30th Anniversary Print #12 – Nemesis the Warlock by Kevin O’Neill

Please Note: This item will be released in-store on Friday the 10th February for our Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill signing. Some copies will be held for on-line release on at 11am on Saturday the 11th February.

For our 12th and final 30th Anniversary print, we’ve gone with a British classic: a vintage Kevin O’Neill illustration of one his signature characters, Nemesis the Warlock, presented in association with the good folks at 2000 AD!

Crazy to think it, but Gosh started just 9 years after the launch of 2000 AD (The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, don’t you know), and it’s been a fixture on our shelves ever since, in both its weekly form and in the ever-growing range of TP collections.

Kevin O’Neill, one of the most visionary, creative voices to have ever come out of UK comics, has also been a ever-present artistic force throughout our history. The crazed Metalzoic was first published in our first year of trading, then on through the barb-wire brilliance of Marshal Law and of course that perennial best-seller the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (returning someday soon!)

And of course Kevin is also known for those earliest days of 2000 AD and the characters he drew then, none more so than Nemesis the Warlock, one of the magazine’s most adored cast members. So what better way to mark the end of our run of prints than a portrait of Nemesis by Kevin?

Originally drawn as an in-house ad, then reused in both the Eagle Comics reprints and again for the cover of the 2013 Deviant Edition hardcover, we’ve gone back to the original black and white art to create a beautiful screenprint!

Signed by Kevin O’Neill and limited to just 100 copies, the screenprint retails for £35. It is A3 (42.0 x 59.4cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches) and printed on 270gsm Mohawk Superfine acid-free & archival paper.

The print will launch in-store at our Pat Mills & Kevin O’Neill signing on Friday, 10th February. A small number will be held back for online purchase, available at 11am on Saturday, 11th February.

30th Anniversary Print #10 – Circo Antilopinae by Lisa Hanawalt

For our tenth 30th Anniversary Print, we have none other than Lisa Hanawalt providing us with an all-new illustration, Circo Antilopinae!

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Perhaps now best known as a producer and production designer on hit Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman, we’ve been big fans of Lisa’s work as a humourist and comics artist for some time now. Heck, we even did a bookplate edition for her Drawn & Quarterly collection My Dirty Dumb Eyes, and her latest book, Hot Dog Taste Test, is a regular feature of our centre table.

So of course she was always on our shortlist of creators we wanted for our anniversary prints, and we were lucky enough to get her to produce a piece of art that captures her fun, freewheeling style in full flight: Circo Antilopinae! It’s a bright, lively piece with colours that really pop, bringing its circus subjects to vivid, energetic life.

Gosh! 30th Anniversary Print #10: Circo Antilopinae comes as an A3 digital print on 270gsm Brightwhite Colourplan stock, and is limited to 150 copies. Each print will be marked and numbered on the back with a special Gosh! 30th Anniversary stamp.

The print retails for £25, and is available in-store and online.

Please note that we do our best to ensure that all prints are shipped to you in the safest possible manner, with sturdy poster tubes and tracked delivery. If ordering 3 or more prints, please place your order to us by email for an accurate postal rate.

30th Anniversary Print #9 – Medusa by Emily Carroll

Who better could we hope to do our October 30th Anniversary Print than comics’ own Halloween doyen? Presenting our 9th anniversary print in the series of 12: Medusa, by Emily Carroll!

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While of course we’d recommend Emily’s comics all year round, there’s something of a Halloween tradition around her work, her first real break into the public eye being the brilliant His Face All Red. Her innovative use of the infinite digital canvas marked her as one to watch, and she’s proven that time and time again. Her 2014 collection of horror shorts, Through the Woods, is a perennial best seller for us, and her recent collaboration with Marika McCoola. Baba Yaga’s Assistant, is a wonderful slice of horror-tinged YA fiction.

So we thought something appropriately horror-themed would be nice for October, and Emily has delivered in spades with one of the oldest horrors of all: Medusa! It’s a ghoulishly garish study of the Gorgon, clearly enjoying her work.

The regular edition of Medusa comes as an A3 digital print on 270gsm Brightwhite Colourplan stock, and is limited to 150 copies.

