Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gosh! Interviews Kevin O'Neill (2 of 4)

Gosh! are proud to present the second of four interview clips with the one and only Kevin O'Neill!

Kevin was kind enough to give up some time to talk about a number of topics. This week: Nemesis the Warlock!



And don't miss our previous installment, where Kevin talks about the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Next time: Marshal Law!

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Jill Thompson Signing

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the Jill Thompson signing on Saturday! A lovely time was had by all and Jill signed for well over the two hours, providing amazing and beautiful sketches for all in attendance while they told her all about sherbet lemons, Yorkshire pudding, and the Lewes bonfire night. Or maybe that was just me.

Some fans were armed with cunning plans to win the prize of original Magic Trixie art, even going so far as to bring crowds of baffled family members. But only one can win: Congratulations to Wei Tran!

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Due To Arrive 06/11/08

Click the full post link below for a tentative list of titles due to ship next week.

Adam Legend Of Blue Marvel #1 (Of 4)
Adventure Comics Special Guardian #1 New Krypton
Amazing Spider-Man #576
Anita Blake VH Laughing Corpse #2 (Of 5)
Army @ Love The Art Of War #4 (Of 6)
Authority #4
Avengers Initiative Special
Broken Trinity #3
Cable #8
Civil War House Of M #3 (Of 5)
Counter X TP Vol 3
Daredevil & Captain America Dead On Arrival
Daredevil Miller Janson TP Vol 1
Darkness #7
Diana Prince Wonder Woman TP Vol 3
Drain TP Vol 1
Dynamo 5 #18
El Diablo #3 (Of 6)
Essential Hulk TP Vol 5
Final Crisis Resist #1
Four Eyes #2
Franklin Richard’s Sons Of Geniuses
Gemini #3 (Of 5)
Gen 13 TP Vol 3 15 Minutes
Gigantic #1 (Of 5)
Golly #3 (Mr)
Hellblazer Presents Chas The Knowledge #5 (Of 5)
House Of Mystery #7
Impaler TP Vol 1
Invincible Iron Man #7
Iron Man End
Jack Staff #19
Jonah Hex #37
Kull #1 (Of 6)
Liquid City GN
Lucha Libre #6
Marvel Illustrated Kidnapped #1 (Of 5)
Marvel Two-In-One #17
Marvel Zombies 3 #2 (Of 4)
Ms Marvel Special Storyteller
Nightwing Freefall TP
Penguin Revolution Vol 6
Punisher War Journal Annual #1
Question TP Vol 3 Epitaph For A Hero
Sandman Dream Hunters #1 (Of 4)
Secret Six #3
Sgt Rock The Lost Battalion #1 (Of 6)
Showcase Presents Wonder Woman TP Vol 2
Storming Paradise #4 (Of 6)
Sub-Mariner Depths #3 (Of 5)
Superman Supergirl Maelstrom #1 (Of 5)
Superman Vs Brainiac TP
Teen Titans Year One TP
Terra #1 (Of 4)
Terror Titans #2 (Of 6)
Top 10 Season Two #2 (Of 4)
Trinity #23
Ultimatum #1 (Of 5)
Un-Men TP Vol 2 Children Of Paradox
Venom Dark Origin #4 (Of 5)
Vixen Return Of The Lion #2 (Of 5)
Weapon X First Class #1 (Of 3)
Wolverine Chop Shop
Wolverine Power Pack #1 (Of 4)
Wolverine X-Men Magazine #1
Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Sketchbook
X-Men Manifest Destiny #3 (Of 5)
X-Men Pixies & Demons Directors Cut
X-Men Spider-Man #1 (Of 4)
Youngblood #6

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The Gosh! Authority 29/10/08



Hot diggity, we’re gonna need a bigger boat. This week’s huge.

If pulse-pounding excitement is your sort of thing you’re going to be desperately disappointed with my pick of the week. It’s a handy mood-setting strategy, because desperate disappointment is a good way to start reading Chris Ware’s (Jimmy Corrigan) 19th Acme Novelty Library! From what I can gather from the amusing solicitation (which boasts that this book comes with two hardcovers, seventy-eight pages, full indicia and glue) it seems to be more of the delightfully miserable Rusty Brown stuff, a character last seen in #17 where he routinely tormented Chalky White and fantasised about Chalky’s breastfeeding wifey. It’s Chris Ware’s fault I wear glasses, but I still read everything he does because he’s brilliant.




But I won’t leave you down in the dumps and worrying about my poor eyesight for too long. Look! A Bryan Lee O’Malley exclusive! The Scott Pilgrim Colour Special was previously only available at conventions from the publisher’s booth, but Bryan sent us a bundle of ‘em just for you. It’s a full-colour collection of odds and ends from 2008 and we’ve only got a few of an extremely limited run so you’d better get in quick. It’ll be just like the Boxing Day sales. Lots of pushing and shoving, clawing of eyeballs, general gnashing of teeth, some might say a beastly transformation just like...

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, a graphic novel adaptation of RL Stevenson’s classic by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper) is also out this week! It brings together the creative dream team that previously adapted Stevenson’s Kidnapped and it should be good. Here’s an interview with the creators.


On the subject of big scary geezers, the all-new hardcover original graphic novel Joker by Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) and artist Lee Bermejo (Hellblazer covers) hits the shelves this week! It’s another offering from the team behind the acclaimed miniseries Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, which promises to show us an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham, Chelsea-smile and all. This is the book that recently caused a fashion-related outburst from ol’ fuddy duddy Eddie Campbell (The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard) followed by a lesson in comicbook morality with Bermejo’s Joker as Exhibit B. Here’s the 5-page preview that riled him so.

More killings and disturbing twists abound in fan-favourite Jamie Delano’s (Outlaw Nation) Hellblazer: Family Man trade-paperback. Widely considered to be the best arc in Delano’s run on the series, this story sees a twist of fate send John Constantine into the path of a serial killer known as the Family Man. Ron Tiner, Kevin Walker (2000AD), Mark Buckingham (Sandman, Fables), Sean Phillips (Sleeper), Steve Pugh (Strontium Dog), Dean Motter (Mister X) and Mark Pennington provide the art on this one.


So the Constantine film might have been a bit pants, but del Toro’s Hellboy ones are a lot of fun. Hot on the heels of the second movie, legendary artist and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to the drawing table for this highly anticipated one-shot! In Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch, the world’s greatest paranormal detective investigates an artist compelled by something far more sinister than any muse. Have a sneak preview here.

Another mysterious and ancient chapel features in Solomon Kane #2 by Scott Allie (Serenity) and Mario Guevara. After a brilliant start, this second issue expands upon Robert E. Howard’s unfinished ‘Castle of the Devil’ in which strange happenings occur during Kane’s stay in the castle. The beasts are preying on local peasantry, and another body is found. Preview here.

But Hell hath no fury like Elisa Cameron, a brutally murdered reporter compelled by revenge in the Ghost Omnibus Volume 1. She’s already dead and she’s making the most of it by coming back from the grave as the spectral avenger Ghost to find out who killed her and why. This trade-paperback collection features a roster of top creative talents, including screenwriter Eric Luke (Wonder Woman) and artists Adam Hughes (Catwoman) and Terry Dodson (Harley Quinn).


