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Announcing THE MOON AND SERPENT BUMPER BOOK OF MAGIC

February 16, 2024 / More →


LOS ANGELES, CA (February 16, 2024). Internationally celebrated publishers Top Shelf Productions (USA) and Knockabout Ltd (UK) are proud to announce the publication date of the long-awaited THE MOON AND SERPENT BUMPER BOOK OF MAGIC. Born of the longstanding creative partnership between legendary writer Alan Moore (From Hell) and his creative and magical mentor Steve Moore (no relation), this celebration of magic and the occult has been meticulously under development for nearly two decades and is brought to life through a combination of prose, illustration, and sequential art from five incredible artists. This veritable grimoire of the magical, the mystical, and even the macabre will be on sale in October 2024.

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Unravel the Mystery of MARY TYLER MOOREHAWK - On Sale Now!

February 14, 2024 / More →

Mary Tyler MooreHawk from the mind of Eisner-nominated madman Dave Baker is On Sale Now! Need more reasons to check it out? Some very cool people have been saying some really nice things! 

“Easily one of the most intriguing new graphic novels of 2024.” — IGN

“A dense, fascinating work.” — The Beat

“One of the most exciting things to hit the American comics market in a long time... Put simply, Mary Tyler MooreHawk is a masterpiece. It is the kind of graphic novel that will be talked about, pored over, and re-examined for years to come.” — ComicBook.com

“Mary Tyler MooreHawk emerges as a beacon of optimism, reminiscent of classic adventure characters like Nancy Drew and Jonny Quest, setting the stage for a narrative that challenges the norms of contemporary comics." — ToonsMag

“It’s unlikely that you’ve ever read a graphic novel quite like Dave Baker’s Mary Tyler MooreHawk before. This sprawling adventure tale is both a heady pulp adventure and a formally inventive work with more layers than you’d expect. (It would fit comfortably beside the work of James Stokoe and Tom Scioli on your shelves.)” — Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Dave chatted with Freaksugar to dish on what music is on his Mary Tyler MooreHawk playlist!

We also want to call out an incredible video review/essay from YouTube channel NuComics. Their stylish, in-depth video “Mary Tyler Moorehawk: On Fandom & Cult Media” is a stunning demonstration of the thought-provoking riches contained in the MTMH experience.

We can't wait for you to check out Mary Tyler MooreHawk. Tell us when you do! 

Mary Tyler MooreHawk by Dave Baker
ISBN 978-1-60309-536-5 | Diamond: DEC231104
$29.99 (US) | 276 pages | Full Color Hardcover
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Growing Up is a Real Monster in IN UTERO - On Sale Now!

January 24, 2024 / More →

Akira meets Aliens, and Annihilation meets Evangelion - This coming-of-age tale from award-winning graphic novelist Chris Gooch is a monster.

We're thrilled to work with the great Australian cartoonist Chris Gooch (Bottled, Deep Breaths, Under-Earth) on his next gem. In Utero is a teen action-horror with heart that explores mother-daughter relationships, growing up, and the feeling of being alien... in more ways than one. 

In Utero is everything I love about comics. Gripping, heartfelt storytelling and wonderful characters set in a haunting sci-fi world. Chris Gooch might be my new favorite cartoonist!” —Jeff Lemire, author of Sweet Tooth and Descender

“Tightly plotted... eerie and introspective.” Publishers Weekly

“A coming-of-age story wrapped in an eerie creature feature, backdropped by a rotting shopping mall and a psychic realm... a creepy read and a great-looking book.” — Kotaku AU

In Utero by Chris Gooch
ISBN 978-1-60309-534-1 | Diamond: NOV231067
$24.99 (US) | 248 pages | Limited Color Paperback with Flaps | Young Adult (13+)
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Pick it up from at Your Local Comic Shop or Indie Bookstore!


Cosmoknights is Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award!

January 22, 2024 / More →


Congratulations to Hannah Templer! Cosmoknights (Book Two) has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Original Graphic Novel in the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards!


On Sale Now: YOU WISH by Jeff Victor!

January 10, 2024 / More →


Ten-year-old Avery McLean lives with her single dad in the middle of nowhere, entertaining visitors to their gas station with card tricks. But it turns out the real magic was in her all along.

Animator and cartoonist Jeff Victor's debut graphic novel has already garnered high praise from top creative talent like Jeff Smith (Bone) and Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life), but we're sure its biggest fan will be the kid in your life. 

