Here's everything Top Shelf has planned for 2020 (subject to change) listed in order of release -- with a few highlights from 2019 as well! Do yourself a favor this year and try some things that you're not that familiar with. You won't be disappointed.
A New York Times Bestseller!
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 Award for Excellence in Graphic Novels!
One of YALSA's …
“The Unfortunate Mr Druitt.” London is desperate to solve its most notorious crime — and one schoolteacher will pay the price.
"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of …
Read Cosmoknights as a free webcomic at www.cosmoknights.space, then pick up the book edition!
One of YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens!
Nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic!
One of New York Public Library's "Best Books of 2019"!
"A gorgeous and timely space …
by Koren Shadmi
“A bewitching and fascinating roadtrip… with impeccable writing and narration.” — Planete BD
“Shadmi intrigues with his mysteries and his evocative skill, asking more questions than he answers.” — BoDoï
"Shadmi skillfully mixes together [a] sweeping kind of mystical scientism …
Winner of the Oregon Book Award for Graphic Literature!
Nominated for TWO Will Eisner Awards!
"This tongue-in-cheek tale about a very amateur effort to make a slasher flick is a hilarious ode to creativity, the can-do spirit and friendship." — Oregon Book Award citation
“Tremendous fun, …
by James Albon
"A fantastic book, extrapolating British current affairs into a dystopian nightmare. It’s on point, superbly written, joyously illustrated and a pleasure to read." — Grovel
"Channeling Marc Chagall, and at times strongly recalling Ludwig Bemelmans, James Albon has created one of this …
by JP Ahonen
“As twisted as it is sidesplitting… [Belzebubs] weaves slice-of-life drama and mockumentary-style humor into a pentagram of laughs, relatable moments, and a love for black metal.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This webcomic has become a cult sensation... it’s a silly, Addams …
by Kim Dwinell
Sam and Jade are back! Get ready for more ghostly mysteries, beautiful beaches, cute boys, and wild adventures in this delightful full-color graphic novel.
When one of the ghosts from Danger Point gets… spooked, it’s time for Sam and Jade to bring out the Journal of Weird and leap into …
One of New York Public Library's Best Books of 2019!
One of Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2019!
"Red Panda & Moon Bear is fun, wacky and heartfelt. Everyone can enjoy this adventure, but it will resonate especially with Latinx kids. I look forward to seeing more!" — Duncan Tonatiuh, …
The best little ghost in the world — and his pet ghost, Squiggle — continue their award-winning adventures with a spooky story that can turn any night into Halloween!
Are you scared of the dark? Did you know that when the clock strikes twelve, that’s when the midnight monsters come out? …
ISBN 978-1-60309-457-3 - Diamond: APR190694
"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 …
"An evocative 'arctic noir,' this graphic novel unfurls a study in desolation, mounting tensions, and chilling atmosphere." — Publishers Weekly
"Smart, suspenseful, and well-paced, this is almost certainly the best comic we have read so far this year." — World Comic Book Review
"Sieracki effortlessly adapts his grandfather’s letters into a narrative that feels both intimate and sweeping... Williams captures the desolation of the battlefields and the bloodcurdling violence of government-sanctioned killing. But through it all, the love story conquers the darkness so …
“Massive. Mesmerizing.” — Paul Gravett, author of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die
“Opotowsky effortlessly weaves over twenty complex characters together... Hoffmeister’s limpid gray wash and ink drawings render the cityscapes with dreamy affectionate realism.” — Library …
"Indescribably gorgeous... it's a tale that ranges over cruelty and dignity, love and venality, unspeakable crimes and unstoppable bravery." — Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
“A stunning piece of work… it has depth, lots of drama, bucket-loads of charm, and comedy and tragedy in equal measure. …
“The Apprehensions of Mr Lees.” A sham psychic and a weary police inspector steel themselves for a long pursuit… only to find their world turned upside down by the killer’s confession.
"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, …
Winner of the “Essential” Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival
"Peeters examines the complexity of human relationships—among friends, lovers, parents and their children—in this moving and unpredictable sf epic... Peeters is a compositional genius, utilizing stunning …
The Eisner-Award-winning wit of Shannon Wheeler breaks hilarious new ground in a handsome new collection.
He roasted us with Too Much Coffee Man.
He found religion with God Is Disappointed in You.
He tackled Trump’s tweets with Sh*t My President Says.
Now, beloved cartoonist Shannon …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
Official selection of the Comix Experience Graphic Novel Club!
Named one of the year's best books by the Publishers Weekly Graphic Novel Critics Poll!
