2014 marks the centenary of the the First World War; one hundred years have passed but only a handful of comics have recorded the stories and atrocities felt by all nations involved in the world changing conflict. From the trenches to POW camps, from one ‘side’ to another, To End All Wars “aspires to free WWI from the censorship imposed by London and Berlin before the first man fell, blinkers that still cramp our reading of this holocaust. Offered up by creators working in a medium that was barely a foetus in 1914, it is our humble tribute to the ten million combatants sacrificed… for what?”
Thumbnails from The Bitter Harvest by Johnny McMonagle
Join the creators from this anthology for a launch party to celebrate the release of this historic work. The party kicks off on the 20th of August, between 7-9pm, and as always if you’d like to reserve a signed copy of the book send an email to email@example.com
He’s been teasing us with sketches and snippets since 2011 but finally it’s here; Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s Scott Pilgrim follow-up Seconds is ready to hit shelves and we’re ready to celebrate.
The man that inspired a thousand cosplays, O’Malley is well known for his acidic tweets and loyal fanbase; fans that have filled the three years since Seconds was announced devouring the gorgeous colour editions of Scott Pilgrim and perfecting their Ramona Flowers glower. He’s also won a string of awards including: 2005 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent, 2006 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist (Writer/Artist), 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication, and 2010 Harvey Award Special Award for Humor In Comics. And that’s not listing the nominations!
The story focuses on Katie, celebrated young chef, and the power she gains over time. It turns out the power to take control of your life, and the consequences, has been under our noses the whole time: 1. Write your mistake, 2. Ingest one mushroom, 3. Go to sleep, 4. Wake anew. If only we’d known it were that easy.
Curiosity piqued? Come along to the launch – there won’t be any life-changing mushrooms but there will be drinks and there will Bryan will be on hand to sign copies of the book. The party kicks off on the 14th of August, between 7-9pm. See you there then.
We’re laying on a veritable feast of UK comics talent for the signing of Ravi Thornton‘s graphic novel HOAX Physchosis Blues. The signing will include: Mark Stafford, Rian Hughes, Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Julian Hanshaw, Ian Jones, Rozi Hathaway, and Ravi Thornton.
HOAX Physchosis Blues tells the moving and very personal story of Roabbi Thornton, a young man whose long battle with schizophrenia ended with his suicide in May 2008 at the age of 31. The graphic novel, written by his sister Ravi, is the continuation of Rob’s story as told in the stage play HOAX My Lonely Heart. Both are based on a poem written by Rob in 2004 and while the play provides the backdrop of Rob’s story, the time spent working on the poem and the tumultuous relationship he found himself in, the graphic novel focuses on the time that came after; dealing with the diagnosis of schizophrenia and the troubles that followed.
Psychosis Blues features artwork from: Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Leonardo M. Giron, Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway, Rian Hughes, Ian Jones, Jade Moss, Mark Stafford, and Bryan Talbot.
The signing will take place between 2pm-3pm on Saturday the 19th of July and money from the sales of the book will go towards supporting mental health charities.
Process and Breakdown Press will be playing host to creator Seiichi Hayashi and art historian Ryan Holmberg for an evening of conversation and music.
In celebration of Hayashi’s famous 1969 “blues manga” Flowering Harbor being translated into English for the first time by Breakdown Press, Seiichi and Holmberg will walk listeners through the pop songs that have inspired Hayashi’s work.
For those of us who are less familiar with Hayashi’s impressive resume; he’s an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist who, after beginning his career as an animator at Tōei Studios in 1962, became a leading figure in the vibrant avant-garde cultural scene of late 1960s and early 1970s Tokyo. As a regular contributor to the legendary alternative manga magazine Garo, Hayashi became renowned for pioneering new territory in the medium of comics, with stories ranging from allegorical critiques of postwar Americanisation and the Vietnam War, to touching reflections on motherhood inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and pop music. Hayashi is perhaps best known for his graphic novel masterpiece Red Coloured Elegy (Sekishoku Erejii, 1970-71) and his distinctive character designs for Lotte Koume (Little Plum) candy drops, which debuted in 1974; his images of a young girl in kimono still grace the candy’s packaging today.
The event kicks off on Wednesday the 2nd of July between 7-9pm and will conclude with Seiichi Hayashi signing copies of the book. If you can’t make it to the event and would like us to put a copy aside for you simply drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horror writer and lifelong comics fan Kim Newman will be in the shop signing copies of Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland, co-written by Maura McHugh with art by Tyler Crook. Despite being a huge fan of comics as a child, and having many friends who work within the industry (including Neil Gaiman who once wrote Newman into an issue of Sandman), this will be Newman’s first time writing for comics. But it isn’t just the excitement of a familiar face doffing the cap of a comics writer that has us excited; it’s also the return of Edward Grey and a chance to further explore the darkest corners of the expansive Hellboy universe.
The story looks to be an exciting one with all you’d expect from Victorian London and everything you’d expect from a seasoned horror writer. Newman has hinted at their being some slimy sounding monsters, including eels. Yuck. Dark Horse are playing their cards pretty close to their chest with this one: “Edward Grey is sent to Hallam to investigate a mysterious death. Once there, he hears rumors about the mysterious Unland, the wetlands around the town, and the creatures that inhabit it. Grey’s skepticism vanishes when he encounters the monsters of Unland, and he realizes that Hallam is a place of secrets.”
Newman will be in store between 4pm-5pm on the 21st of June. If you’re unable to make it to the event and would like a signed copy then get in touch with us at email@example.com. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you there!
To toast the release of Vertigo’s Dead Boy Detectives Volume 1 we’re throwing a little party here at Gosh! Comics. Special guests will be the story’s writer and Eisner Award winning artist Mark Buckingham of Fables fame and co-writer Toby Litt, known for his work in Vertigo’s The Witching Hour #1.