You Wish (Book 1) by Jeff Victor
ISBN 978-1-60309-532-7 | Diamond: NOV231066
$14.99 (US) | 152 pages | Full-color Paperback with Flaps | Middle Grade (8+)
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Our Year in Review = Your Gift Guide!

December 14, 2023 / More →

2023 was a great year for Top Shelf

Somehow, the year is almost over! We're excited to share this look back at our fantastic 2023 (with a few gems from the tail end of 2022), and hope it will inspire some great ideas for gifts during this festive season. 


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Great Kids Comics from Top Shelf
Looking for a great gift for the young comic fans in your life? We've got you covered with a ton of books for kids of all ages!

Early Readers
Our longtime buddy James Kochalka has got you covered, with three great books!

Middle Grade
Great for independent reading and family readalongs alike!

  • Skull Cat and the Curious CastleIt's Scully the Cat's first day as keeper of the garden for a very spooky castle... but where has everyone gone?! Time to be a hero, Skull Cat!
  • Cosmic Cadets: Contact! (Book One) - Stranded on an alien planet, the kids of the E.S.S. Khonsu must learn how to be heroes... and fast! If they can't, the galaxy could fall into war!
  • The Unpetables - After breaking out of Uncle Milo's All Natural Petting Zoo and striking out on their own as "freelance pets," Pigmund and Lizárdo have one strict rule: No petting! 
  • Shelley Frankenstein! Book One: CowPiggy - Meet Shelley Frankenstein, who just wants to create scary monsters... but they always turn out cute! Until this time...
  • Rose Wolves - A little girl picks a flower from an unusual bush in the forest which blooms into a magical rose wolf, one missing a leg just like she is missing an arm. Now, the girl and wolf must journey together to find where they belong. A silent and captivating fairy tale.



Young Adult Titles from Top Shelf 2023

Shopping for young adults or the young at heart? From video-game nostalgia to queer space adventures, Top Shelf released a title this year that will be right up their alley! 

  • Super Trash Clash - When Dul stumbles on a vintage copy of one of the worst games ever made, childhood memories come rushing back. It's an uppercut right in the feels!
  • Cosmoknights (Book Two)Pan has finally escaped her dead-end planet and has bonded with rebel gladiators Bee and Cass, as well as the mysterious hacktivist Kate. But a rescued princess, childhood friends, and life on the run threaten this found family's peace!
  • Lisa Cheese and Ghost Guitar: Attack of the Snack - Meet Lisa, a sweet unicorn girl with a cyborg arm... and anger issues! Now, she's late for her first day of work and she's under attack by an occult fast food chain! Can her musical dreams survive the pressure?
  • What If We Were... (Book Two) - It's time for high-fantasy adventure with Nathalie and Marie, plus their new friend/crush Jane Doe! Jump into their wildest and most hilarious games of imagination yet as these teen girls rewrite the universe to their own rules!
  • But You Have Friends - After the suicide of a dear friend, Emilia is left with nothing but memories. This graphic memoir sweetly reflects on the meaning of friendship, love, and loss. Named one of New York Public Library's Best Comics of 2023.



Graphic novels for adults from Top Shelf

Last but not least, we debuted a number of incredible titles for adult readers in 2023! 

  • Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz - Get to know the man behind Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang, brought to life in the medium that made him a household name. Publishers Weekly called it "an affectionate yet bracing portrait of an artist who never overcame self-doubt, workaholism, and insecurities to appreciate his own greatness" in a starred review
  • Transitions: A Mother's Journey - When Anne learns her 19-year old is transgender, she struggles to understand her child's new identity. A warm, informative, and moving story of a family's journey to acceptance. Starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal!
  • F.A.R.M. System - Turns out, superheroes are a bit like pro athletes, preparing for their shot at the big leagues through a combination of marketing, endorsements, behind-the-scenes training, psych evaluations... or they could take some, er, shortcuts.
  • Edmund White's A Boy's Own Story: The Graphic Novel - One of the most acclaimed LGBT novels of all time receives a stunning visual adaptation! Follow the life of our protagonist as he comes of age in 1950s Midwestern America as a gay man. 
  • Ashes - One of Spain's most brilliant modern graphic novelists makes his English-language debut in this tale of old friends reuniting for the mother of all road trips. This twisty page-turner was called by IGN "the first great graphic novel of 2023"! 
  • Chester 5000 (Revised Edition) - Jess Fink's romantic delight for adults only! This erotic love child of steampunk and silent films is back in print, with minor art updates throughout. 
  • The Second Fake Death of Eddie Campbell - Eddie Campbell is not himself. But these days, who is? It’s meta-fictional mystery and mischief as the award-winning artist of From Hell sets out to find his own imposter. Plus, on the flipside: a deluxe new presentation of The Fate of the Artist, Eddie Campbell’s classic work of graphic meta-memoir!



