Step Aside, Pops Launch Party with Kate Beaton

Strike up the marching band & stop the presses, because the amazing Kate Beaton creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant will be joining us at Gosh! on the 23rd October from 7-9pm to launch her new book Step Aside, Pops!


Here at Gosh! we’ve been big fans of Kate’s work for years. Her incredibly hilarious web-comic Hark! A Vagrant that she started in 2007 covers everything from the history of Canada, classic 19th century novels, “strong female heroes”, teen detectives and sexy Tudors. When Hark! A Vagrant came out in paperback form it dominated the New York Times Best Seller list and this fall Kate is releasing her follow-up collection,  Step Aside, Pops. We can already tell from the incredible cover with a badass velocipedestrienne that this book is going to be pretty great!

‘Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez burst off the pages of Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, armed with modern-sounding quips and amusingly on-point repartee. Kate Beaton’s second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips. Beaton returns with a refined pen, ready to make jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists, and Canadians in equal measure. With a few carefully placed lines, she captures the over-the-top evil of the straw feminists in the closet, the disgruntled dismay of Heathcliff, and Wonder Woman’s all-conquering ennui. Step Aside, Pops is sure to be the comedic hit of the year: sharp, insightful, and very funny.’ - Drawn & Quarterly

Kate has also recently released her first children’s book The Princess and the Pony about Princess Pinecone a small warrior princess who asks her parents for a fierce and mighty stallion for her birthday. Instead she receives a tiny round pony with a vacant expression. It’s the perfect combination of heart-warming and hilarious. We’d  highly recommend, this charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness to audiences of all ages.


Kate will be joining us to raise a glass to Steps Aside, Pops and to sign copies of her books at 7-9pm on October 23rd. If you’re unable to make it along to the event then drop an email to and we can arrange a signed copy for you. If you need it sent, postage across the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quotes for further afield are available on request.

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Double D Launch Party with Eddie Argos & Steven Horry

Eddie Argos is the singer in the band Art Brut but he’s also gone and written a comic drawn by the talented  Steven Horry, and there both coming to Gosh! to launch there new Image comics original graphic novel, Double D, on the 12th of November from 7-9pm!


Double D is written by artist, writer and  Art Brut singer Eddie Argos. He’s released four albums, with the two most recent being produced by Black Francis of The Pixies. He’s also written for The Guardian, NME, This Is Fake DIY, Geekweek and Blackbooks We’ll also be joined by Double D artist Steven Horry. Steve’s not only an excellent artist but also a musician and DJ. He’s the creator of the Britpop club night Nuis@nce and has worked with small press publishers like Nasty Little Press and Avery Hill Publishing.unnamed

We’ll be raising a glass to Double D and both Eddie and Steven will be signing and giving a Q&A on the night. But that’s not all that we’ve got lined up! To coincide with the release of the graphic novel, Eddie and Steven have (alongside musicians Mark Heffernan and Grant Purser) recorded a soundtrack album. And on the night they will both be performing songs from the Double D Soundtrack (due to be released on Post/Pop Records in November) as well as treating us to a curated playlist for the party.

‘After the official Worst Day Ever, overweight bully magnet Danny Carter discovers he can use his excess body mass to fuel superpowers. Obviously he’s going to be a superhero and fight crime, but when you’re fifteen years old and you live in the suburbs it’s not quite as easy as expected…’

Eddie and Steven will be here signing Double D on the 12th of November from 7-9pm. If you can’t make it along but would like to get your hands on a copy then drop us an email via and we can sort that out for you. Postage across the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quotes for further afield are available on request.

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Wild’s End Volume 1 Launch Party with Dan Abnett & I.N.J Culbard

*****We’re afraid the Wild’s End Launch Party on Friday 2nd October has been postponed to a later date. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page where we will announce the new date.*******

It’s the end of the world as we know it! Or should we say… ‘End of the Wild’?


No. No we probably shouldn’t. But before impending doom strikes we definitely WILL be hosting a Launch Party for Wild’s End Volume 1 with Dan Abnett and I.N.J Culbard, on October 2nd from 7-9pm!


