Catalog / 2022 Releases

2022 Releases

Here's everything Top Shelf has planned for 2022 (subject to change) listed in order of release -- with a few highlights from 2021 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 2021

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 …

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

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 and two Harvey Awards!

Watch Juan Cavia's cover come to life with the tender theme music of writer/pianist Filipe Melo!

★ "A moving saga of artistic rivalry, guilt, and …

$24.99 (US)

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

 
Better Place

Better Place

by Duane Murray and Shawn Daley

★ "Big imagination and heart produce a winning adventure that belongs on display next to Hey Kiddo, I Kill Giants, and Almost American Girl." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Heartfelt... Daley’s action-packed, mostly black-and-white panels burst with technicolor …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-495-5 - Diamond: APR210626

Rivers

Rivers

by Dan Berry and David Gaffney

"Cleverly written, great characters, all brought vigorously to life by Dan Berry’s ebullient artwork."
—Glyn Dillon, author of The Nao of Brown, artist/designer for Star Wars films

"Multilayered, thoughtful, funny and strange — David and Dan try everything in this book, pulling together …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-490-0 - Diamond: JAN210510

 
The Delicacy

The Delicacy

by James Albon

One of the American Library Association's Best Graphic Novels for Adults!
"A vivid, shrewdly observed satire of fine dining... a treat from start to finish." — The Guardian

"A tremendously entertaining moral fable that delights because it never quite goes where you think it will... all …

$24.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-492-4 - Diamond: FEB210446

Monster on the Hill (Expanded Edition)

Monster on the Hill (Expanded Edition)

by Rob Harrell

An ALA Notable Children's Book!
One of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens!
One of YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers!
Featured on ALSC's Graphic Novel Core Reading List (Grades 3-5)!

Can a depressed monster learn how to be a hero? Maybe with a little help. The hilarious and …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-491-7 - Diamond: JUN200621

 
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

From Hell: Master Edition -- HARDCOVER

From Hell: Master Edition -- HARDCOVER

by Eddie Campbell

Meet the most notorious serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper -- and meet the vast and vibrant communities of Victorian London where his foul deeds gave birth to the modern era. In this remarkable new edition, the award-winning bestseller FROM HELL now features astonishing colors by Eddie …

$49.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-469-6 - Diamond: FEB200689

 
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest (TPB)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest (TPB)

by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

"This wild metafictional romp is a fitting goodbye to two singular talents." — The Guardian (Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2019)

After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-496-2 - Diamond: MAR210451

January 2022

Junkwraith

Junkwraith

by Ellinor Richey

"A story of memory, belonging, patience, and oddly enough, recycling... Richey’s delightfully odd characters and increasingly strange landscapes cultivate a rich sense of atmosphere. Highly recommended for teens and adults who want to learn how to be brave." — Booklist (starred …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-500-6 - Diamond: JUN210472

February 2022

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 …

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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)

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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, …

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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 …

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

 

March 2022

Voice of the Fire (25th Anniversary Edition)

Voice of the Fire (25th Anniversary Edition)

by Alan Moore

Returning in a gorgeous new paperback format: the astonishing first prose novel from the legendary Alan Moore — an epic yet intimate portrait of a single English town across the whole span of human history.

"Do not trust the tales, or the town, or even the man who tells the tales. Trust only …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-507-5 - Diamond: NOV210422

Glork Patrol (Book Two): Glork Patrol Takes a Bath

Glork Patrol (Book Two): Glork Patrol Takes a Bath

by James Kochalka

"Hilarious... There’s a lot of slapstick humor and a lot of totally absurd situations, so if your kid likes extreme silliness, this is a fun series to share." — GeekDad

"A perfect graphic novel for adults to read to children... Full of smart cartooning, kids will love it for the colourful …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-504-4 - Diamond: SEP210459

 
Animal Stories

Animal Stories

by Maria Hoey and Peter Hoey

"A delightfully strange collection of linked stories pondering just how little people truly know about animals." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"While the humans in these stories have little control over what happens to them, the Hoeys have absolute control of their craft, for the …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-502-0 - Diamond: AUG210540

Secret Passages

Secret Passages

by Axelle Lenoir

Welcome to an autobiography from another dimension. A wildly inventive cartoonist begins her imaginary memoir -- exploring the girlhood she never had.

Many LGBTQ adults look back on their youth and wonder: what might have been? Growing up “in the closet” tends to produce a sort of double …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-499-3 - Diamond: JUL210485

 

April 2022

Red Panda & Moon Bear (Book Two): The Curse of the Evil Eye

Red Panda & Moon Bear (Book Two): The Curse of the Evil Eye

by Jarod Roselló

Super siblings save the world! In their second amazing graphic novel, these Cuban American kids are getting even better at using their powers to protect the community... but has their luck just run out? How do you stop a curse?!

