October 12th, 2011

new boots!

Is it boot weather yet? Oh, tell me it's boot weather. I have new boots!

A few things coming up in London, if you're around. TONIGHT, come over to 1 Berwick Street in Soho at 7pm for the first Gosh! London book club meeting, featuring Watchmen by (oh, who is that by again? I forget. Some beardy guy and another dude who just happens to be giving a talk at the same time at the Cartoon Museum) and Tozo by my fab friend David O'Connell. Here's the Comic Gosh!p Facebook page, if you want to let them know you're coming along.

And TOMORROW! The marvelous Etherington Brothers are launching their amazing new comic with David Fickling Books at 6:30 in Daunt Books, Holland Park. I can't wait to see the book, called Baggage; come along for the party, it'll be a good one! It's the same size and shape as our other comics with the DFC Library, so it'll fit neatly on your shelf with Monkey Nuts, Vern and Lettuce, Mezolith and all those other fine comics...

And one more thing, the David Fickling Blog has a new theme this month: it's authors are talking about retellings of old stories. My favourite recent retelling is Don Quixote, retold in graphic novel form by Rob Davis, but you can read other people's thoughts on the topic over on the the DFB blog here. You'll find my post and others by Adèle Geras, John Dickinson, Richard Collingridge (Oo, lovely Robinson Crusoe pics), Melanie Welsh, Linda Newbury and Candy Gourlay.

comics gosh¡p

Thanks to Mike Medaglia and Mark Haylock for organising the first Comic Gosh!p book club meeting at Gosh! Comics in Soho. And to David O'Connell for presenting his comic, Tozo, as the first book of discussion, along with Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons' Watchmen.

We had a good discussion of both books, and it was great having David there to be able to answer questions about his comic, which he's been working on for five years. (You can see some of my Tozo fan art here.) Dave Gibbons recorded a video for us, talking about Watchmen and then trailing off as he got absorbed in reading Tozo (nice segue into the other Dave's talk there...). Here's a doodle I made of the whole group.

If you're on Facebook, you can join the secret Comics Gosh¡p group and the next meeting will take place on 9 Nov, discussing Batman: Year One, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, coloured by Richmond Lewis, lettered by Todd Klein and Hemlock by Josceline Fenton.