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September 19, 2017 1:16 pm

New All-Ages Adventures with Johnny Boo and Pirate Penguin! + Best of 2015

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New All-Ages Adventures with JOHNNY BOO and PIRATE PENGUIN!

 

Announcing THREE great new releases… and read on to see our stellar “Best of 2015” critical acclaim!

A Double Dose of Johnny Boo in March 2016!

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Eisner Award winner James Kochalka is a master of many media, from comics to music to film and beyond… but one of his all-time most beloved projects is his series of graphic novels for kids starring the little ghost Johnny Boo, and his pet ghost Squiggle. In the new issue of Diamond Previews, we’re delighted to unveil a brand-new adventure, Johnny Boo Goes Like This, plus an awesome new boxed set of the series’ first five books, Johnny Boo’s Big Boo Box — both coming in March 2016!

Johnny Boo (Book 7): Goes Like This! by James Kochalka
ISBN: 978-1-60309-384-2 • Diamond: JAN16-0450
$9.99 (US) • 48-page full-color hardcover, 6” x 9”

Johnny Boo and Squiggle come across a giant pencil! Is it… magical? Whatever it is, when Johnny Boo draws with it, his drawings come to life. Before you know it, they’re off on another adventure, filled with tigers, ice cream monsters, and truly unbelievable hairstyles. Celebrate the power of creativity – the Johnny Boo way!
In stores March 2016 – click here for a 5-page preview!

Johnny Boo’s Big Boo Box! by James Kochalka
ISBN: 978-1-60309-385-9 • Diamond: JAN16-0451
$39.99 (US) • Slipcase set of FIVE 40-page full-color hardcover graphic novels, 6” x 9” x 2″

Collecting Johnny Boo’s first five fan-favorite adventures, from Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World to Johnny Boo Does Something!

 

Ray Friesen’s PIRATE PENGUIN VS NINJA CHICKEN is back, and funnier than ever before! Join the adventure in March!

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Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (Book 2): Escape from Skull-Fragment Island!
by Ray Friesen

ISBN: 978-1-60309-367-5 • Diamond: JAN16-045623
$14.99 (US) • 112-page full-color hardcover, 6.5” x 8.5”

Set phasers for maximum silly: Ray Friesen, the non-stop sugar rush called by Booklist “a manic blend of mayhem and adventure,” is back for more! When Pirate Penguin and Ninja Chicken stumble across a mystical lost sword, a rip-roaring aquatic adventure ensues, with appearances by cousin Privateer Puffin, the terrifying Pirate Queen, and two unforgettable “mermaids.” PLUS: our heroes get trapped in a Swedish furniture store, and a dozen more wacky short stories!
In stores March 2016 – click here for a 6-page preview!

 

Best Books of 2015: Critics rave about MARCH, STORY OF MY TITS, OUR EXPANDING UNIVERSE, BACCHUS & more!

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As 2016 kicks off, critics everywhere continue their annual exercise of looking back on 2015 to select the year’s best books… and Top Shelf has been scoring big!

The bestselling civil rights saga March: Book Two received tremendous acclaim from nearly two dozen publications, including The Washington Post, NPR, and the New York Public Library. As GQ sums up: “It is vital, gripping work, passionately rendered and meticulously researched, equal parts true story and moving graphic memoir.” Congratulations to Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell on these well-deserved honors.

Critics also couldn’t stop talking about Jennifer Hayden and her unforgettable memoir The Story of My Tits — named one of the year’s best by (among many others) Library JournalComic Book ResourcesForbes, and even the New York Times! In the words of Paste, “Jennifer Hayden’s funny, sad, stunning graphic novel remixes various pieces of her life centered around a mastectomy in the wake of a diagnosis that 12 percent of all women encounter… Hayden remains a relatable, charming guide throughout all 349 pages, offering a new touchstone of empathy and endurance.”

Fans of Alex Robinson celebrated the year-end arrival of his newest masterwork, and promptly placed Our Expanding Universe on “Best of 2015” lists from The Comics Alternative to The Oklahoman. Grab it yourself and discover what Publishers Weekly‘s critic calls “a character driven portrait of friends in New York [that] deals with all the big issues of relationships, cheating, parenting. One of the most absorbing graphic novels I’ve read.”

Eddie Campbell scored significant accolades as well, from the likes of Publishers Weekly and The AV Club. If you haven’t explored his massive Bacchus Omnibus Edition yet, the Village Voice urges you to do so: “Campbell’s breakneck inking and skittering Zip-a-Tone accents perfectly complement his fantasias of the god of wine and cronies wandering through the twentieth century.”

All that plus critical love for Tim GingerThe Motorcycle Samurai, and Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas… what an amazing year! Thanks for your support of independing publishing, and here’s to more great stuff to come.

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