It’s a big one this week. Grab yourself a cup of tea and a hobnob if there’s any left.
This Friday is Tom Gauld’s Goliath launch party here at Gosh! If you’ve got other plans you’re just going to have to rearrange them. From 6:30pm Tom will be here to sign and draw in copies of Goliath while you’re drinking booze in a comic shop after-hours. As ever, it should be lots of fun.
On the blog last week we revealed exclusive interior pages from the upcoming League of Extraordinary Gentlemen instalment, Century: 2009. We’ve got more news later this week so keep your eyes peeled, or at least directed towards your internet. The book itself is due out at the end of May, but we’ll have an exhibition of a dozen or so Kevin O’Neill pages from the 9th of May just like we did back at old Gosh.
Some massive boxes of American small press stuff have landed on our shores. Half of them are on the table where we usually park creators for signings, and half are up on the regular small press shelf. We’ve integrated them, see. Welcoming. We’re not being racist in a Dewey decimal kind of way. Out of the bunch I got Julia “Small Press Lady” Scheele to select a handful for a blog mention:
Firstly she picked Giant Days by John Allison, who is actually British, just so that my preamble paragraph would make no sense. Giant Days is the side-project he did when he had a crisis of confidence about his ongoing series Bad Machinery and details the continuing adventures of Esther de Groot. Buy if you’re a fan of Scary Go Round and want a comic that’s no longer web-bound.
Lose #3 by Michael Deforge (“who everyone is going nuts over at the moment,” says Julia) is all bits and bobs, different strips about different things. It’s a one-man anthology and it’s lovely looking.
Wunderkammer #1 by Nicholas Di Genova has no words but it does have lots of butterflies, chickens, frogs, bears, dogs and weird bird/elephant or dinosaur/zebra chimeras. It’s black and white line drawing that might appeal to the kind of people who spend hours searching for old medical prints on eBay.
I Will Bite You by Joseph Lambert is one I’m sure we’ve had before but not for some time. Lambert is an amazing artist (peruse his blog and sketchbooky excerpts!) and you can see a preview of this book here. It’s vouched for by Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac) and Jason Lutes (Berlin), two guys we definitely approve of.
Maurice Vellekoop’s The World of Gloria Badcock – A Comic For Adults is full of very rude stuff and lots of pictures of things going in and out of other things. But then of course it is by Vellekoop. That’s the main thrust of his output, as it were. Don’t Google him if you’re at work. I make the mistakes so you don’t have to.
Obviously there’s lots of other stuff I haven’t got round to mentioning. Go have a poke around on Koyama Press and see some of the kind of stuff I mean. Better yet, come for a visit.
In small press news closer to home, The Comix Reader #3 has been launched and toasted and is now available on our counter for one shiny Earth Pound. Read all about it in this previous blog post. You can find issues #1 and #2 alongside it too.
As for this week’s regular delivery, here are the most prominent threats to your wallet:
Centifolia II by Stuart Immonen comes care of AdHouse Books. It’s quite hard to come by so chances are you won’t find it anywhere in London but here. It continues on from the first Centifolia, collecting even more of his personal sketchbook work, concept designs, illustrations and doodles. It’s a beautiful peek behind the curtain and a rare look at some of Immonen’s very non-superhero stuff. You can see a few pages of it in this PDF preview.
Another artbook is Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C. who is a man that pretty much gets a free pass to do whatever he likes and I will think it’s all completely okay because he did this extraordinary piece of Twin Peaks-themed art last year. If you were anywhere near the Internet in February 2011 you will have seen this thing and loved it. Just look at it. I’ve put it above this paragraph so you have to look at it. Anyway, Amazing Everything is the first collection of his stuff so far. There are Victorian-era dinosaurs having tea, lumberjacks, ninjas – all sorts of stuff. Highly recommended. Scott C. is a bit of a dude. Geek Dad think so too.
Blue is a graphic novel by an Australian guy called Pat Grant. His website is pretty amazing but what’s best about it is he actually pitches his own comic to you in a comic, thus essentially doing my job for me but in a much more entertaining way. It started out as a web-based thing so you can still read some of it online before you come buy the beautifully designed object on nice lovely paper. Don’t click on the sugarbowl.
