Top Shelf and Dark Horse Digital Sale

I forgot to mention this a couple of days ago, but Top Shelf are having a huge digital sale. Make the most of it. There’s also two new, and cheap, digital comics, and to make it a hat trick, Top Shelf are also giving the curious a free sampler. Official lowdown of all these cheap and free goodies below.

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!

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.


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 FuThe Homeland DirectiveLost DogsFrom Hell,SuperF*ckersBighead, and Any Empire!

It’s available on Comixology and iVerse now, with more formats coming soon. Check it out!


Finally, Dark Horse are celebrating their one year digital anniversary. Details below.



Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning one year old this Friday. To thank our loyal fans, Dark Horse announces an anniversary appreciation discount.

This weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10% off all titles in the web store, with an additional coupon to newsletter subscribers and new subscribers who have signed up by this Thursday. And yes, the coupon stacks with an even greater discount off your order!

The sale starts this Friday (April 27) and ends Sunday (April 29) at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize your discount on some incredible comics.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011 and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership featuring it’s most popular, best selling titles including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan and Mass Effect as well as exclusive digital only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2 & Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. We currently offer thousands of comics and are continuing to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both theAndroid (beta) and iOS apps.

Eddie Campbell’s The Lovely Horrible Stuff

This week I grabbed my unread copy of Campbell’s The Fate of the Artist, for our look at meat-comics for the podcast. I didn’t get a chance to read it all though. I really should. Well, he’s got a new OGN coming out from Top Shelf in May. Here’s the lowdown, and see a preview at the links below.

“One of the premier cartoonists of his generation.” — Publishers Weekly

“No one else in the medium combines emotional truth, literary intelligence, and formal daring with such adroitness and elegance.” — Booklist

Eddie Campbell’s THE LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF is a delightful autobiographical voyage into the financial wilderness, ranging from the imaginary wealth of Ponzi schemes to the all-too-tangible stone currency of the Micronesian island of Yap.

This is no dry and dusty treatise on finance; any complexities are pleasingly reduced to the level of bubblegum trading cards. In here you will hear about the corporation that Campbell keeps under his bed; you will meet colorful historical characters and be taken on dangerous shark-infested sea adventures; and after that, we will all plunge to the depths to retrieve our loose change.

Campbell’s wry eye and vivid full-color artwork imbue the proceedings with real humanity, making THE LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF an investment that’s worth every penny.

It’s being offered in the current Diamond Previews catalog, so pre-order now!

— 96-page deluxe hardcover
— 6.5″ x 9″, full-color graphic novel
— For mature readers (16+)
— ISBN 978-1-60309-152-7
— Diamond DM code: MAR12-1193
— $14.95 (US)
— Co-published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK)

Also re-offered in Diamond Previews this month are two of Eddie’s most amazing works: the autobiographical epic ALEC: THE YEARS HAVE PANTS and the colorfully quiet comedy about the creative life, THE PLAYWRIGHT. Take the chance to fill out your Eddie Campbell library!



Pat Grant Interview

My interview with Aussie comics creator Pat Grant is now up at Broken Frontier. Our chat is mainly about his new OGN, Blue which will be released next month. It’s a funny, honest and visually impressive look at xenophobia and youth and is definitely worth picking up.

Read the interview here.

Extra Sequential Podcast #53-The Deep & Century: 1969

50 mins. We focus on two very different comics this week, in Gestalt’s The Deep and Top Shelf’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1969. Also, comic shops in Sydney, ping pong balls, The Rock and more.


You can email us at kris (at)extrasequential(dot)com and befriend us on the NEW ES Facebook page.

4:30 NEWS

The Annotated Sandman Volume 1

The White Rabbit Batman villainess

Robert Crumb cancels his Australian visit

Tanarus, the new Thor


From Tom Taylor and James Brouwer comes this fun all-ages adventure about the Nekton family.

Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill bring us the latest, and certainly not all-ages, instalment in their increasingly strange League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.

Essex County Film

This is good news as this is one of those comics that deserves a wider audience. Official details below.

