The Gosh! Authority 29.05.19
Quick reminder: due to the bank holiday, deliveries will be out a little late on Wednesday this week. Keep an eye on our social media, where we’ll make some noise once things are on the shelves!
Great signing coming up on Saturday the 1st June: we’ll have Lucy Knisley here to sign from 1-2pm. We’ll have copies of her new book Kid Gloves, her new picture book You Are New, and lots of her old favourites such as Relish, Displacement and more! Get the details here.
Before that, though, we’ll be pairing up with Broken Frontier for our monthly Drink and Draw at the Kings Arms pub! We’ve got special guests Olivia Sualdea, Aleesha Nandhra and Holly St Clair on hand to inspire everyone, so meet here at 6.30pm on Wednesday 29th May before heading to the pub at 7pm. More details here!
And then next Monday from 7-9pm we’ll have the wonderful Daisy Hirst in store to launch her new picture book Alphonse, There’s Mud on the Ceiling! Get all the details here!
Applications close on Friday for our Assistant to the Book Buyer position, so if you want to throw your hat into the ring, polish up that CV and get those applications in now! Details here!
The British Museum’s Manga exhibition started last week, and it’s a truly groundbreaking show. You can get more information, book tickets and check out their great event programming for the exhibition at this link. We’ve also now got the exhibition catalogue in stock, and it’s an absolute must, packed to the gills with incredible work.
FIVE TO WATCH THIS WEEK
GRUNT HC ART AND UNPUBLISHED COMICS OF JAMES STOKOE
Writer / Artist: James Stokoe
Publisher: Dark Horse
We’ve been waiting for this one for a while: a massive collection of art and strips by the one and only Stokoe. As much as we’ve loved his take on properties such as Aliens and Godzilla, there’s nothing quite like the unique vision he brings to his own projects, such as Wonton Soup or the much-missed Orc Stain (which is apparently still going to make a reappearance one of these days). The book contains illustrations from his popular series, a wealth of cover art he’s done across the industry and a bunch of never-before seen strips. A must for any Stokoe fan!
BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (OF 3)
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Snyder and Capullo reteam for their last word on Batman, a post-Apocalyptic elseworlds-styled tale (or is it?) published through DC’s Black Label imprint. Bruce Wayne awakes in Arkham Asylum, young again and sane, finding himself in a devastated future. With only the detached head of The Joker for company, he journeys across the blighted landscape to try and find the cause, meeting familiar faces on the way. This is sure to be a big deal: the capstone on the Snyder / Capullo run presented in three prestige format, bi-monthly issues.
SUPERMAN LEVIATHAN RISING SPECIAL #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, Marc Andreyko
Artist: Steve Lieber, Mike Perkins, Yanick Paquette
An all-star team of creators kick off the next big DC event, as new villain Leviathan begins their plan to destroy the Man of Steel. We don’t know who they are yet, but they’re working their way around the DCU making pitches to heroes in an attempt to bring them to their side, not in an attempt to turn them evil, but rather to change their priorities. Which is all well and good, but we imagine the real buy-in here for people is that this is also the launch-point for the much-ballyhooed Jimmy Olsen & Lois Lane series, by Fraction and Rucka respectively.
LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME GN
Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Publisher: First Second
The much-anticipated new book from Tamaki featuring stunning art from Valero-O’Connell. It’s a YA tale of teen heartbreak and self-discovery, all told with a generous dash of humour. The path of teenage romance is never an easy one, and questions of what we want, what we feel we deserve, and what we are afraid we’ll miss are traps that are easily fallen into. Freddy is stuck in a toxic relationship with her dream girl, Laura Dean, but she can’t seem to get out of it. But perhaps the problems in their relationship aren’t as simple as they seem, and maybe Freddy has some problems of her own? Should be a cracker!
POPE HATS #6 SHAPESHIFTER
Writer / Artist: Hartley Lin
Having now ditched his Ethan Rilley pen-name, Lin is back with an all-new Pope Hats. There’s something really nice about having a proper indie periodical dropping every now and then, and Lin is a brilliant cartoonist. Having now finished up Young Frances (one of our best books last year), he’s going down an autobiographical route with this issue, chronicling a move to the woods outside Montreal and the first few months of life as a new parent. So far, so routine autobiographical comic, but you can rely on Lin to pull the rug on your expectations and draw you into his world with a mastery of the mundane that is second to none.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK
ALL TIME COMICS SEASON ONE TP - A collection of the first run of Josh Bayer’s indie-fused superhero universe.
DC SUPERHERO GIRLS SPACED OUT TP - The latest graphic novel featuring the all-ages adventures of the DC Superhero Girls!
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER #1 - That latest DC seasonal 80-Page Giant, this time spotlighting the various super-pets. And Beast Boy.
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10 (OF 12) - Somebody needs to wind this clock up. Ha! See what I did there?
GOON BUNCH OF OLD CRAP TP VOL 01 - At last, Eric Powell is getting the old Goon stories back into print in new bumper collections. Collects Vols 0-3.
HELLBOY VS LOBSTER JOHNSON RING OF DEATH ONE-SHOT - Featuring two tales of Hellboy’s time in Mexico written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson! First, a luchadore battle against Lobster Johnson drawn by Mike Norton, then The Visitor returns in a tale drawn by Paul Grist.
IRON MAIDEN LEGACY O/T BEAST VOL 2 #1 - Eddie’s back in a new five-issue mini by Llexi Leon, Ian Edington & Kevin West.
KILLER GROOVE #1 - Ollie Masters & Eoin Marron bring us a rock’n’roll crime thriller set in 1970’s Los Angeles.
SAGA DLX ED HC VOL 03 - The latest deluxe hardcover collection of the ever-popular space opera (and prepare yourself for its final pages!)
SHE SAID DESTROY #1 - A good-looking new sci-fantasy from Joe Corallo & Liana Kangas.
STAR WARS ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS #108 - As a part of Marvel’s 80th anniversary, they’re bringing back their classic Star Wars series for one special issue.
STRANGER THINGS SIX #1 - Go back in time to the origins of everybody’s favourite psychic!
WAILING BLADE #1 (OF 4) - Promising looking fantasy action series by Rich Douek & Joe Mulvey.
WASHINGTON UNBOUND GN - An aging George Washington escapes a kidnapping and must make his way back to the White House before an imposter wreaks havoc!
X-FORCE TP VOL 01 SINS OF PAST - Collecting the (surprisingly good) first arc of the new series.
X-MEN GRAND DESIGN X-TINCTION #1 (OF 2) - Ed Piskor’s chronicle of the X-Men is back, and we’re hitting the late 80’s! Good luck bringing sense to the decade to come, Ed!
And that’s us done for the week. Adios, chums!