Thanks to everybody who came and took some booze off our hands at the SelfMadeHero party. We’ve got signed copies of all the books that we launched: Don Quixote Volume 2 (Rob Davis), Shadow Out Of Time (I.N.J. Culbard), and The Man Who Laughs (David Hine and Mark Stafford). Come grab them before they go. Meanwhile, we’re busy stocking the fridge for this Friday’s Drowntown launch with Robbie Morrison (Nikolai Dante) and Jim Murray (Batman/Judge Dredd). Details this way. As ever, if you’d like a signed copy but can’t make it let me know and I’ll sort you out with one. And speaking of signed books, we’ve just had David Small come in and sign a pile of his memoir, Stitches. Here’s Rachel Cooke’s review in the Guardian if you have no idea what I’m talking about.
It feels like at least a week since we threw our last party so it’s high time we threw another. This Friday we’re launching THREE BOOKS in one go and everyone who made them will be in attendance (bar Victor Hugo and H.P. Lovecraft because reasons) (good ones) (death). It’s the SelfMadeHero Spring Launch Party (it is still technically spring) and you are invited to come and grab copies of one or two or all three of the following: Shadow Out Of Time by I.N.J. Culbard, The Man Who Laughs by David Hine and Mark Stafford, and Don Quixote Volume 2 by Rob Davis who may or may not come dressed as a tin-foil-and-egg-cartons version of his main character, we’ll just have to wait and see. All details beyond the obvious (Friday, 7pm, books, booze) are through here.
Then at the end of the month we’ve got Christian Ward and Nick Spencer in the shop signing copies of the soon-to-be-released Infinite Vacation hardcover. We’ll have exclusive Gosh! bookplate editions and I’ve spent my week signing people up to pre-orders. If you’d like one email me now and I’ll make sure you get one. (Mail order dudes: let me know where you live. We’re on the internet. It’s not immediately obvious.)
On Saturday the 29th of June we are treating you to a signing with two Gosh! favourites: Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) and Christian Ward (Olympus) who together made an Infinite Vacation baby.
I’m sorry I said that.
Infinite Vacation was the five part miniseries that concluded in January this year and if you missed it do not cry: Image are releasing a complete hardcover collection and you can come get Chris and Nick to scribble on it personally.
WELCOME TO THE INFINITE VACATION, WHERE CHANGING YOUR LIFE IS ALWAYS JUST A CLICK AWAY! Mark lives in a world where alternate realities are up for sale, and buying and trading your way through unlimited variations of yourself is as commonplace as checking your email or updating your status. But when other ‘hims’ start dying suddenly and he meets a mysterious girl who wants nothing to do with ‘life-changing,’ he’ll learn the truth about the universe he stumbles through, and what happens when your vacation turns on you.
Not only have we got Nick and Chris held captive for two whole hours, we also have an exclusive bookplate edition featuring all new art by Ward, and signed by the both of them. There are only 200 in existence and once they’re gone they’re gone and then you’re very welcome to cry. The Bookplate Edition will cost you no more than the cover price of £18.99. If you’d like to reserve one or arrange a mail order, send us an email to email@example.com.
[If you’re mail ordering please let me know where you are in the world so I can quote you on postage. We have a flat-rate of £5 within the UK so you can have as much as you like mailed to you in one parcel for no extra cost. Elsewhere in the world depends on weight and we don’t have a copy around ready to weigh yet. We accept payment by PayPal.]
Infinite Vacation Signing
Saturday, 29th of June, 2pm – 4pm
Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, Soho. W1F 0DR
We’re throwing a 3-in-1 launch party for three stellar SelfMadeHero adaptations in dying days of Spring. Booze, books, cartoonists: you know the drill. Here’s the lowdown on the books we will shortly be spilling beer over:
The Shadow Out of Time
“A tale of creeping horror where reality defies logic.”
