The Gosh! Authority 01.08.18

Hello!

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In case you missed it, we announced two upcoming events to circle in your diary:

We'll have Giant Days creator John Allison and the author of the Giant Days novel, Non Pratt, here to discuss their work and the act of adaptation on Wednesday, August 29th, 7.30-9pm! John and Non will be here to discuss the series and the tricky work of adaptation from one medium to another, staying true to the vision of the original work while exploiting the strengths of its new narrative home. The talk will kick off at 7.30pm and be followed by a short signing, and seating is unreserved so no need for tickets or booking: just come on down and grab a seat! You can pre-order a signed copy of the novel here on our webstore.

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Liam Cobb and Becca Tobin will be here to celebrate the release of their new Retrofit / Big Planet books The Prince and Understanding on Thursday August 23rd, 7-9pm! Grab all the details here. If you can't make it but would like something signed, drop us an email to arrange a reservation or mail order. You can also head on over to the Facebook Event Page for all the latest information. 

Last week saw a couple of our popular regular events, with people braving the heat to get their comics love on.

The July edition of our monthly reading group cast an evil eye on the first volume of Archie Comics' The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina last Wednesday. Netflix recently announced an upcoming tv series based on this new comic series so it seemed like the perfect time to go back to the source material for an in-depth chat. Our no reservation, everyone is welcome policy made for one of our biggest turnouts to date. With our upstairs air condition struggling to keep up with the rising temperature we took the chat outdoors so everyone could sit around and enjoy the sun as we took a deep dive into the book

Last Thursday was our monthly Drink & Draw in collaboration with our pals over at Broken Frontier! This month's special guests were the excellent David Biskup, Bethany Hall and Will Powers! As always a huge turn out of old and new faces alike made for a fun and relaxed evening with lots of drawing and perhaps, given the 30-degree heat tag a little more drinking than normal (folks gotta stay hydrated.) Huge thanks to the Kings Arms for their constantly excellent hosting skills, thanks to Cass Art for once again supplying us with all of our art materials, and of course to all of our guests and everyone who braved the furnace like conditions to join us. 

Keep your eyes on our events page for all the latest information on all of our regular monthly events as well as signings, launch parties and talks.

HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

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SEEDS #1
Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist: David Aja
Publisher: Dark Horse/Berger Books

The bees are swarming. What do they know that we don't? The rich have built walls around their wealth and scramble into escape rockets. The romantic and the ruthless cross over into the lawless wilds of Zone-B. A few cantankerous aliens have come to collect the last dregs of humanity's essence for the celestial embryo bank. One of them falls in love. Astra is an idealistic journalist who stumbles into the story of a lifetime, only to realize that if she reports it, she'll destroy the last hope of a dying world. How far will she go to get her story? An eco-fiction tech-thriller where flora and fauna have begun to mutate, The Seeds is also a story of love beyond race and gender, and of the resilience of both human and animal kind. A brand new four-issue series, from award-winning artist David Aja (Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist) and filmmaker, journalist, and comics writer Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Catwoman). 

Try it if you like: Twilight Zone / Philip K Dick / Zero  

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GARLANDIA HC
Writer: Lorenzo Mattotti
Artist:  Jerry Kramsky
Publisher: Fantagraphics

This long-awaited second collaboration between Italian artists Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky is masterfully drawn in psychedelic black and white. Ten years in the making, its characters evoke Tove Jansson's moomins and its settings the dreamscapes of Moebius and Hayao Miyazaki. Garlandia is a major work by a master cartoonist, an enchanting graphic poem of mythic scope and surprising political relevance. The gars are carefree animals living in harmony alongside all kinds of wondrous creatures in their Edenic home of Garlandia. Their shaman, Zachariah, interprets the spirits that foretell their future, but when a strange vision bodes ill, a repellant but charismatic newcomer arrives and plays upon the gars’ fears, endangering their halcyon existence. To save his homeland, the shaman’s well-intentioned son, Hippolytes, must leave his wife, Cochineal, and their newborn cub and embark on a perilous odyssey. This sweeping epic takes our unlikely hero to dangerous, faraway lands where he encounters a host of mythical creatures and strange characters