When an evil curse descends upon the city of Martí, it’s up to …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-501-3 - Diamond: OCT210384

June 2022

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 …

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

Johnny Boo (Book 13): Johnny Boo Goes to School

Johnny Boo (Book 13): Johnny Boo Goes to School

by James Kochalka

Johnny Boo doesn’t know what school is, but if Squiggle is going, he wants to go too! School is where you have to wear an apple on your head so the teacher doesn’t mistake you for ice cream and eat you accidentally, right? Well, maybe if your teacher is the Ice Cream Monster.

There’s so …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-503-7

 
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 …

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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

 

July 2022

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

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

by Jonathan Schnapp

“A detective-duo heist, a moving and cautionary tale of friendship and openness prevailing against prejudice, or a chilling campfire yarn... [Order of the Night Jay] somehow manages to be all three and more.” —Kirkus Reviews

Making friends can be hard for a nervous bear, even at summer …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-510-5

August 2022

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

September 2022

Doughnuts and Doom

Doughnuts and Doom

by Balazs Lorinczi

"This fast-paced enemies-to-lovers romance, filled with magic, music, and pastries, is an upbeat confection." — Publishers Weekly

"Lorinczi’s whimsical illustration style and pastel blue-and-pink color scheme give this adventure a light and cozy feel... a quick and sweet supernatural …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-513-6

Dragon Puncher (Book 3): Dragon Puncher Punches Back

Dragon Puncher (Book 3): Dragon Puncher Punches Back

by James Kochalka

The world has been waiting a full decade for a new installment in this Eisner award-winning series, and now it’s finally here! Let the battle begin… again! The world's cutest book series about a cat who punches stuff just got even cuter, because this time the dragon is a big cute baby one! …

$9.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-514-3

 

October 2022

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

Praise for Edmund White's original novel:

“With A Boy’s Own Story, American literature is larger by one classic novel.” -- The Washington Post Book World

“Edmund White has crossed J. D. Salinger with Oscar Wilde to create an extraordinary novel.” -- The New York Times Book …

$29.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-508-2

November 2022

F.A.R.M. System

F.A.R.M. System

by Rich Koslowski

For every hero who saves the galaxy and makes the front page, there are a dozen staffers working behind the scenes… and a hundred up-and-comers hoping to take his place. F.A.R.M. System is your ticket to the hidden world of super-powered individuals hoping to "make the Big Leagues.”

In the …

$19.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-515-0

December 2022

Super Trash Clash

Super Trash Clash

by Edgar Camacho

It’s an age-old story: for her birthday, Dul wanted the hottest new video game, but her mom accidentally bought her Super Trash Clash... one of the worst games ever made. But years later, when older Dul finds a cartridge in a vintage store, memories come flooding back: simpler times when she …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-516-7

January 2023

Ashes

Ashes

by Alvaro 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

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

Even though the castle is an eerie place, full of dark secrets, Scully is excited to start his new job and prove himself to be a great gardener. But wait a minute… what happened to all his co-workers? Were they devoured by bloodthirsty vampires? Spooked by a love-struck ghost? Pranked by a …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-519-8

March 2023

Cosmoknights (Book Two)

Cosmoknights (Book Two)

by Hannah Templer

Pan has finally escaped her dead-end planet, piecing together a new sort of family with the rebel gladiators Bee & Cass and the mysterious hacktivist Kate. They’ve even rescued a princess… but what if this princess has her own ideas? Whatever happened to Pan’s childhood friend Tara? And if …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-511-2

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

 

April 2023

Cosmic Cadets (Book One): Contact!

Cosmic Cadets (Book One): Contact!

by Mimi Alves and Ben Crane

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

Humanity has gone to the stars, and the ESS Khonsu and its crew are leading the charge to explore the galaxy. As the …

$14.99 (US)

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ISBN 978-1-60309-520-4

May 2023

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 …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-522-8

June 2023

The Unpetables

The Unpetables

by Dennis Messner

Pigmund and Lizárdo have declared independence from their petting zoo. They’re striking out on their own as THE UNPETABLES — offering themselves as “freelance pets” to all kinds of crazy customers. But whatever pet job this pot-bellied pig and iguana take, they have one simple rule: NO …

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ISBN 978-1-60309-523-5

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

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

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 into the world of Peanuts over its iconic 50-year run. Now, Luca Debus and Francesco Matteuzzi pay tribute to the master by telling the story of …

$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