Let’s Talk Intersectionality: Androcentrism and the Male Gaze

We are excited to announce our next Let’s Talk Intersectionality: Feminism and Comics with a focus on androcentrism and the male gaze. It will be Monday, September 26th from  7-9pm. We have two great guests to help us get our heads around this subject: comic creators Amber Hsu and Ramsey Hassan.

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Androcentrism is the idea that history and culture are filtered through a man’s point of view, in a way that seems universal and ‘normalised’. This is still too often the case in comics and culture, although things are changing! How can we obscure the male gaze? How can we fight the idea that comics and culture is often defaulted to a male perspective, with the assumption of a universal character and reader being a straight, white cisgender man? How can we insist on room for other identities and genders in ways that does ‘other’ them but actually reflects the diverse audience and creators in comics and culture? Join in us lamenting the still present male gaze in comics and celebrating all the work that counters it, subverts it and smashes the patriarchy.

Let’s Talk Intersectionality is a reading and discussion group that explores feminist texts and issues from an intersectional perspective. Gosh! hosts a  regular edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality every few months. This month, we’ll have some brief presentations and provocations about interesectional issues in comics, discussing androcentrism and the male gaze and then we’ll break up in small groups to chat. Co-hosted by Lauren Murphy,  Lisa Woynarski and Nora Goldberg, with two brilliant guests to give us some provocations and hear some of their insights on these topics.

Amber Hsu is a Chinese-born, US-raised, UK-based writer and artist. In 2012 she won a place in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Undiscovered Voices Anthology and 3×3 Magazine’s Illustration Show Annual. She has exhibited photography, drawings, and sculpture in the US, UK and abroad. She is also a writer and has been on writing attachment at the National Theatre Studios and was recently commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre. She is the Editor and Creative Director of Tiny Pencil, an independent anthology artzine and press.

Ramsey Hassan/RAMZEE is a regular contributor at our Process and Goship events, and recently self-published his debut collection of three 5-page stories, Triangle.  He recently released Zorsea story about refugees and asylum seekers told from the point of view of a curious kid who becomes fascinated by Kamal, a new member of his class that is newly arrived in the U.K. from Somalia. Ramsey will be speaking about the cisgender, white, heteronormative patriarchal influence on comics and culture and the way that influence allows only certain stories to be told in the mainstream.

No prior knowledge of comics necessary. All welcome.

Check out our Facebook event page here.

In advance of this event, we recommend reading any of the following books to kick off our discussion:

I Love This Part by Tillie Walden
Skim by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
The Infinite Wait & Other Stories by Julia Wertz
Love and Rockets: Maggie The Mechanic by Jamie Hernandez
Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh
Dotter of My Father’s Eyes by Bryan Talbot and Mary Talbot
Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

Safari Festival Pre-Party

“Easy, friendly times with comics and refreshments” – Richard Short, 2016

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To celebrate the release of their summer risograph line Breakdown Press will be hosting a Safari Festival 2016 – New Waves In Contemporary Comics and Art Pre-Party Gosh London on August 26th, 7pm – 9pm, the night before the festival, taking place at Protein Studios in East London.

This will be your first chance to lay your hands on the following titles:

Palace #0 by Antoine Cossé
170x 240mm — 56 pages — Risograph printed — saddle stitched
Palace is the new ongoing showcase for Antoine Cossé’s cartooning genius. This 0th issue collects a selection of his hard to find short form stories from such esteemed anthologies as Happiness, Smoke Signal and Dome.

On Topics #2 by Michael DeForge
180 x 230mm — 24 pages — Risograph printed — saddle stitched
On Topics 2 is the latest release from the great Michael DeForge, containing two new comics, “The Prime Minister of Canada” and “Talking Sweat”.

Joyride by Zoë Taylor
180 x 250mm — 104 pages — Risograph printed — saddle stitched
The first published book by London-based artist Zoë Taylor, Joyride is an experiment in raw and ambiguous storytelling that follows a woman from a party into the roadside woods.

