The Gosh! Authority 29.11.17
Our last few events for the year close in on us and oh boy are they goodies! First up the creative team behind the fantastical, gothic fairy tale Porcelain, Benjamin Read and Chris Wildgoose, will be joining us for a signing on Thursday the 30th of November between 6-7pm! More details here!
And seeing us home for the year we've got the good folks of Avery Hill joining us for their Christmas party and the launch of Alex Potts' new book (which we take a close look at very shortly). This should fill the Gosh! halls with festive spirit! Join us on the 8th of December at 7pm, and kick off the holiday season Gosh-style! Details here.
And you all know the drill by now right? If you can't make it but would like a signed copy from any of our events then simply drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a reservation or mail order.
Speaking of events we had legendary counter culture hero Gilbert Shelton here with us last Saturday to celebrate the release of Fifty Freakin' Years of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, the latest collection of his work. We had such huge turn out we ended up doubling the length of the signing so everyone would get a chance to meet the man of the hour. He was also kind enough to sign a stack of books before the day was over, so for anyone who didn't manage to make it on the day you still have a chance to grab signed books, but only whilst stocks last.
Gosh! has been lucky enough to host a range of events with the frankly brilliant folks at Laydeez do Comics in the past. Women-led, their regular events have run since 2009 and have been described as “a combination between a book club and a series of TED talks”. Now the organisation is trying something new, they are currently crowdfunding for the first women's prize for comics. Six awards will be presented to UK-based female-identifying graphic novelists for unpublished graphic novel work in progress. First prize will be £2,000, with five shortlisted entries reserving £200 each with the winners being announced at Laydeez Day, on Saturday 24 March, 2018 at The Free Word Centre, London. So if you'd like to help bring this landmark award to life consider donating.
Now onto the...
HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
SWORD OF AGES #1
Writer/Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez
Chilean artist Gabriel Rodriguez is best known for illustrating the landmark horror series Locke & Key with writer Joe Hill. He has also garnered acclaim for his work on Onyx, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland and Tales From the Darkside, however it's not until now that we have seen a series that is entirely his vision. Sword of Ages is a brand new creator owned sci-fi fantasy epic both written and drawn by Rodriguez with colors by Lovern Kindzierski. The series is a bold new take on the myths of Arthur and Excalibur, but set on a beautifully realised alien planet on which a young girl named Avalon becomes the first person to wield a sacred sword. It's an impressive blend of genres that pulls it's influences from folklore, legend and 80's sci-fi fantasy to create a startlingly modern myth.
Try it if you like - John Carter / Starlight / Arzach
BATMAN CREATURE OF THE NIGHT #1 (OF 4)
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: John Paul Leon
From acclaimed writer Kurt Busiek comes Batman Creature of The Night, the spiritual successor to his beloved Superman: Secret Identity graphic novel. Teaming up with one of the absolute best artists in comics right now, John Paul Leon, the pair are bringing a new spin to the legend of Batman with a real focus on the dark emotions that drive him. A tour de force from two modern comic masters.
Try it if you like - Dark Night: A True Batman Story / Superman For All Seasons / Astro City
I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS SC
Writer/Artist: Charles Forsman
After two critically adored graphic novels in the shape of Celebrated Summer and The End of The Fucking World, Forsman again expertly channels teen pathos through a style that evokes classic comic strips, whilst also telling a powerful story about the intense, and sometimes violent, tug of war between trauma and control. I am Not Okay With This collects all of Forsman’s originally self-published minicomic into one beautiful volume. Tackling complex topics such as sexual confusion and PTSD in his usual straightfaced-but-humorous style, Forsman firmly stakes his place among the world’s best young cartoonists.
Try it if you like - TEOTFW / The Artist / Showtime
IT'S COLD IN THE RIVER AT NIGHT SC
Writer/Artist: Alex Potts
Publisher: Avery Hill
As mentioned above we will be hosting a festive launch event with Avery Hill in December to celebrate, animator and illustrator Alex Potts' first long-form graphic novel. It's a psychological drama and a coming-of-age tale. We loved Alex's debut graphic novella A Quiet Disaster and this looks to build on the strengths of his early work with great aplomb.
