Tag Archives: top shelf

Nuclear Family banner ad

Preview: Korgi Vol. 5 End of Seasons

Korgi Vol. 5 End of Seasons

(W) Christian Slade (A/CA) Christian Slade
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $14.99

The beloved wordless fantasy graphic novel series reaches its stunning conclusion-with plenty of thrills, laughs, and exquisitely illustrated animal magic. Join Christian Slade for the final installment in the 5-volume series 14 years in the making!

Winter has arrived in Korgi Hollow… and with it, the end of the Korgi story. As Ivy and her Korgi pup Sprout frolic in the frozen weather, an ancient power is stirring. At long last, saddle up for the conclusion of this “silent” epic fairytale told entirely through detailed pen-and-ink drawings. Fire and ice will collide in a timeless battle between good and evil. Will the residents of Korgi Hollow survive the harsh cold? One thing is for sure: nothing will ever be the same.

Korgi Vol. 5 End of Seasons

ComiXology Has Your New Comic Needs With Over 125 New Digital Comics

Beta Ray Bill #1

Today’s new comic book day and comiXology has you covered with your digital comic new releases. Check out the new releases by the publisher below or get shopping now!

A Wave Blue World

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

AfterShock

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Humanoids

IDW Publishing/Top Shelf

Image Comics

Kingstone Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Vault Comics

Zenescope


This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Review: Parenthesis

Parenthesis

Years ago I had a friend who I used to be stationed with in the military go through a terrible malady. To give it the proper perspective, he was 30 when he got the news of a horrible disease that would take away his sight, and eventually will kill him. To make matters worse, his wife at the time filed for divorce, making the “timing of his life” almost cruel to watch from afar. He did not want to be looked at with pity as he looked to triumph despite.

He would go through both his loss of sight and the loss of his family, with his head up, never wanting help and never really needing it. He found a way to push through. He would eventually tell me that it was hell at first, but his faith made him accept all that came his way. Though he is no longer with us as the disease ultimately took his life, it was his perseverance that has made me on my worst days think of his fortitude. In Elodie Durand’s Parenthesis, our protagonist has a life-altering event happen to her much like my friend. How she endures is what makes her the hero in this touching graphic novel.

We’re taken back to when our narrator first moved out of her parents’ house 25 years ago, to living on her own in Paris. As her solitude pushes her to start drawing, revealing bit by bit, fragments that she did not realize spoke of her, piecing together memories. As symptoms of a malady start appearing out of nowhere, leading her to forget stuff, and dismissing the episodes of having “spells”.  This leads her to see a neurologist, where she discovers that she is epileptic. She soon becomes a recluse and becomes resolved in the fact, that she has no control of her body any longer. All the while, she continues her master’s degree, refusing to let this be an impediment, but some bad news arrives via an MRI scan, an inoperable tumor. The amalgamation of these facts only deepens her depression, and through a biopsy, found out it was cancerous. Soon she would lose track of time, because of the treatments, where life mostly consisted of trips to the hospital and eventually leading to the tumor being operable, and her doctor, eventually getting treatment from a Gamma Knife. After which, her seizures only got worse, where she discovered she has cerebral edema, which leads to different treatments, and successfully shrinking the edema, eventually making the tumor, necrotic, with only a scar as a trace of the disease in the first place. She ends up using her “new lease on Life” to experience some new “firsts”. Though she felt brand new, she still had memory issues, leading her to more medicine and more treatments. By Parenthesis’ end, Elodie is epileptic no more, no longer disabled, and accepting her life as is.

Overall, Parenthesis is an engaging tome that guides the reader on a journey that would shatter most. The story by Durand is harrowing but ultimately, inspiring. The art by Durand is gorgeous. Altogether, a story in which the reader can more than appreciate this hero’s journey.

Story: Elodie Durand Art: Elodie Durand
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.86 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyAmazonKindleZeus Comics

Preview: Parenthesis

Parenthesis

(W) Elodie Durand (A/CA) Elodie Durand
In Shops: Feb 10, 2021
SRP: $19.99

A triumph of graphic memoir, Parenthesis narrates the author’s experience with tumor-related epilepsy-losing herself, and finding herself again.

Julie is barely out of her teens when a tumor begins pressing on her brain, ushering in a new world of seizures, memory gaps, and loss of self. Suddenly, the sentence of her normal life has been interrupted by the opening of a parenthesis that may never close.

