April 4, 2010 / More →
Prominent industry journalist Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) has finally presented his picks for best comics of the year, with Eddie Campbell's landmark collection Alec: The Years Have Pants receiving the #1 spot for archival/reprint books. Also honored as one of the year's best was Far Arden, the rip-roaring Arctic adventure by Kevin Cannon.
Spurgeon singles out Alec as "extraordinary" and "life-affirming," pointing out that "Campbell's work reflects not just a life as lived but mirrors the process of understanding that life." He praises Far Arden, meanwhile, not only for its formal tricks but also for "its world-building and capacity for melancholy." Click here to read the whole list!
April 2, 2010 / More →
Comic Book Resources staff writer Alex Dueben emcees a great in-depth interview with JD Arnold and Rich Koslowski, creators of the upcoming blues/racism/revenge thriller BB WOLF AND THE THREE LPs! Find out how the JD's script and Rich's art made "a story that is so familiar" into something "as moving and powerful as this book is," and find out why Alex calls it "one of the best graphic novels of the year and a must read for any comics fan!" Click here to read the interview!
April 1, 2010 / More →
THE SWEDISH INVASION BEGINS AT ROCKETSHIP COMICS ON FRI APRIL 9TH & CONTINUES ALL MOCCA WEEKEND APRIL 10TH-11TH!
Come meet and party with Simon Gärdenfors (THE 120 DAYS OF SIMON), Mats Jonsson (HEY PRINCESS), Kolbeinn Karlsson (THE TROLL KING), Niklas Asker (SECOND THOUGHTS), Fredrik Strömberg (SWEDISH COMICS HISTORY), as well as Chris Staros, Leigh Walton, Johannes Klenell, and many of the contributors to the Swedish Anthology FROM THE SHADOW OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS at:
THE ROCKETSHIP SWEDISH INVASION PARTY
FRI, APRIL 9TH, 8:00PM
@ 208 SMITH ST, BROOKLYN, NY
THE MoCCA ARTS FESTIVAL
SAT & SUN, APRIL 10TH & 11TH
@ THE 69TH REGIMENT ARMORY
68 LEXINGTON AVENUE (BETWEEN 25TH & 26TH)
(And they’ll also be at C2E2, the CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (FRI - SUN, APR 16TH-18TH) and at the Nerd City/Top Shelf Swedish Invasion Party on SAT APR 17TH at the famed Chicago nightclub, the Double Door.)
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March 31, 2010 / More →
We just had some fantastic recent appearances in Seattle for Emerald City Comic-Con (with Andy Runton, Matt Kindt, and Jeff Lemire), in Memphis for the ComicsPRO retailer conference, and in Portland for the Public Library Association's conference! All three were excellent events, with some great opportunities to hear from fans, retailers, and librarians. The 2010 convention season is off to a beautiful start, and we can't wait to see you at the next show!
Coming up next are these events in the month of April:
APR 10-11: MoCCA ART FESTIVAL (New York, New York)
APR 16-18: C2E2 - CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (Chicago, Illinois)
APR 24-25: SWEDISH SMALL PRESS EXPO (Stockholm, Sweden)
APR 24-25: STUMPTOWN COMICS FEST (Portland, Oregon)
APR 24-25: CALGARY COMIC EXPO (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
March 22, 2010 / More →
Indie superstar James Kochalka is famous for creating huge amounts of material in all sorts of areas (graphic novels, kids' books, webcomics, painting, music), but this year he looks to be busier than ever before! As this new profile in WIRED explains, he's got a lot on his plate!
The long-awaited vinyl-bound collected edition of his foul-mouthed super-sitcom comic SuperF*ckers hits stores in just a few weeks, he's got a successful series of kids' graphic novels called Johnny Boo (and a new one coming this summer called Dragon Puncher), and he's just teamed up with indie game developers PixelJam to make his dream video game Glorkian Warrior a reality. They used the website Kickstarter to solicit $10,000 in donations from fans in order to fund the game's creation, surpassing that goal well before their deadline! Finally, he has a significant role in the new rotoscoped sci-fi romance film Mars, which just debuted at SXSW! Pretty sure that officially makes him the busiest man in Burlington, Vermont.
See below to grab copies of some of his books, or click here for our full Kochalka catalog!
March 20, 2010 / More →
The good folks at Comic Book Resources just unveiled an exclusive first look at the opening scene of The Playwright, coming this June from Top Shelf!
Written by Daren White with full-color painted art by Eddie Campbell, The Playwright is a truly delightful piece of work that blends romance and emotional complexity with a dry British wit. It's a dark comedy about the sex life of a celibate middle-aged man. Take a look at the first scene now!
March 17, 2010 / More →
The prestigious Joe Shuster Awards, honoring Canadian comic book creators, have announced their nominees for 2010... and three Top Shelf creators are on the list!
First up, the excellent Stuart Immonen is nominated for Best Artist/Dessinateur, largely for his work at Marvel on Ultimate Spider-Man and New Avengers. Scripter supreme Kathryn Immonen likewise earns a nomination for Best Writer/Écrivain primarily for Runaways and Patsy Walker: Hellcat. Also mentioned is the Immonen-Immonen collaboration "Trampoline Hall" from a CBLDF benefit book. Finally, Shuster veteran Jeff Lemire returns for another shot at the award he won two years ago, Best Cartoonist/Créateur. The nomination honors his work on The Nobody and his story from Awesome 2: Awesomer, among other things.
But the best part? All three have amazing new graphic novels coming up from Top Shelf!
