Top Shelf Productions


Coming this August... Discover your own BETTER PLACE!

April 13, 2021

While the publishing industry tries to categorize books intro strict pigeonholes by age group... there's something about graphic novels that often breaks these barriers. Our next book is a perfect example.

Better Place is about a boy who's not sure he's ready to grow up, but it's a heartfelt and powerful graphic novel that readers of all kinds will be moved by. Crafted with layers of emotion and sympathetic characters, including some childlike adults and some awfully mature kids, this book is a celebration of vintage comic-book imagination, a harsh dose of reality crashing against that fantasy, and a roadmap to reconnecting with the things that really matter.

This sidekick misses his superhero... After hearing that his grandfather has gone to a "better place", a boy sets off on a grand adventure to find him, dressed as his favorite comic book character.

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 universe every day with the power of imagination! But one day, Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly gone… to a “better place.” Now, Kid Cosmo will have to save the day, all by himself.

The debut graphic novel from the talented Toronto team of Duane Murray and Shawn Daley, Better Place also features guest art contributions from such familiar faces as Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Nate Powell, and more!

Better Place
by Duane Murray and Shawn Daley

ISBN 978-1-60309-495-5 | Diamond: APR210626 | $19.99 (US) | 160 pages
Mixed-color (partially in B&W, partially in color) softcover graphic novel with flaps
7" x 10.75" | for all ages (middle-grade, 8+)
Coming AUGUST 2021 — See 7 sample pages!
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