Top Shelf already has three winning kids’ series in Owly, Korgi and Johnny Boo. In today’s Comic-Con International panel, the publisher highlighted five new additions:
• Maddy Kettle, by Eric Orchard: A fantasy adventure about an 11-year-old girl on a mission to rescue her parents — who have been turned into kangaroo rats.
• Monster on the Hill, by Rob Harrell: Another fantasy tale, this one set in a small English village in late Victorian times, with a gently comic story of a monster who isn’t quite scary enough.
• Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken, by Ray Friesen: Friesen draws goofy, funny webcomics about silly animals doing wacky things, often involving pirates.
• Okie Dokie Donuts, by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos: Trouble in the donut shop! Need we say more?
• Upside Down, by Jess Smart Smiley: Life is good for a cheery, candy-loving vampire until his teeth start falling out and a witch sets out to cleanse the world of vampires.
(Links are to Top Shelf’s catalog pages, which are already up.) The publisher also announced some new additions to its existing line: A third volume of Korgi, a full-color edition of Owly (published by Atheneum), and a sixth black-and-white volume of Owly.