News

Meet the SURFSIDE GIRLS — coming this summer!

April 14, 2017 / More →

Author Kim Dwinell and SURFSIDE GIRLS
It may not be summer yet, but the sun is finally out, and if you listen closely, you can hear the waves calling... That means it's time to welcome Kim Dwinell to the Top Shelf family and introduce the world to her debut graphic novel, Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point!

We're so excited to be working with Kim. She's a California-based animator, teacher, and former lifeguard who now combines all her talents into one irresistible book. Check out an 8-page preview of her beautiful watercolor pages, and get ready to join twelve-year-old heroes Samantha and Jade as they investigate spooky ghosts, creepy creatures, greedy politicians... and cute boys!

It's 232 pages of full-color adventure, surfing your way this summer. Click here for more details and pre-order now from your favorite shop!


The Return of RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN!

April 14, 2017 / More →

Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann & Janet Lee is returning in a new deluxe hardcover edition!

Everything began with a single breath.

A light wind that started a sway,
and the sway started a turn,
and the turn...

The turn started EVERYTHING.

Top Shelf is delighted to reveal details of the rebirth of one of this decade's most acclaimed graphic novels: Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann and Janet Lee. Their whimsical clockwork fairytale, which won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel some years back, now comes to Top Shelf in a deluxe new edition designed by Eric Skillman and filled with bonus content. Even better, the Dapper Men saga will ultimately be expanded into a trilogy, with Book Two and Book Three planned for subsequent years.

Check out more details and preview images from this 144-page deluxe hardcover, which stands a hefty 9.75" x 11.25", and check in with your favorite shop to pre-order it!

"Return of the Dapper Men is a transformational experience... be prepared to take a fantastic journey." — from the introduction by Tim Gunn

“The writing is lyrical and reads like a forgotten fairy tale... The artwork is often stunning.” The New York Times

“It’s an instant classic, combining steampunk, science fiction and fantasy with an impeccable fashion sense.” USA Today

“This book is everything the hype promised it would be… a mind-opening, eye-shutting book that sings to your dreams and dreams of your songs.” Comic Book Resources

“Arresting layouts give the book an ethereal, timeless quality and turn each page into a frame-worthy work of art. A true dazzler that speaks on multiple levels for both child and adult readers, and one that gets richer with each read.” Booklist (starred review)

“Magnificent... the lush artwork is easy to get lost in, and the fantastical setting and atmosphere create a unique background for a timeless parable about time.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Top Shelf Makes MoCCA Magic!

March 30, 2017 / More →


This weekend, our calendars turn to April, and New York's comic-lovers turn to the terrific MoCCA Fest (April 1-2 at Metropolitan West, 639 W 46th St)!

Top Shelf / IDW Publishing will be there in style, featuring: Jess Fink (Chester 5000, appearing Saturday only), Lauren Purje (You Might Be an Artist If...), Benjamin Frisch (The Fun Family), Koren Shadmi (Love Addict), W. Maxwell Prince (The Electric Sublime),
and more friends & family of IDW, including Craig Yoe and Yoe! Books.

Come visit Booth A101 and discover a new favorite!


Announcing SH*T MY PRESIDENT SAYS by Shannon Wheeler

March 14, 2017 / More →

Image for Announcing SH*T MY PRESIDENT SAYS by Shannon Wheeler

FDR had radio. JFK had TV. Trump has Twitter.

Top Shelf Productions is pleased — big league — to announce Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, in which Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Shannon Wheeler tackles the 140-character president. For the first time, these revealing snapshots of the world’s most powerful man will be collected, curated, and brought to memorable new life as cartoons. This compulsively readable hardcover will reach stores in August 2017.

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump
by Shannon Wheeler
-- A 120-page hardcover, 5” x 6.5”
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-410-8
-- For mature readers (16+)
-- Available August 2017

Some people are saying, I don’t know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion — he’s very, very, good, okay? Now he’s illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won’t believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It’s true! It’s very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book — even the haters and losers (Sad!).

