Wytches Volume 1 Launch Party and Exhibition

Do we have some news for you! Jock, the co-creator of Image’s haunting hit series Wytches, is coming to Gosh! Not only will we be having a launch party to celebrate the release of the Gosh! bookplate edition of Wytches Volume 1 (keep an eye out for more details soon) but we’ll also be having an exclusive selling exhibition!

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Jock is best known for his work on 2000 AD, Vertigo’s The Losers, and of course the excellent Batman Black Mirror (with Wytches collaborator Scott Snyder). Wytches is about … well you might have guessed, witches, but not the witches you’re accustomed to. Something evil is lurking in the woods and it’s ancient, hungry and watching. The hopeful Rooks family have moved to the remote town of Litchfield to escape their traumatic past, only to find the chances of making a fresh start grow slimmer and slimmer.

Writer Snyder says ‘Forget everything you know about witches. Because the truth is, witches, real witches, are something much, much scarier. Something you’ve never seen before. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s leave it at this—you’ll never think of witches the same way once you see Jock’s designs. As for what you thought were witches? A wytch? A real wytch? Imagine, if you will, a bestial, primal creature that lives deep in the woods, waiting. We know nothing about them—they’re rarely seen. They are bigger than we are, stronger and smarter than we are, and they are gruesome and predatory. So, forget what you think you know. Leave the broomsticks for the kids. No magic, just horror.

Wytches Volume 1 collects Wytches issues #1-6 and is released June 24th. And not only has Jock created an exclusive Gosh! bookplate for us but he will also be exhibiting original design sketches and artwork from Wytches on the 26th of June! This will be the only opportunity for the forseeable future to buy any original pieces from Wytches, so fans of Jock and the series need to get themselves down here!

Jock will be with us on Friday the 26th of June and he’ll be signing at the party between 7-9pm. If you can’t make it along to the launch party but would like us to have a book put aside for you then get in touch via info@goshlondon.com and we can arrange that for you. As per usual we’ll also be offering a mail order service and can post signed books to you anywhere in the UK for a flat rate of £5 with international quotes available on request.

Moomins On The Riviera Screening

We just can’t get enough of Tove Jansson’s universally loved Finnish cartoon creatures The Moomins! And seeing as last year was the 100th anniversary of Tove’s birth we’ll be screening Moomins On The Riviera.

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Based on Tove Jansson’s original comic strip, the film celebrates everyone’s favorite Moomin family in a unique hand-drawn animation style inspired by the original comic strips themselves. It’s a film for all audiences, so bring the whole family! But it gets even better we’ll be screening Moomins on the Riviera for free! Come join us as The Moomins face universal themes such as finding joy in the small things in life, family, and optimism.

‘The Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My, in search of adventures of their own, set sail for the Riviera, where, after a journey fraught with menacing storms and desert island dangers, Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy and Moomin learns that jealousy’s sting is the most painful of all. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, an exasperated Moominmamma retires to the relative calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for her family to come to their senses. For the very first time, the unity of the Moomins is threatened.’

We can’t wait to watch some Moomin mayhem! We’ll be screening Moomins On The Riviera on Saturday 23rd May from 7.30pm. Seats are limited on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you get down here early to avoid disappointment.

Material Signing with Will Tempest & Tom Muller

Artist and designer team Will Tempest & Tom Muller are coming to Gosh! to sign copies of their brand new Image series (in collaboration with writer Ales KotMaterial, so cancel your plans and mark your calendars!

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Material is a brand new thought-provoking suspense series looking into the fleeting state of humanity and we cant wait to delve into these fascinating stories about everyday people. A man comes home from Guantanamo Bay, irrevocably changed. An actress receives an offer that can revive her career. A boy survives a riot and becomes embedded within a revolutionary movement. A philosopher is contacted by a being that dismantles his beliefs. Look around you. Everything is material.

 

Ales Kot says “It’s a story that begins in America and spreads everywhere. It defies easy categorization. Our chief aim is to be truthful about LIFE as it is NOW through a vast VARIETY of explored HUMAN EXPERIENCE. Material also marks the return of 9-panel grid as a standard tool in a comic series. Expect backmatter files by excellent artists, writers, journalists and other beings. Expect new readers coming to comic book stores asking for it. Ideally, Material will be our ‘Cerebus’—in that we intend to keep this one going for a long, long time.

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Will and Tom will be signing copies of Material on Wednesday the 27th of May between 6pm and 7pm. If you can’t make it along but would like to get your hands on a copy then drop us an email via info@goshlondon.com and we can sort that out for you. Postage across the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quotes for further afield are available on request.

Zenith Phase One Apex Edition Signing with Steve Yeowell

We’re ecstatic to announce that British comics heavyweight Steve Yeowell will be coming to Gosh! to sign copies of the Zenith Phase One Apex Edition as well as Phases one to four!

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Steve Yeowell is a UK comics legend, working on titles such as Judge Dredd, The Invisibles, Red Seas and Sinister Dexter (among many, many others), with such writers as Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Mark Millar, Ian Edginton and Dan Abnett. But of course the title he is probably most strongly associated with is Zenith, his incredible collaboration with Morrison.

