Top Shelf Products

Introducing CIGARETTE GIRL and THE JEKYLL ISLAND CHRONICLES!

In this month’s Diamond Previews catalog, Top Shelf does manga… and superhero steampunk!? Well, sort of.

Masahiko Matsumoto may not be familiar to you — he’s almost never been published in English, not even in our first manga release, AX — but his Cigarette Girl will instantly charm fans of observational cartoonists like Jeffrey Brown, Eddie Campbell, or Julian Hanshaw.

Meanwhile, don’t miss the full-color adventure of The Jekyll Island Chronicles, a gorgeous alternate-history tale born out of a creative partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design!

Masahiko Matsumoto’s CIGARETTE GIRL:
A Mini-Masterpiece of Indie Manga!

Shortlisted for the Heritage Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival!

“Utterly endearing, unsentimental, and wise.” —Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art and editor of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

Welcome to the quiet, evocative urban dramas of Masahiko Matsumoto, one of the leading lights of the Japanese alternative-comics movement known as “gekiga.” Originally published in 1974, these eleven stories now form the first English-language collection of Matsumoto’s mature work. His shy, uncertain heroes face broken hearts, changing families, money troubles, sexual anxiety, and the pressures of tradition, but with a whimsy and lightness of touch that is Matsumoto’s trademark.

Edited by Sean Michael Wilson, with a new introduction by Matsumoto’s well-known colleague, the late Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Also included: a biographical back section by Mitsuhiro Asakawa.

Cigarette Girl by Masahiko Matsumoto
Softcover graphic novel with French flaps, 264 pages, $24.99 (US)
Printed in Japanese format, right-to-left
ISBN 978-1-60309-382-8 – Diamond: MAR16-0496
Coming in May/June 2016!

For details and a 13-page preview, click here!

Mechanical Wonders and Amazing Heroes in
THE JEKYLL ISLAND CHRONICLES!

In the early 20th century, the world’s wealthiest men — captains of industry like Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan and Carnegie — spend their leisure on the tiny Georgia island of Jekyll. But when a terrifying new threat rises from the ashes of the Great War, it will take more than money to defend the free world — it will take a new generation of heroes.

Set in an alternate version of the age of invention, The Jekyll Island Chronicles: A Machine Age War begins a thrilling new series of graphic novels. Blending elements of historical fact, clockwork technology, and dieselpunk style, they span an age of furious mechanical advancement while exploring the span of man’s soul – whether good or evil.

The Jekyll Island Chronicles: A Machine Age War
Written by Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, & Jack Lowe. Illustrated by Moses Nester, with colors by S. J. Miller.

Full-color graphic novel with French flaps, 176 pages, $19.99 (US)
ISBN 978-1-60309-388-0 – Diamond: MAR16-0501
Coming in May/June 2016!

For details and a 9-page preview, click here!

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