"Shannon Wheeler drew a book I wish I had thought of; that's the ultimate compliment I can offer in 140 characters! #buyit #wheelerisagenius"
—Jack Ohman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning

In Sh*t My President Says, Donald Trump's most revealing tweets are transformed into razor-sharp cartoons, offering a subversive and illuminating insight into the mind of the most divisive political figure of our time. Whether you love him or hate him, this take on Trump will help you come to grips with the man and his ideas thanks to Wheeler's signature mix of slapstick and sophistication.

Read More →


Jeff Lemire's THE UNDERWATER WELDER Optioned for Film

March 3, 2017 / More →

Image for Jeff Lemire's THE UNDERWATER WELDER Optioned for Film

Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao’s Waypoint and Anonymous Content will produce the Best-Selling Graphic Novel ‘The Underwater Welder’ from Award-winning Cartoonist Jeff Lemire
The New York Times Bestseller from Top Shelf/IDW has been Optioned for a Feature Film

THE UNDERWATER WELDER is the mind–bending graphic novel written by critically acclaimed, award–winning cartoonist Jeff Lemire, and published by Top Shelf/IDW.

Ryan Gosling, Ken Kao, and Anonymous Content will produce the film.

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel details a man in the dangerous profession of underwater welding, who has a supernatural encounter at the bottom of the sea.

Jeff Lemire, Chris Staros (Editor–in–Chief, Top Shelf), and Ted Adams (CEO and Publisher, IDW Publishing) are attached as executive producers.

The deal was brokered on Jeff Lemire's behalf by Angela Cheng Caplan of the Cheng Caplan Company, Inc. and Allison Binder, esq. of Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP, and on Top Shelf/IDW’s behalf by Tuvyah Aronoff of Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates.

Read More →


MARCH is an LA Times Book Prize Finalist!

February 22, 2017 / More →

Image for MARCH is an LA Times Book Prize Finalist!

The prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prizes announced today their list of finalists, and March: Book Three (by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell) is one of five books listed as a finalist for Young Adult Literature.

This is the first LA Times nomination for the acclaimed March trilogy, which has already won the National Book Award as well as a record-breaking four major awards from the American Library Association. Nate Powell was previously an LA Times finalist in 2009 for his book Swallow Me Whole, also in Young Adult Literature. At the time, no graphic novel had been nominated for the prize in any category since Art Spiegelman's Maus.

This year's LA Times Book Prizes will be awarded at the University of Southern California on April 21, 2017, inaugurating the LA Times Festival of Books. Tickets to the ceremony will be on sale starting March 16. For more information, visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/book-prizes/.


Fall in Love with Top Shelf's Spring Books:
HOME TIME and NATE POWELL'S OMNIBOX!

February 14, 2017 / More →

It's February — which means our pre-order calendar is rolling on into the spring! And appropriately enough for Valentine's Day, we know you're going to love these comics. Click through for previews and talk to your favorite retailer about...


Campbell Whyte explodes onto the scene with HOME TIME!

It's the last summer before high school, and these six friends are ready for a vacation of sleepovers, video games, and romance. But after tumbling into a river, they emerge in a wild world stranger than any RPG! Australian cartoonist Campbell Whyte makes his jaw-dropping debut with a kaleidoscopic saga  — each chapter drawn in a different visual style — and a love letter to the fantasy worlds of the 80s and 90s, all bound together with whimsy and heart.

Home Time: Under the River by Campbell Whyte
A 228-page full-color hardcover graphic novel, 9" x 9"
ISBN 978-1-60309-412-2 - Diamond: FEB170448
$24.99 (US), advance-solicited for release in June 2017
You absolutely must see these interior pages — click here for a 7-page preview!


A stunning decade of Nate Powell's award-winning talent!

Celebrate the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

Nate Powell has been called “a writer-artist of genius” and “the most prodigiously talented graphic novelist” of his generation. This box contains the reasons why.

Swallow Me Whole won the Eisner Award for its portrayal of teen mental illness, Any Empire explores the trickle-down effects of war on young minds, and You Don’t Say collects Powell’s short comics from 2004 up to the debut of the landmark March trilogy.

