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Top Shelf “E-Convention” Sale! Plus free sampler and more

Top Shelf ProductsTop Shelf Continues Digital Explosion!

Hey friends, we’ve got a bundle of new digital-comics news to share, starting with a mighty whopper of a sale! PLUS: a free 168-page sampler book, two must-have digital exclusive graphic novels, and new distribution deals with Kobo and Overdrive!

Coast-to-Coast Top Shelf “E-Convention” Sale!

Top Shelf is hitting two conventions at once this weekend, both Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland (with Nate Powell & Jeff Lemire) and MoCCA Fest in New York (with Pat Grant, Joseph Remnant, Brendan Leach, Kagan McLeod, Jess Fink, Alex Robinson, Eric Skillman, and Jennifer Hayden)!

To spread the joy around, we’re offering a slew of hot books in digital form at crazy-low prices — so fans who can’t make it to Portland or NYC aren’t left out, and fans who DO come to the shows can try out everything before buying signed copies this weekend!

Blue – $0.99
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland – $7.99
The Pterodactyl Hunters – $1.99
Lost Dogs – $1.99
Essex County – $4.99
Any Empire – $5.99
Swallow Me Whole – $4.99
Infinite Kung Fu – $5.99
Too Cool To Be Forgotten – $2.99
Box Office Poison – $4.99
Liar’s Kiss – $4.99
Underwire – $1.99

That’s a dozen of the industry’s greatest graphic novels for under fifty bucks! Do yourself a favor and load up— these prices are only valid through Sunday, April 29!

FREE Digital Action Pack available now!

Savvy to digital comics and looking for something new to read? Curious about e-reading and hesitant to take the plunge? Look no further than the Top Shelf Action Pack, packed with 168 pages of our most thrilling comics, and yours for the price of ZERO! Inside are full chapters from seven graphic novels: Infinite Kung Fu, The Homeland Directive, Lost Dogs, From Hell, SuperF*ckers, Bighead, and Any Empire! It’s available on Comixology and iVerse now, with more formats coming soon. Check it out!

Digital exclusives: Rob Walton’s RAGMOP & Alex Robinson’s LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE!

Two veteran indie cartoonists have released their first ever digital-exclusive graphic novels with Top Shelf! First, Rob Walton presents the new edition of his cult favorite RAGMOP, a completely loony romp through time and space jam-packed with talking dinosaurs, evil popes, fallen angels, balsa wood spaceships, interstellar coffee corporations, rival assassins from competing global conspiracies, countless sight gags and pop-culture parodies, and debates over everything from politico-economic theory to quantum physics to the merits of mid-century animators. (whew!) It’s 422 massive pages for only $7.99!
Also, Alex Robinson returns with a sequel to his exuberant fantasy dungeon-crawl LOWER REGIONS! The new book, LOWER REGIONS: DEFENSE OF THE WEST GATE, switches perspective to the neurotic, terrified bug-creatures assigned to guard one particular dungeon gate. Plus: a brand-new bonus story, “FIGHT!!” in which our barbarian heroine battles an undead curse! These hilarious and thrilling tales are only $1.99 for 25 pages.

Top Shelf graphic novels: now available on Kobo!

Top Shelf’s quest to be available on every digital platform continues, as we announce that our graphic novels are now available for Kobo, reaching readers and devices in over 170 countries! 40 titles are available in our Kobo catalogso far, with more coming soon!

Get Top Shelf books through your library via Overdrive!

Librarians, we’re got your backs: Top Shelf is partnering with Overdrive, the leading digital distributor for libraries! Libraries can now purchase ebooks of the full Top Shelf Kids Club line — 19 titles — and offer them for free e-lending to patrons. So contact your local library and let them know you’d like to read OWLY, KORGI, JOHNNY BOO and more on your electronic device!

Lemire and Leach: Lost Dogs and Pterodactyls! Alex Robinson movie! and more!

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Top Shelf ProductsThree Cool Things To Talk About: New releases from Lemire & Leach! TOO COOL movie news! And INFINITE KUNG FU racks up infinte honors!


This month we announce deluxe new Top Shelf editions of two amazing books that won the prestigious Xeric Award: a blast from the past from superstar Jeff Lemire, and a powerful debut from new talent Brendan Leach! You can pre-order them now from your local comic shop (with the Diamond codes below), or directly from us here:

by Jeff Lemire

— 104-page softcover graphic novel
— 6.5″ x 9″, $9.95 (US)
— ISB: 978-1-60309-154-1
— Diamond: FEB12-1158
— Mature readers (16+)

Long out of print, Jeff Lemire’s Xeric-Award-winning LOST DOGS now returns in a newly remastered edition, soaked with blood and ink. This 104-page mythic yarn follows a family man who’s larger than life… but even he may not be powerful enough to prevent the loss of everything he’s ever known.

