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ComicsAlliance previews Eddie Campbell's LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF!

April 3, 2012 / More →

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John Parker from ComicsAlliance recently took an advance look at Eddie Campbell's upcoming graphic novel about money, The Lovely Horrible Stuff, and loved it: "Campbell is perhaps the most natural storyteller in comics... Generous with his wisdom but quick to point out how unwise he is, he is both the storyteller and the story, entering the fourth decade of his career with a book on money that's lively, poignant, and never dull. Tight as times are, The Lovely Horrible Stuff is worth every hard-earned penny you can find."

Check out his review -- along with a 7-page preview -- at ComicsAlliance!

Seattle: meet Nate Powell at Emerald City Comicon this weekend!

March 30, 2012 / More →

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Yes, Nate Powell (Eisner-Award-winning author of Swallow Me Whole and Any Empire, as well as the new The Silence of Our Friends) is a featured guest at this weekend's Emerald City Comicon in Seattle!

And that's not all - come by the Top Shelf booth (#803) and not only can you meet Nate Powell, you could be one of the first people in the world to snag an early copy of Harvey Pekar's CLEVELAND! We'll also have Pat Grant's incredible new coming-of-age/racism/surfing saga BLUE and a host of other great stuff, brought to you by Top Shelf's west coast chief Brett Warnock. See you soon!

Industry veteran Chris Staros will teach at SCAD Atlanta

March 27, 2012 / More →

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"Yes, it's true! I'm a Professor now. -- Well...part time. ... Along with running Top Shelf, I started teaching a (single) class on Getting Published/Self-Publishing at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Atlanta Campus. And I'm really enjoying it." -- Chris Staros

The SCAD Press Release follows...


March 27, 2012

Industry veteran Chris Staros will teach at SCAD Atlanta

ATLANTA— Chris Staros, president and publisher of Top Shelf Productions, will be joining the sequential department at SCAD Atlanta as an adjunct professor for the Spring 2012 quarter. Since 1997, Staros has edited and published over 250 critically-acclaimed and award-winning graphic novels that have helped to revitalize interest in comics as a literary art form.

“Chris has been a long time friend of the university, sharing his insights with our students over the years and we’re extremely fortunate to have him teaching for us,” says Pat Quinn, associate dean of the SCAD communication arts. “Our sequential art students have yet another opportunity to learn from a well known industry professional that brings knowledge and experience into the classroom.”

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Nate Powell's ANY EMPIRE lands in Booklist's Top 10!

March 15, 2012 / More →

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Add another feather in the cap -- or should that be another decal on the helmet? -- of Nate Powell's graphic novel Any Empire. The American Library Association's official review magazine Booklist has just released its list of the past year's Top 10 Graphic Novels, and ranked among the excellent company of Anders Nilsen and Craig Thompson is Nate's unsettling domestic war story.

Here's Booklist's short summary: "Powell flashes his considerable cartooning talents in this complex, open-ended antiwar parable. The story follows three characters, first as children and then 10 years later, as their lives are upended by violence." For the full (starred) review, click here.

This latest plug joins Any Empire's previous "Best Of Year" honors, racked up from The AV Club, Comic Book Resources, Complex, and Graphic Novel Reporter. Hats off to Nate!

Ed Piskor "thinks different" with the retro cover to WIZZYWIG!

March 14, 2012 / More →

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Ed Piskor's complex portrait of hackers and tech culture, Wizzywig, is still several months away... but this week we decided to share a peek at the amazing cover designed by Ed and our digital director Chris Ross. Heidi MacDonald got the exclusive over at The Beat, and adds "it’s definitely on our must list for 2012." Johanna Draper Carlson adds additional praise & commentary at Comics Worth Reading.

Pre-order the book now, remember to bookmark Ed's webcomic Brain Rot over at Boing Boing, and keep your eyes peeled for more Wizzywig news to come!

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Time is money: It's time to pre-order Eddie Campbell's LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF!

March 1, 2012 / More →

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One of the greatest cartoonists in the game, the man behind Alec: The Years Have Pants, The Playwright, and From Hell, is back -- with a gorgeous new hardcover graphic novel. And it's on the most fundamental of topics: MONEY.

