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J. Michael Straczynski Signing at Gosh!

We’ve already announced this over on our Facebook and from the rate of excitable comments I can see that a bunch of you are already REALLY looking forward to this. And who can blame you? It is going to be, after all, THE (Academy-Award-nominated) J. Michael Straczynski  in-store, signing and chatting to fans!

 

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Famously known in comics for his superb and successful run on the Amazing Spider-Man, he’s just as famously known outside of comics for being a creator and showrunner for cult-TV Show Babylon 5 (and for tons of other stuff like being nominated for a good ol’ prestigious BAFTA for his screenplay for the Clint Eastwood-directed Changeling).

 

 

Back in the world of comics, he’s responsible for the acclaimed Superman: Earth One, a run on Wonder Woman, the Dr. Manhattan and Nite Owl parts of controversial prequel Before Watchmen, and a run of The Brave And The Bold (famously including tear-jerker issue 33, “Ladies Night”). Currently, he’s writing Ten Grand and Sidekick for Image, under the imprint “Joe’s Comics” (revived from its previous tenure at Top Cow).

 

 

Straczynski will be signing in-store on Wednesday, the 8th of January, from 5pm to 7pm. We reckon there will be queues, so get there in good time! Alternatively, if you can’t make it, email us for reservations and requests at info@goshlondon.com.

See you there!

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J. Michael Straczynski Signing
January 8th from 5pm to 7pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR

 

Cameron Stewart Signing at Gosh!

We like to start the new year in style, so we have a number of exciting events coming up for you – with our first one starting as soon as January the 4th! Are you ready? Well, here it is:

 

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Cameron Stewart has been drawing beautiful comics for years now, and you will know him from his run on Catwoman with Ed Brubaker, Seaguy & Batman & Robin with Grant Morrisson, The Other Side with Jason Aaron, a Suicide Girls mini-series and his own, long-going webcomic, Sin Titulo (still available as a hardback with a lovely Gosh! bookplate, by the by).

 

 

Sin Titulo has been going on since 2007 and won a Shuster award for ”Outstanding WebComic Creator/Creative Team” in 2009. You can (and should) read it here.

 

 

Stewart is also known for his beautiful illustration work, you can see a collection of prints featuring sassy, fashionable ladies on his website here.

And of course, most important of all, he’ll be here, in the shop, in person, for a signing on January 4th, from 2pm until 3pm! If Facebook is your kinda thing, there’s a FB event here.

See you all there! Or, if you can’t make it, email us at info@goshlondon.com for requests and reserves.

 

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Cameron Stewart Signing
January 4th 2013 from 2pm to 3pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR

Exclusive, Limited Brandon Graham Print!

Another exciting announcement!

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Gosh! are proud to present this amazing Brandon Graham A3 print, available tomorrow at our mahoosive Image Triple signing. It’s digital A3, Colorplan BW print on 270gsm paper, and will be signed by Brandon himself.

It’ll be the same deal as with the Fiona Staples print which we will also have available:

We’ll be giving ten of these babies away for free to the first ten people in the queue for the signing on Friday, November 22nd, from 5pm to 7pm. They will also be available to buy in-store during the event for £25, and after the event while stocks last (attention: there are only 100 of these and we’re not taking any reserves until after the signing). We’re happy to mail them to you as well – we post them rolled up in a sturdy poster tube for a £5 flat rate within the UK. If you’re in the EU, we charge £7 postage, and for the rest of the world it will be £15 to get them posted out to you.

Please note that you can choose either between the Fiona Staples print or the Brandon Graham print if you’re one of the first 10 in the queue – unfortunately we can’t give away both!

So make sure you get in line early!

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Windowpane 2 and Breakdown Press Launch Party!

Breakdown Press is a new London-based comics publisher dedicated to printing the work of original and exciting contemporary cartoonists. Having released Windowpane by Joe Kessler at last year’s Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival to great critical acclaim, Breakdown will be returning to the newly reinstated Comic Arts Brooklyn as well as Thought Bubble festival with Windowpane 2 and a raft of other exciting new releases.

To celebrate, Gosh! are hosting a launch party for Windowpane 2 and Breakdown’s whole slate of new releases on November 29th, where you’ll be able to get your hands on the books and check out Kessler’s screenprints and original art from Windowpane 2.

