Let’s Talk Intersectionality: Feminism and Comics (Part 2!)

Due to popular demand, we are hosting a second edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality ‘Feminism and Comics’! We hope that anyone who couldn’t make it to the first one is able to come on September 15th. There is clearly a need for spaces to have these conversations. The sign up list for this free event will open on Friday, Aug. 28th via Eventbrite and posted on the Facebook event page here.

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At one time, the pairing of feminism and comics may have seemed antithetical in mainstream comics. The assumption of the default male reader (who was also assumed to be heterosexual, cisgender and probably white) dictated much of the portrayal of women (as fantasy or plot devices) and feminism in comics. Female superheroes were derived as an afterthought to their male counterparts (She-Hulk, Superwoman, Batgirl, Spider-woman…) or women featured as victims, regularly tortured and raped to propel the action for the male lead. Recently, a sea change has emerged: feminist portrayals of heroes have infiltrated the mainstream. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel, A-Force, Black Canary in the superhero genre as well as ODY-C, Bitch Planet, Saga and lots more great graphic novels.

Feminist zines, small press and underground comics have long been a subversive form for challenging sexism. The Bechdel Test was born from the groundbreaking comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and small press (and web comics) continues to be fruitful and vibrant territory for feminism and comics (also see zines published by the Feminist Library, One Beat zines, Global Grrrl Zine Network).

Let’s Talk Intersectionality is a monthly reading group at the Feminist Library that explores feminist texts and issues from an intersectional perspective. For a special edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality, we will be hosting a salon-style discussion about the state of feminism in comics. Co-hosted by Lauren Murphy and Lisa Woynarski.

No prior knowledge of comics necessary. All welcome.

There is no required reading for this session as we will be having a broad conversation about feminism and comics. If you would like to do some reading, here are some suggestions:

Books:
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette By Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, and Bryan Talbot
Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross
Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
Kiki De Montparnasse by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet
Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki
This One Summer Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Zines and Anthologies:
Womanthology
The Strumpet
Feminist Library Zines
One Beat Zines
Comic Book Slumber Party
Global Grrrl Zine Network

Series:
Ms Marvel
Bitch Planet
Saga
ODY-C
Lumberjanes
Rat Queens
Sex Criminals
Young Avengers
Love & Rockets
The Wicked + The Divine

Blogs:
www.comicbookgrrrl.com
girlsreadcomics.com
thismomentsforwomenincomics.tumblr.com
www.feministcomics.com

And many, many more amazing things! We’d love to hear your recommendations over on the Facebook event page here 

Darywn Cooke Signing & Talk

We’ve got some great news to share! The amazing Darwyn Cooke is coming to Gosh! not only will he be doing a signing from 6-7pm but he’ll also be giving a talk at 7.30 – 9pm on Wednesday the 21st of October.

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Darwyn Cooke broke into the superhero scene by working on those classic crime fighting capers such as the Justice League in the modern DC classic The New Frontier and Batman. Darwyn hasn’t just illustrated superheroes for comics but he’s also drawn them for the screen, as a storyboard artist on The New Batman/Superman Adventures animated series. But you might also know his classic cinematic style from his work that gravitates more towards crime like his classic run on Catwoman with Ed Brubaker or his graphic novel adaptations of Donald Westlake’s Parker novels.

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Darwyn’s latest project Twilight Children is a new mini-series written by legendary comics creators Gilbert Hernandez. They’ve teamed up to create this exciting surreal project which will launch in October.

‘When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children naturally poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a quirky pair of undercover CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist. Can they come together to prevent an all-out alien invasion and save the souls in this sleepy, seaside town?’ 

IDW says ‘Darwyn Cooke, Eisner-Award-winning writer/artist, sets his artistic sights on bringing to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark’s Parker.Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake. The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind – to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him!’

 

The signing kicks off at 6- 7pm and the talk will happen between 7.30 – 9pm on Wednesday the 21st of October. While it’s entirely free, it’s first come first served so make sure you get down early to get your seat. We’ll also have a selection of Darwyn’s work available on the night so you can take home a signed copy. If you can’t make it along on the night but fancy a signed copy then drop us a line via info@goshlondon.com. Shipping in the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quotes for the rest of the world are available on request.