Try it if you like - Essex County / Daytripper / The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
HELENA CRASH TP
Writer: Fabian Rangel
Artist: Warwick J. Cadwell
Teaming up two creators we adore in Space Rider and Tarantula scribe Fabian Rangel and recent Mike Mignola collaborator Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Helena Crash was one of the most fun mini-series of the year. If you are at all familiar with Fabian's previous work you'll know to expect a pulse pounding, high octane, non-stop action romp, and Warwick's offbeat, brilliantly bizarre art work is the perfect accompaniment. Set in a future where coffee is illegal, Helena is a courier, delivering black market goods to anyone who can afford her services. Her flip gets complicated when she falls in with Rojo, a ruthless crime boss, who asks her to assassinate his rival, the alien mobster known as White Demon, and so Helena finds herself in the middle of a gang war!
Try it if you like - Samurai Jack / Tank Girl / Space Riders
LONG LOST #1
Writer: Matthew Erman
Artist: Lisa Sterle
Publisher: Scout Comics
Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle's Long Lost is the haunting story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown to unlock the disturbing mysteries that are hidden there. All roads seemingly leading back to their enigmatic, secretive mother. This latest debut form Scout Comics makes for a compelling and harrowing journey through family relationships, childhood trauma, and southern gothic horror.
Try it if you like - Wytches / Redneck / By Chance of Providence
JOHN WICK #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giovanni Valletta
John Wick is the best Keanu Reeves movie since Point Break, and we won't hear another word on the subject (or at least Shaun won't as he LOVES Point Break). Now the ex-assassin with a heart of gold is leaving the big screen and coming to the pages of comics. Penned by Gosh fave Greg Pak with art from Kubert School alum Giovanni Valletta, this new Dynamite series is set to have all the flair of it's silver screen counter part. The series doesn't continue the story-line we've seen play out across the two movies thus far but does take place in official movie canon as we flash back to the very start of Wick's career.
Try it if you like - Zero / Who Is Jake Ellis / James Bond
MYSTIK U #1 (OF 3)
Writer: Alisa Kwitney
Artist: Mike Norton
Feeling a little lost in a post-Harry Potter world and still searching for something new to satisfy those magical urges? Look no further than DC's new bi-monthly series Mystik U. The premises see's budding young warlocks, witches, and sorcerers from all across the DCU gathered together into a private school setting similar to that of Harry Potter's Hogwarts or SYFY's The Magicians.
Try it if you like - Gotham Academy / Justice League Dark / Shade The Changing Girl
NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2017 #1
Writer: David Accampo, Aaron Gillespie & Tony Patrick
Artist: Siya Oum, Sam Lotfi, Minkyu Jung, Lynne Yoshii, Matt Merhoff & Lalit Kumar Sharma
The latest graduates from the DC Talent Workshops get a chance to show off their skills in stories starring some of DC's greatest characters. In this year's edition Poison Ivy fights an ancient demon, Doctor Fate is confronted by the cost of magic and Red Hood and Duke Thomas face off in a training day simulation. To round out this already bumper book Scott Snyder has a bonus story featured.
Try it if you like - Millarworld Anthology / Dark Horse Presents / Wednesday Comics
ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK
- AQUAMAN ANNUAL #1, BATMAN ANNUAL #2, GREEN ARROW ANNUAL #1, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ANNUAL #1 and SUPER SONS ANNUAL #1 - A bumper selection of DC annuals featuring some of the best creators in comics - Philip Kennedy Johnson, Tom King, Michael Lark, Ben Percy, Eleonora Carlini, Bryan Hitch, Neil Edwards and Peter J. Tomasi.
- BIG BOOK OF BATMAN HC, BIG BOOK OF SUPERMAN HC & BIG BOOK OF WONDER WOMAN HC - Three new gorgeous children's books from DC focusing on their trinity of biggest heroes.
- BIG HERO 6 HEROES SAN FRANSOKYO ONE SHOT - A collection of short stories featuring the characters from the popular Disney movie.
- DARKHAWK #51 - Dust off your 90's grit for a Legacy one-shot starring every one's favourite New Warrior. No? Just me?
- GHOST FLEET WHOLE GODDAMNED THING TP - Collecting Donny Cates and Daniel Warren Johnson's excellent, underappreciated mini.
- HAPPY DLX ED TP - A deluxe edition of Grant Morrison & Darick Robertson's in your face action comedy (just in time for the upcoming TV series).
- INJECTION TP VOL 03 - A new volume of the Ellis & Shalvey sci-fi thriller.
- ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS TP - Collecting the recent Amazon-focused Wonder Woman spin-off.
- QUARRYS WAR #1 - A new Hard Case Crime title by acclaimed novelist Max Allan Collins.
- REACTOR #1 (OF 4) - A follow-up to Interceptor, Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett's tale of future vampire warfare.
See you next week!
Andrew & Shaun.