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.

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

It’s Drink & Draw time with our friends at Broken Frontier This coming month we have special guests John Riordan, Gary Northfield, and Grace Wilson! The event will be Tuesday, November 29th. 

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John Riordan, just off of launching his latest graphic novel, Sound & Vision, that covers the past 5 decades of music. We know John from his self-published comic series Hitsville UK, a psychedelic pop-music soap opera collaboration with Dan Cox
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Gary Northfield is one of the UK’s most beloved kids cartoonists. From the Beano to the Phoenix, his unmistakable style has become a part of the adolescent cultural landscape, now more than ever as he branches into illustrated fiction with his brilliant Julius Zebra series.

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We recently launched Grace Wilson’s debut graphic novel Saving Grace, a story of four twenty-somethings living in the rapidly gentrifying East London.  She recently moved from Sweden and now live in London, where she has does brilliant zines such as Eyes Peeled and Archipelago. 

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This event will be Tuesday, 29th November 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!

The Fever Closing Launch Party

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We’re having a party with Liam Cobb to celebrate the release of The Fever Closing, from Breakdown Press. It all happens here, Friday the 11th November, 7-9pm; the same day as our launch party for Breakdown Press’s The Artist!

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The latest work from rising star Liam Cobb, winner of the 2016 ELCAF Audience award for his self-published Shampoo, The Fever Closing is a hallucinatory masterpiece, charting the unanticipated events that follow a young man’s arrival at a luxurious island costume party.

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We’ll be cracking open the beers and bubbly 7-9pm, Friday the 11th November. Can’t make it on the night? Drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order, and we’ll sort you out. Keep up with any updates via the Facebook event here.

Brian Schirmer Signing

We will be hosting a signing with Brian Schirmer, author of great weird west comic series Black Jack Ketchum! The signing will be Thursday, November 3rd from 5-6pm.

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The real life ‘Black Jack’ Tom Ketchum was a cowboy turned train robber, later hanged for his crimes. Schirmer’s Image Comics series follows the unfortunately same-named Tom Ketchum, who is mistaken for the nefarious real deal. In an Old West full of supernatural twists, Tom goes on on the run trying to clear his name with a motley crew: a chatty sidearm, a gambler and a mute girl.

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Brian, a San Franciscoian, is a comics educator. He first wrote the self-published series, Ultrasylvania, before going on to create Black Jack Ketchum with artist Claudia Balboni. He’ll be here from 5-6pm on Thursday the 3rd November (just before our Jeff Lemire signing from 6-7pm), so be sure to come down and meet him! If you can’t make it, drop us an email to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order. You can get updates via the Facebook event.

John Allison Giant Days Volume 3 Signing

Giant Days Volume 3 is here, so how could we resist an excuse to get the lovely John Allison in the building? He’ll be here signing from 2-3pm on Saturday the 12th November!

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Time has certainly proven Boom’s decision to extend the former miniseries into an ongoing to be a good one. The chronicle of the lives, loves and comedic mishaps of a group of university friends has gone from strength to strength, including finding a great replacement for original illustrator Lissa Treiman in the form of Max Sarin. Sarin has managed to keep a consistent feel with the earlier volumes while showcasing his own, perfectly suited style.

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John is on form as the various dramas unfold, managing to take situations just silly enough to remain plausible (in a “oh yeah, I knew someone like that” way) and inject them with a depth of character to give the series some real punch when it unveils its dramatic chops. Between this and Bad Machinery, he truly is a master of British Educational Institute Fiction (which is totally a thing).

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John will be here to sign from 2-3pm on Saturday the 12th November (just after our Cecil Castellucci Shade the Changing Girl signing). Like our Facebook event for updates, and if you’d like to arrange a reservation or a mail order then drop us an email to info@goshlondon.com.

Thought Bubble Presents Cecil Castellucci Signing

Young Animal is alive, and Shade the Changing Girl is the second title out of the gate! We’re very happy to announce, in association with the Thought Bubble festival, a signing with writer Cecil Castellucci on Saturday the 12th November, from 1-2pm.

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Masterminded by Gerard Way, the Young Animal imprint offers a skewed look at some of DC’s most offbeat characters. Spearheaded by Doom Patrol, Shade the Changing Girl is next in line, with a feel instantly familiar to fans of the classic Peter Milligan Shade run, but a fresh new take all its own.

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Far away on the planet Meta, Loma’s going nowhere fast. She’s dropped out of school, dumped her boyfriend, and is bored out of her mind. She longs to feel things. That’s where her idol, the lunatic poet Rac Shade, and his infamous madness coat come it. Loma steals the garment and makes a break across galaxies to take up residence in a new body: Earth girl Megan Boyer.

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And the architect of that is Cecil Castellucci, a YA novelist/children’s book author/musician/director who is no stranger to the world of comics. Back in 2007, she was the author of The Plain Janes for DC’s Minx imprint, with a sequel – Janes in Love – published in 2008. She has since done comics work with Nate Powell (The Year of the Beasts) and Sara Varon (Odd Duck), with a new graphic novel – Soupy Leaves Home – due in 2017.

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Cecil will be here from 1-2pm on Saturday the 12th November, and we’ll have a healthy stack of Shade #1 & 2 for you to check out (though of course you’re welcome to bring your own comics/novels/albums). If you can’t make it, email us at info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange a reservation or a mail order. And you can check out the Facebook event page here.

 

Thought Bubble Presents Faith Erin Hicks Signing

Canadian writer/artist Faith Erin Hicks will be signing here in association with the Thought Bubble festival on Monday the 7th November, from 6-7pm!

