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Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński at Stockholm International Comics Festival 2017

Sat May 20 and Sun May 21 2017

Why not visit Centrala table during International Stockholm Comics Festival 2017
Find our table Sat & Sun main market area of the Festival

Gosia and Mikołaj signing their two books, Fertility and Elephant on the Moon
May 20th, Saturday 1-2PM and 3-4PM
May 21st, Sunday 1-2PM and 3-4PM

We also recommend presentation about Centrala publishing activity and Gosia and Mikołaj works
May 20th, Saturday 4.20-5 PM on main stage

Our visit at International Stockholm Comics Festival was supported by Polska Institutet Stockholm

Gosia Herba studied history of art. For more than eight years, she has worked as an illustrator. She has worked with La Nación, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Monocle and Penguin Random House. She does illustrations for the press, and designs posters and covers for books and CDs. Recently she has started to do illustrations for children.

Mikołaj Pasiński is interested in the study of culture. He works in graphic design and multimedia.

Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński are authors of a comic for adults entitled Fertitlity and childer book Elephant on the Moon.

About Fertilty:
It is believed that the rennet of a hare, taken with food, promotes the conception of male offspring. A few days before their big wedding, four village girls set out on an expedition to trap a wild hare. Little do they know about severe consequences their actions will have.
For mature readers only

About Elephant on the Moon

In a small town there lives a lady astronomer. Every evening she looks at the moon through her telescope. She knows it like the back of her own hand. Even in her sleep she can name all the mountains, the craters and the oceans of the silvery globe. One night she makes an amazing discovery. Can it be that there’s an elephant living on the moon? The members of the Moon Society refuse to believe her.
Elephant on the Moon is a richly illustrated tale of courage, passion and determination. Although it is directed mainly at younger readers, it refers to serious events. Sir Paul Neal in the seventeenth century – one of the astronomers of the Royal Society – is supposed to have been the first to observe an elephant on the moon. At the time, his discovery provoked much confusion and fired the imaginations of many writers. Thanks to Samuel Butler’s satirical account, the story reached France. Fontaine himself wrote a tale about it – “Un animal dans la lune.” Almost 350 years later Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński have come back to this story of the moon, and out of it they have spun a new tale full of adventure.

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Old Farts

Author:

Sorina Vazelina

Short stories about aging from Romania
148 x 200 mm
Hardcover
68 pages colour

ISBN: 978-0-9933951-8-5

Old Farts

Relase September 2017

Sorina Vazelina’s  fun and poignant cartoons about ageing makes for compelling reading. She is a talented artist taking on very serious issues and subjects with a wonderfully quirky yet thoughtful approach. Very much worth thumbing through.

Ginanne Brownell Mitic, arts journalist and founder of insidefullofcolor.com, a website focused on arts and culture in central and eastern Europe

It is a book that straddles many styles and approaches to communicating ideas and stories. Some moments appear like sketchbook watercolours and others like clean and intellectual New Yorker Magazine cartoons. The personality on display changes from story to story but retains that experimental edge throughout.

Antony Esmond,
downthetubes.net

My Parents Are Not My Real Parents

Author:

Rachel Karafistan

Illustrator:

Kamil Macejko

250 x 250
Hardcover
60 pages colour
ISBN: 978-0-9933951-7-8

My Parents Are Not My Real Parents

Relase November 2017

We all started out with our own confused but creative view of the world. For many of us, these views hardened into actual ‘beliefs’. This book is a collection of some of these childhood imaginings; conceived by children but remembered by adults. These idiosyncratic histories inspired by our own limited life experiences are more than just a shared belief in Father Christmas.
As children we are magicians, painters, writers, dancers, storytellers, singers, masters of play and accomplished all-round make-believers. We create parallel worlds and people; our imaginations are unfettered by logic. As adults we segregate and compartmentalize almost everything, including art and artists. We relegate some and elevate others. Ultimately, we delegate the job of creativity to those whom we believe do it better.
In these times when new and unexpected things divide us, where life leaves little room for imagination, these beliefs can remind us of our common roots and of how creative we used to be.
Shared by many generous adults, drawn by Kamil Macejko and collected by Rachel Karafistan.