Variety broke the news this morning that Academy-Award-winning visual effects designer John Dykstra (Star Wars, Spider-Man 2, X-Men: First Class) plans to direct a film based on Tales From the Farm, the award-winning first volume of Jeff Lemire’s much-acclaimed Essex County trilogy!

The film, currently using the working title “Super Zero,” is adapted from Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel by John Carr, and will be produced by Steven Gilder and Alec Chorches as well as Top Shelf Productions. Jeff had this to say: “I’m excited about the news and optimistic that John Dykstra will make an entertaining film that stays true to the heart of Essex County.”

Tales From the Farm is the story of Lester, a 10-year-old boy coping with the death of his parents while isolated on his uncle’s farm, escaping into fantasy games with retired hockey pro Jimmy Lebeuf. The book memorably launched the Essex County trilogy by winning the American Library Association’s prestigious Alex Award (and instantly selling out its first printing). Essex County would go on to win the Doug Wright Award, the Joe Shuster Award, and a top 5 spot (and the People’s Choice Award) on Canada Reads’ Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. Originally published in three parts, it’s now available as a single 512-page volume.

You can meet Jeff in person at his summer convention appearances: he’ll be in the Top Shelf booth at both the Calgary Entertainment Expo (June 17-19) and the San Diego Comic-Con (July 21-24). Hope to see you all there!

See a hefty preview of Essex County here and an interview with Lemire here about his work writing the upcoming Animal Man, and Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE titles for DC’s massive relaunch in September.

New Editions of Blankets

This classic work of beauty and love and faith from writer/artist Craig Thompson has been on my desert island list of comics ever since I first read it a few years ago. If you haven’t, or even if you have, August is the time to fall in love with the gorgeous tome as it’s getting new hard cover, and soft cover editions to make it even more attractive. Official details below and as a reminder, Thompson’s next book, Habibi is out on September 20.

BLANKETS fans, rejoice! One of the most beloved and best-selling books in Top Shelf’s 14-year history is getting an upgrade.

Shipping in August, and available now for pre-order, are brand-new deluxe hardcover and softcover editions of Craig Thompson’s award-winning graphic novel, BLANKETS. In addition to the gorgeous new cover design, the new BLANKETS features higher-quality paper, Smyth-sewn bindings, a spot gloss, and a slightly wider trim size.

BLANKETS is one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time, having won the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards for Best Graphic Novel and Best Cartoonist. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, it explores the complex power of family and faith, the thrill of falling in love for the first time, and the coming-of-age of a remarkable young man.

If you’re one of the countless readers who love BLANKETS, get ready to fall in love all over again, or share it with friends & family. And for those who’ve never read it, now is the perfect opportunity to discover this incredible graphic novel.

Pre-order your copy now from your favorite retailer (via Diamond PREVIEWS), or direct from Top Shelf via our web site, and join us in celebrating the rebirth of Craig’s awe-inspiring book!

— Blankets HARDCOVER: (New) ISBN 978-1-60309-096-4, $39.95 (US)

— Blankets SOFTCOVER: (Original) ISBN 978-1-891830-43-3, $29.95 (US)

Nate Powell’s Any Empire

Swallow Me Whole is one of the best OGNs I’ve ever read and a testament to the emotional power that comics can contain, just like any other medium. Now, its creator Nate Powell is back with his new book. It’s also black and white and it’s also from the same publisher – Top Shelf. Official details below and a preview here.

Nate Powell, hailed by the London Times as “a writer-artist of genius,” is back.

His new book, Any Empire, is a vivid examination of war and violence, and their trickle-down effects on middle America. First, a group of small-town kids find themselves bound together by geography, boredom, and a string of mysterious turtle mutilations. Years later, with Army tanks rolling through the streets of their hometown, these young adults are forced to confront painful questions of privilege, duty, betrayal, and courage.

Any Empire recalls aimless summers of Nancy Drew and GI Joe, treehouses and army surplus stores… but when fantasy starts to bleed into reality, whose mission will be accomplished? — a 304-page deluxe hardcover graphic novel, 6.5″ x 9.5″



The Frontiersman #21 Out Now

The latest issue of Broken Frontier’s digital mag is here. Inside is my interview with first time OGN writer Eric Skillman, who has a great blog (and name -Cozy Lummox) right here. The cover of his OGN caught my eye, created by interior artist Jhomar Soriano. It’s a great, Hitchcockian noir drama and is released from Top Shelf next month. Below is the cover in all its glory, and you can catch a preview here.

