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Top Shelf's first time at Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival!

December 2, 2011 / More →

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New Yorkers! Come celebrate our debut appearance at the much buzzed-about Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival, a FREE one-day celebration of indie/art comics, today, Saturday December 3 from noon to 9 PM.

You can meet Underwire author Jennifer Hayden, continuing her rock star Underwire signing tour, as well as Liar's Kiss author Eric Skillman, who'll have a new issue of his hard-boiled crime series Egg! And our own New Yorker, Leigh Walton, will be manning the booth and cutting deals all day long, with a full lineup of our incredible 2011 releases.

See you soon!


Kevin O'Neill offers LEAGUE original art for sale!

December 1, 2011 / More →

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For the first time, British comics legend and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co-creator Kevin O'Neill is making available almost 90 pages of original artwork from recent League graphic novels!

The selling exhibitions -- one in Brussels and one in Paris -- include the front covers and some of the greatest interior pages from The Black Dossier, Century: 1910, and Century: 1969.

Paul will be present to open the exhibitions later this month: December 15th at the Galerie Champaka in Brussels, followed by December 16th at Galerie 9eme Art in Paris!

For more details, check out exhibition consultant Paul Gravett's announcement here, or the Galerie Champaka site where the pages will be viewable and purchasable.

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Alan Moore enters the Internet for Harvey Pekar and CLEVELAND!

November 28, 2011 / More →

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As announced yesterday in Fast Company, the one and only Alan Moore is coming out in a big way to support the man he calls "one of the very finest writers ever to grace the comic medium... my late great friend and inspiration, Harvey Pekar."

Less than two years after Harvey's death, Alan is throwing his efforts behind two major projects to honor his memory. First, Harvey's wife Joyce Brabner is spearheading the creation of a memorial statue in Cleveland, Ohio: a monument to Harvey, his work, his love for public libraries, and the unlimited possibilities of the comic book medium. To help raise funds for the project, Alan Moore is making a rare exception to his Internet-free lifestyle and offering an invitation-only video conference with anyone who donates $99 or more! For more details, click here or watch the video embedded after the jump.

Secondly, we're proud to announce this week that Alan Moore has written the introduction to Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, the posthumous graphic novel with art by Joseph Remnant, coming from Zip Comics and Top Shelf Productions in February 2012! It's simultaneously an autobiographical snapshot of Harvey in his busy final years and a love letter to the city where he spent his entire life. As Alan says, "Harvey inspired in me an absolute artist's confidence in the celebration of places where we live, the ordinary things of our lives, and streets that surround us as suitable subject matter of creative endeavors. He took his life in Cleveland and personal history, and turned them into beautiful comic book captures of little human moments."

Donations for the memorial statue project (and Alan's videoconference) are still open through December 4. The book, Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, is available for pre-order now, and will be released in February. We're honored to be able to help keep Harvey's legacy alive.

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Top Shelf dives into digital comics: Two apps, books on every platform, and one incredible sale!

November 14, 2011 / More →

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Some of the bestselling graphic novels of recent years now fit in your pocket -- for just a few dollars each.

The comic book industry takes another significant step into the future today, as Top Shelf Productions offers its award-winning library of graphic novels for sale in digital form through two dedicated apps -- one for general readers and one for kids.

Additionally, this week Top Shelf expands the availability of its books across multiple digital platforms, for every device. As the publisher of critically acclaimed and popularly beloved books such as From Hell, Essex County, and Owly, Top Shelf breaks new ground as the first "indie" or "alternative" publisher to offer such a substantial catalog of digital graphic novels.

To celebrate, Top Shelf is offering five keystone graphic novels at radically reduced digital prices -- as low as 99 cents! -- for the next week. What's more, a newly remastered edition of Jeff Lemire's LOST DOGS makes its Top Shelf debut this week as a digital graphic novel.

The flagship of this launch is a pair of new apps, developed by industry leader Comixology, available now for Apple devices: Top Shelf Productions (featuring the full lineup of books) and Top Shelf Kids Club (focusing specifically on comics for all ages). They can be downloaded here:


Top Shelf Productions app




Top Shelf Kids Club App

At the same time, Top Shelf graphic novels are also now available through Comixology, Graphicly, Comics+ by iVerse, Apple iBooks, and Google Books. More titles will continue to roll out on every platform in the days to come, including the Nook and Kindle Fire devices, as well as the Diamond Digital program which partners with comic shops. New "buy digital" buttons now appear throughout www.topshelfcomix.com, offering easy access to digital editions in every available format.

In the wake of this major expansion, anyone with a computer screen, smartphone, or tablet device can take home Top Shelf's award-winning and life-changing library of graphic novels. And with this week's sale prices, jumping in has never been easier -- five of the most popular Top Shelf graphic novels collectively cost less than $10.

Special launch week SALE PRICES - Top Shelf keystone books! Get all 5 for $9.95!

These prices apply in every digital store - try whichever you like!

