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July 11, 2012

Top Shelf Kicks Off Their Comic-Con Weekend By Announcing Nate Powell On The Graphic Novel March


Kicking off what looks like a big weekend for comics publishing news, Top Shelf announces today that Nate Powell -- an Eisner award-winning cartoonist and special guest of this year's Comic-Con -- will draw the graphic novel autobiography March by civil rights icon John Lewis.

If this link isn't active right at this moment, it should be at some point today. They should have a preview booklet with a 13-page excerpt to pass out at the Top Shelf booth today (that's a rough image from it below); that's also a company that tends to make itself as readily available as possible to the media.

Powell will work with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin on the book. Lewis is a US Congressman, serving since 1987. He was a chairman for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was a key player in the US Civil Rights movement. This will be Nate Powell's second time around illustrating events of the 1960s time period, after The Silence Of Our Friends.

March should see publication in either 2013 or 2014.

The Powell-to-March news kicks off a strong weekend for the indy/alt publisher perhaps most invested in convention appearances as a contributor to the bottom line. Top Shelf will officially debut two Jeff Lemire books, The Underwater Welder and Lost Dogs, James Kochalka's fourth American Elf book, The Lovely Horrible Stuff from Eddie Campbell and Wizzywig from Ed Piskor. This will also mark the official festival debut for League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 2009, which enjoyed a 20K-plus initial sell into direct market shops and has been generally well-reviewed. (I enjoyed that one, too.) Top Shelf says it will also debut animated footage from Kochalka's SuperFuckers cartoon.

Jeffrey Brown, Powell, Lemire, Campbell, Kochalka and Piskor lead a healthy Top Shelf creator contingent. They're located at #1721.

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