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Epic KEVIN O'NEILL interview at The Comics Journal!

February 18, 2010 / More →

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Kevin O'Neill is not only the visual genius who brings to life one of our best-selling books -- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (with Alan Moore) -- he's also got a deluxe collection of his devastating superhero parody, Marshal Law (with Pat Mills), coming from Top Shelf at the end of this year!

So we're delighted to see Kevin plumb his own depths in a deep and wide-ranging conversation with critic Douglas Wolk, hosted in five parts on the Comics Journal web site! Check out the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parts -- it's all great stuff!


February 16, 2010 / More →

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CBR's Robot 6 blog continues to spotlight upcoming titles from our April Swedish Invasion event!

First we saw a scandalous scene from Simon Gärdenfors' 120 Days of Simon. Then a full-color look at the furry freakiness of Kolbeinn Karlsson's The Troll King.

Now Robot 6 presents a darkly hilarious scene from Mats Jonsson's painfully honest memoir of hipsters, heartbreak, and Britpop, Hey Princess!

You can see the 12-page preview HERE!


February 10, 2010 / More →

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Another day, another preview on CBR's Robot 6 blog of a new Swedish Invasion title!

After giving us a saucy look at Simon Gärdenfors' 120 Days of Simon, today Robot 6 has a weird, wild, and wonderful first glimpse of the full-color magic that is The Troll King by Kolbeinn Karlsson.

Check out the 16-page preview HERE!

CBR previews THE 120 DAYS OF SIMON!

February 9, 2010 / More →

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CBR's Robot 6 blog will be taking a closer look at our Swedish Invasion books this week, giving you an advance look at some of these amazing stories that we'll debut in April (though you can pre-order them now in your local shop)!

First up, a scandalous excerpt from The 120 Days of Simon by Swedish cartoonist/rapper Simon Gärdenfors! The scene begins on Day 2 of the trip, with Simon meeting his second volunteer host. But she's awfully young... And you won't believe what they get up to in the day care center where she works! CLICK HERE to find out!

Top Shelf on CNN!

February 8, 2010 / More →

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When a trend gets big enough, all the mainstream media eventually take a look at it! CNN's Breeanna Hare investigated various comic-to-film adaptations and spoke to a few industry figures for comment -- most prominently, Top Shelf publisher Chris Staros! In the wake of Touchstone's blockbuster Surrogates film and our recent capital investment / film production deal, Top Shelf is a prominent example of how publishers can respond to Hollywood's interest in graphic novels, without dashing for the quick buck or creating books as a means to an end. Our mission is to publish great books, and we welcome the chance to work with talented filmmakers to adapt those books -- with creator approval -- and introduce a wider audience to the comics that are and always will be our focus.

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February 4, 2010 / More →

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How cool is this? The February 3 episode of Jeopardy! College Championship included this clue: "A graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele was the basis for this Bruce Willis film about androids that live for users."

Solution: "What is THE SURROGATES," of course! Freshman James Hill III nailed it -- and went on to trounce his competitors with over $25,000.

Check out the video here!

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Welcome to the Top Shelf SWEDISH INVASION!

January 28, 2010 / More →

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Okay, so our mastery of the Swedish language stops there. But we've got to say how excited we are to welcome you to THE SWEDISH INVASION, our overall title for a whole host of amazing Swedish stuff coming to you from Top Shelf this spring.

By April, we'll have seven whole books showcasing the best of this hotbed of comics talent, including four full-length graphic novels, two incredible anthologies, and one full-color reference book by one of Sweden's top comic scholars! It's a veritable smörgåsbord of comics!

At New York's MoCCA Festival and Chicago's new C2E2 Convention, we'll bring along a whole host of the Swedish cartoonists who created these awesome books, and throw, not one, but two (!) killer parties to welcome them to the States in style. We hope you can join us in the celebration.

The comics scene in Sweden is a real treasure trove that has gone virtually unnoticed in our part of the world... but now we'll all have a chance to get to know these creators and fall in love with their books. Take a look at the information below, and let the invasion begin!

Chris, Brett, Rob and Leigh
Top Shelf Productions

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Awesome comic-to-film featurette preview as SURROGATES DVD release approaches!

January 24, 2010 / More →

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The blockbuster film Surrogates, based on the Top Shelf graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, January 26!

In anticipation, MTV's Splash Page blog has got an exclusive clip from one of the disc's coolest bonus features -- a 7-minute featurette delving deep into the original graphic novel! In this preview clip, you'll see interviews with both Rob and Brett, plus some amazing animated graphics that bring Brett's outstanding art to life in "motion comic" form! Don't miss it!

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Chris Staros talks movie deals and more with CBR!

January 23, 2010 / More →

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Well, the whole comics internet (and beyond) has been buzzing with the news of our new investors! But what does the news really mean?