More angry girls in Grant Morrison’s (Final Crisis, The Invisibles, The Filth) Vertigo cult classic Kill Your Boyfriend! Now in its third printing, this graphic novel illustrated by Philip Bond (Vimanarama) and D’Israeli (The Sandman, Stickleback) is a black comedy about a British schoolgirl and her rebel boyfriend on a violent, anti-authority joyride filled with sex, drugs and anarchy. Matt Fraction (artbomb.net) called it “perfectly teenaged pop perfection, equal parts glam and bang, sex and violence, whimsy and menace,” and he’s probably right. This edition includes Morrison’s 1998 afterword to the story, and an origami fortune teller with bizarre messages by Morrison himself.

Anger and hatred seems to be a running theme here, so I’ll keep it going with this week’s Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns. The prelude to ‘The Blackest Night’ starts here! Readers who got a glimpse of the impending War of Light in Green Lantern #25 now get to see the introduction of the Red Lanterns into the DCU. Geoff Johns (Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E) talks about it on Newsarama.

From the War of Light to World War II in just two easy paragraphs. Garth Ennis’ (The Boys) Battlefields: Night Witches #1, illustrated by Russ Braun, begins the series in the late Summer of 1942, when the German army are deep into Soviet Russia and the defenders have retreated in disarray. A new female bomber squadron arrives at a Russian forward airbase who will, in time, become known as the legendary Night Witches. They fly flimsy wooden biplanes on lethal night missions over German lines risking fiery death. John Cassaday and Garry Leach provide the covers! Preview here.


More war in Incredible Hercules #122 which is part 2 of ‘Love and War’! See Hercules face off against Namor, Prince of Atlantis, right after you see bits of it in this ‘ere preview.

After last week’s Norse extravaganza you’re probably suffering withdrawal symptoms by now. But it’s all going to be okay, because Northlanders #11 by Brian Wood (DMZ) and Ryan Kelly (Local) is here. This one takes place during the tale end of Viking rule in Ireland where there are rumblings of a potential uprising. A new story arc kicks off!

Speaking of new stories, New Krypton Part 2 is out this week in Superman #681! This one picks up directly from Special #1, which saw 100, 000 Kryptonians descend on Earth. This issue also features the first part of a cover triptych that will continue next month on the front of Supergirl and Action Comics. DC Comics have provided a handy New Krypton checklist which you can download here so you won’t miss a thing.

While we’re on the subject of Superman, why not pick up Man of Rock: The Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly? It provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most important men in the history of comics, and is full of previously unknown details about his life and work. There are also interviews and anecdotes from Kubert’s colleagues, family, and friends.

Rick Random: Space Detective is another bloke who tends to spend a bit of time away from Earth. He’s a comicbook character who first appeared in Super Detective Library back in 1954, and was then resurrected in the late seventies in 2000AD. This trade-paperback collects ten of Rick’s original interplanetary adventures with the wonderful artwork of Ron Turner reproduced larger than ever before!


Time for a Halloween monster round-up! Gosh favourite Screamland by Harold Sipe and Hector Casanova is collected in one trade-paperback volume this week with an introduction by Jason Aaron (Scalped, Ghost Rider)! What happens to Hollywood’s werewolves and mummies in the twilight of their fame? Then in the DCU, werewolves and vampires battle Superman and Batman in the second issue of the astutely named Superman & Batman Vs. Vampires & Werewolves series by Kevin VanHook (Bloodshot) and Tom Mandrake (Grimjack). The first issue was terrible, but in the good, comedy gold kind of way. And in Giant-Size X-Men: First Class Special #1, the Beast starts conducting investigations into his own X-files around the world. Are there aliens among us – or things even weirder? This one features guest-star artists as well as classic material. Preview here!

Dressing up as a naughty nurse for Halloween? Then get yourself Love on Ward B, stat! It was first launched in 1963 and for years after women of all ages were coughing up a shilling a month to read the romantic adventures of Sally Brown, the blonde and impossibly beautiful nurse at the General Hospital in the Hospital Nurse Picture Library. With story titles like ‘Man Crazy’ and ‘Naughty Nurse’ it’ll probably be more exciting than sitting in the waiting room trying to guess what everyone’s got.


Someone’s dressing up in Gilbert Hernandez’s (Love and Rockets) Speak of the Devil graphic novel: a peeping tom prowling the neighbourhood wearing a devil mask. This hardcover collects the entire six-issue miniseries which ranked as one of The Comics Journal’s Best of 2007!

It’s the season of pumpkins and ghouls, but it’s also the time of superhero annuals.
Written by Jeph Loeb, with art by Rafa Sandoval and Marko Djurdjevic, the Ultimate Captain America Annual #1 goes into the secret past of the Black Panther and guest-stars the Ultimates. Preview here!

Then there’s Brian Michael Bendis’ (Secret Invasion) Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3 illustrated by Hellcat artist David LaFuente Garcia, which delves into the relationship between Peter Parker and Mary Jane and is destined to be one of the most controversial issues of the year, so they say.


And finally, Kevin Huizenga (Curses, Ganges) is back with the 5th installment of Or Else! It’s a pocket-sized issue full of all sorts of important issues and life questions such as ‘How are we spending our Tuesday?’ I spent mine battling with a computer and wishing I wasn’t.

And that, I think, is it.
-- Hayley

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In Store 24/10/08 - 30/10/08