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From her early days on pioneering webcomic Demonology 101, Faith has always been an exemplar of hard working comics talent. With her kinetic art style and a natural gift for character, she’s trod her own path in the comics world, producing a series of increasingly popular graphic novels, mainly in the YA field.

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In her early days she set herself apart from the pack with fun, horror-themed GNs Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere, and has since produced books such as the Bigfoot Boy series with J. Torres and The Adventures of Superhero Girl, a strip which has been collected by Dark Horse (for whom she also co-wrote video game prequel The Last of UsAmerican Dreams).

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But her greatest success has come with her series of YA graphic novels published by First Second: Brain Camp (with Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan); Friends With Boys; Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen); and The Nameless City: Book One (with colours by the incomparable Jordie Bellaire), the excellent first book in a new fantasy series.

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Faith will be here to sign from 6-7pm, on Monday the 7th October. And if you can’t make it down to meet her (your loss!), then drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com and we can organise a reservation or mail order for you. Keep an eye on our Facebook event page for any updates.

Thought Bubble Presents Jeff Lemire Signing

Jeff Lemire is in town for the Thought Bubble festival, and we’ve been able to nab him for a signing here from 6-7pm on Thursday the 3rd November!

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From his work for hire with Marvel, DC and Valiant to his new series from Image & Dark Horse, Jeff is a man who has been firing on all cylinders for years now.

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First coming to our attention with the masterful Tales of Essex County, we’ve followed his career eagerly from his landmark Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, through his superhero work across the publishing spectrum, and now in his hit Image series Descender (with Dustin Nguyen) and of course Black Hammer, his collaboration with Dean Ormston, from Dark Horse.

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Black Hammer is one of our favourite new series of the year. The series opens on a group of superheroes who are apparently in hiding in a small mid-western town after having saved the world decades ago. But all is not as it seems, and as the series unfolds we are slowly gaining insight into what their situation really is, and what has put them there in the first place. And of course the greatest mystery of all, what was the fate of the one hero who isn’t now among their number? What happened to Black Hammer?

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And of course in the near future (sadly after our signing) we’ll be seeing AD: After Death, Lemire’s collaboration as artist with writer Scott Snyder. It’s an experimental mix of comics, prose and illustration released as three oversized squarebound issues, and it looks terrific.

Jeff will be here from 6-7pm on Thursday the 3rd of November, and if you can’t make it then feel free to drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order. The Facebook event, for updates and announcements is here.

Thought Bubble Presents Matthew Rosenberg Signing

In association with the Thought Bubble festival, Matthew Rosenberg, writer of Black Mask Studios hits We Can Never Go Home and 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, will be here signing from 6-7pm on Wednesday the 26th October!

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Part of the Ashcan Press writing studio (alongside Patrick Kindlon), Matthew’s first high-profile work was his Wu Tang comic 12 Reasons To Die, written in collaboration with RZA and Ghostface Killah. But his real breakout as a talent to watch was We Can Never Go Home, a tale of superpowered teens on the run.

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Marvel certainly sat up and took notice, letting him take the reigns on their Civil War II Kingpin mini-series, helping put the classic villain back to his rightful place in the Marvel Universe. Not to mention Archie letting him loose as co-writer on the current Archie Meets The Ramones mini-series.

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But most notably is his new Black Mask Studios book, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, a heist comic with a difference. It’s a brilliant, funny crime story where 11 year old Paige is forced to enlist the aid of her friends in order to save her dad from the inept bunch of criminals that have roped him into a bank robbery – by carrying out the robbery herself.

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Matthew will be here from 6-7pm on Wednesday the 26th October, but if you can’t make it drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll organise a reservation or a mail order. You can keep track of any updates via the Facebook event page.

The Coldest Winter Launch Party with Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston will be joining us to celebrate the launch of The Coldest Winter, sequel to his excellent (soon to be a major motion picture) cold war thriller The Coldest City. Proceedings kick of from 7-9pm on Friday the 9th December! And we’ll have a special Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition of the book to boot!

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A Gosh! favourite writer, Antony has been a fixture of the UK comics scene for years. From his early genre-bending works at Oni, through long-running post-apocalyptic saga Wasteland and now in his Image series The Fuse and Codename: Baboushka, his work has been a constant fixture on our shelves.

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But possibly his greatest success came with The Coldest City, a 2012 graphic novel drawn by Sam Hart set in the twilight of Cold War-era East Berlin. After a British agent is killed while carrying a list of all the agents on both sides currently working in the city, experienced spy Lorraine Broughton must recover the information while negotiating the complex espionage politics of a city she has no knowledge of. It was a brilliant thriller, quickly picked up for adaptation into the film which will be released in 2017, starring Charlize Theron & James McAvoy.

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So the time is perfect for the release of The Coldest Winter, a prequel set 8 years before the events of Coldest City. The new book focuses on the backstory of David Perceval, who appears in The Coldest City as the British station chief in Berlin. He’s not exactly a nice guy in TCC, which was part of the attraction for Johnston: “I specifically wanted to show how he became the sort of person he is in The Coldest City, because he’s not a very likable character there. It was very much about finding that character and making him sympathetic, because in The Coldest City, he’s not very sympathetic at all.

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The new book is illustrated by Steve Perkins who brings a kinetic style to proceedings, better suited to this more action-oriented story. And we’re thrilled to say that Perkins has also provided us with an all-new full-colour illustration for our exclusive bookplate edition, which you can pick up on the night or preorder here!

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Antony will be with us for signing, beer and bubbles from 7-9pm on Friday the 9th December, adding a bit of wintery flavour to the pre-Christmas period. Take a break from your shopping and pop in to get a signed copy! Can’t make it on the night? Drop and email to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order.

Keep up with any updates over at the Facebook event here.