Regular edition? Yep. The feverish colours really pop off the paper on this one, and we were so taken with it we’ve even done a special super-limited run of 10 A2 Giclée prints on 308gsm Hahnemuehle Photo Rag (acid free, 100% cotton). The deep, rich colours of the Giclée process really make this one jump off the wall, trust us!

Each print will be marked and numbered on the back with a special Gosh! 30th Anniversary stamp.

Copies of the A3 print retail at £25, available in-store and online, and the A2 Giclée retails for £50 exclusively through our online store, while stocks last!

30th Anniversary Print #8 – A Dickensian Alphabet by Tom Gauld

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With his latest graphic novel, Mooncop, imminent, what better time for us to debut our next 30th Anniversary print: A Dickensian Alphabet by Tom Gauld.

Renowned humourist Tom has a long-standing history with the shop, right back to his early self-published days. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to be featuring him in our 30th celebrations with an all-new strip created for the occasion. And to mark our London origins, he has turned to that most quintessential of London chroniclers, Charles Dickens himself.

In an illustrated A-Z, Tom covers a range of Dickensian tropes all rendered in his trademark, wryly humorous style. From a forlorn boat on the Thames to the club-bearing villain, every panel pops with an instant, knowing familiarity: the ultimate Dickens crib sheet.

The print will be released in two editions, beginning with this highly limited 30th Anniversary run. An A2, 3-colour screenprint printed on Somerset Satin White 300gsm 100% cotton rag, this edition will be limited to 50 copies, each signed by Tom and stamped and numbered on the back. It will retail for £70, and will be available in store and online.

Later in 2016 there will be a second unlimited release as an A3 digital print on an alternative stock, further details of which will be announced at a later date.

The print will be available online and in store from Tuesday 6th September 2016. Tom Gauld will be in attendance for the launch party of Mooncop, his new book from Drawn & Quarterly Press, at Gosh! on 9th September 7 – 9pm.

30th Anniversary Print #7 – Octopus Salad by Junko Mizuno

For our seventh anniversary print we have this original exclusive print by the legendary Junko Mizuno – Octopus Salad! (yum yum)

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Two of of the most prevalent themes in Junko Mizuno’s art – eroticism and a love of food – have been combined into a spectacular feast of visual decadence. The image is based on a recipe for Marinated Octopus Salad. Across the image you can see the play of the ingredients of lemon, parsley leaf and octopus, all rendered in a thematically connected palette.

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It’s hard to imagine, but Mizuno is a self-taught creator. Her images typically feature a fearless focus on erotic female imagery: Japanese ‘Kawaii’ culture intertwined with the trappings of ‘Hentai’ pornography, filtered through her own personal message of empowerment. She is the author of the on-going series Pelu, about a cloud-like alien that travels to earth to find true love, as well as a series of Gothic Lolita-style adaptions of Grimm Fairy Tale stories – Princess Mermaid, Cinderalla and Hansel & Gretel. They are definitely not your childhood classics!

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The print is an A3 four colour screenprint, printed on 270gsm Mohawk Superfine Acid-Free Archival Paper. It retails for £25.00. It is strictly limited to 200 copies, and is available in-store, or can be ordered for mail order online.

30th Anniversary Print #6 –Maggie & Hopey: Perfect Trajectory by Jaime Hernandez

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently experiencing issues with checkout on our web store. If you wish to place an order for this print, please email us with your details to info@goshlondon.com, and we will arrange payment and shipping for you.

 

For our sixth anniversary print with have honoured to have this original exclusive print by the one and only Jaime Hernandez – Maggie & Hopey: Perfect Trajectory!

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There are few comics that have been as influential as Love & Rockets, the anthology series created by Jaime and his brothers Gilbert and Mario. Beginning its run back in 1981 with a self-published issue before being picked up by Fantagraphics in 1982 for a run that has continued in one form or another ever since, it has shaped the face of independent comics for the past three decades and counting. A formative influence on many a creator (not to mention our own Josh Palmano), the series is packed with iconic imagery, burned into the collective unconscious of any self-respecting independent comics fan.

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Maggie & Hopey: Perfect Trajectory, a brand new image produced by Jaime for our 30th Anniversary, revisits the cover to Love & Rockets #33, one of the original series best loved covers, where a laughing Maggie & Hopey strut past a row of bored, black-clad police. The new image fast forwards to a little later, where Hopey – a couple of beers in – hefts a bottle over her shoulder toward an unsuspecting helmet. It’s a snapshot of Jaime’s skills as a storyteller, a single image evoking both the past and future of the depicted moment. And to be honest, who doesn’t love any new image of Maggie & Hopey hanging out?

