)
Co-published by Top Shelf Productions and Knockabout Comics.
Read a 2-page preview now and pre-order from your favorite retailer!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. III): Century softcover edition

“Splendid fun.” The Guardian
“Relentlessly clever.” The Miami Herald
“Easily one of the best of the year.” Wired
“A stunning return to form.” The First Post
“Magnificent.” Forbidden Planet International
“One glorious creative tapestry.” The Independent
“A magical mystery tour through Alan Moore's head.” io9
“The completed Century sits happily alongside the previous League volumes as arguably one of the greatest comics of all time.” Comic Book Resources

New in paperback: the New York Times bestselling “Century” trilogy sees our famous fraternity of meta-fictional marauders romping across the modern age, blending countless strands of British culture into a thrilling tapestry.

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Liz Prince invites you to LOOK BACK & LAUGH! - coming in July

March 28, 2018 / More →

LOOK BACK & LAUGH by Liz Prince

PRAISE FOR LIZ PRINCE:

“Magnificently evocative… Simple, line-based art provides a perfect complement to her keen narration, giving this an indie, intimate feel and leaving readers feeling like they really know her. Liz’s story, captured with wry humor and a deft, visceral eye, is a must-read.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Charming… gloriously herself.” People

“Prince’s tongue-in-cheek black-and-white line drawings, in a charming style reminiscent of Jeffrey Brown’s autobiographical comics, pack a punch.” Booklist

Liz Prince invites you to spend a year walking in her (Converse) shoes! Look Back and Laugh collects the 365 comic strips she drew to document every day of her life in 2016. Follow Liz through such life-changing adventures as: buying a house, moving to a new state, getting married, crippling insomnia, and as always, lots of cats, cats, cats! Full of humor, pathos, and insight, these comics reveal the ups and downs that make up the glamorous micro-celebrity life of a freelance cartoonist.

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