Dave McKean was signing at the new Gosh Comics today, which brought all the usual suspects out to pop by, some to see Dave, some to see the new store, some to buy comics. Even Brian Bolland popped by, in town on an errand.
The old Gosh Comics in London was famous for having a Tim Burton Batman-era symbol outside the shop, faded by age and fashion, but, you know, it did at least signal that there were comics there. Well, despite their indie street-cred window displays in the new store, the Bat signal, reinvented, is back, outside and up front, shamelessly.
The store is split into two, like the old shop, upstairs and downstairs. However where it was downstairs that used to hold the more obscure books, now that's upstairs, while the weekly comics are now downstairs, using the old store's colour scheme and bookshelves. It's not a dingy basement however, it's also a spacious area to shop.
But it's the upstairs that is going to stand out with large amount of natural light, lots of white and light brown and colourful thick comics everywhere. Not only is it a great place to browse and find something fun, but it should also be perfect for events, socials, all manner of going on. And there's even a little gallery space.
There is the matter of the location, opposite porn alley and on the corner of Soho's red light district, but even that seems to be changing in the near future and it is also in the heart of London's media industries, and on the same street as some of London's most famous record shops. It certainly was gathering a lot of attention from locals… have a look at what I found.