"This affable coming-of-age fantasy... add[s] a touch of magic to familiar human comedy." — Publishers Weekly
"A fantasy grounded in the …
It’s the spooky LGBTeen hard-rock rom-com that’s as wild as a hot summer night.
"Funny and believable, with wonderful expressions and amusing dialogue... There’s a lot readers will enjoy about this coming-of-age camp comedy: romance, a dose of paranormal horror, and laugh-out-loud …
Nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story!
This “silent” graphic novel follows a nameless subject trapped in a nightmarish test facility, raising unsettling questions of exploitation and oppression.
"A great example of how to create a bleak / hopeless environment, but still …
“Gull, Ascending.” A monumental work is perhaps best viewed from a distance.
"My all-time favorite graphic novel … an immense, majestic work about the Jack the Ripper murders, the dark Victorian world they happened in, and the birth of the 20th century." — Entertainment …
"This beautiful book is very smart about global catastrophes and very honest about personal ones. For everyone asking ‘How can we raise a family in a world like this?’, A Radical Shift of Gravity offers a powerful answer.” — Jeff Lemire
"Ingeniously structured... a remarkably moving …
"A winner... This story will delight anyone who has ever loved or lived with a cat." — School Library Journal
Rascal is a cat. My cat. I didn’t ask for him, he just sort of... happened to me. But that’s how it works sometimes, isn’t it?
When a mysterious mewling package arrives in …
The award-winning New York Times Bestseller is now available in Spanish!
"Nos Llamaron Enemigo toma el cómic como plataforma educativa que aprovecha una historia personal para contar la historia de un momento crucial que no debe ser olvidado... uno de los mejores libros de historia …
by Pat Grant
“The Grot has the makings of a true Australian classic. As absurdly funny as it is disturbingly realistic." -- Shaun Tan, Author of The Arrival
"A twisting plot and a seething, filthy world thread together in these hand-made pages, each one a work of art and some so beautiful they take my …
The New York Times bestselling graphic memoir from actor/author/activist George Takei returns in a deluxe hardcover edition with bonus material! Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
Now with …
Jarod Roselló's acclaimed middle-grade adventure is now available in Spanish!
Dos niños latinx batallan contra amenazas sobrenaturales en su barrio con el poder de la ciencia, la magia y un par de sudaderas muy especiales.
¡Panda Roja y Oso Lunar son los defensores de su comunidad! Juntos, …
by Jared Cullum
The gorgeous story of two friends separated by everything in the world — except love. Readers and animal-lovers of every age will want to relive this journey over and over again.
"Jared Cullum brings to Kodi a fresh watercolor style that's brimming over with personality. His characters come …
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 …
ISBN 978-1-60309-469-6 - Diamond: FEB200689
"Calibrated for pure young-reader joy by a long-standing master of comics eccentricity." — Booklist
"With oversized panels, whimsically styled characters, and an eye-catching palette, the book should dissolve readers into giggles as they watch the wacky warrior make one comically bad decision …
Johnny Boo and Squiggle team up with old friends in a jaw-dropping new adventure--to solve a very silly mystery!
The Eisner-Award-winning Johnny Boo series just keeps getting wilder and funnier! This time, a secret thief has stolen Johnny Boo’s ice cream. Armed with his mighty magnifying …
Praise for Home Time:
“Beautifully realised, funny, smart, weird and surprisingly epic in scope, Home Time is also just plain brilliant.” — Shaun Tan
“Campbell Whyte’s debut graphic novel is cute, funny, scary, exciting, and cleverly constructed. The drawings are always a pleasure, …
A magnum opus from one of the giants of indie cartooning finally gets its due -- in full color, and expanded with a new 120-page grand finale!
"An expressive, funny-sad book that rewards us with its deft execution." — Artbomb
"The Monkey Vs. Robot books are like the best of children’s …
by Andi Watson
A page-turning, Kafkaesque dark comedy in brilliant retro style, this graphic novel watches one man try to keep it together while everything falls apart.
★ ★ ★ Official Selection of the Angoulême International Comics Festival ★ ★ ★
"Watson’s adeptness at capturing body …
by Koren Shadmi
"[An] engaging story of horrifying bodily changes that upend the teenage experience... The pencil-shaded, hand-drawn style of the art contrasts well with the tech-focused story." — Booklist
"Bionic reboots the teenage romance and propels it into the twenty-first century." — BD Gest
by Chris Gooch
"Gooch builds to a brutal climax before offering a deeply tender, legitimately moving denouement... A perfectly paced page-turning meditation on the possibility of grace from a creator who grows more impressive with every release." — Library Journal (starred review)
"The hyper-grim focus …
Teen girls reimagine the universe on a daily basis! This graphic novel proves there's nothing better than using your imagination... except maybe talking nonsense with your friends. Hey, why not both?
