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Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition: Sex Criminals Volume One

We are totally psyched to announce another great exclusive bookplate edition, this time for the first trade paperback release of Image’s intriguing and totally fun series by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: Sex Criminals.

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Doesn’t that look great?

If you haven’t picked up the comic yet, do – it’s a sex comedy that actually accomplishes to be as funny as it is naughty (spoilers: lots, and lots).

The trade paperback (collecting issues 1 to 5) is due to be out on April 16th and retails at £7.50. The bookplate is, as ever, limited to 200 copies and exclusive to Gosh! Comics. If you would like to reserve one, drop us a line at info@goshlondon.com or give us a bell!

Sally Heathcote, Suffragette Signing

Gosh! is proud to announce yet another top-notch comics event, coming up in May. It’ll be a signing for Jonathan Cape’s Sally Heathcote, Suffragette – written by Mary Talbot and illustrated by Kate Charlesworth.

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Mary and Kate will be joined by Bryan Talbot, who has done the layouts for this book. Here’s the official blurb:

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for the vote. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a vividly realized backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era.

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is another stunning collaboration from Costa-award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator, Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote’s lavish pages bring history to life.

Also, Joe Gordon has written a comprehensive and enthusiastic review of the book over here.

The signing will be taking place on Saturday, May 17th, and will run from 2 pm to 3pm. If you can’t make it but want a copy, email us at info@goshlondon.com for reserves. Otherwise – see you there!

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Sally Heathcote, Suffragette Signing with Mary & Bryan Talbot and Kate Charlesworth
Friday, May 17 from 2pm to 3pm
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com

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Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition – André The Giant by Box Brown

Gosh! is proud to announce an exclusive bookplate to go with Box Brown’s beautiful new book André The Giant, out from First Second.

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Whether you know André the Giant because of a love affair with pro-wrestling, or because of a love affair with late 80s cult film The Princess Bride, or because of a love affair of 80s/90s graffiti and stencil art (or all three), you’ll definitely want to give this a read. Drawn in Brown’s beautiful, clean cartooning style, it combines history with personal anecdotes to give you an insight into the life of this fascinating man (did you know Samuel Beckett used to give him a lift to school? Bet you didn’t). Here’s the official blurb:

Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.
Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.
The book’s out now, but we’re still waiting on the bookplate to make its long way back to us from the U.S. If you want it and already bought the book, or want the book now, just keep your receipt and we’ll give you a bookplate as soon as they come in. The bookplate is, as always, printed on nice card stock, limited to 200 copies and exclusive to Gosh! Comics.
The book (have a closer look at it here) retails at £12.99. If you’d like to reserve a bookplated copy, just email us at info@goshlondon.com!

U.S. Zines & Mini Comix – The Highlights

Hello,

Julia here with a NEWSFLASH on some of the best things we got in with our quarterly U.S. and Canada zine and mini comix delivery. There’s some old favourites and some new things, and as ever in limited quantities, so make sure you pop down and help yourself before it all goes!

New things (and things new to us), first:

Adapt 2 by Jonny Negron

Negron’s work is definitely worth a google, just be advised it’ll be a NSFW one. His images are more often  than not sexual (sometimes uncomfortably so) in nature, but also beautiful and bizarre, and Adapt #2 features, as ever, lots of his trademark girls and trippy sci-fi-ish stories. You can read some stuff for free over at Studygroup here, for a taste.

I Was A Teen Comic Nerd by Liz Prince

If you’re into your emo music and your autobio comics, Liz Prince is for you. Apart from her other zines, we now also carry this, which is a collection of her older stuff.

Beach Girls by Box Brown

Finally in stock! With some added bonus James Kochalka, even. Box Brown is just great, strong cartooning and great storytelling and pacing all round. He’s recently released his bio of Andre the Giant through First Second, which we have on the shelves right now, and he’s done a Chalk Marks book with Blank Slate, The Survivalist. Read everything by him. You’ll thank me.

Men’s Feelings by Ted May (Injury Comics)

Short funnies about men’s precious feelings by the guy who brought you the fantastic Injury Comics. What more do you want. Just look at that cover. Have a look at Ted’s website here.

Yellow Zine 4 by Roman Muradov

Roman Muradov’s illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful, as you may already know from NoBrow anthologies and The New Yorker. He’s a magician with pushing cartooning into interesting shapes and abstractions, and I really wish I was better with words so I could fully relay to you how great I think he is. We’re carrying his newest issue of Yellow Zine, issue 3, and also a little zine called Calvinosupplement, which has illustrations for every chapter of Italo Calvino’s brilliant book If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller. Check out Roman talking about his shelves on Comics & Cola here.