Thanks for joining us in this look back, and we hope you found a new book to fall in love with! Happy Holidays from all of us here at Top Shelf Productions, and we can't wait to see you in 2024.


Coming in January: The magical YOU WISH and the monstrous IN UTERO!

November 20, 2023 / More →

Advance buzz for both of these books is sizzling ahead of their releases in January 2024! First, Jeff Victor makes his graphic novel debut with the the heartwarming, pulse-pounding genie adventure You Wish, coming to middle-grade readers and families January 9th/10th. Then, Melbourne multi-award-winner Chris Gooch follows his triumphant streak of Bottled, Deep Breaths, and Under-Earth with the jaw-dropping mother/daughter sci-fi thriller In Utero, hitting stores January 23rd/24th.

See why industry titans like Jeff Smith and Jeff Lemire are raving about these incredible reads, and pre-order now from your favorite shop!


Out now: the profoundly beautiful TRANSITIONS and ROSE WOLVES!

November 20, 2023 / More →


Top Shelf's November has brought two exquisitely beautiful new graphic novels on issues of gender identity (Transitions: A Mother's Journey) and disability (Rose Wolves), with universal themes of transformation & love.


Celebrating 10 years of MARCH with a stunning new poster!

November 9, 2023 / More →

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Top Shelf Productions is proud to announce the release of a commemorative poster to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of March: Book One, the first volume in the award-winning graphic memoir trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell about Lewis and his colleagues’ life on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Eisner-nominated WHAT IF WE WERE... returns this month!

October 11, 2023 / More →


Teen girls rewrite the universe every day… but now they’re going even further! Reunite with Nathalie and Marie — and their new friend/crush Jane Doe — for their wildest, most hilarious games of imagination yet, including an extended fantasy epic!

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Celebrate Halloween with two free print-at-home activity pages!

October 10, 2023 / More →

It's 👻 SPOOKY SEASON! 🎃 To celebrate Colleen Madden's delightful new graphic novel Shelley Frankenstein (about the cutest little mad scientist) and James Kochalka's upcoming gem Johnny Boo Is Bored! Bored! Bored! (about the best little ghost in the world), we invited both authors to create a trick-or-treat gift for kids and families! Just download and print this PDF file for plenty of Halloween activities that the whole family can enjoy together.


LISA CHEESE AND GHOST GUITAR hits stores this week!

September 10, 2023 / More →


Lisa is a sweet unicorn girl with a cyborg arm… and anger issues… who’s late for her first day of work. And if this occult fast food chain’s minions don’t stop attacking, she’ll never achieve her dream of making it as a musician!

Meet Kevin Alvir at Brooklyn's Desert Island Comics on September 14th!

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A huge Top Shelf crew heads to SPX 2023!

September 7, 2023 / More →


As the indie comics community descends once again on Bethesda, Maryland, for Small Press Expo this weekend, the Top Shelf booth (W56-W59) is your chance to meet seven outstanding creators and discover their unforgettable books:

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FUNNY THINGS in the New York Times!

August 28, 2023 / More →

Review Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz in the New York Times Book Review
Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz by Luca Debus and Francesco Matteuzzi finally reaches stores this week! And to launch it with a bang, yesterday's Sunday New York Times Book Review featured a thoughtful and heartfelt review of the book, written by none other than Jeff Smith, the bestselling author of Bone.

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The Top Shelf crew heads to San Diego Comic-Con 2023!

July 18, 2023 / More →


Comic-Con starts (gulp) tomorrow night! Stop by the IDW/Top Shelf booth (#2729) to meet these fabulous folks:

Plus we'll have gorgeous recent releases like Cosmic Cadets and Skull Cat, and extended members of the Top Shelf family like Maria & Peter Hoey at their own booth!

And on Friday, don't miss the “IDW Publishing: 2023 and Beyond” panel featuring Top Shelf Editor-in-Chief Chris Staros and Cosmoknights author Hannah Templer, at 1:30 in room 10!