There’s nothing quite like a debut. The thrill of discovery — when an amazing new talent pops out of the ether, blending familiar influences with a fresh perspective and personal touch that’s all their own — is one of the great joys of reading indie comics. This month, we’re delighted to announce two excellent cartoonists’ first graphic novels.

Roots by Tara O’Connor
On a journey to the old world — she discovered a whole new world.
After a messy year of heartbreak and setbacks, Tara sets off to Ireland in search of clues to her family’s ancestry, but what she finds isn’t at all what she expected. Some of it has to do with the lack of records, but a lot has to do with John, the charming cartoonist she met on Twitter. Wrapped in real family history and set amongst the natural beauty of the Irish countryside, Roots is a classic romantic-comedy adventure and a page-turning account of a young woman finding herself.
Roots by Tara O’Connor
ISBN 978-1-60309-417-7 • Diamond: JUN170548
$19.99 (US) • 176 pages
black & white softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 5″ x 8″
On sale September 2017
Check out an 11-page preview!
Bottled by Chris Gooch
What are friends for?
Jane is sick of her dead-end life in the suburbs, and desperate for a change. Her old friend Natalie made it out, living in Japan as a fashion model. Now, as Natalie comes back to town on business, Jane sees a way for her friend to do her a favor… whether she likes it or not. Young Australian cartoonist Chris Gooch debuts with a haunting portrait of millennial alienation, tinged with body horror and Greek tragedy, glamour and terror.
Bottled by Chris Gooch
ISBN 978-1-60309-420-7 • Diamond: JUN170551
$19.99 (US) • 288 pages
2-color softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 5.8″ x 8.3″
On sale September 2017
Check out an 8-page preview!
Roll out the 3rd issue of Erin Nations’ acclaimed GUMBALLS!
Don’t miss the newest issue of the series critics are calling “funny, sincere, and just generally brilliant” — GUMBALLS!
Erin Nations reflects on the transformative effects of his hormone injections: the good, the bad, and the awkward. After decades of being perceived as a woman and not taken seriously, now the “male privilege” shoe’s on the other foot.
Plus: skateboarding, more childhood antics from Erin’s triplet siblings, and Tobias finally makes a friend — or at least a voodoo-doll buddy!
Gumballs #3 by Erin Nations
Diamond: JUN170549 (cover A) and JUN170550 (cover B)
$3.99 (US ) • 32 pages
Full-color comic book, 6.625″ x 9.5”
Preview both covers and 5 interior pages!

Librarians — let’s celebrate at ALA Annual in Chicago!

If you’re attending the American Library Association’s Annual Conference later this month in Chicago, visit IDW & Top Shelf at Booth #1320 in the Graphic Novel Pavilion!
Not only will we be hosting Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell to honor March: Book Three‘s record-breaking four ALA awards (Printz Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Sibert Medal, and YALSA Nonfiction Award)…
…we’re also proud to feature the delightful Kim Dwinell with your first look at Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point, as well as a special appearance by Janet Lee in advance of the release of Return of the Dapper Men (Deluxe Edition)!
See you at Chicago’s McCormick Place, June 23-26!
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