Top Shelf Goes Digital With iVerse for iPad, iPhone Only — For Now

Last week, Top Shelf announced that they would be making part of their catalog available digitally through Comics+ by iVerse Media. Supposedly, 70-some “digital graphic novels” were made available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch at that time.

Top Shelf logo

However, when I visit the Comics+ site with the link above, I can’t find any Top Shelf titles listed. I expected to see them in the New Releases list, but a search doesn’t turn any up either. Maybe the website lags behind the app updates, which I haven’t been able to check.

Comics+ iVerse logo

Why iVerse? Perhaps because they’re the Diamond Digital vendor, and Top Shelf was previously listed as participating in that online comic project. iVerse’s other publishers include Archie, Boom!, Dynamite, IDW, Top Cow, and Marvel.

Prices will range from 99 cents to $14.99, likely depending on the length of the work. From the press release:

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. The launch titles from Top Shelf include such hits as Owly, The Homeland Directive, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Essex County, Incredible Change-Bots, Johnny Boo, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten.

Per this interview with Chris Ross, Top Shelf’s director of digital publishing, this is only the first vendor they will be working with over the next few months. Their plans are ambitious! They aim to have everything possible available digitally by the end of the summer, including backlist and out of print material, with same-day digital releases going forward on future titles. Top Shelf also plans to release their own branded apps, one of which will be for kids.

6 Responses to “Top Shelf Goes Digital With iVerse for iPad, iPhone Only — For Now”

  1. Ed Sizemore Says:

    When I heard Owly would be available for the iPad, I downloaded the app. The Owly and other Top Shelf material is available through the app. It’s unfortunate that Comics+ hasn’t updated its website. I consider Owly a major selling point for the app.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Since they don’t have a web-available reading component, the website is probably an afterthought to keeping the app updated. I’ll have to borrow KC’s iPad and see which titles are available there.

  3. James Schee Says:

    The Owly books are great and great deals too. With over a 100 pages in each with the first priced at $2.99 and the others at $4.99.

    One thing I’d like to see for the other GNs is to follow Owly’s lead and put page count in their description. I looked at a number of them but wanted to know page count before I plunked $9 or $15 out for them. Next up for me will probably be Alex Robinson s Too Popular gn.

  4. Steve May Says:

    Website updates got lost in the SDCC shuffle!

  5. Johanna Says:

    Ha! Totally understandable — thanks for stopping by and letting us know.

  6. Steve May Says:

    No problem. Feel free to reach out to me anytime you need some info. Regarding our websites, is our main one. It gets updated every day with our news and news from the comic book industry.




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