The books Breakdown will be launching this November are:

WINDOWPANE 2
Joe Kessler’s follow-up to 2012’s Windowpane is another one-man-anthology of short narrative and experimental comics. The book is divided into three parts: the first, loose and emotionally open, the second a continuation of the story of Reuben Mwaura, and the third a light-hearted study of creation and the artistic process. Praise for Windowpane:

“Windowpane is likely to be the best looking book you will hold this year.” – The New Statesman

“Windowpane from Breakdown Press is, if not THE Book of the Show, certainly one of the prime contenders.” – Comic Book Resources

“This was one of the best comics I read in 2012 by an artist who uses the means of reproduction as a powerful storytelling tool.” – The Comics Journal

KLAUS
Klaus is the latest collection of strips from Richard Short charting the non-adventures of the eponymous Klaus, a pensive, anthropomorphic cat whose introspection leads nowhere down a path familiar to all those who have been alive…

“While Short’s influences are clear, he quickly transcends them to create beautiful, funny and thoughtful comics … this is really excellent work and is highly recommended for readers who like their humour mixed with poetry.” – Rob Clough

J.1137
Antoine Cossé’s latest short comic J.1137 is the surreal tale of an android actor’s brush with revolutionary terrorists, commenting on cinema, fame, architecture and reality in the process. Originally from Paris, France, Cossé has had several comics published in European and North American anthologies and released his first graphic novel Kiddo in 2012.

TREASURE ISLAND 1
In a remote research facility, two scientists struggle to maintain their funding, stave off boredom and stay sane in the jungle wilderness. Rendered in the beautifully humanistic style of comics polymath and recent Centre for Cartoon Studies fellow Connor Willumsen, Treasure Island is dreamlike and pragmatic in equal measure.

See you there!

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Windowpane 2 and Breakdown Press Launch Party
Friday, 29 November 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
At Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR
Contact info@goshlondon.com for reservations

 

Jeffrey Brown in Conversation with Marc Ellerby at Gosh!

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The one-and-only Jeffrey Brown is going to be at Gosh!

A legend of autobiographical comics, Jeffrey started out by self-publishing his first book, Clumsy (James Kochalka’s favourite graphic novel), which grabbed an enormous amount of attention from both cartoonists and comics fans, not to mention the attention of future publisher Chris Staros at Top Shelf. After Clumsy, he produced a whole series of  heartfelt chronicles about his life and relationships, with the occasional absurdist superhero parody thrown in (a particular favourite of mine are his Wolverine comics from Strange Tales).

These days, Brown is still well-known for his autobio work, his latest one (A Matter Of Life, available with a Gosh! exclusive bookplate from the shop, BY THE WAY) examining family dynamics from the perspective of both a son and a father. However, he has also been producing a series of charming one-panel gag books in the Star Wars franchise (Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess), and a just-as-charming series of books on the internet’s favourite subject: cats.

 

Here to talk to the man himself is Marc Ellerby, one of the most well-known names on the UK indie comics scene. Marc himself has years of autobiographical comics under his belt, much of which is collected in his acclaimed Ellerbisms and published by Great Beast (which Marc himself co-runs with Adam Cadwell). Marc’s also been drawing one of the most fun teen action comics around on the scene: Chloe Noonan, which chronicles the adventures of a grumpy ginger-haired monster hunter with no special powers.

The talk will be held on November the 28th from 7.30pm until 9.00pm. We have limited seat capacity (ca. 60-70), so it would be advisable to get here early – it’s first come, first served! He will be signing stock before the event, so if you want something signed shoot us an email at info@goshlondon.com for reserves.

See you there!

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Jeffrey Brown in conversation with Marc Ellerby
November 28th from 7.30pm until 9.00pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F0DR
Contact info@goshlondon.com

 

Room For Love by ILYA – Selfmade Hero Launch Party!

ILYA (aka the ever-brilliant Ed Hillyer), is releasing a new book through SelfMadeHero, and if that doesn’t warrant a Gosh! launch party then we just don’t know what does.

You probably know his work even if you think you don’t: ILYA’s appeared in publications by Deadline, Vertigo, Dark Horse, and many other places. His most famous work is the character Bic, who appeared in his self-published comics and was collected under the name Skidmarks, then found a new home in the End Of The Century Club.

