August 9, 2008 / More →
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:
May 25, 2008 / More →
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!
May 14, 2008 / More →
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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April 14, 2008 / More →
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!
March 26, 2008 / More →
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.
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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February 18, 2008 / More →
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.
February 11, 2008 / More →
A short YouTube video of Chris Staros at the Small Press Expo (2007) discussing his comic book YEARBOOK STORIES: Chris Staros on YouTube.
February 11, 2008 / More →
January 14, 2008 / More →
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.
January 6, 2008 / More →
Blair Butler of G4tv announced her picks for the Best Comics of the Year on ATTACK OF THE SHOW. To watch the cool video, JUST CLICK HERE. It's the last part of the video, as she announces all her best superhero picks first, and then ends by awarding both Jeff Lemire's GHOST STORIES (Top Shelf) and Adrian Tomine's SHORTCOMINGS (D&Q) as the two books that tied for "Best Indy Comic Of The Year". Thanks, Blair! Very cool.
December 22, 2007 / More →
"Visit My Baltimore" just did a really nice five minute video with Jose Villarrubia, about his life in, and love of, the City of Baltimore. Check out this intimate interview with one of Top Shelf's key "behind the scenes" family members -- who also happens to be the man responsible for all the amazing photography in Alan Moore's THE MIRROR OF LOVE and VOICE OF THE FIRE: JOSE VILLARRUBIA.
November 19, 2007 / More →
Variety announced today that Bruce Willis has signed on to star in the Disney/Touchstone adaptation of Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele's The Surrogates, to start production in February 2008. To read the entire article at Variety, just click here: The Surrogates Movie.
Jonathan Mostow will direct, based on the screenplay adaptation by Michael Ferris and John Brancato, and the film will be produced by Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, Brownstone Productions' Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks, and Top Shelf Productions.
November 4, 2007 / More →
iFanboy just did a really cool half-hour video webcast where Ron, Josh and Conor discussed Top Shelf and a bunch of Top Shelf titles as well. A very cool episode that you can watch here: iFANBOY VIDEO WEBCAST.
October 29, 2007 / More →
Top Shelf is proud to present a short video trailer of Jeff Lemire's TALES FROM THE FARM. Directed by Marcel Sawicki, with music by Michael Gerald Bauer, and edited by Chris Woods -- our three new friends thru comics -- hopefully this trailer will peak your interest enough to go ahead and try the first two volumes of Lemire's amazing Essex County trilogy: Tales from the Farm and Ghost Stories. You'll definitely be amazed if you do. Click here to see the TALES FROM THE FARM TRAILER.
"Books like this are the reason alternative comics publishers such as Top Shelf exist. Lemire uses an utterly personal, idiosyncratic drawing style, rough but completely clear, that even just-off-mainstream publishers would insist on gussying up for publication. And the simple story's slice-of-life lyricism, sparked by magic realism, is way too arthouse-movie-ish for the mainstream. But lordy, does it work!" -- Ray Olson, Booklist