More webcomics: EmiTown Volume 2 is the next chunk of autobiographical stuff from Emi Lenox who talks about it with iFanboy. There’s also Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, about a girl who’s just about to start highschool after years of homeschooling, taking the melancholy ghost who’s been following her around with her. Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing (who was in Gosh! the other day and liked it! He said he’d never been in a London shop so roomy) is a fan of the series and talks about it here. The New York Times like it too.
Then there’s King City by Brandon Graham (Prophet) in a 424-page Golden Age-sized collection. The series was a hit here at Gosh! with customers and staff alike (much like his completely insane Liefeld re-launch) but has been unavailable for ages. On his blog Graham tells you what to expect from the new softcover: “There’s a couple new drawings but for the most part I kept it pretty close to what was in the issues. It’s still got all the back ups, covers, games and puzzles that were in those. I’m a big advocate of the fun of getting a book in issues as it comes out and I didn’t want the people who had picked it up month to month to feel like they should have waited.” Bookslut interviewed him in December, and if you ever wanted to see some of Graham’s porn comics they’re talking about them (and sex in comics generally) over at Comics Alliance.
Alledaags: A Year in Amsterdam by New Zealand cartoonist Toby Morris is the result of a year spent in Holland and a drawing every day. We’ve also got his newspaper comic Great Gran which is a limited signed edition, too! Check out his work on his blog.
The Compleat Terminal City by Dean Motter (Mister X) and Michael Lark (Daredevil, Gotham Central) is the entire series in trade paperback, reprinted for the first time since the series appeared in the mid-90s. It’s got his trademark retro futurism bent and was nominated for both an Eisner and a Harvey back in the day. Never seen it before? Dark Horse have a preview. Stumptown Trade say in their review: “There are some things that age well: wine, cheese, Sean Connery. There are other things that do not age well: milk, bread, Tina Yothers.” They place Motter’s Terminal City in the former, non-child star trio.
There’s a new SelfMadeHero edition of the long out-of-print 1996 anthology It’s Dark in London edited by the great Oscar Zarate. It’s got all the original stories (by folks like Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Melinda Gebbie, and Woodrow Phoenix) and Iain Sinclair has done a few new prose pieces to link the stories together. For a full list of creators head over to Sinclair’s Official Unofficial Website.
In trade paperback there’s Hellboy Volume 12: The Storm and The Fury, collecting the two stories that concluded the epic collaboration between by Mike Mignola and that dude Duncan Fegredo. If you’ve already read the series and are completely okay with massive spoilers: here’s an interview with Mignola where he talks about why he did what he did. Preview at Dark Horse.
Also in trade is Garth Ennis’ The Boys Volume 10: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker, and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis which they talk about in this old interview at Comicbook Resources. Superior, also by Millar but illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, is out in hardcover.
Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass is an examination of the career of the very excellent Lynda Barry in a very scholarly softcover book from University Press. Full details over at their website. Glitz-2-Go collects 40 years worth of comics by Diane Noomin, best known as the editor of women’s comics anthology Twisted Sisters, which featured some of Barry’s work back when it was around. Glitz-2-Go is the first time some of these Noomin strips have seen print in 30 years.
Lots of Issue #1s this week so here’s a quick round-up:
Fairest #1 is the new Fables spin-off by Bill Willingham starring all the women of the fairytales (preview). Age of Apocalypse #1 by David Lapham is a new ongoing Uncanny X-Force spin-off that you can preview here. Hell Yeah #1 is an alternative kind of superhero story from Eisner Award-winning Joe Keatinge and Andre Szymanowicz (Elephantmen) in a special double-sized debut issue for just your regular £2.20. Jonathan Hickman launches a new series with The Manhattan Projects #1 and talks about it over at Comics Alliance. Night Force #1 is the first of six issues by Marv Wolfman and Tom Mandrake previewed at DC’s The Source. And there’s a new Toy Story four-parter starting too.
That’s it! Don’t forget there’s also the Joel Meadows photography exhibition starting this Saturday, with the launch party kicking off at 7pm.