Gosh! Comics and Broken Frontier present Drink and Draw February Edition!

It’s Drink & Draw time with our friends at Broken Frontier This coming month we have special guests Rachael Ball, Matthew Dooley, and Sarah Gordon! The event will be Tuesday, February 28th. 

Rachael Ball,  is a cartoonist and teacher whose illustrations have appeared in City Life, Deadline, the Times Educational Supplement and the Radio Times. Ball was a regular contributor to the 90’s British comic Deadline. Her first graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman, was released in 2015, the tale of zookeeper Iris who is diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently working on her new graphic novel, Wolf Man.

Matthew Dooley  is a cartoonist from the north west of England. His work has appeared in comic anthologies such as Dirty Rotten Comics, Off Life and T4L. He has twice been shortlisted for the Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica prize, and he won the 2016 prize for his short story Colin Turnbull: A Tall Story.

Sarah Gordon, an illustrator and concept designer, works with clients like Wired UK, George Michael, Look What We Found, and Lush Cosmetics. Her narrative work has been published in Ink+Paper Magazine, VS Comics and Solipsistic Pop.

This event will be Tuesday, 28th February at Crown & Horses pub.

Hosted by Gosh’s Nora Goldberg 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. With such a great group of creators you certainly won’t be in want of inspiration!
The Drink and Draw will begin at Gosh! at 6.30pm with an opportunity to buy work from the featured artists at a discounted price before heading to the evening’s location of choice. At 7pm we will be going to a local pub, Crown & Horses to begin our drinking and drawing!

Collecting Sticks Launch Party with Joe Decie

Joe Decie will be here to celebrate the release of his new Jonathan Cape graphic novel Collecting Sticks on Thursday, April 13th, 7-9pm.

The king of fanciful autobiography is back! Joe Decie is on his usual fine form as he and the family embark on a “glamping” trip in an attempt to get back to nature. Filled with his usual wry humour and occasional forays into humorous fantastical interludes, Collecting Sticks is a welcome return from one of UK comics’ most distinctive (and funny) voices.

The story plays with the challenges nature presents to city folk as they forage for berries, get stuck up a tree, make perilous encounters with stinging wildlife, compete to build the best fire and discover the importance of finding good sticks. Also, it rains. It’s about the human desire to get back to nature. Or to return to childhood and hit things with sticks.

Joe will be here on Thursday the 13th April from 7-9pm to launch the new book, and we’d love for you join us! It’ll be the usual enjoyable mix of signed books, beers, bubbles and great comics chatter. If you can’t make it along, drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order. You can keep up with any updates on the Facebook event here.

A Thousand Coloured Castles Launch with Gareth Brookes

Gareth Brookes will be here to launch his new Myriad graphic novel, A Thousand Coloured Castles, on Thursday the 20th April from 7-9pm!

One of the most unique artistic voices in UK comics, we’re always keenly interested in Gareth’s new output. A Thousand Coloured Castles doesn’t look like it’s going to disappoint, with Gareth utilising crayons to give the work a thick, substantial feel while the colour palette lends the whole work a surreal, dreamy aspect.

Myriam is seeing things, and so can we, but her husband Fred is adamant it’s all a lot of nonsense. In A Thousand Coloured Castles Brookes once again twitches the net curtains of the suburban south in this gloriously crayoned follow-up to the prize-winning The Black Project.

The Black Project was one of our favourite books of 2013, and from what we’ve seen of the new book Gareth has lost none of his visionary approach to the medium, or the wonderfully observed humanity he brings to his characters. One of the first must-reads of 2017!

Gareth will be here to raise a glass and sign copies of A Thousand Coloured Castles on Thursday the 20th April from 7-9pm. If you can’t make it down, email us at info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order. You can keep up with any updates at the Facebook event page here.

 

 

Greg Pak Signing

Greg Pak will be here to sign on Tuesday, February 21st from 6-7pm!

We’ve long been fans of Greg Pak, perhaps best known as one of the definitive Hulk writers, from his classic Planet Hulk / World War Hulk story arc through to his current run on Totally Awesome Hulk. The latter book, featuring the adventures of a hulked-out Amadeus Cho (the young Asian American supergenius Pak co-created), has showcased Pak’s characteristic light touch, mixing humour, action and drama with deceptive ease.

With a significant track record with Marvel and DC – taking in top tier characters such as the X-Men (including the haunting Magneto: Last Testament), Superman, Batman, Iron Man and more – it’s always exciting to see Pak branch out into new territory. The Dark Horse weird western tale Kingsway West, with art by the excellent Mirko Colak, has been a welcome addition to his oeuvre. The tale of a Chinese gunslinger searching for his abducted wife in an Old West filled with magic and monsters, it’s a lot of dark, violent, surprisingly touching fun.

Greg will be signing here on Tuesday the 21st February, from 6-7pm, so come on down! If you can’t make it and would like to arrange a reservation or mail order, drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com. Keep up with any event updates at the Facebook event here.

