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Top Shelf is Pretty Proud of The Underwater Welder, August Moon, and Their Upcoming Digital Releases

Written by Royal Nonesuch on Monday, August 06 2012 and posted in News with Benefits
Top Shelf is Pretty Proud of The Underwater Welder, August Moon, and Their Upcoming Digital Releases

Read up on the praise for The Underwater Welder (just not ours), please the upcoming August Moon and some news for Top Shelf's digital store!

Source: Press Release

Jeff Lemire's The Underwater Welder is a pretty great OGN published by Top Shelf.  According to The Shelf, it's "a hit."  That's good to hear, because it's a really good book.  They've sent over some praise from the book from major press outlets, but they saved a quote from the biggest press outlet of all (us) for their website.  Yeah, that's what happened.  

The Shelf would also like you to know about August Moon, a new young adult OGN by cartooning Diana Thung, which is showing up in the upcoming Previews.  Also coming up in Previews, Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.  That is not for younger readers.  Seriously, don't give that book to kids.  Just because it has some of your young daughter's favorite characters in it doesn't mean you should give it to little Sally for her birthday.  Please don't.  Keep it for yourself.  Just keep it hidden away somewhere where your kids (and your wife) can't find it, along with the rest of your porno.  

Also, Top Shelf continues to go onward, into the future! with new digital releases.    

Read all about the above (and then some) in their own words"



The Underwater Welder has landed -- and it's a hit!

Jeff Lemire's long-awaited follow-up to Essex County is finally in stores everywhere, and from all reports, The Underwater Welder has been touching readers profoundly. Here's a sampling of the critical reaction (click here for more):

"Lemire’s stylized art and inventive panel structure is the perfect vehicle for his well-told story, and the tale’s poignant moments make the moments of desolation even more heart-wrenching... A beautiful, moving, wholly satisfying story about fatherhood and growing up." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The Underwater Welder... is all kinds of wonderful. Buy it. You will wet yourself with tears, your brain will spin from masterful storytelling, and you will love it." -- Jeff Jensen,Entertainment Weekly

"The Underwater Welder is an early contender for the year's best comic book... a richly-detailed story with characters that are all deeply flawed and undoubtedly human... once you pick it up you'll wish it never ended." -- Jason Serafino, Complex

"A spectacularly unpredictable reading experience... a roughly 220-page tour de force with enough emotional resonance that you might find yourself wiping away a single tear while closing the book’s final page. Thus far, this is my favorite original graphic novel of the year." -- Erik Norris, IGN

"This is a pretty clear frontrunner for me for 'Best of 2012' so far, but while it may still be too early to call that race, The Underwater Welder is at least the best in what was already an impressive line of work from Jeff Lemire." -- Ain't It Cool News

"Meditative and haunting." -- The Outhouse

If you haven't read The Underwater Welder, you can grab it today in print or digital. And if you're new to Jeff's work, don't miss his early gem Lost Dogs and his landmark opus Essex County.

August Moon debuts in the Diamond Previews catalog!

Jess Smart Smiley's Halloween adventure Upside Down: A Vampire Tale isn't the only book for youth Top Shelf is releasing this fall... we're also excited to welcome Australian cartoonist Diana Thung to Top Shelf, with her evocative and complex fable AUGUST MOON! This magical story is a delight for teens and adult readers, reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki at his most captivating, and it's available for pre-ordering in the current Diamond Previews (for books shipping in October):

by Diana Thung
-- 320 pages • 6” x 8” • $14.95 (US)
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-069-8 • Young Adult (13+)

When young Fiona arrives in the town of Calico, she encounters a group of mysterious rabbit-like creatures, led by the peculiar street boy Jaden, who rarely speaks and claims to come from the moon. But when a creepy corporation starts bulldozing the nearby forests, she finds herself uncovering a whole world of secrets, and drawn into Jaden's battle for the soul of a community.
Diana Thung's debut Top Shelf graphic novel is a true adventure, rooted in the diverse local traditions of Asian festival culture, with a modern sensibility and a hint of magic.

