Let’s face it, Emily Carroll‘s Through the Woods is the book to get your hands on. Not only is it the prettiest (and the creepiest) collection of horror stories we’ve seen, it’s also chock full of brand new stories that promise to haunt you for hours after reading. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the book is the inclusion of fan favourite His Face All Red, the first of Emily’s web comics adapted for print.
Emily has designed a gorgeous Gosh! exclusive bookplate to coincide with the launch of Through the Woods. Limited to 200 copies, each bookplate is signed by Emily’s fair hand, and printed on high quality card. The book is a snip at £12.99 and as usual we’ll be offering a mail order service for those of you unable to make into the shop – postage qoutes are on request so drop us a line via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange that with you.
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.
We’re laying on a veritable feast of UK comics talent for the signing of Ravi Thornton‘s graphic novel HOAX Physchosis Blues. The signing will include: Mark Stafford, Rian Hughes, Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Julian Hanshaw, Ian Jones, Rozi Hathaway, and Ravi Thornton.
HOAX Physchosis Blues tells the moving and very personal story of Roabbi Thornton, a young man whose long battle with schizophrenia ended with his suicide in May 2008 at the age of 31. The graphic novel, written by his sister Ravi, is the continuation of Rob’s story as told in the stage play HOAX My Lonely Heart. Both are based on a poem written by Rob in 2004 and while the play provides the backdrop of Rob’s story, the time spent working on the poem and the tumultuous relationship he found himself in, the graphic novel focuses on the time that came after; dealing with the diagnosis of schizophrenia and the troubles that followed.
Psychosis Blues features artwork from: Hannah Berry, Karrie Fransman, Leonardo M. Giron, Julian Hanshaw, Rozi Hathaway, Rian Hughes, Ian Jones, Jade Moss, Mark Stafford, and Bryan Talbot.
The signing will take place between 2pm-3pm on Saturday the 19th of July and money from the sales of the book will go towards supporting mental health charities.
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.
Process and Breakdown Press will be playing host to creator Seiichi Hayashi and art historian Ryan Holmberg for an evening of conversation and music.
In celebration of Hayashi’s famous 1969 “blues manga” Flowering Harbor being translated into English for the first time by Breakdown Press, Seiichi and Holmberg will walk listeners through the pop songs that have inspired Hayashi’s work.
For those of us who are less familiar with Hayashi’s impressive resume; he’s an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist who, after beginning his career as an animator at Tōei Studios in 1962, became a leading figure in the vibrant avant-garde cultural scene of late 1960s and early 1970s Tokyo. As a regular contributor to the legendary alternative manga magazine Garo, Hayashi became renowned for pioneering new territory in the medium of comics, with stories ranging from allegorical critiques of postwar Americanisation and the Vietnam War, to touching reflections on motherhood inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and pop music. Hayashi is perhaps best known for his graphic novel masterpiece Red Coloured Elegy (Sekishoku Erejii, 1970-71) and his distinctive character designs for Lotte Koume (Little Plum) candy drops, which debuted in 1974; his images of a young girl in kimono still grace the candy’s packaging today.
The event kicks off on Wednesday the 2nd of July between 7-9pm and will conclude with Seiichi Hayashi signing copies of the book. If you can’t make it to the event and would like us to put a copy aside for you simply drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.