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We’re delighted to announce that Rian Hughes will be joining us in the shop for an evening presentation and discussion of his work. The event has been organised by City Lit, the centre for adult learning.
Rian Hughes ‘s comic art work reached fame with his work on 2000AD, where he illustrated Robo-Hunter, Tales from Beyond Science, Really and Truly and Dan Dare, among others. His work is highly distinctive using large expanses of flat, bold colours. Unusually, Hughes prefers to be his own letterer, and has designed several unusual fonts for this purpose.
Since leaving comics illustration, Hughes has become a successful advertising artist, graphic designer and font designer. He runs his own company, Device, with clients including Virgin Airways, Penguin Books, DC Comics, Eurostar the BBC and a range of magazines and newspapers
The event kicks off at 7:30pm on Thursday the 23rd of October and, while it’s entirely free, it is ticketed so you’ll need to make sure you register before coming along on the night. We’ll also have a selection of Rian’s books available on the night so you can take home a signed memento of the evening.
Let’s talk about The Walking Dead for a minute. You know it? Hugely popular comic/television show/video game! The newest volume, A New Beginning, is aptly named. Like most stories with a large cast and ma-hoo-ssive story, it can be a little daunting for new comers to jump on the series and so powers-that-be have decided to make a nice little entry point for newcomers by jumping ahead in the story (2 years to be precise) and taking us into the near future. The first thing on your mind is obviously going to be teenage Carl, right? No?
So now we’re all on the same page in terms of story let’s look at the bookplate. Yes, that’s right, Charlie Adlard has created a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate featuring an All American family portrait: Andrea, Carl, Rick, and…Rick’s fancy new robot arm? It’s super sized (A5 rather than our usual A6) and full colour.
As ever we’re more than happy to ship the book out to you. Postage within the UK is a flat rate of £5 (if you’ve had your eye on a couple of books now is the perfect excuse for a splurge) and postal quotes outside of the UK are on request.
The book is out in November, and if you’d like us to reserve a copy or arrange a mail order you can get a hold of us as ever on email@example.com
So here’s the thing we’re excited about all our signings and events; the shop never looks as good as when it’s full of you ‘orrible lot and we especially like an excuse for a party but every now and then something comes along and we get a little wobbly at the knees. And so, with all waffling aside, it’s our great pleasure to announce a Thought Bubble and Gosh! signing with Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire.
Since bursting onto the comic scene in 2009 Eisner and Harvey award winning Scott Snyder has written for both Marvel and DC; working on well-loved titles including Iron Man, and The Human Torch. Scott’s current work on Batman Eternal is particularly good but it’s his creator-owned work with Vertigo (American Vampire and The Wake) comics that’s really caught our attention.
Eisner and Harvey award nominations have also made their way over to the second creator of the evening, Jeff Lemire. If the name seems familiar it shouldn’t be a surprise. He wrote that comic. You know the one? Children born with horns and snouts and hooves and stuff. Not content with creating his own immersive and believable worlds (Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Trillium) Lemire has also written for DC comics with impressive runs on Animal Man, Justice Leaugue Dark, and Green Arrow to name a few.
Both creators will be with us signing copies of their books between 5-7pm on Friday the 14th of November. There’s going to be a 3 item limit on the night so choose carefully! If you don’t already have the book you’re after don’t worry; we’ll have a selection of their work available on the day. If you’re unable to make it to the event and there’s a specific book you’d like us to have signed for you then get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make those arrangements.
We’ll be joined by Ordinary creators Rob Williams and D’Israeli for a Saturday Signing
Ordinary reads like a cross between the X-Men (or Inhumans) and that one speech from Pixar’s The Incredibles. You know the one. How giving everybody extraordinary powers would effectively leave us all unremarkable? Only in the hands of Williams and D’Israeli the consequences are much higher with the human race using their newly acquired powers to settle petty disputes and start wars.
When a strange plague gives every human being on the planet special powers, it’s seen as the next step in human evolution. But hope quickly turns to terror, as every war, terrorist attack, every crime, every simple street argument escalates a truly horrific point.
The world is tearing itself apart – every trouble spot becomes a monstrous war zone and nuclear Armageddon looms. The plague MUST be cured if humankind is to survive.
The key lies in the blood of the only human being who DIDN’T get powers when the plague hit. A downtrodden, recently divorced New York plumber named Michael Fisher. The most ordinary man alive has suddenly become the most extraordinary person on Planet Earth.
Giant baseball players, grannies aging in reverse, a talking Grizzly bear. That’s nothing out of the Ordinary!
The signing will be taking place on Saturday the 25th of October between 2-3pm. If you can’t make it to the signing we’re more than happy to arrange a copy for you, simply send an email to email@example.com.We’ll see you there, only, do us a favour? Let’s leave the grizzly bears at home, ta.
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Nick Abadzis, creator of Hugo Tate and Laika, will be joining us for an evening signing. As well as signing copies of those books we’ll be celebrating the newest addition that fine list, The Cigar That Fell In Love With A Pipe.
You might think that it’s the doomed relationship of Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles that’s at the heart of this humorous (and dare we say a little educational) story about love and smoking. But guess what kid! It ‘aint! The real stars of the piece are Conchita Marquez and the sailor she fell in love with; their spirits trapped in smoking paraphernalia. If you want to know any more than that you’ll need to read the book – it’s a good ‘un we promise.
The signing will be running between 6-7pm on October 24th. The book costs £14.99 and will be available for mail order if you’re unable to make it along to the event. Mail order quotes are available on request; just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort it out!
Tiny Pencil, purveyors of all things graphite, are releasing their fourth anthology and it’s going to be a corker.
Tiny Pencil, founded by Amber Hsu, is a love letter to all things graphite, eschewing other art forms in favour of wonderfully versatile carbon and everything it offers. There’s even a potted history of the mighty pencil over on their website!
The newest anthology, Tiny Pencil No. 4: Death & Resurrection, promises to be just as gorgeous as all that have come before it: page upon page of gorgeously rendered illustration? Hells yes. A host of talented creators? You betcha. The line-up includes (but is by no means limited to): Joe Fenton, Joanna Concejo, Yoko Tanaka, Ho Sin Tung, Alexis Deacon, Gareth Brookes, S.J. Harris (Eustace), Andy Van Dinh and Rachel M. Bray.
There’s going to be heaps happening on the night including drinks, live drawing, prizes, and of course the chance to nab a copy of the book. The event starts at 7pm on Friday the 10th of October. If you’d like us to save a copy for you then drop an email to email@example.com and we can make those arrangements. Mail order is available and postal quotes are on request.