Also in Previews this month: a new printing of the acclaimed erotic masterpiece by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie, LOST GIRLS:

by Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie
-- New printing of the single-volume hardcover edition
-- 320 pages • 9” x 12” • $45.00 (US)
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-044-5 • Adults Only (18+)

-- Co-published by Top Shelf and Knockabout
For more than a century, Alice, Wendy and Dorothy have been our guides through the Wonderland, Neverland and Land of Oz of our childhoods. Now like us, these three lost girls have grown up and return to guide us again, this time through the realms of sexual awakening and fulfillment.


Tons of new digital releases!

Top Shelf's digital publishing program continues to expand, faster than ever! Recently we've not only seen killer new releases in the American Elf digital series, the Cannon brothers' unmissable Double Barrel magazine, and Robert Venditti's new Surrogates Case Filesseries, we've shared with you a true original with Patt Kelley's What Am I Going to Do Without You? and teamed up with Retrofit Comics to bring you digital editions of some of their finest work. Grab your reading device and load up!

FUNGUS by James Kochalka
-- 36 pages
-- $1.99 (US) Digital
-- Published by Retrofit Comics and distributed digitally by Top Shelf.

This swampy delight bundles together two hilarious 16-page stories from the unstoppable creative mind of James Kochalka (Johnny BooDragon Puncher, American Elf,SuperF*ckers)! First, two "Rotten Little Cuties" search for a killer party and debate the meaning of life, then a pair of moss mounds claim to have invented "Facebook," and get very confused when trying to explain what that means. Saddle up your spores and don't miss the fun of Fungus!

-- 52 pages
-- $2.99 (US) Digital
-- Published by Retrofit Comics and distributed digitally by Top Shelf.

The acclaimed creator of Hutch Owen presents a new 52-page comic, a fever dream born from the sleepless chaos of parenting a new baby. Here all the complexities of life are reduced to the fundamentals of food, sleep, and poo. Conceived in a time of joy and finished in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, Daddy Lightning is a moving display of love, despair, and humanity.

-- 36 pages
-- $1.99 (US) Digital

-- Published by Retrofit Comics and distributed digitally by Top Shelf.
Scoot over on the couch and make room for Corinne Mucha! These funny, poignant short comics blend autobiography with dreamlike fantasy, presented in a disarming and lovable style. Why, when we reach adulthood, do we stop "playing pretend"? What if the reason you never fit in is because you were switched at birth, or reincarnated from a past life? And what the heck is that monkey doing in the basement? Answers within.

AMERICAN ELF 2000 by James Kochalka
-- 300 pages
-- $1.99 (US) Digital

Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, American Elf! In 2000, James greets the new millennium, teaches his first class, plays a rock show for Courtney Love, drinks a lot, eats pie in the shower, and gets punched by a fan.

-- 125 pages
-- $3.99 (US) Digital

A dinosaur carcass, freshly deceased, is found in the local woods. Meteors fall from the sky. These are strange times... but most people have enough to worry about just getting through the day. Aging couple Flo and Murray face tough news from their doctor, while teen goth Jeanie endures clueless parents and heartless classmates. Their stories -- and more -- twine together into a moving examination of grief, mystery, and human connection. Don't miss Patt Kelley's powerful debut at Top Shelf!

DOUBLE BARREL #3 by Kevin Cannon & Zander Cannon
-- 116 pages
-- $1.99 (US) Digital

Mamas, hide your babies, 'cause the Cannons are back and firing on all cylinders! Double Barrel #3 is an incredible 116 pages of action, drama, and comic-book passion. Zander Cannon descends to the sixth chapter of Heck and finds it full of WRATH -- and some long-repressed memories! Kevin Cannon presents a huge chunk (over 50 pages) of Crater XV -- the plot threads are multiplying like rabbits, as we're starting to see just how huge a mess Army Shanks has gotten himself into...

THE SURROGATES CASE FILES #1 by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele
-- 25 pages
-- $1.99 (US) Digital

Plug yourself in for the return of The Surrogates, with new stories by the original bestselling creative team of Robert Venditti (X-O ManowarThe Homeland Directive) & Brett Weldele (SpontaneousSouthland Tales)! Follow our hero Detective Harvey Greer as he tries to uphold law & order in a world transformed by surrogate technology.






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