The second of our WW1 centenary events is the launch of anthology comic To Arms. Having successfully secured funding through Indiegogo the book will be hitting shelves in early September and we’ll be having a party to celebrate. And for Gosh! one of the most exciting aspects of the project is that it the idea for the book was dreamed up at one of our regular events, Process.
“TO ARMS! resurrects the stories of the fallen, bringing them to life in an evocative contemporary format that will appeal to the comic book fan, the history buff, and everyone in-between.
We are an international collection of artists, writers and comic book enthusiasts, who have banded together to produce work that is both exciting and thought provoking.” Creators involved in the project include Owen Pomery and Gosh’s own Mike Medaglia (past employee and organiser supreme of Gosh!p). To find out more about the project head over to their Facebook page for updates and snippets of the book.
Artist: James Hickman / Writer: Karim Iskander Flint
The launch starts at 7pm on Friday 12th September. A number of the creators will be joining us for the event, signing copies of the anthology and talking all things WWI. If you’d like us to arrange a signed copy for you then, as ever, drop a line to email@example.com.
We’re so excited to announce the Breakdown Press Launch Party celebrating the release of Gardens of Glass by Lando and Mutiny Bay by Antoine Cosse.
Mutiny Bay is Antoine Cosse’s second book with Breakdown Press and his most substantial work to date. Gardens of Glass, by Lando, is another really stunning piece of work. We’ve always been huge fans of Lando’s meticulously detailed penmanship and the chance to see his work on a much longer scale is really exciting. As well as running his own publishing endevour, Decadence Comics (check it, these guys have the sweetest sweatshirts on the street), Lando has also been previously published by Breakdown Press and everybody’s favourite Swedes, Peow! Studio. Both of the books are being released with a signed Gosh! exclusive bookplate to celebrate the launch, limited to the first 200 copies!
Safari Festival is a brand new comic arts event taking place in Shoreditch – and yes, it will be very trendy. You can come rub shoulders with the exhibitors and toast the arrival of another great date to add to your social calender. The party at Gosh! will be serving as a pre-party of sorts so if you’re planning on visiting Safari then definitely swing by.
The party’ll be the perfect opportunity to meet both Lando and Antoine, get your books signed, pick up not one but two Gosh! exclusive bookplates, and hang out with a bunch of the Safari Festival exhibitors. Anyone need the hard sell? If you’d like a bookplated copy of the book put aside for you then send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make the arrangements. The party kicks off at 7pm on August 29th, there will be beer, there will be wine, so what the heck are you still reading this for? Put your coat on and we’ll see you here!
Ricky Rouse Has A Gun is coming to paperback so we thought we’d throw a little party in honour of our favourite cartoon counterfeit.
Richard Bruton described the book as “absolutely fantastic. Action, parody and great characters from Jörg Tittel, superb art from John Aggs… Well worth the price of admission.” and we completely agree. Set in a faux Disney amusement park, filled with loveable characters like the communist Ronald Ruck, Ricky Rouse Has A Gun is the story of a US army deserter who finds himself protecting the park from American terrorists. With the help of his friends, including Rambi, Bumbo, and Ratman (ten points if you guess who they’re meant to be) Ricky Rouse attempts to save the day.
Self Made Hero, an award winning British publisher, are known internationally for their re-workings of classic literature and a project that takes such a familiar character and totally repackages them feels like the perfect fit.
And here’s a video of a ‘real but still fake’ Disneyland in China to tickle your fancy.
The party starts at 7pm on Friday the 5th of September. Both John and Jörg will be signing copies of the book and if you’re unable to make it drop us a line at email@example.com to arrange a copy to be put aside for you.
2014 marks the centenary of the the First World War; one hundred years have passed but only a handful of comics have recorded the stories and atrocities felt by all nations involved in the world changing conflict. From the trenches to POW camps, from one ‘side’ to another, To End All Wars “aspires to free WWI from the censorship imposed by London and Berlin before the first man fell, blinkers that still cramp our reading of this holocaust. Offered up by creators working in a medium that was barely a foetus in 1914, it is our humble tribute to the ten million combatants sacrificed… for what?”
Thumbnails from The Bitter Harvest by Johnny McMonagle
Join the creators from this anthology for a launch party to celebrate the release of this historic work. The party kicks off on the 20th of August, between 7-9pm, and as always if you’d like to reserve a signed copy of the book send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
He’s been teasing us with sketches and snippets since 2011 but finally it’s here; Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s Scott Pilgrim follow-up Seconds is ready to hit shelves and we’re ready to celebrate.
The man that inspired a thousand cosplays, O’Malley is well known for his acidic tweets and loyal fanbase; fans that have filled the three years since Seconds was announced devouring the gorgeous colour editions of Scott Pilgrim and perfecting their Ramona Flowers glower. He’s also won a string of awards including: 2005 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent, 2006 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist (Writer/Artist), 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication, and 2010 Harvey Award Special Award for Humor In Comics. And that’s not listing the nominations!
The story focuses on Katie, celebrated young chef, and the power she gains over time. It turns out the power to take control of your life, and the consequences, has been under our noses the whole time: 1. Write your mistake, 2. Ingest one mushroom, 3. Go to sleep, 4. Wake anew. If only we’d known it were that easy.
Curiosity piqued? Come along to the launch – there won’t be any life-changing mushrooms but there will be drinks and there will Bryan will be on hand to sign copies of the book. The party kicks off on the 14th of August, between 7-9pm. See you there then.
