The Gosh! Authority 10.10.18
Join London’s most excellent comics reading group this Wednesday (10th October) from 7-9pm for a discussion of the first collected volume of Jason Lutes’ masterwork, Berlin Book One: City of Stones. Everyone is welcome to Reads, whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth. Just come on down for a 7pm start on Wednesday October 10th. And don’t forget if you want to pick up a copy before the evening, just let us know at the till that you’re buying it for Reads and we’ll give you a 10% discount on the selected title! Keep up with any news on the Facebook event page.
We're celebrating the launch of Liminal 11, the new mind, body and spirit publishing company founded by Mike Medaglia & Darren Shill, on Thursday October 11th, 7-9pm! Sarina Mantle and Mike Medaglia will on hand to sign their respective new titles, Women + Patterns + Plants and The Luna Sol Tarot, and they will also have copies of Mini Meditations on Creativity by Tillie Walden and Mini Meditations on Joy by Adam and Lisa Murphy for sale on the evening! So come join us to help launch this exciting new publishing venture! Mike and Sarina will be signing copies of their books, and you can learn all about Liminal 11's upcoming plans on Thursday, October 11th, 7-9pm. If you can't make it and would like something signed, then drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a reservation or mail order.
We’ll have B.Mure and a whole host of the talented artists of Comic Book Slumber Party here on Friday, October 12th, 7-9pm, to celebrate the release of their new titles Terrible Means and Escape from Bitch Mountain, published by Avery Hill! It’s going to be a stonking good time, so we hope you can join (deep breath) B.Mure, Hannah K Chapman, Korinna Mei, Jenny Mure, Becca Tobin, Abi Bailey, and (gasp) Nicole Miles for an evening of celebration and maybe a drink or two to the launch of Escape from Bitch Mountain and Terrible Means. Can't make it but would like something signed? Both Escape from Bitch Mountain and Terrible Means are available for pre-order via our website.
We had two huge launch events last week. Acclaimed author, illustrator and all around wonderful human Tor Freeman was here to launch her new Bog Eyed Books collection Welcome to Oddleigh. The packed out house had us sold out before the night was over. Tor has very kindly offered to sign our next batch of reorders once they come through the door so get your pre-orders in here.
The extraordinary Jon McNaught joined us the following evening for a launch party to celebrate the release of his beautiful new book from Nobrow - Kingdom! We have a few signed copies left on the shelves and Jon and Nobrow kindly left us a little stack of the gorgoues signed bookplates they had produced. You can still grab copies online as well. .
HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES OGN HC
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Sean Phillips
This is a seductive coming-of-age story, a pop and drug culture-fuelled tale of a young girl seeking darkness-and what she finds there. This gorgeous, must-have hardback is the first original graphic novel from acclaimed creative duo Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the bestselling creators of Criminal, The Fade Out, Incognito, Fatale and Kill Or Be Killed. Teenage Ellie has always had romantic ideas about drug addicts. The tragic, artistic souls drawn to needles and pills have been an obsession since the death of her junkie mother ten years ago. But when Ellie lands in an upscale rehab clinic where nothing is what it appears to be, she'll find another, more dangerous romance.
Try it if you like - Kill or Be Killed / Stray Bullets / Murderbook
ON A SUNBEAM HC
Writer/Artist: Tillie Walden
Publisher: Avery Hill
This marks the fourth Tillie Walden book from London based and Gosh fave publisher Avery Hill. Walden's queer space-opera tells the story of Mia, from her life as a rebellious schoolgirl, to her time as part of the crew on the ship Aktis, out in the deepest reaches of space rebuilding beautiful and broken down structures. Part love story, part epic space adventure, and dealing with Tillie’s now signature themes of sexuality & gender, the individual in a landscape, first love and of course lovely cats, On A Sunbeam is a masterpiece of modern comics and arguably Tillie’s greatest artistic statement so far. We have beautiful signed and exclusive bookplates available whilst stocks last as well. You can grab a copy in store or on our website.