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Betty & Veronica Double Digest #165
2000 AD #1610
Acme Novelty Library HC #19(Ware)
Astounding Wolf-Man #9
Avengers Initiative #18 SI
Mighty Avengers TP Vol 2
Batman Death Mask Collected Ed
Joker HC (Azzarello/Bermejo)
Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein HC
The Boys #24 (Ennis)
Captain Action #1
Captain America: Theater Of War - Operation Zero Point One-Shot
Ultimate Captain America Annual 1
Checkmate #31
Chuck #5 (Of 6)
Comic Foundry Magazine Fall 2008
Cthulhu Tales #7
DC Universe Decisions #4 (Of 4)
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Vol 1 #5 (of 5)
DNAgents Industrial Strength Ed TP
Doktor Sleepless HC Vol 1 Engines Of Desire
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde GN (Grant/Kennedy)
Empowered TP Vol 4 (A. Warren)
Essential Marvel Horror TP Vol 2
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #41
Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol 11 TP
Fathom #3
Ferryman #2 (Of 5)
Final Crisis: Rage Of The Red Lanterns (G. Johns)
Garth Ennis’ Battlefields: Night Witches#1
Ghost Omnibus TP Vol 1
Green Lantern: In Brightest Day TP
Guerillas #2 (Of 9)
Heavy Metal Fall 2008
Hellblazer: Family Man TP (Delano)
Hellboy: In The Chapel Of Moloch One-Shot (Mignola)
Immortal Iron Fist #19
Incredible Hercules #122
Incredible Hercules: Secret Invasion Premiere HC
Jack Kirby Collector #51
Justice League Of America #26
Justice Society Of America The Next Age TP
Juxtapoz Vol 15 #11 Nov 2008
Kick Drum Comix #2 (Of 2)
Kill Your Boyfriend (New Ptg)
Knights Of The Dinner Table #144
Legion Of Super Heroes #47
Love On Ward B
Madame Xanadu #5
Man Of Rock: Biography Of Joe Kubert SC
Marvel 1985 #6 (Of 6) (Millar)
Marvel Apes #4 (Of 4)
Marvel Illustrated: Iliad Premiere HC
Marvel Previews November ‘08
Marvel Spotlight Ultimatum
Marvel Universe A To Z Vol 5 HC
Mirrors Edge #1 (Of 6)
MMW Atlas Era HC Vol 1 Journey Into Mystery
No Hero #2 (Of 7) (Ellis)
Northlanders #11
Nova #18 SI
Ojingogo GN
Or Else #5
Previews Vol XVIII #11
Project Superpowers #7 (Of 7)
Project Superpowers Vol 2 The Supremacy #0
Proof #13
Rann Thanagar Holy War #6 (Of 8)
Red Sonja #38
Reign In Hell #4 (Of 8)
Rick Random: Space Detective TP
Roadkill: A Jim Kowalksi Adventure GN
Savage #1 (Of 4)
Savage Dragon #139
Scott Pilgrim Colour Special
Screamland TP Vol 1
Secret Invasion Thor #3 (Of 3) SI
Secret Invasion X-Men #3 (Of 4) SI
Sheena: Dark Rising #1
Skaar Son Of Hulk #4
Solomon Kane #2 (Of 5)
Spawn #185
Speak Of The Devil HC (Hernandez)
Amazing Spider-Man #575
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
Spider-Man: A New Goblin TP
Spider-Man: With Great Power HC
Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3
Will Eisner's Spirit Pop-Up GN
Spike After The Fall #4 (Of 4)
Star Wars Clone Wars TP Vol 1 Shipyards Of Doom
Streets Of Glory #6 (Of 6)
Superman #681 New Krypton
Superman Batman #53
Superman Batman Search For Kryptonite HC
Superman Batman Vs Vampires Werewolves #2 (of 6)
Sword #12
Tales From The Crypt #8
Teen Titans #64
Thor #11
Tim Sale: Heroes Villains Babes Sketchbook
Travel SC
Trinity #22
War That Time Forgot #6 (Of 12)
Wizard Magazine #206
Wolverine Origins #29
X-Force #8
X-Men First Class Giant Size Special #1
X-Men Messiah Complex TP

MANGA

The Guilty Verdict Vol 1
Lover’s Pledge GN
Passion Forbidden Lovers GN
All Color But The Black GN

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Due To Arrive 30/10/08

Click the full post link below for a tentative list of titles due to ship next week.

Amazing Spider-Man #575
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
Archie Americana Ser TP Vol 09 Best Of 90s Book 1
Archie Double Digest #193
Astonishing X-Men Ghost Boxes #1 (Of 2)
Astounding Wolf-Man #9
Atomik Mike TP Vol 02
Avengers Initiative #18 SI
Batman Death Mask Collected Edition
Boys #24
Broken Trinity #3
Captain Action #1
Captain America Theater Of War Operation Zero Point
Checkmate #31
Chuck #5 (Of 6)
DC Universe Decisions #4 (Of 4)
Essential Marvel Horror TP Vol 02
Fathom #3
Ferryman #2 (Of 5)
Final Crisis Rage Of The Red Lanterns #1
Garth Ennis Battlefields Night Witches #1 (Of 3)
Green Lantern In Brightest Day TP
Hellblazer Family Man TP
Hellboy In The Chapel Of Moloch One Shot
Hero By Night Ongoing #5
Immortal Iron Fist #19
Incredible Hercules #122
Jack Kirby Collector #51
Jack Of Fables #27
Justice League Of America #26
Justice Society Of America The Next Age TP
Kick Drum Comix #2 (Of 2)
Kill Your Boyfriend New Ptg
Legion Of Super Heroes #47
Madame Xanadu #5
Marvel 1985 #6 (Of 6)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #41
Marvel Apes #4 (Of 4)
Marvel Spotlight Ultimatum
Northlanders #11
Nova #18 SI
Previews Vol XVIII #11
Project Superpowers #7 (Of 7)
Project Superpowers Vol 02
Proof #13
Rann Thanagar Holy War #6 (Of 8)
Red Sonja #38
Reign In Hell #4 (Of 8)
Savage Dragon #139
Screamland TP Vol 01
Secret Invasion Thor #3 (Of 3)
Secret Invasion X-Men #3 (Of 4)
Sheena Dark Rising #1
Skaar Son Of Hulk #4
Solomon Kane #2 (Of 5)
Spider-Man TP A New Goblin
Star Wars Legacy #29 Vector Part 10 Of 12
Superman #681
Superman Batman #53
Superman Batman Vs Vampires Werewolves #2 Of(6)
Sword #12
Teen Titans #64
Thor #11
Trinity #22
Ultimate Captain America Annual #1
Ultimate Fantastic Four TP Vol 11 Salems Seven
Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #3
War That Time Forgot #6 (Of 12)
Wasteland #21
Wizard Magazine #206
Wolverine First Class #8
Wolverine Origins #29 XOS 3
World Of Warcraft #12
World Of Warcraft Ashbringer #2 (Of 4)
Worlds Of Dungeons & Dragons TP Vol 02
X-Force #8
X-Men First Class Giant Size Special #1

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The Gosh! Authority 23/10/08

Fancy seeing you here! It’s getting a bit dark and chilly out so it’s just as well we’ve got plenty to cheer you up. This week’s all about revisiting old things. But fear not, they don’t have an overwhelming aroma of mothballs like your dear ol’ Granny. Ah, bless her Werther’s Originals.

For instance, we’ve got Dave Gibbons’ huge new hardcover Watching the Watchmen. And it’s great. It’s big and it’s clever and you’ll love it. Over the years, Gibbons has kept a thorough record of the production of the groundbreaking series, and lends his memories – and a wealth of previously unpublished art – to this behind-the-scenes guide.

He’s had a scramble around under his drawing table and collected all sorts of things fans want to see including early sketches of the iconic characters, page thumbnails, and Alan Moore’s extensive scripts (highlighted and scribbled on by Gibbons himself!). Then Chip Kidd and Mike Essl’s graphic design talents turned it into a handsome hardcover and made sure it wasn’t all held together with paper-clips and sellotape.

This week we at Gosh! we’re also thrilled to receive The Fireside Cookbook, a facsimile edition of James A. Beard’s seminal 1949 culinary tome. James A. Beard was a chef, author, teacher, and television personality whose knowledge of every aspect of cooking in America led to his being widely regarded as the father of American gastronomy. With over 1,000 tempting recipes on offer, you will find clear, easy-to-follow instructions for the basic preparation of every food.