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Graphic Sex Talk by Stephen Lowther

Sex talk in Soho!? We know we’re as surprised as you are. Believe it or not we’ll be hosting a Graphic Sex Talk by Stephen Lowther of The Wellcome Library on the 22nd October from 7.30-9 pm. Stephen will be discussing all aspects of sex throughout the history of comics.

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‘A taste of sexuality, sexism, censorship, gender identity and sexually transmitted diseases in comics, pulps, graphic novels, magazines, undergrounds, comic strips and postcards, from Aubrey Beardsley’s ‘Lysistrata’ and the ripped shirts of Doc Savage to Adam Hughes’ ‘Wonder Woman’ and gay marriage in Astonishing X-Men.’

The event kicks off at 7:30pm on Thursday the 22nd of October and, while it’s entirely free, it’s first come first served so make sure you get down early to grab your seat and avoid disappointment.

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Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics Launch Party

We’re over the moon to be hosting the launch party for  Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics on Thursday 17th September from  7-9pm 

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Join us at Gosh! for an evening of poetry reading and comic creation! Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics is the UK’s first book of poetry comics with support from Arts Council England and is edited by Tom Humberstone and Chrissy Williams. We’ll also be joined by these excellent artist’s and poets;

John Canfield

Lorraine Mariner

Shauna Robertson

Ioan Morris

RH Parry

Sean Azzopardi

Cristian Ortiz

Douglas Noble

Hayley Fiddler

Emix Regulus

There’s also an Over the Line Poetry Comics exhibition at the Poetry Café (1 Sept – 31 Oct), and you can find more poetry comics at www.poetryandcomics.tumblr.com

All these fantastic creators will be with us 7- 9pm on Thursday the 17th of September where we’ll be celebrating the release of  Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics. 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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Dispossession Launch Party with Simon Grennan

Hold on to your top hats! Because we’ve got Simon Grennan coming to Gosh! for a Launch Party celebrating the release of Dispossession and we couldn’t be more pleased about it! Get down here on September 4th from 7-9pm to raise a glass with us.

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Simon Grennan is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, comics scholar and author of over forty comics and books. Not only that but he’s also a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Chester. His latest book Dispossession is inspired by Anthony Trollope’s 1879 novel John Caldigate. The book explores the life of a young gentleman who gets into debt by gambling and tries to change his luck in the gold fields of New South Wales.

‘England, 1873. John Caldigate, a young gentleman, gets into debt gambling and decides to try his luck in the gold fields of New South Wales. On the outward journey, he promises to marry Mrs Smith, a divorced actress. Returning home a rich man, John marries Hester, the sweetheart he left behind. Soon, Mrs Smith also returns from Australia, penniless, and claims that she is already his wife. Inspired by Anthony Trollope’s 1879 novel John Caldigate, Dispossession embeds the reader in a uniquely wrought experience of the mid 19th century, including the first ever appearance of the Australian aboriginal Wiradjuri Language in a graphic novel. Taking unique advantage of the graphic form to conjure the material world of the Victorian era in a glittering waltz of intense colour and deep shadow, Dispossession is a virtuoso and intensely affecting graphic novel by a master visual storyteller.’

The party will be kicking off at 7pm on September 4th with Simon on hand to sign copies! 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 then we have a flat rate of £5 for the UK and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

 

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Hilda and the Troll Paperback Launch Party with Luke Pearson

A new paperback edition of Hilda’s first magical adventure in the land of Trolberg is hitting stores! And to celebrate we’ve got award-winning cartoonist Luke Pearson coming to Gosh! for an incredible Hilda and The Troll Launch Party on the 26th of September from 7-9pm. 

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Luke Pearson is an incredible illustrator and comics artist and it’s no secret that we’re big fans of his work over here at Gosh! In 2010, London’s NoBrow press published Hildafolk, an all-ages tale steeped in Scandinavian folklore about a girl named Hilda embarking on an adventure into strange worlds ruled by magical forces. Well, we’ve got great news: the beautiful Tove Jansson-esque Hilda and The Troll is finally being released in a paperback  edition and to celebrate were hosting a Launch Party!