The Frontiersman #21: Matt Kindt Hits The Big Time

Matt Kindt (Super SpyRevolver) is finally living the dream of creating comics full time. In The Frontiersman #21, the newest issue of Broken Frontier’s bi-weekly digital comics magazine, the writer/artist talks about the road traveled since self-publishing his first story 17 years ago. Kindt also offers an exclusive sneak peek at some of the books he’s got in the works for this year and next.

Also in The Frontiersman #21:

More pistol whipping Q&A action as we sit down with Erik Skillman to discuss Liar’s Kiss, his crime noir graphic novel out next month from Top Shelf. We spotlight Mark Waid’s return to Ruse, the first CrossGen series revived by Marvel. Another comics resurrection gets its due in our history piece on Atlas Comics, brought back by Ardden Entertainment. Our introduction and preview of The Grim Ghost builds a nice bridge between Atlas’ sad past and hopefully brighter present.
Then, there’s a guest feature by Buddy Scalera on the depressing state of comic book education (and what to do about it!), and we present an excerpt of Scalera’s new book,Creating Comics from Start to Finish with tips on comics writing. Last but not least, we break down – almost literally! – the collected edition of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis and run through the top comics released on March 16.

The Frontiersman #21 is available on Graphicly for $1.49.

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Top Shelf in 2011

Top Shelf would have to be my favourite indie publisher. Blankets and The Surrogates opened my mind to the increasing diversity and entertainment value in non-superhero books a few years ago, and they continue to impress me with their output. This year looks set to unveil another fine selection of sequential art goodies. Here it is from the Shelf themselves.

Hey friends,

Happy new year to you all! We hope your 2011 is off to a great start. Here at Top Shelf, we have a wonderful year planned — and after much preparation, we’re finally ready to announce our complete 2011 lineup!

It’s a wide assortment that includes new books from your favorite Top Shelf authors (including Alan Moore, Jeffrey Brown, Robert Venditti, and Nate Powell), amazing new authors from all over the world (including Ludovic Debeurme, Jessica Fink, Jennifer Hayden, Kagan McLeod, and Eric Skillman), and a huge number of all-ages books to celebrate the official launch of the Top Shelf Kids Club!




In fact, we’re so proud and excited about these books, we decided to share some of the fun with you as well! That’s why we’ve whipped up a special treat: the 2011 Top Shelf Tribune. So, not only is our complete 2011 line of books available for browsing and pre-order in our web catalog, but all year long we’ll be giving away the tongue-in-cheek Tribune at conventions and through your local comic shop! It’s packed with news, jokes, charts, facts, teaser images, and more, all about the Top Shelf books & authors coming out this year. And the whole thing is up on our web site as well, for you to enjoy and share with your friends! The 2011 Top Shelf Tribune : Real Books. Fake News.


For years, some of our greatest books have been graphic novels for all ages: OwlyKorgiJohnny Boo, and more. In 2011, we’re taking the plunge and expanding that line in a big way, with the official launch of the TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB! Our Free Comic Book Day book will kick things off in May (featuring OwlyKorgi,Johnny Boo, as well as the all-new Okie Dokie DonutsPirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken, and Upside Down: A Vampire’s Tale ), followed by an amazing EIGHT new releases for kids! You can meet them all on page 3 of the Top Shelf Tribune, or visit them online in the Top Shelf Kids Club section of our web catalog!

Three Great Bits Of Top Shelf News

Firstly, the delightful all-ages book Owly is returning in February.

Top Shelf is proud to announce that the all-new OWLY picture book by Andy Runton is in the current Diamond Previews and available for pre-ordering! This 40-page full-color hardcover picture book (with a dust jacket) is published by Simon & Schuster under license from Top Shelf, and we’re all very excited to add this new dimension to the Owly Universe!