Of course, the cookery tips are but a gilt-edged frame for the over 400 beautiful illustrations by husband and wife team of Alice & Martin Provensen. The Provensen’s name may not be familiar to you, but you will have certainly felt their influence.

After an early career in animation - Alice at Walter Lanz, home of Woody Woodpecker; Martin at Walt Disney, working on Fantasia, Dumbo and Pinocchio - The Provensens relocated to New York where, through former Disney colleague Gustaf Tenggren, they began their new illustration career for clients such as Golden Books and Kelloggs where Martin designed Frostie’s iconic Tony the Tiger mascot.

Other Provensen books available at Gosh! include The Color Kittens, Glorious Flight and A Visit to William Blake’s Inn.

Another classic is revisited in The Spirit: Femme Fatales trade-paperback when DC Comics collects some of Will Eisner’s most memorable stories featuring the Spirit’s sultry opponents! There’s 23 tales of mystery to be found here, all published between 1940 and 1949, including characters such as P’Gell, Sand Saref, Silk Satin, Thorn Strand, and Autumn Mews. Definitely one to have a look at before Frank Miller’s version hits the big screen in December (ish).


If you like struggling with heavy bags on the tube then the next books are for you! Don Lawrence is a big presence on our shelves this week with volumes 8 and 9 of the deluxe leather Storm hardcovers arriving within mere days of Karl the Viking. The eighth volume in the series collects stories from ‘The Living Planet’ (1985) and ‘Vandaahl the Destroyer’ (1987) as well as part eight of the illustrated Storm-dossier, ‘The Search for Storm’. Part nine of that dossier is conveniently continued in Volume 9, which also collects ‘The Twisted World’ (1988) and ‘The Robots of Far Sied’ (1989). The equally enormous Karl the Viking box-set contains every story ever published – even those drawn by artists other than Lawrence! They’re presented in four hardcover books contained in a big shiny slipcase.

More Vikings abound in Northlanders Volume 1: Sven the Returned trade-paperback! This first volume collects issues #1-8 by DMZ writer Brian Wood, who brings us a fresh take on what it means to be a warrior. It’s what Entertainment Weekly calls “a well-researched, richly realised world that illuminates politics and culture without getting bogged down in history-book stuff."

Not enough Norse? How about the Thor: Truth of History one-shot by legendary writer/artist Alan Davis (Fantastic Four: The End)? He’s sending Thor on one of his most epic adventures in history, which sees the God of Thunder visiting Midgard’s ancient Egypt and changing our world forever. Preview here!

If horned helmets don’t float your boat, then maybe you should cast your eyes back into the murky moral quagmire of the Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus HC. This spanky new collection features the madness that is Elektra Assassin #1-8, plus the lushly painted Elektra Lives Again, all topped off with rarely reprinted Bizarre Adventures #28 and What If (vol 1) #35.

Fancy something new? In Criminal 2 #6, Ed Brubaker (A Complete Lowlife, Criminal. What’s he trying to tell us?) and Sean Phillips (Sleeper, Hellblazer) keep the hits coming in a new expanded format! Jacob K. has a special talent, and a dark secret, and is on the run for his life. Will he get out alive? As well as the usual bevy of pretty ladies, the single issues of Criminal feature a back-pages section full of noir articles by Brubaker and other top crime writers, including novelists, screenwriters and comic writers. They’re only available here!

More crime and murder this week in Jason Aaron (Ghost Rider) and R.M. Guera’s Scalped #22! This is the second part (of four) of ‘The Gravel in Your Guts’ storyline, which sees Chief Red Crow doing everything he can to walk the straight and narrow, but Mr. Brass and his murderous ways aren't making that very easy. Don’t forget that the third Scalped trade-paperback was out last week, and we’ve still got some bookplate editions of the first trade in the shop.

If you like Jason Aaron, be sure to grab a copy of Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1 (of 4) which sees him team up with rising star Stephen Segovia (Wolverine: Origins). The X-Men are now living in sunny San Francisco but judging from how things are going they probably should have stayed in New York. This issue sets the stage for things to come so don’t miss it. Here’s a preview.

More beginnings in Superman: New Krypton Special #1! The entire Superman writing team – that’s Geoff Johns (Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge), James Robinson (Starman) and Sterling Gates (Supergirl) - joins forces, with art by Pete Woods (Action Comics) and others, to formally launch the Superman event years in the making! What is Superman going to do with 100, 000 Kryptonians? This story leads right into Superman #681, expected next week. Newsarama’s got a big wossname on it here.

There’s yet another beginning in Unknown Soldier #1! This is the first issue of a monthly-shipping, all-new interpretation of the classic Robert Kanigher/Joe Kubert DC character which involved writer Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, B.P.R.D. 1946) spending a month in Uganda on a research trip. With art by Alberto Ponticelli (Sam and Twitch), this one’s not for the faint hearted. Northern Uganda in 2002 is a place where tourists are hacked to death with machetes, 12-year-olds with AK-47s wage war, and celebrities make futile attempts to get people to care. Can you fix a problem with murder? Again, the ever reliable Newsarama’s got a preview for you here.

Fancy some Ellis in your diet? Luckily enough we’ve got something to fit the bill! The prolific writer releases a 48-page graphic novella this week as a part of his Apparat line: Warren Ellis' Aetheric Mechanics GN. It’s an alternate history/steampunk/murder mystery sort of tale and we’ve got it available in both the standard cover and the ginchy Convention Exclusive (but obviously not so exclusive after all) cover! Quids in!

We’re midway through Grant Morrison (The Filth) and J.G. Jones’ (Wanted, Y: The Last Man covers) Final Crisis with #4 of 7 out this week! It’s a whole month after the Anti-Life Equation was released worldwide which saw millions enslaved by Darkseid. And in a world overrun with his relentless storm troopers, do you choose to Submit? The lines between Super Hero and Super-Villain become blurred in the Final Crisis: Submit one-shot, written by Morrison with art by Matthew Clark and Norm Rapmund.

Speaking of evil, the final mention this week goes to the DC Universe Halloween Special ’08. These tales of terror feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Titans, El Diablo, Faust and others, all brought to you by Mark Verheiden (Evil Dead), Mike Johnson, and Brian Reed (The Circle) with art by Trevor Hairsine (Judge Dredd), Duncan Rouleau (Wolverine, The Metal Men) and more.

In the spirit of all things Halloween and frightening, one quick reminder before I sign off:


Scary Godmother Jill Thompson signing here at Gosh! on October 25th from 2-4pm. Bad things will probably happen to you if you don’t come and wave hello. It’s the month of Halloween, after all. Just saying.

Toodle-pip,
Hayley

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In Store 17/10/08 - 23/10/08

Click the full post link below for a list of items in store this week.