Together, these three volumes represent the first decade of mature work from one of the new giants of cartooning: a creator renowned for his sensitivity, intimacy, and visual courage.

Nate Powell's Omnibox by Nate Powell
A slipcase set of Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, & You Don't Say (696 total pages!)
ISBN 978-1-60309-409-2 - Diamond: FEB170449
$49.99 (US), advance-solicited for release in June 2017

Click here for details and a 10-page preview!


MARCH Sweeps American Library Association Awards with Record-Breaking FOUR Wins

January 23, 2017 / More →

ATLANTA — The bestselling March graphic novel trilogy broke new records today by winning four major awards in the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards, more than any book in the awards' history. March: Book Three, the concluding volume by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, was announced as the winner of:

  • the Coretta Scott King Book Award (for outstanding African-American books for youth),
  • the Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature),
  • the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (for most distinguished informational book for children),
  • and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.

These honors for March: Book Three follow closely on the heels of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category, making it the first book to win both the Printz and the National Book Award.

"I'm delighted and honored that America's librarians are supporting March with these awards," said Congressman Lewis. "I love books and I love librarians. When I was growing up I tried to read every single thing I could. I hope these awards will help inspire all of our young people — and some of us not so young — to read, to learn, and to act. March is a guidebook reminding us that we all must speak up and stand up for what is right, what is fair, and what is just."

The March trilogy, which depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, has previously won such honors as the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. It is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Congressman Lewis accepted the YALSA Nonfiction Award on behalf of the three creators today at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. The King, Printz, and Sibert Awards will be handed out in ceremonies at the ALA Annual Conference in June.


MARCH wins the Walter Award from We Need Diverse Books

January 20, 2017 / More →

Image for MARCH wins the Walter Award from We Need Diverse Books

The groundbreaking March trilogy reached another milestone this week, as the organization We Need Diverse Books declared it the winner of their second annual Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature – Young Adult Category.

March: Book Three was declared the winner of "The Walter," which is named in memory of children’s and young adult author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014) and celebrates diversity in teen literature. Three honor books were also named: Watched by Marina Budhos, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, and The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. A ceremony honoring the winners will take place at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 2017.

WNDB will donate a minimum of 2,000 copies of the 2017 Walter Award winner, March: Book Three, across the United States to schools with limited budgets. For more information, visit www.weneeddiversebooks.org.


Jealousy is an art — in James Albon's HER BARK & HER BITE!

January 11, 2017 / More →

This month's Diamond Previews catalog features an unfamiliar name: James Albon. He's a titanically talented young British artist living in France, and we can't wait to bring you his haunting beautiful debut graphic novel.

Her Bark and Her Bite follows an ambitious painter named Rebecca as she meets a man who seems to be the life of every party. He makes her feel like a million bucks — until she starts to suspect he's emotionally bankrupt.

Check out a preview of James Albon's stunning colored-pencil page layouts, and pre-order now for release in April 2017!


New CHESTER 5000 from Jess Fink in stores soon!

January 11, 2017 / More →

Chester 5000 (Book Two): Isabelle & George
Jess Fink's adults-only webcomic Chester 5000 took the world by storm when it first appeared, with a combination of vintage charm, page-turning story hooks, steamy scenes, and robot lovin' — all without a single word of dialogue. We were delighted to collect the complete tale as a beautiful hardcover, which has become a perennial favorite and critical darling.

Now, Jess returns to the world of Chester 5000 with the prequel Isabelle & George, full of even more drama, romance, and mechanical wonders. Following a smash-hit Kickstarter, she's partnered with Top Shelf once again to bring it to store shelves everywhere next month, February. Click here for more details and a 7-page preview, and grab a copy from your favorite retailer for that special someone in your life!


BOX OFFICE POISON returns — in full color!

January 11, 2017 / More →

Image for BOX OFFICE POISON returns — in full color!

Alex Robinson's Box Office Poison began as a black-and-white comic book series, then grew to a massive graphic novel of over 600 pages — one of the first of Top Shelf's famous "bricks" and a smash hit that won the Eisner Award, the Angoulême International Comics Festival Award, and was eventually voted by Wizard Magazine the best independent graphic novel of all time.

