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Free Comic Book Day 2014

Hello all,

It’s that time of the year again – time for Free Comic Book Day festivities here at Gosh! On Saturday, May 3rd, to be precise.

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To celebrate, we’ll have all the usual goodies for you: the official Free Comic Book Day comics, which will be out at 10.30am sharp – with some of the all ages ones held back for the event so that kids have a chance to pick ‘em up – plus a selection of kindly donated free small press comics, too. Then, from 12pm, we’ll have a rotation of indie and mainstream comics artists at our kid’s art table, drawing, helping, and giving advice, so: parents, bring your little future cartoonists down!

We already have a great roster of artists confirmed for the day, with many more to be announced in the coming week! Here’s some links for the ones so far:

Steven Appleby


Marc Ellerby


Mike Medaglia


John Riordan

Alison Sampson


Claude TC (some NSFW)


Emma Vieceli

FCBD will be running from 12pm to 4pm on May 3rd at Gosh! – come on down!

UPDATE! We have now added two more artists to the line-up! They are:

Eleni Kalorkoti

Rachael Smith

Emma Raby

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Free Comic Book Day at Gosh! Comics
Saturday May 3rd from 12pm to 4pm
1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com

 

April 18, 2014 | Posted in: Events | Comments Closed

Becky Cloonan’s By Chance Or Providence Launch Party

You may have bought Becky Cloonan’s self-published comics from us before: Wolves, The Mire, or the latest installment in the trilogy, Demeter.

Now Becky is collecting her Wolves Trilogy into one superb hard cover graphic novel, By Chance Or Providence, out through Lounak Studios (who have plenty of lovely stuff on their website). We’ll be launching it here, in London, at Gosh!, with a good ol’ knees-up and many bottles of wine.

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You should be well aware of Becky’s stellar comics work by now – her bibliography includes things like American Virgin, Demo and Demo II (written by Brian Wood), a stint on Batman and Conan, and The Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, the new comic by Gerard Way (of Umbrella Academy and of course My Chemical Romance fame).

We’ll also be imminently announcing Becky’s Gosh! exclusive bookplates, one for By Chance or Providence and one for the Fabulous Killjoys collection, so keep your eyes peeled!

The By Chance Or Providence launch party will take place here at Gosh!, on Friday May 23rd, from 7pm to 9pm. Come and get your copy scribbled in by Becky herself! However, if you can’t make it, you can email us at info@goshlondon.com or just give us a bell to reserve a copy.

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Becky Cloonan’s By Chance Or Providence Launch Party
Friday May 23rd from 7pm to 9pm
Gosh!, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com 

April 16, 2014 | Posted in: Events | Comments Closed

Sci-Fi London Festival and Gosh Present!

In conjunction with the Sci-Fi London Festival, we are happy to announce two Q&A sessions hosted by Alex Fitch of Panel Borders fame, one with Dave McKean and one with Emma Vieceli.

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Dave McKean doesn’t really need an introduction here – from his Sandman covers to Arkham Asylum to his books with Neil Gaiman, through to his own books and illustration and graphic work, he has shaped and changed the look of comics for decades. Apart from his well-known photo collage work, he is also extremely adapt at the good ol’ ink and brushwork.

Alex will be interviewing Dave McKean at Gosh! on Saturday, the 26th of April, from 7.30pm onwards.

The second Q&A session is with British manga artist Emma Vieceli, who you may know from SelfMadeHero’s Manga Shakespeare adaptations, Young Avengers, and most recently the graphic novel adaptations of the ever-popular Vampire Academy series.

The Q&A session with Emma and Alex will take place on Sunday, the 27th of April, from 7.30pm.

See you there!

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Gosh! and Sci-Fi London Present:
Dave McKean Q&A with Alex Fitch, Saturday 26th of April from 7.30pm
Emma Vieceli Q&A with Alex Fitch, Sunday 27th of April from 7.30pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com

April 11, 2014 | Posted in: Events | Comments Closed

Sally Heathcote, Suffragette Signing

Gosh! is proud to announce yet another top-notch comics event, coming up in May. It’ll be a signing for Jonathan Cape’s Sally Heathcote, Suffragette – written by Mary Talbot and illustrated by Kate Charlesworth.

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Mary and Kate will be joined by Bryan Talbot, who has done the layouts for this book. Here’s the official blurb:

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for the vote. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a vividly realized backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era.

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is another stunning collaboration from Costa-award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator, Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote’s lavish pages bring history to life.

Also, Joe Gordon has written a comprehensive and enthusiastic review of the book over here.

The signing will be taking place on Saturday, May 17th, and will run from 2 pm to 3pm. If you can’t make it but want a copy, email us at info@goshlondon.com for reserves. Otherwise – see you there!

