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2023 Releases

Here's everything Top Shelf has planned for 2023 (subject to change) listed in order of release -- with a few highlights from 2022 as well! Do yourself a favor this year and try some things that you're not that familiar with. You won't be disappointed.

And click on the links for a quick look at the entire publishing schedule; our mature-reader perennials, and our all-ages perennials.

December 2022

Ballad for Sophie

Ballad for Sophie

by Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia

One of the American Library Association's Top 10 Best Graphic Novels for Adults!
Nominated for four Eisner Awards!
Nominated for two Harvey Awards!
Nominated for five Ringo Awards!
Nominated for the American Cartoonists Society Reuben Award (Graphic Novel Division)!

Watch Juan Cavia's cover …

$24.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-498-6 - Diamond: MAY210433

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator

by Sofia Warren

“What kind of politico embeds a cartoonist in her office for a year? Well, a remarkably savvy one, it turns out, and the payoff is Sofia Warren’s beautifully-rendered account of a rookie’s initiation into state politics: an exhilarating baptism of fire, and a sorely-needed love letter to the …

$24.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-512-9 - Diamond: APR221606

 
Loved and Lost: A Relationship Trilogy

Loved and Lost: A Relationship Trilogy

by Jeffrey Brown

"An extremely impressive debut, full of all the things that make a story good — doomed relationships, embarrassing personal details, and the insatiable need to put it all down on paper." — Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan and Rusty Brown

"You can open to any page and find something …

$29.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-506-8 - Diamond: JAN220465

Free Pass

Free Pass

by Julian Hanshaw

"Free Pass is an optimistic, clever and amusing look at where we are heading as a society. And Julian’s use of colour is gorgeous." — Chester Brown, author of Ed the Happy Clown, Paying for It, and Louis Riel

"Hanshaw has outdone himself with Free Pass. A futuristic sex fantasy that is as …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-505-1 - Diamond: JAN220456

 
The Bend of Luck

The Bend of Luck

by Peter Hoey and Maria Hoey

✭ "The Bend of Luck is both a lyrical modern-day fable and a somber crime drama that turns on a touch of magic realism and the true, intricate twists of fate and chance that connect people to one another... never dull for an instant; lyrical, somber, but immensely satisfying." — Booklist …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-509-9

Doughnuts and Doom

Doughnuts and Doom

by Balazs Lorinczi

“Sweet and sapphic in every way, Doughnuts and Doom is everything my gay, witchy, baked-good-loving heart could ever want.” — Sam Maggs, author of Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas

"This fast-paced enemies-to-lovers romance, filled with magic, music, and pastries, is an upbeat …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-513-6

 
Order of the Night Jay (Book One): The Forest Beckons

Order of the Night Jay (Book One): The Forest Beckons

by Jonathan Schnapp

“A fun camp adventure for those who adore talking & clothes-wearing animals!” —School Library Journal

“A detective-duo heist, a moving and cautionary tale of friendship & openness prevailing against prejudice, or a chilling campfire yarn... [Order of the Night Jay] somehow manages to be …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-510-5

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean

by Kim Dwinell

Soon to be an Apple TV+ series!

“This fun book contains lots of cool marine biology and oceanography tidbits for budding surfers… and future scientists! Surfing is an amazing way to enjoy the ocean, and the more you know, the better a guest you’ll be to the wonderful creatures that live …

$9.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-494-8 - Diamond: MAR210453

 

January 2023

Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story: The Graphic Novel

Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story: The Graphic Novel

by Edmund White, Brian Alessandro, Michael Carroll, and Igor Karash
Edited by Ryan Runstadler

"A provocative coming-of-age story, adapted for a new generation of readers, offering further insight and emotional depth to a landmark work in the panoply of LGBTQ fiction. A true tribute to the original, and to Edmund White’s inimitable voice, on the 40th anniversary of his breakthrough …

$29.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-508-2

Ashes

Ashes

by Álvaro Ortiz

“Álvaro Ortiz mixes The Sopranos, The Wire, The Bridges of Madison County, Paul Auster and David Lynch in a blender, and instead of mint leaves he adds a pinch of his morbid but amazing imagination, which gives the authentic flavor to the story. Oh, how I hate wicked Ortiz for his way of …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-517-4 - Diamond: OCT228162

 
Super Trash Clash

Super Trash Clash

by Edgar Camacho

Nostalgia for the world’s worst video game brings a girl back to her childhood in an action-packed indie graphic novel about friendship, family, and three-hit combos.

It’s an age-old story: for her birthday, Dul wanted the hottest new video game, but her mom accidentally bought her Super …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-516-7

F.A.R.M. System

F.A.R.M. System

by Rich Koslowski

They’re super-strong, but are they powerful enough for the big leagues? If superheroes were real, they’d be a lot like pro athletes. But when supers start mysteriously dropping dead, all the agents and managers in the world may not be able to save them...