Now, this page-turning "slice of life" saga is reborn for a new age. Box Office Poison Color Comics #1 has just arrived in stores, launching a new version of the series with all-new colors by Pat N. Lewis and pages of commentary from Alex Robinson himself. Jump on board and fall in love with these unforgettable characters all over again — or for the first time.

"A convincing, absorbing and satisfying fictional portrait of post-college life in New York City." Publishers Weekly

"A salute to comics, an exploration of the human condition, and a solid, absorbing, and riotously snide tale about at least half of the things that make life important." The AV Club

"Alex Robinson is pretty much king of the hill when it comes to slice-of-life comic book dramas, and Box Office Poison is a major reason why. This new mini-series is the perfect gateway for those who have never read the original graphic novel or those who want to experience an old favorite with a new coat of paint." — IGN


GUMBALLS Launch Party in Portland!

January 11, 2017 / More →

Image for GUMBALLS Launch Party in Portland!

The first issue of Erin Nations' Gumballs is out — and readers love it!

"Gumballs #1 is funny, sincere, and just generally brilliant when dealing with autobiography, fake personal ads, or any number of other events. Nations is a promising new voice in comics, and you need to read Gumballs #1." — ComicsVerse

"Gumballs #1 lays bare a lot of serious, complicated stuff and presents it with a frankness and humor that really moved me to my core." — Comicosity

You can meet Erin, learn more about his work, and get your comics signed at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon next Wednesday, January 18, 2017. For details or to RSVP, see Erin's web site.


MARCH: BOOK THREE makes history by winning National Book Award

November 17, 2016 / More →

NEW YORK (November 17, 2016) — Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell received an unprecedented honor last night, as their book March: Book Three became the first graphic novel to ever receive the National Book Award.

The March trilogy, published by Top Shelf Productions / IDW Publishing, depicts Lewis’s firsthand account of the Civil Rights Movement, reflecting on the role of young people in the “nonviolent revolution” of the 1960s and its direct legacy in the modern day. Its previous honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, two Harvey Awards, and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. March is rapidly being adopted by universities and public school systems from New York to San Francisco, and recently spent six continuous weeks holding the top 3 spots on the New York Times Bestseller List.

“This is unbelievable,” said Congressman Lewis after receiving the award from Katherine Paterson, chair of the Young People’s Literature award jury. His voice shook with obvious emotion as he recalled a childhood visit to the public library in rural Alabama, where “we were told that the library was for whites only and not for coloreds. Now, to come here and receive this award, with these two… it’s too much.”

Nate Powell dedicated the award to his children “and their generation that will inherit this earth,” as well as to the incoming president of the United States, expressing a wish that it might transform his heart.

“There are two important lessons from this,” concluded Andrew Aydin, after many thank-yous. “One is that the story of the Movement must be told. We all must know it, if we are to understand the politics of today. And two: let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.”

Archived video of the ceremony’s livestream is available online at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/92795242.

The three volumes of March are available wherever books are sold, separately as well as together in a slipcase set.


Lauren Purje knows YOU MIGHT BE AN ARTIST IF...

November 1, 2016 / More →

2017 will be here before we know it — and Top Shelf is delighted to be launching our year with a witty and wise debut from Brooklyn cartoonist Lauren Purje!

You Might Be an Artist If..., now available for pre-order, is a charming hardcover collecting years of Lauren Purje’s addictively relatable comic strips about the ups & downs of life as an artist. Flights of fancy, bitter grumblings, pep-talks, self-doubt, inspiration, procrastination, and more are all captured with a wry and relatable sense of humor.

Capturing the moments that remind us why we take art seriously — but not TOO seriously — Purje’s comics are a perfect handbook for anyone living the creative life.

You Might Be an Artist If... by Lauren Purje
$19.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-406-1 • Diamond order code: NOV16-0483
144-page hardcover graphic novel, 5.75" x 8.25"

Scheduled for release in January 2017, but you can check out an 8-page preview and pre-order it now from your favorite retailer!