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Top Shelf: THE SURROGATES CASE FILES, AMERICAN ELF, and DOUBLE BARREL #2 and more!

Top Shelf: THE SURROGATES CASE FILES, AMERICAN ELF, and DOUBLE BARREL #2 and more!

Onward, into the future with Top Shelf! The publisher announces some of their classics, namely American Elf and and The Surrogates, making their digital debuts!




Source: Press Release

Our friends at Top Shelf have a lot going on these days.  They're making great, great strides into the digital realm with their books, and here are some more examples. 

THE SURROGATES CASE FILES, AMERICAN ELF, and DOUBLE BARREL #2 digital debuts -- plus a SURROGATES graphic novel sale!

Today we take another step into the future, as two of Top Shelf's landmark releases have gone digital, in new and very exciting ways. First, the bestselling creative team behind The Surrogates graphic novels has returned with an all-new series, The Surrogates Case Files, available exclusively in digital form. On top of that, James Kochalka's American Elf, a monument of modern cartooning, has entered the digital comic / ebook format in a new series of handy year-by-year collections.

ALL-NEW SURROGATES COMICS! CELEBRATE WITH A SALE!

The Surrogates Sale

"Surrogates is gritty, compelling science fiction with a story that grabs you immediately and hangs on long after it's over." -- Boing Boing

"An absolutely fascinating piece of work -- heartfelt and thoughtful." -- Fantasy & Science Fiction

"Venditti's blend of technology, crime drama and social commentary makes for the most original sci-fi mythology in years." -- Wizard

After the New York Times bestselling success of The Surrogates and The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone, Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele have returned to their acclaimed saga with brand-new digital series, The Surrogates Case Files, following our hero Detective Harvey Greer as he tries to uphold law & order in a world transformed by surrogate technology. You can read the first issue today, with the appropriately futuristic format of digital comics, for just $1.99!

And that's not all -- to celebrate the return of The Surrogates, we're offering a half-price discount on digital editions of both Surrogates graphic novels! These critically acclaimed classics are a steal at $2.99 each, now through Sunday, July 8.

THE SURROGATES: CASE FILES #1 (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE)
by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele
-- 24-page digital comic, full-color
-- $1.99 (US) digital -- AVAILABLE NOW!

THE SURROGATES (Vol 1)
by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele
-- 208-page graphic novel, full-color
-- DIGITAL: normally $5.99 (US), now $2.99 thru July 8!
-- PRINT: normally $19.95 (US), now $9.95 thru July 8!

THE SURROGATES (Vol 2): FLESH AND BONE
by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele
-- 144-page graphic novel, full-color
-- DIGITAL: normally $5.99 (US), now $2.99 thru July 8!
-- PRINT: normally $14.95 (US), now $9.95 thru July 8!

DISCOVER JAMES KOCHALKA'S AMERICAN ELF IN HANDY DIGITAL VOLUMES, YEAR-BY-YEAR FOR $1.99!

American Elf 1999
"What makes American Elf so good is that it's incredibly personal and it runs the full spectrum from super-sickening sweetness to gut-wrenching terror and sorrow. It's a funny and powerful window into a real person's mind." -- Tony Millionaire, author of Maakies

"You might have thought that the daily strip was the oldest of the comics forms, the most conservative and convention-bound... Well, Kochalka has rescued it from its moribundity and given it a reason to get out of bed every morning." -- Eddie Campbell, author of Alec and co-creator of From Hell

"Kochalka's daily diary comic is one of my favorites and is also one of my top recommendations for new comic-book readers .... You'll stay up past your bedtime to read it, and his milestones (including the birth of his first child) may move you to tears." -- Whitney Matheson, USA Today

Welcome to James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, American Elf! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, American Elf is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate.

Just as the fourth massive book collection of American Elf arrives, spanning the years 2008-2011, we've decided to bring American Elf to digital comics as well -- but with a new twist! For ease of reference, and to save your iPad from trying to load a 2,000-page high-resolution ebook and bursting into flames, the digital version of American Elf will be brought to you in handy year-by-year editions, issued regularly over the months to come, with all-new covers!

This first collection includes the strip's beginnings at the end of 1998 and all of 1999. In here, James launches American Elf, rents a new apartment, cares for a sick kitty, visits Portugal, buys an iMac, and drinks a lot.

AMERICAN ELF 1999 (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE)
by James Kochalka
-- 454-page digital comic
-- DIGITAL: $1.99 (US) -- AVAILABLE NOW!

Also available in print:
AMERICAN ELF (BOOK 1): 1998-2003
--520 pages, $29.95 (US)
AMERICAN ELF (BOOK 2): 2004-2005
--192 pages, $19.95 (US)
AMERICAN ELF (BOOK 3): 2006-2007
--192 pages, $19.95 (US)
AMERICAN ELF (BOOK 4): 2008-2011
--384 pages, $24.95 (US) -- HOT OFF THE PRESS!

DOUBLE BARREL RELOADS WITH A 100-PAGE SECOND ISSUE FOR $1.99!

Double Barrel 2

"The Cannons and Top Shelf are doing something right here. I can't quite pin my finger on it, but I have the feeling this is the true beginning of the future of digital comics." -- Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

"There's more plot, more character, and more high-concept craziness here in this first issue than you'll find in any three or four collected trade paperbacks from the big two comics publishers... If you love (or ever loved) reading comics in a serialized format, I urge you to give Double Barrel a try. I think it's going to be a great ride." -- Paul Constant, The Stranger

"Crater XV's clean cartooning, dynamic hero, and Tintin-inspired storytelling make for entertaining reading, while Heck is darker and more mysterious, but no less fun." -- Noel Murray, The AV Club

Time to reload: Zander & Kevin Cannon's DOUBLE BARREL is back! Zander's hero Heck begins his horrific journey through the underworld, with faithful sidekick Elliot at his side... but they'll be reminded of some painful truths about themselves they'd rather not face. Meanwhile in Kevin's "Crater XV," the Royal Canadian Arctic Navy recruits Army Shanks to sneak aboard an ominous Soviet ship... before it launches a rocket into space! But can he focus on the mission when a pretty face from his past enters the picture? Plus BONUS short comics from both artists, Zander's tips for hand-lettering comics, your letters, and more!

Saddle up with the Cannons for another dose of digital adventure! THIS is what comics are all about! THIS... is DOUBLE BARREL!

DOUBLE BARREL #1
by Kevin Cannon & Zander Cannon
-- 122-page digital comic
-- DIGITAL: $.99  (US) -- ON SALE!

DOUBLE BARREL #2
by Kevin Cannon & Zander Cannon
-- 100-page digital comic
-- DIGITAL: $1.99 (US) - AVAILABLE NOW!


Written or Contributed by: Royal Nonesuch
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