British Comics Month may be over but our line up of events featuring some of the finest talents the UK has to offer keeps chugging along.
British Comics Month may be over but our line up of events featuring some of the finest talents the UK has to offer keeps chugging along.
We closed out British Comics Month, our four-week dedicated celebration of UK-based four-colour goodies, with a final batch of top-notch events and this cracking piece from our Andrew to cap things off.
On Wednesday we marked the arrival of Prog 1874 of 2000AD by inviting Dan Abnett, Tom Eglington, Simon Coleby, Simon Davis & Smudge to come along and sign copies of the new issue.
This Prog features starting episodes for all the stories and is designed as a jumping on point for new and lapsed readers.
It seemed to work a treat, with a good crowd gathering for some Thrill Power and a chance to meet the team behind it.
Friday saw us launching Bump, a new book about conception, pregnancy and childbirth from Kate Evans.
Kate did a nice talk on how she sees her role as a creator and activist and signed books for the assembled throng.
Then on Saturday we tied a bow on our British Comic Month event schedule by having Kevin O’Neill drop by to sign Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, the latest volume in the epic League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen cycle.
As is traditional for a League signing it was a blockbuster with the queue running into the far distance but Kevin was a trooper, signing for the masses who turned up and signing a healthy stack of books for us to have in the shop. Drop us a line if you want one stashed for you.
Of course, the end of British Comics Month is far from the end of our ongoing efforts to bring you the chance to meet amazing creators.
This Wednesday sees us welcoming Tom Humberstone into the shop for one of our regular Process sessions. Tom will be talking about his career as a comic creator, his role as the editor of Solipsistic Pop and his work on In The Frame, his weekly strip for The New Statesman. It all kicks off at 7pm and is open to all. Come along!
Then on Friday we’re delighted to be launching Bazoik, the latest slice of comicky delight from Gosh! favourite Lord Hurk.
It’s a fantastic new book from a brilliant creator so pop along, grab a copy and meet the man behind the madness.
Another creator we’re always delighted to see new work from is Gilbert Hernandez and this week we get a hardcover collection of Fatima: The Blood Spinners, his own twisted take on a zombie apocalypse.
There’s a lovely new kid’s book out this week from Matthias Picard called Jim Curious: A Voyage To The Heart Of The Sea. It is, as you’d imagine, tale of underwater exploration but has the added bonus of being in glorious 3D! There’s even TWO pairs of glasses to save arguments…
The novelisation of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is written by A.C.H. Smith but is probably more notable for the illustrations, which are provided by the legendary Brian Froud.
Talking of adaptations there’s a hardcover collection of the early issues of the brilliant Batman ’66 out this week as well.
On the other side of the street we have an original graphic novel, Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, written by Mark Waid and James Robinson with fully painted art from Gabriele Dell’Otto. Despite the artist’s surname I think the adjective in the title tells you who’s doing the wall-crawling in this one…
Star Lord: Tears For Heaven has a cover from Sara Pichelli, the current artist on Guardians Of The Galaxy but actually features material from Star Lord’s adventures in the 70′s. However, given they were written by Doug Moench and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, the contents aren’t too shabby either.
Chris Lackey is the writer and artist of Transreality, a new Sci-Fi story that tells the story of a man with a rare form of amnesia that means he will fail to recognise people and then throws him into a world of virtual reality and hive minds that threaten to engulf him.
First Second do a tremendous range of all ages titles and their latest is Hidden: A Child’s Story Of The Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier and Marc Lizano. It’s a challenging subject but, when handled deftly, incredibly powerful.
The Secret Service: Kingsman collects the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons espionage tale that is currently in production as a feature film.
With a cover from Michael DeForge, contributions from the likes of Carla Speed McNeil and an acknowledgment of influence from the likes of Taboo, Uzumaki and Black Hole, it sounds like Sleep Of Reason is a Horror comics anthology that’s worth a look.
In terms of new comics out this week we’ve got Inhuman #1 from Charles Soule and Joe Madureira which charts the transformation of the Marvel Universe following the release of Terrigan Mists among the populace.