Here at Gosh! we love new takes on classic science-fiction and who better to transform H.G. Well’s  War of the Worlds than Dan Abnett, one of creators responsible for the groundbreaking run on Guardians of the Galaxy, and  I.N.J. Culbard, whose HP Lovecraft adaptations have brought those classics to new audiences worldwide.  A glorious mash-up of the aesthetics of War of the Worlds and Wind in the Willows, Wild’s End introduces us to a lively cast of anthropomorphic characters doing their best to survive an alien invasion in pleasant, pastoral England.

‘When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back.’ 

Dan Abnett & I.N.J Culbard will be here on the night to sign books and raise a glass to Wild’s End Volume 1. The party starts at 7pm on Friday the 2nd of October. If you’d like us to arrange a signed copy on your behalf then drop a line to and we’ll sort that out. Postage in the UK is a flat rate of £5 and quotes for international shipping are available on request.

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James Harvey & Ramsey Hassan Signing

The dynamic duo of James Harvey (We Are Robin & Masterplasty) and Ramsey Hassan (Triangle) are coming to Gosh! for a signing! They’ll be here signing copies of their work on the 26th of September from 1-2pm.


James Harvey is an English artist who you might remember as the editor behind the global collaborative project Bartkira, the Simpsons/Akira mash-up. You might also know him from MASTERPLASTY,  the incredible one man anthology comic about an operation on a piece of cartilage in the brain that changes how you look.  James’s work has been featured in VICE Magazine and at Madefire and he’s currently spinning out some incredible variant covers for the DC hit We Are Robin in which hundreds of Robins have taken to the streets of Gotham City. James has drawn issue #4 of We Are Robin as his first full comic for DC and we’re very happy to have him here again to sign for you all!

 ‘We Are… Robin centers around several aspiring teenaged vigilantes in Gotham City who take on the identity of Robin. Specifically, the series focuses on Duke Thomas, an African-American teenager previously introduced in Batman: Zero Year who becomes part of the movement to fight crime in Gotham.’

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.  Triangle tells three tales of horror, science fiction and slapstick, each of which are written by Ramzee and illustrated in turn by three fantastic artists: Josceline Fenton, Tom Crowley & Liz Greenfield. All this topped by a stunning cover by Mr James Harvey!

The signing will get underway from 1-2pm on the 26th of September. If you can’t make it along to see James & Ramsey but you want a signed copy, then drop a line to 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.

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Emma Rios & Isabel Greenberg Signing and Drink & Draw

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Emma Rios & Isabel Greenberg will be coming to Gosh! for a signing Monday 16th November! They will also be joining us for our Drink and Draw, co-hosted by Broken Frontier.


Emma Rios is a Spanish comics artist who has worked in both the European and American comic markets. Her artwork has appeared in such titles as Runaways, Amazing Spider-Man, and most recently the Image anthology series Island. She also drew Osborn, by comics writer extraordinaire Kelly Sue DeConnick, with whom she teamed up again to create Pretty Deadly, a mythic revenge fantasy inspired by western films  and contemporary fashion design. The series centres around a heroine whose story is narrated by a deceased rabbit and whose scarred face resembles a dia de los muertos mask. The second story arc is set to launch with issue #6 from Image Comics in September 2015 and we can’t wait!

‘In this second story arc of PRETTY DEADLY, the mantle of Death has fallen to a little girl, Sissy, who, along with her tattered band of reapers, is tasked with gathering souls whose time has come, or come and passed. An old woman has a dying request. Her son has been missing for more than a year, gone east, and from there to fight in the trenches overseas. She wants to see the boy one last time before she passes. And so Deathface Ginny is dispatched through clouds of mustard gas to find the young man, but between her and her quarry, atop bitter black mount of twenty hands, sits the Reaper of War himself.’