To find out, Kiel Phegley from Comic Book Resources sat down with Top Shelf publisher Chris Staros for some answers straight from the horse's mouth. CLICK HERE to read the interview and get the inside scoop on the future of Top Shelf!

SWALLOW ME WHOLE one of ALA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

January 20, 2010 / More →

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News from the recent Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association: the official 2010 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens has been announced, and we're delighted to see Nate Powell's sweet, frightening, heartbreaking book Swallow Me Whole is one of the honored graphic novels!

It's the latest in a long line of honors for Swallow Me Whole, which won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel, often considered the highest award in comics. Recently Neel Mukherjee praised it in The Times (UK), writing: "It’s not an easy book, but its dark brilliance marks its creator as a writer-artist of genius." We hope the GGNT committee's decision will help more teen readers discover Nate's book and connect with its young heroes, Ruth and Perry.

PS: Hats off to Top Shelf buddy Van Jansen for also scoring a GGNT honor with his debut graphic novel Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer (with Dusty Higgins)! Nice work, guys!

Two SUPER books coming in March... Order them now!

January 14, 2010 / More →

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For this month's catalog solicits, James Kochalka and Matt Kindt both have big releases available for pre-order, so they teamed up to produce this killer ad showcasing both of their books!

James Kochalka presents the long-awaited, vinyl-covered, rainbow-hued all-in-one collection of SUPERF*CKERS, the raunchiest and most hilarious super-book in human history! You get all four issues plus the all-new Jack Krak special, in a single super volume.

Matt Kindt, meanwhile, has been cooking up a super secret smorgasbord of spy stuff to follow up his Eisner-nominated breakthrough (and Wizard's Indy Book of the Year) Super Spy! Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers is a 96-page compendium of new stories, puzzles, codes, annotations, 3-D comics, and more!

CLICK HERE to see the awesome tag-team poster in its full glory! And remember, talk to your local comic retailer and ask to pre-order these books by name!

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Top Shelf Announces Capital Investment Deal

January 13, 2010 / More →

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January 13, 2010 -- Atlanta/Portland/New York -- Co-Publishers Chris Staros and Brett Warnock of independent graphic novel and comic book publisher Top Shelf Productions ( announced today that it has entered into a capital investment deal with new media entrepreneur John S. Johnson, and independent film producer Anthony Bregman.

Johnson, and Likely Story, Bregman’s film production company, have purchased a 33% interest in Top Shelf Productions, Inc. Johnson will join the board of Top Shelf, and Likely Story will get a first-look deal for all new Top Shelf publications for possible film and TV development.

This deal represents a supportive investment in the company; one that leaves Chris Staros and Brett Warnock as majority stockholders (and firmly in control of the company), but also brings to bear the resources, skills and connections of John and Anthony in helping the company expand and grow over time.

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ALEC in the Boston Globe!

January 11, 2010 / More →

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"The graphic novels that have really grabbed the public imagination have tended to be biographies and autobiographies," declares Stephen Weiner of The Boston Globe today. He mentions Art Spiegelman's Maus, Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home as key masterworks in the graphic-autobiography genre that have crossed over to become true mainstream classics.

"To this list," continues Weiner, "we now can add Alec, Eddie Campbell’s graphic memoir starring his surrogate, the young cartoonist Alec MacGarry."

Fine company to be in, and we must agree: Eddie has produced a modern masterpiece. Check it out below!

Happy birthday to the King!

January 8, 2010 / More →

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If you know anything about Top Shelf publisher Chris Staros, you know he loves two things: comic books and Elvis Presley.

Well, in honor of Elvis's 75th birthday today, MTV's Splash Page blog has a great tribute to appearances of Elvis in comics. Including, of course, a shout-out to Rich Koslowski's incredible graphic novel The King -- which Variety called "a substantive and astonishing fun read, regardless of whether you like Elvis or believe he really died all those years ago." Meanwhile Library Journal wrote, "While telling a fine mystery story, Koslowski also explores, without condescension, the mythology that has grown up around Elvis, and muses seriously on the nature of belief in any God … recommended wherever Elvis is remembered."

Rich has a very exciting new book coming out in the spring -- BB Wolf and the 3 LPs, with J.D. Arnold -- so take this chance to grab The King now, and get ready for another project that uses music as a starting point to say so much more.

NPR loves Eddie Campbell!

January 7, 2010 / More →

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National Public Radio's Glen Weldon has a glowing new review up of Eddie Campbell's brand-new ALEC omnibus collection, The Years Have Pants!

"The fact that we are finally able to watch young Alec slowly evolve, page by page, from a cheeky wastrel into a mature artist deeply committed to his work and his family is nothing less than a revelation," he writes.

"As the years steadily accrete, it becomes impossible to ignore the staggering scope of what Campbell has accomplished here... the three decades of mature, complex and emotionally compelling work compiled here represent a major accomplishment in comics storytelling, and in storytelling, period. It's nothing less than a modern epic of the everyday."

Whew! So, who still needs a copy? What are you waiting for?