Centrala at TCAF 2017

Toronto Reference Library
Sat May 13, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun May 14, 10 AM – 5 PM

We are here again!
Sat May 13, 9 AM – 5 PM
Sun May 14, 10 AM – 5 PM
Visit our table and grab signed copy of Erik the Red: King of Winter by Søren Mosdal who’s our guest during TCAF this year.

Søren’s trip to Canada was supported by DANISH ART FOUNDATION

Toronto Comic Art Festival www

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DIY Culture 2017

Rich Mix London
May 14th, Sunday

Hi Londoners!
This Sunday is next edition one of our favourite event in capitol.

12.00-19.00

DIY Culture
Rich Mix London
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road,
E1 6LA Londyn

DIY Cultures fair is back for its 5th year on Sunday 14th May to takeover all 4 floors of Rich Mix. DIY Cultures is an annual day festival exploring intersections of art and activism, running since 2013. The programme consists of a zine fair, exhibitions, workshops, contemporary craft, panel discussions, comic illustration, video art and digital animation exploring DIY practice. The event has established itself as a leading national forum for artists-run initiatives and alternative publishing. The event distinguishes itself by by its commitment to Black and people of colour empowerment and centralising marginalised histories and subcultures such as neurodiversity, diaspora stories, prisoner solidarity, radical mental health and Muslim communities under the War on terror.

This year’s event is bigger than ever with more than 90 stalls showcasing the best in independent publishing and stands as Rich Mix’s most-attended event of the year. The festival extends to a 4 week exhibition DIY Knowledge running from 3rd May until 2nd June in Lower Cafe Gallery. The curators have commissioned outdoor art, interactive animation and architectural collective Involve to make a communal table.

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Søren Mosdal signing Erik The Red in Gosh London

Monday May 15th 6-7 PM
Gosh London
1 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR Londyn

Danish author Søren Mosdal will be signing copies of his title Erik the Red: King of Winter on Monday May 15th, 6-7pm.

Erik the Red tells the story of Erik Torvaldsson, who in 982 left his home of Iceland (thanks to a feud with his neighbour) and established a colony in a land mass he dubbed Greenland (apparently to attract settlers). He ruled there as its “Paramount Chieftain” until his death in 1003. Mosdal’s style adds immensely to the take, reminiscient of the likes of Joann Sfar, Christophe Blain and Blutch.

Needless to say, with Søren passing through London we’re pleased as punch to have the opportunity to host a signing with him, in association with Centrala. Søren will be here on Monday May 15th, from 6-7pm, so come on down! If you can’t make it, but would like a reservation or a mail order, drop an email to info@goshlondon.com.

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Hungry Hansel and Gluttonous Gretel

Author:

Zavka

176 x 250
Soft cover
24, colour
ISBN: 978-1-912278-01-5

Recommended Age: 16+

Hungry Hansel and Gluttonous Gretel

Relase October 2017

Beyond the seven toadstools and beyond the seven bugs there lived a brother and sister who were always hungry. Unlike Johnny, Maggie does not have a kids’ fascination with larvae. Not having that hobby, one day she steals some keys and opens a story that leads us to an oven, a cake, and a chopped off head.

ZAVKA: Illustrator, author of comics, and graphic artist. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Winner of the prize for the best graphic work in the competition at the Boomfest International Comic Festival in Russia in 2013, and winner of the “Golden Chicken” 2016 – the independent comic prize in the “Drawing” category for the comic Hungry Johnny and Greedy Maggie. She publishes her work in fanzines in Poland and abroad.

