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New BLANKETS, KUNG FU, ANY EMPIRE, HOMELAND, & LEAGUE 1969 -- Top Shelf's Comic-Con is HUGE!

July 18, 2011 / More →

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We always make a splash at San Diego Comic-Con -- it's the biggest show of the year -- but honestly, with so many incredible artists and such important new books debuting, PLUS our first books launching on the iPad, this year might be our most jam-packed convention ever! We hope you'll come to see us, July 20-24, at the Top Shelf Booth (#1721) -- and everybody can check out our digital books through Comics+!

Tons of top artists signing at booth #1721!

For five exhilarating days, we'll be cramming together more talent than you'd think could fit in one room, let alone one convention booth! Get ready to meet over a dozen of our greatest authors:

-- Craig Thompson (Blankets deluxe edition)
-- Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung Fu)
-- Nate Powell (Any Empire)
-- Robert Venditti (The Homeland Directive)
-- Ray Friesen (Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken)
-- Andy Runton (Owly)
-- James Kochalka (Johnny Boo) and family!
-- Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change Bots Two)
-- Jeff Lemire (Essex County)
-- JD Arnold & Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf & the 3 LPs)
-- Eric Skillman (Liar's Kiss)
-- Matt Kindt (Super Spy)
-- plus your crew: Chris Staros, Leigh Walton, and our new ebook expert, Chris Ross!

Seven amazing books hot off the press for a Comic-Con debut!

-- BLANKETS (new hardcover edition)

Finally, don't forget to come by the official Top Shelf panel at Comic-Con, Saturday July 23 at 4:30 in room 8! We'll have Q&A with the Top Shelf family of authors, plus tons of sneak peeks at what's coming next from us!

Top Shelf's Award-Winning Catalog Debuts in Comics+ from iVerse at SDCC

July 18, 2011 / More →

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Top Shelf Productions joins iVerse Media for digital product launch.

San Diego, CA-18 July 2011 – One of the most diverse and highly-regarded publishers in the world of comics, Top Shelf Productions, is expanding into the digital market. iVerse Media is proud to announce the release of 70+ digital graphic novels from Top Shelf, available today for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch through the Comics+ app.

The first wave of titles includes work from top-selling and award-winning creators such as Andy Runton, Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, Jeff Lemire, Jeffrey Brown, James Kochalka, Renee French, Alex Robinson, Matt Kindt, and many more.

“We are incredibly proud to be releasing this first wave of Top Shelf titles at Comic-Con this year,” said iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey. “Top Shelf really showcases the art of comics, and we’re excited to be the first to take this journey with them into the digital space.”

The launch titles from Top Shelf include such hits as Owly, The Homeland Directive, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Essex County, Incredible Change-Bots, Johnny Boo, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten. With books spanning every age group and every genre (comedy, drama, action, memoir, fantasy, science fiction, even art books), there's sure to be something for every reader. Following this initial wave, many more titles from Top Shelf’s rich catalog will be released over the coming weeks and months.

"At Top Shelf, we're dedicated to telling stories that people connect with; reader-friendly comics with subtext and heart, each presented with a distinctive visual style," explained Top Shelf publisher Chris Staros. "Now with the iVerse digital launch, it'll be easier than ever to discover the amazing work our authors are doing, and maybe even find yourself a new favorite."

Top Shelf and iVerse are breaking new ground -- of the major English-language literary/art-comics publishers, Top Shelf is the first to offer its graphic novels for the iOS platform. And with prices ranging from $0.99 to $14.99, they hope to welcome plenty of new readers.

Titles are available now in the Comics+ Application for iOS. For more information visit:

A Very Kochalka Comic-Con!

July 18, 2011 / More →

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James Kochalka is a living legend: indie comics hero, diary comic pioneer, webcomics maestro, musical superstar, and more. His work (including American Elf, Johnny Boo, Dragon Puncher, and more) even earned him the title of Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont! But did you know that his whole family are superstars? Now's your chance to find out, because they're all coming to San Diego!

Come by the Top Shelf booth (#1721) to meet the whole Kochalka family -- James, Amy, Eli, and Oliver! They're the stars of American Elf and Dragon Puncher, plus the kids are precocious young cartoonists themselves. The family will be signing a special print created by James just for this show!

Tweet and win a signed copy of INFINITE KUNG FU!

July 16, 2011 / More →

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Hey Twitter fans, help us spread the word about Kagan McLeod's INFINITE KUNG FU and its amazing video trailer! Starting now and running through Tuesday (July 19), everyone who tweets the following message will be entered to win a free copy of INFINITE KUNG FU, signed and with a sketch by Kagan!

I loved this trailer of @KaganMcLeod's INFINITE KUNG FU & want to win a signed copy from @topshelfcomix!

To make it easier, here's a magic button that's pre-programmed to tweet it for you:

Or you can simply click this link, which does the same thing:

Tweet the message any way you like, and you'll automatically be entered to win, from a random drawing the day before Comic-Con: Tuesday July 19.

Thanks for helping make INFINITE KUNG FU a success, and we'll see you in San Diego!

