The Gosh! Authority 28.06.17
We've got a very special edition of Process this week, with the lovely artistic duo known as Metaphrog - aka Sandra Marrs & John Chalmers - here to discuss their latest release, an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. It's their second Andersen adaptation release, following The Red Shoes and Other Stories, but you may also know them for their critically acclaimed series of Louis graphic novels. Come along and hear this talented couple speak! Details here.
We had Alison Sampson along on Saturday to sign copies of her long-awaited collaboration with Steve Niles, Winnebago Graveyard! Alison signed and sketched copies of the first issue for fans, and it was great to see someone so talented at last get the profile she so richly deserves. If you missed out, we've still got a small number of signed copies available. Drop us a line if you'd like to arrange a reservation or mail order.
Speaking of spotlights, Gosh fave Krent Able is getting some time in the sun at the moment. The short documentary profiling him and his work, Ink, Cocks & Rock'n'Roll, has premiered on Vice.com, and you can go here to read an interview with director Matt Harlock and Krent himself (aka, Steve Martin). You can also see the film there, so do yourself a favour and carve out 15 minutes for it!
Then head over to Kickstarter to check out the latest Harlock / Able collaboration, Deep Clean, a supernatural horror short. Imagine a Ken Loach film about council work crews closing demonic portals and you're pretty much there. It looks like a lot of fun, and given the dependable track record of both should be well worth your money. We've even put our money where our mouth is and backed it ourselves! You can find more details here.
The Pride festival has begun! Running until the 9th July, the LGBTQ+ festival is always a Soho highlight, including of course the massive parade on July 8th. Throughout the course of the festival we will be offering a 10% discount to wristband wearers, available at the Pride in London offices or online here.
And a bit of housekeeping: you may remember that a few DC titles didn't make an appearance on UK shores last week. Happily Aquaman #25, Superman #25 and Harley Quinn #22 are all inbound this week.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
Alack Sinner: Age of Innocence TP
Writer: Carlos Sampayo
Artist: José Muñoz
Between this and NBM's recent release of Billie Holiday, we're getting spoiled for Muñoz & Sampayo classics. And as their classics go, it doesn't get much better than Alack Sinner, the hard boiled detective stories that have won them awards the world over. If you're looking for the inspiration for the evolution of Frank Miller's style into Sin City, look no further. The first of two volumes collecting all the Alack Sinner stories (most in English for the first time), this edition has 11 stories, including "Talkin' with Joe," "The Webster Case," "The Fillmore Case," "Viet Blues," "Life Ain't a Comic Strip, Baby," "Twinkle, Twinkle," and "Dark City."
Try it if you like: Sin City / Torpedo / Parker: The Hunter
Something City GN
Writer/Artist: Ellice Weaver
Publisher: Avery Hill
Ellice Weaver, one of Broken Frontier's 6 Small Press Creators to Watch in 2016, has crafted a beautiful new graphic novel, published by the fine folks at Avery Hill. A visual ode to the diverse, multicultural cities many find themselves in today, it looks into the lives of the different groups within a fictional city. How they live within their separate self-created enclaves, and how they co-mingle with their fellow residents. It's all told with astonishing confidence and flair, and we like it so much we decided to do a Gosh Exclusive bookplate!
The Bookplate Edition is available in store now, and via our online store. It's limited to just 100 copies, so get in quick!
Try it if you like: Beyond the Billboards / Building Stories / Ice Haven
Beautiful Canvas #1
Writer: Ryan Lindsay
Artist: Sami Kivela
Publisher: Black Mask Studios
As big fans of Lindsay and Kivela's previous work together - the coastal noir book Chum and the anthropomorphic crime caper Deer Editor - we had high hopes for this new Black Mask mini series, and having read the first two issues it's safe to say this is their best work yet. Blending genres with ease, Beautiful Canvas is a family drama wrapped around a high stakes sci-fi crime plot. If you like Akira, We Can Never Go Home, Blade Runner, Saga or Kill Bill then Beautiful Canvas will have something to delight you. Comicosity has a huge seven page preview from issue one - hit the [LINK] and take a peek at just how good looking this book is. A constantly surprising debut issue that crafts a vibrant dystopian world populated with odd and unique characters. Unlike anything else on the shelves, read it to believe it.
Try it if you like: Saga/Black Science/Sin City
Writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
Artist: Alexis Ziritt
Fabian Rangel Jr is one of the most exciting writing talents around, a master at mixing the lurid pulp sensibilities of old with a crowd-pleasing modern edge (with more than a little of the Fort Thunder heritage in its DNA). Space Riders is a favourite around here, so this - his first of two projects hitting shelves this week - is eagerly awaited. A stand-along graphic novel, Tarantula is an homage to the supernatural pulps that were remarkably bold and sexual in their subject matter for the time, and eventually were the chief influence on the likes of Vampirella and other Warren books of the 70's, all given a modern psychedelic sheen thanks to Space Rider's Ziritt.
Try it if you like: Space Riders / Vampirella / All Time Comics
Blood Brothers #1
Writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
Artist: Javier Caba
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
And then helping number two of Rangel for the week, this time in collaboration with Javier Cuba. Originally starting life as a kickstarted OGN, Dynamite jumped at the chance to serialise the book, which tells the story of detective brothers (one a costumed luchadore) working a city filled with creatures of myth and magic. Looks like a lot of fun!
Try it if you like: The Damned / Hellboy / Chew
My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness GN
Writer/Artist: Kabi Nagata
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment LLC
An autobiographical account of Nagata's struggles negotiating her burgeoning sexuality, the madness of modern life, and her mental health. Using a loose, expressive style, she's able to convey a full range of emotion to depict the roller coaster she finds herself on. A great jump-in point for those to whom the subject matter is of interest but have never tried reading manga before: it's a done-in-one, relatable, funny autobiography.
