Funhouse Magazine Issue 2 Launch Party

We will be hosting the launch party for the Issue 2 of Funhouse Magazine . The launch will be Friday, July 8th, from 7-9pm. 

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Funhouse is a magazine of writings, illustrations and comics based in East London. It is a light-hearted and experimental selection of writers and artists. It looks at the surreal and profane, while adhearing to a model of character-driven narrative fiction. Fun is the primary objective.

Funhouse is back for its 2nd issue, exploring conflicted bodies. Austin-based funeral director Sarah Wambold explores green death and relationships; Kelley Swain meditates on portraits and being looked at as a life model; Australian writer Jackson Niewland writes about painting and triplets; Bryony White investigates a photograph of her sister and the idea of living in a ‘photographically composed cloud’; Bridget M’s comic is a twisted look into obsession and cosmetics.

Richard Scott will be reading some bodily poems at the event. Richard’s poetry pamphlet, Wound, was published by Rialto this year.

Check out the facebook event 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 to be signed and put aside for you. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

Small Press Day!

Join us for the inaugural Small Press Day on Saturday, July 9th!

We’ll be hosting a stack of signings and events with local small press publishers and collectives  from 12-7pm.

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We are very proud to be taking part in the first ever  Small Press Day on July 9th.
Anyone who has visited our shop will know the importance we place on self-published work and the space we dedicate to it, and Small Press Day is great opportunity to embrace the communicative power, DIY energy  and grassroots ethos of self-published comics.

During the day we will also be producing our own comic in collaboration with our neighbours over at Orbital Comics.
Artists in both stores will be working on the comic across the event, with the pages going between the shops and by the end of the day we will have a entire comic ready to be printed up and handed out for free in both shops.

Let’s have a look at our stellar lineup of Small Press stalwarts Clipboard0112- 1pm: Decadence Comics and Backwards Burd

We’ll be opening things up with a couple of our favourite collectives in the shape of the hypnotic alt-sci-fi of Decadence Comics and proper comixy fun from the team at  Backwards Burd.

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Despite only having released one issue so far, the SOS gang have managed to gather some amazing talent and their offering of socially and politically engaged work is one of the most exciting new initiatives on the UK Small Press scene.

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Breaking through with a wonderful run of eponymous anthologies, the DRC team have recently expanded into a wider range of titles with Throwaway Press and will have selections from both imprints on offer on the day.

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3-4pm: Fancy Butcher Press

Home to some true legends of the UK Small Press team, Fancy Butcher Press offer up a range of work that celebrates the playful freedom offered by self-publishing.

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4-5pm: One Beat Zines

This female-founded and focused collective operates as a publisher and distro for some amazing creators with a particular emphasis on socially engaged work.

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5-6pm: Avery Hill Publishing

One of the real success stories of UK comics in the last few years, growing from a small collective producing anthologies to an operation with an international co-distro deal with the fine folks at Retrofit Comics and garnering a stack of awards and nominations, including a nod for their own Tillie Walden at this year’s  Eisner Awards.

Check out the facebook page for more information.

Pride Zine Workshop

For this year’s Pride we’re hosting a zine workshop with artists Rachael House and Holly Casio from 1-5pm on Saturday June 25th!

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Rachael House is an artist and co-director of  Space Station Sixty-Five while
Holly Casio is a zinester and musician who is also part of the UK Zine Librarians group.

These two wonderful creators will be on-hand to help with the zines while we’ll  provide supplies and space for the event. There’s no charge or need to RSVP, just drop in if you’re about and share your stories in zine form!

Check out the Facebook event page here

 

Let’s Talk Intersectionality: Body Positivity & Cosplay

We are very excited to announce our next Let’s Talk Intersectionality: Feminism and Comics with a focus on Body Positivity and Cosplay. It will be Monday, June 27th from 7-9pm. Speaking at the event will be Rosie Fletcher on Cosplay, and Christian Ward on Body Positivity in Comics.

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Let’s Talk Intersectionality is a reading and discussion group that explores feminist texts and issues from an intersectional perspective. Gosh! will be hosting a special (but now regular) edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality, discussing body positivity and cosplay. We’ll have some brief presentations and provocations about interesectional issues in comics and then we’ll break up in small groups to chat. Co-hosted by Lauren Murphy and Lisa Woynarski

Last year, we found that a lot of the questions that came up were around the portrayal of different genders (women, men, trans people, nonbinary people, etc) in mainstream comics, because of this we’ve decided to add a new feature to the event. We will host special guests from the industry, individuals that can help answer questions and add an insider perspective to the topics. From in our discussions at our last event we decided to focus the discussion topics on body positivty in comics and the cosplay world. We have invited two brilliant guests to give us an overview on these topics.