‘While on an expedition to seek out the magical creatures of the mountains around her home, Hilda spots a mountain troll. As she draws it, the blue-haired explorer starts to nod off… when she wakes, she finds herself lost in a snowstorm and her troll has totally disappeared. On her way home, Hilda ventures deep into the woods, befriends a lonely wooden man and narrowly avoids getting squashed by a lost giant.’

 

Luke will be here on the night to sign books and raise a glass in honor of Hilda and the Troll paperback edition. The party starts at 7pm on Saturday the 26th of September. 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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Mark Millar Signing

Multi award-winning writer Mark Millar is on a tour to celebrate the release of the Chrononauts & Jupiter’s Circle paperbacks, and he’s coming to Gosh! Mark will be here Saturday 31st October from 1-2pm so cancel your plans and  mark those calendars!

 

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He doesn’t really need an introduction, but just in case you hadn’t heard, Mark Millar is the mastermind behind smash hit comics Kick-Ass and Wanted. Both these skewed takes on the classic superhero movie have been made into successful films and were sold to Hollywood before the first issue even hit the stands! But his genius doesn’t stop there: he’s also the co- creator of  Jupiter’s Legacy with artist Frank Quitely, he’s  revamped the X-Men, brought Captain America into the 21st Century, launched a number one Spider-Man title and made Superman a communist. And of course his reinvention of the Avengers laid the groundwork for what would become some of the highest grossing films of all time. His latest book Chrononauts, melds the mission of NASA with a group of rogue time travellers. The four issue series, with art by Sean Murphy, debuted in March from Image Comics and you can bet there’s a movie on the way. And Jupiter’s Circle, the Jupiter’s Legacy prequel drawn by Wilfredo Torres and Davide Gianfelice, continues to break new ground. We’re extremely excited about the release of Chrononauts Volume 1 and Jupiter’s Circle Volume 1 in trade paperback and we cant wait to be joined by Mark here at Gosh!

Chrononauts Volume 1 hits the shelves in September and Image comics says it’s ‘A bromance for the ages! Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two buddies who love to have fun. They’re also scientific geniuses. When their research leads them to a time-traveling adventure, will they use their knowledge for the good of all mankind? Or use the space-time continuum for their own ends? This is the story of man’s first, televised steps through the time-stream and everything going wrong in the process.’

Jupiter’s Circle Volume 1 will be released in October. ‘The most celebrated superheroes in mid-century America seem to have it all— fame, riches, adoration—but tensions simmer beneath the glossy surface, threatening to crack open the secrets behind their public AND private exploits. Before the family dynasty in JUPITER’S LEGACY began, there was JUPITER’S CIRCLE—a story about a team whose personal dramas collide with super-powered spectacle!’

The signing will get underway from 1-2pm on the 31st of October. If you can’t make it along to see Mark but you want a signed copy, then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to be 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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Miracleman Signing with Mark Buckingham & D’Israeli

We’re extremely happy to announce that Eisner Award winning artist Mark Buckingham is coming back to Gosh! for a Miracleman signing on 2nd September from 6- 7pm, with special guest, D’Israeli! 

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It’s over two decades since Mark Buckingham and Neil Gaiman took the reigns on Miracleman, the ground-breaking reinvention of Mick Anglo’s classic British superhero. But when publishers Eclipse went bankrupt in 1994, plans for the three-arc story cycle The Golden Age, The Silver Age and The Dark Age never saw completion, the plug being abruptly pulled two issues into the middle arc. But now, after years of legal wrangling, Neil and Mark are getting the opportunity to return and complete this incredible story. And the good news just keeps on coming, as Mark will be coming to Gosh! to do a Miracleman signing along with series colourist D’Israeli!

‘Uttering a single, long-forgotten word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born! Years out of print and left unfinished, Marvel Comics is pleased to bring these iconic and trailblazing stories back to print for an entirely new generation of fans. Now is the chance to jump on board one of the most groundbreaking stories in comics history before these two industry titans bring you the cataclysmic conclusion to their famously unfinished storyline!’