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Sally Heathcote, Suffragette Signing with Mary & Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth
Friday, May 17 from 2pm to 3pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com

April 10, 2014 | Posted in: Events | Comments Closed

I.N.J. Culbard’s Celeste – Launch Party

Hello!

We are proud to announce a launch party for the much-awaited new SelfMadeHero offering by one of their regular star talents, I.N.J. Culbard.

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Here’s the blurb from Ian’s Tumblr:

In London, the moment two commuters, Aaron and Lilly, lay eyes on each other on a packed Monday morning tube train, everyone else around them vanishes. In Los Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock on the 405 Freeway when he receives a call from an LAPD officer with news about his wife. Ray fears the worst. But just as the officer is about to give Ray the news, he is cut off. The caller has disappeared, and so has everyone else around him. Everyone except for a badly beaten man tied up in the trunk of another car. 

In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the demon-haunted Aokigahara Forest to die, but the spirits of the forest have other ideas. Taking us through the deserted streets of London, the empty freeways of Los Angeles, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is a compelling and profound graphic novel about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them.

Sounds great, no? It will be Culbard’s first original story, where he takes over both drawing and writing duties. Of course, you know his work from SelfMade’s great Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft adaptations, and from 2000AD, where he collaborated with Ian Edgington on Brass Sun.

Here’s some more images from the book:

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The launch party will be taking place right here, right on Friday, April the 25th, and run from 7pm to 9pm as usual. Also as usual, there will be beer and that bubbly wine that makes everyone tipsy in under ten seconds. Sound good? See you there, then! If you can’t make it, though, that’s okay, too: you can reserve a signed copy for your good self by emailing info@goshlondon.com or giving us a call, or dropping in and asking for it face to face. Whichever floats YOUR boat.

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Friday April 25 from 7pm to 9pm
Gosh! Comics! 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com

 

April 3, 2014 | Posted in: Events | Comments Closed

Lord Hurk’s Bazoik Launch Party!

You’d think we take a break after British Comics Month, but guess what? Instead we’re bringing you more of the finest comics events in London, and on Friday, April the 4th, it’ll be the launch party for Gosh! favourite Lord Hurk’s new book, Bazoik.

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Bazoik is out through Fancy Butcher Press, who Hurk is one half of and who you may know through their lovely anthologies, Static Revolter. Bazoik is 44 pages of “fantastic action-soaked tales of surreal crime and absurd two-bit hoodlums” at £5, and it’ll be silly of you to miss out on it. Especially as we’re giving it the full Gosh! launch party treatment, with nice music, free booze, and great company.

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If you want to see more of the book, Hurk’s been uploading bits to his Tumblr, which you can have a gander at here.

If you can’t make it and want to pre-order one to get signed by the man himself, email us at info@goshlondon.com. Otherwise, see you there!

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Friday April 4th from 7pm to 9pm
Gosh!, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com

March 25, 2014 | Posted in: Events | Comments Closed

The Gosh! Authority 26/02/14

Hello!

Plenty of excitement around the shop this week as we brace ourselves for British Comics Month, our upcoming series of events celebrating homegrown talent and publishers. Unfortunately, the I.N.J. Culbard launch party for Celeste had to be delayed until April (announcement soon), but there’s a silver lining: it’s been replaced (same day, same times), with the launch party for a new Myriad book – Bump by Kate Evans.
Have a look at the full line up and details here.

One of the publisher’s we’ll be spotlighting is SelfMadeHero, who supply a constant stream of wonderful books for us to enjoy.
This week sees the arrival of Vincent, Barbara Stok’s tale of Van Gogh’s attempts to establish an artist’s retreat in Arles.
It’s the latest in SelfMadeHero’s Art Masters imprint following Typex’s Rembrandt and looks to be another winner.
There’s a preview here.

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Gosh! Presents: British Comics Month

Gosh! is very proud to announce that all through March we’ll be running a series of top-class events, all focused on British comics publishers & creators – be they small or large – as well as highlighting a British comics artist or publisher we love every day on the blog. Welcome to the GOSH! BRITISH COMICS MONTH!

We’ll be starting with:

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THE SELFMADE HERO SPRING PARTY

First up, we have a Selfmade Hero Spring Party, featuring ILYA, Mark Stafford, and Reinhard Kleist. ILYA and Stafford are both well-known faces of the UK comics scene and have launched their respective books Room For Love and The Man Who Laughs (written by David Hine) here at Gosh! late last year. Now they will be here again to sign and chat to fans, with Reinhard Kleist, German cartoonist and creator of the ever-popular comic biographies Johnny Cash and Castro. Kleist has turned his beautiful brush-work style to his new book, The Boxer: a biography of Hertzko Haft, a native Pole who survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and later emigrated to the Unites States to become a professional boxer. There’s some info on it here. The book will be available from Gosh! on the day of the launch, and Kleist will be here to sign & chat. On top of that, there will be refreshments of the alcoholic sort, to emphasise the “Party” in “Spring Party”. Let’s hope the weather will emphasise the “Spring” part, too.