Archie Digest #248
2000 AD #1609
Warren Ellis’ Aetheric Mechanics GN & Convention Edition
Angel After The Fall #13
Annihilation Conquest TP Book 01
Army Of Darkness #14
New Avengers #46 SI
Batman Gotham After Midnight #6 (Of 12)
Battlestar Galactica Origins #11
Birds Of Prey #123
Blue Beetle #32
Captain America #43 (Brubaker)
Catwoman Crime Pays TP
Chap #41 October/November ‘08
Comics Journal #293
Crikey #7
Criminal 2 #6 (Brubaker/Phillips)
Cyblade #1 (Rick Mays)
Daredevil #112 (Ed Brubaker)
DC Universe Halloween 08
Dean Koontz’ s Frankenstein Vol 01 #4 (Of 5) Prodigal Son
Dilbert 2.0 20 Years Of Dilbert HC
DMZ #35
Dr Who Magazine #401
Dragonlance HC Vol 03 Dragons Spring Dawning 1
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files HC Vol 01 PX Welcome to the Jungle
Dungeon Monstres TP Vol 02
Terry Moore’s Echo #7
Elektra By Frank Miller Omnibus HC
Evil Dead TP (John Bolton)
Fables Covers By James Jean HC
Family Dynamic #3 (Of 3)
Fear Agent #24 1 Against 1 (Pt 3 Of 6)
Final Crisis #4 (Of 7)
Final Crisis Submit #1
Frankenstein GN Original Text
Ghost Rider Danny Ketch #1 (Of 5)
Haunt Of Horror Lovecraft Prem HC
Heavy Liquid HC (Paul Pope)
Hellblazer #248
Hellboy The All Seeing Eye Novel
Hulk #7 (Arthur Adams/Frank Cho)
Hulk Prem HC Heart Of The Atom
Invincible #54
Karl the Viking HC (Don Lawrence)
Legion Of Super Heroes Enemy Rising HC
Lucky Luke: The Tenderfoot
Mad About Politics Outrageous Pop Up Political Parodies
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #4
Ms Marvel #32
New Warriors #17
Noble Causes #37
Northlanders TP Vol 01 Sven The Returned (B. Wood)
Prince Of Persia GN
Rest #1
Runaways 3 #3 (T. Moore/Ramos)
Savage Dragon #137 3rd Ptg Obama Cvr (Larsen)
Scalped #22 (Jason Aaron)
Secret Invasion #7 (Of 8) (Bendis)
Secret Invasion Amazing Spider-Man #3 (Of 3)
She-Hulk 2 #34
Silver Surfer Purple Surfin AOP T/S
Silverfin GN (C. Higson/K. Walker)
Bart Simpson Comics #44
Slow Storm GN
Soddyssey & Other Tales Of Supernatural Law TP
Amazing Spider-Man #574
Ultimate Spider-Man #127
Spirit Femme Fatales TP
Star Wars Knights Of Old Republic #34 Vindication
Star Wars Omnibus Early Victories
Storm Vols 8 & 9 (Don Lawrence)
Superman New Krypton Special #1 (G. Johns/J. Robinson)
Tangent Supermans Reign #8 (Of 12)
Thor Truth Of History #1
Thunderbolts #125 SI
Tiny Titans #9
Transformers All Hail Megatron #4
Transformers Animated TP Vol 05
Trinity #21
True Believers #4 (Of 5)
Ultimate X-Men TP Vol 19 Absolute Power
Unknown Soldier #1
Usagi Yojimbo #115
Warhammer 40k Fire & Honor #2 (Of 4)
Wildcats #4
Wolverine Manifest Destiny #1 (Of 4) MD (Jason Aaron)
Showcase Presents Worlds Finest TP Vol 02
Worlds Of Dungeons & Dragons #6
Xena Vs Army Of Darkness What Again #1
New Exiles #13
X-Factor #36 (Peter David)
X-Force Prem HC Vol 01 Angels Demons
X-Men Legacy #217 XOS 2
X-Men Longshot Prem HC
X-Men Stop Juggernaut Blk T/S
Y The Last Man Deluxe Edition HC Vol 01 (Brian K. Vaughan)

MANGA


Fullmetal Alchemist TP Vol 17
Inubaka Vol 11
Labor Days GN Vol 01
Real Vol 2
Shy Intentions
Yagyu Ninja Scrolls GN Vol 05

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Due To Arrive 23/10/08

Click the full post link below for a tentative list of titles due to ship next week.


Amazing Spider-Man #574
Army Of Darkness #14
Batman: Gotham After Midnight #6 (Of 12)
Battlestar Galactica: Origins #11
Birds Of Prey #123
Blue Beetle #32
Captain Action #1
Captain America #43
Catwoman: Crime Pays TP
Criminal 2 #6
Daredevil #112
DC Universe Halloween ‘08
Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Vol 1 #4 (Of 5)Prodigal Son
DMZ #35
Dragonlance HC Vol 3
Family Dynamic #3 (Of 3)
Fear Agent #24 1 Against 1 (Pt 3 Of 6)
Final Crisis #4 (Of 7)
Final Crisis Submit #1
Friday The 13th TP Vol 2
Ghost Rider: Danny Ketch #1 (Of 5)
Guerillas #2 (Of 9)
Hellblazer #248
Hellsing TP Vol 9
Hulk #7
Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #4
Ms Marvel #32
New Avengers #46 SI
New Exiles #13
New Warriors #17
Noble Causes #37
Northlanders TP Vol 1 Sven The Returned
Rest #1
Runaways 3 #3
Scalped #22
Secret Invasion #7 (Of 8) SI
Secret Invasion Amazing Spider-Man #3 (Of 3)
Secret Invasion X-Men #3 (Of 4)
She-Hulk 2 #34
Showcase Presents World’s Finest TP Vol 2
Simpsons Classics #18
The Spirit: Femme Fatales TP
Superman New Krypton Special #1
Tales From The Crypt #8
Tangent Superman's Reign #8 (Of 12)
Thor Truth Of History #1
Thunderbolts #125 SI
Trinity #21
True Believers #4 (Of 5)
Ultimate Spider-Man #127
Ultimate X-Men TP Vol 19 Absolute Power
Unknown Soldier #1
Usagi Yojimbo #115
Weapon Omega TP
Wildcats #4
Wolverine Manifest Destiny #1 (Of 4)
World Of Warcraft #12
Worlds Of Dungeons & Dragons #6
Xena Vs Army Of Darkness What Again #1
X-Factor #36
X-Men Legacy #217 XOS 2

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The Gosh! Authority 15/10/08

Greetings! This week's a veritable treasure trove of spandex and unlikely muscular bulges, which is all perfectly okay, because we've balanced it out by posting in-between things about strange and lovely art books by Dave McKean, Bill Presing, Chris Turnham and Kevin Dart. So it's alright. In fact, it's almost as if somebody planned it. Which is exactly what we didn't do. But that's okay too. Right?

Speaking of in-between posts, be sure to check out the first part of our exclusive interview with the legendary Kevin O’Neill! This week Kevin talks about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and the observant among you may even spot some preview art from the upcoming LOEG 3.

One odd book that escaped the clutches of a sneaky weekend post just happens to be one of the most exciting things to arrive at Gosh! It's an amazingly designed pop-up book called ABC3D with an equally well-designed website that even has a song to go with it. A song! It's by Paris-based graphic and book designer Marion Bataille and here's what the publishers have to say:

"From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands, all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U... Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come."

