Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs & Comics Launch Party

This November we will be celebrating  the publication of the long-awaited and very successfully-kickstartered Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs, & Comics by Tim Pilcher (author of Erotic Comics: A Graphic History and a variety of books on drug culture). Here’s what Tim has to say about it:

“Comics were undoubtedly in my blood from day one. I had ‘four colour funnies’ running through my veins before I’d even heard the expression. Cut me and I bled cyan, magenta, yellow and black. I inhaled the musty smell of old comics, as if they were perfume. I sweated Indian ink and I came in process white. It was my destiny to work in comics.”

As a life-long comic fan I finally achieved my dream job working for my favourite comics publisher, DC Comics, in 1993. However, I was completely unprepared for the sheer hedonism that was to follow.

Timed to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of Vertigo, this memoir explores how I became the first British member of the DC editorial staff, and the comics professionals and celebrities I met on the way up and down, including Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan, Jamie Hewlett, Mark Millar, Garth Ennis, Philip Bond, Glyn Dillon, Jonathan Ross, The Spice Girls, Blur, Adam Ant, and many, many more. It reveals the crazy halcyon days of the British comics publishing, and blows the lid off the debauchery and excess that was part and parcel of the industry.

Candid, uncensored and revealing: this is the completely unofficial and unendorsed story of DC Comic’s infamous Vertigo UK office written by one who was the heart of the drug-fuelled creative whirlwind. Everything you’ve heard is true. But you’ve only heard of half of it.”


The book, which has a lovely cover designed by Rian Hughes, will be retailing at £15.00. Sounds good to you? If it does and you can’t wait to find out what *exactly* happened in those DC UK offices, pop down to the launch on Tuesday, November 12th, from 7pm to 9pm. Take part in some modern-day debauchery and raise a glass of wine and/or a bottle of beer with Tim (but be careful not to get it on our lovely books, please)!

If you can’t make it but want a scribbled-in copy of the book, send us an email to, and we’ll reserve you one.

Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale Of Sex, Drugs & Comics
Launch Party
November 12 from 7pm to pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR 

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