The Apex Edition is a full size reproduction of the original artwork from Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s seminal superhero story from the late 1980s. Carefully hidden away by Yeowell for almost 30 years and curated by 2000 AD’s design team, the Apex Edition will be the closest readers can get to holding the original artwork in your hands – right down to seeing faded speech balloons pasted to the surface, editorial and design marks, and Yeowell’s brush and pen strokes.

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Steve will be with us on Saturday the 27th of June signing between 1-2pm. If you can’t make it along to the signing but would like us to have a book put aside for you then get in touch via info@goshlondon.com and we can arrange that for you. As per usual we’ll also be offering a mail order service and can post signed books to you anywhere in the UK for a flat rate of £5 with international quotes available on request.

Nobrow 17 x 23 Launch Party

Nothing makes us happier than being able to work with the good folks at Nobrow, whose discerning mix of story, art and production values helped to spearhead the current UK comics renaissance. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce a 17 x 23 Launch Party! To celebrate the latest batch of titles from their line of showcase pamphlet format comics we’ve got Andy Poyiadgi, Joe Sparrow and Will Exley here on May 15th, 7-9pm, to have a chat, a drink or two and a scribble in your books.

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The 17 x 23 line of titles was created as a means of showcasing new and upcoming talent, giving them the opportunity to craft a 24-page standalone story published in a standardised 17cm x 23cm staple bound format. Kept to the high standards of production that we expect from Nobrow, they make for lovely little books and have featured such talents as Luke Pearson, Mikkel Sommer, Ben Newman, Rob Hunter and more. After a period of relative silence on the line, they are releasing four new books in quick succession.

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First up we have Andy Poyiadgi‘s beautiful Lost Property (also separately launched here last month), a sweet piece about lost youth and rediscovered creativity.

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Gerald is a postman, much like many other postmen. One day, having lost a precious and personal item, he visits his local lost and found. Only to find far more than he bargained for, because in this “self storage”, each and every one of Gerald’s lost possessions has been kept and contained. How each item got there and why they were under one roof was a mystery. But they were all there…
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Next up is Vacancy by Jen Lee, creator of the excellent Thunderpaw webcomic (who sadly won’t be joining us on the night – it’s a bit of a flight for a two hour party).

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“In a dishevelled and ransacked backyard, a dog named Simon has been  forgotten by his owners. Simon contemplates breaking free and eventually partners up with a raccoon and a deer who take him into the woods. But Simon realizes he is not quite ready to live in the wild.

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Joe Sparrow‘s self-published Omnipathy has previously graced our small press shelves, so we’re very excited to see his new book The Hunter, which looks stunning.

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In a time centuries before our own, one arrogant hunter has grown bored of sport. Only the legends of a mythical beast excite him now, but when he goes hunting for the creature he quickly discovers that he is outmatched.”

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And finally, we’re thrilled to be getting a slightly early release on William Exley‘s amazing-looking Golemchik!

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Abandoned by his friends, one young boy goes searching for fun—and finds a golem on the hunt for the same. But as the two go about living out their dreams of having the best summer ever, the boy realizes that golems don’t know how to take it easy. To save his town, he’ll have to get his new friend under control!

A terrific line-up of titles, and a terrific night with their creators! So come down on 15th May, 7-9pm, to meet Andy, Joe and Will and treat yourself to a drink on us.  If you can’t make it along on the night we’re happy to put a copy of any or all of the above books aside from you; simply pop an email to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll get that done. If you’d like one mailed out then it’s a flat rate of £5 for postage in UK and qoutes for the rest of the world are available on request.

Drive Past My House Zine Launch Party with Summer Camp

The wonderful indie pop duo Summer Camp are releasing their new album ‘Bad Love’ on the 25th of May and they’ve got an incredible zine, ‘Drive Past My House’, to accompany it. And it gets even better: we’re throwing a launch party for it!

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The duo’s third LP is set for release via the Moshi Moshi label and you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the album and zine at Gosh! But to top that Summer Camp will also be doing an acoustic in-store performance of there oh so catchy songs, and we can’t wait to have them grace our store with there beautiful sound.

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Moshi Moshi says “Bad Love is Summer Camp’s most cohesive work to date. Bad Love encapsulates the essence of a young and fraught relationship, filtered through the nostalgic haze of a classic American teen movie.  Six years into their career, Summer Camp undeniably have their own gorgeous, romantic niche. Bad Love is a testament to them recognizing that and seizing the opportunity to use their powers to their fullest extent. The band that originally made their fans reminisce about a past they never experienced, are looking firmly forward.

