First Look at ASHES from Top Shelf Productions

by Charles LePage

IDW Publishing and Top Shelf Productions have released a fearless first look at the ASHES graphic novel.

The press release follows:

Media Release — On February 7th, Top Shelf Productions is releasing, Ashes, an explosive mix between an emotional trip and hooligan thriller that reads like a movie and is impossible to put down.

Ashes, the captivating first graphic novel from internationally renowned cartoonist Álvaro Ortiz, follows three old friends as they reunite for the mother of all road trips… and nothing is what it seems in this elegantly unpredictable gem.

ASHES SYNOPSIS: Polly, Moho, and Piter haven’t seen each other in years. Now they’ve piled into a car for a loooong journey to a mysterious cross marked on a map. All their old personality quirks and conflicts are resurrected with new wrinkles as this surreal reunion gets underway. Up ahead are car chases, alcohol, roadside motels, banjo-playing thugs, a ship graveyard, violence, sensual tension, and, of course, a monkey!


Álvaro Ortiz studied graphic design at the Escuela Superior de Diseño de Aragón and illustration at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. After winning several comic competitions, including the 2003 Injuve Comic Award, he has become one of Spain’s most acclaimed cartoonists. After the youth graphic novel series Julia and the Norwegian-themed comic book Fjorden, Ortiz released his debut graphic novel for adults, Cenizas (Ashes), which was created with an Alhóndiga Bilbao grant at the Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France. His subsequent works include Murderabilia (2014), Rituales (2015), and Viajes (Astiberri, 2016), as well as a collaboration with the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum and a pair of webcomics created during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ashes is his first book in English.

081722C5-1 First Look at ASHES from Top Shelf Productions

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