In addition, the Top Shelf apps feature such contemporary classics as From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell and Essex County by Jeff Lemire, new critical darlings like Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod and Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme, and stellar full-color kids' books like Incredible Change-Bots by Jeffrey Brown and Okie Dokie Donuts by Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos. All use Comixology's "Guided View" technology for a carefully curated panel-to-panel reading process on small screens, or full-page views on large screens. And, like all Top Shelf's digital comics, they are priced very affordably.

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It's an INFINITE KUNG FU / Wu-Tang Double Feature in Olympia!

November 13, 2011 / More →

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Kagan McLeod's super-groovulous Infinite Kung Fu tour rolls onward! This time, he's headed west, to Olympia, Washington. And check out what awaits those lucky fans on the Pacific:
--A Wu-Tang Double Feature presented by the Olympia Film Festival, featuring The Mystery of Chessboxing (1979) and Bastard Swordsman (1983), PLUS a q&a session with Kagan McLeod! That's Thursday, November 17 at 11:30pm at the Capitol Theater.
THEN:
--A signing at the superb comic shop Danger Room Comics, 3-6pm on Saturday, November 19. This store and its customers have been huge supporters of Kagan's work for many years, and we're thrilled to be sending him over to celebrate the finished book. Pick up your very own copy of Infinite Kung Fu and get Kagan to sketch your favorite character inside!

Everybody in the area, mark your calendars now -- and everybody can enjoy the full glory of Kagan's flyer artwork!


Jennifer Hayden launches UNDERWIRE in Brooklyn Nov 12!

November 12, 2011 / More →

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Update: Due to inclement weather this event has been rescheduled to November 12!

One of the most entertaining new members of the Top Shelf family, "politically incorrect mother of two" Jennifer Hayden, is hosting a launch party for her new book Underwire -- and you're invited!

WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 8-11pm
WHERE: Bergen Street Comics (470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
WHAT: Buying books! Getting 'em signed! Meeting the author and her family! Hearing inappropriate anecdotes! Enjoying light refreshments! Most importantly, getting a little culture in your life...

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sometimes you just gotta pick yourself up by your brastraps.

Underwire collects the wise and witty stories of Jennifer Hayden, cartoonist and politically incorrect mother of two. She may not have all the answers, but she's not gonna let that stop her from enjoying the prime of her life -- her forties!

ABOUT THE PARTY:
Jennifer says: "Let me deface a copy for you! And meet a couple of special guests: my husband, and my daughter Charlotte--the star of many of the stories in Underwire. She'll be drinking Shirley Temples, but there'll be plenty of beer and bubbly for the rest of us!"

For more details and to RSVP, you can visit the Underwire Launch Party Facebook invite. Hope to see you there!


INFINITE KUNG FU is one of the 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2011!

November 7, 2011 / More →

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Publishers Weekly today announced their list of the 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2011, and Kagan McLeod's Infinite Kung Fu landed a prime position!

This honor doubles down on PW's previous starred review of Infinite Kung Fu, which concluded: "The great strength of this graphic novel is its originality, but equally impressive are McLeod’s extraordinary illustrations and compelling narrative."

Infinite Kung Fu is available now wherever books are sold - including from your local comic shop, directly from Top Shelf, and digitally through iVerse, Comixology, Google Books, and iTunes.


Check out Johnny Boo's Halloween Party by James Kochalka!

October 30, 2011 / More →

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One of the best things about having a cartoonist for a dad: he can draw cool things for your school! Following last year's bean bag toss, Johnny Boo creator James Kochalka has a new Halloween adventure for his son Eli's school. Check it out!

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Nate Powell joins bestselling authors at the UN to benefit Darfur refugees!

October 25, 2011 / More →

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Nate Powell, the multi-award-winning graphic novelist behind Swallow Me Whole and Any Empire, appeared last week at the United Nations with an all-star team of teen-fiction writers to raise funds for young refugees from Darfur. Powell joins R. L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street), Ann M. Martin (The Baby-Sitters Club), and over a dozen other top authors in the new anthology What You Wish For, published by Putnam.


R. L. Stine, Nate Powell, and Ann M. Martin speaking at the UN.

Last Monday, nine of the book's contributors shared the stage with children's-book expert Leonard S. Marcus for a special presentation at the United Nations building in New York.

[more photos and information after the jump!]

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WIZZYWIG author Ed Piskor launches new webcomic at Boing Boing!

October 19, 2011 / More →

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One of the most exciting new additions to the Top Shelf family is Ed Piskor, whose open-source graphic novel WIZZYWIG (about the life and exploits of a serial hacker) will be published next year. So we're delighted to see that he's launching a new comic strip, called Brain Rot, over at the wonderful tech/culture blog Boing Boing!

Brain Rot is an ongoing exploration of pop culture, counterculture, and everything fun that's supposed to be bad for us. Head on over to the first strip and watch the archive for future installments -- it promises to be a wicked good time!

And to whet your appetite for Wizzywig, check out this interview with Ed at Under the Radar!


Thanks for our best NYCC ever!

