Tom Gauld is a firm favourite at GOSH Comics in London, so they’re properly chuffed to be hosting the launch of his new graphic novel Goliath, a stripped-down, reworking of the David and Goliath myth, published by Drawn & Quarterly.
Goliath tells the story of the famous giant from the Bible from his side, and is not what you’d expect at all. Far from being the towering, bloodthirsty killer we remember, this Goliath is a gentle giant, who has been unwillingly conscripted into the army, and would rather be doing paperwork than fighting.
You may be familiar with Tom Gault’s work in The Guardian, and this book brings to life a melancholy, sad, earnest, bewildered character, in sparse and striking images and prose that reworks this story in any manner of ways: from the futility of warfare, how we judge others wrongly on their appearance, the macabre humour of cumbersome bureaucracy that takes over even on the front line of a battlefield, questioning whether a power structure is a good thing if orders have to obeyed unthinkingly, and more.
We’ve seen an advance pages of the book, and it’s tremendous fun – well worth tracking down.
On Friday 9th March, Gauld will be at Gosh to sign copies of the book from 6.30pm, then at 7pm they’ll get down to the important business of wetting the baby’s head. Get along and shake his hand!
“Not only is he one of the finest cartoonists in Britain, he’s a thoroughly lovely chap too,” say the GOSH team.
Gosh will even have an exclusive Gosh! Bookplate Edition available on the night.
The Rest of the Tom Gauld Goliath Tour so far…
Tom then hops across the ond for events there…
More US and Canada dates coming soon.
• Check Tom’s web site for signings info at: www.tomgauld.com
Categories: British Comics