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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

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

Recommended Age: 12+

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
Hardcover
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!

New in stock

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

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

Behind our books. Spring 2016

Behind Our Books April 6 Fast wie zu Hause : Comiclesung und Gespräch mit Autorin Karolina Chyzewska, Berlin, Germany 8 & 9 Sztriptíz Indie Comics Fair | SZT Budapest, Hungary 16 & 17 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland 16 & 17 COMICINVASIONBERLIN, Germany 23 & 24 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland May 14 & 15 TCAF – The […]

Behind Our Books

April

6 Fast wie zu Hause : Comiclesung und Gespräch mit Autorin Karolina Chyzewska, Berlin, Germany

8 & 9 Sztriptíz Indie Comics Fair | SZT Budapest, Hungary

16 & 17 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland

16 & 17 COMICINVASIONBERLIN, Germany

23 & 24 Fumetto Comix-Festival Luzern, Switzerland

May

14 & 15 TCAF – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Canada

19 – 22 Warszawskie Targi Książki / Warsaw Book Fair, Poland

26 – 29 Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen, Germany

28 & 29 BICF, Brighton, UK

29 DIY Cultures 2016: Zines, Comics, Alternative Day Festival, London, UK

June

9 – 11 Oslo Comics Expo, Norway

10 – 12, ELCAF, London, UK

15 – 18, I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel, Switzerland

Fast wie zu Hause

Author:

Karolina Chyżewska

Abmessung: 165x235 mm
Seitenzahl: 96
Softcover
ISBN: 978-83-63892-42-5

Fast wie zu Hause

Mit viel Witz und Charme erzählt Karolina Chyzewska in ihrem Debüt von ihrer Herkunft und zeigt, dass Identität, unabhängig von jeglicher Nationalität, die Familie selbst ist.”

Karolina ist zwar in Deutschland geboren und aufgewachsen, ihre Wurzeln liegen aber in Polen. Welche Bedeutung hat es für sie, eine Polin oder eine Deutsche zu sein? Und muss sie sich überhaupt entscheiden, obwohl sie doch aus beiden Ländern stammt?
Mit einem Auslandssemester begibt sich die Kunststudentin auf die Suche nach der eigenen Identität. Ihre Reise führt sie nach Krakau – die Stadt, in der auch schon ihre Mutter die ersten Jugendjahre verbrachte. Karolina begibt sich auf ihre Spuren, und Vergangenheit und Gegenwart beginnen, sich miteinander zu verweben…
Mit viel Witz und Charme erzählt Karolina Chyzewska in ihrem Debüt von ihrer Herkunft und zeigt, dass Identität, unabhängig von jeglicher Nationalität, die Familie selbst ist.”

Die in Deutschland aufgewachsene Karolina verbringt ein Auslandssemester im polnischen Krakau. Endlich kann die Kunststudentin das Land ihrer Eltern aus erster Hand kennen lernen. Neben ihren Erlebnissen in der Weichselstadt schildert sie in Rückblenden die Geschichte ihrer Mutter und deren Streben nach einem eigenen Leben, das sie letztlich nach Deutschland führte. Und während ihre Mutter ihre Heimat immer im Herzen trägt, wird Karolina von der Frage nach der eigenen Identität begleitet, ob sie sich als Polin oder Deutsche versteht.

Pünktlich zum Neujahr 1986 entschied sich Karolina Chyzewska, dieser Welt entgegenzutreten. Geboren und aufgewachsen im schönen Göttingen, fühlte sie sich in ihrer polnischen Familie geborgen. Nach der Schule ging sie zum Studium an die Kunsthochschule Kassel, wo sie sich auf die Bereiche Comic und Trickflm spezialisierte. 2012 studierte sie für ein halbes Jahr an der Akademie der Schönen Künste in Krakau, Polen, um ihre Fähigkeiten zu verbessern. Nach ihrer Rückkehr hatte sie diverse Ausstellungen und kleine Publikationen mit ihrem Kollektiv „Die Goldene Discofaust“ und machte ihren künstlerischen Abschluss. Nach ihrem Studium entschloss sie sich für den nächsten wichtigen Schritt ihres künstlerischen Daseins, und ging nach Berlin. Dort arbeitet und lebt sie als freiberufiche Comiczeichnerin und Trickflmerin.
Karolina veröffentlichte ihre Arbeiten bereits in den Magazinen Strapazin und Triebwerk (Max und Moritz-Preis für die beste studentische Comicpublikation) und wurde für den Comic “Come with me” mit einer “Honorable Mention” bei der Comics Workbook Composition Competition 2014 ausgezeichnet.