Friday, 11 February 2011
One of the most gratifying things about this comics renaissance that we seem to be smack in the middle of is the emergence of a myriad of resources on how comics actually work. The latest of these is a new group blog called The Comics Grid. Only four posts old (at time of writing), it's already gearing up to be a must-read for anyone interested in the mechanics and semantics of comics. Their twitter feed (at http://www.twitter.com/ComicsGrid) is also a good one to follow if you're at all interested in this sort of stuff, containing, as it does, a host of links and signposts to further information.
While the rest of the world is buying tacky lovehearts and watching terrible romantic comedies, we Goshers will be collectively blowing out twenty-five candles. That’s right, the 14th of February 2011 marks twenty-five years of selling comics from this little shop on Great Russell Street, and I’ll bet there are some of you who’ve been coming here to spend your pocket money since Day One. Don your party hat and drape yourself in streamers because we’re having a whacking great sale to celebrate!
You can grab a massive 25% discount on all books in the shop (not counting new comics) on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th, and from the 12th to Friday the 25th any backissue in the backissue bins downstairs will be a ridiculously low 25p (thematically priced!).
Now’s the time to buy that hardcover you’ve been eyeing, or to fill in the gaps in your backissue collection, or to buy what you’d probably buy anyway and have a chunk of change left over.
Wow. Gosh, the *best* comic shop in the UK is twenty-five years old this 14th of February. To celebrate, they're having a special sale, details of which you can see above. Why not pop along, buy lots of cool stuff and sing them happy birthday?
Gosh is really one of the only things I miss about London. They supported Les Cartoonistes in the early days, and I'll always be grateful to Josh and his team for all the help and friendship over the years. It also strikes me that Gosh will be around in another 25 years, digital comics or no, because they've never been afraid to adapt and move with the times. More power to their collective elbows.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Another super post in Alison's blog Space in Text this morning. It's a look at the workspaces of several cartoonists (and one incredibly talented plush maker - Hi Louise!) and it's fascinating. This and photos of people's bookshelves are the new p0rn for creatives. More please!