10 BOOKS TO SEEK OUT THIS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Free Comic Book Day is just around the corner! There’s no better time to get down to your local comic book shop and celebrate. There’ll be events going on around the world, including signings, live-drawings and in-store competitions (as well, of course, as some free comics!).

Whether you’re a comics newbie or a seasoned collector, use this Saturday 5th of May to explore some new worlds, meet some new people and pick up some great new reads.

Here are 10 books to keep an eye out for:

1. The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish by Scott Koblish

You might know Scott Koblish from his work on Deadpool and Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, but he’s been illustrating his own demise for many years in these morbidly funny 4-panel black-and-white comics. Full of comic imagination and recognisable irrational fears, this little book is one to turn to when you just need to laugh at it all.

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2. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

If you’ve found yourself hooked on recent TV shows like Making A Murderer and Mindhunter, then keep an eye out for the film adaptation of Derf Backderf’s national bestseller, My Friend Dahmer. It release in the UK on the 1st of June 2018 – which makes now the perfect time to read the haunting and original graphic novel.

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3. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Thi Bui’s intimate and poignant graphic novel was one of the best reviewed books of 2017. It’s an evocative memoir exploring the anguish of immigration, documenting Bui’s family’s escape from South Vietnam in the 70’s.

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4. The Bridge by Peter J. Tomasi (illus. Sara DuVall)

With praise from comics royalty such as Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Scott Snyder, The Bridge has only just published and already won plaudits. It’s the story of the family behind one of New York City’s most famous landmarks.

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5. Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! and The Moon Is Up by Mariko Tamaki (illus. Brooklyn Allen)

For kids (and adults!), the middle-grade novel adaptation of the Lumberjanes is just as charming and empowering as the original. Unicorn Power! and the just-published The Moon Is Up are brand new adventures at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore lady Types!

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6. March: Stationery, Postcards & Journal by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin, art by Nate Powell

The March stationery & gift line from Chronicle Books celebrates the words and artwork of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel about the life of Congressman John Lewis. They’re designed to encourage the next generation of activists to dream, plan and fight for what’s right.

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7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: An Art Book
by Reinhard Kleist

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Reinhard Kleist published his graphic biography of Nick Cave to much acclaim last year (Nick Cave: Mercy On Me). Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: An Art Book collects his moody and expressive portraits of the musician and his band, spanning 30 years, and including comic book re-imaginings of his songs. It’s also vinyl-sized!

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8. Spinning by Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden’s graphic memoir movingly captures what it’s like to come of age, to come out and come to terms with leaving a sport you’ve committed so much of ten years to.

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9. The Corbyn Comic Book (by multiple contributors) 

When SelfMadeHero put out a call for submissions for The Corbyn Comic Book, the response was incredible. The result is this anthology, which really has to be seen.

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10. Kirby: King of Comics (Anniversary Edition) by Mark Evanier, introduction by Neil Gaiman

This is the essential overview of the man who changed comics forever. Jack Kirby would have been 100 in 2017. This is his story by one who knew him well and includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

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#BookstoreoftheWeek – Page 45, Nottingham

In 1994, two guys working in the basement of a Virgin Megastore realised they could to it better and Page 45 was born!

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The Page 45 plan is simple: Stock a wide range of excellent comics and graphic novels, find people who love them (and people who don’t know they love them yet) and bring the two together with insight, knowledge and passion in a friendly, welcoming place! Stephen, Dominique, Jonathan and Jodie know all there is to know about comics and will have something for your taste. Their stock is vast and varied but you will only find the good stuff here, they guarantee it and are happy to help you with honest recommendations and reviews. In their own words, “there can be no talk of Page 45 without talk of Mark”, the co-creator of Page 45, Mark Simpson passed away in 2005 leaving an incredible legacy in the comic shop that was his pride and joy. Loved by creators and customers alike, Page 45 have endeavoured to continue his mission to inspire and promote excellent comics and find that ‘something new’. Page 45 also works with school libraries to promote literacy in and outside the classroom by introducing diverse and quality graphic novels to school curriculum through the School Libraries Association.

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It’s worth a visit for the great comics, great staff and great window displays but, if you can’t make it to Nottingham, you can order from Page 45 online with worldwide shipping or as a digital comic. They also have really helpful pre-order and preview pages where you can see what’s coming up and how to make sure you get a copy. And they’ll even give you a little bit of that friendly in-store attitude with their online recommendation form.

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In a city filled with brilliant independent shops, Page 45 fits right in as “a total treasure“, and they’ve got the silverware to back it up: in 2012 Page 45 was voted Best Independent Retailer in Nottingham, in 2013, the Best Independent Business in Nottingham, and in 2004 Page 45 won the only ever Diamond Comics Award for Best Retailer In The UK!

And we’re not Page 45’s only fans, in the words of Neil Gaiman:

“I’ve long thought that Page 45 is the best graphic novel shop I’ve ever been to…”

See for yourself!
9 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HY
0115 9508045
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Bookstore of the Week – GOSH! Comics

Gosh! Comics London

We are letting our geek flag fly with this week’s Bookstore.

We are celebrating the one, the only GOSH! Comics. GOSH! are veterans in their field selling incredible comics, graphic novels and anything else you could ever dream of related to the comic book genre, for the past 25 years.

It moved to a new home on Berwick Street around 3 years ago, leaving behind it’s Bloomsbury roots in search of the vibrant energy of Soho. Their new store also got a brand new look. The Soho space has something of an industrial feel with large old factory lights and a concrete ceiling. The place is oozing character from the counter tops made out of old desktops to wooden stock shelves, all holding a striking array of comic books and graphic novels; from both well-known and indie names. They even have a section for high design children’s books.

Inside Gosh Comics

With events coming out of their ears GOSH! is the place to go to engage with your favourite artists and talent previously unknown to you. They are ever the home of one of our publishers; SelfMadeHero, and they hosted super-talent Jeffrey Brown on his UK tour in 2013.

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Jeffrey Brown painted an incredible window for them depicting his take on the Star Wars™ universe.

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We are big fans of Gosh! and not just because we grew-up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and reading comic books. We love Gosh because they are experts in their field and you can tell they love what they do the moment you walk in the store. They continue to thrive in a niche section of a declining industry because they are passionate. For that reason, Gosh Comics, we salute you! Keep doing your thing because we can’t get enough!

In their own words:

“Our range of graphic novels is second to none, and we’re always striving to source new and interesting product, whatever the genre. From translated European albums to mainstream superhero antics; vintage children’s books to contemporary graphic fiction; compulsively readable manga to cutting edge small press: we’ve got something for everyone.”

In the words of their fans:

“I got seriously derailed by my visit here, spending 2 hours reading the first few pages of dozens of comics. The selection can’t be beat, and I discovered so many things while here.” Kendall M 

“Great comic shop! Very in the know! Exclusive deals directly from the cartoonist! Special events all the time! Something for everyone even if you’ve never read a comic!” Clockwork C.

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