Bold, brutal, and emotionally raw, LOST DOGS represents an acclaimed storyteller’s first professional work — an early exhibition of the gifts that have made his ESSEX COUNTY and SWEET TOOTH so phenomenally popular.

by Brendan Leach

— 44-page oversized softcover graphic novel with stapled-in newsprint interiors
— 11 3/4″ x 14 3/8″, $9.95 (US)
— ISBN: 978-1-60309-263-0
— Diamond: FEB12-1159
— Mature readers (16+)

PTERODACTYL HUNTERSis a story of sibling rivalry and family tradition in a rapidly changing world: a version of 1904 New York where generations of working-class hot-air-balloonists take to the skies each night to defend their city from a dwindling population of pterodactyls. In this town, heroic hunter Eamon Sullivan dominates the headlines, while his brother Declan, a nightwatchman, tires of looking on. As the last pterodactyl and its trackers circle each other above four-story tenements, brick smokestacks, and wooden watchtowers, a face-to-face showdown may prove to be the end for all of them.


The film adaptation of Alex Robinson’s award-winning graphic novel TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN takes another step closer to reality this week, as screenwriters Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko have signed on to write the script.

Red Crown Productions’ Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Daniel Crown are producing with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman.  Stefanie Azpiazu and Riva Marker will be executive producers on the film.

Bregman commented “Too Cool To Be Forgotten is a story that demonstrates that comic books can be as profound and moving as they can be funny and entertaining, and that is exactly what this team hopes to replicate on the screen.”

TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN, Alex Robinson’s third graphic novel (following BOX OFFICE POISON and TRICKED), follows middle-aged Andy Wicks as he attempts hypnotherapy to cure his smoking addiction… and finds himself traveling back in time to his painfully awkward high school years! Is he doomed to relive the mistakes of his past, or is this is second chance to get things right?

If you’ve never read TOO COOL, check it out nowand beat the rush!


The American Library Association’s young-adult division, YALSA, recently announced their 2012 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Kagan McLeod’s high-kicking zombie-bashing epic INFINITE KUNG FU not only made the list, it was selected for the Top Ten books of the year!

This latest library honor adds another feather in the cap of an incredible book that’s already won “best of year” notices from (among others) Publishers Weekly, Heeb Magazine, io9, CNN, Comic Book Resources, Complex, USA Today, Forbidden Planet International, IFC, ComicsAlliance, Paste, Graphic Novel Reporter, and 11 O’Clock Comics!

Have YOU tested your might against INFINITE KUNG FU? Check out the video trailer here, and the first 250 pages for free online here!

Top Shelf Products Top Shelf Cyber Monday

Top Shelf is getting into the Cyber Monday bonanza with 30% your order online. Just enter the code CYBERTSP at checkout to get 30% off your entire order. The sale ends Monday night.


For those who love furious action and incredible artwork: Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod, and The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston

“The great strength of [Infinite Kung Fu] is its originality, but equally impressive are McLeod’s extraordinary illustrations and compelling narrative… one of the 10 best graphic novels of the year.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Homeland Directive: an addictive page-turner that feels like an edge-of-your-seat theater experience.” — MTV Splash Page

For moms who still know how to have a good time: Underwire by Jennifer Hayden

“Hayden’s cheerful profanity and scratchy lines give the work a homey, intimate feel… Hayden’s stories are like comfortable, lived-in jeans–not the most stylish or flattering, but the ones you want to spend time wearing.” — Publishers Weekly

For small-town folks, family members, or hockey fans: Essex County by Jeff Lemire

“A rich tapestry … Mr. Lemire infuses his characters with vivid details that make them burst to life.” — The New York Times

For fantasy fans & animal lovers: Owly by Andy Runton & Korgi (including the new Book 3) by Christian Slade

“The art, storytelling, pacing, and world [Christian] Slade has created is fantastic and you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate it.” — About.com

For 20-30somethings with mixed feelings about growing up: Any Empire by Nate Powell

“Powell’s exceptional visual-storytelling gift transforms a potentially obvious antiwar parable into a ravishingly beautiful, emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and provocative work of art.” — Booklist (starred review)

For middle schoolers (and middle-schoolers at heart): Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen

Pirate Penguin: Each panel is punctuated with so many quips and jokes that they don’t work to form a narrative so much as they collectively embody an extended Abbot and Costello routine.” — Graphic Novel Reporter