Don't believe 'em? Watch this!



S is for Scalped! (And Soggy Segue.) The third trade-paperback of the acclaimed series by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera hits the shelves this week and it's full of killings. 'Ow many killingth? Two. It's up to Dash to find the people wot dunnit whilst coming to grips with his relationship with his own mother. Kind of like Tony Soprano. If you've missed this series so far now is a good time to pick it up because we've still got a few signed bookplate editions of the first trade instore. Give us a shout and we'll save one for you. We're good like that.

There's great big dollops of death in the Mammoth Book of Zombie Comics which brings you the very best the graveyard can give, including; Vince Locke's (A History of Violence) Deadworld, Scott Hampton's (Simon Dark) adaptation of R.E. Howard's Pigeons From Hell, plus stories from Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Darko Macan (Grendel Tales), and a whole slew of others. David Kendall (of The Mammoth Book of Best War Comics) compiles a selection of zombie comics from the last twenty-five years, and even includes one bona-fide classic from a 1938 issue of Weird Tales. What were zombies like before George A. Romero?

There's more violence in Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm, the raw and brutally honest true story of rap icon Percy Cary's life in the 'Hip-Hop Game'. This hardcover graphic novel memoir chronicles his life from the first time he picked up a mic at a block party, to the day he lost the use of his legs due to gang violence, to being banged-up and, eventually, to his self-reinvention and rise to Hip-Hop Grand Master.
That all sounds a bit like a cheesy montage when you say it like that, but this isn't all cliche, flashy cars and ladies’ bottoms. This gritty tale of righteous redemption is breathtakingly illustrated by Ronald Wimberly (Lucifer, Hellblazer: Papa Midnite covers) and is well worth a look.

Percy Cary probably met his fair share of assassins just like Mayor Mitchell Hundred in Brian K. Vaughan's Ex Machina Volume 7, also out this week! In this Ex Cathedra trade-paperback, Hundred is summoned to Rome for an audience with the Pope. What could go wrong with his holiday plans? Perhaps the airline goes bust and he has to be rescued by Bruce Dickinson. It happens.

Equally unlikely is Superman and Batman being pitted against vampires and werewolves. Oh, hang on! Yup, Superman & Batman Vs Vampires & Werewolves is out this week. Gee willickers, they must’ve stayed up all night thinking up that title. In fact, I had a poke about the on the internet and found writer Kevin Van Hook talking about the brilliantly camp name over on the MTV splash page.

Meanwhile, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (in Special #1) is doggedly investigating a mystery surrounding another of Superman’s foes, Atlas! I like the cover on this one; it almost looks like something that would have a caption of questionable taste over at this charming website. This story leads directly into the Superman: New Krypton Special #1 so don’t miss it! Preview here.

While that's going on, Geoff Johns is busily crafting the Crisis of the 31st Century. In Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #2 (art by George Perez), Superboy-Prime leads the Legion of Super-Villains against everything and everyone. And in Final Crisis: Rogue's Revenge #3 (of 3) Captain Cold and the Rogues have become what they never set out to be - wanted! The critically acclaimed team of Geoff Johns and artist Scott Kolins reunites!

Another chapter finishes with Dan Slott (Avengers: The Initiative) and John Romita Jr.’s (Kick Ass) Amazing Spider-Man #573 New Ways To Die which sees the one true Green Goblin versus Spider-Man for the first time in ages. Also concluding is the ‘Screaming Black Thunder’ storyline in B. Clay Moore’s Hawaiian Dick #5 (art by Scott Chantler) in which Byrd, Mo and Kahami find themselves face-to-face with modern criminals, a ghostly aviator, and the men who put their leader in hospital. Sneaky preview here!

But if you’d rather catch the beginning of a story, perhaps X-Men Worlds Apart #1 (of 4) is more up your street. Grab yourself a Jaffa cake, make a nice cup of tea and find out if Storm will remain Queen of Wakanda or return to her mutant team-mates. There’s another tasty looking 8-page preview of the series by Christopher Yost (New X-Men) over here.

Ghost Rider #28 will put an end to speculation when fans of ol’ Flamehead get to find out who would actually win in a Ghost Rider free-for-all – is it Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch? Jason Aaron (Scalped) and Tang Eng Huat bring you The Last Stand of the Spirits of Vengeance!

More icons are fighting it out in the Hulk Monster Size Special #1! Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas) and Guisseppe Cammuncoli stage a duel between the Gamma-powered Hulk, and the original science project gone wrong – the lightning born Frankenstein’s Monster. It’s going to be very messy indeed.

And lastly, if great beefy superheroes ain’t your bag, perhaps Rutu Modan’s new book Jamilti & Other Stories is. Modan’s last book, the much-lauded Exit Wounds met with critical acclaim on its release and this one also looks like a good’un. It collects Modan’s short works in hardcover, which go from the darkly fantastical and unsettling, to the personal stories of discovery and identity.

Right! That’s it for new release shout-outs. In other news, the incredibly lovely Paul Gravett’s doing a talk on Manga on the 23rd of October, spilling the beans on creators, characters, and just what makes Manga as powerful and popular as they’ve become. More details over at his website.

Why not make a week of it? Two days after Paul’s talk we’ve got the Scary Godmother herself here at Gosh! Jill Thompson will be scribbling on books for a full two hours on October 25th from 2pm, and if you’re there you’re automatically in with a chance to win a great piece of original Magic Trixie art.

-- Hayley

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In Store 10/10/08 - 16/10/08

Click the full post link below for a list of items in store this week.

