The Gosh! Authority 16.05.18

Hello!

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Hey Monday readers, if you're about Soho this evening, don't miss out on our talk with End of the F***ing World creator Charles Forsman, who will be here from 7.30-9pm to have a chat with our Tom. No reservations or tickets required, just rock on by and grab a seat!

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We had the excellent Daisy Hirst in last Thursday to launch her brand new picture book I Don't Like Books Anymore, and it was quite the shindig, including some pretty tasty looking cookies! Thanks to Daisy and the lovely folks at Walker Books for a great night! We still have a limited number of signed copies of Daisy's book left, so drop us a line if you'd like one!

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Asterix fans take note: the Jewish Museum London is hosting an amazing exhibition about the life and work of Asterix co-creator RenĂ© Goscinny. Asterix in Britain: The Life and Work of RenĂ© Goscinny features original art by co-creator Albert Uderzo, original scripts, storyboards, dress-up stations, films and more. A rare opportunity to delve behind-the-scenes of one of the world's most beloved comic characters. You can find more details, including a schedule of exhibition-related events, right here.

No events coming up this week, so let's jump straight into the comics!

HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

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YOUNG FRANCES HC VOL 01 BOOKPLATE EDITION
Writer / Artist: 
Hartley Lin
Publisher: AdHouse Books

Hartley Lin has been quietly working away at his series Pope Hats (under the anagram pen name Ethan Rilly) for around a decade now, crafting one of the finest slice-of-life comics on the shelves. It's the tale of aspiring law clerk Frances Scarland and her alcoholic actress roommate Vickie as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives in Toronto. 

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We're so happy to see this book collected at last that we've gotten Hartley to do us an exclusive bookplate which can be ordered for mail order or in-store pick-up from our webstore right now!

Try it if you like: Love & Rockets / Days of Bagnold Summer / The Nao of Brown

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PERSEPHONE ORIGINAL GN HC
Writer / Artist: 
Loic Locatelli-Kournwsky
Publisher: Boom

A Ghibli-esque retelling of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, with drop-dead gorgeous art by French author Locatelli-Kournwsky. Persephone, the adopted daughter of Demeter, a powerful magician, longs to discover the truth of who or what she is to get out from under the shadow of her mother's power. To do so, she travels to the Underworld, where an adventure unfolds. Seriously, this book is absolutely beautiful!

Try it if you like: Satania / Dungeon / Princess Mononoke

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NEW CHALLENGERS #1 (OF 6)
Writer: 
Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie
Artist: Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson
Publisher: DC

Challenger Mountain returns to the DC Universe, choosing five new misfits to challenge the mysteries of the multiverse. The latest book in DC's New Age of Heroes initiative, this one spearheaded by Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert. It's like the superhuman version of Mission Impossible as the team are sent on deadly missions by the mysterious Professor. Should be a fun read, particularly with Snyder's penchant for superhuman craziness.

Try it if you like: Challengers of the Unknown / Doom Patrol / Fantastic Four

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BIG EMPTY LIFE ALPHONSE TABOURET HC
Writer: 
Sibylline Desmazieres, Capucine
Artist: Jerome D'Aviau
Publisher: Magnetic

On its surface a whimsical fairytale of an amnesiac wee wotsit named Alphonse setting off in search of his creator, this translated French GN is laden with metaphor and allegory for all manner of modern angsts, including parenting, materialism, addiction, codependency, narcissism, depression, and the never-ending search for meaning. The real magic of it is that is manages to do this in a way which is never heavy-handed, and is always quite silly, charming, and endlessly entertaining. 

Try it if you like: Toys in the Basement / Over the Garden Wall / Adventure Time

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ALL THE ANSWERS GN
Writer / Artist: Michael Kupperman
Publisher: Gallery 13

A decidedly different project from the man behind Tales Designed to Thrizzle, but one which we've been awaiting eagerly since its announcement back in 2016. Kupperman's father, Joel Kupperman, gained fame as the resident maths genius on the hit radio (and later television) show Quiz Kids, where the audience would send in questions to challenge the young panel of prodigies. His father went from childhood fame to being an object of derision, and consequently withdrew from the world. Michael goes through the effect this had on the family, and also examines the world of radio and television propaganda through the 1940's and beyond.

Try it if you like: Invisible Ink / Out on the Wire / Tales Designed to Thrizzle

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FLAVOR #1
Writer:
 Joseph Keatinge
Artist: Wook Jin Clark
Publisher: Image

It's some high-stakes culinary adventure in this new fantasy series by Keatinge and Clark. How seriously does it take its food? Well, how many comics do you know with their own culinary consultant, here in the shape of foodie author Ari Bouzari. The story involves an underage, unlicensed chef, Xoo, who uncovers a dark secret at the heart of the walled, food-obsessed city where she illegally plies her trade.

Try it if you like: Get Jiro / Brave Chef Brianna / Food Wars

ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK

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  • BATMAN GHOSTS TP - A collection of Batman stories by unique visionary Sam Kieth.
  • BUBBA HO-TEP & COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS #1 - The classic Joe Lansdale / Don Coscarelli film gets a comics prequel courtesy of Lansdale himself, with art by Tadd Galusha. Richard Nixon enlists Elvis to fight aliens!
  • DARK DAYS THE ROAD TO METAL HC - A collection of stories that lay the groundwork for the universe-expanding Metal!
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  • ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #1 (OF 5) - The return of Matt Kindt and David Rubin's dimension-hopping adventure series.
  • EVOLUTION TP VOL 01 - Collecting the first arc of the evolutionary horror written by James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, Joshua Williamson with art by Joe Infurnari.
  • HOMESTUCK HC - A collection of Andrew Hussie's popular webcomic.
  • HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #1 - Sabretooth, Daken and Lady Deathstrike cross paths in their search for Wolverine and I guess probably go for a drink or something? Maybe some dim sum?
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN DAREDEVIL #1 - Ol' Hornhead contends with the mind stone turning up in unlikely underworld hands. Can he save New York?
  • MOON KNIGHT LEGACY TP VOL 01 CRAZY RUN - Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows take on the insanity of Marc Spector.
  • ORIGINALS ESSENTIAL ED HC - A new oversized edition of Dave Gibbons' mod sci-fi saga, with 32 new pages of behind the scenes material!
  • PARADISO TP VOL 01 - Collecting the first arc of Ram V and Dev Pramanik's post-apocalyptic tale.
  • POSITIVELY IZZY GN - A new middle school drama from the creator of Invisible Emmie.
  • QUICKSILVER NO SURRENDER #1 (OF 5) - Acclaimed fantasy author Saladin Ahmed and artist Eric Nguyen take on the speedy Avenger.
  • RUGRATS TP VOL 01 - Revisit the classic 90's cartoon series with all new stories of the kids!
  • SUPERMAN SPECIAL #1 - Nice big standalone special with stories by Ian Flynn, Patrick Gleason, Mark Russell, Scott Godlewski, Bryan Hitch & Kaare Andrews.
  • UNSOUND TP - Collecting Cullen Bunn & Simon Gane's excellent little horror series.
  • X-MEN GOLD #30 - Colossus and Kitty Pride tie the knot, and you're invited!
  • X-MEN WEDDING SPECIAL #1 - But first, the hen and stag do's, with a special bonus tale of Kitty and Peter written by Chris Claremont!