“One of the premier cartoonists of his generation.” Publishers Weekly

“No one else in the medium combines emotional truth, literary intelligence, and formal daring with such adroitness and elegance.” Booklist

Eddie Campbell's THE LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF is a delightful autobiographical voyage into the financial wilderness, ranging from the imaginary wealth of Ponzi schemes to the all-too-tangible stone currency of the Micronesian island of Yap.

This is no dry and dusty treatise on finance; any complexities are pleasingly reduced to the level of bubblegum trading cards. In here you will hear about the corporation that Campbell keeps under his bed; you will meet colorful historical characters and be taken on dangerous shark-infested sea adventures; and after that, we will all plunge to the depths to retrieve our loose change.

Campbell's wry eye and vivid full-color artwork imbue the proceedings with real humanity, making THE LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF an investment that's worth every penny.

It's being offered in the current Diamond Previews catalog, so pre-order now!

Eddie Campbell - The Lovely Horrible Stuff

by Eddie Campbell

-- 96-page deluxe hardcover
-- 6.5" x 9", full-color graphic novel
-- For mature readers (16+)
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-152-7
-- Diamond DM code: MAR12-1193
-- $14.95 (US)
-- Co-published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK)

Also re-offered in Diamond Previews this month are two of Eddie's most amazing works: the autobiographical epic Alec: The Years Have Pants and the colorfully quiet comedy about the creative life, The Playwright. Take the chance to fill out your Eddie Campbell library!

The 2012 Free Comic Book Day button features OWLY!

February 26, 2012 / More →

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We've always been big fans of Free Comic Book Day, the first Saturday in May when everybody, young or old, can visit their local comic shop and get FREE comic books! And for many years, we've made FCBD an occasion to pick up a brand-new story featuring Andy Runton's Owly and other Top Shelf characters for all ages.

This year, the official Free Comic Book Day button features a collaboration between two Top Shelf artists: Andy Runton has designed an awesome button featuring his character Owly, with art from Ray Friesen's cover to our 2012 FCBD book: Top Shelf Kids Club!

For more details, check the official announcement!


February 21, 2012 / More →


It's been three months since Top Shelf launched headfirst into the world of digital comics distribution -- and we've got to call it a huge success! Now to celebrate, we're announcing tons of new discounts on our digital comics. These universal prices apply to our two official iPhone/iPad apps as well as every other ebook store (Comixology, Graphicly, iVerse, Google Books, Apple iBooks, Nook, etc).

Here are some of the new amazing deals:
(prices are in US dollars but are proportional worldwide)

Every single graphic novel is now priced under $10, across the board!

-- Alec: The Years Have Pants by Eddie Campbell - only 9.99!
-- Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson - only 9.99!
-- Essex County by Jeff Lemire - only 9.99!
-- From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell - only 9.99!
-- Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod - only 9.99!
-- Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme - only 9.99!

-- Owly vol 1 by Andy Runton - only .99!
-- all other Owly books by Andy Runton - only 1.99 each!
-- Korgi by Christian Slade (all 3 books) - only 2.99 each!
-- Johnny Boo by James Kochalka (all 4 books) - only 2.99 each!
-- Dragon Puncher by James Kochalka (both books) - only 2.99 each!
-- Yam by Corey Barba - only 2.99!
-- Bighead by Jeffrey Brown - only 2.99!
-- Incredible Change-Bots by Jeffrey Brown (both books) - only 6.99 each!

-- Stuff About Sex by David Mellon - only 1.99!
-- Little Paintings by James Kochalka - only .99!
-- Underwire by Jennifer Hayden - only 3.99!
-- BB Wolf and the Three LPs by JD Arnold and Rich Koslowski - only 3.99!
-- The Surrogates by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele (both volumes) - only 5.99 each!
-- Too Cool to be Forgotten by Alex Robinson - only 4.99!
...and so much more.

So download the official Top Shelf app at iTunes, or the Top Shelf Kids Club app at iTunes, or look for the "buy digital" buttons throughout our web site catalog and download books through your preferred vendor! Or check out the books available at our digital partners: Comixology, Graphicly, iVerse, Google Books, Apple iBooks, Nook, and more!

A Digital Debut: David Mellon's STUFF ABOUT SEX!

February 21, 2012 / More →

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We welcome David Mellon to the Top Shelf family with a $1.99 digital exclusive comic, Stuff About Sex... For Guys Who Are Not Like, Total Idiots. In only a few short days online, it's become one of the top 20 bestselling books in the entire Comixology store -- take that, Wolverine!

