London’s Gosh! makes March British Comics Month

London’s Gosh! comic store has announced a huge range of British Comics-related events taking place through March, all focused on creators, and British comics publishers – be they small or large – such as SelfMadeHero, Blank Slate.The store will also be highlighting a British comics artist or publisher the shop’s team love every day on their blog (www.goshlondon.com).

Here are the event details:

THE SELFMADE HERO SPRING PARTY
Friday 7th March – 7.00 – 9.00pm

Gosh Birtish Comics Month - SelfMadeHero Spring Party

The Selfmade Hero Spring Party will featuring ILYAMark Stafford, and Reinhard Kleist. ILYA and Stafford are both well-known faces of the UK comics scene and launched their respective books Room For Love and The Man Who Laughs (written by David Hine) at Gosh! late last year. Now they will be back again to sign and chat to fans, with Reinhard Kleist, German cartoonist and creator of the ever-popular comic biographies Johnny Cash and Castro. Kleist has turned his beautiful brush-work style to his new book, The Boxer: a biography of Hertzko Haft, a native Pole who survived the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and later emigrated to the Unites States to become a professional boxer. There’s some info on it here on Reinhard’s own web site.

The book will be available from Gosh! on the day of the launch, and Kleist will on hand to sign & chat. On top of that, there will be refreshments of the alcoholic sort, to emphasise the “Party” in “Spring Party”. Let’s hope the weather will emphasise the “Spring” part, too.

From the 3rd – 9th of March, Gosh! customers will be able to get 25% off all Selfmade Hero books.

 

GREAT BEAST SPRING PARTY
7 – 9.00pm Friday 14th March 2014

Gosh Great Beast Spring Party 2014

Great Beast is a UK indie publisher run by dream-team Adam Cadwell and Marc Ellerby, both with long runs of diary comics under their belts (The Everyday and Ellerbisms, respectively). The company’s roster includes a veritable who’s who of faces at UK conventions: Robert Ball, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (current artist on Tank Girl),Dan Berry (also host of the excellent Make It Then Tell Everybody series of podcasts about cartoonists’ process), John Riordan and Dan Cox, John Cei Douglas, and Isabel Greenberg, whose book The Encyclopedia of Early Earth recently made it unto the New York Times Bestseller list. Of course Cadwell’s and Ellerby’s more action-based new series, Blood Blokes and Chloe Noonan, are also on the list of these tasty, tasty offerings.

The entire Great Beat team will be descending upon Gosh! for the evening for chatting, drinking, signing, and possibly more drinking. Great Beast’s website is here.

LUKE PEARSON’S HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND SIGNING & LAUNCH DAY
Signing 2.00 – 3.0pm/Launch Party 7.00 – 9.00pm – Saturday 15th March 2014

Gosh Signing: Luke Pearson, 15th March 2014

Out this March from Flying Eye Books (British publisher NoBrow’s children’s line), is Hilda and the Black Hound, the long-awaited fourth part of Eisner-nominated Luke Pearson’s lovely Hilda stories. This time round, Hilda and her otherworldly friends find themselves dealing with alternate realities and a looming, mysterious dark spectre skulking through the streets of Trolberg. There will be an all-ages signing for munchkin fans of the series in the afternoon, and a launch party for the mature fans in the evening. Luke will also be doing a window painting for the store throughout the day.

From the 10th – 16th of March, Gosh! customers will be able to get 25% off all NoBrow and Flying Eye books.

•  More info on the Hilda and the Black Hound can be found here

PROCESS PRESENTS: BLANK SLATE TALK
7.30 – 9.00pm, Friday 21st March

Gosh - Process - Balnk Slate, 21st March 2014

Gosh! runs a monthly night called Process, where working and aspiring comics artists and writers get together and (you’ve probably guessed it by now) talk about their work process. As part of British Comics Month, March will see a Blank Slate themed affair, with Darryl Cunningham (Science Tales, Uncle Bob Adventures), Joe Decie (The Accidental Salad) and Lizz Lunney (Take Away), all talking about their own comics-making methods, chaired by Woodrow Phoenix. Creators will also be available to sign books after the talk.

There are limited seats available for “Process”, so get to the shop in good time. From the 17th – 23rd of March, customers will be able to get 25% off of all Blank Slate books.