 

Drive Past My House zine will feature work from:

Julia Scheele
Babak Ganjei
John Allison
Clark Burscough & Lucie Ebrey
Timothy Winchester
Joe Dunthorne
Ross Sutherland
Charlie Lyne
Emmy The Great
Elizabeth Sankey

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If you fancy getting your hands on a copy of the album and zine then head along to our launch party on Monday the 25th of May between 7-9 pm. Trust us when we say you don’t want to miss Summer Camp’s live acoustic set. But if you have other plans on the night  but still want a signed copy then drop us a line via info@goshlondon.com. If you’d like us to mail one to you the we have a flat rate of £5 for the UK and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

 

Wuvable Oaf Talk & Signing with Ed Luce

Boy are you going to love this (or should we say ‘Wuv’)!  We’ve got Ed Luce joining us at Gosh! on the 13th of June. Not only will Ed be signing copies of his debut graphic novel Wuvable Oaf, but he’ll also be giving a special talk that we know you wont want to miss!

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Ed Luce’s self-published comic book series has gained a huge following of fans not only in the comics scene but also within the queer art world, and rightly so. Described as “Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men,” Wuvable Oaf follows the adventures of a large hirsute former wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his multiple cats.  When he’s not listening to Morrissey’s discography, Oaf is out looking for love in the big city especially if they happen to be the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. After numerous boy meets girl romance comics Luce provides a story that explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests for readers of all orientations. And we think you’ll agree it’s extremely refreshing to read a piece of work that doesn’t stop surprising and subverting our notions of masculinity.  It’s sweet, it’s silly, it’s sometimes sexy and it’s been compared to Love and Rockets and Scott Pilgrim. Need we say more?

Fantagraphics says “his book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.

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Ed will be giving a talk and also signing copies of Wuvable Oaf on Saturday the 13th of June between 7pm and 9pm. If you can’t make it along to see this charming man but would like to get your hands on a copy then drop us an email via info@goshlondon.com and we can sort that out for you. Postage across the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quoutes for further afield are available on request.

Comix Reader Six Launch Party

We can’t wait to celebrate The Comix Reader’s release of its triumphant sixth issue with a showstopping launch party at Gosh! on Friday 8th May. Come grab an early copy of the new edition and meet the authors behind this beautiful collection of comics.

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Comix Reader is a collective of creative minds, led by editor Richard Cowdry. They create sketch jams, talks and meetings that make for an unprecedented underground scene. From Cowdry, via their website:

It presents a unique blend of established talent, new discoveries, outsider art and unsung heroes of the art form. It’s contributors are a rogues gallery of the UK’s funniest, edgiest and weirdest cartoonists.
The paper is sold at music festivals, comedy gigs, in pubs, bookshops, record shops, on the beach and on the street.

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Comix Reader Six will feature comics by the likes of Lord Hurk, Sina Evil, Alex Potts, Ellen Lindner, Paul Ashley Brown, David Peter Kerr, Peter Lally, Brenda Henderson, Maartje Schalkx, Mike Medaglia, Craig Burston, Ralph Kidson and Martin Meeks, Richard Cowdry, Alex Widdowson, Saban Kazim and Kat Kon, Bernadette Bentley and Julia Homersham, Paul O’Connell and Dan Locke (*phew*).

So come support your independents and have a drink on us at our launch party on Friday 8th May from 7 – 9PM. It’ll be a good one!

 

Free Comic Book Day 2015

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Boy do we have a treat for you. This years Free Comic Book Day promises to be bigger and better than ever before with a kids activity table and window painting rammed with brilliant creators and an Image signing. And all this is on top of an amazing selection of free comics!

Kids Activity Table & Window Painting – 11-2pm

The childrens activities will be taking place between 11-2pm on the day and while spaces are limited there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved. No only that, but every kid who comes along to draw will get a free grab bag of 3 random all-ages suitable comics! More info here.

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Image Signing with Kieron Gillen, Christian Ward, and Duncan Fegredo- 3-5pm

With the co-creators behind the likes of The Wicked and the Divine, ODY-C, and MPH respectively, our Image Signing featuring some of the UK’s top creators promises to be a busy one. More info here.

 

And, of course, The Comics

Yes, as ever we’ll have a range of FREE comics titles put on by publishers right across the industry. As well as the above-mentioned grab bags for the kids, we’ll have our titles out on the counter downstairs to which you are welcome to help yourselves. No purchase required, no strings attached. Well, except we ask you to limit yourself to a maximum of one copy of each title while stocks last. And do note that there are only a finite number of copies available, so get in early to avoid disappointment.

 

Free Comic Book Day – what it says on the tin!

 

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Because free comics, kids drawing tables and a live drawing event aren’t enough, we thought we’d pull together some of the UK’s biggest Image creators for a bumper signing as a part of our Free Comic Book Day celebrations!

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That’s right, for your signing delectation we’ll have Duncan “MPH” Fegredo, Kieron “The Wicked and The Divine” Gillen and Christian “ODY-C” Ward sharing a table to sign, chat and possibly even pose for a photo or two. All three are lovely, ridiculously talented gents, not to mention the co-creators behind some of Image’s best-selling titles.

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So get yourself along on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 2nd, from 3-5pm, and help us celebrate the biggest day in the annual comics calendar. You can find the Facebook event here to show your interest! In fact, even if you can’t make it along on the day, you can email us to reserve signed books on info@goshlondon.com. We also do mail order, with a £5 flate rate within the UK, and international shipping quotes available on request.