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The Hartlepoole Monkey – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

The tale of the Hartlepoole monkey is one of those classic grim pieces of “did it happen or not” English history. The full story can be read here, but beware spoilers if you’re intending to read the English translation of acclaimed French BD The Hartlepoole Monkey, by Wilfrid Lupano & Jeremie Moreau, published by our pals at Knockabout Books.

Lupano & Moreau take the story and weave a tragic satire of a tale, illustrated in a lush, moody style. Forbidden Planet International got their hands on a copy and had lots of positive things to say, and we’re lucky enough to have a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition available!

Featuring an exclusive piece of art by Moreau, signed and numbered and limited to only 200 copies, the bookplate edition costs no more than the standard retail price of £12.99.

The book is due to be released in October, and if you’d like to preorder a copy, email as at info@goshlondon.com. Mail order folks, you can preorder now, and we’ll contact you with up to date shipping costs once the book is released!

Best of Wonder Wart-Hog – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

Gilbert Shelton started Wonder Wart-hog back in 1962 and it’s the underground comix legend’s earliest comic work. As you might imagine from the title, it’s a porcine Superman-parody about meek reporter Philbert Desanex who is at times inhabited by and at other times transforms into Wonder Wart-hog – a chaotic 800-pound humanoid warthog who seeks to solve humanity’s problems with his own brand of chaos and violence. Shelton himself looks back on the history of the character in this CBR interview.

A handsome companion edition to Knockabout’s Complete Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat volumes, The Best of Wonder Wart-Hog is a sizeable 464-page paperback collecting all the best material from the character’s publishing history, and I’m pleased to say that like those two previous volumes, we’re going to have a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition!

The bookplates are limited to only 200 copies, and cost no more than the standard retail price of £24.99.

The book is released in November, so if you’d like to preorder a copy, email as at info@goshlondon.com. If you are wanting to do mail order, we do payment by PayPal and postage prices will be: 

UK: flat-rate of £5

Europe: £10

North America: £16

(If you’re elsewhere let me know and I’ll give you a quote.)

B.P.R.D.: Vampire TP – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

Long-standing Gosh-watchers will know we do love us some Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon. The Brazillian wonder twins are something of a creative phenomenon, and previous bookplate edition Daytripper is one of our bestselling graphic novels of all time. Couple this with our enduring love for all things BPRD, and imagine then how excited we are to announce the BPRD: Vampire Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition!

Picking up where BPRD: 1948 left off, with Bá & Moon now handling writing as well as art duties, Vampire stands largely alone as a horror revenge tale. Newsarama sum it up succinctly in their interview with the twins:

B.P.R.D. Agent Simon Anders has a problem. Two problems, rather… Two vampire sisters trapped inside his chest trying to claw their way out. And now this vampire-haunted man is turning vigilante in an effort to claim some sort of vengeance for this immortal curse, and he’s hoping to find that by taking down the gorgon-eyed queen Hecate.

It’s a cracking read, and Gabriel & Fábio have been kind enough to provide us with a brilliant original piece of exclusive art for our bookplate.

Available in November, we’ll have 200 bookplate editions signed and numbered by both Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon for no more than the cover price of £14.99. If you’d like to preorder a copy, email as at info@goshlondon.com. Mail order folks, you can preorder now, and we’ll contact you with up to date shipping costs once the book is released!

 

Lighter Than My Shadow – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

Katie Green’s Lighter Than My Shadow initially began as a degree project but got picked up by Jonathan Cape in 2010. Taking five years to complete, the beautiful, 528 page book is sure to be one of the most discussed graphic novels released this year. So we’re very proud to announce the Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition.


Cape describe the book as follows:

Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she’d have to eat it for breakfast. 

But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly. 

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.

Katie has done us a lovely new piece of exclusive art for the plate, limited as usual to 200 signed and numbered copies at no more than the standard cover price of £20. The book will be released on the 3rd October 2013.

These are going to go quickly, so if you’d like one held aside or if you’d like to arrange a mail order, send us an email to info@goshlondon.com. Mail order folks, this is a big and heavy book, so post to international destinations is quite hefty. We do payment by PayPal and postage prices are like this:

UK: flat-rate of £5

Europe: £16

North America: £27

(If you’re elsewhere let me know and I’ll give you a quote.)

Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

Observer / Jonathan Cape graphic short story prize-winner (and now British Comics Award-nominee) Isabel Greenberg is releasing her debut full-length graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, and we’re so excited about it that we’ve wrangled her into doing a Gosh Exclusive Bookplate Edition!

Jonathan Cape sum the book up:

Before our history began, another — now forgotten — civilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable. In this series of illustrated and linked tales, Isabel Greenberg chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South Pole. There, he meets his true love, but their romance is ill-fated. Early Earth’s unusual and finicky polarity means the lovers can never touch. 

It is an epic work of fiction, detailing the many tales and adventures of one lonely storyteller, on a quest for Enlightenment and True Love. This book contains many stories, big and small, about and pertaining to the following things: Gods, monsters, mad kings, wise old crones, shamanes, medicine men, brothers and sisters, strife, mystery, bad science, worse geography, and did we already mention true love?

It’s a beautiful book in a format that really showcases Greenberg’s work, and we have 200 signed, limited bookplate editions featuring a new piece of art for no more than the cover price of £16.99.

If you’d like to reserve one or arrange a mail order send us an email to info@goshlondon.com. We do payment by PayPal and postage prices are like this:

 

UK: flat-rate of £5

Europe: £10

North America: £16

(If you’re elsewhere let me know and I’ll give you a quote.)

The Best of Milligan & McCarthy – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy were one of the supreme creative teams of the 80’s, two artists who had the kind of magical collaborative energy that is the ultimate goal of all writer/artist teams. And at long last, four of their most legendary works are collected together in one deluxe hardcover volume: The Best of Milligan & McCarthy, brought to you by the fine folks at Dark Horse.

If you’ve never seen this stuff before, we here at Gosh can’t recommend it highly enough. Groundbreaking at the time, it’s lost none of its edge thanks to the singular vision of two immense talents. As Mark Kardwell says over at Robot 6: “I feel jealous of anyone getting to experience this (inspirational, influential) material for the first time. It’s been downright criminal that its been out of print for so long. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll fall in love, you’ll walk funny for a week.”

As ever, the Best of Milligan & McCarthy Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition, limited to only 200 copies, costs no more than the standard retail price of £18.99.

If you’d like to order a copy, email as at info@goshlondon.com. Mail order folks, we do payment by PayPal and postage prices are like this:

 

UK: flat-rate of £5

Europe: £13

North America: £21

(If you’re elsewhere let me know and I’ll give you a quote.)

Sin Titulo HC – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

We love us some Cameron Stewart around these Gosh parts. From the straight-ahead(ish) superheroics of Batman & Robin, through the mindbending world of Seaguy (both in collaboration with Grant Morrison), to the grim Vietnam War drama of The Other Side (with Jason Aaron), the man has some serious talent.

And for the past five years he’s been showing off his writing muscle, too, on his webcomic Sin Titulo, now collected into a handsome hardcover by Dark Horse. A semi-autobiographical tale, it tells of a man who is only informed of his grandfather’s death weeks after it has happened, and as he looks into their deaths he finds a photo which leads him down a path of introspection and discovery. Here’s some details from this interview at Newsarama:

I’ve come to the personal conclusion that in essence the series is a human story about stories; Alex trying to find out the story behind things from his childhood and his family, but also about finding out his own story and where he fits in things. This is all told in some fantastical, whimsical and a few dark elements that mix fantasy, surrealism and some hints of science fiction here.

To celebrate the collection of this Eisner-award winning strip, Cameron has done us a lovely illustration for a Gosh-exclusive bookplate edition. As usual, it’s limited to 200 copies, and costs no more than the standard retail price of £14.99.

If you’d like to order a copy, email as at info@goshlondon.com. Mail order folks, we do payment by PayPal and postage prices are like this:

 

UK: flat-rate of £5

Europe: £9

North America: £13.5

(If you’re elsewhere let me know and I’ll give you a quote.)