We’re laying on a veritable feast of UK comics talent for the signing of Ravi Thornton‘s graphic novel HOAX Physchosis Blues. The signing will include: Mark Stafford, Rian Hughes, Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Julian Hanshaw, Ian Jones, Rozi Hathaway, and Ravi Thornton.
HOAX Physchosis Blues tells the moving and very personal story of Roabbi Thornton, a young man whose long battle with schizophrenia ended with his suicide in May 2008 at the age of 31. The graphic novel, written by his sister Ravi, is the continuation of Rob’s story as told in the stage play HOAX My Lonely Heart. Both are based on a poem written by Rob in 2004 and while the play provides the backdrop of Rob’s story, the time spent working on the poem and the tumultuous relationship he found himself in, the graphic novel focuses on the time that came after; dealing with the diagnosis of schizophrenia and the troubles that followed.
Psychosis Blues features artwork from: Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Leonardo M. Giron, Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway, Rian Hughes, Ian Jones, Jade Moss, Mark Stafford, and Bryan Talbot.
The signing will take place between 2pm-3pm on Saturday the 19th of July and money from the sales of the book will go towards supporting mental health charities.
Process and Breakdown Press will be playing host to creator Seiichi Hayashi and art historian Ryan Holmberg for an evening of conversation and music.
In celebration of Hayashi’s famous 1969 “blues manga” Flowering Harbor being translated into English for the first time by Breakdown Press, Seiichi and Holmberg will walk listeners through the pop songs that have inspired Hayashi’s work.
For those of us who are less familiar with Hayashi’s impressive resume; he’s an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist who, after beginning his career as an animator at Tōei Studios in 1962, became a leading figure in the vibrant avant-garde cultural scene of late 1960s and early 1970s Tokyo. As a regular contributor to the legendary alternative manga magazine Garo, Hayashi became renowned for pioneering new territory in the medium of comics, with stories ranging from allegorical critiques of postwar Americanisation and the Vietnam War, to touching reflections on motherhood inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and pop music. Hayashi is perhaps best known for his graphic novel masterpiece Red Coloured Elegy (Sekishoku Erejii, 1970-71) and his distinctive character designs for Lotte Koume (Little Plum) candy drops, which debuted in 1974; his images of a young girl in kimono still grace the candy’s packaging today.
The event kicks off on Wednesday the 2nd of July between 7-9pm and will conclude with Seiichi Hayashi signing copies of the book. If you can’t make it to the event and would like us to put a copy aside for you simply drop us a line at email@example.com.
Horror writer and lifelong comics fan Kim Newman will be in the shop signing copies of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, co-written by Maura McHugh with art by Tyler Crook. Despite being a huge fan of comics as a child, and having many friends who work within the industry (including Neil Gaiman who once wrote Newman into an issue of Sandman), this will be Newman’s first time writing for comics. But it isn’t just the excitement of a familiar face doffing the cap of a comics writer that has us excited; it’s also the return of Edward Grey and a chance to further explore the darkest corners of the expansive Hellboy universe.
The story looks to be an exciting one with all you’d expect from Victorian London and everything you’d expect from a seasoned horror writer. Newman has hinted at their being some slimy sounding monsters, including eels. Yuck. Dark Horse are playing their cards pretty close to their chest with this one: “Edward Grey is sent to Hallam to investigate a mysterious death. Once there, he hears rumors about the mysterious Unland, the wetlands around the town, and the creatures that inhabit it. Grey’s skepticism vanishes when he encounters the monsters of Unland, and he realizes that Hallam is a place of secrets.”
Newman will be in store between 4pm-5pm on the 21st of June. If you’re unable to make it to the event and would like a signed copy then get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you there!
To toast the release of Vertigo’s Dead Boy Detectives Volume 1 we’re throwing a little party here at Gosh! Comics. Special guests will be the story’s writer and Eisner Award winning artist Mark Buckingham of Fables fame and co-writer Toby Litt, known for his work in Vertigo’s The Witching Hour #1.
For those of you not clued up on your recently (or not so recently) deceased child sleuths Dead Boy Detectives first graced the pages of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman #25 way-back-when in the 1990′s. Since their arrival they’ve made a number of cameos in other titles, enjoyed a four-issue mini series of their own, and had their story re-told from Death’s perspective by Jill Thompson. This time round the dead duo, Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, are joined by a new character, thirteen-year-old ‘digital native’ Crystal, who we’re hoping introduces them to the perils of stranger danger on the web.
With a relationship spanning most of Mark’s career it’s no surprise that he would be leading the charge on the series; he and Gaiman first worked together on the British satire magazine The Truth in 1987 and have collaborated on countless projects since.
The launch party will be held on the 27th of June and run between 7pm and 9pm. We’ll be laying on the drinks while Mark and Toby sign copies of their book and, as ever, if you’d like us to have a signed copy put aside for you simply send us an email at email@example.com.
Award-winning graphic novelist Karrie Fransman has produced a comic, in collaboration with the British Red Cross, in recognition of Refugee Week 2014. We’re huge fans of Karrie’s work here at Gosh! and if you’ve been in the shop you may well have spotted copies of her graphic novel The House That Groaned in pride of place on our upstairs book table.
Over Under Sideways Down is a story about the real-life experiences of, Ebrahim Esmail, a young Kurdish-Iranian refugee who embarked on a harrowing journey to begin a new life in the UK when he was just 15 years old. It is a story of resilience in the face of persecution. It is a story about losing everything you know and love. It is a story about survival and finding the strength to start again.
Join us on Thursday the 12th of June between 7-9pm; there will be copies of the book available, as well as a live read-through and Q&A with Ebrahim and Karrie. Refreshments will be provided and tickets can be booked through Eventbrite.