Image Day Signing with Dan Watters & Caspar Wijngaard

Image turns 25 this year, and they’re having a day of signings and events worldwide to kick off the celebrations! We’ll be playing host to Limbo‘s Caspar Wijngaard & Dan Watters for an Image Day signing on Wednesday the 1st February, 6-7pm!

Limbo was one of the surprise hits of last year, a whip-smart occult detective noir, drenched in 80’s neon. In a cocktail that mixes equal parts Dashiell Hammet and David Cronenberg with its own unique ingredients, Watters and Wijngaard have whipped up a novel concoction that’s a pleasure to ingest from start to finish.

A detective with no memory, no identity and no manners. A femme fatale seeking escape from a powerful crime lord. A voodoo queen with a penchant for mixtapes and hi-tops. A goat-eating TV… Welcome to Dedande City, where good people check under their beds at night and reality is never quite what it seems.

 

And it’s not just a signing! To help celebrate Image Day, we’ll be doing 10% off of all Image Comics TPBs on the day, and a massive 25% off the Limbo TPB! What more excuse do you need? Come on down to see Dan and Caspar, get their excellent book signed and treat yourself to some more of Image’s amazing range of books.

The gents will be here from 6-7pm on Wednesday the 1st February. Keep up with any event updates on the Facebook event page. Can’t make it on the day? Email us on info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order (but full price on reservations and mail orders, sorry!).

Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Signing & Talk

We’ll have an incredible line-up of costume designers and concept artists from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here for a signing and q&a on Friday, 3rd February. Glyn DillonDave CrossmanAdam Brockbank, Matt Allsopp, Vincent Jenkins, Jon Mccoy and Will Htay will be here from 7.30 – 9.00pm!

The eagerly anticipated Star Wars spin-off/prequel Rogue One hit cinemas in December (and still resides in many), and presented a unique challenge for those involved: how to recreate the look and feel of the classic trilogy while still introducing new elements that felt a natural part of it. Fair to say that all involved did a phenomenal job, as laid out in The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, written by Josh Kushins.

Lucky for us plenty of those talented folks are based right here in the UK, and we’re lucky enough to be hosting a number of them for a Q&A session and signing! We’ll have costume designers Glyn Dillon & Dave Crossman, as well as concept artists Adam Brockbank, Matt Allsopp, Vincent Jenkins, Jon Mccoy and Will Htay all here in-store to talk about their process working on the film, as well as take your questions. There will also be an opportunity to get copies of The Art of Rogue One signed by this incredible roster of talent.

Things kick off on Friday, 3rd February from 7.30-9pm. The event isn’t ticketed, it’s a first-come, first-served seating arrangement and space is limited, so get here early! And keep up with any event updates on the Facebook event page. Can’t make it along? Email us at info@goshlondon.com to reserve a signed copy or arrange a mail order. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

2000 AD 40th Anniversary Signing- Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill

Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill will be here to sign on Friday the 10th February from 6-7pm. Don’t miss this one, folks!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, the good folks at 2000 AD are throwing a massive celebratory convention! The Forty Years of Thrill-Power Festival takes place at the Novotel London West on Saturday the 11th February from 10am – 7pm, and should be one hell of a knees-up, with luminaries from throughout the entire history of the seminal sci-fi anthology. Sadly the event is now sold out, but keep an eye out here in case of any news.

Not content to just sit on the sidelines, we wanted to get on board with celebrating this milestone by getting together two of the creators instrumental in the magazine’s success: Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill!

The influence of the pair on 2000 AD (and beyond) is immeasurable, whether it be in the pages of ABC Warriors and Nemesis the Warlock, or editorial acts such as introducing creator credits in British comics. That fruitful collaboration continued elsewhere with the creation of ultimate anti-hero Marshal Law, and into present day with crime novel Read Em and Weep Book One: Serial Killer.

Launching at the festival, Read ‘Em and Weep is a darkly comedic prose thriller set in the 70’s, co-authored by Mills & O’Neill: “Can a man-child comic book editor who hates everyone be a hero? You bet! Dave Maudling, the Liquorice Detective, isn’t just a fur-obsessed, confectionary-munching loser. He is also a SERIAL KILLER. But everything is about to change–for the worst.” We’ll have copies available on the night!

We’ll also be launching the latest and final of our 30th Anniversary prints: a beautiful Nemesis the Warlock Screenprint! It releases on the day, and we’ll have a small number held back for online orders on Saturday 11th February from 11am.

Pat & Kevin will be here from 6-7pm on Friday the 10th February. If you can’t make it along but would like to get something signed, email us on info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order. Keep an eye of the Facebook event for updates.

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When I’m A Mummy Like You Launch Party

David O’Connell and Francesca Gambatesa will be here to launch their new book, When I’m A Mummy Like You, on Thursday the 9th February from 7-9pm!

