Cry Havoc TP Launch Party

The collection of issues #1-6 of Si Spurrier‘s lesbian-werewolf-military-horror-drama (seriously, it defies easy categorisation), Cry Havoc Vol 1 TP Mything in Action, is almost here! To celebrate, we’ve got Si himself coming down to crack open a bottle of bubbly and sign his name on your – yes YOUR – copy. Make sure you’re here for the occasion on Friday the 19th August, from 7-9pm!

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You can rely on Si to bring more than the hoary old cliches to any genre he tries his hand at, and it turns out that werewolf stories are no exception. No misty moors or Victorian mansions here:

Meet Lou: a street musician savaged by a supernatural terror. Meet Lou: crossing war-torn Afghanistan with a unit of shapeshifting soldiers. Meet Lou: a monstress held captive by the rogue beast she was sent to kill. CRY HAVOC interweaves three stages of a remarkable life into a critically-exalted saga of military, myth, and mania.

Folklore is saturated with monsters,” says Spurrier. “Centuries ago these wonderful fictions were at the bleeding-edge of the Zeitgeist, but they’ve faded from relevance. Cry Havoc asks what happens when those bright-eyed and bloody-fanged stories force themselves back into the modern limelight. Who resists them, and who gets caught in the middle?

Not only is Spurrier ably assisted on art by Ryan Kelly, of Northlanders and Local fame, but to help convey the shifting of time throughout the story – and to help the reader keep track – he has enlisted three different colourists, one for each time period. Matt Wilson, Lee Loughridge, and Nick Filardi each bring their own unique voice to the project, instantly distinguishing the different threads that run through the story. It’s a fascinating experiment in storytelling that pays real dividends.

Si will be here from 7-9pm on Friday 19th August, pen in hand to sign your books. He’ll probably have some juicy behind the scenes titbits for you as well, if you ask nicely. We will also have the book designer Emma Price and letterer Simon Bowland (NAMELESS, JAMES BOND, 2000AD, CODENAME BABOUSHKA).

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.

 

Christian Ward Drink & Colouring Event!

We are launching Christian Wards‘ latest project, the ODY-C Adult Coloring & Activity book! A companion to the hit Image series. The event is on Wednesday, August 10th with a signing from 6-7pm to launch the book and then onto the Coach & Horses pub from 7-9pm for an evening of drinking and colouring!

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With art from the gender-bent science fiction comic ODY-C, this interactive activity book takes you on a feverishly eye-popping journey rendered in lavish psychedelic pen-and-ink illustrations—all waiting to be brought to life through color.

A signing with Christian will be in-store from 6-7pm, then taking everyone to the local pub, Coach & Horses from 7-9pm! We will be providing colouring sheets from the book. We will also have colouring pencils, but supplies are limited.

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.

Check out our Facebook event page here.

 

Gosh! and Broken Frontier presents Drink & Draw July

It’s time for Drink & Draw with our friends at Broken FrontierThis coming month we have special guests Ian Williams, Lord Hurk, and Gareth Brookes.

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Ian Williams is a physician and comic creator based in Brighton. He has taught medicine and art for years, and has written for various journals. His debut graphic novel was The Bad Doctor with Myriad Editions and is working on a follow up The Lady Doctor.  He is a member of the International Health Humanities Network, the Association of Medical Humanities, and joint editor of the Graphic Medicine series for Penn State. He edits the website Graphic Medicine.

 

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Lord Hurk is a comic-maker and graphic artist based in his hometown of Dartford, UK. He has been involved in the underground comics and small press scene in London, self-publishing comics and picture-books since the turn of the century. He co-founded the small press and comics collective ‘The Fancy Butcher’ in 2008. His first graphic novel Ready For Pop has just been published with Knockabout Comics.

