The Gosh! Authority 08.11.17
Big announcement this past week: we'll have legendary Furry Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton here to sign copies of Fifty Freakin' Years of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers (along with any other classics you might have in your stash)! Gilbert will be in the house on Saturday 25th November, 1-2pm, so mark it in your calendars and don't miss the opportunity to meet this genuine comics legend.
This week, though, we've got a couple of our regular events to satisfy your event cravings.
First up, we've a special edition of our popular Drink'n'Draw sessions in association with our pals at Broken Frontier, with a very special guest in the form of esteemed French artist Baudoin, whose graphic biography of Dali is available from publishers SelfMadeHero. Big thanks to Institut Francais and SelfMadeHero for making this possible, and of course to our pals at Cass Art for providing the supplies!
And then on Wednesday (TONIGHT!) we've got the latest gathering of Gosh reading group Reads, who are casting their eye over a book that many are proclaiming one of the best of the year (genuinely): The Flintstones TP Vol 01! All welcome, so come along for a 7pm start.
We had a great signing with the lovely John Kenn Mortensen last Friday. He was kept busy signing for folks the entire time, and those in attendence were lucky enough to have a chance to pick up goodies such as his brand new Christmas Bestiary, as well as a ghoulish postcard box and our exclusive print!
We've still got a handful of signed copies of the Bestiary and Sticky Monsters left, as well as the print which can still be ordered from our online store.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
ASTERIX AND THE CHARIOT RACE HC
Writer: Jean-Yves Ferri
Artist: Didier Conrad
The 37th album of indomitable Gaulish adventures, and the 3rd by the new creative team of Ferri & Conrad. Doubtless to be one of the internationally best selling comics of the year, this volume sees Asterix & Obelix travel to Italy to meet the Italics - original inhabitants of the peninsula - and help them resist the might of Rome! This is the first English language volume not translated by the now retired Anthea Bell, so we're curious to see how new translator Adriana Hunter gets on. One thing's for sure: there going to be some Silvio Berlusconi jokes in there.
Try it if you like: It's Asterix!
THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP SC
Writer/Artist: R. Sikoryak
The master of satirical re-contextualisation takes on the (in his own eyes most certainly) master of the free world. Sikoryak takes direct quotes from Trump, placing them into homages to some of the most famous covers from comics history. Wonder Woman becomes Nasty Woman; Tubby Tompkins becomes Trump; Black Panther becomes the Black Voter; the Fantastic Four are the Hombres Fantasticos and Trump morphs into Magneto fighting the Ex-Men. Expect excoriation, satirical comics-style!
Try it if you like - Masterpiece Comics / Tales Designed To Thrizzle / Krent Able's Big Book of Mischief
BEST WISHES GN
Writer: Mike Richardson, Paul Chadwick
Artist: Paul Chadwick
Publisher: Dark Horse
The first new comics work from Concrete creator Chadwick since 2013! Here he teams up with Dark Horse founder Richardson for a New York fairytale. When two strangers simultaneously cast their coins into a wishing fountain, their dreams and fates become entwined. Love, fame, money, respect - all pretty standard wish material, but the outcome of their entanglement is anything but.
Try it if you like - Concrete / Daytripper / The Fisher King
CASE OF THE MISSING MEN GN
Writer: Kris Bertin
Artist: Alexander Forbes
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales
This looks brilliant: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys by way of David Lynch. A group of small-town amateur sleuths, The Teen Detective Club - have their world turned upside down when a genuine kid adventurer comes to town. Searching for his missing father, he drags the kids into a sinister world of secret societies, occult conspiracies and folk mythology.
Try it if you like - Blue Velvet / Stranger Things / The Wicker Man
Writer: Sean Lewis
Artist: Caitlin Yarsky
Underworld meets Sicario in a new miniseries from Sean Lewis, who impressed us with his writing turns on Saints and The Few, and artist Caitlin Yarsky. Hunted by a legion of wolves that roam the border, women are disappearing. The survivors band together to wage war. Detective Frank Coffey is trying to understand this mythic-level bloodbath when he comes across Red, a little girl with a secret and a sword.
Try it if you like - Lazarus / Cry Wolf / By Chance or Providence
CAST NO SHADOW GN
Writer: Nick Tapalansky
Artist: Anissa Espinosa
Publisher: First Second
A new YA gem from First Second by up and coming talent Tapalansky and Espinosa. While investigating the strange goings-on in his new town of Lancaster, Greg meets a ghostly girl who might be the key to unlocking the town's secrets. Only trouble is, he's fallen in love! Nice bit of doomed gothic romance mixed with teen detective intrigue. Sounds like a winner to us!