Here’s a quote from SelfMadeHero about Room For Love:

“Romance is dead.” So says Pamela Green, middle-class and middle-aged – a romance novelist suffering from writer’s block. Then, on a bridge crossing over the river, her unsettled life collides with that of a ragged young man. He’s survived for months on London’s streets, by his wits…and his looks. Under extraordinary circumstances Pamela invites him into her comfortable suburban home. There, in spite of their obvious differences, they soon come to form an unlikely partnership, once separate lives revived in stark new directions…

An intense hothouse drama, fierce, true to life, ROOM FOR LOVE is an Original Graphic Novel unafraid to play with fire.”

 

The launch party will take place on Friday, November 15th, and we’ll toast to the book with some beer and/or wine (though I really wouldn’t recommend mixing your drinks). If you can’t make it but would like a signed copy of the book, go on and drop us a line at info@goshlondon.com and we’ll reserve one for you. Go on! Otherwise – see you there!

Room for Love by ILYA – Launch Party
Friday November 15th from 7pm to 9pm
At Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR 

Anthologize: Indie Anthology Triple Mega-Launch of The Strumpet, Score And Script and The Comix Reader

Three great indie anthologies are seeing the light of day this month, and we’ve gotten them all together for one big super-mega-huge-and-awesome celebration! Are you ready for…

You are? Excellent. Cause here’s why this will be a great party:

The Strumpet is a transatlantic, all-female anthology on it’s third issue, and currently still on Kickstarter (go help ‘em out if you can!) Previous issues have seen comics by Ellen Lindner, Kripa Joshi, Megan Kelso, Mardou, Maartje Schalkx, and many many more! Here’s some info on issue numero three:

The Strumpet is back for an epic third issue – and this time, the theme is ‘tasty’. We asked creators new and returning what they found tasty – and we think you’ll be as surprised as we were by the results. Food, sex, and, erm, opera are amongst the avenues of exploration chosen by our Strumpets – not that they stop there! Ever wonder where your street food comes from? Ever fancy a catfight between Sookie Stackhouse and Bella from Twilight? Well, then read on!

Why order now? With comics by Hannah Berry, Robin Ha, Hazel Newlevant, Colleen Frakes, Hayley Gold, Dre Grigoropol, Ellen Lindner, Kripa Joshi, Jennifer Hayden, Freya Harrison, Becky Hawkins, and many more; an interview with foodie comix queen Sarah Becan and a beefy review section bursting with comics we love and loathe, everyone’s fave transatlantic lady annual is better than ever.

Next up on the roster, is a new thing edited by comics-genius and PhD-researcher John Miers: Score and Script. Over to the Comica website for a detailed explanation of the concept:

“When a cartoonist begins making a comic strip, questions of how to give visual form to narratives expressed in text, or lurking as-yet-unrealised in cognition, form a central part of the decision-making process. What imagery would best depict the essence of the story I want to tell? And how can I organise that imagery into a flowing structure that is at once unified and multiple?

These questions cannot, in any meaningful way, be separated – in comics, visual form and narrative content constantly inform and imply one another. But what could be revealed about the process of visual storytelling if an attempt were made to perform that separation?

Cartoonist and PhD researcher John Miers created a single-page comic, from which he derived two descriptive texts: The script, a verbal account of the events depicted in the comic, with all visual detail excised; and the score, a diagram showing the dimensions and location of depicted narrative actors, with no information regarding the narrative content.”

John himself has this to say:

“This project, which features contributions from twenty-six fantastic cartoonists, started life as an exhibition at C4RD as part of last year’s Comica festival. Now it’s preserved for posterity in a beautiful double-gatefold volume collecting all the strips in a deeply satisfying smorgasbord, along with a spicy side order of analysis.”

And last but certainly not least, there’s a new issue of Gosh! till point favourite The Comix Reader – issue five, to be precise. The Comix Reader is a newspaper anthology “that attempts to reignite the free spirit of the underground press. It presents a unique blend of established talent, new discoveries, outsider art and unsung heroes of the art form. It’s contributors are a rogues gallery of the UK’s funniest, edgiest and weirdest cartoonists.” (From the Comix Reader website here). This issue has contributions from UK comics scene talent such as Elliott Baggot, Alex Potts, our very own Mike Medaglia (pictured above), our formerly very own Kevin Ward, Lord Hurk, and many, many more.