Try it if you like: Over The Garden Wall / Princess Mononoke / Beautiful Darkness

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LEVIATHAN #1
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Nick Pittara
Publisher: Image Comics

The start of a new Image series is always an exciting prospect, but when the calibre of the creative team is as good as this then those excitement levels go through the roof. Join multiple Eisner-winning writer John Layman (Chew) and Eisner-nominated artist Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects) for an eye-popping, face-melting, reality-defying, nonstop rush of pure adrenaline. Poor Ryan DeLuca didn't buy enough beer for his party, and while he was out on a beer run his idiot buddies busted out some mystical arcana and performed a summoning ceremony-a ceremony that summoned a giant monster from hell!

Try it if you like: Kauijmax / Curse Words / Manhattan Projects

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I, RENE TARDI, PRISONER OF WAR IN STALAG IIB HC
Writer/Artist: Jacques Tardi
Publisher: Fantagraphics

In September 1939, René Tardi went to war. Less than a year later, the French army was defeated and he was a prisoner of war, like 1.6 million other French soldiers. After 4 years and 8 months in a POW camp, René returned home, bitter and ashamed. Stalag IIB is Jacques Tardi’s homage to his father and a testimony to the silent suffering of a generation of men. Based on René’s memories, Stalag IIB — the first of two volumes — recounts brutal years of captivity under the Nazis and the POWs’ attempts to reclaim moments of humanity. René recalls the roll calls in sub-zero temperatures, daily acts of resistance, crushing boredom — and especially the omnipresent hunger. With four decades of cartooning and almost two dozen graphic novels behind him, Jacques Tardi masterfully recreates historical and personal details with remarkable fidelity, guided by extensive research and his father’s notes. Featuring some of Tardi’s most intense and meticulous drawing, punctuated by sombre greys and punches of red and blue rendered beautifully by Rachel Tardi, Stalag IIB is a personal and artistic triumph.

Try it if you like: Hostage / Joe Sacco / Goddamn This War

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THE WINNER SC
Writer/Artist: Karl Stevens
Publisher: Retrofit/Big Planet

Karl Stevens uses the graphic novel to dissect the line between the worlds of high and low art. While working as a museum guard he contemplates the plight of his aesthetic choices, and how they have affected his life thus far. Where is his place as an artist? How has his world changed since he met his wife and muse Alex? Has he become boring since he quit drinking? Painted visions of autobiographical reality swing into experiments with fantasy and science fiction.

Try it if you like: Guilty / Ghosts ETC. / Generous Bosom

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ASSASSINISTAS TP
Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Gilbert Hernandez
Publisher: IDW/Black Crown

If the Gilbert Hernandez art wasn't reason enough to pick this up, then perhaps the incredible fun action romp he and writer Tini Howard have cooked up will convnce you. First, there were three: Octavia, Charlotte, and Rosalyn, a trio of badass hit-women who picked up the slack when the going got too real for other so-called top-level assassins. But things happened. Octavia hung up her semi-automatic for a semi-lucrative kidnapping insurance scam. Charlotte chose expensive Chardonnay, love, marriage and, until recently, a baby carriage. And Rosalyn? There's a lot of conspiracies, but according to the federal government, she's simply M.I.A. When a kidnapping hits too close to home, Octavia is forced out of retirement and back into the bounty-hunting business. Down two partners, she recruits her son Dominic and his boyfriend Taylor to aid and abet her in a semester of murder-based work study, where she'll teach them everything she knows (if she can get them to put down the video games, stop making out, and actually focus on the mission already).