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July 13, 2011 / More →

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What a week! As we prepare for a giant San Diego Comic-Con, one of our most-anticipated graphic novels hits stores! From Robert Venditti, the writer of the New York Times bestselling series The Surrogates, comes a brand-new graphic novel with jaw-dropping artwork from Mike Huddleston. THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE is a relentless thriller about privacy, national security, and technology's dark potential -- starring a researcher who, framed for murder and on the run from the government, discovers more than she ever imagined.

Kagan McLeod's INFINITE KUNG FU comes alive in animated video!

July 13, 2011 / More →

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One of our most anticipated launches at next week's Comic-Con is Kagan McLeod's martial magnum opus, INFINITE KUNG FU. It's an epic saga over 10 years in the making, from one of the most talented illustrators of his generation.

Now, to help spread the word of this monster book, Kagan and his brother Sean have created the coolest "book trailer" video we've ever seen! CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT AT YOUTUBE, stay for the amazing ending, and please embed & share it with friends!

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The Incredible LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme hits stores!

June 29, 2011 / More →

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In the tradition of Blankets, Essex County, and Swallow Me Whole comes the next literary masterpiece from Top Shelf Productions: LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme.

With the book arriving in stores worldwide this week, we present a video introduction to Ludovic Debeurme and his masterful book LUCILLE, featuring interviews and musical performances by Ludovic as well as praise from fans like Joseph Ghosn, editorial director of GQ/Vogue/Glamour France, and Angouleme Grand Prix winner Charles Berberian (directed by Victor Claude):


And I believe in LUCILLE so strongly -- as much as I do BLANKETS, ESSEX COUNTY, and SWALLOW ME WHOLE -- that I'm not going to rest until every fan of those books has a copy in their hands.

Your friend thru comics,
Chris Staros

CHESTER 5000 and GINGERBREAD GIRL in stores today!

June 22, 2011 / More →

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It's a great day -- Top Shelf's long-awaited book collections of two amazing webcomics are finally in stores everywhere!

For adults only, Jess Fink's Chester 5000 is a deluxe hardcover (complete with spot gloss and embossed cover) collecting her hit erotic webcomic into a sweet, silly, and sexy graphic novel. Stuffed with romance, action, drama, and a whole lot of lovin', it's the impossibly charming story of a Victorian sex robot and the woman who loves him. Check it out here and pick it up today from your comic shop! (if you don't see it, ask -- some retailers may have missed it since the book was listed only in Diamond's "Adult" catalog, but they can still order it now!)

Joining Chester is the much-beloved Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover! Previously serialized for free on our webcomics site Top Shelf 2.0, Gingerbread Girl follows the mysterious and charming Annah Billips, a 20something cutie with either a dark secret or a few screws loose. Join her girlfriend, her would-be boyfriend, her neighbors, innocent bystanders, and passing animals as they all attempt to piece together the mystery of Annah... and the Gingerbread Girl.

Pick up both of these great books today from your favorite store!

Top Shelf visits Calgary for the first time ever!

June 16, 2011 / More →

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We're excited to announce that Top Shelf will be exhibiting for the first time at the Calgary Entertainment Expo this weekend (June 17-19), in Calgary, Alberta! Come join us and meet Top Shelf authors Jeff Lemire and Kathryn & Stuart Immonen!

Top Shelf will be set up with all our killer new releases -- The Homeland Directive, Lucille, Chester 5000, Gingerbread Girl, Liar's Kiss, Incredible Change-Bots Two, and more -- plus plenty of Essex County and Moving Pictures, to celebrate having Jeff Lemire and the Immonens in the house!

We've heard great things about this show for a while now, and Owly creator Andy Runton was very enthusiastic about his visit last year -- so here we come!

Film in development of Jeff Lemire's ESSEX COUNTY!

June 6, 2011 / More →

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Variety broke the news this morning that Academy-Award-winning visual effects designer John Dykstra (Star Wars, Spider-Man 2, X-Men: First Class) plans to direct a film based on Tales From the Farm, the award-winning first volume of Jeff Lemire's much-acclaimed Essex County trilogy!

The film, currently using the working title "Super Zero," is adapted from Jeff Lemire's graphic novel by John Carr, and will be produced by Steven Gilder and Alec Chorches as well as Top Shelf Productions. Jeff had this to say: "I'm excited about the news and optimistic that John Dykstra will make an entertaining film that stays true to the heart of Essex County."

Tales From the Farm is the story of Lester, a 10-year-old boy coping with the death of his parents while isolated on his uncle's farm, escaping into fantasy games with retired hockey pro Jimmy Lebeuf. The book memorably launched the Essex County trilogy by winning the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award (and instantly selling out its first printing). Essex County would go on to win the Doug Wright Award, the Joe Shuster Award, and a top 5 spot (and the People's Choice Award) on Canada Reads' Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. Originally published in three parts, it's now available as a single 512-page volume.

You can meet Jeff in person at his summer convention appearances: he'll be in the Top Shelf booth at both the Calgary Entertainment Expo (June 17-19) and the San Diego Comic-Con (July 21-24). Hope to see you all there!

THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE launches this weekend at Heroes Con!