For early readers, or kids who love to hear books read out loud: Johnny Boo & Dragon Puncher by James Kochalka

“Just the right blend of sarcasm, silliness, and action to appeal to both child readers and to adults reading this with their kids.” — School Library Journal’s Good Comics For Kids

For young lovers and those who remember young love: Blankets (deluxe hardcover edition) by Craig Thompson, and Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme

“Reading Blankets is like reliving your youth as you wander through the artist’s personal trials of fundamentalist religion and teenage heart-break in small-town America… The Best Graphic Novel of the Decade.” — Paste Magazine

“Debeurme gets underneath what makes these young lovers tick, and is realistic enough to realize that they’re too inexperienced and impulsive to fix each other. Still, the love affair in Lucille burns bright, illuminating two lives.” — The AV Club

For savvy hippies and pop-culture vultures: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century and Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic (full set)

“Fans won’t be let down by the latest instalment of this clever, lurid saga.” — The Guardian

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It’s Sunday and that means it’s a new episode of Graphic Policy Radio, so tune in tonight at 8 pm EST.  Hope you’ll call in.  While you’re waiting, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – Erik Martin, Electron Boy, 14, Passes – Very sad.

CBR – Billy Tucci Forms Apostle Arts to Publish “A Child Is Born” – I see this selling pretty well in the mass market.  Could it be the comic book version of The Passion of the Christ?

Con Coverage:

Comicsgirl – Small Press Expo 2011 review: The Men!

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Blogcritics – Infinite Kung Fu

Seattle PI – Little Nothings: My Shadow in the Distance

Comics Alliance – Cartoonist (and Non-Superhero Reader) Carolyn Main Hilariously Reviews the DC Comics New 52

Bleeding Cool – DC Through The Eyes Of A Marvel Zombie: Week Two

Kung Fu, Donuts, and Pirate Penguin in stores! Nate Powell’s Any Empire hits today!

Official Press ReleaseTop Shelf ProductsKUNG FU, DONUTS, and PIRATE PENGUIN in stores! And Nate Powell’s ANY EMPIRE hits today!

The hits keep on coming! Not long after we launched LEAGUE 1969, the new deluxe editions of BLANKETS, LUCILLE, and THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE, here come three more hotly anticipated Top Shelf books, available NOW — with one more hitting stores today!

INFINITE KUNG FU, OKIE DOKIE DONUTS, & PIRATE PENGUIN IN STORES NOW! See what the critics are already saying:

by Kagan McLeod
— ISBN: 978-1-891830-83-9, Diamond code: MAY11-1197
— 464-page flexi-cover graphic novel, 6.75″ x 9.5″
— $24.95 (US), Older teens (16+) and adults

Don’t miss the awesome VIDEO TRAILER!

Infinite Kung Fu is glorious and deranged in the way that all comics should be.” — Warren Ellis

“All of that buzz and hype was completely on the money… It’s like the best kung-fu movie you’ve ever seen, unimpaired by time or budget constraints, willing to take everything about kung-fu that everyone loves and throw it all together.” — Chad Nevett, Comic Book Resources

“If Egon Schiele and Yim Wing Chun had a son together, he’d be called Kagan McLeod. Infinite Kung Fu is like a bitch-slap to your imagination. I am a BIG fan.” — Geof Darrow, author & artist of Shaolin Cowboy and conceptual designer for The Matrix

“A book for fans of Bruce Lee movies, zombies, ancient Chinese mythology, and any other off-the-wall genre you can think of… Infinite Kung Fu brings a style that separates it from the rest and lifts comics out of the overly serious rut that the medium has been stuck in for nearly a decade.” — Jason Sarafino, Complex

“The best elements of horror, Westerns, and of course, kung fu films are seamlessly interlaced to tell a highly imaginative tale. You couldn’t sandblast the smile from my face as I read this.” — Ain’t It Cool News


by Ray Friesen
— ISBN: 978-1-60309-071-1, Diamond code: APR11-1165
— 96-page full-color hardcover graphic novel, 6.5″ x 8.5″
— 9.95 (US), All ages

“Ray Friesen is a remarkable cartoonist. He makes the silly funny and the funny sublime. The world seems lighter after reading a Ray Friesen book.” — Jimmy Gownley, creator of Amelia Rules!

