Multi-award-winning cartoonist Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes) uses fantasy worlds to explore profound truths about friendship and desire. Her solo debut collection celebrates the ascent of a rising literary star.

“I raise my glass, tip my hat, and set of a million dollars worth of fireworks to Carolyn Nowak’s electric brain, electric fingers and eclectic, electric storytelling smarts. What a wise, sad, funny, exhilarating book!” Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners

“A gorgeous gelatinous world whose shapes, colours and lines fizz directly to the cerebral cortex, forcing you to stop and come up for air in between gulps of excellence. Her cartooning is the stuff that makes cliches true: a superb, seamless language conveying emotion and meaning in every word, beat, expression.”Zainab Akhtar, Comics and Cola

Diana got hurt – a lot – and she’s decided to deal with this fact by purchasing a life-sized robot boyfriend. Mary and La-La host a podcast about a movie no one’s ever seen. Kelly has dragged her friend Beth out of her comfort zone – and into a day at the fantasy market that neither of them will forget.

Carolyn Nowak’s Girl Town collects the Ignatz Award-winning stories “Radishes” and “Diana’s Electric Tongue” together with several other tales of young adulthood and the search for connection. Here are her most acclaimed mini-comics and anthology contributions, enhanced with new colors and joined by brand-new work.

Bold, infatuated, wounded, or lost, Nowak’s girls shine with life and longing. Their stories — depicted with remarkable charm and insight – capture the spirit of our time.

Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak (September 2018)
$19.99 (US) – ISBN 978-1-60309-438-2 – Diamond: JUN18-0750
160 pages – full color – softcover graphic novel with flaps – 6.5″ x 9″
For older teens & adults (16+)
Read an 11-page preview excerpt now and pre-order from your favorite retailer!

Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill’s “Extraordinary” yarn continues!

Opening with a 1919 deathmatch between two American superhumans in the ruins of Utopia, the second issue of Moore and O’Neill’s final comic series takes its readers on a breath-taking ride over a waterfall of storytelling styles, from a startling 21st century Lincoln Island and its current incarnation of the legendary Captain Nemo, through a New York coping with an ageing costume-hero population, to a London where a drastic escalation is commenced by the rejuvenated sociopath controlling MI5.

All this, and a further reprinted adventure of 1960s super-team The Seven Stars awaits in…

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol IV): The Tempest #2 (of 6)
by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (August 2018)

$4.99 (US) – Diamond: JUN18-0748
32 pages – (mostly) full color – saddle stitched – 6 5/8″ x 10 1/8â” (standard comic-book size)

Co-Published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).

Check out a preview page now and pre-order issue #2 from your favorite retailer!
And for superfans, talk to your shop about the variant-cover edition!

Your stay at Julian Hanshaw’s CLOUD HOTEL begins now!

Just landed in comic shops, and reaching bookstores next month… CLOUD HOTEL!

“New Julian Hanshaw comics are always a cause for celebration and his latest book from Top Shelf is no exception. Hanshaw’s work combines beautifully composed, very human narratives with pointedly eccentric visual stylings.” Broken Frontier, “Comic of the Week”

“Crisp of line and hypnotically peculiar, Hanshaw deftly suspends us between dream and reality, as good comics do. As in life, the harder we look the more we see, and the stranger things invariably become.” – Shaun Tan

What is the CLOUD HOTEL? For quiet young Remco, it’s his “happy place”… but what is he hiding from? Stunning visions await in the mind-bending new graphic novel from LA Times Book Prize finalist Julian Hanshaw.

UK fans take note! Julian will be in London celebrating the release of Cloud Hotel as well as his exhibition Pho: The Artwork at Gosh Comics on Friday, July 6th at 7pm! For details, visit Gosh Comics or keep an eye on Julian’s Twitter.

The reviews are in… COIN-OP is worth its weight in gold!

“Spectacular… each page is a feast for the eyes. This is a striking assemblage of two decades of challenging, entertaining, and crisply beautiful stories. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The finest collection of comics that I have seen since Building Stories. I rate this right up there with Chris Ware for craft, composition and complexity, but the variety of treatments is staggering, and it messes with the medium with the very possibilities of sequential-art narrative – like nothing at all that I can recall.” – Stephen L. Holland, Page 45

“Peter and Maria Hoey are among the very best illustrators in comics.” – Rob Clough, High-Low

“It’s official: Coin-Op is the most wonderful new comic series you haven’t heard about yet.” – Paul Constant, The Seattle Review of Books

Heard enough? Grab your copy of this 200-page, 10″ x 8.5″ treasure today!

Australian excellence recognized: HOME TIME & BOTTLED!

Congratulations to Campbell Whyte and Chris Gooch, two shining stars in the booming new generation of Australian cartooning talent. They’ve both been declared finalists of the Ledger Award for excellence in Australian comics!

If you haven’t read Home Time: Under the River (currently an Eisner finalist as well – votes are due this Friday!) and Bottled, now’s a great opportunity! Dive in before the Ledger Award winners are announced in a ceremony in Sydney on July 6.

Top Shelf cleans house at the PubWest Design Awards!

BONUS late-breaking news: congrats also to Rian Hughes (I Am a Number), Campbell Whyte (Home Time), Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), and Tara O’Connor (Roots) for their astonishing sweep at the PubWest Design Awards!

I Am a Number and Home Time both took home top honors (gold), Surfside Girls won silver, and Roots landed the bronze. Special thanks to our house designer Gilberto Lazcano for this achievement!

What a handsome prize for these very handsome books. Do your bookshelf a favor and pick one up!


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