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Kevin Eastman & Simon Bisley's over-the-top BODYCOUNT! - coming this summer

March 28, 2018 / More →

BODYCOUNT by Kevin Eastman & Simon Bisley

Legendary talents team up for a jaw-dropping action-romp starring the baddest dudes in the TMNT universe: Raphael and Casey Jones. It's a must for grown-up Turtles fans and anyone nostalgic for the grim 'n' gritty days of 90s comics.

“Pure, unfiltered and unhindered Kevin Eastman.” TMNT Entity

After years out of print, a grindhouse-style classic returns — better than ever. Inspired by the magazine Heavy Metal and the films of John Woo, legendary cartoonists Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley present a much darker take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, spinning a pulse-pounding yarn of over-the-top action and more than a bit of the old ultraviolence.

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HOME TIME nominated for two awards!

March 15, 2018 / More →

art from HOME TIME by Campbell Whyte
Congratulations are in order for one of our amazing Australians, Campbell Whyte, as his staggering debut graphic novel Home Time (Book One): Under the River has just been announced as a finalist — two times over — in the new Excellence In Graphic Literature Awards!

Campbell's great book is not only a finalist in the Young Adult Books (Fiction) category, it's also one of the eight books contending for the honor of Book of the Year!

These honors join two more recent nominations for Home Time in Australia, the Readings Children's Book Prize and the Aurealis Award.

Attendees of the massive Denver Comic Con in June will get a chance to pick up Home Time from the IDW Publishing booth, along with its fellow EGL finalist Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary by Christian Perrissin & Mattheiu Blanchin, published by our friends at IDW, before the winners are announced at a ceremony during the convention. For more details, keep an eye on the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards web site. Congratulations to all the nominees, and we'll see you in Denver!


New Nate Powell, the GUMBALLS book, new LOST GIRLS, and SFP 2!

March 1, 2018 / More →

March is upon us, and Top Shelf is, as they say, roaring in like a lion! This month's edition of Diamond Previews has an incredible FOUR summer releases from Top Shelf that you won't want to miss:

Nate Powell returns with the heart-stopping COME AGAIN!
COME AGAIN by Nate Powell
A lover's dream becomes a parent's nightmare in the astonishing new graphic novel from Nate Powell, National Book Award-winning artist of the March trilogy. Coming in July 2018!

Erin Nations' acclaimed GUMBALLS series becomes a book!
GUMBALLS by Erin Nations
Discover the pioneering new comic from transgender cartoonist Erin Nations! Gumballs is a one-man variety show spanning graphic memoir, observational comedy, razor-sharp character studies, and so much more. Coming in June 2018!

STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST: bigger, bolder, & full color!
STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST (BOOK TWO) by Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag
Superheroes meet social justice as the wildly popular webcomic comes to print, blending action with relatable young-adult drama and remarkably thoughtful philosophy. This full-color collection features over 300 pages of the ongoing series plus a brand-new short story. Coming in June 2018!

Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie expand the iconic LOST GIRLS!
LOST GIRLS (EXPANDED EDITION) by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie
The groundbreaking, controversial masterpiece of erotic comics, decades in the making, now in a sumptuous hardcover collecting all three volumes, with 32 pages of new artwork and commentary. Coming in July 2018!


Entertainment Weekly unveils our new season!

February 8, 2018 / More →

Covers to GIRL TOWN, COME AGAIN, and GUMBALLSThe good folks at Entertainment Weekly talked with our own Chris Staros and Leigh Walton to get the inside scoop on what's ahead for Top Shelf this year! Take your first look at those gorgeous covers and get excited for:

  • Come Again, the major new solo graphic novel from Nate Powell, winner of the National Book Award (Appearing this weekend at the American Library Assocation Midwinter Meeting to make his first public remarks about it!)
  • Gumballs, collecting the first published memoir comics by an out transgender cartoonist
  • Book Two of the brilliant "social justice superhero" webcomic Strong Female Protagonist
  • Two lovely new editions from the legendary Alan Moore, plus the beginning of his & Kevin O'Neill's last hurrah with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • A throwback thrill-ride with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman
  • And much more... including the four new gems below!

All with exclusive commentary from Chris & Leigh. Check it out, only on EW!


Four delightful Spring releases you can pre-order now!

February 8, 2018 / More →

Top Shelf titles in the February Previews catalog
The February Diamond Previews catalog is packed with new Top Shelf graphic novels for May & June release — and now you can see a 4-page preview of each one!

