Meet Erin Nations & GUMBALLS!
October has arrived, and pumpkin lattes aren’t the only new thing on the menu! The latest catalog from Diamond Comic Distributors features upcoming titles for December 2016 release, which for Top Shelf means the launch of a brand-new series, Gumballs — plus the return of Christian Slade’s beloved fantasy series Korgi in just a few weeks!
In Gumballs #1, Erin serves up a delicious variety of stories: recollections of growing up as a triplet, interactions with oddball grocery-store customers, the adventures of clueless dork Tobias, painfully funny faux Personal Ads, and “Tales of Being Trans” — reflections on Erin’s true-life journey of gender transition.Pop in your quarters and see what pops out of Gumballs — a brand new one-man anthology comic from Portland cartoonist Erin Nations! His bright, candy-colored palette and crisp linework pop off the page, while his stories reflect a fascination with humanity in all its diverse foibles — hinting at one of his earliest creative influences, Matt Groening’s The Simpsons.
Gumballs tips its hat to the classic alt-comic tradition of Eightball, Optic Nerve, and Box Office Poison, but speaks with a delightfully fresh voice for the modern age.
Gumballs #1 by Erin Nations
$3.99 (US) • 32-page full-color comic book • 6.625″ x 9.5″
Diamond order codes: OCT16-0481 (regular cover), OCT16-0482 (subscription cover)
Gumballs breaks new ground as Top Shelf’s first project from an openly transgender cartoonist, but it’s also our first new project in the comic book format in over a decade. The last comic book series launched under the Top Shelf banner was The Surrogates by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele, which went on to become a New York Times Bestseller and inspire a hundred-million-dollar movie… so clearly the future is bright for Erin Nations and Gumballs!
Before the series launches in December, get to know Erin with this Buzzfeed profile, read a 5-page preview here, and ask your favorite retailer to pre-order Gumballs today!
“If there was ever a true ‘all-ages’ book, this is it. Korgi hits every note perfectly, and can hook readers all across the spectrum with its tantalizing suspense and action…. The art is spectacular.” — School Library Journal‘s Good Comics for Kids
“Guaranteed to be loved by children. Its Disney-esque beauty and Bone-like comic timing and fantasy adventure are thoroughly enjoyable, and Slade’s black-and-white draftsmanship is impeccable.” — The AV Club
“In many ways, Korgi is a prime example of how to handle an all-ages book. With just the right level of surprise and adventure, it’s determined to hook older readers just as quickly as children.” — Read about Comics
Korgi (Book 4): The Problem with Potions by Christian Slade
$9.99 (US) • ISBN 978-1-60309-403-0 • Diamond order code: AUG16-0471
120-page softcover graphic novel w/flaps, 6.5” x 8.5”
Magic potions can be powerful stuff, but they don’t always turn out like you want. Our canine hero, Sprout the Korgi, learns this the hard way — and goes through quite the transformation — in his latest adventure! This mixed-up woodland fairy tale features Ivy’s first meeting with Sprout, a surprisingly musical new trick, an undead unicorn, more of those pesky Creephogs, and at least one giant boulder.
As always, the story unfolds in lovingly detailed pen-and-ink drawings. From the heart, mind, and hands of Christian Slade comes the most fantastic and creative chapter yet from the enchanting world of Korgi.
In stores later this month (October 2016) — click here for a 6-page preview!
The enormous New York Comic-Con is this weekend — and we’ll be there! Catch all these authors at the Top Shelf / IDW Publishing booth (#1844) all weekend long, with official signings Friday 10am and Sunday 12pm:
Steve Nedvidek & Jack Lowe (The Jekyll Island Chronicles)
Benjamin Frisch (The Fun Family)
Van Jensen (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer)
Koren Shadmi (Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater)
Plus don’t miss Top Shelf’s Leigh Walton on the IDW Publishing: Indie Books On The Rise panel (Sunday Oct 9, 1:30–2:30 pm in Room 1A02) for the scoop on what’s next from Top Shelf — including a very exciting announcement from an Eisner-winning project!