Continuing out look at actual COMICS that are debuting at Comic-Con, Top Shelf has a bunch, led by MARCH, the first volume in a graphic autobiography of civl rights legend Rep. John Lewis. With all the things going on in our society, it’s a good time to connect with someone who was there.
Comic-Con International in San Diego is the biggest show in America — so when Congressman Lewis said he wanted to come, we moved heaven & earth to get the book ready in time. As a result, we’re very pleased to confirm the special debut of March: Book One at Comic-Con next week, along with all three creators: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Come by the Top Shelf booth (#1721), meet a true American icon, and be the first to scoop up a signed copy of this piece of history!
What’s more, we’ll also have copies of a limited HARDCOVER edition, as well as a limited SIGNED & NUMBERED HARDCOVER edition of MARCH: BOOK ONE, available exclusively from Top Shelf.
PLUS: don’t miss the MARCH team’s feature presentation, Saturday morning at 10AM in room 23, as they share the story of MARCH and how it came to be.
Rob Harrell debuts the delightful MONSTER ON THE HILL!
￼ Acclaimed comic strip artist Rob Harrell joins the Top Shelf family with a thrilling, funny, and beautifully drawn graphic novel adventure, set to charm the pants off readers of all ages. He’s coming out from Texas for his first ever Comic-Con, so give him a warm welcome… and he just might hook you up with some Monster on the Hill trading cards!
Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler launch the faithfully funny GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU!
￼ This comedy adaptation of the Bible isn’t just a wry and witty take on the world’s most popular book — it’s a surprisingly authentic condensation of the original text. This is a hilarious read that appeals to cynics and believers alike, as well as a gorgeous gift object with sumptuous production values. And now’s your chance to get it signed by the authors! Well, by Mark and Shannon anyway. Getting God’s signature is up to you.
Jeffrey Brown reveals “his most personal work to date,” A MATTER OF LIFE!
￼ At the same time that Jeffrey’s DARTH VADER parenting books are blowing the lid off bestseller lists, he’s also pushed himself to tackle the big questions in this stunning meditation on fatherhood and faith — and in full color! NPR says it “will sit next to Craig Thompson’s Blankets as one of the most touching and wise graphic memoirs we have about growing up in a religious household.”
Zander Cannon takes you all to HECK!
￼ Acclaimed cartoonist Zander Cannon has decades of experience on high-profile projects from Alan Moore to Transformers — but only now has he brought those mighty talents to bear on a full-length solo graphic novel! And boy, Heck is a powerful book, in every sense — thrilling muscular action, elegantly chunky ink-work, and intense emotional stakes. Meet Zander and grab the regular hardcover or the deluxe signed & numbered bundle!
The Comic Art Creations of Civil Rights Legends – Tying into March, Andrew Aydin and other scholars discuss the history of comics in the civil rights movement. (Friday, 1pm, Room 26AB) Spotlight on Jeffrey Brown – Spilling the beans on his three new books this year, and more! (Friday, 4:30pm, Room 8) March: Book One – a feature presentation with Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell! (Saturday, 10AM, Room 23ABC) Top Shelf Productions – featuring our top talents sharing behind-the-scenes gold, and exclusive breaking news on the digital comics front! (Saturday, noon, Room 4) Beautiful Books: Graphic Design in Comics and Graphic Novels, featuring our own Chris Ross working his visual magic! (Saturday, 5pm, Room 4)
Plus all these great cartoonists!
• Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell (March: Book One)
• Andy Runton (Owly)
• Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, The Homeland Directive)
• Jeff Lemire (Essex County, The Underwater Welder)
• Matt Kindt (2 Sisters, Super Spy)
• Ray Friesen (Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken)
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.