The Gosh! Authority 18/01/17

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Big news of the week is our upcoming 2000 AD 40th Anniversary signing with Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill! We’ll be hosting these two titans of British comics on Friday the 10th of February, 6-7pm. They’ll also be launching their new prose collaboration, Read Em And Weep Book One: Serial Killer, and our 12th and final 30th Anniversary print, Nemesis the Warlock!

The print will go on sale at the event, and retails for £35. We’re not taking preorders on this one, but we’ll hold a small number back for online order after the signing. On-sale at 11am on Saturday the 11th February.

Our 2017 events schedule kicks back into life this week with a Process session featuring the incredible Ronald Wimberly this Wednesday at 7.30pm. With Ronald’s wide body of work, including creating the critically acclaimed Prince Of Cats (recently re-mastered and re-released), illustrating Sentences: The Life Of M.F. Grimm and doing guest spots on titles as diverse as Lucifer, Prophet and She-Hulk, this should prove to be a pretty illuminating talk.

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30th Anniversary Print #12 – Nemesis the Warlock by Kevin O’Neill

Please Note: This item will be released in-store on Friday the 10th February for our Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill signing. Some copies will be held for on-line release on at 11am on Saturday the 11th February.

For our 12th and final 30th Anniversary print, we’ve gone with a British classic: a vintage Kevin O’Neill illustration of one his signature characters, Nemesis the Warlock, presented in association with the good folks at 2000 AD!

Crazy to think it, but Gosh started just 9 years after the launch of 2000 AD (The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, don’t you know), and it’s been a fixture on our shelves ever since, in both its weekly form and in the ever-growing range of TP collections.

Kevin O’Neill, one of the most visionary, creative voices to have ever come out of UK comics, has also been a ever-present artistic force throughout our history. The crazed Metalzoic was first published in our first year of trading, then on through the barb-wire brilliance of Marshal Law and of course that perennial best-seller the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (returning someday soon!)

And of course Kevin is also known for those earliest days of 2000 AD and the characters he drew then, none more so than Nemesis the Warlock, one of the magazine’s most adored cast members. So what better way to mark the end of our run of prints than a portrait of Nemesis by Kevin?

Originally drawn as an in-house ad, then reused in both the Eagle Comics reprints and again for the cover of the 2013 Deviant Edition hardcover, we’ve gone back to the original black and white art to create a beautiful screenprint!

Signed by Kevin O’Neill and limited to just 100 copies, the screenprint retails for £35. It is A3 (42.0 x 59.4cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches) and printed on 270gsm Mohawk Superfine acid-free & archival paper.

The print will launch in-store at our Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill signing on Friday, 10th February. A small number will be held back for online purchase, available at 11am on Saturday, 11th February.

2000 AD 40th Anniversary Signing- Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill

Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill will be here to sign on Friday the 10th February from 6-7pm. Don’t miss this one, folks!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, the good folks at 2000 AD are throwing a massive celebratory convention! The Forty Years of Thrill-Power Festival takes place at the Novotel London West on Saturday the 11th February from 10am – 7pm, and should be one hell of a knees-up, with luminaries from throughout the entire history of the seminal sci-fi anthology. Sadly the event is now sold out, but keep an eye out here in case of any news.

Not content to just sit on the sidelines, we wanted to get on board with celebrating this milestone by getting together two of the creators instrumental in the magazine’s success: Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill!

The influence of the pair on 2000 AD (and beyond) is immeasurable, whether it be in the pages of ABC Warriors and Nemesis the Warlock, or editorial acts such as introducing creator credits in British comics. That fruitful collaboration continued elsewhere with the creation of ultimate anti-hero Marshal Law, and into present day with crime novel Read Em and Weep Book One: Serial Killer.

Launching at the festival, Read ‘Em and Weep is a darkly comedic prose thriller set in the 70’s, co-authored by Mills & O’Neill: “Can a man-child comic book editor who hates everyone be a hero? You bet! Dave Maudling, the Liquorice Detective, isn’t just a fur-obsessed, confectionary-munching loser. He is also a SERIAL KILLER. But everything is about to change–for the worst.” We’ll have copies available on the night!

We’ll also be launching the latest and final of our 30th Anniversary prints: a beautiful Nemesis the Warlock Screenprint! It releases on the day, and we’ll have a small number held back for online orders on Saturday 11th February from 11am.

Pat & Kevin will be here from 6-7pm on Friday the 10th February. If you can’t make it along but would like to get something signed, email us on info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order. Keep an eye of the Facebook event for updates.

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When I’m A Mummy Like You Launch Party

David O’Connell and Francesca Gambatesa will be here to launch their new book, When I’m A Mummy Like You, on Thursday the 9th February from 7-9pm!

David & Francesca were the creative team behind one of last year’s most heart-warming kids books, When I’m A Monster Like You, Dad. They’ve re-teamed for a new book from publishers Harpercollins which puts the spotlight on a relationship between a mother and her daughter, a neat companion piece that also has its own unique message.

