The Gosh! Authority 06.02.19
In case you missed it this past week, we’re hiring! Simon is headed North , so we’re needing a new Mail Order Manager & Administrative Assistant, a role that needs a good mix of written communication skills, attention to detail, organisational aplomb and common sense. Applicants should demonstrate a good knowledge of the comics medium, and an eager willingness to learn more. Experience with administrative work is a definite plus, as the role will involve a good deal of logistics, book-keeping and paperwork management. You can get all the details here, and you’ve got until the 28th February to get those applications in!
Next Tuesday, 7.30-9pm, we have manga scholar Ryan Holmberg in to discuss the work of Yokoyama Yuichi to tie into the Breakdown Press edition of his book Outdoors. Ryan’s knowledge of the manga world is unmatched in the West, and his talks are always fascinating, particulraly when discussing the work of someone as ground-breaking as Yokoyama. Full details here.
Then on Wednesday the 13th, 7-9pm, we have the February meeting of our Reads reading group, looking at Svetlana Chmakova’s latest book, Crush. The third book in Svetlana’s award-winning Berrybrook Middle School series, Crush follows on from Awkward and (Gosh Best of 2017 list-maker) Brave, but stands happily on its own for new readers. You can find full details here.
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
COMICS JOURNAL #303
Writer / Artist: Various
It’s back! Once a cornerstone of comics criticism and deep-diving features and interviews, the Journal has been sadly missing from shelves from some time. Now adopting a new twice-a-year format, the retooled Journal kicks off with an in-depth look at just where American comics are at after the graphic novel boom of the 2000’s: the New Mainstream, as they call it. The likes of Jimmy Corrigan, Persepolis and Ghost World carved out an entirely new audience for the medium, but where has it left the industry now? Also, Gary Groth has a wide-ranging chat with the always entertaining Tommi Ungerer, covering topics such as his award-winning children’s books, his childhood in France under Nazi occupation, and his run-ins with the picturebook establishment over his erotic work. Welcome back to print, TCJ, we’re very happy to see you!
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto, Chip Zdarsky
When we last left DD at the end of Charles Soule’s run, he was near-death, a battered ruin. Now, after the surprisingly decent Man Without Fear mini-series spotlighting the events’ impact on those around him, we pick up with Matt Murdock and all-new creative team Zdarsky and Checchetto as he attempts to put his life back together (again). Zdarsky wants to dive into the world of a street-level vigilante, the gritty realities of how someone would juggle the demands and costs of it with their daily lives. Can’t tell you much beyond that plot-wise, as Marvels official solicitation simply reads CLASSIFIED. But Zdarsky makes for some pretty safe hands, so we’d recommend this as worth giving a shot!
FEMALE FURIES #1 (OF 6)
Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Adriana Melo
A new six-issue mini-series that promises to explore the lives of Granny Goodness and her woman warriors to an extent we’ve never seen before. Similar to Tom King and Mitch Gerard’s Mister Miracle, Female Furies takes a fresh new look at characters from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, though it promises to be quite different in tone from that recent series. Castellucci and Melo look at what it means to be a woman in a world as brutal as Apokolips, where strength and prowess are no barrier to discrimination. Just imagine a world like that! It’s all wrapped in an action-packed tale of murder and intrigue, so get on board Big Barda fans!
GI JOE SIERRA MUERTE #1
Writer / Artist: Michel Fiffe
Michel Fiffe, author of indie superhero darling Copra, does GI Joe? Just buy it already! Who would be better suited to the madcap world of over-the-top super-militarism? Nobody, that’s who. And if that’s not enough to lure you in, each oversized issue also features a look back at Larry Hama’s classic 80’s GI Joe run at Marvel, including interviews with Hama himself.
MAN AND SUPERMAN 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Claudio Castellini
It feels like we haven’t seen Claudio Castellini in an age, so we’re very happy to see this emerge: a story intended for the pages of the late, lamented Superman Confidential series. Originally written and drawn between 2006-2009 (Castellini does have a tendency to pour on the detail), legendary writer Marv Wolfman has deemed this the best Superman story he has ever written. We’re taken to the very first days of Clark Kent in Metropolis, where some early failures almost lead to him not permanently talking up the mantle of Superman at all. It’s a tale of picking yourself up and fighting for what you believe in, whatever struggles you may have along the way. Sounds like pretty iconic Superman stuff to us!
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
AGE OF X-MAN MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 (OF 5) - The first of the Age of X-Man minis kicks off couertesy of Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson & Marco Failla. The Marvelous X-Men are the premier X-team of the AOXM world: Jean Grey, Colossus, Storm, X-23, X-Man, Nature Girl, Magneto, and Nightcrawler.
BATMAN #64 THE PRICE - The latest Batman / Flash crossover starts here, promising to contain revelations every bit as startling as those of The Button. Taking place during the events of Heroes in Crisis, Batman and the Flash re-open one of the Justice League’s cold cases: a case that may turn them against each other before it’s all over.
GIRL IN THE BAY #1 - The latest from the Berger Books stable, by J. M. DeMatteis & Corin Howell. A girl thrown into the San Francisco bay and left for dead in 1969 manages to fight her way to the surface, only to discover that 50 years have passed and a doppelganger has lived her life in her place. Nice concept!
GUNHAWKS #1 - David and Maria Lapham join Luca Pizzari on art duties to bring some hard-edged action to this reinvention of the classic Marvel Western title for their 80th anniversary series.
MAGICAL BEATDOWN #1 - Fancy an ultra-violent, foul-mouthed Sailor Moon? Well, Jen Woodall has got you covered!
OBERON #1 - Betrayed by his people and exiled to Earth, Lord Oberon seeks out an innocent prophesied child in order to manipulate her into becoming his ultimate weapon so that he can reclaim his rightful throne. A new Aftershock series by Ryan Parrott & Milos Slavkovic.
OLD MAN QUILL #1 (OF 12) - Ethan Sacks & Robert Gill go interstellar for the the latest Old Man series, with the Guardians of the Galaxy pulling Peter Quill out of miserable retirement for one last heist.
VINDICATION #1 (OF 4) - A politically charged thriller tackling race and law enforcement by Md Marie, Carlos Miko & Dema Jr.
And that’s it for this week, folks!