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Gareth Brookes is the creator of the coming-of-age graphic novel The Black Project and the upcoming A Thousand Coloured Castles in 2017 with Myriad Editions. It went on to win Best Original Graphic Novel at the Broken Frontier Award and was long listed for Best Book at the British Comic Awards. Original work from the book was featured in the 2014 Comics Unmasked show at The British Library.

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This event will be Tuesday, July 26th at the 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!
Check out our Facebook event page here

They Didn’t Teach THIS in Worm School! Launch Party with Simone Lia

Celebrated Guardian & Observer cartoonist Simone Lia has a new kids illustrated prose novel – They Didn’t Teach THIS in Worm School! – coming from Walker Books, and we’re happy to announce that we’ll be holding the launch party on Friday 12th August from 7-9pm!

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They Didn’t Teach THIS In Worm School! is the tale of a resourceful worm (Marcus) and a bird (Laurence) who looks like a chicken but thinks he’s a flamingo, and their unlikely friendship. After a slightly fraught initial meeting, where Marcus convinces Laurence of the good sense of NOT eating him, the two are soon on an adventure to Africa, where Laurence believes he can truly find happiness. It’s a recipe for all-ages hijinks in a beautifully produced, copiously illustrated hardcover gem.

Simone has long been an author we’ve followed right back to her small press days, and her graphic novels Fluffy and Please God Find Me A Husband are still perennial sellers for us. From the early self-published days of Cabanon Press (in conjunction with fellow cartoonist Tom Gauld) through to her current work, her charm and wit have always shone through in her expressive art and authorial voice. As well as this, her first novel, she is also working on a sequel to Fluffy (the titular bunny from which has his own Instagram account). We can’t wait!

Simone will be here to launch her new book on Friday the 12th of August, from 7-9pm, so mark your diaries, and 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.

Ready for Pop Launch Party

We will be launching Ready for Pop by Hurk on Friday, July 22nd from 7-9pm.

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Ready for Pop takes place in London, the mid-sixties. Our main character Vic Vox, is about to perform as the main act for televisions biggest pop show – Ready for Pop. But someone has made an attempt on his life, and he needs to find out soon to make sure it makes it alive to his once-in-a-lifetime performance.

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Hurk is a comic-maker and graphic artist based in his hometown of Dartford, UK. He has been involved in the underground comics and small press scene in London, self-publishing comics and picture-books since the turn of the century. He co-founded the small press and comics collective ‘The Fancy Butcher’ in 2008.

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.

Brendan McCarthy Signing & Talk

We’re very happy to announce a signing and talk with Brendan McCarthy to launch his new graphic novel Dream Gang on Wednesday, August 17th! Brendan will be signing from 6-7pm and from 7.30 to 9pm he will be giving a talk on his comics and film career.

We will also be releasing a exclusive signed and numbered bookplate for Dream Gang.

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The latest book from the legendary Brendan McCarthy, and it’s all a dream. Collecting from the pages of Dark Horse Presents, is the story of young man living a monotonous life. But in his dreams it’s a different story. His dreams connect him to a group of psychic voyagers called the Dream Gang. The Dream Gangs latest mission is to take down a corrupted voyager from rampaging through the Dreamworld.

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Brendan McCarthy known for his work in 2000AD, his series Strange Days with Peter Milligan and Brett Ewins. His unique and surreal run of Spider Man: Fever. There is the amazing retrospective of his 20 years of work with Peter Milligan with the collection The Best Of Milligan and McCarthy. McCarthy’s technicolor style is like none other and his work is blanketed with metaphysical psychedelia, interdimensional travel, and some truly remarkable design. His work for TV and Film can not go unmentioned with Jim Hensons’ The Storyteller, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and of course his co-writing and concept design for Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

He will be signing books from 6-7pm. The talk will get underway on the 17th August from 7.30-9pm! While the talk is entirely free, it’s first come first served so make sure you get down early to grab your seat and avoid disappointment.

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. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request. The bookplate edition is available to order on our webstore for £10.99!

 

 

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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6-7pm: 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