Live At The Drive by Sorority
28 pages — Risograph printed
If you’re a fan of sex, death, love, illness, friendship, or music then this one’s for you.
Visual stimulation from the world’s best cartoonists: Amanda Baeza, Antoine Cossé, Brie Moreno, Connor Willumsen, Conor Stechschulte, Elliott Batten, Joe Kessler, Richard Short, Zoë Taylor.
Audio stimulation from Sorority: Sorority are Elliott Batten, Max Batten and Joe Kessler.

You can learn more about Safari Festival here – www.safari-festival.com.

Check out the Facebook page for more information

If you can’t make it drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy of the book you want 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.

Queer: A Graphic History Launch Party

We are proud to be launching the new book Queer: A Graphic History by Meg – John Barker and Julia Scheele (a former Goshian!) on Thursday, September 1st from 7-9pm.

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A groundbreaking new book tackling the challenging questions of gender, identity and our understanding of binaries such as gay/straight. The book brings together pop-culture and academic theory to look at the history of queer thought and activism. A tool for those wrestling the issues of sexual identity and those just trying to grasp at the constantly changing definitions of gender.

 

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DR MEG-JOHN BARKER is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular book Rewriting the Rules. 

JULIA SCHEELE is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. She runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor.

You can check out our Facebook event page here.

If you can’t make it then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to be popped aside for you. If you need mail order, postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

The Marionette Unit Launch Party

We are hosting the launch for the new graphic novel, The Marionette Unit with creators Azhur Saleem, James Boyle, and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. The launch will be on September 15th from 7-9pm.

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A new graphic novel from filmmakers Azhur Saleem and James Boyle, and illustrated by comic artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell.

Enter the world of The Marionette Unit; a time of control, obsession and monstrous machines.
Beatrice Shaw is searching for her missing sister, Melodie, last seen employed at a workhouse run by shadowy industrialist, Henri Dubré inventor of The Marionette Units. It is a thrilling and terrifying Victorian mystery.

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Azhur Saleem is a writer and director, a graduate of London Film School. He recently worked as a director for video games. Some of his other projects have been for BBC Films, Wateraid, Ford Motors, and General Motors. James Boyle is also a London Film School graduate, his focus is on producing independent films. He has produced four short films and an online series through his company Park Road Pictures. Warwick Johnson-Cadwell is an editorial illustrator, concept designer, and works in story boarding and narrative art. Recently he worked on Tank Girl with Alan Martin for Titan Comics.

You can check out our Facebook event page here.

If you can’t make it then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to be popped aside for you. If you need mail order, postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

 

Mooncop Launch Party with Tom Gauld

We’ll be hosting the launch party for one of our favourite artists, the Guardian cartoonist, Tom Gauld for his new graphic novel Mooncop! The event will be on Friday, September 9th from 7-9pm!

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The hero: a cop on his daily beat… the beat: small lunar colony. But as the small town’s population dwindles –  a runaway girl, a missing dog, and a stray automaton – each day the Mooncop’s life becomes quieter and lonelier.

A melancholic science fiction story, as readers watch the slow abandonment of this small town, and our hero’s realisation of his uselessness. Tom creates a story that puts a lens to the strengths and faults of humanity.

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We will also be launching with the book an exclusively designed bookplate. Limited to 250 copies – you can pre-order them here.

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Tom Gauld is a favourite of the shop, having hosted the launches for his last two books You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack and Goliath. His name now garnering international recognition with his Guardian strips going viral beyond the UK’s borders. We’re are over the moon for his latest graphic novel!

You can check out our Facebook event page here.

If you can’t make it then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to be popped aside for you. If you need mail order, postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

Laydeez Do Comics Summer Double Bonanza!