After bursting into the UK comics scene in 2011  Isabel Greenberg has become a firm favourite here at Gosh! Her first graphic novel The Encyclopedia of Early Earth is a series of interlinking stories set in a fictional Early Earth, and her short story Love in a Very Cold Climate won her the Observer Jonathan Cape Graphic short story prize. Isabel also released Dreadful Wind and Rain which we loved so much we published it! Isabel’s work has appeared in Nobrow, Wrap, The Guardian, the V&A, and of course the Gosh! windows themselves.

We can’t wait to have her back here at Gosh! with Emma. And it gets even better because they will both be making an appearance at the November Gosh! & Broken Frontier Drink & Draw as special guests!

Emma and Isabel will be with us on Monday the 16th of November signing between 6-7pm. If you can’t make it along to the signing but would like us to have a book put aside for you then get in touch via and we can arrange that for you. As per usual we’ll also be offering a mail order service and can post signed books to you anywhere in the UK for a flat rate of £5 with international quotes available on request.

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Let’s Talk Intersectionality: Feminism and Comics (Part 2!)

Due to popular demand, we are hosting a second edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality ‘Feminism and Comics’! We hope that anyone who couldn’t make it to the first one is able to come on September 15th. There is clearly a need for spaces to have these conversations. The sign up list for this free event will open on Friday, Aug. 28th via Eventbrite and posted on the Facebook event page here.


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. Female superheroes were derived as an afterthought to their male counterparts (She-Hulk, Superwoman, Batgirl, Spider-woman…) or women featured as victims, regularly tortured and raped to propel the action for the male lead. 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).

Let’s Talk Intersectionality is a monthly reading group at the Feminist Library that explores feminist texts and issues from an intersectional perspective. For a special edition of Let’s Talk Intersectionality, we will be hosting a salon-style discussion about the state of feminism in comics. Co-hosted by Lauren Murphy and Lisa Woynarski.

No prior knowledge of comics necessary. All welcome.

There is no required reading for this session as we will be having a broad conversation about feminism and comics. If you would like to do some reading, here are some suggestions:

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette By Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, and Bryan Talbot
Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross
Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins
Kiki De Montparnasse by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet
Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki
This One Summer Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Zines and Anthologies:
The Strumpet
Feminist Library Zines
One Beat Zines
Comic Book Slumber Party
Global Grrrl Zine Network

Ms Marvel
Bitch Planet
Rat Queens
Sex Criminals
Young Avengers
Love & Rockets
The Wicked + The Divine


And many, many more amazing things! We’d love to hear your recommendations over on the Facebook event page here 

Darywn Cooke Signing & Talk

We’ve got some great news to share! The amazing Darwyn Cooke will be over in the UK for The Lakes International Comic Art Festival  and he’ll also be coming to Gosh! Not only will he be doing a signing from 6-7pm but he’ll also be giving a talk at 7.30 – 9pm on Wednesday the 21st of October.



Darwyn Cooke broke into the superhero scene by working on those classic crime fighting capers such as the Justice League in the modern DC classic The New Frontier and Batman. Darwyn hasn’t just illustrated superheroes for comics but he’s also drawn them for the screen, as a storyboard artist on The New Batman/Superman Adventures animated series. But you might also know his classic cinematic style from his work that gravitates more towards crime like his classic run on Catwoman with Ed Brubaker or his graphic novel adaptations of Donald Westlake’s Parker novels.


Darwyn’s latest project Twilight Children is a new mini-series written by legendary comics creators Gilbert Hernandez. They’ve teamed up to create this exciting surreal project which will launch in October.

‘When a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children naturally poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a quirky pair of undercover CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist. Can they come together to prevent an all-out alien invasion and save the souls in this sleepy, seaside town?’ 

IDW says ‘Darwyn Cooke, Eisner-Award-winning writer/artist, sets his artistic sights on bringing to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark’s Parker.Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake. The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind – to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him!’

Thanks so much to  The Lakes International Comic Art Festival for making this event possible.  The third Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 16-18 October 2015 in Kendal, Cumbria, and will be celebrating great comic art from across the world. You can purchase tickets for the festival here!