"This coming-of-age comic captures the joy and creativity of teenage friendship." …
by Rob Harrell
In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster -- much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is... except for one. Unfortunately for the people of …
Winner of the Revelation Prize, Liberation Readers’ Prize, and Poland Prize from the Angoulême International Comics Festival!
Named one of FNAC’s “Top 10 Graphic Novels About Illness”!
"Durand’s smoky pencil illustrations are terrifyingly good at evoking the interior experiences of …
James Kochalka's beloved Eisner-award-winning series takes a wintry turn as Johnny Boo and Squiggle discover the delights of eating snow -- and the importance of staying warm!
Kids love to eat snow! It looks a lot like ice cream… hey, maybe it really IS ice cream! Johnny Boo and Squiggle are …
Praise for the Korgi series:
"If there was ever a true ‘all-ages’ book, this is it. Korgi hits every note perfectly, and can hook readers all across the spectrum with its tantalizing suspense and action.... The art is spectacular." — School Library …
Discover a bright new star of Mexican comics in this romantic and thrilling tale, stuffed with adventure and delicious food.
Winner of Mexico’s first ever National Young Graphic Novel Award!
Rolando’s job was crushing his soul... and then it crushed his hand. Now he can barely get out of …
Three ordinary weirdos, one recurring dream. The acclaimed minds behind The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head return with a whimsical and ambitious portrait of human connection in the age of digital fragmentation.
You meet the strangest people on the internet.
Gideon is a lonely I.T. developer, …
ISBN 978-1-60309-490-0 - Diamond: JAN210510
by James Albon
Rare and delicious fungi spell trouble for an ambitious restaurateur in this sumptuously painted graphic novel from one of Scotland’s most imaginative young cartoonists.
Tulip and his brother Rowan have left the simple comforts of their remote Scottish island with a plan: to grow succulent, …
The action picks up where The Jekyll Island Chronicles (Book Two): A Devil’s Reach left off: the cabal of anarchists, known internationally as Zeno, have stolen the plans to a Nikola Tesla’s Death Ray and intend to build it and use it first on the heroes of Jekyll. Meanwhile, Tesla and his …
by Kim Dwinell
Have you ever wondered why the ocean has waves? Why does the tide go in and out? And how can coral be alive when it looks like a rock? From the pages of the beloved graphic novel series, join the Surfside Girls, Sam and Jade, for a great investigation into everything that makes the ocean so cool: …
After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture – the biggest cross-continuity ‘universe’ that is conceivable – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the …
by Ray Friesen
Your favorite Flightless Fighting Friends, those Bouncy Battle Birds are back! They never left! They’ve been standing right behind you this whole time! But in a fun way, not a creepy way. Don’t turn around. Or do! I’m not the boss of you.
Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (Book Three): …
Dylan just moved to a new house, with no friends, and a mother who doesn’t have time for him. Luckily, he has his grandad. Together, they are Red Rocket and Kid Cosmo, who save the world from evil every day with the power of imagination! But one day, Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly …
1933. In the small French village of Cressy-la-Valoise, a local piano contest brings together two brilliant young players: Julien Dubois, the privileged heir of a wealthy family, and François Samson, the janitor’s son. One wins, one loses, and both are changed forever.
1997. In a huge mansion …
What happens when our most precious belongings... no longer belong? When something we loved suddenly becomes junk, a powerful energy is unleashed. One night, ice-skating prodigy Florence Sato is overwhelmed by pressure and throws away her skates. This fateful moment accidentally summons a …
Ever since my cosmic twin disappeared, nothing makes sense anymore. Friends, work, life—well, you get the picture.
For all of five minutes I thought therapy might be the answer. But then I remembered: I’m a cartoonist. Why waste a skilled professional’s time when I could just spend 10 …
After tremendous acclaim for their series Coin-Op Comics, two brilliant creators present their first graphic novel: a menagerie of wild tales. Pushing the boundaries of their dazzling and unique narrative style, Animal Stories weaves together six short stories exploring the mysterious relationships …
When an evil curse descends upon the city of Martí, it’s up to Red Panda and Moon Bear to put a stop to it… but it won’t be easy! First, they’ll have to solve weird mysteries, fend off new monsters, and uncover the secret history of their neighborhood. With their trusty dog companions and …