Gilbert Shelton – The Best Of Wonder Wart-hog Signing

Here’s an exciting announcement for you: Alternative Comix Legend Gilbert Shelton (creator of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat) will be signing the brand-new collection of his well-loved Wonder Wart-hog comics here in the shop on the 17th of October.

A bit about the book: Wonder Wart-hog started in 1962 and is Shelton’s earliest comic work. It is a porcine Superman-parody about meek reporter Philbert Desanex who is at times inhabited by and at other times transforms into Wonder Wart-hog – a chaotic 800-pound humanoid warthog who seeks to solve humanity’s problems with his own brand of chaos and violence.

Knockabout comics are publishing this Best Of collection in a sizeable 464-page paperback which acts as a handsome companion edition to their Complete Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat volumes. The book retails at £24.99, and we’re releasing it with an exclusive Gosh! bookplate created and signed by Shelton and limited to 200 copies.

The signing is taking place from 6 to 7pm on Thursday the 17th of October. If you can’t make it but would like a signed copy for yourself or your loved ones, just drop us a line at info@goshlondon.com and we’ll reserve you one.

 

Gilbert Shelton signing The Best Of Wonder Wart-hog
Thursday, October 17th, from 6 – 7pm
Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, Soho. W1F 0DR

 

Palookaville Number 21 – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

Palookaville, by the one and only Seth, has been one of the mainstays of what a lazy journalist (or blog writer) might call the indie comics scene for over 20 years now. A new issue is a rarity, and with the book moving into a hardcover format from Number 20, each new volume feels like a proper event. Seth is a creator we’ve wanted to do something with for a long time, so we’re absolutely thrilled to announce the Palookaville Number 21 Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition!

As with Number 20. the new volume is a mix of material, including the concluding 50 pages of Clyde Fans Book 4, sketchbbook material, smaller pieces, and the first substantial autobiographical comic Seth has done in some time.

 

Seth has designed and illustrated the plate for us to fit into the book, and it’s a beautiful thing. These are limited to only 200 copies, so get in quick!

As ever, the Palookaville Number 21 Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition, limited to only 200 copies, costs no more than the standard retail price of £14.99. If you’d like to order a copy, email as at info@goshlondon.com. Mail order folks, you can preorder now, and we’ll contact you with up to date shipping costs once the book is released!

Young Avengers Vol 1: Style > Substance – Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition

It’s not often we venture into the world of capes’n’muscles for our bookplate editions, but sometimes a book comes along which really deserves that attention, and when that book is created by gents as charming as Phonogram creators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, well, how could we resist? And so: Young Avengers Vol 1 Style > Substance, the Gosh! exclusive bookplate edition!

“But Gosh blog,” you ask, “What’s it all about?” Well, it’s about this:

Legacy isn’t a dirty word…but it’s an irrelevant one. It’s not important what our parents did. It matters what WE do. Someone has to save the world. You’re someone. Do the math. The critically acclaimed team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie reinvent the teen super hero comic for the 21st century, uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy and Ms. America. No pressure, right? As a figure from Loki’s past emerges, Wiccan makes a horrible mistake that comes back to bite everyone on their communal posteriors. Fight scenes! Fake IDs! And plentiful feels! (aka “meaningful emotional character beats” for people who aren’t on tumblr.) Young Avengers is as NOW! as the air in your lungs, and twice as vital. Hyperbole is the BEST! THING! EVER!

 

It’s a great read; funny, exciting, moving, and chock full of innovative storytelling. Even if you’re not normally a superhero kind of reader, you should give it a try. A good book, after all, is a good book.

And if you still need a little convincing, check out the exclusive plate that Jamie has done for us, which will be signed by both creators.

This first collection includes issues #1 to #5 plus some bits from Marvel Now! Point One, and retails (including free plate) for £11.99. If you want to reserve a copy of the book shoot us an email at info@goshlondon.com and we’ll sort it out for you. Mail order folks, we will send this to you! Postage is as follows:

UK: flat-rate of £5 (grab some other stuff too and it won’t cost you anything more in postage)

Europe: £6

Rest of the World: £8

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