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In addition to throwing a party for the new collection of Tom Gauld’s Guardian cartoons we’re also doing another bookplate edition. Word to the wise: the Goliath bookplates disappeared very, very quickly so if you’d like to secure a copy of this one you’d best be quick! Here’s the spiel on the deal:
“New York Times Magazine cartoonist Tom Gauld follows up his widely praised graphic novel Goliath with You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, a collection of cartoons made for The Guardian. Over the past eight years, Gauld has produced a weekly cartoon for the Saturday Review section of Britain’s most well regarded newspaper. Only a handful of comics from this huge and hilarious body of work have ever been printed in North America – exclusively within the pages of the prestigious Believer magazine. You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack distils perfectly Gauld’s dark humor, impeccable timing, and distinctive style. Arrests by the fiction police and fictional towns designed by Tom Waits intermingle hilariously with piercing observations about human behavior and whimsical imaginings of the future. Again and again, Tom Gauld reaffirms his position as a first rank cartoonist, creating work infused with a deep understanding of both literary and cartoon history.”
We’ve got a preview copy of the book doing the rounds in the staffroom and can thus confirm it is a properly beautiful book, made all the nicer with our Gosh! exclusive bookplate. Tom produced all-new art just for this purpose so you won’t find it anywhere else. Only 200 copies exist, signed and numbered by Tom himself (who popped in with his pens and signed them in the office) and once they’re gone, they’re gone. They’re the regular cover price of £12.99 and if you’d like to reserve a copy, bung us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort it out. We can mail them anywhere in the world, too, as long as you’ve got a PayPal account. Here’s the breakdown on postage costs:
USA/Australia/New Zealand: £9.00
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If you’re a fan of Ian Culbard and already have a copy of The Mountains of Madness bookplate edition in your collection you’ll be glad to know there’s a brand new thing that requires your immediate attention, wallet-wise. Dan Abnett and Culbard‘s eight-part Vertigo series The New Deadwardians is out in trade paperback and we’ve got an exclusive Gosh! bookplate to go with it:
Set in post-Victorian England, nearly everyone in the upper class has voluntarily become a vampire to escape the lower classes who are all zombies. Thrust into this mayhem is Chief Inspector George Suttle, a lonely detective who’s got the slowest beat in London: investigating murders in a world where everyone is already dead! But when the body of a young aristocrat washes up on the banks of the Thames, Suttle’s quest for the truth will take him from the darkest sewers to the gleaming halls of power, and reveal the rotten heart at the center of this strange world.
Abnett spoke to USA Today about it back when it was starting and there’s a preview here.
We’ve got 200 bookplate editions signed by both Abnett and Culbard for no more than the cover price of £10.99. If you’d like one reserved or if you’d like to arrange a mail order send us an email to email@example.com and we’ll sort it out for you. Postage is a flat-rate of £5 within the UK, £5.50 to Europe, £7.80 to the USA and Canada, and £8 to Australia and NZ (if you’re elsewhere let me know and I’ll get a quote for you).
Will Morris‘ debut graphic novel The Silver Darlings has arrived just in time for Christmas. If you wandered past the shop when our Nelson window paintings were up you will already be acquainted with the guy’s work. It’s very, very good.
Here’s Blank Slate Books’ blurb:
Ayrshire, 1967. It’s avid photographer Danny’s last summer in his home town before he heads off to Glasgow and to college. But before he leaves the ailing fishing community he has a long week in prospect on board his dad’s fishing boat, The Silver Darling.
Uninspired by the family business and with a head full of modern ideas, Danny decides to challenge the crew’s superstitions and bring ‘a spirit of enlightenment’ to his week at sea. But by taking aboard a strictly forbidden cargo, Danny gets more than he bargained for and learns a few lessons of his own.
We’ve got 200 signed and numbered editions for no more than the cover price of £9.99 each. If you’d like one held aside or if you’d like to arrange a mail order, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve got a flat-rate postage fee of £5 within the UK (so if you’d like to add other stuff to the pile it will cost you no more in postage). Let me know if you’re elsewhere and I’ll give you a quote.
We get a lot of emails asking what signed stuff we’ve got in at the moment so we thought we’d do a big round-up blog post. If you’re looking for signed editions to stick under the Christmas tree you’ll probably find something you like here. Chances are good — we’ve got all sorts of things. Lots and lots of things. I should know — my thumb and I took all the pictures.