Jamie Hernandez is the co-creator of Love and Rockets, the seminal independent anthology series. Best known for his long-running Locas stories – tales of a largely Hispanic cast of characters living in Los Angeles – his clean line and effortless style are as unique and influential today as they ever were.

The print is an A3 Giclee print on Hanhnemuehie Photo rag 308gsm stock. It is strictly limited to 200 copies, and is available in-store, or can be ordered for mail order via email to info@goshlondon.com.

 

 

30th Anniversary Print #5 – The Broad Steet Pump by Kristyna Baczynski

Announcing the fifth in our series of 30th Anniversary Prints – The Broad Street Pump by Kristyna Baczynski!

KBaczynski x GOSH Print - PROOF V2Kristyna Baczynski has chosen to portray the story of the 1854 Broad Street cholera outbreak in her print, an event that devasted the surrounding area, killing over 500 people. Dr John Snow published a report speculating that it was spread by contaminated water. He mapped the 13 public wells and all the known cholera deaths around Soho, and deduced that the water from a pump on Broad Street (now Broadwick Street) was the source of the outbreak. On the 8th September 1854, on the instruction of Dr John Snow, the handle to the pump was removed, and the outbreak accordingly came to its end.

The water pump still exists, and bears a memorial for those that died. It is on the corner across from the John Snow pub on 39 Broadwick Street.

Kristyna Baczynski is a freelance illustrator, designer and comic book artist who grew up in The Pennines of Yorkshire, and her family hails from The Carpathians of Ukraine. She works in Leeds and has won the Northern Design Award. Her work has appeared in Blank Slate Books, Anorak, Solipsistic Pop, Paper Science, Hic+Hoc and more. She teaches Graphic Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University.

The Broad Street Pump is an A3, 3-colour screen print on Mohawk 270g archival paper, and is strictly limited to 200 numbered copies. Each print will be marked on the back with a special Gosh! 30th Anniversary stamp, and comes with a sheet explaining the history behind the image. Copies retail at £25 each in-store and online.

30th Anniversary Print #4 – Soho Glories by Luke Pearson

Announcing the fourth in our series of 30th Anniversary Prints: Soho Glories, by Luke Pearson!

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Luke has crafted us an homage to our local lad William Blake and all of Soho’s glorious elements, based on Blake’s piece ‘Satan in his Original Glory’. William Blake was born and died around the corner from the shop in what is now 7 Marshall Street, where he developed and exhibited his first pieces, as well as producing his book ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’.

Paralleling Blake’s depiction of Satan as possessing both feminine and masculine qualities, surrounded by the heavenly host, Luke interprets Satan as an androgynous amalgam of Soho’s rich history of cabaret, drag, and love for the flesh of all types. Our sinful dancer watches over all the facets of Soho life: from the record stores to the bustle of the fruit and veg stalls; the rich food culture of the area to the beating heart of clubland; from the heights of culture to the depths of society’s underbelly; and of course the London Fox, whose late night mating calls certainly capture the spirit of the area.

Luke Pearson is best known in the comics world for his creation Hilda, a plucky young girl who stars in her own series of Scandinavian-folk tinged albums from Flying Eye Books. Outside of comics he has done design work and storyboards for Adventure Time, produced book covers for Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, and his illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian. 

Soho Glories is an A2, 3-colour screen print on Mohawk 270g archival paper, and is strictly limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. Each print will be marked on the back with a special Gosh! 30th Anniversary stamp. Copies retail at £50 each in-store and online.

Gosh! 30th Anniversary Print #3 – Nancy and Tonya, by Jillian Tamaki

Our third 30th Anniversary print is here! We are very excited to have received a stunning piece from the one and only Jillian Tamaki!

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Jillian Tamaki has long blown us away with her range of work, from her webcomics to her graphic novels, by way of her small press work and commercial illustration. Having been pulled into comics at an early age courtesy of Archie Comics, in her teenage years she started her drawing with her own homemade zines to pass out to her classmates before heading off to art school.  It was there that she developed a taste for the works of independent creators such as Seth and Chester Brown.