  • Check in to a mind-bending mystery in CLOUD HOTEL, by Julian Hanshaw (MAY 2018)!
  • Diesel-powered daring in THE JEKYLL ISLAND CHRONICLES, by Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe, Moses Nester, and S. J. Miller (MAY 2018)!
  • Transforming, technology, & time travel in JOHNNY BOO #8, by James Kochalka (JUNE 2018)!
  • Jaw-dropping genius in the collected COIN-OP COMICS, by Maria & Peter Hoey (JUNE 2018)!

MARCH museum exhibits in San Francisco and New York!

February 8, 2018 / More →

The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

Nate Powell's original art from the groundbreaking March trilogy is on the road!

In San Francisco, the Cartoon Art Museum's exhibit "MARCH: A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement" runs now through June 19th.

And in New York City, the Society of Illustrators has just announced "The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece" to open February 28 and run through June 30.

Museum-goers on both coasts will get a chance to see the award-winning work of Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell like never before, up close and at full scale.

Check the links above for details on both exhibits, including a host of special events! For starters, you can join Nate Powell tomorrow night in San Francisco...


Saving WARD'S VALLEY Will Be Gnome Mean Feat!

January 10, 2018 / More →


Pre-order now for release in April 2018!

Praise for Bobby Curnow & Brenda Hickey:
“A modern myth that evokes the agelessness of the best folktales but is a completely new invention.” Newsarama
“Hickey’s artwork is outstanding.” Comic Wow!
“Depth of characters and story are what really drive this book to be one of the best out there right now.” Comic Attack
“Fantastic... the artwork is magical.” Florida Geek Scene

Ward is a grumpy gnome who only wants to be left alone. He never asked for company… but when his beautiful forest starts filling up with animals, it’s more than just grumpiness that makes him nervous. Mysterious muck-trolls and terrifying humans are invading, and he’ll need all the help he can get to defend Ward’s Valley.

Bobby Curnow (Night of 1000 Wolves, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony) team up for an all-new adventure full of charm, color, and surprising depth.

Ward's Valley by Bobby Curnow & Brenda Hickey (APRIL 2018)
$19.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-424-5 • Diamond: JAN180567 • For all ages (10-13 and up)
Full-color softcover graphic novel with flaps • 6.5” x 9.25" • 128 pages
Read a 4-page preview now and pre-order from your favorite retailer!


"Pay What You Want" for 25 of our greatest books — and support great charities — with Humble Bundle!

January 10, 2018 / More →


Our friends at Humble Bundle are offering one heck of a deal, starting today and running for the next two weeks only. The result is a win-win that supports The Hero Initiative's work with comic creators in need and Traveling Stories' work providing books to underprivileged kids — while introducing you to a few of your new favorite graphic novels!

Name your own price, and for as little as $1, you'll get DRM-free digital editions of books that will knock your socks off, with more and more books "unlocked" as you scale up.

What's inside? Erin Nations' powerfully personal Gumballs, Nate Powell's Eisner-Award-winning Swallow Me Whole, Jeff Lemire's heartbreaking Essex County, Jennifer Hayden's profoundly moving The Story of My Tits, Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's jaw-dropping League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele's bestselling The Surrogates, Alex Robinson's beloved Box Office Poison, Shannon Wheeler's hilarious Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, Eddie Campbell's life-changing Alec: The Years Have Pants... and that's barely scratching the surface! It's your whole 2018 reading list taken care of in one click — or an incredible gift for someone dear to you.

Visit Humble Bundle for more details and to grab your bundle today!


SH*T MY PRESIDENT SAYS gallery show at Mar-A-Lago!

January 10, 2018 / More →


Shannon Wheeler's been involved in some nutty schemes before — but this one takes the cake. "The most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you've ever seen," maybe.

Tonight in West Palm Beach, Florida, Shannon unveils the first ever gallery exhibit for his bestselling book Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump. The show runs for the next month at Gallery EmKo, just across the water from Mar-A-Lago, the so-called "Winter White House." Maybe POTUS will stop by and get a look at his cartoon self?

As the Washington Post said, "Wheeler’s Trump is a rotund scamp with a mischievously fiendish spirit... instead of slinging mud that can turn matters opaque, he’s actually attempting to render a window into Trump."

Visit EmKo tonight for the launch party or stop by anytime through February 10th. For more info on Sh*t My President Says (including some of Wheeler's favorite cartoons), visit its official site at sh-tmypresidentsays.com!


The key to success on prom night? Wearing the right suit.

December 4, 2017 / More →

Top Shelf is thrilled to unveil the triumphant return of artist, rock star, storyteller, and Vermont's first Cartoonist Laureate James Kochalka in an all-new graphic novel for adult readers!

