Capers! is a new regular meet-up at Gosh! that will explore and celebrate the world of super-heroes.
Each month we’ll spotlight a different character or team and, with the help of our audience and guest speakers, break down their history and share our favourite moments.
Our very own Hannah and Steve will lead things off with what they’ve read and enjoyed then throw it open to the group to pick out their favourite characters and storylines .
We’ll share the best websites, podcasts, and books about the characters in question and talk about their appearances on TV and in film.
At the end of the evening we’ll close things out with a little pop quiz, with the winner being given the responsibility of picking out a random envelope that will contain the subject of the next month’s meet up!
To kick things off we’ll be looking at Marvel’s merry mutants and exploring every corner of the X-Universe, from Muir Island to Madripoor and talking Morlocks, Magistrates, and Mutates as we go.
Join us on the third Wednesday of every month at our not so secret headquarters from 7 till 9 and share your favourite superpowers, secret identities, and sidekicks.
We’re BIG fans of Big Picture Press here at Gosh! Their beautiful books have been brightening our children’s section for a while now, so we couldn’t be more excited to launch Inside Out: New York, the first in a new collection of concertina books, by Josh Cochran.
Inside Out: New York is packed to bursting with iconic New York landmarks, pigeons, and taxi cabs. At 2 metres it’s in an impressive insight to ‘the city that never sleeps’ and is Josh’s first children’s book. When he’s not sketching the Brooklyn Bridge you can find Josh teaching at the School of Visual Arts, filling in as Art Director for the New York Times, being nominated for Grammy’s, or hanging out with his dog Porkchop.
Josh will be in conversation with Gosh!’s own Steve Walsh, discussing all aspects of his concertina book and sharing a few of his favourite spots in New York. Afterwards he’ll be hanging around, signing copies of the book, and enjoying a beer or five.
Festivities start at 7pm on Friday the 19th of September. If you can’t make it along on the night and would like Josh to sign a copy for you then drop us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make those arrangements. We’ll see you there, and in the meantime, hot dogs on Steve anybody?
Stephen Collins, the creator of the The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, is back again only this time he’s offering us Some Comics, a collection of 100 smaller strips asking important questions like ‘what the hell do plastic bags think about all day?’.
Stephen has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, winning the Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize, being shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book of the Year and winning the Edinburgh Literary Festival’s 9th Art Award, while you can also regularly enjoy his work in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine.
We’ll have Stephen on hand to sign copies of the book and there will be plenty of drink flowing, the only thing left to make the night complete is YOU.
We’ll be celebrating the launch of Nobrow’s newest offering Art Schooled with an old fashioned launch party.
Created by recent Central St Martins graduate Jamie Coe, Art Schooled offers insight to the highs and lows of a struggling art student; never quite ‘getting’ the work of his peers and desperately trying to win the girl of his dreams. The protagonist, Daniel Stope, is a self-proclaimed misfit whose dreams of being a painter seem all but crushed. With a move to the big city behind him and four years of studying ahead, Daniel must navigate the obstacle course of design briefs and life drawing classes and maybe, if he can survive it, he’ll get to be an intern when it’s over…
As we’ve come to expect from UK publishers Nobrow the book smells good enough to eat, is printed on gorgeous paper stock, and has the prettiest (and most atmospheric) palette we’ve seen in a while. Jamie’s artwork is expressive and his vignettes hilarious, so if you’ve not already bagged a copy now is the time to do it!
Jamie will be about on the night, signing copies of the book and regaling us all with his own tales of student life. The party starts at 7pm, September 27th and there will be drinks a plenty. And just in case you don’t know what he looks like, we’ve found this archive image of Jamie.
Bartkira is coming to Gosh! to celebrate the online launch of Volume 2.
For the uninitiated, Barkira is the mash-up of cultural icons Akira and The Simpsons with the end goal to have each page of Katsuhiro Otomo’s apocalyptic masterpiece redrawn, swapping out the existing characters with those from Matt Groening’s The Simpsons. But where does an idea like this burst from? The editor and driving force behind the project, James Harvey, said in an interview with Vice, “The first guy to do a Bartkira drawing was Ryan Humphrey, a UK artist. He redrew these pages that showed the moment Akira destroys Neo-Tokyo, but redrawing Akira as Bart and the Colonel as Homer.” He describes the project as a gateway for newcomers and creators alike to produce a large scale work of art.
As well as celebrating the online launch of the completed second volume, Gosh! will be hosting a Bartkira Volume 2 Exhibition. The first volume is already available to read online for free at bartkira.com and while there are currently no plans to print the work (it infringes on TWO major copyrights after all) the project will be followed through to completion – all six volumes re-drawn by artists from around the world.
James is joining us between 2-3pm on the day to sign copies of his new book with Image, Masterplasty. The party and exhibition start at 7pm on October 4th. The beer and donuts will be bountiful so come be merry and help us celebrate.
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.