Small press sensation Soppy is back – bigger, better, and more hardcover-y than ever – and Gosh London have just announced a launch party with creator Phillipa Rice on the 16th January 2015.
What started out as a self published collection of comics detailing the frankly adorable relationship of Philippa Rice and fellow artist Luke Pearson has become somewhat of a ‘must-read’ book. Whether it’s the pair playing board-games by candlelight, bartering over household chores, or getting soppy about a gas bill, each vignette is handled with her trademark sense of humour and super sweet artwork.
Philippa has teamed up with publisher Square Peg, an imprint of Random House and part of Vintage Publishing, to release the 112-page hardcover edition of the book. The publisher sent us a Soppy for review a while back and it’s on my list to do (sorry, Philippa!), but suffice to say it more than lives up to the deserved praise heaped upon it from many quarters.
If you’ve not checked out any of Philippa’s other work then you’re missing out. Titles include Sister BFF’s, Recyclost, My Cardboard Life, We’re Out, and St Colin and the Dragon. They’re a regular fixture on the Gosh! Small Press shelves.
Gosh will be celebrating the release with beer and bubbly and, of course, Philippa will be on hand signing copies of the book between 7-9pm on Friday 16th January. If you’d like a copy put aside or signed on your behalf then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you can’t make it into the store to pick up a copy then they’ve created a pre-order on the webstore (books will be shipped after the event).
It’s the perfect gift for Valentines day, or really, any day of the year!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.