Based on the real experiences of cartoonist Élodie Durand, Parenthesis is a gripping testament of struggle, fragility, acceptance, and transformation which was deservedly awarded the Revelation Prize of the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Parenthesis

Review: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story

One of the best releases of the last decade of comics is Top Shelf‘s March trilogy which details the life of Congressman John Lewis. Lewis was an instrumental individual in the Civil Rights movement. That successful graphic novel lead Top Shelf to partner with the Fellowship of Reconciliation to publish a new edition of the Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story. The comic is an amazing piece of history that has been used to promote peaceful, non-violent protests around the world, being translated into numerous languages.

The 16-page comic is a wonderful summary of the Civil Rights movement taking individuals through the methods and thought process used to protest Montgomery’s policy that African Americans were to ride in the back of the bus. The narration is from an individual named “Jones” and his experience through the protest. After the story wraps up, there’s a step-by-step checklist that breaks down the exact methodology used and also how it’s been used throughout the world, in particular, to win India’s independence.

Top Shelf focused not just on reprinting the comic in modern standards, they used similar paper and coloring from the time that it originally was printed. This looks like a copy you might have held decades ago. A fantastic recreation of an important piece of comic and civil rights history.

Everyone should check this out, to learn about United States history, but also how comics have been used to create change and in political movements. Comics have been political since their formation over 100 years ago and have been a tool to fight for political change ever since.

While it’s difficult to get a print copy, there are a few options to at least read it digitally.

Story: Alfred Hassler, Benton Resnik Art: Sy Barry
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


Purchase: IDWcomiXologyKindle Amazon

IDW Unveils New Middle-Grade and YA Graphic Novels for Summer 2021

IDW Publishing and imprint Top Shelf Productions have unveiled their Summer 2021 lineup of middle-grade and YA graphic novels. Here’s a look at their spectacular line-up for next year:

Better Place, by debut author Duane Murray and Shawn Daley (Samurai Grandpa), tells the story of Dylan, a young boy in a new neighborhood whose best (and only) friend is his grandad. Together, with the power of imagination, they entertain themselves as Red Rocket and Kid Cosmo, saving the world daily from evil. But when Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly gone to “a better place”, the sidekick ventures off on a grand adventure to find his superhero. Better Place (ISBN 978-1-60309-495-5), a touching story about family, grief, change, and growth, will be released as a 160-page paperback in August with an MSRP of $199.99 US ($25.99 CAN).

Better Place

Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis, by Stan Sakai and Julie Fujii Sakai, makes the rich world of multiple award winner Usagi Yojimbo accessible to readers of all ages in this chibi-style original graphic novel. Stan Sakai’s beloved rabbit samurai has won countless fans over his 35-year history, thanks to a clever blend of thrilling action, heartwarming characters, and realistic portrayal of Japanese culture. In this tale, Chibi-Usagi and his friends must rescue a village of clay people from the threat of the dreaded Salamander King. Chibi-Usagi (ISBN 978-1-68405-790-0) will be released as a 120-page paperback in June 2021 with an MSRP of $12.99 US ($16.99 CAN).

Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis

The Girl and the Glim, the exciting debut graphic novel from animator India Swift, with colors by Michael Doig, gives the classic new kid in school story a wild science fiction twist. Thirteen-year-old Bridgette is nervous enough about starting class at her new school, but just when she thinks the bullies will be as bad as things can get, her life is turned upside down by an otherworldly being from outer space that only she can see! Now, the new kid is the only thing standing between her classmates and total destruction in this wildly imagined, beautifully drawn story about the importance of friendship, human connection, and doing what’s right. The Girl and the Glim (ISBN 978-1-68405-741-2) will be released as a 128-page paperback in August 2021 with an MSRP of $12.99 US ($16.99 CAN).

The Girl and the Glim

Marie Curie: A Quest For Light, written by Frances Andreasen Østerfelt and internationally acclaimed Danish astrophysicist Anja Cetti Andersen with art by Anna Blaszczyk, focuses on the exceptional life and groundbreaking research of Marie Curie, the first female Nobel Prize winner, who expanded scientific understanding and created new opportunities for women. Curie’s unique drive, against all odds, to understand Nature’s ways and laws led to ground-breaking discoveries, which revolutionized medical theory and practice. Marie Curie (ISBN 978-1-60309-494-8) will be released as a 136-page paperback in August 2021 with an MSRP of $17.99 US ($23.99 CAN).

