The Gosh! Authority 28/12/11

The following missive was typed in a panic by one Hayley Campbell, having just realised that it has to go on the Internet this afternoon and not tomorrow as she had erroneously thought:

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, etc etc. We ate too much chocolate, etc etc. I’m currently sitting beside our Steven who is having leftover Christmas dinner for the second day running and I am furious with envy. To distract myself I’m thinking about other things such as our early closing on New Year’s Eve (that’s 4pm) and how we’ll be closed entirely on New Year’s Day. New comic book day is tomorrow (that’s Thursday the 29th) and next week you can have them on Thursday the 5th. But remember that we’re hauling them off the back of the truck on those very days (alas, no buffer day!) so chances are they might not arrive until the afternoon. With that in mind, you may want to put off your visit until after lunch.

In the busy days before Christmas I put a load of stuff on the Gosh! Blog that you might have missed: on Saturday the 21st of January we’ll be having a Craig Thompson signing (aw yiss!), and in March we’ll be  launching the lovely Tom Gauld’s new book from Drawn & Quaterly, Goliath (hooray!). I revealed the cover to the nearly-finished new installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century (due June, 2012), and then I put up a few scans from a very swish article about the shop in Retail Focus magazine. I like how Hernandez cleavage is the defining feature of the shop.

All of the above will help to pad out what looks to be a small-ish week compared to your usual haul:

Dan Curtis Johnson and J.H. Williams III’s Chase is out in trade paperback. It’s the highly acclaimed but nevertheless cancelled series from the late 90s. Williams looks back on the series in this interview with Comicbook Resources and there’s preview stuff there if the thing is wholly new to you and your eyeballs.

The latest volume of Walt & Skeezix to hit the shelves in a fancy Chris Ware designed jacket is the fifth one, covering the years 1929 and 1930. There’s a PDF preview over at Drawn & Quarterly which includes the introduction by Comics Journal regular Jeet Heer and some amazing old photos of Frank King with some old cameras, along with some of the photos he took with them.

Even if you haven’t been picking up Dark Horse Presents you’ll definitely want this week’s issue for the all-new Mike Mignola Hellboy story contained therein (if you get Hellboy stuff on your regular standing order we’ve already taken care of this one for you). Kyle Baker and Elizabeth Glass’ legendary lost 10-page story Letitia Lerner, Superman’s Babysitter is available once again in this week’s reprinted DC Comics Presents: Elseworlds 80-Page Giant, the comic that never made it to America back in the 90s because DC destroyed it after it was published (contents were deemed “unsuitable”). But not before posting a bunch to the Europeans.

Terry Moore’s Sketchbook Volume 1: Hot Girls and Cold Feet is 64 pages of pretty ladies drawn by the man who brought you Strangers in Paradise, Echo and Rachel Rising. I can’t find any previews. I know this is annoying. I also can’t find a preview for DMZ #72, the final issue of Brian Wood’s very excellent series. So you’ll just have to buy them.

Marvel are evidently trying to fill their shipping quota for 2011 because you’re getting two issues of Ed Brubaker’s Captain America all at once. Which is nice. Preview for #5 and #6 are here and here, respectively.

Alex Maleev (Scarlet) joins Warren Ellis on his critically-acclaimed run in Secret Avengers #20 in which they send the Black Widow on a secret mission. Preview at CbR.

If you were stuck on a train to the North of England when Channel 4 played A Muppet Christmas Carol then this might lift you out of the strop that descended somewhere near Birmingham: The Muppets Presents The Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson, a one-shot story written and drawn by Gosh! favourite Roger Langridge. Featuring Kermit, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Animal the Swedish Chef and more!

And finally, Kieron Gillen’s Generation Hope: Schism is out in trade paperback. It collects issues #6 to #12 – the last chunk of Gillen’s run before James Asmus took over.

Derp derp bork bork.

— Hayley

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