Every child wants to be just like their mummy and do all the exciting things that grown-ups do. But is being a mummy really that much fun? Or can being small be just as special? Maybe they can both be wonderful, if you do them together.

David O’Connell is a writer and illustrator living in London, UK. His favorite things to draw are monsters, naughty children, batty old ladies and evil cats. He loves comics too, and has had work published in anthologies such as Birdsong, Solipsistic Pop, Paper Science and Accent UK, as well as his own webcomic, TozoDavid edited ink+PAPER, a biannual anthology combining comics and the graphic arts. He is the creator of the Monster & Chips series and illustrator on the Creature Teachers book series. His writing credits include Jampireswith illustrator Sarah McIntyre, and When I’m A Monster Like You, Dad.

Francesca Gambatesa is an Italian illustrator and animator based in London. She was born in Lebanon, grew up in Rome and got her animation degree at the Italian National film school C.S.C. She’s worked as an animator and art director for children TV series, internet productions and feature films between Italy and the UK. Animation and design work include BBC series Wee Wise Words, Jiles Andreae’s The World of Happy and end credit sequence of feature film Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang. Her recent illustration work is for Penguin Young Readers, Usborne Books and Zanichelli Editore. She illustrated the kids book series Recipe For Adventure by Giada de Laurentiis.

David and Francesca will be here to toast the release of When I’m A Mummy Like You on Thursday, 9th February from 7-9pm. Keep up with any updates on the Facebook event page.

Come down and grab yourself a signed copy, or possibly get a copy signed for the mummy in your life. (*cough Mother’s Day 18th March cough*) If you can’t make it down but would like to get a signed copy, drop us an email to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

Process Plus – Ronald Wimberly

In a bonus slice of our semi-regular Process event – getting into the nuts and bolts of comics – we’re delighted to be welcoming Ronald Wimberly to the shop to talk about his comics work on Wednesday, the 18th January from 7.30-9pm.

Wimberly has a wide body of work, including creating the critically acclaimed Prince Of Cats (recently re-mastered and re-released), illustrating Sentences: The Life Of M.F. Grimm and doing guest spots on titles as diverse as Lucifer, Prophet and She-Hulk.

We’re also excited about his upcoming book from Image to celebrate Black History Month in February: Black History In It’s Own Words is a collection of portraits and illustrations of black luminaries from the US accompanied by quotes that reflect their experiences within society. And we’re lucky enough to have had Ronald do a limited bookplate for us that you can pre-order now.

If you can’t make it along on the night but would like to get a copy of Prince of Cats signed then drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order. Keep up with any event updates on the Process Facebook event here.

The Gosh! Authority! 11/01/17

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You may have missed our announcement earlier in the week but we’re hosting a cavalcade of creators for the launch of CBSP: Deep Space Canine on Friday the 17th February, from 7-9pm! The book looks incredible and we hope you’ll join us!

Now, are we all recovered and back in the swing of things? Or near enough? Great, because we’re pleased to say that comic deliveries are now back on track, and everything will be out on the shelves first thing Wednesday. Phew!

Have you ever laid awake at nights and wondered “What were the top 100 selling books in Gosh last year? By units sold, I mean, not total sales value.” Well your sleepless nights are over! This week we posted up just such a list, and you can sate your curiousity right here.

Onto the comics:

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CBSP: Deep Space Canine Launch Party

We’re hosting a cavalcade of creators for the launch of CBSP: Deep Space Canine on Friday the 17th February, from 7-9pm!

The British Comics Award-nominated Comic Book Slumber Party are back! After a brief hiatus, we’re thrilled to see the return of one of our favourite UK comics collectives, now partnered up with the good folks of Avery Hill. It’s a match made in the heavens, appropriate enough given the subject matter of the new CBSP anthology: DEEP SPACE CANINE!
 CBSP mascot Greasy has hit the spaceways with only her robot pal for company. But sometimes it’s good to have a Cybernetic Unit Normally for Troubleshooting at your side, as Greasy discovers on her increasingly bizarre and profane journey.

“Edited by Hannah K. Chapman, and with contributions from Katriona Chapman, Lucy Haslam, Lize Meddings, Honey Parast, Becca Tobin, Alice Urbino, Beth Wood and Jenn Woodall, CBSP: Deep Space Canine explores strange new worlds, discovers wild new civilisations, and solves the age old problem – what to do when you’ve lost your best pair of knickers.”

What indeed? Come on down and find out! We’ll have a full house of talent, plus free drinks to settle those space-nerves. The party starts here (and who knows where after that), on Friday the 17th February from 7-9pm. Join the Facebook event for any updates.

Can’t make it along but would like a signed copy? Drop us an email to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order.

Top 100 Book Sales Chart 2016

Here it is, the breakdown of our top 100 selling books for 2016! This includes all scanning TPs, GNs, kids books and so on (so no single issues), and position is ranked by units sold. As ever, a number of pleasant surprises in here alongside predictable placings for perennials and new titles (a number of which were given a substantial boost with events, bookplates, signed copies and so on). So if scanning through lists floats your boat as much as it does ours, enjoy!

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