There are details on mail order and reservations down the bottom. Remember, if you’re in the UK we do a flat-rate postage fee of £5 so you can have all of these posted to you in one massive parcel for no more than five quid postage. You are very welcome to make the most of it.
Here we go:
Signed by Kate Beaton:
A different sketch in every copy of Kate Beaton‘s very excellent Hark! A Vagrant. Lots of Beaton fans about to grab one before they go. It’s £12.99.
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Gosh! favourite Luke Pearson (Everything We Miss) is back with another volume of Hilda stories. Here’s what Nobrow says:
Getting used to life in Trolberg is proving difficult for Hilda. Weeks after moving to the city with her mother, the diminutive adventurer is still missing the wonder-filled valleys and magical friends that surrounded their old home in the fjords. Peering out of her new bedroom window onto the crowded streets below, Hilda longs for her old adventures and wonders if she’ll ever fit in into this new, much less exciting place.
Things start to look up when Hilda learns that it’s the day of Trolberg’s annual Bird Parade, a spectacular carnival in which crowds people from all over the city gather to match the streets in colourful, awe-inspiring plumage. Eager to see the festival together that evening, Hilda’s mum lets Hilda go out to be shown around the neighbourhood with her new schoolmates. Unfortunately for Hilda, she soon finds out her new friends aren’t all they are cracked up to be when they take delight in throwing stones into a tree of birds.
As a poor raven falls injured from the tree, Hilda rushes to the rescue. Determined to nurse it back to health, Hilda quickly discovers that this particular bird is no ordinary feathered friend. First of all, he can talk. Second of all, he’s lost his memory — including his ability to fly! And to make matters even more complicated, the other children have run away leaving Hilda stranded with no idea of how to get back to her house.
Together, Hilda and her strange new friend embark on a quest home. Along the way they encounter all manner of bizarre creatures from outcast Trolls to ferocious Salt Lions and deadly Rat Kings and Hilda discovers that maybe the city is not so boring after all. As they go, it becomes clear that the amnesiac raven has an important mission to attend to… if only he could remember what it could be.
Will the secret truth be revealed amongst the multi-coloured floats of the Bird Parade? Join Hilda in her latest adventure to find out.
Pearson has a preview.
We’ve got 200 signed and numbered bookplate editions here for no more than the cover price of £11.95 each. If you’d like to have one reserved or arrange a mail order just send us an email to email@example.com and we’ll sort one out for you.
Decades of the Crumbs’ collaborative dirty laundry comics are collected in this hefty and beautifully produced hardcover from Knockabout.
Who could have imagined that in 1972, when Aline Kominsky, a Long Island escapee and bodaciously talented artist, broke her foot one rainy fall day, it would result in the most unique collaboration in comics history? Laid up in her house, she was persuaded by R. Crumb, her nerdy, neurotic boyfriend, to pass the time drawing together a “two-man” comic. The result is a jaw-dropping yet tender account, not only of the joys and challenges of a legendary marriage but also of the obstacles faced by struggling female artists. In Drawn Together, our foremost male-female cartooning couple recall their success at shocking America with Weirdo Magazine, the life-altering birth of their precocious daughter Sophie, and their astonishing move to the safe haven of France. With an irresistible introduction and a striking four-color section, Drawn Together becomes a graphic cause-célèbre and a must-have for any comics devotee.
The Crumbs came into Gosh! this week to drop off their signed bookplates. Here’s one of them:
And here they are themselves at our wee shop:
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Here’s the highly recommended first volume of Saga, Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples‘ (North 40) sci-fi thing that’s turned out to be one of the best comics of the year. We’ve got an exclusive bookplate edition with all-new Fiona Staples art to push your way and yes, we are fully aware that the actual book is already out this week. Ha ha. Yeeeah.
(No really, we had this all under control and on time and then it went wrong at the printer. But now all we’ve just got to get Staples to sign the bookplates at some point in her busy comic convention schedule. It will be with us very shortly. Probably by the end of the month. Sorry for the delay.)
SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”
Here’s The Beat’s glowing review of the first issue. Issues #1 to #6 are collected in this trade paperback so if you’re yet to jump on board, now’s a good time – issue #7 isn’t out yet so you’ll be entirely up to date. There’s a mildly spoilery interview with both of them at
io9 and one just with Vaughan at Comicbook Resources. Back before the first issue had even landed Vaughan was so confident he was onto a winner that he said if you didn’t like it you could post the comic back to him and he’d refund you the three bucks. The offer, apparently, still stands.