Harking back to a previous event we have What If? Age Of Ultron #1 which has Joe Keatinge and Raffaele Ienco showing us another version of a world without a founding Avenger.
Ed Brisson and Simon Roy bring us Field #1 which opens on a man waking in a field in just his underpants with no memory of who he is or how he got there and a nothing else around except a mobile phone that keeps sending him texts warning him that he’s in danger. Sounds promising. (Not for him obviously.)
Caliban #1 is written by Garth Ennis with art from Facundo Percio and is a blend of Horror and Sci-Fi very much in the vein of Alien.
It’s quite the week for amnesiacs as we also have Dead Letters from Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions which sees Sam Whistler wake up in a hotel he doesn’t recognise with his arms bandaged and some angry people banging on the door of his room.
Finally, this week’s Self Obsessed one shot collects some of Sina Grace’s autobiographical comics.
See you next week!
And so our inaugural British Comics Month comes to a close, once more relegating British comics to an obscure corner of our attentions. It was nice to spend a month with you, British comics, but it’s time you got on the train.
The breadth and depth of talent in the UK has never been greater, and we’re never shy about telling all and sundry that’s the case. Sure, we picked a random month of the year to hammer everyone we could with events and posts and general British comics lovin’, but the fact is we spend 362 days a year – closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day! – selling this stuff. And why? Not because we feel obliged to, or because it’s some kind of soulless cash-grab, but because we believe in it. Because it’s good. And if having a month spotlighting a bunch of British creators – particularly those who publish their own work and lack any real form of distribution -helps even a couple more people open their eyes to what’s out there at the moment, well then it’s a month well spent.
And of course, for all we were able to spotlight a number of creators over the month, there are so very many people whose work we admire that we didn’t feature. From the trans-Atlantic successes of Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, to the kids comic genius of Gary Northfield or Sarah McIntyre; from Jamie Smart to Viviane Schwarz; from Will Kirkby to Sina Sparrow to Karrie Fransman to Christian Ward. Too many to mention, too many to cover without leaving someone out. Be it Katriona Chapman, Paul Duffield, Eddie Ross, Andy Poyiadgi, Dan White, Kripa Joshi, Simon Moreton, Rob Cureton, John Miers, Zarina Liew Stephen Collins, Steve Marchant, Dilraj Man, Hannah Berry, Elliot Baggot, Terry Wiley, Kate Brown, James Harvey, Ben Haggarty & Adam Brockbank, Becky Barnicoat, Tom Gauld, Matt Abiss, Barnaby Richards, Adam Vian, Gareth Brookes, the currently absent but no doubt going to return one day Ellen Lindner, Joff Winterheart, Isaac Lienkiewicz, all the good folks at The Phoenix, the always enjoyable showcase that is Offlife Magazine, Benjamin Read, Chris Wildgoose and all the other folks over at Improper Books and more and more and more. (If I haven’t mentioned you but should have (and if you think I should have then I should have), my apologies. Rest assured, we love you too.)
But don’t take my word for it: get yourself to a show and have a browse around. There are more amazingly talented people coming out of the woodwork every year, and an incredible number of shows to see them at. Get some cash out and invest in a journey of artistic discovery (if I may be so overblown). Or even just Google some of those people above and follow the rabbit hole through Tumblr or Twitter or whatever to see where they link to, what they spotlight. There’s an incredible, vibrant network of UK creators out there doing great work that you (or I) are yet to fully discover.
So, British Comics Month. We hope you enjoyed it. Made it to a couple of the events, perhaps discovered a few new creators you weren’t aware of before. Thanks to all the creators and publishers involved for giving their time to help pull everything off, and thanks to all of you who got involved and helped to plug it all.
And especially thanks to all my fellow staff at Gosh, who really pulled out the stops to get this happening and keep it rolling. At least two events every week and daily blog posts, all juggled around their normal workloads (which aren’t inconsequential, I can tell you). So well done and big thanks to Tom (who coordinated the whole shebang), Nat, Steve, Julia, Shaun, Simon and of course that little scamp Josh for all mucking in and getting the job done. Well done, folks!
