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Do you like comics? Drawing? Watching other people draw? Drinking booze? Saturday nights in Soho? A combination of all the above? Well, your luck is well and truly in!
In case you’ve forgotten or were just plain unaware, tomorrow night sees the launch of swish new comics anthology Tiny Pencil, with a plethora of UK artistic talent working pencil magic under its lovely looking covers.
So get yourself down here for 7pm, or better yet get down earlier and make it a double header with our Ian Gibson Halo Jones signing from 2-4pm. It’ll be quite the shindig!
Hold up: what are your plans for tomorrow night? If you’re thinking about sitting at home watching a box-set of Columbo, listen to me: you can do that anytime. But you can only attend the launch party of Tom Gauld’s You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack tomorrow night. That’s your only option. After that, the party is literally over. 7.30 to 9pm, come get your book signed by Tom and gaze lovingly at the thing he painted on the window if you feel like it. All details this way.
Stephen Collins is the Guardian’s excellent cartoonist (and winner of 2010’s Comica/Observer/Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Prize) who has finally gone and done a book. Jonathan Cape have done a stellar job on the design. It looks nice, it smells nice (you know this is important to us), and oh my goodness you should see the insides. Here’s what they’re like:
The job of the skin is to keep things in…
On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.
Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable…monster*!
Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?
The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.
(*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.)
Over at the FPI Blog Stephen Collins did a guest-post talking about making Gigantic Beard. It’s a must read.
On Friday the 10th of May we are launching this book into space, or onto your bookshelves, or wherever the gigantic thing wants to go. We’ll be here with booze and pens and Stephen Collins from 7pm until 9pm when we’ll turf you out and, if past launch parties are anything to go by, you end up in the pub well past your bedtime clutching a signed book.
But! Not only are we throwing Collins and his book a well-deserved party, we will have an EXCLUSIVE Gosh! Bookplate Edition, signed and numbered and limited to 200 copies for no more than the cover price of £16.99. If you’d like to reserve a copy or organise a mail order, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll sort you out with one.
Stephen Collins’ The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil Launch Party
Friday, May 10th, 7pm-9pm
Gosh! 1 Berwick Street, Soho. W1F 0DR
Hey, kids! Remember last year how we had piles of free comics and also got a bunch of nice cartoonists to draw at a table ALL DAY LONG while you pinched their pencils and such? Sure you do. Or if you don’t, here are the pictures: proof it happened, that we decided to do that thing. Well, we had such fun during the chaos that we’ve gone and decided to do it again. Crazy? Probably. On Saturday the 4th of May between 12pm and 4pm we’ll have people painting on windows and an all-new cast of cartoonists on the live drawing table. Come meet Isabel Greenberg, Dan White, Gary Northfield, Mark Buckingham, Laurence Campbell, David O’Connell, Viviane Schwarz, Warwick Johnson Cadwell and Adrian Salmon — in short, a bunch of people we like and whose work we thoroughly approve of.
Roger Langridge and Kermit last year
(It’s not just for kids: on top of the regular list of Free Comic Book Day comics we’ve also got a box of small-press giveaways. If you’re a small press person with some old comics taking up space in your bedroom and you want them out of life feel free to bring them down!)
Sarah McIntyre and Vern & Lettuce
It’s going to be busy probably, it’s going to be chaotic maybe, but man, it’s going to be fun and what else are you supposed to do on Free Comic Book Day? It comes round once a year. Don’t miss it.
Saturday, May 4th: 12pm – 4pm
Right, so: comics are back to Wednesdays as usual, the sun is out and it looks a bit springy and everything might seem regular except it looks like you’re going to have to cadge a backy to pick up your comics because London’s transport is going to be all weird thanks to a funeral. Comics are on time this week. Criswell predicts: you not so much. But! When you get here these lovely things will be waiting for you:
Marshal Law, the massive deluxe omnibus edition we’ve been yammering on about, has landed with a thud. It’s huge. We’ve got Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill coming in to sign them THIS SATURDAY between 2 and 4pm. If you’d like a copy reserved or can’t make the signing send us an email to email@example.com and we can sort you out with one.
(Also happening this Saturday is Record Store Day with a bunch of bands playing on Berwick Street. Details and band listings this way. Go say hi to our neighbours.)
The people who control the comics are still recovering from their extended Easter weekend so the new stuff is arriving a day later than they normally would. They go on sale TODAY but we have no buffer day in which we can stand around bagging and filing stuff. We’ll be frantically pulling stuff out of boxes and flinging them to-wards the standing order boxes. If you’d like to avoid the mayhem then delay your visit until the afternoon or maybe even tomorrow when everything will be neatly bagged in the manner to which you have become obliviously accustomed.
The biggest book on the shelf gets top billing simply because the person typing this is 6’1 and therefore genetically predisposed to being sizest. Will Eisner’s The Spirit has been given the Artist’s Edition treatment, meaning they’ve gone and photographed the original pages (in colour) and put them in a big life-size book — 15 by 22 inches, just big enough to annoy everyone on the tube. As for which Spirit stories they’ve selected, says the editor: “We’re concentrating on post-World War II stories. When Eisner came back from World War II, his work was different from his earlier stories. He had matured as an artist. When he came back to the strip in 1946, he be-came, I think, one of the foremost comic artists ever. His storytelling reached such heights, he really produced a nearly unparalleled body of work during this period.” More particulars this way.