San Diego, CA-18 July 2011 â€“ One of the most diverse and highly-regarded publishers in the world of comics, Top Shelf Productions, is expanding into the digital market. iVerse Media is proud to announce the release of 70+ digital graphic novels from Top Shelf, available today for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch through the Comics+ app.
The first wave of titles includes work from top-selling and award-winning creators such as Andy Runton, Robert Venditti, Nate Powell, Jeff Lemire, Jeffrey Brown, James Kochalka, Renee French, Alex Robinson, Matt Kindt, and many more.
â€œWe are incredibly proud to be releasing this first wave of Top Shelf titles at Comic-Con this year,â€ said iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey. â€œTop Shelf really showcases the art of comics, and weâ€™re excited to be the first to take this journey with them into the digital space.â€
The launch titles from Top Shelf include such hits asÂ Owly, The Homeland DirectiveÂ ,Â Any EmpireÂ ,Â Swallow Me WholeÂ ,Â Essex CountyÂ ,Â Incredible Change-BotsÂ ,Â Johnny BooÂ , andÂ Too Cool to Be ForgottenÂ . With books spanning every age group and every genre (comedy, drama, action, memoir, fantasy, science fiction, even art books), there’s sure to be something for every reader. Following this initial wave, many more titles from Top Shelfâ€™s rich catalog will be released over the coming weeks and months.
“At Top Shelf, we’re dedicated to telling stories that people connect with; reader-friendly comics with subtext and heart, each presented with a distinctive visual style,” explained Top Shelf publisher Chris Staros. “Now with the iVerse digital launch, it’ll be easier than ever to discover the amazing work our authors are doing, and maybe even find yourself a new favorite.”
Top Shelf and iVerse are breaking new ground — of the major North American literary/art-comics publishers, Top Shelf is the first to offer its books for the iOS platform. And with prices ranging from $0.99 to $14.99, they hope to welcome plenty of new readers.
Titles are available now in the Comics+ Application for iOS.Â Â Â For more information visit:Â http://comicspl.us
About Top Shelf Productions
Top Shelf Productions (Â http://www.topshelfcomix.comÂ ) publishes contemporary graphic novels and comics by artists of singular vision. Dedicated to championing veteran creators as well as finding and developing emerging talent, the Top Shelf library is anchored by such masters of the craft as Alan Moore, Craig Thompson, Andy Runton, Jeffrey Brown, Alex Robinson, James Kochalka, Robert Venditti, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, RenÃ©e French, Nate Powell, and many more. Founded by publishers Brett Warnock and Chris Staros in 1997, Top Shelf has been a major force in the development of the graphic novel art form and industry. After hundreds of books in every genre of comics, Top Shelf continues to win awards and acclaim for handsome production values, powerful storytelling, and captivating artwork.
About iVerse Media, LLC
iVerse Media (Â http://www.iversecomics.comÂ ) is a digital content distributor focused on the world of comics and popular culture. Founded in 2008, the company was one of the first to launch digital comics on Appleâ€™s iOS platform.Â Â Â As of June 2011 almost 5 Million products in the iOS App Store have been downloaded that are powered by iVerse, making the â€œiVerse Engineâ€ one of the most popular and widely used platforms for reading digital comics.Â Â Â The company is principally located in Waco, TX.