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The signing will get underway from 6- 7pm on the 2nd of September. If you can’t make it along to see Mark & D’Israeli but you want a signed copy, then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to be 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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Joan Cornellà Zonzo Signing

Joan Cornellà is coming to Gosh! and he’s bringing his own brand of twisted dark humor with him! He’ll be here August 10th from 6-7pm to sign copies of his brand new book ‘Zonzo’. 

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Joan Cornellà uses black humour and discomfort,  in his wordless six-panel comics that range from extremely disturbing to extremely hilarious. Joan’s work explores  mutilation, disfigurement, violence  and a total disregard for human life. He’ll be here at Gosh! signing copies of his new book ‘Zonzo‘ the follow-up to 2013’s best seller ‘Mox Nox‘.  ‘Zonzo‘ contains forty eight panel strips of non-consequential violence and completely absurd surrealism.

Even if Joan’s plots can be hard to follow, his world is totally absorbing. When one finally gets the proper idea of it, shivers spread along one’s spinal cord. After seeing too many toothpaste-ad smiling psychos in Joan’s world, I became almost afraid of them in real life.” – Aleksandra Waliszewska

”These pages are not only fun, they have a hypnotic beauty. I would breakdance dressed with the skin of all my loved ones in exchange for being able to draw something like this.”- Paco Alcázar

Joan Cornellà’s work fills me with envy, because it is amazing. A real cartooning genius.”-Michael Kupperman

Joan will be joining us to sign copies at 6-7pm on August 10th. If you’re unable to make it along to the event then drop an email to info@goshlondon.com and we can arrange a signed copy for you. If you need it sent, postage across the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quotes for further afield are available on request.

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Let’s Talk Intersectionality Reading & Discussion Group Presents: Feminism and Comics

We are very excited to announce we’ll be hosting this special edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality on Feminism and Comics on Wednesday August 26th from 7-9pm. 

 

Let’s Talk Intersectionality is a monthly reading group at the Feminist Library that explores feminist texts and issues from an intersectional perspective. Gosh! will be hosting a special edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality, discussing the state of feminism in comics. Co-hosted by Lauren Murphy and Lisa Woynarski.
At one time, the pairing of feminism and comics may have seemed antithetical in mainstream comics. The assumption of the default male reader (who was also assumed to be heterosexual, cisgender and probably white) dictated much of the portrayal of women (as fantasy or plot devices) and feminism in comics. Female superheroes were derived as an afterthought to their male counterparts (She-Hulk, Superwoman, Batgirl, Spider-woman…) or women featured as victims, regularly tortured and raped to propel the action for the male lead. Recently, a sea change has emerged: feminist portrayals of heroes have infiltrated the mainstream. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Captain Marvel, Miss Marvel, A-Force, Black Canary in the superhero genre as well as ODY-C, Bitch Planet, Saga and lots more great graphic novels.

Feminist zines, small press and underground comics have long been a subversive form for challenging sexism. The Bechdel Test was born from the groundbreaking comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and small press (and web comics) continues to be fruitful and vibrant territory for feminism and comics (also see zines published by the Feminist Library, One Beat zines, Global Grrrl Zine Network).

No prior knowledge of comics necessary. All welcome.

There is no required reading for this session as we will be having a broad conversation about feminism and comics. If you would like to do some reading, here are some suggestions:

Books:
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette By Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, and Bryan Talbot
Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross
Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
Kiki De Montparnasse by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet
Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki
This One Summer Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Zines and Anthologies:
Womanthology
The Strumpet
Feminist Library Zines
One Beat Zines
Comic Book Slumber Party
Global Grrrl Zine Network

Series:
Miss Marvel
Bitch Planet
Saga
ODY-C
Lumberjanes
Rat Queens
Sex Criminals
Young Avengers

Blogs:
www.comicbookgrrrl.com
girlsreadcomics.com
thismomentsforwomenincomics.tumblr.com
www.feministcomics.com

And many, many more amazing things!

 

Check out the Facebook event page here