H.P. Lovecraft/I.N.J. Culbard
Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee is a professor of political economy at Miskatonic University. Following a fainting spell in 1908, he returns to his senses in 1913 with no recollection of the last five years of his life. As he endeavours to discover the truth about his lost years, he becomes increasingly tormented by vivid and disturbing dreams; dreams that will lead him on a journey through time and space to unlock the secrets of the universe.
The Man Who Laughs
“ A grisly tale of love, death and feudalism ”
Victor Hugo/David Hine/Mark Stafford
Victor Hugo’s scathing indictment of the injustice and inequality within Britain’s political system tells a story of abduction, mutilation, loss and prejudice. The narrative follows Gwynplaine, the two-year-old heir to a rebel lord, who is abducted upon the orders of a vindictive monarch, who has him mutilated (to produce a permanent, grisly smile), then abandoned. After years of living frugally he is re-introduced to the aristocratic life, and resolves to become the voice of the voiceless, whether he is heard or not.
Don Quixote Volume 2
“ The deluded Don Quixote battles cats, puppets and the famous Knight of the Mirrors ”
Miguel de Cervantes/Rob Davis
Darker than the first, the second volume of Don Quixote picks up where Vol. I left off and follows our hapless heroes on their last adventure together. Quixote plunges head first into the legendary Cave of Montesinos and seeks to disenchant his imaginary truelove, Dulcinea del Toboso, who is imprisoned there. Meanwhile Sancho is finally given an island to rule over by the Duke and Duchess who, like many characters our heroes meet in this book, have read Vol I and wish to have a hand in the events of Vol II. Betrayal, deception, death and cats beset Quixote from all sides. Oh, what will become of our Knight Errant and his trusty squire?
It’s all happening on Friday the 14th of June from 7pm until 9pm. There’s no need to RSVP, just turn up, buy some books and say hello (although feel free to join the Facebook event page so we can electronically remind you on the day). If you can make it but would like a signed book anyway, just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort it out for you. Let us know if you’d like it personalised and if you need a mail order we need to know what country you’ll need it mailed to.
See you there!
SelfMadeHero Spring Party
Friday, 14th of June, 7pm – 9pm
1 Berwick Street, Soho. W1F 0DR
Right so we should have told you about this earlier but we were too busy shouting JAIME HERNANDEZ and GARY NORTHFIELD and such (thank you to everyone who came to those things last week, we hope you had fun): we have another launch party a week from Friday. It’s a SelfMadeHero adaptation 3-in-1 party for I.N.J. Culbard’s Shadow Out of Time, David Hine and Mark Stafford’s Man Who Laughs and Rob Davis’ Don Quixote Volume 2. Booze, books and cartoonists. You know the drill. We’ll put a proper blog post up in a bit but in the meantime you can have this poster.
ON ACCOUNT OF THE BANK HOLIDAY this week’s comics are arriving tomorrow, the same day they’re due on the shelves. We don’t know what time they’re coming, it could be the afternoon. If you can delay your visit until Thursday then that’s probably ideal. However: we have Jaime Hernandez in tomorrow afternoon anyway so you can ask what the situation’s like then.
Oh, you forgot about our Jaime Hernandez signing? You thought it was ages away? TIME MOVES FAST NOW WE’RE OLD.
Jaime will be here to sign books for two hours and two hours only. Don’t miss it. Tomorrow. From 5pm.
(Also, to reiterate and because I’ve been getting phonecalls: we can’t take any requests for signed books this time round. There just won’t be time to do it and I personally am not up for chasing a Hernandez brother down the street shouting dedications he failed to dedicate. If we manage to get some signed stock before he’s taken away from us then we will shout very loudly about it here and on Twitter and on Facebook. Because they’re books signed by Jaime Hernandez. Who wouldn’t shout about that.)
Then on FRIDAY we’re launching Gary Northfield’s very excellent Teenytinysaurs, which is actually already out. All details are through here and the book is on the shelf.