Try it if you like - Anya's Ghost / Friends With Boys / In Real Life
THE DAM KEEPER HC
Writer: Robert Kondo
Artist: Daisuke Tsutsumi
Publisher: First Second
Originally an Oscar-nominated animated short, this beautiful story is now adapted into a graphic novel by two of the animation studio members. As the dam keeper, holding back the deadly black fog that threatens to envelop his village, Pig is isolated from the people of the town he protects. His only friend is Fox, and the only other person who even knows he exists is his old school bully Hippo. But when a tidal wave of black fog overwhelms the defences and envelops the village, Pig, Fox and Hippo form an unlikely band and venture out beyond the wall to find the source of the disaster. This book is absolutely gorgeous, so do be sure to pick it up for a look!
Try it if you like - Bone / Over the Garden Wall / Wind in the Willows
THE HUNTING ACCIDENT HC
Writer: David L Carlson
Artist: Landis Blair
Publisher: First Second
A moving biography of a remarkable man whose journey from despair to enlightenment mirrored the great works of western literature that ultimately saved him. The history of Matt Rizzo is slowly revealed to his son Charlie - who himself now languishes in prison. From his start as a mob hitman, to the job-related shotgun blast (and not a hunting accident) that took his sight, to his ultimate redemption under the guidance of one of America's most notorious murderers, Nathan Leopold.
Try it if you like: My Friend Dahmer / The Green River Killer / A Treasury of Twentieth Century Murder
CUCUMBER QUEST SC VOL 01
Writer/Artist: Gigi D.G
Publisher: First Second
Just a heap of kids fantasy adventure fun, with lovely, lushly coloured art. Sword-wielding bunnies, magician bunnies, bunny knights rescuing bunny princesses, thieving bunnies, bunnies that make really bad henchmen, witch bunnies, and a non-bunny evil queen seeking world domination? It's all here, awash with a healthy dash of puns for good measure.
Try it if you like - Bone / Bunny vs Monkey / Help us Great Warrior
FREEDOM HOSPITAL: A SYRIAN STORY HC
Writer/Artist: Hamid Sulaiman
Translator: Francesca Barrie
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
A fictional tale by Syrian cartoonist Sulaiman set in the early days of the Arab spring where a young woman sets up a field hospital to treat those fighting to liberate the country from the rule of Bashar al-Assad. Informed by his personal experience (he left six months into the civil war), he describes the tale as "a way of imagining where I would be if I had stayed. There is always this question: should I stay, should I leave, what are the dangers? If you believe in something this much, should you leave it? Each scene in the book is a reaction to that question."
Try it if you like - Palestine / I Remember Beirut / The Arab of the Future
ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK
- 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK TP - Collecting the brilliant heist series by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss.
- A SMALL REVOLUTION SC - French-Canadian cartoonist Boum's celebrated webcomic of dictatorship and revolution gets a collection.
- BATMAN LOST #1 (METAL) - A Metal tie-in, as Batman faces his worst fears in the dark multiverse.
- DECONSTRUCTING THE INCAL HC - An encyclopedia of sorts for the Jodorowsky / Moebius classic.
- EDGE OF VENOMVERSE TP - Collecting the recent miniseries, with a terrific line-up of creators including Matthew Rosenberg, Si Spurrier, James Stokoe, Declan Shalvey and many more!
- GHOST IN THE SHELL README: 1995 - 2017 - A definitive history of one of the most popular manga and anime franchises ever made.
- HEAD GAMES GN - An adaptation (by the man himself) of Craig McDonald's Edgar-nominated debut crime novel featuring his signature character, Hector Lassiter.
- LEGACY: AN OFF COLOUR NOVELLA FOR YOU TO COLOUR HC - Another collection of Chuck Pahalniuk's short stories with colouring in pages by top artists. The first volume, Bait, is now available at half price!
- MASTER OF KUNG FU #126 - A legacy one-shot starring Shang Chi!
- RIVERS OF LONDON CRY FOX #1 - The latest miniseries set in the world of Ben Aaronovitch's magical detectives.
- SAIGON CALLING: LONDON 1963-75 SC - Marcelino Truong's brilliant graphic memoir continues, as his family moves to swinging 60's London to escape the conflict in Vietnam.
- TRILLIUM THE DELUXE ED HC - A fancy-pants hardcover collection of Jeff Lemire's brilliant time-twisting sci-fi adventure.
- WONDERFUL WORLD OF TANK GIRL #1 - Brand new Tank Girl, in a miniseries of four stand alone tales!
See you next week, boppers!
Andrew & Shaun.