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Alex Robinson's TOO COOL is an Amazon Top 10 Graphic Novel!

November 5, 2008 / More →

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Great news from our friends at Amazon.com: Alex Robinson's TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN has been named one of the Best Books of 2008 in the Comics & Graphic Novels category! Alex's book landed at #7, edging out Dilbert -- quite an achievement!

Congratulations to Alex and all the other creators on the list. It's been a fine year for comics!


TEN YEARS OF AMERICAN ELF! IT'S A KOCHALKAPALOOZA!

October 27, 2008 / More →

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"Quirky, soulful, and surprising, James Kochalka's ten-year run on his diary comic is a remarkable and singular achievement. No wonder it has influenced countless cartoonists!" - James Sturm (award-winning cartoonist and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies)

Top Shelf is very proud to announce that October 26, 2008 marked the 10-year anniversary of James Kochalka's sketchbook diaries, AMERICAN ELF. Day after day for 10 years now, James has been capturing moments large and small, recording his life on paper and in pixels, and inviting the world to live it with him.

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AMERICAN ELF 10th Anniversary documentary!

October 25, 2008 / More →

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James Kochalka began his groundbreaking American Elf sketchbook diaries October 26, 1998 -- and he's kept it up every day for ten years now! Vermont's Seven Days newspaper has made this fantastic short documentary showing how life and art blend together in the Kochalka household - check it out!

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INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS VIDEO

September 16, 2008 / More →

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Click here to check out the awesome Incredible Change-Bots trailer that's just been completed!


Alex Robinson's TOO COOL on G4's Fresh Ink!

August 28, 2008 / More →

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Blair Butler of G4TV's Attack of the Show has hyped another Top Shelf book on her "Fresh Ink" segment: Alex Robinson's Too Cool to be Forgotten! To see her take on Too Cool and some other great books, click here. Thanks, Blair! You rock.


Lemire's Essex County Picks Up Another Prestigious Award!

August 9, 2008 / More →

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Jeff Lemire's ESSEX COUNTY just won the DOUG WRIGHT AWARD for BEST EMERGING TALENT (CANADIAN CARTOONING). This is in addition to the slew of other awards Jeff has received this year for his amazing Trilogy of graphic novels: TALES FROM THE FARM, GHOST STORIES, and THE COUNTRY NURSE.

Jeff also won the American Library Association ALEX AWARD, the SHUSTER AWARD for OUTSTANDING CANADIAN COMIC BOOK CARTOONIST, and was nominated for a HARVEY and two EISNER AWARDS to boot!

The Trilogy is now in print, so if you haven't tried it yet, now is the time to pick it up:


TOP SHELF 2.0 GOES LIVE!

May 25, 2008 / More →

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Top Shelf just launched its all-new, free digital comics initiative, playfully titled Top Shelf 2.0. Updated 5 days a week, the new program will showcase a huge variety of talent both old and new, introducing creators to new fans and fans to new creators with a constant stream of new stories.

Updates to the site, posted every weekday, will take many forms, ranging from one-page gags to short stories to chapters in an ongoing series. With each day's new story, co-editors Brett Warnock and Leigh Walton will unveil another piece in a rolling assortment of previously-featured artists and new debuts. Check out the topshelf 2.0 tab on the left and see the updates already posted!


THE SUMMER OF LOVE AT THE SWEDISH SMALL PRESS EXPO!

May 14, 2008 / More →

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The relationship between the Swedish and American alternative comics scenes got a lot stronger a few weeks ago at the 10th Annual Swedish Small Press Expo (SPX) held at the famous and opulent KULTURHUSET -- Sweden's "House of Culture" in the heart of gorgeous downtown Stockholm.

I was lucky to be invited as a guest of both the convention and the publishing house ORDFRONT/GALAGO, as this September Top Shelf will be distributing FROM THE SHADOW OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, the first ever all-English anthology of Swedish alternative comics.

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Jeff Lemire Award Nominations and Wins!

April 14, 2008 / More →

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Jeff Lemire not only won the American Library Association's "ALEX AWARD" for his phenomenal graphic novel, ESSEX COUNTY (VOL 1): TALES FROM THE FARM, but TALES FROM THE FARM and ESSEX COUNTY (VOL 2): GHOST STORIES have both just been nominated for the 2008 JOE SHUSTER AWARD for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist (Writer/Artist), and also two EISNER AWARDS for both Best New Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist.

Congrats also to Matt Kindt for his Eisner Nomination for Best Graphic Album (Reprint) for SUPER SPY.

If you haven't picked up these three amazing graphic novels yet, you should. They are amazing!


Jeffrey Brown on SexTV!

March 26, 2008 / More →

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A really cool documentary on Jeffrey Brown just aired on Canadian Television's SexTV. They just posted the segment to their website, and the entire piece can be watched online. Check out the show here: Sex TV.

And check out the entire Jeffrey Brown catalog of graphic novels here:
Jeffrey Brown Catalog.


Lemire and Kindt named in BOOKLIST's Best of Year!

March 20, 2008 / More →

Jeff Lemire's ESSEX COUNTY (VOL 2): GHOST STORIES and Matt Kindt's SUPER SPY made Booklist's TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVEL LIST -- and Top Shelf was the only publisher with 2 books on the list too!

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SUPER SPY on ATTACK OF THE SHOW!

February 18, 2008 / More →

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Blair Butler of G4tv just did a cool piece on Matt Kindt's SUPER SPY on ATTACK OF THE SHOW. To watch the video, CLICK HERE.


CHRIS STAROS on YouTube talking about YEARBOOK STORIES!

February 11, 2008 / More →

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A short YouTube video of Chris Staros at the Small Press Expo (2007) discussing his comic book YEARBOOK STORIES: Chris Staros on YouTube.


Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie's BBC4 Interview on LOST GIRLS (on YouTube)!

February 11, 2008 / More →

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A short YouTube video of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie from their BBC4 interview on Lost Girls: Alan and Melinda on YouTube.


Lemire's TALES FROM THE FARM wins YALSA Alex Award!

January 14, 2008 / More →

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association, has just announced the winners of the 2008 Alex Awards, ten adult books with specific teen appeal. The awards, sponsored by Booklist, were just announced at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, and Jeff Lemire's ESSEX COUNTY (VOL 1): TALES FROM THE FARM was one of the ten winners! And to put this in perspective, the last graphic novel to make this list was Persepolis, and that was five years ago. To, see the list of winners just click here: Alex Awards.