Gosh! is very proud to announce that all through March we’ll be running a series of top-class events, all focused on British comics publishers & creators – be they small or large – as well as highlighting a British comics artist or publisher we love every day on the blog. Welcome to the GOSH! BRITISH COMICS MONTH!
We’ll be starting with:
THE SELFMADE HERO SPRING PARTY
First up, we have a Selfmade Hero Spring Party, featuring ILYA, Mark Stafford, and Reinhard Kleist. ILYA and Stafford are both well-known faces of the UK comics scene and have launched their respective books Room For Love and The Man Who Laughs (written by David Hine) here at Gosh! late last year. Now they will be here again to sign and chat to fans, with Reinhard Kleist, German cartoonist and creator of the ever-popular comic biographies Johnny Cash and Castro. Kleist has turned his beautiful brush-work style to his new book, The Boxer: a biography of Hertzko Haft, a native Pole who survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and later emigrated to the Unites States to become a professional boxer. There’s some info on it here. The book will be available from Gosh! on the day of the launch, and Kleist will be here to sign & chat. On top of that, there will be refreshments of the alcoholic sort, to emphasise the “Party” in “Spring Party”. Let’s hope the weather will emphasise the “Spring” part, too.
The Selfmade Hero Spring Party will take place on Friday, the 7th of March, from 7pm to 9pm. Also, from the 3rd through to the 9th of March, customers will be able to get 25% off all Selfmade Hero books!
GREAT BEAST SPRING PARTY
Great Beast is a UK indie publisher run by dream-team Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby, both with long runs of diary comics under their belts (The Everyday and Ellerbisms, respectively). GB’s roster includes a veritable who’s who of faces at UK conventions: Robert Ball, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (current artist on Tank Girl), Dan Berry (also host of the excellent Make It Then Tell Everybody series of podcasts about cartoonists’ process), John Riordan & Dan Cox, John Cei Douglas, and Isabel Greenberg, whose book The Encyclopedia of Early Earth recently made it unto the New York Times Bestseller list. Of course Cadwell’s and Ellerby’s more action-based new series, Blood Blokes and Chloe Noonan, are also on the list of these tasty, tasty offerings. The entire GB team will be descending upon us for the evening for chatting, drinking, signing, and possibly more drinking. Great Beast’s website is here to peruse.
To celebrate this explosion of UK indie talent, we’ll be popping the bottles of fizzy wine again on Friday, the 14th of March, from 7pm to 9pm.
LUKE PEARSON’S HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND SIGNING & LAUNCH DAY
Out this March from Flying Eye Books (NoBrow’s children’s line), is the long-awaited fourth part of Eisner-nominated Luke Pearson’s lovely Hilda stories. This time round, Hilda and her otherworldly friends find themselves dealing with alternate realities and a looming, mysterious dark spectre skulking through the streets of Trolberg. More info on the book can be found here. There will be an all-ages signing for munchkin fans of the series in the afternoon, and a launch party for the mature fans to clink glasses and raise the roof (not literally, please, we like our roof), in the evening. Luke will also be doing a window painting for us throughout the day, because he’s lovely like that.
The event is on Saturday, the 15th of March, with the all-ages signing running from 2pm to 3pm and the launch party running, as per usual, from 7pm to 9pm.
PROCESS PRESENTS: BLANK SLATE TALK
Our Steven runs a monthly night called Process, where working and aspiring comics artists and writers get together and (you’ve probably guessed it by now) talk about their work process. As part of British Comics Month, March will see a Blank Slate themed affair, with Darryl Cunningham (Science Tales, Uncle Bob Adventures), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) and Lizz Lunney (Take Away), all talking about their own comics-making methods, chaired by Woodrow Phoenix. Creators will also be available to sign books after the talk!
Process presents: Blank Slate will be taking place on Friday, March 21st, and run from 7.30pm to 9pm. There are limited seats available, so get here in good time!
March 22nd is International Hellboy Day! Dark Horse is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mike Mignola’s creation with a hardcover retrospective, a sampler issue for new readers, and events across the world. At Gosh!, we’re joining the celebrations by having all British Hellboy creators under one roof! Laurence Campbell, Duncan Fegredo, and Mick McMahon will be here to sign YOUR copies. Some more information on Hellboy Day here. Gosh! will also announce an exclusive print to come soon!
Hellboy Day takes place on Saturday, March the 22nd, and the signing runs from 2pm to 3pm.
British Comics Institution 2000AD doesn’t really need an introduction to all you comics lovers out there, and so, without further ado, here’s the facts: Dan Abnett, Tom Eglington, Simon Coleby, Simon Davis and Smudge will be here to sign for fans, and 2000AD will ALSO be launching the PROG 1874 issue – billed as a jumping-on point for new readers! So if you’ve always wanted to read 2000AD and never have, or used to and fell out of the habit, here’s a chance for you to make good on that promise to yourself and start picking up the magazine without any confusion. JOB DONE.
The signing takes place on Wednesday, March 26th, and runs from 6pm to 7pm.
KATE EVANS’ BUMP LAUNCH PARTY
Myriad Editions have a string of unconventional graphic novels under their belt, including one of our favourites, Science Tales by Darryl Cunningham. Now they’re publishing Bump by Kate Evans (called the most original talent in comics he’s seen in a long time by Steve Bell), a book all about the ins-and-outs and gooey details of conception, pregnancy, and birthing. There some more information on the Myriad website for it here.
The launch party takes place on Friday, March 28th, and runs from 7pm to 9pm. There will be drinks!
KEVIN O’NEILL SIGNING
EDIT (25/03/14): We’re sorry to announce that due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Alan Moore can no longer attend this signing. Kevin O’Neill, however, will still be signing in store from 2pm to 4pm.
In true style, we end with a hell of a bang rather than a whimper: the wonderfully talented Kevin O’Neill will be at Gosh! all day, signing copies of Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, out from Knockabout. ROB is a continuation of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, following last year’s Nemo: Heart of Ice tale, which focuses on the adventures of science-fiction brigand Janni Nemo. This time Janni has to travel to a Berlin occupied by the dictator Adenoid Hynkel to save her loved ones, who have been taken hostage by a mysterious but familiar enemy. Heavily influenced by Expressionist German Cinema of the Weimar Republic, this Nemo is a thrilling ride through shadows, totalitarian nightmares, and mechanical monsters. Here’s some more info and some preview images from Down The Tubes.
The signing takes place on Saturday, March the 29th, and will be running from 2pm to 6pm. It is advised to get there early, as the queue tends grow to huge proportions and often has to be capped!
Running alongside all of these, we also have our regular monthly event round-up:
Wednesday, 5th of March, 7-9pm
PROCESS has invited artists from London’s contemporary comics publisher Breakdown Press to talk about their methods. Featuring Breakdown Press artists Joe Kessler (Windowpane), Antoine Cossé, and Zoe Taylor, as well as Tom Oldham and Simon Hacking, who run the publisher.
Wednesday, 12th of March, 7-9pm
Comics Goship!, the monthly comics book club that takes place at Gosh!, also looks at Breakdown Press as part of a British Boutique Publishers session. The group will be discussing Klaus by Richard Short from BDP, Show Me The Map Of Your Heart by John Cei Douglas from Great Beast, and The Festival by Jazz Greenhill from Avery Hill Publishing.
Tuesday, 18th of March, 7pm-8.30pm
CITY LIT TALK with John Miers: City Lit, the Centre for Adult Learning, will be holding another talk on Graphic Storytelling at Gosh!, hosted by the excellent John Miers. You will be able to purchase tickets through their website soon (we’ll announce it here!).