Try it if you like: Love & Rockets / Euthanauts / Scott Pilgrim

ALSO OF NOTE THIS WEEK

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  • 3 STORY SECRET HISTORY OF GIANT MAN EXPANDED EDITON - From New York Times bestselling and Harvey award-winning Mind MGMT graphic novelist Matt Kindt comes a decades-spanning tale of love, secrets, ageing, espionage, and family in a beautiful new edition.
  • ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #1 (OF 12) - The Super-Sons are back in an all-new 12-issue miniseries written by Peter J. Tomasi! 
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN BY CHARLES SOULE TP - Collecting the first six issues of Charles Soule's run on Astonishing X-Men and featuring a stellar roster of superstar artists including Mike Deodato, Ed McGuinness, Carlos Pacheco, Rosa-Nas, Ramon, and Mike Del Mundo.
  • BACKWAYS TP VOL 01 - The magical first arc of Backways written and created by Justin Jordan and with art by Eleonora Carlini. For fans of Harry Potter, The Unwritten, and Wayward.
  • BATMAN BY DOUG MOENCH AND KELLEY JONES HC 02 - In these moody tales from the '90s, Batman battles corruption in Gotham City and face foes off against some of his greatest foes - Man-Bat, The Joker, the Penguin and more. These tales by the classic Batman creative team of writer Doug Moench and artist Kelley Jones include guest appearances by the Demon, the Spectre and Ragman.
  • BLOOD STRIKE #24 - The conclusion to COPRA creator Michel Fiffe's mini-run on Bloodstrike lands this week. If you missed out on the first two parts of the Brutalists don't worry we have you covered!
  • CALEXIT TP VOL 01  - The latest cult hit from the team behind Young Terrorists. Calexit is a tense, political, action thriller set in a fascist run America. 
  • COMIC BOOK IMPLOSION SC - In 1978, DC Comics implemented a bold initiative to combat plummeting sales: Give readers more story pages with a higher cover price, to better compete on newsstands, but just weeks after its launch, they pulled the plug, cancelling numerous titles and leaving stacks of completed comic book stories unpublished. TwoMorrows Publishing delves into one of the most notorious events in comics with an exhaustive oral history from the creators involved.
  • FURNACE GN - Timely and heartfelt, Prentis Rollins' graphic novel debut The Furnace is a literary SF glimpse into our future, for fans of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone. 
  • GIANTS TP - In their first work for American comics, the Valderrama Bros. have layered a modern-day kaiju story with a personal tale of a friendship gone wrong, and how the decisions we make can change our world. This is wildly fun and entertaining. Hugely underrated when it released in single issues. 
  • I AM A HERO OMNIBUS TP VOL 07 -  The latest English translation of the worldwide best-selling series. Winner of the esteemed Shogakukan Manga Award and soon to be a feature film! I Am A Hero is one of the best contemporary manga series. 
  • INFINITY WARS #1 (OF 6) - Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato helm Marvel's latest blockbuster event, ss the Infinity Stones come to Earth, so too comes the war for control over them.
  • RAID #1 (OF 4) - Taking place during the events of the second movie - Rama is trapped in prison and he has to protect an undercover cop as well as himself. Written by Ollie Masters, the man behind the critically acclaimed Snow Blind and The Kitchen. 
  • RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER TP - The secret origin of T'Challa, the Black Panther from Ta-Nehisi Coates. Wakanda has always kept itself isolated from Western society, but that's about to change. 
  • SMILEY'S DREAM BOOK HC - From the creator of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Bone series comes a charming and adorable picture book, the first to feature Smiley Bone in an adventure all his own.
  • SUIT GN - Originally only available in Dark Horse Presents, writer/artist Dennis Calero's tale of corrupt corporates and cutthroat businessman is finally collected in one book. 
  • WALLED CITY TP VOL 01 HIS DREAM OF SKY - In 1925, Hong Kong struggles with growing pains. Two destructive Opium Wars have transformed what once was a sleepy tropical inlet into a bustling international crossroads, full of risks and wonders, torn between Chinese and British cultures. 
  • ZODIAC STARFORCE TP VOL 02 -The follow up to Kevin Panetta's and Paulina Ganucheau's cult hit, all-girl super sentai YA series. 

And that's a wrap folks. Normal service resumes next week as Andrew gets back behind the Gosh! Authority wheel.

Shaun.