(Photo by Mauricio de Souza)
That was quite a signing. Thank you to everyone who turned up and played by the rules and carefully moved the signing line when we got told off for blocking a madam’s doorway. “I’m trying to run a brothel here,” said she. Fun times in Soho.
(Photo by Dylan Jones)
(Both of the above by Mauricio de Souza)
Of all the photos taken on the day, this is my personal favourite:
(Photo stolen from Pete Marshall, left.)
For those who missed Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill you’ll be glad to know we still have lots of copies of the new Century 2009 with the mini-print, as well as the Black Dossier with the only-just-released 7” vinyl record. The first is available to mail order in the UK while the latter is strictly an in-store deal I’m afraid. I’ll put a post up soon about everything Moore-related you can expect on the shelves in the coming year.
On our gallery walls currently are six or so pages by the very excellent Julian Hanshaw of Art of Pho fame. They’re all for sale but they’re only up for another week and a bit so if you think you’d like to buy one – come now! On the 7th of July they will be replaced by Sean Phillips‘ Fatale artwork in readiness for the launch party/signing that night. Incidentally, the Fatale Volume 1: Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition is out this week. All the details and a preview are on this blog post here. Also, Fatale #6 is in on the same day which follows straight on from the trade.
Nobrow consistently provide us with some of the best-smelling books around. They look pretty good and the stories are pretty good too, so I suggest popping into Gosh! and sticking your beak in their newest concertina, High Times: A History of Aviation. They have excelled themselves olfactorily. As for the actual thing: it’s probably my favourite of all the Nobrow stuff to date, in which Berlin illustrators Golden Cosmos detail the entire history of flight right from Icarus to jetplanes. It’s a 54” panorama and I’ve already bagged a copy for myself.
David Mazzucchelli (whose name I will never be able to spell right first go) sees his Daredevil: Born Again released in a massive Artist’s Edition. Written by Frank Miller, it’s widely considered to be the very best Daredevil story around, made by two creators at the peak of their storytelling powers, back in 1986. Each page has been scanned from the original artwork by Mazzucchelli himself and printed in the same dimensions. It’s just like flipping through a stack of originals. Judging by how quickly Dave Steven’s Rocketeer Artist’s Edition disappeared, you will definitely want to get a move on if you’d like to bag a copy of this.
If you make this comic shop blogger laugh on a pretty much daily basis with the three-panel strips you stick on twitter you’re guaranteed a mention when your book comes out. TWIT by Babak Ganjei collects the strips you can see over at his blog Hilarious Consequences which is also the name of his previous book, Hilarious Consequences. When Babak dropped in copies of his first book years ago I remember saying something jaded and miserable like “Yeah but it just looks like Jeffrey Brown.” On the last page there’s a strip in which some girl says the exact same thing. “Yeah, but it’s not like anyone’s gonna read it,” he replies. Based on this two-panel exchange I read the whole thing. And it’s proper funny. So’s his new one, TWIT, which is 8 earth pounds and comes with an original strip about selling your books in Gosh. Follow this guy on Twitter.
Also on the small press table – whichis where Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill ate biscuits the other day – Decadence #9, a weird underground comics anthology featuring Gosh! alumni Jon Chandler (among a handful of others). This is as good a time as any to point out Jon’s author photo over at PictureBox. I’ll just leave you with that.
Another old Gosh! face, Kevin Ward, teams up with Hurk to put out a third cracking issue of The Static Revolter. Previously my colleagues and I thought this thing was called The Static Revolver because that is clearly what it said on the old covers. But we were wrong and we’re willing to admit such things. Come buy #3 for £7 from some humble and honest people.
Our Andrew is very excited about Get Jiro, a Vertigo graphic novel written by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, with illustrations by Langdon Foss. It’s set in the near future where master chefs of major restaurants are now ruling the people like crime lords. It feels like a gangster film and a spaghetti western all in one, which is just what Bourdain was going for. “Yeah, it’s exactly that kind of world. A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. No one’s messing around, here. You threaten to kick someone’s ass and he goes ahead and takes your arm and he does it in a way that people talk about it with respect,” he said over at Comicbook Resources. A couple of preview pages run alongside this piece in Inside Bay Area, and here’s Bourdain on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talking about it.
Kevin Huizenga‘s Gloriana is a hardcover from D&Q collecting some old Glenn Ganges stuff in which he has conversations about soap dishes and library visits and all sorts of other mundane stuff in that entertaining and interesting way Glenn Ganges does. Huizenga has a preview on his website. This is a reprint of his self-published comic from back in 2005. I’ve never read it before but it’s got a Nicholson Baker‘s Mezzanine vibe to it which I quite like. Yeah, I said “vibe” just then.
Joe Sacco‘s Journalism is a hardcover collection of shorter war reportage, some of which has never been published before in the US. There’s stuff about the American troops in Iraq, the detention of Saharan refugees in Malta, the trials of Chechen widows, the smuggling tunnels of Gaza, Milan Kovacevic in The Hague, and more. You can read Sacco‘s preface (or manifesto) over on the Macmillan site.
The newly translated Song of Roland by Michel Rabagliati won – in its original French edition – the FNAC Audience Award at the Angouleme Festival, a Shuster Award for Outstanding Cartoonist and several other badges of honour. It’s a story about the life and death of the father-in-law of Rabagliati‘s alter-ego Paul, told as the family stands vigil by his hospital bed. Very few English language previews around but plenty of French ones if you look.
Another Angouleme favourite is Anna and Froga Want a Gumball by Anouk Ricard which looks lovely and is just about a girl and her gang of animal friends – a frog, a dog, an earthworm, and a cat. PDF preview courtesy of D&Q.
Also from D&Q is Birdseye Bristoe by Dan Zettwoch, who usually draws amazing pictures of how stuff works. This is his first graphic novel – a story about the construction and destruction of one phone tower on a piece of land owned by an old guy in a small town in the midwest of America. Dan Nadel at The Comics Journal is a big fan of his work and has a preview to go along with this review. The D&Q preview has different pages on show.
In hardcover there’s The Pictorial Guide to British 1950s Sci-Fi and Horror Comics which I’ll let Lew Stringer tell you all about, Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes which sounds completely insane, and the Grant Morrison penned Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens in which an aliens invade earth in the time of the dinosaurs. Newsarama have a preview.
A handful of #1s to mention, maybe you’d like to stick them on your standing order. Here we go:
Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1 (of 4) by Gilbert Hernandez is about a new drug that turns its users into zombies, and only Fatima can stop it. Dark Horse has a preview. (Semi-related in that it briefly features a different Hernandez although none of this has anything to do with the above: Brian Ralph (Daybreak) went to Heroes Con and delivered this perfect con report. Laffs.)
Kick-Ass‘ Hit-Girl gets her very own four-part miniseries with the first issue hitting the shelves this Wednesday. Mark Millar talks to Comicbook Resources about it here. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning launch their new ongoing with Hypernaturals #1, and talk about it at CbR, who also have a preview. And, lastly, there’s another Before Watchmen title to add to the pile. Nite Owl #1 (of 4) is by J. Michael Straczynski, art by Andy Kubert. I thought we were all agreed that doing sex in the owl ship is now kind of a ruined embarrassment after the film, so I don’t know why this is their third issue’s cover.