Evil Emperor Penguin Launch Party with Laura Ellen Anderson

Cue the menacing laughter! The creepy underscore! And the terrifying flap of ….. flippers?  It gives us great pleasure to announce that Evil Emperor Penguin is coming to Gosh! and we’ll be celebrating in style with Laura Ellen Anderson on October 1st with a launch party from 7- 9pm.

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You’re all probably aware about just how much we love The Phoenix, a stellar weekly kid’s magazine which features a range of the best all-ages comics available, from all kinds of wonderful creators, all compiled into a single issue each week! We can’t urge you enough to pick it up for your little comic fans at home. We’re particularly head over heels for Laura’s Phoenix strip, Evil Emperor Penguin. Laura is a children’s book author & illustrator, who one day drew a tiny menacing penguin in a cape as a silly doodle and lo and behold, Evil Emperor Penguin was born! The comic stars a tiny Penguin who never gives up hope, even though every one of his world-dominating plans seems to fall through.

‘Far away in the icy stretches of Antarctica where the land is white for as far as the eye can see, dwells a warm and cuddly, kind hearted penguin…….. or so he would have you believe. This is no ordinary penguin. This is Evil Emperor Penguin. Main aim in life: to take over the world. With the help of his assistant a very well to-do, sharply dressed octopus ‘number 8’, evil penguin attempts to fulfill his quest for world domination. Will he ever succeed?’ 

Laura will be coming down to the shop on the night to sign books and raise a glass in honor of Evil Emperor Penguin. The party starts at 7pm on Thursday the 1st of October. If you’d like us to arrange a signed copy on your behalf then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll sort that out. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

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One Year Wiser Launch Party with Mike Medaglia

Having trouble finding mindfulness? Checked behind the sofa and everything? Well we’ve got some great news for you! Mike Medaglia has created One Year Wiser, a new book of 365 daily illustrated meditations published by SelfMadeHero, and we’re having a launch party for it on the 9th of September from 7-9pm! 

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Gosh alumni Mike is the co-editor of dotComics (a comics anthology linking webcomics and print) and contributes to The Comix Reader, among his many other projects. In January, Mike began posting weekly illustrated meditations at oneyearwiser.com. SelfMadeHero were so taken with it, they collected 52 of the beautiful hand drawn illustrations into a black-and-white paperback that you could colour in yourself!  Well now you can see all 365 days worth of illustrations in full colour, where Mike takes the thoughts of some of history’s greatest thinkers and interprets them in his own beautiful style.

‘One Year Wiser is a book of 365 inspiring meditations. On every page are words of wisdom from thinkers both ancient and modern, from Marcus Aurelius to Virginia Woolf. Brought to life by Huffington Post blogger Mike Medaglia’s stunning Japanese- and Chinese-influenced artwork, the spiritual teachings that fill this book will inspire readers to make thinking a daily habit. This is a book filled with the wise words of thinkers as diverse as Mark Twain and Mahatma Gandhi, and with the illustrations of an artist uniquely skilled in bringing their wisdom to life.’

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The party will be kicking off at 7pm on Wednesday September 9th with Mike on hand to sign copies! If you have other plans on the night but still fancy 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.

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Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier present Drink and Draw 30th July

Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier are at it again! We’ve teamed up to bring you a monthly collaborative Drink and Draw night! After last months extremely successful outing to the pub, Drink and Draw is back on at Gosh! then heading to The Phoenix Arts Club and will feature creators Mark Stafford (Cherubs!The Man who Laughs) David Hine (The Man who Laughs , The Spirit) and regular artist-in-residence Danny Noble (Was it Too… Much for You?, Monday Morning).

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Hosted by Gosh’s Tom Oldham and Broken Frontier’s Andy Oliver, the evening will provide an opportunity for attendees to find their artistic muse in a relaxed and informal atmosphere in the company of a rotating list of guest creators from across all areas of comics publishing. Every month the Drink and Draw will begin at Gosh! at 6.30 with an opportunity to buy work from the featured artists at a discounted price before heading to the evening’s often changing location of choice.

Drinking is not compulsory! And don’t forget Gosh! also runs the ever popular monthly Process Group for those wanting to meet with fellow artists in a less Bacchanalian environment. But whether you’re a dabbling doodler or a seasoned sketcher all are welcome at this latest entry in the regular London comics calendar! The next edition of this regular monthly event will be held on Thursday 30th July and is sponsored by those lovely folks over at Cass Art. We’ll meet at Gosh! Comics at 6.30pm then on to The Phoenix Arts Club at 7pm. 
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Gosh! & NICE 2015 present a Signing with Gene Ha

Gosh! Comics & NICE 2015 are excited to announce that longtime DC artist Gene Ha will be doing a signing on the 23rd of September from 6-7pm. This is a part of Gene’s first UK appearance and his first visit to London and we can’t wait to have him here at Gosh!