Rosie Fletcher is a journalist and commentator. She writes on disability and welfare, feminism and pop culture, socialism and the Labour Party. You can find her writing in the New StatesmanObserver and Huffington Post. She enjoys cosplaying characters like Squirrel Girl and Kimmy Schmidt.

Christian Ward is a comics artist. Christian is the artist on the gender-bending series ODY-C, written by Matt Fraction. It’s an epic sci-fi, gender-bent re-telling of The Odyssey. Christian has worked on the series The Infinite Vacation, Young Avengers and Ultimates. The series ODY-C is one that we site often in its amazing portrayal of the female body, sexuality, and gender fluidity.  A story that throws all female stereotypes out the window..

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. 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).

No prior knowledge of comics necessary. All welcome.

The event is ticketed, so please book your places here!

Check out the Facebook event page here

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

Faith by Joe Kelly
Wet Moon by Sophie Campbell
ODY-C by Matt Fraction & Christian Ward
Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
Kiki De Montparnasse by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet
Giant Days by John Allison
Buttertubs by Donya Todd

 

Doctor Who Day with Paul Cornell!

We’re excited to be taking part in the annual Doctor Who Day with legendary whovian writer Paul Cornell. He will be signing from 11-12pm on Saturday, July 9th.

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Doctor Who Comics Day is a global event inspired by Titan Comics’ Doctor Who comic books. In its third year, the event is set to be even bigger with new comics and collections, signings and events across the globe.

2015’s event tied-in with a special, brand-new, five-part weekly Doctor Who comics cross-over series by Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards, and saw comic readers get the chance to celebrate Doctor Who Comics Day at over 2900 locations including comic shops, bookstores, retail chains and libraries.

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Paul Cornell is best known to Doctor Who fans as the writer of TV episodes like “Fathers Day” and “Human Nature/The Family of Blood” for the series, as well as his contributions to the the Virgin New Adventures  series and BBC novels. Last year he wrote the event comic, Doctor Who: Four Doctors.

He’s been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He’s the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and That Damned Band for Dark Horse. He’s written acclaimed runs on Wolverine, Action Comics and Captain Britain. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling.

Check out the facebook event 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 to be signed and put aside for you. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

Rick & Morty Signing with Sarah Graley & Marc Ellerby

We will be hosting a signing for the launch of the new Rick and Morty mini-series – Lil’ Poopy Superstar with writer and artist Sarah Graley and artist Marc Ellerby. The signing will be from 6-7pm on Wednesday, July 13th.

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Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar takes the scatologically named little guy on an epic adventure alongside Morty’s older sister Summer Smith. The Oni comic is written and drawn by Sarah GraleySummer and Mr. Poopybutthole embark on their very own fantastic adventure across space, complete with jailbreaks, hijackings, and high school prom. With backup comics featuring good ol’ Rick and Morty, illustrated by Marc Ellerby!

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Sarah Graley is a comic artist in Birmingham. She is the writer and artist on Lil’ Poopy Superstar. She was nominated for best Emerging Talent at the 2015 British Comic Awards for her comics Our Super Adventure, Pizza Witch and RentQuest. She ran a successful kickstarter campaign for a collection of her Super Adventure comic. Her work also has appeared in the anthologies As You Were, Ink + Paper, and Double Dare Ya.

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Marc Ellerby is well-known for his small press work, especially Chloe Noonan, a tongue-in-cheek story of a young Daria-esque college girl just trying to keep monsters at bay and Ellerbisms, a self-depreciating yet heart-warming diary comic following the highs and lows of a significant relationship. He has been working on the main Rick & Morty series since the issue 3. Ellerby can also currently be seen drawing for Doctor Who and The Regular Show comics.

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.

Gosh! and Broken Frontier presents Drink & Draw June

It’s time for Drink & Draw with our friends at Broken FrontierThis coming month we have special guests Amber Hsu and Cristian Ortiz. We will have ‘Broken Frontier Small Press Creator to Watch For’ Rozi Hathaway. 

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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.

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Cristian Ortiz, award winning freelance illustrator and animator based in London. He is a published illustrator, including the AOI annual , sticker bomb 2, and the British comic awards nominated comic book Golden Campaign. He works as 2D artist going 2D animation and illustration for agencies, games developers and advertisers. His clients include Fox, Warner Brothers, Warner Brothers interactive and some collaborative games available on ios and android.