June 1, 2011 / More →

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"MEDICAL RESEARCHER MISSING: New Book Alleges Conspiracy." So runs the front-page headline on our 2011 Top Shelf Tribune, the newspaper-style catalog we've been passing out all year long. What happened to microbiologist Laura Regan, and what does the federal government have to do with her disappearance? At last, the truth will begin to emerge this weekend, with the debut of Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston's The Homeland Directive at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC!

Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, Percy Jackson & the Olympians) will be signing the debut copies of The Homeland Directive all weekend.

Also at the Top Shelf table is Owly creator Andy Runton, who drew the stunning poster artwork for Heroes Con's "Indie Island" zone! He'll have the new full-color Owly & Wormy picture book, as well as the full line of Owly books, merch, and even prints of the poster!

We're also happy to have writer/designer Eric Skillman in the house, promoting his awesome new book (with Jhomar Soriano), Liar's Kiss! Eric will be featured in a "Designing Comics" panel on Saturday with a lineup of other stellar designers.

Rounding out the crew are Top Shelf hero Duane Ballenger and friend of the family Van Jensen (author of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and more)! Don't forget to grab copies of the hot new books Chester 5000 (by Jess Fink), Lucille (by Ludovic Debeurme), and Gingerbread Girl (by Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin) as well!

Carolina, here we come!

Fall in love again with deluxe new editions of BLANKETS!

June 1, 2011 / More →

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Blankets fans, rejoice! One of the most beloved and best-selling books in Top Shelf's 14-year history is getting an upgrade.

Shipping in August, and available now for pre-order, are brand-new deluxe hardcover and softcover editions of Craig Thompson's award-winning graphic novel, Blankets. In addition to the gorgeous new cover design, the new Blankets features higher-quality paper, Smyth-sewn bindings, a spot gloss, and a slightly wider trim size.

Blankets is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time, having won the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards for Best Graphic Novel and Best Cartoonist. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, it explores the complex power of family and faith, the thrill of falling in love for the first time, and the coming-of-age of a remarkable young man.

If you're one of the countless readers who love Blankets, get ready to fall in love all over again, or share it with friends & family. And for those who've never read it, now is the perfect opportunity to discover this incredible graphic novel.

Pre-order your copy now from your favorite retailer (via Diamond PREVIEWS), or direct from Top Shelf here on our web site, and join us in celebrating the rebirth of Craig's awe-inspiring book!

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Rich Koslowski wins Glyph Award for BB WOLF!

May 22, 2011 / More →

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Our hearty congratulations to Rich Koslowski for winning Best Artist in the 2011 Glyph Awards! The award recognizes his work on BB Wolf & the 3 LPs with writer J.D. Arnold. Previously BB Wolf won the Texas Library Association's Maverick Award and was named one of the American Library Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens.

The Glyph Comics Awards celebrate the greatest comics created by, for, and about people of color. BB Wolf, a dark fairy-tale allegory for race relations in Jim Crow Mississippi, was nominated in four categories this year. For a list of all the nominees and winners, click here. Congratulations to all!

Eric Skillman plants LIAR'S KISS on New York! Andy Runton brings OWLY to Maine!

May 18, 2011 / More →

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After Free Comic Book Day, our biggest TCAF ever, and Jeffrey Brown's Change-Bots gallery launch, the Top Shelf never-ending world tour rolls onward!

First, Eric Skillman plays hometown hero as he launches Liar's Kiss, his super-snazzy noir graphic novel with Jhomar Soriano, in Brooklyn this week! He'll be signing the book as well as some scorching-hot screenprinted posters and more, Thursday from 7-9 at Desert Island, Brooklyn, NY. For more on Eric and Liar's Kiss, check out this interview at the Criterion Collection and this blog post about how he and Jhomar created the book cover!

Then, on Sunday (May 22), Owly creator Andy Runton is the guest of honor at MECAF, the Maine Comics Arts Festival! It's 10am-5pm in Portland, ME and is a must for any fans in the Maine area. Come meet Andy and check out all the Owly books (including the new full-color picture book), shirts, plushes, and more!


May 5, 2011 / More →

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It's that wonderful time of year - time to visit your local comic shop and get some FREE comic books! That's right, this Saturday, May 7, is Free Comic Book Day all over the world!

This year, Top Shelf is proud to announce the launch of the TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB -- a new umbrella covering all of our kid-friendly titles! So on Saturday, grab your free Top Shelf Kids Club comic book for a collection of new stories featuring:

To celebrate Free Comic Book Day, our authors will be making appearances all over the country:

Meanwhile, a whole gang of authors will be in Toronto for TCAF, all weekend (May 7-8): Ludovic Debeurme (Lucille), Jess Fink (Chester 5000), Eric Skillman (Liar's Kiss), Jeff Lemire (Essex County), Matt Kindt (Super Spy), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), and Kathryn & Stuart Immonen (Moving Pictures)!

AND publishers Chris Staros and Brett Warnock will be in Stockholm for the Swedish Small Press Expo!

So basically, just walk out your front door on Saturday and you'll probably bump into somebody from Top Shelf. Hope to see you soon!