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Anyway, now that’s all out of the way, who’s up for a launch party? Next Friday, say 7pm? It’s only the launch of Bazoik by our final spotlight recipient Lord Hurk! Come have a drink with us to celebrate! Promise we won’t even mention he’s British…
Andrew @ Gosh!
You may already be well aware of Hurk’s brilliant, bizarre strips.
He’s part of the Fancy Butcher collective, best known for their fantastic anthology Static Revolter…
…and he’s a regular contributor to The Comix Reader.
Here’s the cover he did for #2 -
But Hurk has also produced loads of his own wonderful minicomics like this twisted take on Minder -
And this week we’re delighted t to be launching BAZOIK, his oddball crime comic.
An evocative and beautiful title for this tiny A5 anthology. It instantly summons up tactile feelings that make your hands tingle, the process of creation. This is comics pure and simple.
The annually released publication is a meaty 90 plus page, full colour collection. Catering to all ages and tastes Ink+PAPER is intelligent yet silly, accessible but dense and deep. Ink+PAPER is a friendly hand, reaching out to pull anyone and everyone into the world of comics.
Now entering its fifth year editor David O’Connell has worked with a treasure trove of fresh comics talent to create a book that bursts at the seams with short stories, fact based comics on food, science and travel, individual artist profiles with even a few craft features and recipes squeezed in for good measure.
There is a strip that will appeal to everyone here. An honest testament to the diversity and strength of the medium.
If you are unfamiliar with Lizz Lunney’s particular brand of gleefully silly comics, well you should be ashamed of yourself and correct this ASAP.
Now that you have had the chance to bask in her rather lovely crisp and clean line work we can talk about what I love about Lizz’s comics.They’re not afraid to be fun. In a medium that is normally associated with brooding men in tights, with Lizz’s comics we get a much-needed dose of mirth.
Her humour is offbeat and unique and you’ll be left smiling from ear to ear.
A fresh voice in the world of British comics, and with a new collection out from Blank Slate, Lizz is on the up and up.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to unforeseen personal circumstances, Alan Moore will not be attending our Nemo signing this Saturday. Kevin O’Neill will be here for the revised signing time of 2-4pm.
Hello! It’s the final week of British Comics Month but we’re certainly going out with a bang!
I love anthology comics.
Brilliant bite sized stories from a wonderfully varied bunch of creators and Boo!, the brainchild of Paul Harrison-Davies and Andrew Waugh, is one of the very best.
Boo! was conceived as a Horror comic for kids by the duo but, much like Dr Frankenstein, they soon realised that this beast would need a lot more parts to come to life.
Enter Jason Howard, Gary Northfield, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Jamie Smart, Jonathan Edwards and Rob Davis. Pooling together the creative talents of these artists, whose work has graced the pages of legendary British comics publication such as The Beano, The Dandy, Ink+Paper and The Phoenix, Boo! grow into eight creepy tales, each offering its own brand of ghoulish horror.
A true monster of British comics has been born between these pages.
Jessica Martin made her comics debut in last year’s Thought Bubble anthology, providing the script to a full page strip illustrated by industry legend Mark Buckingham, a man Jessica describes as her ‘comics mentor’.
That was followed up by ‘It Girl’, a graphic biography of Clara Bow that Jessica has self published to great acclaim.
Describing herself as a ‘recovering actress’, Jessica has a fascination with the Golden Age of Hollywood that is reflected in ‘It Girl’ and a longer project currently underway called ‘Elsie Harris Picture Palace’, which tells the story of a Lyon’s Corner House ‘nippy’ who ends up in Hollywood.
The brainchild of Richard Cowdry, The Comix Reader is very much in the tradition of the underground press presenting a blend of dazzling, funny and downright WEIRD strips.
It’s distinctive look of newsprint in a tabloid format is eye-catching and gives creators plenty of space to play with.
With it’s emphasis on unsung heroes and new creators alongside more established names it’s a tremendous showcase of talent.
The list of contributors is long and impressive, containing luminaries of the UK comics scene such as Tanya Meditzky, Peter Lally, Alex Potts, Ellen Lindner, Julia Homersham, Elliot Baggot, Maartje Schaalkx and Tobias Tak.