Our exclusive bookplate edition is limited to just 200 copies, all signed by Fiona Staples, for no more than the regular cover price of £7.50. If you’d like to preorder a copy or arrange a mail order send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort it out for you.
A Rob Liefeld title isn’t usually the kind of thing that gets top billing here at Gosh! but when it’s rejigged by someone like Brandon Graham (King City) it’s a whole different story. The mind-bendingly bizarre new series starts with issue #21, illustrated by Simon Roy, and picks up where the original series left off, though as this review points out: you don’t need to know anything about the previous issues going into this one. “And actually,” he continues, “it’s probably beneficial as it prevents the possibility of bad art flashbacks.” So consider it a whole new thing. It’s more like something Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Incal) might have written for Heavy Metal magazine back in the 80s. Or, closer to home, it could be the work of Gosh! alumni, Jonathan Chandler (Primitive Man).
On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakens from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. But, news of the Empire’s return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos.
In an interview with Comicbook Resources Graham says he can pretty much do whatever he likes with the story. “I like that the idea is open enough that I can play it as sci-fi and also move it far away from modern day and still keep the same Rip Van Winkle theme,” he says. We’re massive fans of it here and and foisted copies hither and thither, occasionally just to explain why we’ve shouted “Now – mate with me, human!” across the shop floor.
The first trade paperback collection hits the shelves this Wednesday (#21 – #26) and we’ve got a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition to brag about, costing no more than the regular cover price of £7.50. Brandon Graham has done us an all-new piece of art for the occasion and there’s only 200 signed and bookplated copies in the world. If you’d like to reserve one, or arrange a mail order, send us an email at email@example.com. Postage is a flat-rate of £5 within the UK, elsewhere depends on the weight of the thing.
You know the drill.
To celebrate the trade paperback collection of the new book by the best-selling and award-winning team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Sleeper, Criminal, Incognito) we’re throwing another party in the shop! It’s the book that features guns, sex, secret cults, and monsters. You like those things, right? Then you should like Fatale.
Surrounded by his own original art exhibition will be one Sean Phillips signing books (of which there will be plenty). We’ll even have a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition of Fatale going for no more than the cover price of £10.99. As for the book itself – did you miss it in issue form? Here’s what you can expect:
Warren Ellis has a five-page preview of the first issue.
It’s all happening on Saturday the 7th of July from 6:30pm until 9pm. If you’d like to reserve a copy or arrange a mail order just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eighteen years after the last panel was drawn, Nick Abadzis’ (Laika) Hugo Tate is reappearing on our shelves. Indie publisher Blank Slate of Nelson fame is finally collecting the entire six-year run of what The Comics Journal called “Britain’s Love & Rockets”. Chances are you weren’t around when the series first appeared back in 1988. So what did you miss?
Hugo Tate began in the late ‘80s Deadline magazine, a ship captained by 2000AD’s Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon that was not only the birthplace of Tank Girl but also ran reprints of excellent indie comics from the USA like Love & Rockets and Evan Dorkin’s Milk & Cheese. “It’s hard to explain in a couple of sentences what Hugo Tate is about exactly,” says Abadzis, “But he was a stick-man who, as he acquired experiences during the run of the strip, slowly evolved into a more figurative character. It’s the sort of visual metaphor that could only work in comics.”
As the years went on the story and characters started stretching from London, to New York and beyond. What’s interesting is being able to see Abadzis’ style change and mature throughout the process, something you wouldn’t be able to do unless you tracked down those old issues. As well as the core story, the book also contains a gallery of rare extras, as well as all new commentary from Abadzis himself and Frank Wynne, his Deadline editor. Garth Ennis (The Boys) provides the introduction, in which he says that Hugo Tate remains one of the finest stories he’s ever read, in comics or any other medium.
We’re proudly throwing a launch party for the book on Saturday the 12th of May from 7pm to 9pm. There will be booze and signed copies aplenty! Come along and bring your friends. Most importantly, Nick Abadzis is truly one of the loveliest guys in comics. He moved to the States a couple of years back so this is rare chance to meet him, shake his hand, and get mad at him for making you cry on the bus about a little dog in space.
UPDATE! Blank Slate Books are producing a a special bookplate edition for Hugo Tate. There will only ever be 150 copies and we’re going to have just 50 of them. If you’d like to reserve one send us an email to email@example.com and we’ll make sure you get it. Put to a fan-vote on Facebook, the Herge-inspired winning bookplate design is below.
Nick Abadzis’ Hugo Tate Launch Party: Saturday 12th May, 7-9pm