For those of you not clued up on your recently (or not so recently) deceased child sleuths Dead Boy Detectives first graced the pages of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman #25 way-back-when in the 1990’s. Since their arrival they’ve made a number of cameos in other titles, enjoyed a four-issue mini series of their own, and had their story re-told from Death’s perspective by Jill Thompson. This time round the dead duo, Charles Rowland and Edwin Paine, are joined by a new character, thirteen-year-old ‘digital native’ Crystal, who we’re hoping introduces them to the perils of stranger danger on the web.
With a relationship spanning most of Mark’s career it’s no surprise that he would be leading the charge on the series; he and Gaiman first worked together on the British satire magazine The Truth in 1987 and have collaborated on countless projects since.
The launch party will be held on the 27th of June and run between 7pm and 9pm. We’ll be laying on the drinks while Mark and Toby sign copies of their book and, as ever, if you’d like us to have a signed copy put aside for you simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-winning graphic novelist Karrie Fransman has produced a comic, in collaboration with the British Red Cross, in recognition of Refugee Week 2014. We’re huge fans of Karrie’s work here at Gosh! and if you’ve been in the shop you may well have spotted copies of her graphic novel The House That Groaned in pride of place on our upstairs book table.
Over Under Sideways Down is a story about the real-life experiences of, Ebrahim Esmail, a young Kurdish-Iranian refugee who embarked on a harrowing journey to begin a new life in the UK when he was just 15 years old. It is a story of resilience in the face of persecution. It is a story about losing everything you know and love. It is a story about survival and finding the strength to start again.
Join us on Thursday the 12th of June between 7-9pm; there will be copies of the book available, as well as a live read-through and Q&A with Ebrahim and Karrie. Refreshments will be provided and tickets can be booked through Eventbrite.
Steven Appleby is a regular face at Gosh! Comics, having hosted a Comica Conversation with Richard McGuire and launching his book Steven Appleby’s Guide To Life all within these very walls. Needless to say we’re big fans.
This time round we’re hosting a signing and drinks to help celebrate the release of Appleby’s latest project with Pixies frontman Black Francis and jack-of-all-trades writer/director/cinema-owner Josh Frank.
Image courtesy of The British Library
The novel is the origin story of history’s earliest known pornographic film, La Bonne Auberge (coincidentally also the name of a swanky Glaswegian restaurant), and tells the story of a shipwrecked soldier and his journey across the French countryside of 1907. The story that follows is part fact, part fiction, creatively told through the words of Francis and Frank and the illustrations of Appleby. The book, published by Selfmadehero, is described by Barnes and Noble as being “transgressive historical fiction, with shades of Thomas Pynchon- explosive, cinematic, set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.”
The event will be held on June 17th, between 7pm and 9pm, and is the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of the book and pretend we haven’t all Googled La Bonne Auberge in hopes of watching. For research purposes, of course.
We’re super excited to announce the launch party for Hayley Campbell’s newest book The Art of Neil Gaiman, here at Gosh! Comics. As you may well know, Hayley is an ex-Gosh staff member, and though she’s moved on to pastures new she’ll always have a place in our hearts, and – more importantly – our events calender. As well as her five year stint as the blog writer for Gosh! Hayley has an impressive list of publications under her belt including: New Statesman, McSweeney’s, the Guardian, The Comics Journal, The Rumpus, Channel 4 News, Front, Planet Notion, and is the editor of Lifetime UK.
Image courtesy of Ilex Press
In Hayley’s own words the book is “about Neil Gaiman and all the stuff he’s done. I interviewed him for a week in Scotland. I lived in his attic for a week in Wisconsin. It’s taken four years to turn into a book with pages but it’s here.” and the publishers, Ilex Press, describe the book as ” Utterly comprehensive, lavishly illustrated, The Art of Neil Gaiman is the fully authorised account of the life and work of one of the greatest storytellers of all time.” We’ve had a sneak peek, and we can confirm that the book is a must have for any Gaiman fan. Hayley’s unparalleled access has turned up some archival gems, and some great stories straight from the man himself.
The launch will take place on Friday, the 11th of July, between 7pm-9pm. We’ll be celebrating with the usual beers and bubbly and can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend. Hayley will be on hand sign copies of the book and to answer any questions you might have about eyebrow pencils, cycling, and possibly even Neil Gaiman. As always if you’d like us to have a copy signed for you send us an email at email@example.com.
We’re chuffed to announce that the legendary Shaky Kane (Deadline, Bulletproof Coffin) and David Quantick (Veep) are going to be here at Gosh! to sign copies of their new Image One-Shot, That’s Because You’re A Robot.
Here’s some info from the Image website:
Two cops patrol a near-future Los Angeles together in an oversized patrol car, and one of them is a robot—but we don’t know which! “Welcome to a world where identity is uncertain, the definition of humanity is open to question and there is an evil giant leprechaun who can fly,” said Quantick. “Welcome to That’s Because You’re a Robot.”
Kane further described the mix of styles in THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE A ROBOT. “Imagine ‘Car 54 Where Are You?’ channeled through Philip K Dick’s cryogenically preserved brain, broadcast via the first Pye color television set with the color turned up to full retina burn,” said Kane. “If you did, you’d get something close to That’s Because You’re a Robot… but not that close.”
The signing will take place on Saturday, the 21st of June, from 2pm to 3pm. “That’s Because You’re A Robot” is due out on the 11th of June and will retail at £2.85. If you can’t make it to the signing, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get a signed copy reserved for you!
Shaky Kane & David Quantick Signing “That’s Because You’re A Robot” Saturday June 21 from 2pm to 3pm Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR email@example.com