October 17, 2011 / More →

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Just writing a quick note to let you know Top Shelf had our best ever weekend at New York Comic Con! Thanks to our heroic authors, booth staff, local retailers, and especially all the amazing New York fans who came out to support us, we set a new record for this show. Enjoy your new books, and we'll see you at the next show!


Top Shelf tackles New York Comic Con!

October 11, 2011 / More →

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The summer may be over, but convention season is still going strong... and this weekend is one of the biggest shows of the year! Yes, we're heading to the Javits Center in New York City for the 2011 New York Comic Con!

And look who's coming with us:
Jess Fink (Chester 5000) - SATURDAY ONLY
Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung Fu)
Jennifer Hayden (Underwire)
Eric Skillman (Liar's Kiss)
Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover (Gingerbread Girl)
Jeff Lemire (Essex County, the upcoming The Underwater Welder) - for Jeff's schedule, see here.

All at the Top Shelf booth (#1833). Can't wait to see you there!


An army of critics agree: Nate Powell's ANY EMPIRE is stunning!

September 27, 2011 / More →

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As our huge new releases percolate out into the world, critical reviews continue to roll in -- and readers of all kinds are reporting that Nate Powell's Any Empire is blowing their minds!

Of course, after Nate's Eisner Award victory for Swallow Me Whole, expectations were high... but take a look at these responses:

"The most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his [generation] ... Powell's exceptional visual-storytelling gift transforms a potentially obvious antiwar parable into a ravishingly beautiful, emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and provocative work of art." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Any Empire by Nate Powell is everything a graphic novel should be, and few are. Spare, to the point dialog, fluid and effortless visual storytelling devoid of pretensions, and a story with characters that stick with you. I very rarely read graphic novels because I usually can't get past the first few pages. but Any Empire drew me in from the start and didn't let up." -- Larry Hama, author of GI Joe comics since 1982

"Nate Powell's new graphic novel is a heartbreaker--a gently paced, not-particularly-realism-bound story about how kids' fantasy lives (and the cheap entertainment that fuels them) can shape their real lives, and ultimately ruin them. Great stuff." -- Douglas Wolk, ComicsAlliance

"At times poignant, at at others surreal, Any Empire is an engaging, never preachy work about childhood, centering on those secret currents that define our youthful rivalries and the games we play." -- MTV Geek

"Powell's understanding of the way his characters live -- constantly feeling a little insecure about their position among their own peer group -- and his ability to convey their daydreams work together to express a truth about a world where violence erupts organically from a culture of macho gamesmanship and cheap plastic guns." -- Noel Murray, The AV Club

"It's a book not so much about children, but about adults trying to figure out how they ended up they way they did and where it all began: the culmination of things that meant the most in a time when we felt things deepest, the effects of story on malleable minds." -- Hayley Campbell, The Comics Journal

"We've all experienced the world's endless cycle of innocence shattered, and Powell renders it all in lovely chiaroscuro... he crafts memorable and heartfelt characters that linger in the mind and scar the heart." -- Under the Radar

[The praise continues! Click below for more!]

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Top Shelf announces sequel to Ludovic Debeurme's LUCILLE!

September 24, 2011 / More →

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In this thoughtful interview with author Ludovic Debeurme, the Los Angeles Times breaks the news that Top Shelf Productions will be publishing the English translation of Renée, the stunning sequel to his acclaimed graphic novel Lucille!

Ludovic, who recently launched the French edition of Renée, had this to say about his new book: "I’ve moved from a minimalist image to a more busy style, similar to engraving, to capture the reader in frozen moments that can be felt as single images, like paintings... We find the main characters, as well as new ones, including Renée. This allowed me to update my story to make it closer to the questions on my mind at the time of writing this new book. The relationship between the body and the pain and anger of all these protagonists should, I hope, invite the reader to consider these concepts in a more universal way."

Lucille has already racked up high praise since its debut from Top Shelf:

"A coherent, compelling narrative... the love affair in Lucille burns bright, illuminating two lives." -- The AV Club

"A wonderful, satisfying experience to read and savour and easily one of the truly unmissable bande dessinée translations of the year." -- Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life

"The type of story the graphic novel was meant for." -- Kelly Stephenson, Playback:STL

"A stunner... Lucille is definitely one of the most significant graphic novel releases of the year." -- Heidi MacDonald, The Beat

"A deserved prize winner at Angoulême. Debeurme has created characters of tremendous depth here." -- Jonathan Rigby, Page 45

We look forward to sharing Renée with you in late 2012!


A Big Thanks to Everyone Who Participated in the Top Shelf Web Sale!

September 24, 2011 / More →

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Hey Gang,

Just wanted to thank everyone for participating in the Top Shelf web sale. We got a bunch more orders than we anticipated, so the three of us have been working furiously to get them all out. There aren't tracking #s on these, via the US Postal Service, but we guarantee their delivery -- and all of them will be out in the mail by next week at the latest (with a bunch on the way already). Thanks for your patience here, and the Top Shelf books will be with you shortly.

Your friend thru comics,
Chris Staros