 

HELLBOY DAY
2.00 – 3.00pm, Saturday 22nd March 2014

Gosh - Hellboy Day 22nd March 2014

Hellboy publisher Dark Horse is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mike Mignola’s creation with Hellboy Day – and the release of a hardcover retrospective, a sampler issue for new readers, and events across the world. At Gosh!, they’re joining the celebrations by having all British Hellboy creators under one roof! Laurence Campbell, Duncan Fegredo, and Mick McMahon will be here to sign copies.

• Some more information on Hellboy Day here. Gosh! will also announce an exclusive print to come soon.

2000AD SIGNING
6.00 – 7.00pm, Wednesday 26th March

Gosh 2000AD Signing - 26th March 2014

British Comics Institution 2000AD doesn’t really need an introduction to all you comics lovers out there, and so, without further ado, here’s the facts: Dan AbnettTom Eglington, Simon Coleby, Simon Davis and Smudge will be at Gosh! to sign for fans, and 2000AD will also be launching the PROG 1874 issue – billed as a jumping-on point for new readers. So if you’ve always wanted to read 2000AD and never have, or used to and fell out of the habit, here’s a chance for you to make good on that promise to yourself and start picking up the magazine without any confusion.

From the 24th – 30th of March, Gosh! customers will be able to get 25% off all Rebellion titles.

IAN CULBARD’S CELESTE BOOK LAUNCH
7.00 – 9.00pm, Friday 28th March

Gosh - Celeste Launch Party - 28th March 2014

Celeste is I.N.J. Culbard’s first original graphic novel from Selfmade Hero, following a string of his popular Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Celeste is a science fiction tale, split into three narrative strands, following characters in London, LA, and Japan. It certainly looks stunning, as you can see from preview images on Ian’s Tumblr here. Ian and Selfmade will be celebrating the launch of Celeste at Gosh!, with bubbly and beer.

 

ALAN MOORE & KEVIN O’NEILL SIGNING
2.00 – 6.00pm, Saturday 29th March 2014

Gosh - Rose of Berlin Signing - 29th March 2014

In true style, Gosh! end their British Comics Month end with a hell of a bang rather than a whimper: the grand old wizard of comics, Alan Moore, and the wonderfully talented Kevin O’Neill will be at the store for most of the day, signing copies of Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, out from Knockabout.

Nemo: Roses Of Berlin is a continuation of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, following last year’s Nemo: Heart of Ice tale, which focuses on the adventures of science-fiction brigand Janni Nemo. This time Janni has to travel to a Berlin occupied by the dictator Adenoid Hynkel to save her loved ones, who have been taken hostage by a mysterious but familiar enemy. Heavily influenced by Expressionist German Cinema of the Weimar Republic, this Nemo is a thrilling ride through shadows, totalitarian nightmares, and mechanical monsters.

Here’s some more info and some preview images we publsihed previously on downthetubes.

• Due to the sheer volume of demand at this events, Alan and Kevin will only be able to sign four items per person, and only books in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series – that way, everyone has a chance to have a chat as well as getting their LOEG books signed! Look out for a special release on the day, too. You’re strongl. advised to get there early, as the queue tends grow to huge proportions and often has to be capped! Also please note that due to the anticipated popularity of this event, Gosh! will not be able to take reservations for signed books.

Running alongside all of these, Gosh! also have their regular monthly event round-up:

PROCESS: Breakdown Press
7.00 – 9.00pm, Wednesday 5th March

PROCESS has invited artists from London’s contemporary comics publisher Breakdown Press to talk about their methods. Featuring Breakdown Press artists Joe Kessler (Windowpane), Antoine Cossé, and Zoe Taylor, as well as Tom Oldham and Simon Hacking, who run the publisher.

Comics Gosh!ip: Breakdown Press
7.00 – 9.00pm, Wednesday 12th March 

Comics Goship!, the monthly comics book club that takes place at Gosh!, also looks at Breakdown Press as part of a British Boutique Publishers session. The group will be discussing Klaus by Richard Short from BDP, Show Me The Map Of Your Heart by John Cei Douglas from Great Beast, and The Festival by Jazz Greenhill from Avery Hill Publishing.

City Lit Talk
7.00 – 8.30pm, Tuesday 18th March

With John Miers: City Lit, the Centre for Adult Learning, will be holding another talk on Graphic Storytelling at Gosh!, hosted by the excellent John Miers. You will be able to purchase tickets through their website soon.

• Gosh! is at www.goshlondon.com online

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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