The Empty Space

Author:

Marianna Sztyma

Translation David Malcolm
210 x 280
Hardcover
34 pages, colour

ISBN: 978-1-912278-00-8

The Empty Space

Relase October 2017

We hope the empty space hasn’t visited you yet.
But it’s possible that before it comes, it’s already been with you for ages.
Then, as it says itself, it’ll be with you always.

Empty space cannot be drowned in tears, you cannot pretend it is not there. You can only tame it.

A graphic novel for children and adults. A story of a girl experiencing a loss after the death of her cat.

Marianna Sztyma
Born 1973.
Painter and illustrator. Most of her work is in press illustration (including for Zwierciadło, Twój Styl, Press, Newsweek, and Wysokie Obcasy). She likes doing illustrations for children a lot. She draws comics and designs covers. She lives in a village in the mountains. When she’s not drawing, she’s stroking cats and dogs.

Dog Days

Author:

Anja Dahle Øverbye

Translation: Agnes S.D. Langeland
185 x 255 mm
Soft cover
72 pages, b&w
Originally published in Norway as Hundedagar by Jippi Forlag
ISBN: 978-0-9933951-9-2

Dog Days

Relase November 2017

Anja Dahle Øverbye´s graphic novel Dog Days won the Norwegian Comic of the Year award in 2016. It is an impressive debut book that has drawn inspiration from North-Western Norway where she grew up. Dog days are a phenomenon taking place in late summer. According to folklore, the dog days are extremely hot, muck floats up to the surface of water, food goes bad and dogs may more easily go mad. It is at this time of year we meet Anne, who is mid-way between childhood and adolescence. The intensely stifling, sultry weather that summer affects her relationships with both her friends and family.

Her best friend Marielle wants to hang out with slightly older Carrie. When the two of them strike up a friendship, Anne is left out. She is too young to go to the youth club, and too restless to find anything else to do. Can she and Marielle become close friends again? And what is she willing to do to make that happen?

The images are sensitively portrayed in detailed pencil drawings and display keen insight into human nature. The scenery of Western Norway plays a central role in the story.

Anja Dahle Øverbye (1981) has studied at KIB, Bergen Art School, and has a bachelor in illustration and visual communication from UCA in England. She now lives in Oslo, where she works as a creator of comics and as an illustrator.

Norwegian Comic of the Year award in 2016

Anubis

Author:

Joanna Karpowicz

200 x 148 mm
Soft cover
48 pages, colour

ISBN: 978-0-9933951-6-1

Anubis

relase November 2017

There’s a mystery suspended in each of these intriguing paintings, pulling you into its depths. The figure of Anubis seems to be an outsider waiting to participate in each painting’s story – like yourself as an observer of the image,
There’s an entire narrative waiting for the viewer in every picture, and the strangeness of each scene provokes questions in your mind as to what is (or could be) unfolding. You want to step into each painting and discover its secrets.

Derk Brazell
Varoom Publisher

Edinburgh Comic Art Festival

Saturday 26th November 2016
3PM
Book your free ticket now.

On Saturday 26th November Monika Szydłowska will presents Do You Miss Your Country?

Don’t miss book your free entry ticket HERE

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October 29th 2016

Culture Without Borders Festival

Clapham Library London
We will be there with our books.
Free entry

A celebration of Polish culture and people. Children’s activities, Author talks, Short films, Music, and Dance. Also an opportunity to purchase Eastern European arts, crafts, foods, and some unique Polish graphic novels.

Clapham Library,

91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB Londyn

Poster by Ola Szmida

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Distro: New Kuś!

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Check all newest mini kuś! and S! baltic comics magazine

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Distro: Black Lodge Press

New in stock

We glad present over ten titles from Black Lodge Press.

