Dive into Blue by Pat Grant!

Official Press Release

Top Shelf ProductsDive into BLUE by Pat Grant!

You’ve never seen anything quite like this. In March 2012, Top Shelf will release the debut graphic novel from super-talented Australian cartoonist Pat Grant, entitled BLUE.

It’s a fascinating blend of autobiography and fiction with a sci-fi twist: in a seaside Australian town struggling with alien tentacle-creature immigration, a trio of aimless teenagers skip school to go surfing, chase rumors of a dead body, and avoid dealing with their own fears.

Here’s what Craig Thompson, author of Blankets, Carnet de Voyage, and Habibi, had to say about BLUE: “This book rekindles my earliest enthusiasm for the comics medium. Pat Grant is the Australian Mark Twain, trading Huck’s raft for a waxed-up surfboard and an inked-up sable brush. Vast themes of racism and immigration unravel in sprawling murals and a single day in the life of some reckless teens in this sea-polished, perfect nugget of a book.”

Still not convinced? Check out Pat’s great SHAMELESS PUBLICITY DOCUMENT, and the free preview of BLUE at Pat’s website!

Be sure to pre-order this lush, lovable, complex book from your favorite comic shop or directly from Top Shelf!

BLUE by Pat Grant
–96-page hardcover graphic novel with 2-color interiors
–9.4″ x 6.6″ (landscape format)
–Older teens (16+) and adults
–ISBN: 978-1-60309-153-4
–Diamond order code: JAN12-1268
–$14.95 (US)

“Pat Grant is serious about comics.” — Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics

BLUE is everything a good comics can be.” — Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia

Nate Powell’s ANY EMPIRE explodes onto YouTube!

An intense new video trailer for 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!

Top Shelf books are tops on Top Ten lists!

New Year’s is not just a time for making resolutions and asking your friends to delete embarrassing party photos — it’s also an occasion for year-in-review retrospective lists! Well, the lists have been pouring in, and we’re proud to see Top Shelf titles racking up so many rankings.

In particular, Kagan McLeod’s INFINITE KUNG FU, Nate Powell’s ANY EMPIRE, and Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston’s THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE have been listed on “Best of 2011” lists from over a dozen top sources, spanning the gamut from CNN to Publishers Weekly to Complex to USA Today to Paste to The AV Club and many more. And other Top Shelf books are not far behind! To see all the year-end praise, check out our REVIEWS PAGE and treat yourself to one of our most acclaimed graphic novels.