“Rich melds the business model of …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-515-0

 

February 2023

Skull Cat (Book One): Skull Cat and the Curious Castle

Skull Cat (Book One): Skull Cat and the Curious Castle

by Norman Shurtliff

“A delightful blend of cute, creepy, and absurd. I’ve got a lot of time for Skull Cat!” —Cam Kendell, illustrator of Fart Quest

“Finally, the big epic adventure that every little cat deserves! Norman Shurtliff has a knack for world-building that is enviable.” —Jens K Styve, creator …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-519-8 - Diamond: OCT221727

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Winner of the National Book Award

"March can help a new generation understand that the arc of the moral universe doesn't just bend toward justice; humans must struggle to bend it. To read Lewis's graphic memoir... is to be reminded that what so many have taken for granted in American life today …

$49.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-395-8 - Diamond: JUN16-0409

 
March: Book One

March: Book One

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Discover the phenomenal graphic novel memoir by US Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis!
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA's …

$14.95 (US)

$9.99 (US) DIGITAL

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ISBN 978-1-60309-300-2 - Diamond: JUN13-1298

March: Book Two

March: Book Two

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Don't miss the sequel to the #1 bestseller March: Book One!

New York Times Bestseller
One of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Winner of the Will Eisner Award
Winner of the Street Literature Book Award Medal
Winner of the Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo Award

"With March, …

$19.95 (US)

$12.99 (US) DIGITAL

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ISBN 978-1-60309-400-9 - Diamond: NOV141657

 
March: Book Three

March: Book Three

by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Top Shelf is honored to present a milestone of comics history: the stunning conclusion to the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award
Winner of the …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-402-3 - Diamond: JUN160408

They Called Us Enemy

They Called Us Enemy

by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker

A New York Times Bestseller!
An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers!
Winner of the Will Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work!
Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature!
Winner of the American Book Award!
Winner of the National Cartoonists Society …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-450-4 - Diamond: MAR190630

 

March 2023

Glork Patrol (Book Three): Glork Patrol and the Magic Robot

Glork Patrol (Book Three): Glork Patrol and the Magic Robot

by James Kochalka

A mysterious package arrives with a tiny robot inside, named Glorkbot. Say hello to the newest member of the Glork Patrol! But when Gonk and Baby Quackaboodle quickly deplete its batteries by making it do too many funny dance moves, there’s only one entity they can turn to for help: the giant …

$9.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-521-1 - Diamond: NOV221582

April 2023

Cosmic Cadets (Book One): Contact!

Cosmic Cadets (Book One): Contact!

by Mimi Alves and Ben Crane

"Cosmic Cadets is the perfect adventure for anyone who's dreamed of making first contact. Fun, fast-paced, and with a ton of heart." — Conor McCreery, author of The Last Witch

"Take the best of Star Trek (which I love) and mash it up with The Goonies (which I love), and you’ve got Cosmic …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-520-4 - Diamond: DEC221456

June 2023

The Unpetables

The Unpetables

by Dennis Messner

"Pigmund and Lizárdo are flippin' awesome! They may be unpetable, but they're also UNSTOPPABLE! Bring on the next adventure!" — Rob Harrell, author of Wink, Batpig, Life of Zarf, and Monster on the Hill

“Take a wild ride with Dennis Messner’s The Unpetables. It’s the funniest adventure …

$9.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-523-5

Cosmoknights (Book Two)

Cosmoknights (Book Two)

by Hannah Templer

Escape was just the beginning. The sensational “gays in space” webcomic/graphic novel returns, with new faces, long-awaited reunions, higher stakes, and more thrilling action!

Pan has finally escaped her dead-end planet, piecing together a new sort of family with the rebel gladiators Bee & …

$24.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-511-2 - Diamond: JUN228600

 
Chester 5000 (Book 1)

Chester 5000 (Book 1)

by Jess Fink

Winner of the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series!

"Liquid and elegantly stylized." — Alan Moore

"Sexy and charming. This is pornography with a heart." — Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

"Fink's storytelling is as likely to pluck on your heartstrings as get you all steamed up." — Graeme …

$19.99 (US)

$7.99 (US) DIGITAL

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ISBN 978-1-60309-535-8

July 2023

The Second Fake Death of Eddie Campbell & The Fate of the Artist [FLIP HARDCOVER]

The Second Fake Death of Eddie Campbell & The Fate of the Artist [FLIP HARDCOVER]

by Eddie Campbell

Eddie Campbell is not himself. But these days, who is? It’s meta-fictional mystery and mischief as the award-winning artist of From Hell sets out to find his own imposter. Plus, on the flipside: a deluxe new presentation of The Fate of the Artist, Eddie Campbell’s classic work of graphic …

$29.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-524-2

Shelley Frankenstein! (Book One): CowPiggy

Shelley Frankenstein! (Book One): CowPiggy

by Colleen Madden

Shelley Frankenstein is the great-great-great-granddaughter of a pretty famous mad scientist. She loves to be scared, and tries to make creepy creatures to spook all her friends… but all her experiments seem to backfire. The other kids love her adorable creations. What a disappointment! Finally …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-522-8

 

August 2023

Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz

Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz

by Luca Debus and Francesco Matteuzzi

Discover the man behind Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang in this imaginative and tender-hearted tribute told in comic-strip format!