“Ray Friesen is a veritable fount of silliness, and his Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken is a good example of that… it’s guaranteed to make your geeklets giggle.” — Jonathan Liu, Wired

“The jokey asides and playfully sophisticated take on language are reminiscent of Walt Kelly’s Pogo… [a] manic blend of mayhem and adventure.” — Ian Chipman, Booklist


by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos
— ISBN: 978-1-60309-068-1, Diamond code: APR11-1155
— 48-page full-color hardcover graphic novel, 5″ x 7.5″
— $9.95 (US), All ages

“A mixture of Pablo Picasso and Cartoon Network… laden with eccentric charm.” — Eric Whitman, The Daily Blam!

“Elio consistently impresses me with his supercharged kid-friendly comics. His style is wholly distinct, and everything he does seems to explode with joy and pure fun.” — John Martz, Drawn!

“2 scoops of silly, 5 cups of cute, and a bucket load of fun!” — Bob Boyle, creator of Nick Jr.’s Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and author of Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String

Nate Powell’s ANY EMPIRE hits stores today!

by Nate Powell
— ISBN: 978-1-60309-077-3, Diamond code: MAY11-1196
— 384-page hardcover graphic novel, 6.5″ x 9.5″
— $19.95 (US), Older teens (16+) and adults

The creator of Swallow Me Whole (Best Graphic Novel Eisner-winner) returns with a massive exploration of violence, childhood, and coming of age in a culture of war games. Don’t miss it!

“The most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his generation. … Powell’s exceptional visual-storytelling gift transforms a potentially obvious antiwar parable into a ravishingly beautiful, emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and provocative work of art.” — Booklist

Any Empire by Nate Powell is everything a graphic novel should be, and few are.” — Larry Hama, author of GI Joe comics since 1982

“At times poignant, at at others surreal, Any Empire is an engaging, never preachy work about childhood, centering on those secret currents that define our youthful rivalries and the games we play.” — MTV Geek

INFINITE KUNG FU tour dates!

Along with a bundle of convention apperances, Kagan McLeod will be traveling to these special INFINITE KUNG FU events across North America! Check infinitekungfu.com for more details:

This Friday, Sept 2 in Toronto!
— Revival Bar, 783 College St, Toronto, Ontario
— 9pm – $5 or free with purchase of book
— The Beguiling presents the Infinite Kung Fu book signings, author Q&A, and a live DJ Duel from Hop Fu (DJ 1XL and DJ Excess) accompanying a screening of a classic Shaw Brothers film!

Saturday, October 1, at Strange Adventures!
— 5262 Sackville St, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Saturday, November 19, at Danger Room Comics!
— 201 W 4th Ave, Olympia, Washington
— plus other Olympia events that weekend TBA!

Big thanks to The Beguiling, Strange Adventures, and Danger Room for their support of this incredible book.

New Blankets, Kung Fu, Any Empire, Homeland, & League 1969 — Top Shelf’s Comic-Con is HUGE

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New BLANKETS, KUNG FU, ANY EMPIRE, HOMELAND, & LEAGUE Top Shelf Products1969 — Top Shelf’s Comic-Con is HUGE!

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+!

Signings & Hot Debuts @ 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!





Comic-Con’s Top Shelf Panel and Infinite Kung Fu video!

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!

And in case you missed it last week, check out the incredible video that’s been blowing up the internet: this animated trailer for Kagan McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu!

A Very Kochalka Comic-Con!

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 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!

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

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.

“Homeland Directive” in Stores Today – Plus Killer “Infinite Kung Fu” Video

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What a week! As we prepare for a giant San Diego Comic-Con next week, one of our most-anticipated graphic novels reaches stores TODAY! Meanwhile, another one of our big summer books drops an awesome video trailer! Check out both pulse-pounding books, and stay tuned for more Comic-Con news!


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.

by Robert Venditti & Mike Huddleston

— $14.95 (US)
— 144-page full-color softcover gn
— ISBN 978-1-60309-024-7
— Diamond: MAR11-1271

Here’s what critics are saying about The Homeland Directive already:

“Venditti’s cat-mouse thriller demands edge-of-your-seat attention while raising serious questions about terrorism, personal privacy, and government responsibility … excellent writing and plotting, and dead suitable art.” — Library Journal

“An addictive page-turner that feels like an edge-of-your-seat theater experience.” — MTV Splash Page

“The conspiracy at the heart of this superbly paced thriller makes the Illuminati and the New World Order look like rank amateurs.” — Paste Magazine

‎”It’s unlikely you’ll find a book that looks as good as The Homeland Directive this year.” — Robot 6

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

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 (stay for the amazing ending), and please embed & share it with friends!


And don’t forget, you can read the first half of Infinite Kung Fu for free on our web site, here:


by Kagan McLeod
— $24.95 (US)
— 464-page deluxe flexi-bound graphic novel
— ISBN 978-1-891830-83-9
— Diamond: MAY11-1197

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It’s the weekend, yay!  Nuff said.

