We’re pretty big fans of Wicked & Divine/Phonogram/Young Avengers/Journey Into Mystery/Uber/etc/etc/etc writer Kieron Gillen around these parts. Bit of a prolific whiz, that lad. And not only that, but he’s also got a keen critical faculty for the mechanics of the medium. We highly recommend his irregular comics podcast series DECOMPRESSED, where he examines the work of his guests, pulling apart the cogs and wheels of their process.
Well, a little while back he turned his eye onto Watchmen, and came up with a speech that made such an impression, it’s now being filmed for posterity. I’ll let Kieron tell you more…
“A year ago in the pub, a friend asked writer Kieron Gillen what the big deal is about WATCHMEN. It got him thinking. This speech was the result of all those Kieron Gillen head thinks about that famous eighties comic with the smiley face on the front. A unique experience to see Kieron Gillen wave his hands and fanboy out about comics formalism in an intimate environment. Topics include nine panel grids, structuralism in story, his own autobiographical transformation during a chance encounter on Oxford Street, the unanswered challenge of Watchmen, how he rips it off and yet more nine panel grids. He promises he will also wear his most expensive of skull jackets. Do come. He is very lonely. Will probably include some Q&A or something too. You know what these things are like.”
A good time, is what they’re like. And popular too, we’d guess, so get yourself down here, Monday 3rd November, 7.30pm-9pm. Kieron’s talk is being filmed and seats are limited on a first-come-first-served basis, so do get here early to avoid disappointment.
Do we have some news for you! Emily Carroll, the artist behind the brilliant Through The Woods (available with a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate) will be joining us in store for an evening signing.
Emily is a Canadian illustrator based in Ontario with work appearing in anthologies like: The Anthology Project V2, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, kuš! #9, Little Heart, Creepy #9 (Dark Horse), Fairy Tale Comics (First Second) The Witching Hour (Vertigo), & others.
Through the Woods, Emily’s first solo book, is the prettiest (and the creepiest) collection of horror stories we’ve seen and chock full of brand new stories that promise to haunt you for hours after reading. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the book is the inclusion of fan favourite His Face All Red, the first of Emily’s web comics adapted for print.
The signing will take place between 6pm-7pm on Monday the 17th of October and while we still have a few copies of Emily’s bookplate available you’ll have to fast if you want to bag one. The book retails at £12.99 and if you’d like us to reserve you a copy, or if you can’t make it to the event, send an email to email@example.com and we can have a copy put aside for you. Mail order in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and postal quotes for other countries are available on request.
Thank goodness for Thought Bubble – as well as giving UK creators the chance to exhibit and sell their wares it also means that the country is saturated with incredible talent from around the world and that means even more signings at Gosh! We’re going to be joined by Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Sixth Gun creator Brian Hurtt who’ll both be signing copies of their books.
Here’s a little about both books to wet your appetite:
Reporting on a commercial flight where everyone aboard lost their memories, a young journalist stumbles onto a much bigger story, the top-secret Mind Management program. Her ensuing journey involves weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, talking dolphins, and seemingly immortal pursuers, as she attempts to find the flight’s missing passenger, the man who was Mind MGMT’s greatest success—and its most devastating failure. But in a world where people can rewrite reality itself, can she trust anything she sees?
During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.
Join us on Friday the 14th of November between 1-2pm for an afternoon signing with Matt and Brian. If you can’t make it to the event then get in touch and we’ll have a signed copy popped aside for you: firstname.lastname@example.org. Postage within the UK is a flat rate of £5 and qoutes for other countries are on request.
Friday saw Nick Abadzis pay us a visit to sign some copies of The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe and Laika and also put some lovely sketches in the books for the lucky people who turned up as well as our copies for the shelves.
Let us know if you’d like one stashed or sent out to you, it’s probably bad form to point this out before Halloween but they’re ideal Christmas gifts…
ODY-C is coming and needs to be on your radar, like, right now! Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals) and Christian Ward (Infinite Vacation) are some of our favourite creators, so when we heard about ODY-C being announced at Image Expo back in January we knew we’d have to celebrate somehow. Anybody fancy a signing?
ODY-C is a gender bending, space travelling, retelling of the Homer’s The Odyssey. According to Image it’s “an epic 26 centuries in the making: In the aftermath of a galactic war a hundred years long, Odyssia the Clever Champion and her compatriots begin their longest, strangest trip yet: the one home.”
If we’ve not already sold it just check out the super sweet layouts and dreamy colours kicking about in the prologue Christian shared on his Tumblr.
The signing will be taking place between 6-7pm on Wednesday the 26th of November. If you can’t make it on the night but would like a signed copy of #1 put aside for you then let us know. Similarly if you’d love to see ODY-C appearing on your regular standing order then drop us a line and we’ll make sure you never miss an issue.
To mark the arrival of the first collected edition of D’Israeli and Rob William’s Ordinary we’ll be offering a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate!
Ordinary reads like a cross between the X-Men (or Inhumans) and that one speech from Pixar’s The Incredibles. You know the one. How giving everybody extraordinary powers would effectively leave us all unremarkable? Only in the hands of Williams and D’Israeli the consequences are much higher with the human race using their newly acquired powers to settle petty disputes and start wars.
When a strange plague gives every human being on the planet special powers, it’s seen as the next step in human evolution. But hope quickly turns to terror, as every war, terrorist attack, every crime, every simple street argument escalates a truly horrific point.
The world is tearing itself apart – every trouble spot becomes a monstrous war zone and nuclear Armageddon looms. The plague MUST be cured if humankind is to survive.
The key lies in the blood of the only human being who DIDN’T get powers when the plague hit. A downtrodden, recently divorced New York plumber named Michael Fisher. The most ordinary man alive has suddenly become the most extraordinary person on Planet Earth.
Giant baseball players, grannies aging in reverse, a talking Grizzly bear. That’s nothing out of the Ordinary!
But what about the bookplate? It’s got everything you could want and more: Ordinary’s protagonist, a broken toilet, and a smoking grizzly bear. Spot on.
Our 200 A6 bookplates have been printed on high quality card and signed by D’Israeli. They’ll be available with the first, you guessed it, 200 copies of Ordinary which will be available in the shop and by mail order. If you’d like a copy popped aside or in the post then drop a line to email@example.com and we can sort that out. Postage within the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for the rest of the world by request.
Stop the presses – we have some exceptionally good news: Jeff Lemire has created a print just for Gosh! to help celebrate his and Scott Snyder’s signing appearance, featuring a rather ominous meeting of his Sweet Tooth characters and Scott and Jock’s Wytches.
Vertigo describe Sweet Tooth as: Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed series introduces Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid who was raised in isolation following a pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father, he’s left to fend for himself . . . until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd, who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic journey into the devastated American landscape to find ‘The Preserve,’ a refuge for hybrids.
And Image wax just as lyrical about Wytches (we don’t blame ‘em, we’d sold out of #1 within hours of opening the boxes) by Scott Snyder: Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.
Our exclusive A3 digital print combines the cast of both titles, will be limited to 100 copies and signed by both Jeff and Scott. It’ll retail at just £25 and will be available from the 14th of November in store and via mail order.
Prints bought in the shop will be packed flat and mail orders will be popped into a protective tube. If you’re interested in reserving yourself a copy then get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org