BBC Radio 4 Four Thought Recording

We’re very excited to be hosting a recording of the BBC Radio 4 programme Four Thought, on Monday the 3rd October, from 7pm.

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Four Thought is a series of recorded 15 minute talks where invited speakers share their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society. It’s an eclectic, edifying mix, from the comforting to the controversial and everything in between. To keep things interesting the show likes to record in stimulating settings, and this time around they’ve chosen us!

The evening will be hosted by Kamin Mohammadi, featuring the following line-up:

1.       Dave Pickering on why we need a men’s liberation movement

2.       Anna Derrig asks whether we have the right to tell someone else’s story

3.       Kerry Littleford says we need to pay more attention to mums when their children are taken into care

4.       James Wheale and Annie Zimmerman on using food to tell stories.

Entry is free, but seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to get here in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. Kick-off will be 7pm on Monday the 3rd October. Our Facebook event is here.

 

Small Press Live Show Featuring Amber Hsu, Francesca Dare & Richy K Chandler

We’re having a Small Press Live Show on Thursday the 6th October, 7-9pm. Amber Hsu, Francesca Dare and Richy K Chandler will be in attendance, and you’re all invited!

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It’ll be an evening of music, poetry, cake, drinks, comics and did we mention CAKE?? It’ll also mark the launch of new books from each of these talented local creators!

forestdressFrancesca Dare, creator of the wonderful Penny Blackfeather series, brings us Penny Blackfeather In High Spirits: A Midwinter Fight Scene “In the third part of Penny Blackfeather’s new adventure, Penny is in over her head. With snow spirits, bandits and a monstrous parrot to deal with, Penny has a big fight on her hands.”

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Amber Hsu, the mastermind behind Tiny Pencil among numerous other projects, has The Moon & The Eye: Poems of Autumn, Destiny, the Moon & the Eye: “From the wonderful One Pound Poems comes a mini selection of illustrated verse, bound to be quirky, clever and beautiful.”

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Richy K. Chandler, a mainstay of the London comics scene and talented artist, musician and teacher, brings us Lucy the Octopus: Just the Dregs:In the final leg of the troubled teenager’s tale, Lucy has to prove she’s cool enough to be allowed into the school dance by forming a gang of five frends. All this, while preparing to play some killer guitar at her band’s most important gig yet!”

There will be poetry readings by Amber, and the world premiere of Lucy The Octopus: The Musical, a live performance by Richy and special guests. And CAKE!

Come on down for what’s sure to be a fun, inspirational night. Amber, Francesca & Richy will be here on Thursday the 6th October, 7-9pm, and we hope to see you here too! Keep track of updates on our Facebook event page.

 

 

 

Sound and Vision Launch Party

Come join John Riordan for the launch of his new book Sound and Vision on Thursday, 13th October, from 7-9pm!

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We’ve always loved John’s work at Gosh, and are big fans of Hitsville UK, his psychedelic pop-music soap opera collaboration with Dan Cox. So it’s exciting to see John be able to indulge his passion for music in his new book from Dog’n’Bone Books, Sound and Vision!

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A perfect gift book for Christmas, Sound and Vision is a run-through of the key figures of the past five decades of music. Beautifully illustrated by John, each profile includes a history of the subject’s influence, key tracks, occasional comic strips and pieces of trivia. It’s a fascinating read, shot through with John’s signature humour.

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John will be here to sign books and chat music from 7-9pm on Thursday 13th October. We might even press him to put together a playlist for the occasion! The Facebook event is here, so share with your friends!

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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.

Obsidian Zine Launch Party

The countdown to Halloween starts here! Come join us for the launch of Obsidian, by MAiS2, on Saturday, 1st October from 7-9pm.

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We’re big fans of Italian illustrator MAiS2, so much so that we commissioned her to do our first 30th Anniversary Print, “Amor de Soi“. So we jumped at the chance to host the launch for her new zine, Obsidian, a collection of weird and creepy illustrations that acts as the perfect apéritif for a ghoulish October.

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As well as the A5, 36-page zine, MAiS2 will be displaying and selling prints on the evening. So come on down and grab yourself a ghastly treat for October, and grab a drink or two while you’re here, on Saturday 1st October, from 7-9pm. Let your friends know via our Facebook event page here.

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Can’t make it but would like a copy? Email us at info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or a mail order.

Mezolith Book Two Launch Party

We’re having a launch party for the long awaited Mezolith Book Two with creators Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank, and you’re all invited on Friday 23rd September, 6.30 – 9pm!

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Stone Age Britain coming-of-age saga Mezolith was one of our favourite things to come out of the late, lamented DFC. It told the tale of Poika, a boy whose journey to manhood is intertwined with the stories and traditions of his tribe. A wonderful blend of adventure and fantasy, it was recently brought back into print by Boom Studios.