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There are TWO Laydeez do Comics events this month! On MondayAugust 22nd from 7.30-9pm we have speaking Cath Tate, Grizelda Grizlingham, and Angela Martin.  The second event is MondayAugust 29th from 7.30-9pm with Henny Beaumont and Nick Abadzis.

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On Monday, 22nd of  August the guests include Angela Martin is the author of two cartoon books A Good Book and You worry me Tracey, You really Do published by the Women’s Press. Her cartoons have appeared on cards, tee shirts, mugs, teatowels, and bags. Cath Tate is the founder of a gift card company and a designer. They are well-known for using Edwardian photographs with funny captions. Grizela Grizlinghams cartoons have appeared in The Times, Sunday Times, TES and The Big Issue. Her  She currently does work for the New Statesman, Private Eye, The Oldie, The Spectator, Prospect Magazine and The Independent.

Tickets are free but must be booked here: Eventbrite booking

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On Monday, the 29th of August we have Henny Beaumont whose graphic memoir, Hole in the Heart, was published by Myriad in June 2016. She has appeared onBBC Woman’s Hour, and been featured in the Mail on Sunday and YOU Magazine. Henny has spoken to midwives, MA social work students, the Tavistock Institute and has forthcoming engagements at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and at art colleges. Nick Abadzis is the author of the graphic novels Hugo Tait, Laika, The Cigar who Fell in Love with a Pipe, and he writes the Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor series.  His work has also appeared in The Times, The Independent on Sunday, TimeOut, Radio Times and various other BBC publications and websites. Abadzis has garnered numerous other international storytelling awards including an Eisner for Laika.

Please book your free place here: Eventbrite booking

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Gosh! and Broken Frontier presents Drink & Draw August

It’s time for Drink & Draw with our friends at Broken FrontierOn Tuesday, August 23rd we have special guests Emix Regulus, Jade Sarson, Lando, and Stathis Tsemberlidis.

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Emix Regulus has been drawing and publishing comics since 2009 and her work has also been featured in Decadence, Offlife, Nyx: A Noctournal and Over the Line: a introduction to poetry comics. Andy Oliver at Broken Frontier says her stories ‘take place simultaneously on different levels of the same reality’ and Gosh Comics reckon her ‘clinical, cosmic cartooning offers a viewport into a multiverse of possible futures.’ Emix is currently working on a longer-form story about the human microbiome and she recently published an anthology of sci-fi, horror and fantasy stories by women.

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Jade Sarson is a Lincoln based illustrator and comic artist. She has been self-publishing since university the comic series Cafe Suada. Her comics are a combination of British and Japanese influences. In 2013 she won Best Emerging Talent in the British Comic Awards. In 2014, she won the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition with an extract from her graphic novel For the Love of God, Marie!, which has just been published.

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Lando and Stathis are the editors of Decadence Comics, the collective publishes their own work and other artists. The themes run from hard sci-fi to tales of mysticism. They’ve been publishing since the early 2000’s after meeting on a animation course in London. They will be launching the latest Decadence collection that includes work from  Emix Regulus, Jonathan Chandler, Lando, Leon Sadler, and Stathis Tsemberlidis.

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This event will be Tuesday, August 23rd at the Nellie Dean 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 comics, and at 7pm we will be going to a local pub, the Nellie Dean to begin our drinking and drawing!
Check out our Facebook event page here

 

Joan Cornellà Signing

In association with Safari Fesitival, Gosh are proud to host the one and only Joan Cornellà for a signing on Friday 26th August, from 5-7pm!

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Cornellà, the king of discomforting hilarity, will be here to sign copies of Zonzo (our top-selling title of 2015!) and Mox Nox, and if the turnout for our last signing with him is any indication, it’ll be quite the event.

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Starting out self-publishing in his native Spain, it wasn’t long before Joan was picked up for publication by Glénat, and from there has amassed a huge body of work, providing spot illustrations and strips for publication everywhere from El Jueves to The New York Times.