Owly and Wormy want butterflies! But when they come home from Mrs. Raccoon’s nursery with a milkweed plant that’s supposed to attract some fluttering friends, what they get instead are chubby, green bugs! But green bugs are not butterflies! Will butterflies ever come to the forest? Only time will tell… Bold, graphic, and full of fun, this wordless storybook gives all-ages readers the wings they need to start reading on their own, and a firm footing on the idea of metamorphosis as they watch old friends become new friends.

Secondly, their offering for Free Comic Book Day next year consists of 3 new all-ages tales.

And while we’re celebrating the all-new OWLY picture book, here’s a sneak peak at this year’s 2011 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY book, the TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB – 2011, featuring not one, but SIX all-ages tales! In this FCBD edition, we’ll not only present three adventures from our established all-ages series OWLY by Andy Runton, JOHNNY BOO by James Kochalka, and KORGI by Christian Slade; but we’ll also feature three all-new stories from three brand new all-ages series debuting in 2011: OKIE DOKIE DONUTS by Chris Eliopoulos, PIRATE PENGUIN VS NINJA CHICKEN by Ray Friesen, and UPSIDE DOWN by Jess Smart Smiley. Perfect for everyone in the family. With a great cover by Chris Eliopoulos this time around to boot!

Finally, they have a sale on some of their goodies throughout December.

Another Massive Top Shelf Sale

Quite possibly my fave indie publisher Top Shelf is having another great sale until September 24. If you’re in the U.S or Canada it’s a must-do as postage is relatively cheap. For us international fans it is $50 but if you can pool your wish lists with other readers, it just might be worth it. Check out the complete list of cheap goodies here.

There’s a very impressive selection of $3 comics and OGNs such as Alan Moore’s Voice of the Fire novel, Volumes 1 and 2 of The Surrogates and That Salty Air.

$5 titles include Dodgem Logic (Alan Moore’s new magazine) and Super Spy Vol. 2 and you can also find Owly, American Elf, Far Arden, Moving Pictures, Dragon Puncher and so much more at all generously discounted prices. Have a look!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1988

I just discovered this awesome April Fool’s Day joke revealing great film heroes from the decade that produced the best of them. B.A. Baracus, MacGyver and Back to the Future’s Doc Emmett Brown teaming up to fight a vampire Tony Montana from Scarface? If only this were true. See the full solicitation info right here.

Top Shelf’s New Website

The title says it all, but here’s some random attractions to entice you to visit it right here. Top Shelf are one of my favourite indie publishers and unlike others, their site has always been just as interesting as their unique books. Now it’s even better!

Massive Top Shelf Sale

Those fine folks at diverse indie publisher Top Shelf are obviously happy that the film adaptation of The Surrogates is only days away, so they’re celebrating with a great sale this month. Details below.

Top Shelf SaleTop Shelf’s MASSIVE $3 SALE is here to celebrate the debut of THE SURROGATES on iTunes, as well as the theatrical release of the SURROGATES on September 25th!

Just in time for the theatrical release of SURROGATES starring Bruce Willis, fans can now read the original graphic novel that inspired the upcoming blockbuster on their iPhone and iPod touch. THE SURROGATES App for the iPhone — developed for the iPhone by iVerse Media — features two full issues of the original comic book mini-series formatted for the iPhone screen for only $0.99. The remaining three issues of the series can be downloaded inside the Application as an “In App Purchase” for only $0.99 per issue. Or, if you prefer, you can simply download “THE SURROGATES #1” for FREE in the iTunes App Store.

So, to celebrate all this — from now thru Friday September 25th (the opening day of the film!) — Top Shelf is having a giant $3 graphic novel web sale. When you visit the site, you’ll find over 100 graphic novels and comics on sale — with 55+ titles marked down to just $3 (!) and 45 other titles slashed! All we ask is that you hit a $30 minimum on sale and/or non-sale items (before shipping). It’s a great opportunity to load up on all those graphic novels you’ve wanted to try, but just never got around to picking up. Get ’em while supplies last, and be sure to visit iTunes as well to download The Surrogates!

To go directly to the list of sale items, just click here.