Shaun here, back in the hot seat again as I stand in for regular host Steve who is enjoying a spot of time off. For those of you who may have missed it we’ll kick things off with news of the latest Gosh! event.
Coming up this Friday (the 7th) Gosh! will be playing host to the launch party for Fumio Obata’s Just so Happens. It’s a beautiful book, and the fun begins at 7pm. See you all there. Look out for more information on our lovely bookplate later this week!
The first SelfMadeHero book of the year hits Gosh! shelves this week. From writer LF Bollée. Terra Australis tells the epic tale of the voyage the first fleet underwent, sailing out of London to Port Jackson, Australia. An ambitious graphic novel told through the haunting illustrations of Philippe Nicloux.
Line of Fire (Diary of An Unknown Soldier) is a remarkable book. Artist Barroux was walking the streets of Paris one morning when he made an incredible discovery: the diary of a soldier from the First World War. Rescuing the diary from a rubbish heap Barroux brought the words of the 100 year old book to life. This is living history seen through the eyes of one unknown man.
Part parody, part autobiography. Alone forever is the brutally honest, frank, funny and at times heartbreaking book from writer illustrator Liz Prince.
Captain Rugged is a multimedia graphic novel from the team of Keziah Jones and Native Maqari. From the captains birthplace in the illegal water settlement of Makokp through to the hectic bus stations of Ovalende, this book will pull you across the city of Lagos as you bear witness to the hero’s adventures. Each book also contains a download code for Keziah Jones’ accompanying album.
Two new releases this week in Fantagraphics’ handsome EC creator-spotlight series. Firstly, Zero Hour and Other Stories sees illustrator Jack Kamen use his clean but lush style to twist readers expectations in a series of dark and gripping sci-fi comics. Then artist Graham Ingels lets the Old Witch from the pages of EC comics to let her act as hostess to a ghastly collection of gruesome short comics in Sucker Bait and Other Stories. Even sixty years on Ingels grisly pages still hold the power to shock and delight in equal measure. Not for the faint of heart, but anyone feeling brave is dared to look inside.
Speaking of EC, Dark Horse bring us a new EC Archive with Vault of Horror Volume 3. This terrifying tome showcases twenty-four tales from such all-star artists as Jack Davis, George Evans, Graham Ingels, Jack Kamen and many more, and matches the format of earlier volumes in the series released some years ago by Gemstone.
Yo La Tengo, the kings of alternative rock, have their first vinyl figurine set release this week. The Yo La Tengo: Tree set comes with a DVD of original animation and the full set of three figurines.Cartoonist Jim Woodring, creator of the anthropomorphic character Frank, was the artist and designer behind both the animation and set. Jim Woodring also designed the beautiful packaging for the range which includes a bonus comic on the back.
Kamala Khan was just an ordinary girl – until she suddenly finds herself empowered with remarkable gifts. Marvel comics along with writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Sara Pichelli return a legend to the Marvel universe. Ms. Marvel #1 brings the hero back in a radical new way.
The God of Mischief isn’t a kid anymore. Loki is all grown up. From writer Al Ewing and with art courtesy of Lee Garbett, Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 looks to take Marvels most treacherous and charming character on his biggest adventure yet.
Weapon X gets a new costume and a whole new number one this week in the form of the relaunched Wolverine #1 from Writer Paul Cornell and artist Ryan Stegman. In this debut story arc, “Payback” we find our hero working for a crime boss called the Offer. How and why Logan has ended up in this situation are unclear, but we’re excited to discover the answers.
Marvel have gotten the powerhouse creative team behind Image hit The Activity to bring their brand of real, modern combat to the Marvel Universe. Writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads bring the heat in Frank Castle’s one man war on crime. Don’t miss the explosive first issue of all new Punisher.
Manhattan is thrown in to chaos after a sporting event goes horribly wrong. Two seemingly bulletproof wrestlers are on a reign of terror. We need to get the Lobster. Lobster Johnson that is. Writers extraordinaire Mike Mignola and John Arcudi along side artist Tonci Zonijic are behind this latest adventure, Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster #1.
Writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Meghan Hetrick-Murante will be making you ask the question who is the Joker’s Daughter in this brand new series Batman: Joker’s Daughter. This issue will tell the sordid tale of the life of one of DC’s newest villains.
A whole heap of talent is crammed into the pages of DC Comics Presents Harley Quinn #1. From writers such as Paul Dini, Maris Wicks and artists Bruce Timm and Rob Haynes. This is a must have collection of Harley Quinn stories for old and new fans alike.
Another week and another great looking new series from Image. This time from the creative team of Siddharth Kotian (on art) and J Michael Straczynski (taking writing duties), unleashing Apocalypse Al onto the world. The first issue in this new miniseries sees private detective Alison Carter take on her toughest case yet, the kind of case that’s going to take her into the very heart of darkness itself.
Dynamite Entertainment lead off their week with the first of their Gold Key titles. Writer Greg Pak and artist Mirko Colak will be handling creative roles on Turok Dinosaur Hunter # 1. Pak explains the direction they are taking in the book in “‘Turok’ is the story of a young Native American who is essentially exiled from his tribe. He’s an outcast for reasons that we will explore. He doesn’t belong anywhere, and into this world come the dinosaurs. It turns everything on its head, and our hero will end up having to decide who he’s going to stand with, and who he’s going to stand against, in a world turned upside down by the arrival of dinosaurs.”
Valiant Comics is proud to present Archer & Armstrong: Archer #0. With a story from Fred Van Lente and gorgeous by Pere Perez this is a perfect chance to jump onto one of the most fun comics on the stands and get into the resurgance of Valiant Comics.
Acclaimed Sandman writer Neil Gaiman has a revolutionary new show coming up at the London Barbican. Gaiman will be giving a live reading of his story The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains. The reading will be accompanied by live music from string quartet FourPlay as well as illustrations from artist Eddie Campbell (From Hell).
As some of you may know, our Steve (usually upstairs, bearded, big hair) does a weekly podcast with his pal Jack called South London Hardcore. It’s a celebration of life and history South of the River but they’ve managed to fit a fair few comics-related episodes into their 100+ run of shows. They’ve talked to creators like Alan Moore, Owen D. Pomery, Richy K. Chandler and Lord Hurk as well as a chat with the team at Avery Hill Publishing about their Small Press output. They visited a Zine Fest in New Cross and did a whole episode about comics in South London and South London in comics. This week they’re joined by Kevin O’Neill to talk about his time at IPC Magazines, having no fun in the Juvenile Humour Department and happier times with his key role in the early days of 2000AD. This included drawing Tharg on the cover of Prog #1, drawing the first ever future shock and helping to design the very look of Tharg himself. They also talk about his work on strips such as Ro-Busters, Nemesis The Warlock and Marshal Law with Pat Mills and his more recent work with Alan Moore on the epic world of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Have a listen here.
And that’s it from me! Steve will resume normal service next week, fresh back from his oyster-shucking holiday in Whitstable.