Two lovable dirtbag teens, tired of being bullied, build a robot battle suit to take revenge on their entire high school. But they never expected to become… kind of popular?

Mechaboys combines Kochalka's elegant cartooning, wild imagination, and embarrassing memories to create a high school comedy for the modern age — something like a Charlie Brown special remixed with Superbad, Mean Girls and Iron Man.

Packed with frustrated teens, slam-bang plot twists, and moments of genuine sweetness, Mechaboys is a thrilling new direction for Kochalka and an unmissable graphic novel event.

Mechaboys by James Kochalka (MARCH 2018)
$19.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-423-8 • Diamond: DEC170549 • For mature readers (16+)
Softcover graphic novel with flaps • B&W interiors • 7” x 7” • 192 pages
Read a 7-page preview and pre-order now from your favorite retailer!


Introducing Sashko Danylenko with CAT 'N' BAT!

December 4, 2017 / More →

There's no friendship quite like the friendship between two idiots. Celebrate that special bond with these delightfully creative comics -- packed with mischief and mayhem in the vein of Beavis & Butt-Head, Ren & Stimpy, and Broad City.

Cat and Bat are best friends. Every day, they watch awful television, get awful ideas, and get into an awful lot of trouble. In the grand tradition of silent comedy, award-winning Ukrainian animator & artist Sashko Danylenko presents an addictive collection of strips that reveal painfully funny truths about human nature.

Cat 'N' Bat by Sashko Danylenko (MARCH 2018)
$9.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-422-1 • Diamond: DEC170548 • For mature readers (16+)
Softcover graphic novel with flaps • B&W interiors • 5.2” x 7.25” • 88 pages
Read a 5-page preview now and pre-order now from your favorite retailer!


2017 Top Shelf Gift Guide — Graphic Novels for Every Reader!

December 4, 2017 / More →

'Tis the season for looking back over the year gone by — and looking for gifts! As we contemplated the huge variety of books we published in 2017, we decided to break them down into a few categories, to help you navigate to the perfect match for your loved ones. Take a look after the jump...

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Her ex-lovers are all dead... in THE THREE ROOMS IN VALERIE'S HEAD!

September 29, 2017 / More →

Falling in love is easy. But it's not the fall that kills you.

In January 2018, Top Shelf welcomes two remarkable British talents — ultra-short fiction writer David Gaffney and comic artist Dan Berry — in their first collaboration. The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head is a dark comedy about relationships, memory, loneliness and obsession.

Valerie has a rich interior life. Serially unlucky in love, to feel better she imagines that her previous boyfriends are dead and that their bodies are kept downstairs in the cellar in a strange, mummified state. Every day she brings them upstairs and speaks with them about what went wrong.

What follows is a series of peculiar, funny, and sometimes disturbing short tales about inept lovers, weird obsessions, and socially malfunctioning men who repeatedly fail to build a relationship with poor Valerie.

Apart from Stanley. Stanley was special.
Could he be the one to save her?


The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head is a full-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 9.5" x 6.5" (landscape), 120 pages. Check out a six-page preview and pre-order now from your favorite retailer!


New York Comic-Con is next weekend!

September 29, 2017 / More →

Our nation's biggest city holds one of our nation's biggest comic-cons — and we'll be there next weekend, October 5-8, for New York Comic Con! Come to Booth #1844 (IDW Publishing) to meet these awesome cartoonists:

Tara O'Connor (Roots) — a New York Comic-Con debut!

Shannon Wheeler (Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump)

Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point)

Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men: Deluxe Edition)

Lauren Purje (You Might Be An Artist If...)

Plus: join us Sunday, October 8 at 2:30pm in room 1A18 for a festive panel with these & other authors, plus coming attractions!


Ignatz Awards for Jess Fink and Carolyn Nowak!

September 29, 2017 / More →


It was a good night to be a robot lover.

At the Small Press Expo earlier this month (as Top Shelf celebrated our 20th anniversary!), the Ignatz Awards went to all kinds of amazing indie cartoonists. But we were particularly proud to see two winners from the Top Shelf family:

Jess Fink won "Outstanding Series" for her erotic masterpiece of steampunk romance, Chester 5000. If you're new to the series (and over 18), there's no better time to pick up its two handsome hardcover volumes!

Carolyn Nowak won "Outstanding Story" for her charming, haunting graphic novella "Diana's Electric Tongue." As Publishers Weekly reported this week, Carolyn is coming to Top Shelf for Girl Town, a collection of her award-winning short stories coming next year!

Congrats to all the nominees and winners, and stay tuned for more on Girl Town!