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gosh! comics has new digs!

I was meeting some family friends for lunch in town and on the way back, dashed through Soho to see Gosh! Comics new shop, which just opened today! I've absolutely loved their shop across the street from the British Museum, so I was a bit concerned when I found they were moving. But I can report back, all is well. In fact, the new shop is even BETTER!

It's on Berwick Street, so if you're walking along Shaftesbury Avenue, cut up between the Apollo and Gielgud theatres, through the arch under Maurice House (along a street of slightly ill repute) to Berwick Street Market, and it's the first building on the right, No 1.

There's so much space inside! Here's Josh, the owner, unpacking boxes:

That's Andrew the shop's manager on the far left, Hayley at the till and Steven helping Josh unpack.

If, for some odd reason, you're not at Caption Comics Festival in Oxford this weekend, here are details about the Gosh! launch party with Dave McKean:

The space is huge! It wraps all the way around the corner; there's also a big downstairs, but they were painting the floor down there and it hadn't dried yet.

And back through the alleyway...

Oh, and go have a look at the remarkable James Turner's new Handy Guide for Making Comics.


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Aug. 5th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
oh I'm glad it's moved there as its close to my favourite art shops Cass Art & Cowling and Wilcox.
Looks like its going to be a nice big shop :)
Aug. 8th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad, too! Good times ahead. :)
Aug. 6th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Comics and Fabrics
This could be expensive. Combining Gosh and excellent fabric shops in the same street will ensure some serious purse emptying.

Managed to get to Monsterville when the Children's Forum did their end of term show. Fantastic. And looked like it was standing up well to what must be a great deal of wear and tear.

Was walking past UEL in Stratford the other day when a young woman emerged wearing a nice dress (slightly retro, big collar). 'A Sarah McIntyre dress' said Marcella approvingly, with all the style knowledge of a ten year old.

Best wishes,

Aug. 8th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Comics and Fabrics
Ha ha, that's so funny about the Sarah McIntyre dress! Fabulous. And glad to hear you made it to Monsterville! It's a full-time job keeping that place from falling apart, what we did was only the start of it.
Aug. 8th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
I was down there today and, while the ground floor is terrific, it's given over almost entirely to books. The comics themselves are confined to a tiny basement, where the back-issue bins in the centre of the room are going to make it impossible to move round the wall racks whenever someone squats down to examine an item on the bottom shelf.

I'm a huge supporter of Gosh, and I'd been quite excited about the new premises, but I fear Berwick Street's actual comics department is going to be even more cramped and uncomfortable than the old Gosh in Great Russell Street.

My feeling at the moment is that I might switch to Orbital for my monthly floppies, and just use the new Gosh for a few special items. I can see why demoting the floppies in this way might make sense economically, what with falling sales and DC's hopes for digital publishing, but from what I've seen of the new shop so far, it's a big disappointment for me.
Aug. 8th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Aw, I hope you give it a few more chances. Gosh are so good for stocking quality comics, I really hope the business continues to flourish.
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