Jessica Martin made her comics debut in last year’s Thought Bubble anthology, providing the script to a full page strip illustrated by industry legend Mark Buckingham, a man Jessica describes as her ‘comics mentor’.
That was followed up by ‘It Girl’, a graphic biography of Clara Bow that Jessica has self published to great acclaim.
Describing herself as a ‘recovering actress’, Jessica has a fascination with the Golden Age of Hollywood that is reflected in ‘It Girl’ and a longer project currently underway called ‘Elsie Harris Picture Palace’, which tells the story of a Lyon’s Corner House ‘nippy’ who ends up in Hollywood.
The brainchild of Richard Cowdry, The Comix Reader is very much in the tradition of the underground press presenting a blend of dazzling, funny and downright WEIRD strips.
It’s distinctive look of newsprint in a tabloid format is eye-catching and gives creators plenty of space to play with.
With it’s emphasis on unsung heroes and new creators alongside more established names it’s a tremendous showcase of talent.
The list of contributors is long and impressive, containing luminaries of the UK comics scene such as Tanya Meditzky, Peter Lally, Alex Potts, Ellen Lindner, Julia Homersham, Elliot Baggot, Maartje Schaalkx and Tobias Tak.
Timothy Winchester’s web comic People I Know should be firmly bookmarked in your bookmarks, or saved into your RSS feed, or followed and constantly reblogged on your Tumblr, or whatever it is that you prefer doing on the internet (just don’t type it manually into your browser every time, that’s just wrong. What is this, 1998?).
Timothy populates his web comic with a version of himself and a whole cast of fantastical characters, from ghosts to wizards, from green blob creatures to a sentient bit of toast called Christina. But don’t be fooled by the cute big eyes and the bright colours, Timothy’s characters are surprisingly sardonic.
That’s not all the time, though.
At the moment, he’s working on a new comic called Space Babies. It’s about “stuff in space” and he’s planning on collecting them and printing them as risographed zines once they’re all done, which I personally can’t wait for.
A stalwart of the small press scene since the late 90’s, and the creator of two ground-breaking series, today we celebrate the work of the one and only Martin Eden!
While the self-publishing arena is a wonderful place for people to hone and experiment with their craft, not to mention their sales techniques, it’s not all that common to see sustained genre narratives, and particularly not well-crafted superhero stories. Martin has done this twice now, initially with The O Men, a dark team book which proudly wears its Grant Morrison influences on its sleeve, and which ran to 27 issues in its first season, before a 7 issue second season.
Following on from this rather remarkable run, Martin created what has now become his most famous creation: Spandex, a ground-breaking superhero soap opera about a Brighton-based team, all of whom happen to be gay. It’s a full-colour series which garnered a lot of media attention when it was first published, billed as “the first all-gay superhero team”, and has now had a first collection issued by Titan books.
Recently tied up for the time being with the one-shot Spandex Special (with variant cover by Jeffrey Brown, no less), it’s with some eagerness we wait for Martin’s next work, be it a return to the world of the O-Men, or something completely new.
Some more exciting bookplate edition news for you – to accompany Darren Aronofsky’s new and controversial film adaptation of the Noah’s Ark story (called, of course, Noah), Image are releasing a beautiful graphic novel of the same name tomorrow.
The graphic novel is based on the first draft of the screenplay by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and drawn by artist Niko Henrichon (Pride of Baghdad). The bookplate, see below, will be signed by Henrichon, limited to 200 and exclusive to Gosh!
Whilst the book is out tomorrow, the bookplate is still in the process of being sent out and signed by the artist, so it will be arriving a bit later than the book – but if you want to buy the book tomorrow anyhow, just keep your receipt and we’ll give you a bookplate when they come in. If you want to pre-order or mail order one, just drop us a line at email@example.com.
A bit late on the announcement side on this one, as it’s already available IN STORE NOW. Lucky you, you don’t even have to wait!
We’ve got a beautiful signed bookplate by Luke Pearson in store. Limited to 200 and as always, exclusive to Gosh!, to go with his new book, Hilda and the Black Hound, from NoBrow’s children’s books imprint, Flying Eye Books. And it is a thing of beauty, indeed!
Drop by the shop to pick up your exclusive book-plated copy of Hilda and the Black Hound now, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order one! The book retails at £12.95 and comes as a beautiful hardback with a spot-varnished cover and cloth spine.
Josceline Fenton will be a familiar name to Gosh! regulars with her wonderful Small Press comic Hemlock a fixture on our shelves.
Having won the Emerging Talent award at the British Comic Awards in 2012 Josceline has gone from strength to strength with an appearance in the acclaimed Nelson anthology from Blank Slate (itself a winner of the Best Book award at the BCAs) as well as featuring in other anthologies such as Dot Comics and Paper Science.
Most recently Josceline did an LSCC exclusive cover for Adventure Time #25 that allowed her to marry her love of comics and animation.
Josceline will be going global with her first appearance at a con overseas booked for SPX this year.
It’ll be nice for the U.S. to be able to get a look at her stuff. We’ve had her to ourselves for too long…