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

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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!

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.

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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.

Kochalka named Laureate, Lemire at Canada Reads, and debuts of Lucille & Liars Kiss

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James Kochalka named Laureate, Jeff Lemire week at Canada Reads, and key debuts of Lucille & Liars Kiss

James Kochalka is Vermont’s Cartoonist Laureate!

Recently we received the truly wonderful news that James Kochalka will be named the Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont! That makes him the first Cartoonist Laureate in the continental US, and nearly first in the entire country (second only to Chad Carpenter of Alaska).

James will serve a term of two years, beginning on March 10 with a day-long celebration in cities across Vermont! Stay tuned for details on those events and more. For now check out the official announcement from Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies.

James, of course, is the author of several dozen comics & graphic novels, including the Monkey vs. Robot series, SuperF*ckers, the all-ages series Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher, and his magnum opus, the daily diary strip American Elf. He’s a brilliant cartoonist, a relentless creator, a certified rock star, and an inspiration to us all. For more on James, check out this great profile from Top Shelf pal and CCS librarian Jen Vaughn. And to peruse the amazing Kochalka works available in our online catalog, click here!

Congratulations to James and to the state of Vermont – you folks are lucky to have him!

Jeff Lemire Week at Canada Reads!

The time is fast approaching for the great Canada Reads book battle!

The competition (featuring Essex County as the first ever graphic novel selection) will determine the essential Canadian novel of the decade, and airs February 7, 8 and 9 on CBC Radio One.

In preparation, Canada Reads just celebrated Jeff Lemire Week! The celebration includes a video from Essex County‘s celebrity champion, indie rocker Sara Quin, testifying to her love of the book, an essay from Jeff explaining the genesis of Essex County and his feelings about revisiting that world, an interview with the great Toronto comic shop The Beguiling about what makes Essex County so great, an essay from CBC book blogger Brian Francis offering his opinion of the book’s strengths, and Sara’s appearance on the Canada Reads podcast to discuss her battle strategy!

Whew! By the way, all this interest in Essex County has sent us well into a new printing — which is in stock now, so by all means grab a copy of the book if you haven’t read it yet. And let’s all cheer Jeff, Sara, and Essex County in the on-air Canada Reads competition, February 7-9!

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Night Animals

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From Hell (new printing!)

Essex County (new printing!)

Tricked (new edition!)


We have two stunning new books opening up now for pre-orders, to be published in April. Pre-order now with your favorite retailer!

LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme

LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme

— $29.95 (US)
— 544-page deluxe softcover graphic novel with french flaps
— ISBN 978-1-60309-073-5

Winner of the René Goscinny Prize and the Angoulême Essential Award!

After years of acclaim in Europe, graphic novelist Ludovic Debeurme makes his English-language debut with a book of quiet grace and staggering emotional power.

This rich and intimate story follows two teenagers, Lucille and Arthur, as they struggle with the complex legacies inherited from their families: legacies of illness and pride, of despair and hope. Somehow two lonely misfits form an instant connection, and with the intoxicating boldness of youth, they journey together across Europe, discovering each other, discovering themselves, and hoping against all odds to make their own destiny.

Lucille is more than a story about anorexia, alcoholism, and adolescence. It’s a story of love amidst tragedy, full of the halting awkwardness of life and the operatic grandeur of teenage emotion.

LIAR'S KISS by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano

LIAR’S KISS by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano

— $14.95 (US)
— 120-page deluxe hardcover graphic novel
— ISBN 978-1-60309-070-4

Cynical and lazy, Nick Archer is a joke of a private detective — but considering the scam he’s pulling on a millionaire client, he’s laughing all the way to the bank. Once a week he sends Mr. Kincaid photographic proof that his lovely wife is faithful… leaving the rest of the week free to enjoy his dishonesty with Mrs. Kincaid.

But when the millionaire turns up dead, suddenly nobody’s laughing. Kincaid’s cheating wife is the prime suspect, and now it’s up to Nick to clear her name. But he’s in way over his head, and with the police closing in, Nick’s digging up secrets that might be better off buried…

Eric Skillman’s writing debut is a fresh spin on classic noir tropes, with intricate plotting, dialogue to die for, and charm to burn. Jhomar Soriano brings the tale to life with an elegant combination of bold chiaroscuro and gorgeous ink washes. Altogether, it’s an irresistable trip to the dark s