Marie Curie: A Quest For Light

Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken Vol. 3: Macaroni and Bees?!?, by Ray Friesen, is the latest installment featuring the ridiculous adventures of the fan-favorite flightless fighting friends. Whether they encounter werewolf shampoo, time travel, or anti-gravity popcorn, the bouncy battle birds are always engaged in the ultimate competition: to see which friend will win once and for all. Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken Vol. 3 (ISBN 978-1-60309-497-9) will be released as a 64-page hardcover in August 2021 with an MSRP of $9.99 US ($12.99 CAN).

Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken Vol. 3: Macaroni and Bees?!?

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean, by Kim Dwinell, is the coolest way to experience a beach vacation and learn at the same time. Sam and Jade, from the pages of the beloved graphic novel series The Surfside Girls, explain the science behind the amazing wonders of the sea — everything from life-sustaining plantlife to aquatic animals to crashing waves. Plus, there’s a whole step-by-step chapter on how to surf. The Science of Surfing (ISBN 978-1-68405-837-2) will be released as a 136-page paperback in July 2021 with an MSRP of $9.99 US ($12.99 CAN).

The Science of Surfing: A Surfside Girls Guide to the Ocean

Onion Skin by Edgar Camacho is Out in April 2021 from Top Shelf

Rolando’s job was crushing him… and then it literally crushed his hand. Now he can barely get out of the house, binging TV and struggling to find meaning. On a rare night out with friends, he meets Nera, a woman who lives only in the moment. Dazzled by her hedonistic attitude, Rolando sees a new life opening before him. Together, these restless youths fix up an old food truck and hit the road for a wild journey. But have they truly found the spice of life? Or has Rolando bitten off more than he can chew?

Onion Skin became a sensation in its native land for its rich narrative, captivating characters, thrilling action, and positively delicious artwork. It’s a feast that will leave readers eager for a second course. By Edgar Camacho, the graphic novel is out in April 2021 from Top Shelf! Check out a six-page preview.

Onion Skin

Check Out Today’s New Digital Releases Featuring Over 125 New Comics from Marvel, BOOM!, IDW, Image, AfterShock, and More!

SWORD #1

It’s new comic book day! There’s lots of new comics, something for everyone, coming to shelves today. You can get the new releases at your local shop or start shopping now online at comiXology. Check out all of the new releases below by publisher or get shopping now!

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

AfterShock

American Mythology Productions

Ankama

Arcana

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Heavy Metal/Virus

IDW Publishing/Top Shelf

Image Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Valiant

Vault Comics

Zenescope


This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Christian Slade’s Korgi Reaches the End of Seasons in 2021

The beloved wordless fantasy graphic novel series Korgi reaches its stunning conclusion — with plenty of thrills, laughs, and exquisitely illustrated animal magic.

Winter has arrived in Korgi Hollow… and with it, the end of the Korgi story. As Ivy and her Korgi pup Sprout frolic in the frozen weather, an ancient power is stirring. At long last, saddle up for the conclusion of this “silent” epic fairytale told entirely through detailed pen-and-ink drawings. Fire and ice will collide in a timeless battle between good and evil. Will the residents of Korgi Hollow survive the harsh cold? One thing is for sure: nothing will ever be the same.

Korgi Book 5: End of Seasons by Christian Slade is set for release in March 2021. The wordless black and white softcover graphic novel is for all ages featuring 160 pages and will retail for $14.99.

Korgi (Book 5): End of Seasons

Preview: Monkey vs. Robot: The Complete Epic

Monkey vs. Robot: The Complete Epic

(W) James Kochalka (A/CA) James Kochalka
In Shops: Oct 28, 2020
SRP: $29.99

Creator James Kochalka and Top Shelf Productions celebrate the 20th anniversary of this timeless epic with a jaw-dropping deluxe collection!

Both of the original black & white graphic novels, Monkey Vs. Robot and Monkey Vs. Robot and the Crystal of Power, have been fully colored by James Kochalka for this edition! Kochalka completes the trilogy with a brand-new graphic novel appearing here for the first time, Monkey Vs. Robot in Love. That’s right, this book has it all… brutal combat and tender moments alike. It’s a modern-day fable for adults and kids, based on the age-old struggle between nature and technology.

Monkey vs. Robot: The Complete Epic
« Older Entries