Antony Johnston will be joining us to celebrate the launch of The Coldest Winter, sequel to his excellent (soon to be a major motion picture) cold war thriller The Coldest City. Proceedings kick of from 7-9pm on Friday the 9th December! And we’ll have a special Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition of the book to boot!
A Gosh! favourite writer, Antony has been a fixture of the UK comics scene for years. From his early genre-bending works at Oni, through long-running post-apocalyptic saga Wasteland and now in his Image series The Fuse and Codename: Baboushka, his work has been a constant fixture on our shelves.
But possibly his greatest success came with The Coldest City, a 2012 graphic novel drawn by Sam Hart set in the twilight of Cold War-era East Berlin. After a British agent is killed while carrying a list of all the agents on both sides currently working in the city, experienced spy Lorraine Broughton must recover the information while negotiating the complex espionage politics of a city she has no knowledge of. It was a brilliant thriller, quickly picked up for adaptation into the film which will be released in 2017, starring Charlize Theron & James McAvoy.
So the time is perfect for the release of The Coldest Winter, a prequel set 8 years before the events of Coldest City. The new book focuses on the backstory of David Perceval, who appears in The Coldest City as the British station chief in Berlin. He’s not exactly a nice guy in TCC, which was part of the attraction for Johnston: “I specifically wanted to show how he became the sort of person he is in The Coldest City, because he’s not a very likable character there. It was very much about finding that character and making him sympathetic, because in The Coldest City, he’s not very sympathetic at all.”
The new book is illustrated by Steve Perkins who brings a kinetic style to proceedings, better suited to this more action-oriented story. And we’re thrilled to say that Perkins has also provided us with an all-new full-colour illustration for our exclusive bookplate edition, which you can pick up on the night or preorder here!
Antony will be with us for signing, beer and bubbles from 7-9pm on Friday the 9th December, adding a bit of wintery flavour to the pre-Christmas period. Take a break from your shopping and pop in to get a signed copy! Can’t make it on the night? Drop and email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a reservation or a mail order.
Keep up with any updates over at the Facebook event here.