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Gene Ha’s beautiful line work has graced the pages of both Marvel and DC’s publications.  Not only has been nominated for six Eisners but he was also famously partnered with fellow Eisner alums Zander Cannon and Alan Moore on Top Ten and The 49rs. But you might also know Gene from numerous other titles such as Action Comics, Fables, Batman and Robin. His most recent Kickstarter funded project for his first ever creator-owned graphic novel Mae exceeded its initial funding goal. Gene has been working on Mae for the past two years, it follows the story of a girl named Mae who is reunited with her run away sister Abbie, only to find that she ended up in a place no one would expect.

After appearing at Gosh! Gene will also be at NICE 2015 whilst he’s over here in the UK.  He’ll be signing and sketching there all weekend. NICE 2015 is back for it’s 4th year with another amazing line up and takes place in New Bedford on the 19th – 20th September. Other special guests include Brian K. Vaughan & Paul Renaud. You can get your tickets for NICE 2015 here!

The signing will get underway from 6- 7pm on Wednesday the 23rd of September. If you can’t make it along to see Gene but you want a signed copy then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to popped aside for you. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

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The Bind Launch Party with William Goldsmith

Gosh! is proud to celebrate the release of William Goldsmiths latest book The Bind with a spectacular launch party at Gosh! Come celebrate and grab a drink on us from 7- 9pm on Monday the 17th of August.

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William Goldsmith is a writer and illustrator based in Glasgow. His first graphic novel Vignettes of Ystov, was nominated for the Newton First Book Award at Edinburgh International Book Festival. It told the stories of the interlocking lives of ‘Ystov’ inhabitants – an Eastern European city of the imagination. His second book The Bind is a book about books. It centres around the tale of two brothers Victor and Guy Egret, and explores the rise and fall of there family business – the once prestigious London bookbinders Egret Bindings.

Random House says ‘In 1910 brothers Guy and Victor Egret take on an ambitious commission: a deluxe, jewelled binding of a collection of poems, A Moonless Land. It proves to be a moment of hubris. The work triggers their ruin, watched by the disapproving spirit of their father, Garrison Egret. A darkly humorous tale of sibling rivalry and creative one-upmanship, The Bind shows once again that William Goldsmith is an incomparable storyteller and a marvellously inventive artist.’

William will be with us on 7- 9pm on Monday the 17th of August where we’ll be raising a glass to the release of The Bind. 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 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.

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Annihilator Signing with Frazer Irving

Annihilator Volume 1 is coming to Gosh, and not only do we have an exclusive bookplate by the amazing Fraser Irving to celebrate, but he’ll also be coming to Gosh! Saturday 15th August 1-2pm for a signing!

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Frazer Irving is a favourite around these parts, and we were thrilled when we found out he was teaming up with Grant Morrison to create Annihilator.

Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass is down on his luck and almost fading into obscurity, stuck struggling against his own self-destruction and demons to complete a screenplay that will save his career. But things go from bad to worse whilst up against the deadline for the script of  ‘Annihilator’. Things get complicated when his imagination runs wild and he is forced to team up with his own fictional character Max Nomax on a race to save the entire universe.

Legendary Comics says ‘This 6-issue series is a subversive sci-fi adventure like no other, brought to life with stunning artwork from Frazer Irving (Judge Dredd, Necronauts). Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass is caught in a downward spiral of broken relationships, wild parties and self-destruction. Out of luck and out of chances, he’s one failed script away from fading into obscurity. Little does he know he’s about to write the story of his life. As his imagination runs rampant, Ray must join forces with his own fictional character Max Nomax on a reality-bending race to stop the entire universe from imploding… without blowing his own mind in the process.’

The signing with Frazer runs from 1-2pm on Saturday the 15th of August. If you can’t make it along on the day but you want a signed copy in your life then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to popped aside for you. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

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Beetroot Launch Party with Barnaby Richards

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a launch party with Barnaby Richards on Friday July 10th to celebrate the release of his latest book Beetroot!

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Beetroot is Barnaby’s first graphic novel but he’s had a storied history on the UK comics scene, including contributions to Sturgeon White Moss, and Tanya Meditzky collaboration Two Sentences. He has illustrated for a range of clients from The Guardian G2, The Independent, and Walker Books, to Paul Smith Jeans. Beetroot tells the story of how his family moved to Beriut in 1980 and shows through the lens of a child’s understanding what it’s like to live in a city where danger is always lurking as the situation in Lebanon turns from bad to worse.

Blank slate says ‘ All seen through the eyes of a child who can’t get his tongue round the word Beirut–it becomes Beetroot–a world populated with his own wild imaginings as well as the reality of feeling he is living as if he were Lebanese: a blue eyed, arab boy. Dreamily-etched pictures take us inside young Barnaby’s mind as he dodges bullets and giant sentient snakes, and wanders across the city’s rooftops with his imaginary friends. Open this book and accompany him on his journeys, encountering the many unknowable people and bizarre creatures with mysterious agendas who populate the strange world of Beetroot. Ultimately this book is about the way memory works, how when combined with a child’s ability to mix reality and fantasy it leads to unreliable memories. Unreliable memories which become long-held realities.’

