Top Shelf has all kinds of stuff coming out today, including the long-awaited conclusion of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!
And so we come to the end of one of the finer and most ambitious sagas in recent comics. The grand finale of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series of comics reaches shelves today. The series, which brings together various characters from literature, and eventually all of fiction, in one massive mega-story, suffered from all kinds of turbulence. From objections from Marvel about a bit of humor in the first series, to a publisher change after the second (to say nothing about a terrible film adaptation and readers turning en masse on writer Alan Moore for no good reason), League persevered and flourished, telling a story that started in the Victorian Age and ends sometime in the first year of the Obama presidency. Personally, we at The Outhouse congratulate Moore and O'Neill on their achievement, and are not looking forward to the day when Top Shelf announces Before League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Also out today from Top Shelf: Eddie Campbell releases his gentle musings on money and it's effect on our lives. Campbell's OGN The Lovely Horrible Stuff gives us a glimpse of the author's relationship with money, and what he learned about the concept of currency while on the distant island of Yap. We recently spoke to Campbell about the book and learned a lot about his thought process while creating it, so check that out as well!
In any case, check out Top Shelf's press release below for more info on both of those projects, as well as a whole mess of other stuff they have coming up, including new works from Jeff Lemire (look for our review of that book next week) and Ed Piskor!
Out today: LEAGUE 2009 and THE LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF! plus news on The Underwater Welder, Wizzywig, American Elf (Book 4), and a new book to pre-order for all ages: Jess Smart Smiley's UPSIDE DOWN!
The much-anticipated day is here! In stores everywhere are two brilliant new graphic novels, the final chapter of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century trilogy "2009" by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill, and The Lovely Horrible Stuff by Eddie Campbell. On top of that, three more major summer releases have rolled off the printing press and will be in a store near you very soon. And finally, the new Diamond catalog opens pre-orders on the newest member of the Top Shelf Kids Club -- Upside Down: A Vampire Tale!
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (VOL III): CENTURY: 2009
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
The cataclysmic conclusion of the best-selling saga of everyone's favorite British band of metafictional marauders, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen! In this chapter, the tattered remnants of the League face a fully-grown Moonchild amid middle eastern wars, nuclear anti-Muslim terrorists, and more. -- an 80-page full-color softcover, $9.95 (US).
THE LOVELY HORRIBLE STUFF
by Eddie Campbell
"A seriously playful look at a subject of universal concern: money... Campbell's efforts go beyond the standard autobiography or journalism... [he] is every bit the master of his medium." -- Booklist (starred review)
Award-winning graphic novelist Eddie Campbell (From Hell, Alec) presents a delightful autobiographical voyage into the financial wilderness. With his trademark blend of research, anecdote, autobiography, and fantasy, Campbell explores how money underwrites human relationships -- from the imaginary wealth of Ponzi schemes and television pilots, to the stone currency of the Micronesian island of Yap. -- a 96-page full-color hardcover, $14.95 (US).
IN STORES JULY 4TH:
Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker
by Ed Piskor
Inspired by the incredible stories of real-life computer hackers, Wizzywig is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator, Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle -- his journey from precocious child scammer to federally-wanted fugitive, and beyond. In a world transformed by social networks, data leaks, and digital uprisings, Ed Piskor's debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard. Named "the next big thing in graphic novels" by Rolling Stone magazine! -- a 288-page deluxe hardcover, $19.95 (US).
IN STORES JULY 25TH:
The Underwater Welder
by Jeff Lemire
From the award-winning writer/artist of Essex County and Sweet Tooth! As a deep-sea welder on a Canadian oilrig and a soon-to-be father, Jack Joseph's life is full of pressure... But he's about to discover something deep on the ocean floor that will change the course of his life forever. Equal parts blue-collar character study and mind-bending mystery, The Underwater Welder is a graphic novel about fathers and sons, birth and death, memory and reality, and the treasures we all bury deep below the surface. -- a 224-page deluxe softcover with French flaps, $19.95 (US).
IN STORES JULY 25TH:
American Elf Book 4: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries 2008-2011
by James Kochalka
It's the long-awaited return of James Kochalka's massively influential and deceptively ambitious autobiography, American Elf! Every day of his life is captured in a single comic strip, sometimes profound and sometimes silly, but always full of the earnest Kochalka passion that led Hi-Fructose to call him "an unrelenting force, sure to solve the oncoming energy crisis," and earned him the title of Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. This volume collects four years, from 2008-2011. -- a 384-page softcover, $24.95 (US).
Pre-order now in the current Diamond PREVIEWS catalog: UPSIDE DOWN by Jess Smart Smiley, and the new printing of Pat Grant's hit BLUE!
Finally, we're very happy to welcome a new face to the Top Shelf family, and to the Top Shelf Kids Club: the charming and talented Jess Smart Smiley! His new book Upside Down: A Vampire Tale has been introduced in our Kids Club sampler at Free Comic Book Day, and now it's coming to your store, in time for Halloween this fall! See why
UPSIDE DOWN: A VAMPIRE TALE
by Jess Smart Smiley
--144-page graphic novel
--deluxe 2-color softcover with french flaps, 6" x 9"
--for all ages (especially kids 8 and up)
"I really enjoyed Upside Down! It has a goofiness that reminds of Joann Sfar, and the simplicity of its art is like a sophisticated version of Ed Emberley." -- Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese
Harold is a friendly young vampire who lives in a piano and loves candy. Pretty normal, huh? ...until he sets out for a dentist appointment that turns into the biggest adventure of his life! Now he'll face bats, witches, magic spells, vampire frogs, mad scientists, and so much more! It's a wild magical romp for all ages, just in time for Halloween.
Also solicited: a new printing of the surprise Australian hit Blue, by Pat Grant!
by Jess Smart Smiley
--96-page graphic novel
--deluxe 2-color softcover, 9.4" x 6.6"
--for mature readers (16+)
"A sea-polished, perfect nugget of a book." -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
"Stunningly accomplished...a surf-punk-scored reflection on old friends and the roots of racism. Grant's Blue is a wholly original, enormously entertaining comic, heralding a new talent that we may be enjoying for decades to come." -- Noel Murray, The AV Club
A fascinating blend of autobiography and fiction with a sci-fi twist: in a seaside Australian town struggling with alien tentacle-creature immigration, a trio of aimless teenagers skip school to go surfing, chase rumors of a dead body, and avoid dealing with their own fears.
Source: Press Release
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