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But for most people, Twitter is the platform through which they were first exposed to Joan’s work. His combination of a deceptively simple line and colour palette makes his work pop in the digital realm, and the innocent, smiling faces of his subjects belie the darker-than-dark situations in which they find themselves. Gallows humour doesn’t even begin to describe it, and you’re sure to have seen one of Joan’s cartoons shared somewhere in your social media.

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Joan is coming to us courtesy of Safari Festival, where he will also be exhibiting. Safari, organised by the folks at Breakdown Press, is a celebration of the new wave of alternative and art comics from the UK and beyond. Taking place on Saturday 27th August, 11am-6pm, the festival is an opportunity for a curated group of cartoonists and publishers to exhibit and sell their artwork, prints and, primarily, comics, and for attendees to experience the best of UK comics’ avant-garde. Be sure to check out their Tumblr.

Joan will be here signing on Friday 26th August, 5-7pm. Check out our Facebook event page here.

If you can’t make it drop us 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.

 

Cry Havoc TP Launch Party

The collection of issues #1-6 of Si Spurrier‘s lesbian-werewolf-military-horror-drama (seriously, it defies easy categorisation), Cry Havoc Vol 1 TP Mything in Action, is almost here! To celebrate, we’ve got Si himself coming down to crack open a bottle of bubbly and sign his name on your – yes YOUR – copy. Make sure you’re here for the occasion on Friday the 19th August, from 7-9pm!

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You can rely on Si to bring more than the hoary old cliches to any genre he tries his hand at, and it turns out that werewolf stories are no exception. No misty moors or Victorian mansions here:

Meet Lou: a street musician savaged by a supernatural terror. Meet Lou: crossing war-torn Afghanistan with a unit of shapeshifting soldiers. Meet Lou: a monstress held captive by the rogue beast she was sent to kill. CRY HAVOC interweaves three stages of a remarkable life into a critically-exalted saga of military, myth, and mania.

Folklore is saturated with monsters,” says Spurrier. “Centuries ago these wonderful fictions were at the bleeding-edge of the Zeitgeist, but they’ve faded from relevance. Cry Havoc asks what happens when those bright-eyed and bloody-fanged stories force themselves back into the modern limelight. Who resists them, and who gets caught in the middle?

Not only is Spurrier ably assisted on art by Ryan Kelly, of Northlanders and Local fame, but to help convey the shifting of time throughout the story – and to help the reader keep track – he has enlisted three different colourists, one for each time period. Matt Wilson, Lee Loughridge, and Nick Filardi each bring their own unique voice to the project, instantly distinguishing the different threads that run through the story. It’s a fascinating experiment in storytelling that pays real dividends.

Si will be here from 7-9pm on Friday 19th August, pen in hand to sign your books. He’ll probably have some juicy behind the scenes titbits for you as well, if you ask nicely. We will also have the book designer Emma Price and letterer Simon Bowland (NAMELESS, JAMES BOND, 2000AD, CODENAME BABOUSHKA).

You can check out our Facebook event page here.

If you can’t make it then drop a line to info@goshlondon.com and we’ll arrange for a copy to be popped aside for you. If you need mail order, postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

 

Christian Ward Drink & Colouring Event!

We are launching Christian Wards‘ latest project, the ODY-C Adult Coloring & Activity book! A companion to the hit Image series. The event is on Wednesday, August 10th with a signing from 6-7pm to launch the book and then onto the Coach & Horses pub from 7-9pm for an evening of drinking and colouring!

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With art from the gender-bent science fiction comic ODY-C, this interactive activity book takes you on a feverishly eye-popping journey rendered in lavish psychedelic pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life through color.

A signing with Christian will be in-store from 6-7pm, then taking everyone to the local pub, Coach & Horses from 7-9pm! We will be providing colouring sheets from the book. We will also have colouring pencils, but supplies are limited.

If you can’t make it drop us 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.

Check out our Facebook event page here.