Archie & Friends #124
Jughead’s Double Digest #144
Betty & Veronica Digest #188
Best Of 2000 AD HC
2000 AD #1608
Judge Dredd Megazine #277
Age Of Sentry #2 (Of 6)
Air #3
Anthology Of Graphic Fiction HC Vol 2
Marvel Adventures Avengers #29
Marvel Adventures Avengers Digest Vol 7
Mighty Avengers #19 SI
Batgirl #4 (Of 6)
Batman &The Outsiders #12 RIP
Batman Chronicles TP Vol 6
Blake & Mortimer GN Francis Blake Affair
Booster Gold #13
Brave And The Bold #18
Captain Britain And MI13 #6
Casey Blue
Beyond Tomorrow #6 (Of 6)
Charlatan Ball #4
Christmas Carol GN Original Text
Chronicles Of Dr Herbert West #1 (Of 6)
Classics Illustrated Deluxe HC Vol 2
Classics Illustrated
The Invisible Man
Conan The Cimmerian #4
Crossing Midnight TP Vol 3
Darkness #6
DC Comics Encyclopedia HC
Updated & Expanded
DC Special Cyborg #6 (Of 6)
DC Universe Decisions #3 (Of 4)
Dead #2 Kingdom Of Flies (Bisley)
Dynamo 5 #17
Doktor Sleepless TP Vol 1 (Ellis)
Epilogue #2
Ex Machina TP Vol 7 Ex Cathedra
Fables #77
Final Crisis Legion Of Three Worlds #2 (Johns & Perez)
Final Crisis
Rogue’s Revenge #3 (Of 3)
Flash #245
Foolkiller White Angels #4 (Of 5)
Ghostbusters The Other Side #1
Ghost Rider #28 (Aaron)
Grant Morrison SC Early Years
Greatest Hits #2 (Of 6) (Fabry)
Guardians Of Galaxy #6 SI
Gus & His Gang GN
Halloween: First Death Of Laurie Strode #1
Hawaiian Dick #5
Hi Fructose Magazine Quarterly #9
Hulk Monster Size Special #1
Hyperkinetic #3 (Of 4)
Illustration Magazine #24
Iron Man Director Of Shield #34 SI
I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outerspace #5 & 6 (of 6)
Jamilti & Other Stories HC(Rutu Modan)
Jane Eyre GN Original Text
JLA That Was Then This Is Now TP
Jonah Hex Luck Runs Out TP
Justice Society Of America #19
Madman Atomic Comics #11
Mammoth Book
Of Zombie Comics TP
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #16
Marvel Illustrated
Three Musketeers #5
Michelangelo: Third Kind #2 (Of 4)
Mike Hoffman Newspaper Girls SC
Moon Knight #23
NYX No Way Home #3 (Of 6)
Phantom #25
Checkmate Part 5 (Of 5)
Punisher Max #63 (L. Campbell)
PVP #41
RASL #3 (J. Smith)
Robin #179
Rough Stuff #10
Scalped TP Vol 3 Dead Mothers
Scooby Doo #137
Secret Invasion Front Line #4 (Of 5)
Sentences: The Life Of MF Grimm TP
Simpsons Comics #147
Skrulls Vs Power Pack #4 (Of 4)
Soulfire Shadow Magic #0 (Of 3)
Amazing Spider-Man #573
Spider-Man TP Vol 1 Brand New Day
Spirit #22
Squadron Supreme 2 #4
Star Wars Clone Wars #2 (Of 6)
Street Fighter II Turbo #1
Stormwatch PHD #15
Super Friends #8
Superman Batman Vs Vampires Werewolves #1 (Of 6)
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #1
There's A Wolf At The Door HC
Titans #6
The Art Of War
Trinity #20
Ultimate Origins #5 (Of 5)
Uncanny X-Men #503
Uncle Slam Fights Back One-Shot
War Is Hell: The First Flight Of Phantom Eagle HC (Ennis)
We Lost The War But Not The Battle
Welcome To Hoxford #3(Templesmith)
Astonishing X-Men #27 (Ellis)
X-Men Worlds Apart #1 (Of 4)
MMW X-Men HC Vol 7
Young X-Men #7

MANGA

Inu Yasha TP Vol 35
Naoki Urasawa's Monster TP Vol 17
Shojo Beat Nov 08
Solanin GN
Vagabond TP Vol 28

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Gosh! Interviews Kevin O'Neill (1 of 4)

Gosh! are proud to present the first of four interview clips with the one and only Kevin O'Neill!

Kevin was kind enough to give up some time to talk about a number of topics. This week: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, past present and future, including a couple of quick previews of art from League Vol 3: Century!



(Sorry about the quiet sound. Onboard microphone only, I'm afraid!)

Next week: Nemesis!

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Dave McKean on the Scene!


Recently at GOSH! we received a whole passel of sketchbooks by legendary illustrator, comic book artist, musician and film maker Dave McKean.


McKean is, of course, most well known for his many collaborations with Neil Gaiman, most notably on his covers for Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’ series, but he is equally celebrated for many fine art projects, Children’s books, CD covers and book illustrations, including Heston Blumenthal’s forthcoming ‘Big Fat Duck Book’.


‘Squink’ collects many of McKean’s pen & ink sketches both old and new; published to coincide with a recent Parisian exhibition while ‘Postcards from Barcelona’ and ‘Postcards from Paris’ are travelogues inspired by the work of Miro, Picasso, et al and the cites they lived and worked in.


Get ‘em while they’re hot!

‘Squink’

‘Postcards from Barcelona’

‘Postcards from Paris’

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A Feast for Your Eyes!

Art by Bill Presing

New, and semi-exclusive to GOSH! (in the UK at least) come these super-deluxe signed sketchbooks from some of the finest talents in animation and illustration.

Art by Bill Presing

First up are ‘Belle Du Jour’ and ‘Bookplate Betties’ by storyboard artist Bill Presing.
A graduate of Joe Kubert’s prestigious cartoonist school, Bill worked on such TV shows as ‘Venture Bros’ while developing his own ‘Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher’ character along the way. More recently Bill worked on the phenomenal Pixar picture ‘Ratatouille’ and is currently hard at work on the upcoming ‘Up’, due in 2009.

Art by Bill Presing

With his winsome watercolours you are sure to be charmed by Bill’s colourful and curvaceous cuties.

Art by Bill Presing

Art by Bill Presing

Next we have the the anglophiliacally entitled 'Fleet Street Scandal' by the ferociously talented animation designers Chris Turnham and Kevin Dart.


This prodigiously packaged collection showcases the prints and illustrations these fine folks create in their off hours; inspired by pulp paperback covers and movie posters of the 50s and 60s with an added twist of Tadahiro Uesugi in the case of Mr Turnham.

Art by Chris Turnham.

Chris is currently ensconced at Laika working on Henry Selick’s stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel ‘Coraline’.

Art by Kevin Dart.

You will no doubt be most familiar with Kevin Dart’s work through his involvement with the recent ‘Monkey’ adverts directed by Jamie Hewlett for the BBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

Background painted by Kevin Dart

Kevin supplied both the colour script for the ads and also painted all the background plates.

‘Monkey’ Olympics colour script by Kevin Dart.

Stocks of these are limited, so
be sure to let us know if you wish to have any held for you!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Due to arrive 16/10/08

Click the full post link below for a tentative list of titles due to ship next week.