Click here to learn more about David's book, and preview the first 4 pages!

GQ shows off Top Shelf in style!

February 20, 2012 / More →

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Here's a bit of fun: the February issue of GQ features a guy modeling weekend casual wear in Portland's Bridge City Comics - surrounded by Top Shelf graphic novels!

We spotted:
--on the Alan Moore shelf: The Mirror of Love, From Hell
--on the Jeffrey Brown shelf: Undeleted Scenes, Unlikely, Every Girl is the End of the World for Me, Incredible Change-Bots
--Craig Thompson's Blankets
--Eddie Campbell's Alec: The Years Have Pants

Click here to see the image in full.

Kagan McLeod's time-lapse video is too good to be true!

February 15, 2012 / More →

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Those who've read Infinite Kung Fu know that Kagan McLeod is a wizard of art... but how many of you have seen him work his magic live? Now you can!

This just-released video shows Kagan drawing his favorite kung fu villain - the blind final boss from the 1976 film Master of the Flying Guillotine! Enjoy clips from the film of this dude in action, as you see him to come to life under Kagan's brush. Don't miss it!

Infinite Kung Fu is available digitally ($9.99) and physically ($24.95), wherever books & comics are sold.

Read More → loves BLANKETS!

February 13, 2012 / More →

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With Valentine's Day approaching, the book critics at are naturally feeling romantic... and we're delighted to see Craig Thompson's masterpiece Blankets featured as one of "The 8 Greatest Love Stories of All Time"!

For those new to Blankets, critic Leigh Newman offers a tantalizing summary: "This graphic novel first breaks your heart with the illustrated story of Craig's lonely, isolated childhood... That is, until he meets Raina at a Christian overnight camp. Though both teenagers are struggling with issues far beyond their years (siblings with Down syndrome, divorce), their feelings for each other create a kind of magical bubble that allows them to find out who they are as people—even if, one day, inevitably, that bubble must pop."

Movie news: TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN announces writing team!

February 1, 2012 / More →

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The film adaptation of Alex Robinson's award-winning graphic novel TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN takes another step closer to reality this week, as screenwriters Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko have signed on to write the script.

Red Crown Productions' Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Daniel Crown are producing with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman. Stefanie Azpiazu and Riva Marker will be executive producers on the film.

Bregman commented "Too Cool To Be Forgotten is a story that demonstrates that comic books can be as profound and moving as they can be funny and entertaining, and that is exactly what this team hopes to replicate on the screen."

"I'm awfully proud of this book, and pleased to see it in good hands," said Alex Robinson. "There's still a long way to go yet, so we'll hold off on the champagne just yet... but I may have a candy cigarette or two! In the meantime, back to work on my new book, which I'll hopefully have wrapped up by the time of the big premiere!"

TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN, Alex Robinson's third graphic novel (following BOX OFFICE POISON and TRICKED), follows middle-aged Andy Wicks as he attempts hypnotherapy to cure his smoking addiction... and finds himself traveling back in time to his painfully awkward high school years! Is he doomed to relive the mistakes of his past, or is this is second chance to get things right?

If you've never read TOO COOL, check it out now and beat the rush!

Jeffrey Brown SAVES THE DATE of his movie debut at Sundance!

January 22, 2012 / More →

One of Top Shelf's most beloved authors, Jeffrey Brown, makes his feature film debut today in U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, with SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE, a film co-written by Jeffrey Brown

This year marks the ten-year anniversary of Jeffrey Brown’s groundbreaking graphic novel CLUMSY, and what better way to celebrate than with the premiere of a film he co-wrote!

Filmmaker Michael Mohan (One Too Many Mornings) returns to Sundance with a bittersweet screenplay he wrote with famed graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown and co-writer Egan Reich. At turns funny, sad, and sweet, SAVE THE DATE is a sincere story about the familial and romantic bonds that form us all.

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Nate Powell's ANY EMPIRE explodes onto YouTube!

January 10, 2012 / More →

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An intense new video trailer for Nate Powell's graphic novel Any Empire has just been posted to YouTube! It features music by the bands Tracker (who were responsible for the Blankets soundtrack album) and Universe (featuring Nate Powell himself), and is a real treat for both those who've read the book and those who haven't yet. Check it out here: Any Empire video trailer!

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