The Selfmade Hero Spring Party will take place on Friday, the 7th of March, from 7pm to 9pm. Also, from the 3rd through to the 9th of March, customers will be able to get 25% off all Selfmade Hero books!

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GREAT BEAST SPRING PARTY

Great Beast is a UK indie publisher run by dream-team Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby, both with long runs of diary comics under their belts (The Everyday and Ellerbisms, respectively). GB’s roster includes a veritable who’s who of faces at UK conventions: Robert Ball, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (current artist on Tank Girl), Dan Berry (also host of the excellent Make It Then Tell Everybody series of podcasts about cartoonists’ process), John Riordan & Dan Cox, John Cei Douglas, and Isabel Greenberg, whose book The Encyclopedia of Early Earth recently made it unto the New York Times Bestseller list. Of course Cadwell’s and Ellerby’s more action-based new series, Blood Blokes and Chloe Noonan, are also on the list of these tasty, tasty offerings. The entire GB team will be descending upon us for the evening for chatting, drinking, signing, and possibly more drinking. Great Beast’s website is here to peruse.

To celebrate this explosion of UK indie talent, we’ll be popping the bottles of fizzy wine again on Friday, the 14th of March, from 7pm to 9pm.

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LUKE PEARSON’S HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND SIGNING & LAUNCH DAY

Out this March from Flying Eye Books (NoBrow’s children’s line), is the long-awaited fourth part of Eisner-nominated Luke Pearson’s lovely Hilda stories. This time round, Hilda and her otherworldly friends find themselves dealing with alternate realities and a looming, mysterious dark spectre skulking through the streets of Trolberg. More info on the book can be found here. There will be an all-ages signing for munchkin fans of the series in the afternoon, and a launch party for the mature fans to clink glasses and raise the roof (not literally, please, we like our roof), in the evening. Luke will also be doing a window painting for us throughout the day, because he’s lovely like that.

The event is on Saturday, the 15th of March, with the all-ages signing running from 2pm to 3pm and the launch party running, as per usual, from 7pm to 9pm. 

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PROCESS PRESENTS: BLANK SLATE TALK

Our Steven runs a monthly night called Process, where working and aspiring comics artists and writers get together and (you’ve probably guessed it by now) talk about their work process. As part of British Comics Month, March will see a Blank Slate themed affair, with Darryl Cunningham (Science Tales, Uncle Bob Adventures), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) and Lizz Lunney (Take Away), all talking about their own comics-making methods, chaired by Woodrow Phoenix. Creators will also be available to sign books after the talk!

Process presents: Blank Slate will be taking place on Friday, March 21st, and run from 7.30pm to 9pm. There are limited seats available, so get here in good time! 

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HELLBOY DAY

March 22nd is International Hellboy Day! Dark Horse is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mike Mignola’s creation with a hardcover retrospective, a sampler issue for new readers, and events across the world. At Gosh!, we’re joining the celebrations by having all British Hellboy creators under one roof! Laurence Campbell, Duncan Fegredo, and Mick McMahon will be here to sign YOUR copies. Some more information on Hellboy Day here. Gosh! will also announce an exclusive print to come soon!

Hellboy Day takes place on Saturday, March the 22nd, and the signing runs from 2pm to 3pm. 

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2000AD SIGNING

British Comics Institution 2000AD doesn’t really need an introduction to all you comics lovers out there, and so, without further ado, here’s the facts: Dan Abnett, Tom Eglington, Simon Coleby, Simon Davis and Smudge will be here to sign for fans, and 2000AD will ALSO be launching the PROG 1874 issue – billed as a jumping-on point for new readers! So if you’ve always wanted to read 2000AD and never have, or used to and fell out of the habit, here’s a chance for you to make good on that promise to yourself and start picking up the magazine without any confusion. JOB DONE.

The signing takes place on Wednesday, March 26th, and runs from 6pm to 7pm. 

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KATE EVANS’ BUMP LAUNCH PARTY

Myriad Editions have a string of unconventional graphic novels under their belt, including one of our favourites, Science Tales by Darryl Cunningham. Now they’re publishing Bump by Kate Evans (called the most original talent in comics he’s seen in a long time by Steve Bell), a book all about the ins-and-outs and gooey details of conception, pregnancy, and birthing. There some more information on the Myriad website for it here.

The launch party takes place on Friday, March 28th, and runs from 7pm to 9pm. There will be drinks!

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KEVIN O’NEILL SIGNING

EDIT (25/03/14): We’re sorry to announce that due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Alan Moore can no longer attend this signing. Kevin O’Neill, however, will still be signing in store from 2pm to 4pm.

