London’s GOSH Comics to host Bog-Eyed Books Launch, Orbital Comics to host Big Comic Draw

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The exciting new kids comics publisher Bog Eyed Books will be at London’s GOSH Comics store on Thursday 5th October to officially launch themselves, with appearances by the whole talented team –  Gary Northfield, Nicky Evans, Jim Medway, Alexander Matthews and Wilbur Dawbarn.

The launch will be followed up by further appearances across the UK (including a Big Comic Draw on Saturday 7th October, also at Orbital Comics in London, and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival) to promote a range of great books that includes Gary’s hilarious Derek the Sheep and Jim Medway’s stories of Sgt Chip Charlton, a marvellously deranged mountie and his horse/ dog.

Bog Eyed Books at Gosh - October 2017

Bog Eyed Books at Gosh - October 2017

The brainchild of Julius Zebra creator Gary Northfield and Nicky Evans, Bog Eyed Books is dedicated to bringing the finest of kids comics to the shelves of good bookstores and tasteful book readers everywhere. And first out the gate are three great titles to tickle your funny bones:

Derek the Sheep - Bog Eyed BooksDerek the Sheep: Let’s Bee Friends by Gary Northfield

Bog Eyed Books brings you the very best Derek The Sheep stories from Gary Northfield’s archives. Between 2004 and 2011 Gary Northfield created over 60 Derek the Sheep stories for British children’s comic The Beano. Although some have previously been collected, as far back as 2008, Many have not seen the light of day since their original fleeting appearances in the famous weekly comic, but this collection puts that right, with some bonkers and utterly inspired silliness. Move over, Shaun, This sheep is not to be messed with!

Sgt Chip Charlton and Mister Woofles of the Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceSgt Chip Charlton and Mister Woofles of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Jim Medway – From the pages of The Phoenix!

Scared of horses but driven to fight crime and seek justice, what is a young Canadian to do? Chip Charlton joins the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, picking his daschund buddy over the conventional equine sidekick. Sgt Chip soon proves the naysayers wrong, and time after time, crime after crime, demonstrates how even a weak stomach is no obstacle to following your dream. Three cheers for Sgt. Chip Charlton and Mr Woofles of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police!

This is an insanely daft, hugely inventive title, with all sorts of crazy ideas, a mashing of spoof detective fiction and Monty Python-style off the wall comedy. Recommend!

Useleus: A Greek Oddity• Useleus: A Greek Oddity by Alexander Matthews & Wilbur Dawbarn

Embark on the craziest odyssey through Ancient Greece, alongside its most hopeless hero, Useleus and his long-suffering teacher, the legendary Minotaur! An Asterix for the 21st Century, Useleus is skilfully written by Alexander Matthews and nimbly drawn by Wilbur Dawbarn.

Leaping from the hallowed pages of popular children’s weekly comic, The Phoenix, Useleus channels Ancient History through the madcap eyes of two renowned Beano and Dandy creators.

So get on down and meet the whole crew and support this great Project. The line up is terrific and the creators well worth meeting.

Signatures! Sketches! Possibly cake? Definitely drinks! What more could you want from a Thursday night?

Derek the Sheep• Bog Eyed Books Launch Party 7.00 – 9.00 pm Thursday 5th October GOSH Comics, London Web: www.goshlondon.com| You’ll also be able to catch many of the same creators at Orbital Comics on Saturday 7th October

If you can’t make it down but would like any books signed, drop us a line to info@goshlondon.com to arrange a reservation or mail order

• Bog Eyed Books are online at www.bog-eyed-books.com

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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