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Entertainment Earth Spotlight: The Walking Dead Negan’s Bat Lucille Replica

It’s not for playing baseball. “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.” Negan’s use of the classic nursery rhyme sent chills down the spines of all viewers everywhere during the Season 6 finale of the The Walking Dead TV series, right before he swung his trusted weapon, Lucille, at one of the beloved survivors. This adult roleplay replica of Lucille is crafted to match the exact specifications as the bat carried by Jeffery Dean Morgan, who portrays Negan on AMC’s The Walking Dead. The full-size plastic bat measures approximately 32-inches long and is displayed in AMC’s The Walking Dead-themed window box packaging. The highly detailed bat comes complete with identical markings and barbed wire wrapped barrel end.

Leader of the group known as The Saviors, Negan is one of the most merciless enemies to ever cross paths with Rick Grimes and the other survivors. With no remorse, Negan executes those who get in his way with his weapon of choice, Lucille. With the barrel end wrapped in barbed wire, Lucille is the iconic baseball bat that Negan wields to not only intimidate others, but eliminate them as well.

If you’ve recovered from the season seven debut you can get Lucille now for $29.99.





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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

The incredible Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme hits stores.

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The incredible graphic novel LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme hits stores!

In the tradition of BLANKETS, ESSEX COUNTY, and SWALLOW ME WHOLE comes the next literary masterpiece from Top Shelf Productions: LUCILLE by Ludovic Debeurme.
With the book arriving in stores worldwide this week, we present a video introduction to Ludovic Debeurme and his masterful book LUCILLE, featuring interviews and musical performances by Ludovic as well as praise from fans like Joseph Ghosn, editorial director of GQ/Vogue/Glamour France, and Angouleme Grand Prix winner Charles Berberian (directed by Victor Claude):



Originally published in France to overwhelming critical acclaim, including the René Goscinny Prize and the Angoulême Essential Award, LUCILLE is the English-languge debut for Ludovic Debeurme, a young master of cartooning. It’s a love story full of tragedy and hope, following two teenagers who cling to each other amid illness and grief. Arthur is suffocating under the painful legacy of his alcoholic father, but when he encounters shy Lucille in a treatment center for anorexia, they form an instant connection and set off for a journey across Europe, hoping against all odds to make their own destiny.

Comic shops and bookstores that sell out of LUCILLE can re-order with the Diamond code FEB11-1168 or the ISBN 978-1-60309-073-5, and you can check out LUCILLE at the Top Shelf site here.

And here’s what people are already saying about LUCILLE:

“As the story develops, the characters become more complex and the art more gracefully realistic… It evokes great sympathy for its characters, young and old.” — Library Journal

“Moving and rich.” — GQ France

“The characters are remarkable… 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

“Lucille impresses as much by the power of its drawing as by the subtlety of its dialogue and plotting… it alternates tender moments of joy with scenes that evoke tears… Tremendous.” — Didier Pasamonik, ActuaBD

“Lucille is a credit to Top Shelf’s catalog of impressive graphic novels and deserves the attention of readers wanting some of the most innovative sequential art published today.” — Graphic Novel Reporter

“For a story about the search for freedom, to be yourself, Debeurme’s approach makes the most of the freedom of the comics medium. …It’s a wonderful, satisfying experience in itself to read and savour and easily one of the truly unmissable bande dessinée translations of the year.” — Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life

“The type of story the graphic novel was meant for.” — Playback:STL

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.

Around the Tubes

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It’s a packed edition of Around the Tubes with lots of stories we missed but also continuing WonderCon coverage and a flood of reviews.  Enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

Comics Alliance – Sean Phillips & Crime Novelist Don Winslow’s Free ‘Sunset on Sunset’ Comic [Preview]Philips’s work is some of the best out there.

Bleeding Cool – Live From The DMZ LaunchesOne of my favorite series gets a great website dedicated to it.  I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Comic Book Resources – I Like Marvel’s Re-Numbering PlanI generally agree with this assessment.

Newsarama – New Doc to Explore Comics Code, Fredric Wertham ArchivesThis is a key moment in comic book history.  One every fan and free speech advocate should understand.

Bleeding Cool – A Comic Show – The Best Week In Comics Of The Year So FarA solid week of books.

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Judd Winick

Examiner – WonderCon 2011: 35,000 fans, hundreds of superheroes go home happy (Video)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Rick Remender

Graphic Novel Reporter – Happy Birthday, Wonder-Con: A Review of the Show

Comicvine – Wondercon 2011: The Cosplay Challenge

Comicvine – WonderCon2011: Mattel Booth Tour

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Joe Quesada

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Frank Quitely

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Spider-Man: Edge of Time Interview

GeekWeek – Wondercon ’11: Watch The New THUNDERCATS Trailer in HD

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Floor Wrap-Up

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 1-DC Comics)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Jeph Loeb

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Graphic Novel Reporter –Anya’s Ghost

Graphic Novel Reporter – Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon

Graphic Novel Reporter – Beauty and the Squat Bears

Seattle Pi – Elephant Man

Seattle Pi – The Complete Essex County

The Aaugh Blog – Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

Graphic Novel Reporter – Hellblazer: Pandemonium

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lethe

Waking Brain Cells – Lost & Found: A Graphic Novel Wonderland

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lucille

ICv2 – Mercy Thompson: Moon Called’ Vol. 1 TP

North 40 – North 40

Seattle Pi – Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven

Seattle Pi – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Graphic Novel Reporter – Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki

Graphic Novel Reporter – Thor: The Mighty Avenger

GeekWeek – Time Bomb

Seattle Pi – Tumor

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Waking

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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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