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A second book was long in the offing, but the vagaries of day jobs (Ben and Adam are busy fellows) and publishing meant that it drifted back over the years, but thankfully Boom have picked up the baton and are bringing us an all-new collection of tales featuring Poika and his tribe.

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Step by step, Poika’s journey into manhood continues – caught in a mesh of tribal hunts, gatherings, and feasts determined by the waxing and waning of thirteen moons. But he’s not alone. Greed, appetite, and desire dance under watchful eyes in the shadows. The boundary between the real and imagined worlds blur as more and more of the Kansa cosmology is revealed in the dreams, nightmares, and ancestral beauty of Mezolith.

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Ben Haggarty is an internationally renowned professional storyteller. He has worked with all manner of institutions as a teacher and performer, and is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at Berlin’s University of the Arts, as well as leader of performance art group The Crick Crack Club.

Adam Brockbank is a much-sought after concept and storyboard artist for films such as the Harry Potter series, Maleficent, Paddington, the recent live-action Cinderella and many more. His passion for comics shines through in his natural ability with the medium.

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The night kicks off on Friday 23rd September at 6.30pm when Ben and Adam will be signing copies of the books, and then we’ll be breaking out the beers and bubbly (or juice and water, if you prefer) to toast the release of what is sure to be one of our books of the year!

The Facebook event page can be found here. Can’t make it down? No problem. Drop us an email to info@goshlondon.com and we can arrange a reserve or mail order for you.

Gosh! and Broken Frontier presents Drink & Draw September

It’s time for Drink & Draw with our friends at Broken FrontierOn Tuesday, September 20th we have special guests Hannah Berry, Illya, Joe Decie, and Rebecca K Jones. 

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Hannah Berry, author of the graphic novel Britten and Brulightly, the story of a P.I. who lies in hope for a happy ending. Her second graphic novel Adamtime, a horror story of four random strangers all linked by the strange event that occur on a night train. She is currently working on the graphic novel Livestock. Recently she wrote a story for 2000AD’s Judge Dredd. She co-hosts the podcast NO YOU HANG UP with artist Dan Berry.

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Ilya is author of the award-winning graphic novel series The End of the Century Club, an entry in noir anthology It’s Dark in London, a adaptation of King Lear and, the graphic novel Room for Love. Illustration clients include the BBC, the Royal Academy of Arts, and The Times and Guardian newspapers. He has edited three volumes of The Mammoth Book of BEST NEW MANGA (2006, 2007, 2008).

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Joe Decie is the author of The Accidental Salad and The Listening Agent with Blank Slate.  His longest work to date is Pocket Full Of Coffee, and more recently his excellent 24-Hour Comics piece at this years Lakes Festival. He is currently working on a new book, Collecting Sticks.

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Rebecca K Jones co-authored the blog cats vs bunnies with Teresa McLaughlin from 2012-2014. She works on her own online comics currently Cat Disco, which a print version can be found of in the shop. She recently published a comic, Let’s Go Home, a collection of 3 stories about the housing crisis.

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This event will be Tuesday, September 20th at The Crown 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 Crown to begin our drinking and drawing!
Check out our Facebook event page here

 

Luke Pearson in Conversation

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Hilda is back! And to celebrate the release of Hilda & the Stone Forest, we’ve got creator Luke Pearson here in conversation with Julius Zebra & Gary’s Garden mastermind Gary Northfield!

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The fifth Hilda album sees our eponymous blue-haired hero embroiled in an adventure with her mother, trapped in the realm of the trolls!

Hilda is starting to shirk her responsibilities, seeking days filled with excitement instead of spending time at home… and her mother is getting worried. While trying to stop Hilda from sneaking out into the house spirits’ realm, the pair find themselves flung far away into a mysterious, dark forest! Will they be able to work out their differences in time to rescue each other and get back home? And are the trolls all as sinister as they seem?

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Best known in the comics world for his Hilda books, Luke Pearson has also done design work and storyboards for Adventure Timeproduced book covers for Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, and his illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian.

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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Gary will be talking with Luke about Hilda, his creative process, the upcoming Hilda animation (as much as he’s allowed to) and whatever else might crop up in the evening. It’s a not to be missed chance to peek into one of UK comics’ most verdant creative minds. And a chance to get a copy of our Hilda & the Stone Forest exclusive bookplate edition, of course!

Our Facebook event page can be found here.

No need to book, no tickets required: just bring yourself down for 7.30-9pm on Thursday the 8th September, seats first come, first served for what promises to be an informative, entertaining evening.

 

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.