If you fancy getting your hands on a copy of the book then head along to our launch party on Friday the 10th of July between 7-9pm. Barnaby will be about signing copies but if you can’t make it along on the night we’re happy to put a copy 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 quotes for the rest of the world are available on request.

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Bodies & Supreme Blue Rose signing with Tula Lotay & Si Spencer

Here at Gosh! we love to get comic book creators in to sign their work and boy do we have some good news because on Saturday 8th of August between 1-2pm we’ve got two of them! Tula Lotay and Si Spencer will both be here signing copies of Bodies and Supreme Blue Rose.

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Tula Lotay’s work includes ElephantmenBodies, and the Image book Supreme: Blue Rose with writer Warren Ellis, and as if that wasn’t enough she also heads the annual comic arts festival Thought Bubble. We’re very excited to have her here at Gosh! for a signing, but it gets even better! She’ll also be joined by Si Spencer, writer of Bodies, the centuries-spanning murder mystery.

Based off a Superman analogue concept created by Rob Liefeld in the early ‘90s, Supreme Blue Rose is the new incarnation switches between the real and surreal. The plot follows struggling journalist Diana Dane, investigating a man named Ethan Crane and his link to supernatural occurrences in a small town.  Image says  ‘You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die.’

Si Spencer’s Bodies follows four detectives investigating four identical murder cases. Despite taking place in four distinct time periods ranging from the 19th century to the far future all the cases are exactly the same. The same M.O., with the same injuries and found in the exact same spot throughout time; 160 years apart, it’s the same body. Vertigo says ‘the miniseries of the summer, with four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London. Edmond Hillinghead is an 1890s overachiever who’s trying to solve a murder no one cares about while hiding his own secret. Charles Whiteman is our dashing 1940s adventurer with a shocking past. Shahara Hasan is 2014’s kickass female Detective Sergeant, who walks the line between religion and power. And Maplewood, an amnesiac from post-apocalyptic 2050, brings a haunting perspective to it all. Si Spencer (HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS, THE VINYL UNDERGROUND) executes a centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay.’

Tula and Si will be signing copies of their work on Saturday the 8th of August between 1pm and 2pm. 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.

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Democracy Talk & Signing with Alecos Papadatos and Abraham Kawa in conversation with Tom Holland

We’re extremely excited to announce that Alecos Papadatos and Abraham Kawa are coming to Gosh! Thursday 27th August 6-9pm to do a talk & signing for their brand new graphic novel Democracy 

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We’re excited to have Abraham as well as Alecos creator of the international phenomenon and The New York Times best-seller, LOGICOMIX over here at Gosh! We just can’t wait for the release of their latest title Democracy, an historical fiction exploring the birth of a new political system in ancient Greece. Alecos and Abraham have created a vibrant, colorful world of dark intrigue and mystery. Together with writer Abraham Kawa, they deliver a graphic novel bursting with incredible characters that also delivers a fascinating insight into the birth of democracy as a political system.

Bloomsbury says ‘Democracy opens in 490 B.C., with Athens at war. The hero of the story, Leander, is trying to rouse his comrades for the morrow’s battle against a far mightier enemy, and begins to recount his own life, having borne direct witness to the evils of the old tyrannical regimes and to the emergence of a new political system. The tale that emerges is one of daring, danger, and big ideas, of the death of the gods and the tortuous birth of democracy. We see that democracy originated through a combination of chance and historical contingency–but also through the cunning, courage, and wilful action of a group of remarkably talented and driven individuals.

Alecos and Abraham will be giving a talk & signing on Thursday 27th August, signing from 6-7pm and giving a talk in conversation with  Tom Holland from 7.30-9pm. If you can’t make it along but would like to get your hands on a signed 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.

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Wolf Signing with Matt Taylor & Tom Muller

The incredible Matt Taylor and Tom Muller are coming to Gosh! Wednesday the 22nd of July 6-7pm to sign copies of the first issue of their new Image Comics collaboration with writer Ales Kot and colourist Lee Loughridge, the paranormal crime saga Wolf.

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We had series designer Tom in recently to celebrate the release of Material #1, and we’re always happy to see him back, this time joined by artist Matt Taylor (whose self-published gem The Great Salt Lake recently graced our shelves). Matt creates beautiful illustrations with a nod to classic 50’s and 60’s comic books with a splash of Americana and we’re looking forward to having him and Tom here for a signing!

Image says ‘Bestselling new star writer ALES KOT teams up with white-hot artist MATT TAYLOR and DEADLY CLASS colorist extraordinaire LEE LOUGHRIDGE for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! The crime noir thrills and characters reminiscent of True Detective meet with mythical stakes worthy of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in this original fantasy/horror/crime saga for mature readers. Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse, California-style.’ 

 

Matt and Tom will be signing copies of Wolf on Wednesday the 22nd of July between 6-7pm. 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

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