Another nice clump of events over recent weeks…
Another nice clump of events over recent weeks…
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.
A big week of event action last week with plenty more on the way…
Gosh! fave Steven Appleby has teamed up with Pixies legend Black Francis and writer, director and drive-in movie-theatre-owner Josh Frank to produce The Good Inn, an illustrated novel that tells the origin story of history’s earliest known pornographic film, La Bonne Auberge through the story of a disorientated soldier and his journey across the French countryside of 1907.
We’ve also produced an exclusive bookplate illustrated and signed by Steven Appleby.
As usual, the bookplate is printed on high quality card, signed and limited to 200 copies. Pop by the shop to pick up your exclusive book-plated copy of The Good Inn, or email us at email@example.com to order one!
The book retails at £14.99, and mail order can be arranged with a postage quote available on request.
The second of two events championing alternative manga and underground comics from Japan, Gosh! will be hosting an evening of excitement, noise (there are trumpets), and paper tossing.
Kamishibai has come a long way since its 12th century Japanese Buddhist origins. Long gone are the traditional story scrolls and moral lessons of their predecessors, Kamishibai today are told (by Spice Arthur 702 at least) by energetically tearing your way through a series of illustrated boards accompanied by some pretty jazzy live music; good clean fun so long as you don’t get a paper cut!
As Spice Arthur 702‘s website is in Japanese, and our translation skills are wobbly at best, we’ve found some pretty good examples in video form: Star Wars as you’ve never seen it before and the absolute best rendition of Born To Be Wild you’ll ever hear.
A teeny bit younger than Kamishibai itself (operating for almost 30 years in comparison to 900 years) London’s Crick Crack Club are rooted deeply in the re-telling of traditional folk tales and have been performing since the mid 80′s in some of the city’s most prominent venues including The Globe, The South Bank Centre, and the Barbican to name just a few. They’re responsible for bringing Spice Arthur 702 over for a rare visit to the UK also made possible by generous support from The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and The Japan Society.
Traditionally you’d secure prime seats at these events by buying sweets from the storyteller – we’ve decided to do things a little differently with the best seats going to the punctual (though if you wanted to palm us a packet of Haribo we might ‘sort you out’). The event is free, un-ticketed, and starts at 7.30pm on the 3rd of July.
Lots of event stuff to kick off this week!
We’re delighted to be welcoming Kim Newman to the shop on Saturday to sign copies of Witchfinder: Mysteries of Unland #1 which hits the shelves this week and sees the return of Edward Grey in a new series with art from Tyler Crook. Kim will be here between 4 and 5pm, have a look here for all the details.
House Party is the first graphic novel from young up-and-comer Rachael Smith, and to celebrate such a great debut, we’ve produced an exclusive bookplate edition, signed by Rachael.
The book follows three 20-somethings, Michelle, Siobhan and Neil, who are having trouble adapting to life in the real world, having felt like superstars at university. In an attempt to get their carefree composure and happiness back they throw a massive house party, just like they used to. Instead of reconnecting them with their younger selves, though, things go a little differently…
As usual, the bookplate is printed on high quality card, signed and limited to 200 copies. Pop by the shop to pick up your exclusive book-plated copy of House Party from 16/06/14, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order one! The book retails at £9.99, and mail order can be arranged with a postage quote available on request.
A bit of a special event in the shop this week with Thursday’s launch of Over Under Sideways Down, a new comic from the brilliant Karrie Fransman that she’s produced in association with the British Red Cross as part of Refugee Week 2014. It tells the story of Ebrahim Esmail, who travelled to the UK as 15 year old refugee from Iran and we’ll have Karrie and Ebrahim in the shop on Thursday evening to do a live read-through of the comic and participate in a Q&A afterwards. Full details can be found here.
Steve here, back from an unsuccessful bid to become Mayor of Anerley during the recent wave of elections. (You didn’t believe Andrew’s nonsense from last week about a trip to Ireland did you?!)
Click the full post link below for a list of items in store this week.