The signing kicks off at 6- 7pm and the talk will happen between 7.30 – 9pm on Wednesday the 21st of October. While it’s entirely free, it’s first come first served so make sure you get down early to get your seat. We’ll also have a selection of Darwyn’s work available on the night so you can take home a signed copy. If you can’t make it along on the night but fancy a signed copy then drop us a line via Shipping in the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quotes for the rest of the world are available on request.

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Graphic Sex Talk by Stephen Lowther

Sex talk in Soho!? We know we’re as surprised as you are. Believe it or not we’ll be hosting a Graphic Sex Talk by Stephen Lowther of The Wellcome Library on the 22nd October from 7.30-9 pm. Stephen will be discussing all aspects of sex throughout the history of comics.


‘A taste of sexuality, sexism, censorship, gender identity and sexually transmitted diseases in comics, pulps, graphic novels, magazines, undergrounds, comic strips and postcards, from Aubrey Beardsley’s ‘Lysistrata’ and the ripped shirts of Doc Savage to Adam Hughes’ ‘Wonder Woman’ and gay marriage in Astonishing X-Men.’

The event kicks off at 7:30pm on Thursday the 22nd of October and, while it’s entirely free, it’s first come first served so make sure you get down early to grab your seat and avoid disappointment.

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Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics Launch Party

We’re over the moon to be hosting the launch party for  Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics on Thursday 17th September from  7-9pm 


Join us at Gosh! for an evening of poetry reading and comic creation! Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics is the UK’s first book of poetry comics with support from Arts Council England and is edited by Tom Humberstone and Chrissy Williams. We’ll also be joined by these excellent artist’s and poets;

John Canfield

Lorraine Mariner

Shauna Robertson

Ioan Morris

RH Parry

Sean Azzopardi

Cristian Ortiz

Douglas Noble

Hayley Fiddler

Emix Regulus

There’s also an Over the Line Poetry Comics exhibition at the Poetry Café (1 Sept – 31 Oct), and you can find more poetry comics at

All these fantastic creators will be with us 7- 9pm on Thursday the 17th of September where we’ll be celebrating the release of  Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics. If you can’t make it along to the launch party but would like us to have a book put aside for you then get in touch via and we can arrange that for you.

As usual, we’ll also be offering a mail order service and can post signed books to you anywhere in the UK for a flat rate of £5 with international quotes available on request.

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Dispossession Launch Party with Simon Grennan

Hold on to your top hats! Because we’ve got Simon Grennan coming to Gosh! for a Launch Party celebrating the release of Dispossession and we couldn’t be more pleased about it! Get down here on September 4th from 7-9pm to raise a glass with us.


Simon Grennan is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, comics scholar and author of over forty comics and books. Not only that but he’s also a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Chester. His latest book Dispossession is inspired by Anthony Trollope’s 1879 novel John Caldigate. The book explores the life of a young gentleman who gets into debt by gambling and tries to change his luck in the gold fields of New South Wales.

‘England, 1873. John Caldigate, a young gentleman, gets into debt gambling and decides to try his luck in the gold fields of New South Wales. On the outward journey, he promises to marry Mrs Smith, a divorced actress. Returning home a rich man, John marries Hester, the sweetheart he left behind. Soon, Mrs Smith also returns from Australia, penniless, and claims that she is already his wife. Inspired by Anthony Trollope’s 1879 novel John Caldigate, Dispossession embeds the reader in a uniquely wrought experience of the mid 19th century, including the first ever appearance of the Australian aboriginal Wiradjuri Language in a graphic novel. Taking unique advantage of the graphic form to conjure the material world of the Victorian era in a glittering waltz of intense colour and deep shadow, Dispossession is a virtuoso and intensely affecting graphic novel by a master visual storyteller.’

The party will be kicking off at 7pm on September 4th with Simon on hand to sign copies! If you have other plans on the night but still want a signed copy then drop us a line via If you’d like us to mail one to you then we have a flat rate of £5 for the UK and quotes for international shipping are available on request.


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