Around the Blogs:

ICv2 – Archie Comics Files Suit Against Co-CEOShe was just playing the “penis” game.  Penis!

Con Coverage:

Bleeding Cool – That Gay Comics Panel At San Diego Comic Con

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: Broken Pieces #1 From Aspen

The Beat – SD11: John Higgins offers exclusive WATCHMEN portfolio

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: Any Empire by Nate Powell

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: Anne Rice’s Servant of the Bones #1

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: SideShows by Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelsen

Bleeding Cool – Friday Programming For San Diego Comic Con

Bleeding Cool – DC Starts Casino Chip Scavenger Hunt At San Diego

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

The Beat – SDCC11: First Comics returns with four previews

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: Z-Girl And The 4 Tigers by Kirk Manley and Jeff Marsick

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Good Comic Books – Flashpoint #3

Martin’s View – Comic Books of the Week (7/6/11)

Alan Moore’s League Is Back! (along with 4 epic releases)

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Alan Moore’s LEAGUE Is Back! (along with several epic releases!)

This announcement may be the biggest confluence of releases in Top Shelf history, in that ALL FIVE of the books we’re featuring are absolute “must reads.” LUCILLE and ANY EMPIRE I’d rank side-by-side with BLANKETS and ESSEX COUNTY – which means you’re gonna read them sooner or later (so get behind them now!). And with INFINITE KUNG FU and LEAGUE: CENTURY “1969” you have two epics that combine action/adventure with literary insight in ways that are rarely seen in comics. And finally, with CHESTER 5000, you have the most refreshingly optimistic erotic graphic novel, probably ever.

Chris Staros

Ludovic Debeurme previews LUCILLE in America!

In anticipation of the American release of his award-winning graphic novel Lucille, French cartoonist Ludovic Debeurme is making a few US appearances this week! Those in the New York area will get an early look at Lucille at these events, part of the PEN World Voices Festival. (The rest of us can read an excerpt on the PEN web site!)

First up is a free lunchtime conversation between Ludovic and Norwegian novelist Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, at La Maison Française in New York City! Tuesday, April 26 at noon. Details here.

Then on Saturday, April 30, Ludovic joins a host of comic-book talent including Kate Beaton, Nick Bertozzi, Michael Kupperman, R. Sikoryak and more, in “Comic Books Come Alive on Stage” at Cooper Union in New York! This multimedia show begins at noon and tickets are $15/$10. Details here.

Then on May 7-8, Ludovic will join us in Toronto for the Toronto Comics Art Festival, where we will debut his incredible book Lucille! You’ll fall in love with its young heroes, Lucille and Arthur, and see for yourself why their story won the Goscinny Prize and the Angouleme Essential award in France.

CHESTER 5000 & LUCILLE to debut at TCAF!

On May 7-8, Ludovic Debeurme and Jess Fink will join us in Toronto for the Toronto Comics Art Festival, where we will debut both Lucille and Chester 5000. Ludovic and Jess are part of a killer Top Shelf lineup at TCAF, including Jeff Lemire (Essex County ), Kathryn & Stuart Immonen (Moving Pictures), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), and Eric Skillman (of Liar’s Kiss, which made a big splash at its debut at MoCCA just a couple weeks ago).

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The wait is over! Our JULY releases are now available for pre-order in Previews, and these are BIG! What awaits within? Tons of action, some of your favorite creators, and piles of pop culture references woven carefully into stories that will blow your mind. Are you excited? Get excited — and pre-order now!!



by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
— ISBN 978-1-60309-006-3
— an 80-pg full-color gn
— $9.95 (US)

The League is back! Our merry metafictional marauders continue their bestselling adventures through the 20th century. In this volume, the League must battle dark cultists amid the sit-ins, sitars, and psychedelics of 1960s swinging London.



by Nate Powell
— ISBN 978-1-60309-077-3
— a 304-pg hardcover gn
— $19.95 (US)

Nate Powell’s follow-up to the Eisner-winning Swallow Me Whole examines war and violence, and their trickle-down effects on middle America. As a gang of small-town kids find themselves reunited in adulthood, their dark histories collide in a struggle for the future.



by Kagan McLeod
— ISBN 978-1-891830-83-9
— a 464-pg deluxe flexi-cover gn
— $24.95 (US)

Funk music, martial arts, and zombie warfare combine in this epic saga! One reluctant monk must master all the countless styles of kung fu to save the world from a curse that has brought the dead back to walk the earth.