In true style, we end with a hell of a bang rather than a whimper: the wonderfully talented Kevin O’Neill will be at Gosh! all day, signing copies of Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, out from Knockabout. ROB is a continuation of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, following last year’s Nemo: Heart of Ice tale, which focuses on the adventures of science-fiction brigand Janni Nemo. This time Janni has to travel to a Berlin occupied by the dictator Adenoid Hynkel to save her loved ones, who have been taken hostage by a mysterious but familiar enemy. Heavily influenced by Expressionist German Cinema of the Weimar Republic, this Nemo is a thrilling ride through shadows, totalitarian nightmares, and mechanical monsters. Here’s some more info and some preview images from Down The Tubes.

The signing takes place on Saturday, March the 29th, and will be running from 2pm to 6pm. It is advised to get there early, as the queue tends grow to huge proportions and often has to be capped! 

Running alongside all of these, we also have our regular monthly event round-up:

Wednesday, 5th of March, 7-9pm

PROCESS has invited artists from London’s contemporary comics publisher Breakdown Press to talk about their methods. Featuring Breakdown Press artists Joe Kessler (Windowpane), Antoine Cossé, and Zoe Taylor, as well as Tom Oldham and Simon Hacking, who run the publisher.

Wednesday, 12th of March, 7-9pm

Comics Goship!, the monthly comics book club that takes place at Gosh!, also looks at Breakdown Press as part of a British Boutique Publishers session. The group will be discussing Klaus by Richard Short from BDP, Show Me The Map Of Your Heart by John Cei Douglas from Great Beast, and The Festival by Jazz Greenhill from Avery Hill Publishing.

Tuesday, 18th of March, 7pm-8.30pm

CITY LIT TALK with John Miers: City Lit, the Centre for Adult Learning, will be holding another talk on Graphic Storytelling at Gosh!, hosted by the excellent John Miers. You will be able to purchase tickets through their website soon (we’ll announce it here!).

 

February 18, 2014 | Posted in: Events | Comments Closed

Fumio Obata’s Just So Happens – Launch Party at Gosh!

This is a great one, hold on to your hats…

 

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Fumio Obata is a comic book author and visual artist who makes absolutely stunning work and who we here at Gosh! are huge fans of. His comics are a visual mish-mash of manga and Bande Dessinée styles, with the frequent theme of cultural differences, and his zines were the insider tip-off at Thought Bubble 2012. Jonathan Cape have snapped him up quickly for his UK debut graphic novel, Just So Happens. Here’s the synopsis from the Cape website:

‘I still remember arriving in the city for the first time… It wasn’t easy… But here, London, is my home.’

Yumiko is a young Japanese woman who has made London her home. She has a job, a boyfriend; Japan seems far away. Then, out of the blue, her brother calls to tell her that her father has died in a mountaineering accident.

Yumiko returns to Tokyo for the funeral and finds herself immersed in the rituals of Japanese life and death – and confronting a decision she hadn’t expected to have to make.

Just So Happens is a graphic novel by a young artist and storyteller of rare talent. Fumio Obata’s drawing, in particular, is marvellous in its power and delicacy.

Here’s a picture stolen from Fumio’s blog (he’s also got a whole entry on sketches and research material for the book):

Sounds great, no? I’ve had a look at the advance copy and I can tell you, it is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. If this tickles your fancy, you should probably make it down to our launch party for Just So Happens, taking place on Friday, the 7th of February, from 7pm until 9pm. There will be booze as usual, as well as Fumio himself signing copies. If you can’t make it but would like a signed copy, shoot us an email at info@goshlondon.com.

See you there!

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Just So Happens by Fumio Obata LAUNCH PARTY
Friday, February 7 from 7pm to 9pm
Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR, info@goshlondon.com

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Comix Are My Rock And Roll Film Screening at Gosh!

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If you’re even vaguely into your self-published and alternative comics and zines and live in the UK, chances are  that you’ve come across the International Alternative Press Festival (and its organisers, Jimi Gherkin and Peter Lally) at least once in your life. Jimi and Peter have been the stalwarts of alt comix in the UK for years, and their journey has now been immortalised in the form of a short documentary film. It’s a fascinating insight into the UK Small Press scene, and features cameos from just about everybody (including our old digs, and even including myself, in the background somewhere. You get ten points if you can spot me.). If you ever thought about running your own alt-comix event, this is a must-see.

 

 

Daniel James Baldwin successfully kickstartered the project over here (there’s trailers and previews at the link), and now that it is finished we are proud to present  it to you in its full glory right here in the shop.

 

 

The screening is taking place on the 23rd of January, from 7.30pm until 9pm. Spaces are limited, so it’s best not to get here too late! Any questions, just drop us an email at info@goshlondon.com.

See you there!

- Julia

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Comix Are My Rock’n’Roll Screening
January 23rd, 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR

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