Top Shelf’s November has brought two exquisitely beautiful new graphic novels on issues of gender identity (Transitions: A Mother’s Journey) and disability (Rose Wolves), with universal themes of transformation & love.
Up ahead for pre-order, a heartwarming family adventure (You Wish) and Chris Gooch’s jaw-dropping mother/daughter sci-fi thriller (In Utero)!
When Anne learns that her 19-year-old is a transgender man, she struggles to understand her son’s new identity. A new landmark in nonfiction comics, Transitions is a sympathetic, informative, and moving story of a family’s journey to acceptance.
“Durand presents the raw, aching spectrum of Anne’s experiences as a hybrid journal of personal reflections, historical elucidations, and scientific evidence… Alex’s real-life letter to his mother near the book’s end is a spectacular coda.” — Booklist (starred review)
“An excellent graphic novel and resource for families and others who experience the unexpected transition of a loved one.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“Durand’s and Anne’s commitment to showing the work and not just the correct answer to this impossibly complex equation is a gift to readers, particularly for parents who don’t have many blueprints to choose from… Sometimes we trans people wish for quick and easy acceptance as our authentic selves, but we have to remember that we’re asking people to fundamentally reorganize who we have been to them, to see us newly, and that takes effort and deep work. This book is a model for what that kind of journey might look like.” —Graphic Medicine
“Tackling a potentially controversial subject with intelligence and sympathy, Élodie Durand creates an informative, original, and deeply healing work.” —BDGest
“I thought I was open-minded… The news of my child’s gender change hit me like a tidal wave, sweeping away all my certainties. Sweeping away the comfort of my tidy little life.”
When university biologist Anne Marbot learns that the 19-year-old she raised as “Lucie” is a transgender man named Alex, she’s overwhelmed by questions. How can this be? Who put these ideas in your head? What if you regret it? Am I overreacting? How will your grandparents react? Why didn’t I see it coming? Why is this so easy for others? Am I a bigot? What does gender really mean, anyway? How can I be the parent my child needs?
It soon becomes clear that Alex is not the only one embarking on a journey of self-discovery. The road is not easy, and sometimes their relationship is bitterly strained. But Alex is sure of himself, and Anne is determined to be strong for his sake. With time, she too will be transformed, rediscovering her identity as a mother in profound new ways.
With grace and sensitivity, award-winning graphic novelist Élodie Durand (Parenthesis) captures the unique journey of well-meaning loved ones who struggle to reconcile new gender identities with their old assumptions. Deeply researched and drawn from true experience, Transitions is a must-read companion for allies and families navigating trans issues and a compassionate roadmap to acceptance.
“Warner’s sketchy illustrations, rendered using varying red hues, eloquently convey a story of love, friendship, and acceptance that is heartwarming and sweet.” — Publishers Weekly
This wordless two-color graphic novel is an enthralling fable about disability, companionship, and transformation, set in the haunting beauty of the wild.
One day, a little girl picks an unusual flower from an unusual bush in the forest. Overnight, the flower blooms and turns into a magical creature: a rose wolf, missing a leg just like she is missing an arm. Together, the new friends must go on a journey to find where they belong.
In her graphic novel debut, Canadian cartoonist Natalie Warner presents a moody, tender, and captivating new fairy tale, without using a single word. Fans of Nightlights, Sheets, and The Tea Dragon Society will hold it close and read it again & again.
What if you found a genie’s magic lamp, and rubbed it only to discover that YOU were the genie?
“A whimsical new twist on the genie legend! This book is gorgeous!” —Jeff Smith, creator of Bone
“Magical, charming, gorgeous, funny and heartfelt! You Wish is the kind of graphic novel I wholeheartedly wish I had growing up. Aside from the glorious art, get lost in a fully realized world full of magical characters and charming lore. You will wish it would never end!” —Jorge Gutierrez, director of The Book of Life and Maya and the Three
“Coming-of-age meets cosmic horror; unforgettably striking, both visually and emotionally.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In Utero is everything I love about comics. Gripping, heartfelt storytelling and wonderful characters set in a haunting sci-fi world. Chris Gooch might be my new favorite cartoonist!” —Jeff Lemire, author of Sweet Tooth and Descender
Akira meets Aliens, and Annihilation meets Evangelion, in this coming-of-age monster tale from award-winning graphic novelist Chris Gooch.
Brett has been collecting comics for close to 30 years and is passionate about showcasing the amazing stories in Indie Comics and growing the indie community. A marketing and communications professional with a Masters of Nonprofit Management, he founded The Indie Comix Dispatch in 2020. Brett is also a member of the National Writers Union.