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Rozi Hathaway has had her comics published in Ravi Thorton’s HOAX Psychosis Blues and recently a short story in the Broken Frontier Small Press Yearbook.  She has published two short comics, Red Road and Njálla. Njálla was kickstarter comic, reaching it’s target goal in only a few hours . Rozi’s comics can also be seen in anthologies Home, A Bit Of Undigested Potato, Dirty Rotten Comics and her own project Sneaky Business.

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This event will be Tuesday, June 28th at Brewdog 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, Brewdog to begin our drinking and drawing!

I.D. by Emma Rios Signing!

We are excited to welcome Emma Rios to the shop for a signing on Friday, June 24th, 6-7pm, and will be launching the trade of her latest series I.D.

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Emma Rios will be debuting her newest book, I.D., published by Image Comics. originally serialised in the pages of comic anthology Island Magazine, co-editied by Brandon Graham and Emma Rios. I.D is a dystopian mini series, set in the near future and follows three people dealing with unhappiness over their physical appearance. They all decide undergo a “body transplant” as a solution to their discontent and have to deal with the unexpected repercussions. The series is a beautiful narration of identity and self-perception, from gender dysphoria to needing to escape from ones past.

We’ll also have copies of the single issues of Emma’s current image series, Mirror, a collaboration with Malaysian cartoonist Hwei Lim. Mirror is a science fiction story set under the Image Comics based 8House shared universe. It focuses on a group of  human-animal hybrid characters, in a world full of Machiavellian politics, wizards and twisted science.

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Emma, a Spanish artist, originally worked in architecture and produced self published comics work. She made her debut on the American comics scene with the series Hexed, about a thief working in the occult underground, and at Marvel comics working on Doctor Strange and Amazing-Spiderman. Her most critically acclaimed series has been Pretty Deadly, from Image Comics, a collaboration with writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick.

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Check out the facebook event 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 to be signed and put aside for you. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

Gosh! and Broken Frontier presents Drink & Draw May

It’s time for Drink & Draw with our friends at Broken Frontier This coming month we have special guests Krent Able and S.J. Harris leading things off. And of course we have our amazing artist-in-residence, Danny Noble.

This event will be Tuesday, 24th May at BrewDog  pub.

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Krent Able is a comic artist and illustrator based in London. He first started making comics  for The Stool Pigeon music magazine, and the work was collected in the Big Book Of Mischief from Knockabout Comics. He has exhibited in The Vice Illustration Show and at the Comics Unmasked exhibition. Krent’s ever-unflinching comics and illustrations have also appeared in the NME, and VICE. He was recently featured in the Guardian ‘Strip Club’ section.

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S.J. Harris  is a London-based cartoonist. He has illustrated a range of books for the Nightingale Press’s Modern Anthropology range of humorous Modern Guides, including Hats (which he also authored), Drink, and Spectacles. He is also the author of the long-running web comics Paper Cuts and Eustace, both published on H2G2 under the pseudonym spimcoot. His graphic novel Eustace was published by Jonathan Cape in 2013. He is currently working on the second book in the quartet.

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We will also continue to have our fabulous artist-in-resident, Danny Noble (Was it Too… Much for You?,Monday Morning).

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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, BrewDog to begin our drinking and drawing! We are very excited for the event to have been given space in the downstairs of BrewDog.

World in the Forcefield by Alexander Tucker Launch Party!

We will be hosting the launch party for the new Breakdown Press graphic novel ‘World in the Forcefield ‘ with Alexander Tucker. The launch will be Friday, June 3rd from 79pm. Alexander will be performing music live in the shop on the night as well as signing copies of the book.

witf-poster-2World in the Forcefield sees Tucker return to comics with a tale of existential boredom set in a fantastical universe. The book explores perception and inter-dimensional reality in a tale of two estranged brothers sharing a world populated by giant godheads who seek a era of perfect boredom, and strike out with random acts of cruelty to create chance events that spark their fellow inhabitants’ destinies. The book is 46 pages long, perfect bound and risograph printed.

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Known in the comics world as co-founder of the arresting comics anthology Sturgeon White Moss alongside Sylvia Farago (the name of the collection came to Tucker in a dream), Alexander Tucker has also released six critically acclaimed solo albums with Thrill Jockey Records and ATP Recordings, is co-founder of experimental pop duo Grumbling Fur and one-half of radiophonic tape loop project IMBOGODOM. He has collaborated with musicians Charlemagne Palestine, Stephen O Malley of SUNNO), and fine artists Mark Titchner and Marvin Gaye Chetwyn.

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Check out the facebook event 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 to be signed and put aside for you. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.