Check all available titles

Launch of Monika Szydłowska’s book on immigrant experience

Thursday 19 May, 6:45pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Lecture Theatre
60 Farringdon Road
London

Thursday 19 May, 6:45pm

Free Word Centre

Free Word Lecture Theatre

60 Farringdon Road

London EC1R 3GA

Tickets: £5/£3

Book online or call 020 7324 2570

Na emigracji. (On Emigration) – an online comic by Polish visual artist Monika Szydłowska - started out on Facebook, where it now has almost 13,000 fans. It shows the life of a Polish immigrant in the UK through the medium of minimalist watercolours accompanied by a few well-chosen words. Despite their simplicity, they evoke a whole spectrum of the immigrant experience: difficulties in translating humour, trying to explain your cuisine to uncomprehending locals, confusion over pronunciation, casual prejudice and family conversations via Skype. It offers understated, funny commentary on straddling two cultures.

Read Migrant Conversation Pieces, or a Phrasebook for Beginners. Kaja Pawełek’s review of the book.

Centrala, a publishing house specialising in comics, is launching Do You Miss Your Country?, a collection of Monika’s art in book form. Come and listen to Monika talk to Sarah Lightman, an artist, writer and curator, co-founder and co-director of the Laydeez do Comics collective. Then stay on to raise a glass to the book, see Monika’s art on Free Word’s walls and maybe – if you’re lucky – witness some live painting.

 

Monika Szydłowska graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Poznań in 2011 with an MA in graphic design. In 2013, she moved to Scotland, where she completed a course in art therapy and where she leads art workshops with disabled people. In October 2013, Monika started the blog Na emigracji., a series of illustrations depicting the adventures she’s had since leaving Poland. In winter 2015, the publishing house Centrala published Do You Miss Your Country?, a collection of the illustrations.

Sarah Lightman studied at the Slade School of Art for her BA and MFA, and is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow on “Dressing Eve and other Reparative Acts in Women’s Comics”. Sarah is co-founder and co-director, with Nicola Streeten, of Laydeez do Comics. She co-curated the internationally touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, and edited Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews (McFarland), the first book on Jewish women and comics. Sarah exhibits her drawings and animation films in museums and galleries around the world, and her visual autobiography, The Book of Sarah (Myriad Editions), will be published in 2018.

Organised by Free Word Centre and Centrala as part of Free Word’s Translators in Residence programme, this year curated by Marta Dziurosz. Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

Elephant on the Moon

Author:

Mikołaj Pasiński

Illustrator:

Gosia Herba

250 x 250 mm
48 pages
hard cover
ISBN: 978-0-9933951-2-3

Recommended Age: 6+

Elephant on the Moon

Elephant on the Moon is a richly illustrated tale of courage, passion and determination. Although it is directed mainly at younger readers, it refers to serious events.

In a small town there lives a lady astronomer. Every evening she looks at the moon through her telescope. She knows it like the back of her own hand. Even in her sleep she can name all the mountains, the craters and the oceans of the silvery globe. One night she makes an amazing discovery. Can it be that there’s an elephant living on the moon? The members of the Moon Society refuse to believe her.

Elephant on the Moon is a richly illustrated tale of courage, passion and determination. Although it is directed mainly at younger readers, it refers to serious events. Sir Paul Neal in the seventeenth century – one of the astronomers of the Royal Society – is supposed to have been the first to observe an elephant on the moon. At the time, his discovery provoked much confusion and fired the imaginations of many writers. Thanks to Samuel Butler’s satirical account, the story reached France. Fontaine himself wrote a tale about it – “Un animal dans la lune.” Almost 350 years later Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński have come back to this story of the moon, and out of it they have spun a new tale full of adventure.

Gosia Herba studied history of art. For more than eight years, she has worked as an illustrator. She has worked with La Nación, The Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Monocle and Penguin Random House. She does illustrations for the press, and designs posters and covers for books and CDs. Recently she has started to do illustrations for children.

Mikołaj Pasiński is interested in the study of culture. He works in graphic design and multimedia.

Gosia Herba and Mikołaj Pasiński are authors of a comic for adults entitled Fertitlity.

Release Autumn 2016