Try it if you like - Saga / A City Inside / Aama
GIRL TOWN TP
Writer/Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Publisher: IDW / Top Cow
Bold, infatuated, wounded, or lost, Nowak's girls shine with life and longing in her latest graphic novel. Girl Town collects the Ignatz Award-winning stories Radishes and Diana's Electric Tongue together with several other tales of young adulthood and the search for connection. All of the acclaimed mini-comics and anthology contributions gathered here are enhanced with new colours and joined by brand-new work as well. The stories are depicted with remarkable charm and insight and capture the spirit of our time. Diana got hurt - a lot - and she's decided to deal with this fact by purchasing a life-sized robot boyfriend. Mary and La-La host a podcast about a movie no one's ever seen. Kelly has dragged her friend Beth out of her comfort zone-and into a day at the fantasy market that neither of them will forget.
Try it if you like - Boundless / Killing Or Dying / Dalston Monsterzz
CURSED COMICS CAVALCADE #1
Boasting an all star line up of creative talent with the like of James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Bryan Hill, Tim Seeley, Riley Rossmo, Mark Buckingham, Doug Mahnke and oh so many more besides telling stories in DC’s Horror themed anthology. Witness ten all-new stories that promise to be the terrifying, shocking and horrific. Batman, Wonder Woman, Guy Gardner, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and more of your favourite heroes face unspeakable horrors from the streets of Gotham City to the darkest sectors of the universe.
Try it if you like - Creepy / Justice League Dark / Hellblazer
SQUARE EYES HC
Creators: Anna Mill & Luke Jones
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Square Eyes is a graphic novel about a future where the boundaries between memory, dreams and the digital world start to blur. It’s a kaleidoscopic mystery story set in a city built out of digital illusion. For the first time in her life, Fin is off the network. A few months ago, she was the inventor of a programme so powerful, so unusual that she was untouchable. Until she wasn't. Meanwhile, people have started disappearing from the streets of the city and the technology she created might be implicated. A modern sci-fi tale exploring all of our own worst fears about the digital age. If you like TV shows like Black Mirror or the recent Maniac miniseries, or you devoured Marcos Martin and BKV’s Private Eye comic Square Eyes is a most read.
Try it if you like - Black Mirror / The Private Eye / Moeibus
If Square Eyes sounds up your street then you might be interested to note that we’re are hosting a launch party on Friday October 19th from 7-9 pm with creators Anna Mill and Luke Jones. You can also pre-order signed copies via our web store.
Publisher: Inpress Books
Creator Una’s first graphic novel Becoming/Unbecoming explored what it meant for a young girl to grow up in an atmosphere of shame, misogyny, violence and silence. Her bending of the comic format to craft something beautiful, unique and breathtakingly honest made it of the the most powerful reads of the year. Now in her new graphic novel, Cree, Jolene finds friendship and creativity with a 'Cree' group as she travels through the rural and urban landscape of County Durham. Cree is gentle and delicate, a story that plays with symmetry and the sequential in Una's own brilliantly distinctive and innovative style.
Try it if you like - Becoming/Unbecoming / A Castle In England / Zorse
Writer/Artist: Rachael Ball
Beautifully illustrated in pencil, Wolf is a captivating and poignant exploration of family, grief and that blend of the everyday and the fantastical that is childhood. After a tragic accident leaves his family bereft, a young boy called Hugo finds his world turned upside down. His new home comes with new neighbours, among them (according to the boy next door) a dangerous recluse who eats children: the Wolfman. Desperate to return to happier days, Hugo draws up plans for a time machine. But only the Wolfman has the parts that Hugo needs to complete his contraption, and that will mean entering his sinister neighbour’s house.
Try it if you like - A Thousand Coloured Castles / Beautiful Darkness / Through The Woods
LIP HOOK HC
Writer: David Hine
Artist: Mark Stafford
A dank tale of rural unease from creators David Hine and Mark Stafford, Lip Hook explores the nature of belief, the responsibilities of power and the tipping point where reason, logic and humanity begin to melt into the murk. Somewhere in the British Isles, at the end of a neglected byway, lies a village called Lip Hook. For its inhabitants, this place is more than the end of the road – it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland. Few travellers choose the road to Lip Hook.
