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Our Year in Review = Your Gift Guide!

December 14, 2023

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. 


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.