Frontier 2, Hellen Jo issue

If you like the sound of tough teen girl gangs hanging out and causing trouble, the new Frontier from Youth In Decline (run by Ryan Sands, who brought you such amazing things as the erotic comics anthology Thickness in the past) will be the one for you. Full of Hellen Jo’s wonderful illustrations. If you’re into Instagram, she updates her frequently with more gorgeous artwork.

Cold Heat Special Edition 4 by Jim Rugg  and Frank Santoro

Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac) AND Frank Santoro (Pompeii, Storeyville) in one newspaper comic from Picturebox, you say? Sign me up, etc, etc. Really, though, do sign up. We’ve only got a few, so be quick to snap ‘em up if you want one!

Flowers of Battambang by Em Satya

This comics has been 17 years in the making before Cambodian illustrator Em Satya finished it. I bought it in because it looked awesome and now I can find barely any information about it on the internet, it seems to be THAT obscure. Best come in and buy a copy for yourself. It does look extremely awesome. Here’s a little bit more info on this blog I found.

Noirness by Boulet

This comic is by the amazing Boulet, who’s website YOU SURELY ALREADY FOLLOW RELIGIOUSLY. This comic is great, and mind-boggingly, a 24-hour comic. Yup, he’s drawn a comic this good and accomplished in just 24 hours. Now, before all you cartoonists throw out your pens (like I wanted to when I saw this for the first time), calm down, have a cup of tea, and browse Boulet’s website. It’ll all be okay. Oh, and by the way! Boulet will be a guest at this year’s Thought Bubble convention up in Leeds.

Old favourites, back in stock:

Lou by Melissa Mendes

Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly

Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly

Ritual 1 & 2 by Malachi Ward

Flesh & Bone by Julia Gfroerer

Danny Dutch by David King

Plus much, much more!

Also, if you never got around to getting an Oily Comics subscription, I ordered a bunch of Oily Zines for your perusal, including what there is of Chuck Forsman’s Teen Creeps. See you in the shop!

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I.N.J. Culbard’s Celeste – Launch Party

Hello!

We are proud to announce a launch party for the much-awaited new SelfMadeHero offering by one of their regular star talents, I.N.J. Culbard.

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Here’s the blurb from Ian’s Tumblr:

In London, the moment two commuters, Aaron and Lilly, lay eyes on each other on a packed Monday morning tube train, everyone else around them vanishes. In Los Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock on the 405 Freeway when he receives a call from an LAPD officer with news about his wife. Ray fears the worst. But just as the officer is about to give Ray the news, he is cut off. The caller has disappeared, and so has everyone else around him. Everyone except for a badly beaten man tied up in the trunk of another car. 

In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the demon-haunted Aokigahara Forest to die, but the spirits of the forest have other ideas. Taking us through the deserted streets of London, the empty freeways of Los Angeles, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is a compelling and profound graphic novel about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them.

Sounds great, no? It will be Culbard’s first original story, where he takes over both drawing and writing duties. Of course, you know his work from SelfMade’s great Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft adaptations, and from 2000AD, where he collaborated with Ian Edgington on Brass Sun.

Here’s some more images from the book:

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The launch party will be taking place right here, right on Friday, April the 25th, and run from 7pm to 9pm as usual. Also as usual, there will be beer and that bubbly wine that makes everyone tipsy in under ten seconds. Sound good? See you there, then! If you can’t make it, though, that’s okay, too: you can reserve a signed copy for your good self by emailing info@goshlondon.com or giving us a call, or dropping in and asking for it face to face. Whichever floats YOUR boat.

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Friday April 25 from 7pm to 9pm
Gosh! Comics! 1 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
info@goshlondon.com

 

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The Gosh Authority 2/4/14

Hello!

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.

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On Wednesday we marked the arrival of Prog 1874 of 2000AD by inviting  Dan AbnettTom EglingtonSimon Coleby, Simon Davis & Smudge to come along and sign copies of the new issue.

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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.

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Friday saw us launching Bump, a new book about conception, pregnancy and childbirth from Kate Evans.

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Kate did a nice talk on how she sees her role as a creator and activist and signed books for the assembled throng.

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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.

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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!

- Steve

It’s Not You, British Comics Month. It’s Me.

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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.

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Utter horses**t, of course.

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.

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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.)

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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…

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Kissy kissy,

Andrew @ Gosh!

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