Steven Appleby is a regular face at Gosh! Comics, having hosted a Comica Conversation with Richard McGuire and launching his book Steven Appleby’s Guide To Life all within these very walls. Needless to say we’re big fans.
This time round we’re hosting a signing and drinks to help celebrate the release of Appleby’s latest project with Pixies frontman Black Francis and jack-of-all-trades writer/director/cinema-owner Josh Frank.
Image courtesy of The British Library
The novel is the origin story of history’s earliest known pornographic film, La Bonne Auberge (coincidentally also the name of a swanky Glaswegian restaurant), and tells the story of a shipwrecked soldier and his journey across the French countryside of 1907. The story that follows is part fact, part fiction, creatively told through the words of Francis and Frank and the illustrations of Appleby. The book, published by Selfmadehero, is described by Barnes and Noble as being “transgressive historical fiction, with shades of Thomas Pynchon- explosive, cinematic, set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.”
The event will be held on June 17th, between 7pm and 9pm, and is the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of the book and pretend we haven’t all Googled La Bonne Auberge in hopes of watching. For research purposes, of course.
We’re super excited to announce the launch party for Hayley Campbell’s newest book The Art of Neil Gaiman, here at Gosh! Comics. As you may well know, Hayley is an ex-Gosh staff member, and though she’s moved on to pastures new she’ll always have a place in our hearts, and – more importantly – our events calender. As well as her five year stint as the blog writer for Gosh! Hayley has an impressive list of publications under her belt including: New Statesman, McSweeney’s, the Guardian, The Comics Journal, The Rumpus, Channel 4 News, Front, Planet Notion, and is the editor of Lifetime UK.
Image courtesy of Ilex Press
In Hayley’s own words the book is “about Neil Gaiman and all the stuff he’s done. I interviewed him for a week in Scotland. I lived in his attic for a week in Wisconsin. It’s taken four years to turn into a book with pages but it’s here.” and the publishers, Ilex Press, describe the book as ” Utterly comprehensive, lavishly illustrated, The Art of Neil Gaiman is the fully authorised account of the life and work of one of the greatest storytellers of all time.” We’ve had a sneak peek, and we can confirm that the book is a must have for any Gaiman fan. Hayley’s unparalleled access has turned up some archival gems, and some great stories straight from the man himself.
The launch will take place on Friday, the 11th of July, between 7pm-9pm. We’ll be celebrating with the usual beers and bubbly and can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend. Hayley will be on hand sign copies of the book and to answer any questions you might have about eyebrow pencils, cycling, and possibly even Neil Gaiman. As always if you’d like us to have a copy signed for you send us an email at email@example.com.
Andrew here, filling in for Steve for a one week engagement while he jets off to his ancestral Irish Isles. We’re long on stuff to talk about and short on time (I am, at least), so let’s kick the tires and light the fires (just like a Friday night in Paraparaumu Beach).
The expansion of the Mignolaverse continues with the introduction of Sledgehammer 44, and to help celebrate the release of the debut TPB we’ve done an exclusive bookplate edition with artist Laurence Campbell!
A man in a suit of iron drops from an American warplane onto a French battlefield and unleashes a powerful cosmic force on an army of Nazis, their massive war machine, and their most dangerous agent, the deadly Black Flame.
Collecting the first two-issue limited series with Mike Mignola & John Arcudi on writing and art by Jason Latour, as well as the Campbell-drawn follow-up Lightning War, it’s a great book for Mignola fans and new audiences alike.
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 Sledgehammer 44 Vol 1 from 28/05/14, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order one! The book retails at £14.99, and mail order can be arranged with a postage quote available on request.
We’re delighted to announce for general sale our exclusive Becky Cloonan By Chance or Providence print!
By Chance or Providence collects together Becky’s short stories Wolves, The Mire and Demeter and also features concept art at the back with sketches, character designs and layouts. The art for our print comes from this supplemental section but has also been coloured for us by Becky to create the dazzling image above. The print is digital A3 Colorplan BW print on 270gsm paper, limited to 100 numbered copies and signed by Becky. The prints are available in-store for the ridiculously reasonable price of £25, and we’re happy to mail them to you as well, wherever you may be! We post them rolled up in a sturdy poster tube (prints picked up in shop will be packed flat) for a £5 flat rate within the UK. If you’re in the EU, we charge £7 postage, and for the rest of the world it will be £15. All mail orders will be processed via PayPal.
If you’d like to order one of these, drop us a line to email@example.com. Get in fast though: they won’t hang around for long.
There’s a tingle of anticipation running through the shop this week as we prepare ourselves for our latest exciting event this Friday night. We’re delighted to be welcoming Becky Cloonan to the shop to launch her latest book By Chance Or Providence, which collects her short stories Wolves, The Mire and Demeter into one gorgeous volume.
There’s a good chance you may have already picked up a copy of Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, the latest slice of historical biography from the award-winning duo of Mary and Bryan Talbot, joined this time around by Kate Charlesworth on art duties. If you have, why not bring it along this Saturday afternoon between 2 and 3pm and get it signed by the creators? If you haven’t yet, feel free to pop by and grab a copy or, if you can’t make it, let us know if you’d like a copy signed and stashed away for you.