Charles M. Schulz was arguably the most influential and popular cartoonist of the 20th century, and he poured many of his own emotions and experiences …

$39.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-526-6

But You Have Friends

But You Have Friends

by Emilia McKenzie

From the moment they met in Grade 9, Emilia and Charlotte were best friends. Built on creative writing, indie music, feminist literature, a love of purple, and much more, their special connection sustained them through high school and the many ups & downs that followed — until Charlotte died in …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-527-3

 

September 2023

Lisa Cheese and Ghost Guitar (Book 1): Attack of the Snack

Lisa Cheese and Ghost Guitar (Book 1): Attack of the Snack

by Kevin Alvir

Lisa is a sweet unicorn girl with a cyborg arm… and anger issues… who’s late for her first day of work. And if this occult fast food chain’s minions don’t stop attacking, she’ll never achieve her dream of making it as a musician!

Lisa Cheese moved to Earth City hoping to make a name …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-528-0

October 2023

Transitions

Transitions

by Élodie Durand

A new landmark in nonfiction comics, Transitions is a sympathetic, informative, and moving story of a family’s journey to acceptance.

“I thought I was open-minded… The news of my child’s transition hit me like a tidal wave, sweeping away all my preconceived notions. Sweeping away the …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-518-1

What If We Were… (Book 2)

What If We Were… (Book 2)

by Axelle Lenoir

Teen girls rewrite the universe every day… but now they’re going even further! Reunite with Nathalie and Marie — and their new friend/crush Jane Doe — for their wildest, most hilarious games of imagination yet, including an extended fantasy epic!

Marie and Nathalie are the queens of …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-530-3

 

November 2023

Rose Wolves (Book 1)

Rose Wolves (Book 1)

by Natalie Warner

This wordless two-color graphic novel is an enthralling fable about disability, companionship, and transformation, set in the haunting beauty of the wild.

One day, a little girl picks an unusual flower from an unusual bush in the forest. Overnight, the flower blooms and turns into a magical …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-531-0

December 2023

You Wish (Book 1)

You Wish (Book 1)

by Jeff Victor

What if you found a genie’s magic lamp, and rubbed it only to discover that YOU were the genie?

Avery McLean is just your normal ten-year-old tomboy, helping her dad run a tiny, run-down gas station in the middle of the desert. With no friends and no fun to be had, Avery has been teaching …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-532-7

Johnny Boo (Book 14): Johnny Boo is Bored! Bored! Bored!

Johnny Boo (Book 14): Johnny Boo is Bored! Bored! Bored!

by James Kochalka

Even “the best little ghost in the world” gets bored sometimes! But in the award-winning Johnny Boo series, fun is never far away. For instance, check out this magic hammer…

Johnny Boo lets Squiggle borrow his magic hammer so Squiggle can work on a mysterious project, but that leaves …

$11.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-533-4

 

January 2024

In Utero

In Utero

by Chris Gooch

Akira meets Aliens, and Annihilation means Evangelion, in this coming-of-age monster tale from award-winning graphic novelist Chris Gooch.

Twelve-year-old geek Hailey is dumped unceremoniously by her mum at a holiday camp in a dilapidated shopping mall. Alienated from the other kids, she …

$24.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-534-1

February 2024

Mary Tyler MooreHawk

Mary Tyler MooreHawk

by Dave Baker

WHO IS MARY TYLER MOOREHAWK? How did she save the world from a dimension-hopping megalomaniac? Why was her TV show canceled after only nine episodes? These are just a few of the questions that young journalist Dave Baker begins to ask himself as he unravels the many mysteries surrounding the …

$29.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-536-5

March 2024

Surfside Girls (Book 4): The Clue in the Reef

Surfside Girls (Book 4): The Clue in the Reef

by Kim Dwinell

Splash into a new adventure with Sam & Jade in the graphic novel series that inspired the Apple TV+ show! Past and present collide with land and sea as the girls leave the mainland and strive to save the animals!

How did girls do anything dressed like this? Sam is cranky -- the Surfside Days …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-529-7

April 2024

In Perpetuity

In Perpetuity

by Maria Hoey and Peter Hoey

In perpetuity, the Afterlife is just as the ancient Greeks imagined: an endless twilight where time stands still and shades have nowhere to go. For Jim, that means long shifts at a gas station, with only crossword puzzles and cigarettes to break the tedium.

One day, two criminal shades from …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-537-2

May 2024

Korgi: The Complete Tale

Korgi: The Complete Tale

by Christian Slade

The beloved wordless fantasy graphic novel is now collected in a single epic volume! Fall in love with the wondrous world of Korgi Hollow, packed with thrills, laughs, and exquisitely illustrated animal magic.

One of the most adorable comics of our time now arrives in a bookshelf edition for all …

$39.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-538-9