David & Francesca were the creative team behind one of last year’s most heart-warming kids books, When I’m A Monster Like You, Dad. They’ve re-teamed for a new book from publishers Harpercollins which puts the spotlight on a relationship between a mother and her daughter, a neat companion piece that also has its own unique message.

Every child wants to be just like their mummy and do all the exciting things that grown-ups do. But is being a mummy really that much fun? Or can being small be just as special? Maybe they can both be wonderful, if you do them together.

David O’Connell is a writer and illustrator living in London, UK. His favorite things to draw are monsters, naughty children, batty old ladies and evil cats. He loves comics too, and has had work published in anthologies such as Birdsong, Solipsistic Pop, Paper Science and Accent UK, as well as his own webcomic, TozoDavid edited ink+PAPER, a biannual anthology combining comics and the graphic arts. He is the creator of the Monster & Chips series and illustrator on the Creature Teachers book series. His writing credits include Jampireswith illustrator Sarah McIntyre, and When I’m A Monster Like You, Dad.

Francesca Gambatesa is an Italian illustrator and animator based in London. She was born in Lebanon, grew up in Rome and got her animation degree at the Italian National film school C.S.C. She’s worked as an animator and art director for children TV series, internet productions and feature films between Italy and the UK. Animation and design work include BBC series Wee Wise Words, Jiles Andreae’s The World of Happy and end credit sequence of feature film Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang. Her recent illustration work is for Penguin Young Readers, Usborne Books and Zanichelli Editore. She illustrated the kids book series Recipe For Adventure by Giada de Laurentiis.

David and Francesca will be here to toast the release of When I’m A Mummy Like You on Thursday, 9th February from 7-9pm. Keep up with any updates on the Facebook event page.

Come down and grab yourself a signed copy, or possibly get a copy signed for the mummy in your life. (*cough Mother’s Day 18th March cough*) If you can’t make it down but would like to get a signed copy, drop us an email to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

CBSP: Deep Space Canine Launch Party

We’re hosting a cavalcade of creators for the launch of CBSP: Deep Space Canine on Friday the 17th February, from 7-9pm!

The British Comics Award-nominated Comic Book Slumber Party are back! After a brief hiatus, we’re thrilled to see the return of one of our favourite UK comics collectives, now partnered up with the good folks of Avery Hill. It’s a match made in the heavens, appropriate enough given the subject matter of the new CBSP anthology: DEEP SPACE CANINE!
 CBSP mascot Greasy has hit the spaceways with only her robot pal for company. But sometimes it’s good to have a Cybernetic Unit Normally for Troubleshooting at your side, as Greasy discovers on her increasingly bizarre and profane journey.

“Edited by Hannah K. Chapman, and with contributions from Katriona Chapman, Lucy Haslam, Lize Meddings, Honey Parast, Becca Tobin, Alice Urbino, Beth Wood and Jenn Woodall, CBSP: Deep Space Canine explores strange new worlds, discovers wild new civilisations, and solves the age old problem – what to do when you’ve lost your best pair of knickers.”

What indeed? Come on down and find out! We’ll have a full house of talent, plus free drinks to settle those space-nerves. The party starts here (and who knows where after that), on Friday the 17th February from 7-9pm. Join the Facebook event for any updates.

Can’t make it along but would like a signed copy? Drop us an email to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order.

The Can Opener’s Daughter Launch Party

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We will be launching Rob Davis’s latest graphic novel The Can Opener’s Daughter on Thursday, December 8th from 7-9pm.

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In the British Comic Award-winning The Motherless Oven, Scarper Lee asked: “Who the hell is Vera Pike?” In the second part of Rob Davis’s trilogy, we get a chance to find out. This is Vera’s story.
Grave Acre is a cruel world of opportunity and control. Vera’s mother is the Weather Clock, the omnipotent and megalomaniacal Prime Minister of Chance. Her father is a can opener. Charting Vera’s unsettling childhood, the book takes us from her home in Parliament to suicide school, and from the Bear Park to the black woods that lie beyond. In the present day, Vera and Castro Smith are determined to see their friend Scarper again – but is he still alive? And if so, can they save him? Can anyone outlive their deathday?

img_3644Both a sequel and a darkly inventive standalone graphic novel, The Can Opener’s Daughter answers many of the questions posed in The Motherless Oven, while asking plenty more of its own.

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The Can Opener’s Daughter is a dark and inventive coming-of-age tale, both a companion piece to Davis’s British Comic Award-winning The Motherless Oven and an impressive standalone graphic novel.

Rob Davis is a British comics artist, writer, and editorial illustrator located in Blandford Forum, Dorset. British comics magazines and features to which he has contributed include Roy of the Rovers, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who Adventures. Other work includes an adaption of Cervantes’ classic novel Don Quixote, and Daria: A Roma Woman’s Journey, a collaboration between the UNDP and PositiveNegatives.

Rob will be here from 7-9pm on the 8th December to celebrate the release, and all are welcome to pop down and join us! Keep up with event updates on the Facebook event here. Can’t make it down? Email us at info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order.