Media Release -- We at Top Shelf Productions are very pleased to partner with the team at Humble Bundle to offer several of the comic industry's most acclaimed graphic novels, completely free of DRM restrictions, as part of "Humble eBook Bundle IV." For the next two weeks, customers can name their own price for the bundle, which marks the first ever DRM-free release of Wizzywig by Ed Piskor and From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, plus March: Book One, the award-winning civil rights graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.
Those three titles alone are worth a cover price of $70, but the eBook Bundle also features work by many other authors, including George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Terry Goodkind, and Yahtzee Croshaw. What's more, this project serves as a fund-raiser for both Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Upon purchasing the bundle and choosing how much to pay, customers can select how they'd like the funds to be split among the books' creators, the two charities, and a "tip" for the Humble Bundle team.
For more details and to name your own price for these outstanding books, visit Humble Bundle now! The promotion ends after two weeks, on June 11th.
Announcing MADDY KETTLE...
The Top Shelf Kids Club is already home to so many beloved characters... but there's always room for more! As of today, pre-orders are officially open for two great books debuting in August 2014.
Eric Orchard's Maddy Kettle was introduced to the world in this spring's Free Comic Book Day issue, and the response has been terrific. NPR said it "looks fantastic: every panel exudes quirky, gorgeous atmosphere," while io9 agreed it was "quirky, beautifully illustrated, and frankly looks like it's going to be an instant classic. Don't miss it." What's more, an early version of a Maddy Kettle scene has already received the Silver prize at the Spectrum Awards, honoring the best in fantasy art. Now Maddy's full adventure is off to the printing press, and it's time to pre-order from your favorite retailer!
...and the return of JOHNNY BOO!
And that's not all... we're also announcing the return of Johnny Boo, the best little ghost in the world — and he's brought company! When author James Kochalka asked what adventure Johnny Boo should go on next, many readers wanted him to visit the moon. Others wanted him to ride a skateboard. Well, dreams do come true! Johnny Boo Zooms to the Mooon! has all this and more, including moon ice cream, a new monster, and the mighty Boom Power of new friend Susie Boom!
Click through for details and a free preview of each book!
MARCH: BOOK ONE wins Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition!
Every so often, a graphic novel comes out that is so remarkable and so important, it breaks out of traditional categories, forcing readers and institutions to reconsider their expectations of what the comics medium can do. In 1992, for example, Art Spiegelman's Maus depicted the life of a Holocaust survivor with such innovative power that the Pulitzer Prize committee issued Spiegelman a "Special Award."
Now, the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights has honored March: Book One, the first volume of Congressman John Lewis' civil rights memoir co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell, with a "Special Recognition" award at the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards. Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin were present for the ceremony last week in Washington, shown above accepting the award from Ethel Kennedy.
Fittingly for an icon of the civil rights movement, this is Congressman Lewis' second honor from the RFK Book Awards; his prose autobiography Walking with the Wind won in 1999. The awards, founded in 1980, celebrate those books which best reflect the late Senator Kennedy's ideals of justice, human rights, and equality of opportunity. In his capacity as attorney general, senator, and presidential candidate, Kennedy played a significant role in the civil rights movement throughout the 60s, and indeed will appear in the forthcoming second and third volumes of March.
This honor also places the March team in fine company in another way: the RFK Book Awards' only previous use of the Special Recognition was also for comics, awarded in 1994 to the legendary editorial cartoonist Herblock.