Try it if you like: Potential / Drinking at the Movies / The Times I Knew Was Gay
In the Pines: 5 Murder Ballads HC
Writer/Artist: Erik Kriek
The Dutch creator of Gutsman returns with an evocative collection of adapted murder ballads, both traditional and new. The murder ballad is a central feature in American folklore, a curious mix of romance and death from which villains and anti-heroes have been born. And at its heart, a deep dive into the American psyche, where violence is both vilified and celebrated.
Try it if you like: Nick Cave / Tom Waits / Johnny Cash
The Realist HC Plug & Play
Writer/Artist: Asaf Hanuka
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Continuing the day-to-day autobiographical musings of Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka, as he deals with work, marriage, children and rocket attacks while musing on life's big questions. Hanuka uses all tools in his visual lexicon as simple musings become cosmic flights of fantasy and little moments are rendered with touching simplicity.
Try it if you like: Everything is Flammable / My New York Diary / Alec
Batman / Elmer Fudd Special #1
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Lee Weeks
Jonah Hex / Yosemite Sam Special #1
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti & Bill Matheny
Artist: Dave Alvarez
Really I'm just highlighting these as an excuse to put up the covers, but it must be said that so far these have all been a good bit of fun. Plus, with former Hex writer Palmiotti and current Batman writer King on the case, fans of the DC characters are in good hands. It should also be said that previews from the Batman / Elmer Fudd special are looking pretty damn fine.
Try it if you like: DC Characters / Looney Tunes Characters / DC Characters Meeting Looney Tunes Characters
Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up GN
Writer: Marie Kondo
Artist: Yuko Uramoto
Publisher: Ten Speed
Soooo...what we've got here is a graphic novel inspired by a clutter-busting self-help manual by the internationally best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book follows a young woman, Chiaki, who deperately needs to gain control of her home space, and uses the so-called "KonMari" method, all explained in easily-understood illustrated form. It actually looks like it's done in a fun manner, and is worth looking at as a curiosity if nothing else. Because none of us need any help in organising our homes right? RIGHT?? *ahem*
Try it if you like: Relish / A tidy, de-cluttered house where you can find the things you need when you need them, shorn of all the material nonsense you so desperately thought you needed at the time but was really just there to try and fill the hollow in the centre of your being / Folding things
Writer/Artist: Andrea Pazienza
Translated into English for the first time, the work of Andrea Pazienza was a part of cutting edge Italian comics of the late 70's and early 80's. Created in 1980, the character of Zanardi became the recurring central figure to Pazienza's stories until his untimely death from a heroin overdose in 1988. An amoral drug addict, the character is both a semi-autobiographical reflection of Pazienza himself, and a scathing attack on the shallowness and selfishness of the 1980s. Interesting stuff!
Try it if you like: Spain Rodriguez / Robert Crumb / Justin Green
Writer: Alex De Campi
Publisher: Dark Horse
A politically charged action tale by de Campi (who's no stranger to such fare), with a welcome appearance by the excellent ChrisCross. When Marcus King - a modern day Robin Hood to some, traitor and deserter to others - runs into an old adversary while undertaking a mission in an ex-KGB blacksite, he's forced to use every dirty, violent trick he knows to keep his secrets safe and his skin intact. Looks like a lot of fun.
Try it if you like: Appleseed / Sin City / Deathblow
ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK
- AD After Death HC - Collecting the groundbreaking Scott Snyder / Jeff Lemire mini-series.
- Batman by Azzarello & Risso HC - Collecting all the Batman stories by the award-winning 100 Bullets creative team.
- Buffy The High School Years: Parental Parasite GN - An all new original graphic novel set during Season One.
- Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye TP Vol 01 - Collecting the Young Animal series by Gerard Way, Jonathan Rivera & Michael Avon Oeming.
- Clue #1 - A comics version of the classic board game, complete with multiple endings!
- Dark Night: A True Batman Story TP - Paul Dini's award winning autobiogrphical tale gets a softcover.
- Edge of the Venomverse #1 - The lead-in to the big Venom event that's just around the corner, written by Gosh fave Matthew Rosenberg!
- Four Points SC Vol 01 Compass South - The YA fantasy adventure series gets its first volume released in softcover.
- Ghost Rider TP Vol 01 Four On The Floor - Collecting the first 6 issues of the most recent series.
- Great Lakes Avengers TP Vol 01 - Collecting the recent adventures of these hard luck heroes.
- Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars TP - A softcover edition of the excellent Ethan Hawke / Greg Ruth graphic novel.
- Kull Eternal #1 - New adventures with Robert E Howards other brooding hero!
- Lawless GN: Welcome to Black Rock - Collecting the adventures of Colonial Marshal Meta Lawson, a popular new addition to the Dredd universe.
- Millenium: Girl With the Dragon Tattoo #1 - Titan start serialising the European adaptation of the popular novel series as a part of the Hard Case Crim line.
- Motro TP Vol 01 - The trippy sci-fi adventure series by Ulises Farinas & Erick Freitas gets its first collection.
- Nights Dominion TP Vol 01 - The first collection of Ted Naifeh's fantasy adventure series.
- Paknadel & Trakhanov Turncoat TP - The complete collection of the striking, politically charged sci-fi thriller.
- Secret Weapons #1 - The latest Valiant limited series, focusing on Livewire, and written by Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer!
- Thanos TP Vol 01 Thanos Returns - Collecting the first arc of the current series, by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato.
See you next week, same Gosh-time, same Gosh-channel!
Andrew & Shaun.