- Kathryn and Stuart have collaborated on the nail-bitingly dramatic thriller Moving Pictures -- about love, war, and Nazi art theft -- which is in Previews now for a May 2010 release.
- And Jeff Lemire has just announced his next major book with us, The Underwater Welder, for a 2012 release!
Congratulations to Stuart, Kathryn, Jeff, and all the nominees!
March 16, 2010 / More →
Library Journal's Neal Wyatt and Tom Batten have assembled a cream-of-the-crop short list of absolutely essential graphic novels -- "classics that not only stand out as great starting points for newbies but also serve as examples of the best work done by masters of the form." Such a list would hardly be complete without something by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and the writers kill two birds with one stone by recommending Alan & Eddie's monumental collaboration From Hell!
As Batten writes, "Moore weaves together a huge cast of characters, ranging from royalty to doomed footmen, and Campbell's scratchy, dark illustrations create a gloriously grimy and terrifyingly realistic London for them to inhabit." If you haven't braved the dark depths of From Hell before, why not dive in today? We can safely say that it will blow your mind.
March 8, 2010 / More →
Hey folks, those of you in the Pacific Northwest should get ready for the Emerald City ComicCon this weekend (March 13-14) in Seattle! We'll be there in full force all weekend, with Top Shelf superstars Matt Kindt (Super Spy), Jeff Lemire (Essex County), and Andy Runton (Owly) at the Top Shelf booth -- and Owly fans have an extra reason to go, as this year's official ECCC T-Shirts for both women and children feature an awesome "Owly in Seattle" design by Andy Runton!
See you in the Emerald City!
March 5, 2010 / More →
Wow! No sooner do we announce a new graphic novel by Eric Orchard (Maddy Kettle, coming in 2011) than we receive news that Eric has won a Spectrum Award!
The Spectrum Awards celebrate the best in art and design in the fields of fantasy and science fiction, as selected by a peer jury of working artists. The winning pieces will all be included in volume 17 of the Spectrum fantasy art anthology, to be published this fall. Eric's winning page comes from his mini-comic "The Cloud Cave," which he's currently expanding and adapting into his full-length graphic novel debut, Maddy Kettle. So we're totally claiming this one for Team Top Shelf! Congratulations, Eric, and hats off to all the winners.
March 3, 2010 / More →
Hey fans, as if our awesome Swedish Invasion party and book launches weren't enough reason to make this year's MoCCA Festival a must, the festival has now announced panel programming for the show -- and Top Shelf is featured on both Saturday and Sunday!
Saturday (April 10) will see Alex Robinson and James Kochalka included in an all-star panel of artists discussing their favorite comics of the decade. Then on Sunday (April 11), Top Shelf 2.0 editor Leigh Walton will join a host of folks talking about comics and new technology, and later a Scandinavian Comics panel will feature both Johannes Klenell and Mats Jonsson (Hey Princess), our friends from Swedish publisher Galago and key figures in the Top Shelf Swedish Invasion!
Full details on the three panels are after the jump, or click here to see all the great programming lined up for the show.
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March 1, 2010 / More →
It’s always exciting when we discover new talent, or get a brilliant new proposal from one of our established masters. At the moment we can announce several of BOTH! The upcoming graphic novels we’ve recently signed include five new kid-friendly series, five new graphic novels by wonderful female creators, a massive award-winner from France, a full-length graphic novel from mini-comics master Will Dinski, the writing debut of Eric Skillman (designer of the beautiful ALEC omnibus, as well as the upcoming PLAYWRIGHT and AX anthology), and ten (!) incredible new graphic novels from our all-time greats. We’ll have more details on each book as they get closer to publication, but for now we’ll direct you here to check out the details we have available: Future Releases & 2010 Releases (as some will be published this year). And you can also see a list of titles by reading the rest of this post.
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February 28, 2010 / More →
The March 2010 issue of Diamond Previews just landed, and it's got a ton of great new Top Shelf books ready to be pre-ordered, in advance of their May arrival. First, Rich Koslowski (creator of the beloved graphic novels Three Fingers and The King) teams with talented writer J.D. Arnold for a thrilling, emotional tale of racism, murder, revenge, and music, in BB Wolf and the 3 LPs. Then, the phenomenal team of Kathryn and Stuart Immonen make their Top Shelf debut with Moving Pictures, a tense portrait of a complex relationship and the fate of art during the Nazi occupation. Then, Jeffrey Brown presents a massive, long-awaited collection of his shorter works, Undeleted Scenes! And finally, the international gang at Stripburger have a beautiful new collection, Greetings from Cartoonia, based on the idea of borrowing each others' national culture.
For details and previews of each book, click below!
February 23, 2010 / More →
Holy lingonberries! The crazy geniuses over in Sweden are so excited about their books coming out in English from Top Shelf that they put together this awesome video to introduce themselves!
What can we say, except that this demonstrates perfectly the amazing charm, creativity and offbeat sense of humor that make their books so great. Check out the video below, pre-order their books now at your local shop, those of you in the Chicago and New York areas should make plans to party with the Swedes in April!
Leve den svenska invasionen!
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February 18, 2010 / More →
Kevin O'Neill is not only the visual genius who brings to life one of our best-selling books -- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (with Alan Moore) -- he's also got a deluxe collection of his devastating superhero parody, Marshal Law (with Pat Mills), coming from Top Shelf at the end of this year!
So we're delighted to see Kevin plumb his own depths in a deep and wide-ranging conversation with critic Douglas Wolk, hosted in five parts on the Comics Journal web site! Check out the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parts -- it's all great stuff!