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Her stunning brushwork has created beautiful worlds inhabited by fascinating characters, both in her solo work and her graphic novels produced with her writer cousin Mariko Tamaki. Her first collaboration with Mariko, Skimperfectly encapsulates the weight of peer pressure we carry in our youth with her heavy brushstrokes, and their coming-of-age follow up, This One Summer, swept up awards in its wake, including Eisner, Harvey, Prinz Honor and (a graphic novel first) Caldecott Honor awards. Her most recent title, Supermutant Magic Academy, began life as a webcomic where she had the freedom to play fast and loose creatively, and the result is an art style full of personal idiosyncrasy and wonderful creative energy. Recently she has dipped her toes back into animation with two episodes of Adventure Time

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Representing the unstoppable force that is Jillian Tamaki, with her exciting creative momentum and ever-developing style, is Nancy and Tonya. Two young women, pressing forward, leaning into the burdens they carry with grace and dignity.

Nancy and Tonya comes as an A3 digital print on 270gsm Brightwhite Colourplan stock, limited to 150 copies.

However, we were so excited by this image we also decided to do an extremely limited, web-exclusive run of 6 (yes, only SIX) A2 Giclee prints on 308gsm Hahnemuehle Photo Rag (acid free, 100% cotton).

Each print will be marked and numbered on the back with a special Gosh! 30th Anniversary stamp.

Copies of the A3 print retail at £20 each in-store and online, and the A2 Giclee retails for £50 exclusively through our web shop!

Gosh! 30th Anniversary Print #2 – GoGo Soho, by Michael Allred

It’s time to unveil the second 30th Anniversary print in our series of twelve, this time by none other than Michael Allred!

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Michael Allred has long been a favourite of us here at Gosh! Comics. For over 25 years he has straddled the worlds of independent and mainstream comics like no one else. The publishers of his signature series Madman read like a who’s who of some of the most influential of the last quarter century; Tundra, Kitchen Sink, Dark Horse, Oni Press, before landing at its current home at Image Comics. Allred’s comics have the feel of what non-comics readers imagine American comics look like, mixing the Pop Art stylings of Warhol, Lichtenstein and Adam West’s Batman TV series with the new wave of Eighties cartoonists like Los Bros Hernandez, Gary Panter, Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns. 

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His evident love of the great Silver Age artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Bruno Premiani (to name but three) has also made him an in-demand superhero artist and the perfect choice to chronicle the current adventures of The Silver Surfer (alongside Dan Slott), and the only logical choice to provide the covers for the recent Batman 66 comic based on the aforementioned Adam West show. If that wasn’t enough, Allred continues to demonstrate both his versatility and work ethic by also being the chief art operative on the appropriately named Art Ops monthly for Vertigo Comics. Like Mike, Gosh! have always striven to celebrate and champion the best of independent and mainstream comics alike, making Allred a perfect choice for one of our 30th anniversary monthly print series.

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Allred’s print, GoGo Soho, is a celebration of that little pocket of London we now call home, especially its rich musical history. Allred’s love of British Rock music of the 60s and 70s is well known, not least through Red Rocket 7, his love letter to the genre in comic form. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful (in her The Girl on a Motorcycle leathers) and others all feature in the image, while a massive Ziggy Stardust era David Bowie – arguably the most influential talent of the whole period – towers above them. In 1964 a sixteen year old David Bowie got his big break as the lead singer of Dave Jones and The King Bees when he played Soho’s The Jack of Clubs (later Madame JoJo’s). Just a few years later Bowie would record his Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars albums at Trident Studios in St Anne’s Court, cementing his important association with the area. Allred’s print is a swinging-sixties celebration of Carnaby Street, mods, mopeds and mini skirts, even topped off with a huge red London phone box. An exciting vision of Swinging Soho, when it must have seemed like the most exciting place to be for a very tiny Mike Allred across the pond. We love it!

GoGo Soho is an A3 Giclee print on 308gsm Hahnemuehle Photo Rag (acid free, 100% cotton), and is strictly limited to 100 numbered copies. Each print will be marked on the back with a special Gosh! 30th Anniversary stamp.

Copies of the print retail at £40 each, and are available in-store and online! This will be on-sale in-store Tuesday, March 15th.