Age Of Sentry #2 (Of 6)
Air #3
Amazing Spider-Man #573 NWD
Astonishing X-Men #27 MD
Atomic Robo Dogs Of War #3 (Of 5)
Batgirl #4 (Of 6)
Batman And The Outsiders #12 RIP
Batman Chronicles TP Vol 06
Booster Gold #13
Brave And The Bold #18
Captain Action #1
Captain Britain And MI 13 #6
Casey Blue Beyond Tomorrow #6 (Of 6)
Charlatan Ball #4
Chica GN Vol 02
Comic Foundry Magazine Fall 2008
Conan The Cimmerian #4
Crossing Midnight TP Vol 03
Darkness #6
DC Special Cyborg #6 (Of 6)
DC Universe Decisions #3 (Of 4)
Dynamo 5 #17
Ex Machina TP Vol 07 Ex Cathedra
Fables #77
Final Crisis Legion Of Three Worlds #2 (Of 5)
Final Crisis Rogues Revenge #3 (Of 3)
Flash #245
Foolkiller White Angels #4 (Of 5)
Ghost Rider #28
Greatest Hits #2 (Of 6)
Guardians Of Galaxy #6 SI
Hulk Monster Size Special #1
I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outerspace #5 & 6 (Of 6)
Iron Man Director Of Shield #34 SI
JLA That Was Then This Is Now TP
Jonah Hex Luck Runs Out TP
Justice Society Of America #19
Madman Atomic Comics #11
Marvel Adventures Avengers #29
Mighty Avengers #19 SI
Moon Knight #23
NYX No Way Home #3 (Of 6)
Phantom #25 Checkmate Part 5 (Of 5)
Punisher Max #63
PVP #41
Rasl #3
Robin #179
Rough Stuff #10
Scalped TP Vol 03 Dead Mothers
Secret Invasion Front Line #4 (Of 5)
Sentences The Life Of Mf Grimm TP
Simpsons Comics #147
Skrulls Vs Power Pack #4 (Of 4)
Soulfire Shadow Magic #0 (Of 3)
Spirit #22
Squadron Supreme 2 #4
Star Wars Clone Wars #2 (Of 6)
Stormwatch PHD #15
Street Fighter II Turbo #1
Super Friends #8
Superman Batman Vs Vampires Werewolves #1 Of(6)
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #1
Tales From The Crypt #8
Titans #6
Trinity #20
Ultimate Origins #5 (Of 5)
Uncanny X-Men #503 MD
X-Men Worlds Apart #1 (Of 4)
Young X-Men #7 MD
Zorro #8

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The Gosh! Authority 08/10/08

As the second Gosh! Blog post of October heaves gasping into view we find ourselves living in Bizarro World, where banks have no money and people who work in comic shops are lauded for their fashion sense. By “people” I mean our very own cardigan-clad Will Kane. Hoodathunkit. Fame at last.

If you’ve been in the store over the last week you’ll have noticed the new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen pages gracing our colourful walls. Volume 1 of Part 3 will be with us in the Spring of 2009 but for those of you who can’t wait, be sure to check the Gosh! Blog next week when we’ll be putting up the first of a four-part interview we’ve done with artist Kevin O’Neill!

This week sees the release of Action Comics #870, which features the last part of Geoff Johns’ Brainiac story. This one’s bound to be eventful and leads right into the New Krypton storyline that spans across Action Comics, Superman and Supergirl. Miss this one and there’ll be tantrum-inducing repercussions!

Another story comes to an end in the Punisher Max Volume 10 trade-paperback which concludes Garth Ennis’ seminal potty-mouthed run. It’s all about a Vietnam War vendetta, which sees the fearsome vigilante meet his stiffest competition to date. Ennis fans should also pick up Crossed #1 which promises to be the most twisted series of his career. It’s a truly horrifyingly visceral exploration of the pure evil that humans are capable of, brought to gut-wrenching life by Jacen Burrows (Chronicles of Wormwood). Readers beware - these two feature copious amounts of violence and naughty words!

More violence abounds in Marvel Zombies 3 #1! There’s a new scream team taking the reigns and it looks like it’s going to be good. Kev Walker (Judge Dredd, Annihilation: Nova) pairs up with Fred Van Lente (The Incredible Hercules, Marvel Adventures) for this four-issue gorefest. There’s an 11-page preview over at Newsarama which is definitely worth a look, as is the interview with Van Lente himself . Board up the Avengers Tower!

Speaking of whom, the second act of the hit maxi-series begins in Avengers Invaders #5! Our three teams - the Avengers vs. the Avengers vs. the Invaders - face off in an all-out battle aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, while Dr Strange attempts to solve a World War II mystery. Can they stop cross-time devastation?

The world seems equally doomed in Enders Game Battle School #1, also out this week. The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once before are coming back to do it properly – and 8-year-old Ender Wiggin is the finest military mind we’ve got to protect us. The legendary sci-fi epic by New York Times Bestseller Orson Scott Card comes to comics thanks to Christopher Yost (X-Force) and Pasqual Ferry (Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate Iron Man)!

More evil forces are out to get us in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Library Edition Volume 2, the second of Dark Horse’s deluxe hardcovers collecting the comics that started it all! This one features trade-length storylines ‘The Chained Coffin’ and ‘The Right Hand of Doom’, plus a dozen others - all presented for the first time in chronological order. There’s also a wealth of supplemental stuff including 30 pages of previously unreleased sketches and designs.

Another big hardcover we’re making space for is Frank Miller’s Abolute Ronin! The disgraced 13th century samurai gets the Absolute treatment and finds himself slip-cased and united with a bunch of rarely-seen promotional art, fold-out pages and loads of special features. I wonder what he’d think of them apples.

And now, my droogs, it’s time for a quick break from the old ultra-violence to mention Jeffrey Brown’s Sulk Volume 1: Bighead & Friends. This pocket-sized graphic novel series showcases a variety of Jeffrey’s all-new experimental comics – and they’re not just about girls! There’s science fiction and fantasy as well as meditation on the comics form, and more! Have a sneak preview here.
X-Men Original Sin #1 sees the beginning of the Autumn cross-over event in this one-shot! For years, Logan has been a man without a past, whose memories existed only as conflicting fragments – but that’s all about to change. What begins here continues in the pages of X-Men Legacy and Wolverine: Origins this month and next. I said Origins, not Oranges. I’m articulate, me.

And finally, it’s the highly anticipated release of Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book in hardcover. We’ve got the Dave McKean illustrated version. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place - he's the only living resident of a graveyard. It’s Gaiman’s version of Kipling’s Jungle Book, but instead of panthers and bears this orphan is raised from infancy by ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? Neil has been reading a chapter at every stop he makes on his current tour, and recordings can be seen over at his blog. Incidentally, don’t forget about our Jill Thompson signing on October 25th from 2-4pm. Bring your Sandman comics for her to scribble on!
Comics news! Brad Meltzer says thanks to everyone who donated dosh to save the house in which Superman was created. A staggering $101, 000 was raised and Jerry Siegel’s boyhood home is going to be just fine.

In other news, the Ignatz awards were announced this week! Have a look at the winners here and give us a shout if you're missing any of 'em. ZIP!

Paul Gravett’s Comica festival kicks off in November and this talk’s worth a mention: Great British Comics – Past, Present & Future. Boyfriend, Battle, Rick Random, Roy of the Rovers! Steve Holland, David Leach and David Roach re-live childhood favourites with surprise guests, while John and Patricia Aggs, Gary Northfield and Sarah McIntyre look at The DFC, Derek the Sheep and the new worlds of kids' comics. It’s happening on Sunday, 23rd November from 2pm. They’ll be signing afterwards so pop along and wave hello. Head over to Paul’s site for details.

Lastly, The Joyful Bewilderment is a new art exhibition taking place at Rough Trade East in Brick Lane (until 27th October) featuring a huge number of like-minded image makers. These include such talented folk as cartoonist Ron Rege Jr (whose brand new book Against Pain has just been released!), Maxwell Paternoster (of the much-missed Power Hand comic), Jason Gormley and many, many others. For more details check out their blog:
http://joyfulbewilderment.blogspot.com/

And it’s goodnight from me.
-- Hayley

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