Try it if you like - Lovecraft / Harrow County / Locke & Key
Writer/Artist: Kevin Huizenga
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
The new series by Kevin Huizenga, author of the classic and Gosh favourite series, Ganges. Fielder features four new stories by the multi-Ignatz winning, Eisner, and Harvey nominated cartoonist himself. Reminiscent of current one-man anthologies like Sammy Markham's Crickets and Adrian Tomine's Optic Never this new comics magazine will center on Huizenga's character, Glenn Ganges, in different genre-bending roles. This issue will feature the first chapter of the new graphic novel, Fielder, Michiana, as well as a continuation of Huizenga's dinosaur adventure comic, Bona, and some of his short Viral Webcomics series.
Try it if you like - Crickets / Ganges / Boundless
MURDER FALCON #1
Writer/Artist: Daniel Warren Johnson
The brand new series from Daniel Warren Johnson, the creator of the Eisner-nominated series Extremity (which if you remember we loved so much we did a bookplate edition for it.) The world is under attack by monsters, and Jake's life is falling apart: no band, no girl, no future, until he meets Murder Falcon. He was sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, but he can't do it without Jake shredding up a storm. Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth. Pure action fun with Johnson signature blend of manga fight scene aesthetics and characters full of heart. We are surer you never thought you’d love a character called Murder Falcon but we are positive you’re about to.
Try it if you like - Curse Words / Extremity / One Punch Man
SHADES OF MAGIC #1 (OF 4)
Writer: V.E Schwab
Artist: Andrea Olimpieri & Claudia SG Iannicello
The highly acclaimed young adult fantasy series comes to comics with its original author, the award-winning New York Times bestseller V.E. Schwab at the writing helm. In a gaslamp world where magicians navigate alternate Londons, the prince of Red London pursues a dark version of his beloved city - and faces worse than exile. This lavish and rich fantasy world is beautiful transformed into the comics form thanks to the illustration magic of Andrea Olimpieri and Enrica Angiolini.
Try it if you like - Seven To Eternity / Rivers of London / Monstress
ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK
ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 11 #1 - Cartoon Network's award-winning animated T.V series maybe have wrapped up this year with Season 10 but KaBOOM! proudly continues telling the stories of Finn and Jake in a new Season 11 comic series!
ANDY A FACTUAL FAIRY-TALE THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ANDY WARHOL GN - Spanning Warhol’s early career as a commercial illustrator, his relationship with the Velvet Underground, and the development of his own instantly recognisable style, this is an exhilarating portrait of a transcendent artist and a master self-promoter.
INFINITE DARK #1 - The universe ended, but on-board the void station Orpheus, a skeleton crew of humanity survived: the last two thousand souls, waiting for a second big bang that may never come. Exciting new sc-fi from Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti.
LAST SPACE RACE #1 - The writer of TV's Legion, Cloak & Dagger and Under the Dome, Peter Calloway brings is brand of action sci-fi to comics alongside artist Alex Shibao.
QUANTUM MECHANICS GN - The latest in a long list of great offerings from Lion Forge sees two young spaceship mechanics kidnapped by pirates who must decide whether to join their freedom fighter cause.
ROYAL CITY TP VOL 03 - The concluding chapter of New York Times bestselling writer and artist, Jeff Lemire’s generation-spanning saga of one family haunted by their own private ghosts.
SPIDER-GEDDON #1 (OF 5) - Marvel’s next huge Spider-centric event kicks off this week as the Spider-Verse comes for revenge.
STAR WARS SOLO ADAPTATION #1 (OF 5) - Expanding on the huge movie hit, Marvel’s latest Star Wars Adaptation brings Han Solo back to the pages of our monthly comics.
TIMOTHY TOP GN BOOK 01 - Italian artists Gud’s newest graphic novel about being young and brave in a world where everything seems to be following apart.
WALKING DEAD HC VOL 15 - The long wait for those reading in this lovely oversized hardcover editions as volume 15 lands this week.
WHAT IF? PUNISHER #1 - When Uncle Ben is ruthlessly killed Peter Parker vows to never let the same fate befall another innocent bystander. From then on, he stands as a figure of cold retribution. Criminals beware - the guilty caught in this spider's web will be Punished!
X-MEN BLACK: MOJO #1 - The spotlight continues to shine on the X-Men villains as the second in a series of weekly one shots hits shelves.