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Will Dinksi wins the Isotope Award for Minicomics!

October 18, 2009 / More →

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We're delighted to learn that Minneapolis cartoonist Will Dinski has won the prestigious Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics for his pitch-black mini Covered in Confusion! You can read the story here on Will's web site as well as order a copy (with a beautiful 2-color silkscreened cover) from his online shop!

Will has contributed a few stories to Top Shelf 2.0, which you can read here!

Great things are on the way from Will and Top Shelf in 2010... stay tuned for details!


Eddie Campbell talks ALEC with CBR!

October 16, 2009 / More →

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Alex Dueben of Comic Book Resources has just posted a great interview with Eddie Campbell about his massive upcoming omnibus, Alec: The Years Have Pants! Click through to see Eddie's characteristically clever responses, as well as plenty of preview pages!


Alex Robinson is never TOO COOL for a Harvey Award!

October 13, 2009 / More →

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...in fact, he's exactly cool enough, according to the Harvey Awards committee and voters! This past weekend at the Baltimore Comic-Con, Alex was honored with the Harvey for Best Graphic Album - Original, for his latest book Too Cool to Be Forgotten.

The Harveys, which are nominated and elected by a ballot of comic professionals, have crossed paths with Alex before: Box Office Poison was nominated in 2001, and 2006 saw Tricked win the "Best Graphic Album" Harvey. He now has a second Harvey, which joins an Eisner, an Ignatz, and an Angoulême Prize for Best First Book, on Alex's crowded metaphorical mantel.

Congratulations to Alex and all the other Harvey winners!


THE SURROGATES is a NYT Bestseller 3 weeks running! Nate Powell wins Ignatz!

October 9, 2009 / More →

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Funny what a big-budget film adaptation starring Bruce Willis will do for your book... now more than ever, people are diving into the world of The Surrogates! Top Shelf is delighted to announce that Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele's graphic novel has now held on to the New York Times Best Seller list for three consecutive weeks! See for yourself at the Times' Arts Beat blog, and join us in congratulating the two creators. If you still haven't experienced The Surrogates, you can read a short preview here or download the first chapter for free for your iPhone.

And how about that Nate Powell?! On top of the 2008 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut, the LA Times Book Prize nomination, and the Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel, Nate recently continued his streak of honors by winning the 2009 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist! Nate's Swallow Me Whole is an incredible book that speaks to the confused teenager in all of us, and we're grateful that it's been so warmly received.


Nate Powell picks up an Ignatz nomination!

August 26, 2009 / More →

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Rising superstar Nate Powell, whose Swallow Me Whole was previously awarded "Best Debut" in the 2008 Ignatz Awards (for the best book to debut at the 2008 SPX), has just been announced as a nominee for Best Artist in the 2009 Ignatz Awards, to be held at the 2009 SPX in Bethesda, MD from September 26-27. This marks the latest in a string of honors for Nate and Swallow Me Whole, which most recently received the Will Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel in July.

We offer loud congratulations to Nate and to all the Ignatz nominees, and we hope you're all looking forward to SPX! We at Top Shelf certainly are.


More SURROGATES secrets revealed in new Breaking Benjamin music video!

August 24, 2009 / More →

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New footage continues to roll out of Touchstone Pictures' film adaptation of The Surrogates, debuting next month! Today, it's a host of never-before seen moments from the film, embedded in the tie-in music video "I Will Not Bow" from alt-rock band Breaking Benjamin. Notable parts include a shot of Ving Rhames in action as the Prophet and some amazing stunts from Radha Mitchell's character, Agent Peters! You can watch the whole thing here or click "MORE" to view it after the jump.

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New SURROGATES featurette includes Venditti, Willis interviews!

August 19, 2009 / More →

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IGN has an exclusive new look at more Surrogates movie footage, combined with interviews with almost everybody -- director Jonathan Mostow, actors Bruce Willis, Rosamund Pike, Radha Mitchell, and James Francis Ginty, as well as Top Shelf's own Robert Venditti, author of the Surrogates graphic novels! Check out the video here or click "MORE" to view it after the jump.

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Exclusive preview of Jeffrey Brown's SULK #3 at Diamond!

August 11, 2009 / More →

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Our pals at Diamond Comic Distributors are hosting an exclusive ten pages of the upcoming third book in Jeffrey Brown's SULK series of mini-graphic-novels: The Kind of Strength That Comes From Madness!!! Check out those never-before-seen pages, as well as a generous sampling of Sulk 1 (Bighead and Friends) and Sulk 2 (Deadly Awesome)!

Talk to your retailer now about Sulk 3 (in Previews now) and get ready to dive into Jeffrey's fevered imagination when the book arrives this October!


The Science of THE SURROGATES: new featurette includes unseen movie footage!

August 5, 2009 / More →

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Touchstone Pictures and Wired have just made public this awesome new featurette exploring the real-life technology that is making The Surrogates -- both book and movie -- sound less like science fiction and more like, well, science. It also features some new footage from the Surrogates film as well as interviews with the cast and crew! You do not want to miss this incredibly cool little video. Click "more" to watch it!

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LOST GIRLS finds the NY Times Bestseller list!

August 1, 2009 / More →

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The luscious new one-volume edition of Lost Girls, by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie, has reached stores in all its gold-foil-stamped beauty -- and in huge quantities! Alan and Melinda's erotic epic has been riding the "graphic books" section of the New York Times bestseller list for two weeks now, first at #2 and then again at #4. Congratulations to the creative couple, and we encourage readers over the age of 18 to investigate the book by clicking below!


EISNERS 2009: SWALLOW ME WHOLE IS THE YEAR'S BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL!

July 25, 2009 / More →

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SAN DIEGO - Top Shelf Productions announces with pride that Nate Powell's book Swallow Me Whole has won the Will Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel.

Swallow Me Whole, released in November 2008, is a tender coming-of-age story that explores the dark corners of adolescence and mental illness, as seen through the eyes of two stepsiblings. It is Nate Powell's first full-length book with Top Shelf, following the earlier short collection Please Release.

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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.

Click here for the more information at the Sprite Animation website. And then click on "MORE" to read more here...

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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!


OWLY now available on the Kindle!

June 21, 2009 / More →

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Top Shelf is delighted to announce that Andy Runton's beloved all-ages comic series Owly is now available on the Amazon Kindle!

Comic Book Resources has a story up today profiling the launch, complete with preview images of Owly as displayed on a real Kindle. This marks the first time Top Shelf has moved into the world of portable digital readers -- but you can be sure it won't be the last!

If you're lucky enough to own a Kindle device, you can visit Amazon's online store to download all 5 Owly graphic novels right now for $4.00 each -- as well as two Owly comic books for only $.99 each!