So, on Friday November 8th, come to Gosh! and put some comics (and some booze) in your collective faces. However, if your face has other plans and you’d like any or all of the three aforementioned anthologies saved for you, email us at info@goshlondon.com and we’ll gladly comply.

Anthologize: Indie Anthology Triple Mega-Launch of
The Strumpet 3, Score And Script and The Comix Reader 5
Friday, November 8th from 7pm to 9pm
At Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR 

Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá Signing

For our second event in conjunction with November’s Leeds Thought Bubble Festival, we bring you the remarkably talented Brazilian comic-creator-twin-duo, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá!


You’ll know them from their lovely artwork on the Umbrella Academy (written by Gerard Way) and the Casanova series (written by Matt Fraction), and most importantly from their collaborative effort, Daytripper, a beautiful book about death and family which is consistently one of our bestsellers.


Recently they’ve been working (on both art and writing duties) on B.P.R.D.: Vampire (which incidentally will be out with a Gosh-exclusive bookplate soon!).

Thought Bubble runs from the 17th to the 24th of November in Leeds, with the comic convention itself taking place on the 23rd and the 24th. Their full programme is here - and again, our Tom will be hosting a number of panels there this year and exhibiting with his publishing company Breakdown Press, and Mike and myself (Julia), will also be there as exhibitors.

If for any reason you can’t make it to this signing on the 27th of November, from 5 to 7pm, drop us a line at info@goshlondon.com and we’ll add you to our reserves list – though hopefully, you will be able to make it and we’ll see you there!

 

Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá Signing
Wednesday November 27th, from 5pm to 7pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR

Brandon Graham, Fiona Staples and Eric Stephenson Thought Bubble Signing

Folks, it’s our favourite time of year! Which is, of course, the time our favourite convention, the Thought Bubble Festival (one of the best and most diverse comics and arts festivals in the UK) comes around – and this year, just like the last, we’re working in conjunction with those guys to bring you the best events we can put together.

So, together with Thought Bubble, we proudly present a BEHEMOTH of a signing – featuring three of Image Comics’ biggest and brightest. Join us on the Friday, the 22nd of November, and meet Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City), Fiona Staples (Saga), and Eric Stephenson (Nowhere Men).

Here’s what you need to know about the three of them:

Brandon Graham started out as a graffiti artist and was one of the co-founders of the indie comics collective Meathaus, and to this day draws some of the most vivid and offbeat comics on our shelves – if you haven’t read the Eisner-award-nominated King City or his series Multiple Warheads yet, then you have surely heard of the amazing work he’s done on the Prophet relaunch.

Fiona Staples, having worked on Mystery Society with Steve Niles in the past, has recently risen to comics super stardom with her work on the immensely popular Saga (written by Brian K. Vaughan). She’s designed all the costumes, creatures, settings, and space ships in the epic space opera, as well as doing all the heavily computer game and anime-influenced colouring herself, topping each issue of with beautiful painted covers. If you’re not reading Saga yet, you’ve got to sort that out ASAP – it’s one of the best series on the shelves at the moment.

Eric Stephenson is the Publisher at Image comics, where he has been a mainstay since the early days, and is currently writing the science fiction series Nowhere Men (tagline: “Science is the new Rock and Roll”) with Nate Bellegarde on art duties and Jordie Bellaire as colourist. iFanboy had this to say about issue one: “Through the stellar design and art, Nowhere Men #1 becomes a complete experience that’s unlike anything else on the stands and it off to a great start.” The first collection of Nowhere Men should be out in time for the signing, so we highly recommend picking it up and getting it scribbled in by Stephenson.

Thought Bubble runs from the 17th to the 24th of November in Leeds, with the comic convention itself taking place on the 23rd and the 24th. If you’re there and not here, have a gander at their full programme here – our Tom will be hosting some interesting panels and exhibiting with his publishing company Breakdown Press, and our Mike and myself (Julia), will be there as exhibitors selling our own small press comics at the convention.

The signing on the 22nd of November runs from 5pm to 7pm. We’ve only got these three for a strictly limited time until they’re whisked off to Leeds, so we’re not going to be able to take reservations on this one, I’m afraid. If you can’t make it, hit up someone who can. And if you can make it, see you there! It will be a fantastic one.

The Image Triple Signing with Brandon Graham, Fiona Staples, and Eric Stephenson
Friday November 22nd, from 5pm to 7pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR

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