The above exhibition is going off like a prawn on a radiator this week. HLD TGHT presents Joyride Playground. An exhibition of 30+ (I think) artists making stuff on site in the Soup Kitchen Basement, in the belly of Good Grief!, it's just underneath the shop. You can't miss it. Lots of good people involved, and me, including shop faves Dylan Hughes, John Butcher and Alison Forde. The idea is that you can come down and watch people creating during the open studios of today til Thursday then taste the finished fructose on Friday during the launch party on Friday 17th December 7pm - 10pm. And why wouldn't yow? Highly advisable.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
We got so much more to blog in terms of recent arrivals, but here's a bludgeoning of the recents this past week. Scary good...
G. LANSARD by G. Lansard
We've been waiting to get our collective hands on this zine from Good vs. Evil ever since we heard about it. See, G. Lansard is one of our very favourite illustrators of recent times and he dwells right here in Manchester. I've never seen a book of his stuff before so this is an absolute treat. Layeriffic black black ink upon greyscale collagery, deathly subject matter with strong medieval or biblical...or some such primitive time vibes. Recommend this to hell and back. Always pleasing thick black lines that are unmistakably Lansard's.
Here's a video of it courtesy of Good vs. Evil!
40 pages, perfect bound, edition of 50
NOT ONE FOR KNOCKING ON no.1
Exhibition catalogue to accompany the recent Not One For Knocking On exhibition at Rogue Studios curated by the ever-fabulous Oliver East. In the exhibition were Craig Atkinson (Southport, I think), Warren Craghead (Virginia, USA), Malcy Duff (Edinburgh) and Blaise Larmee (Portland, USA). Basically a who's who and what's what of shit kicking contemporary underground press. Good Grief! is a big time fan of all these artists and the guy who curated the exhibition so this catalogue was always going to be a winner but even so it's a real nice piece - excellently laid out and printed. You should get this and then track down work by all the artists involved if you haven't already. A must have!
In other Oliver East related news, he recently graced GG's palm with re-ups of the wonderful Trains are...Mint comics. We have issues one, two, three and five. I implore ye to grab them while you can, I don't think there are many of these TAM issues left for this world. You can read Trains are...Mint issues six and seven online here . Mint.
Speaking of Manchester-based legends, Jim Medway popped into Good Grief! on Sunday with a fistful of first-time stock. I was elated. Check the above Christmas card and below it's insides...
And check this out, you get five of these cards with handprinted outsides and envelopes for the bargain price of £4! Stick that up your moonpig.com
GARDEN FUNNIES #1
Garden Funnies is a comic anthology (or a horticultural sequential art anthology as it says on the cover) on the Paw Quality comics imprint dealt by Jim Medway. This first issue features grass roots vegetable-heavy comicradery from Steve Tillotson, Jim Medway, Richard Tingley, Aaron Renier, Tanya Meditzky, Alex Potts and Ed Syder. As you can see from the pictures, it's GORGEOUS.
GARDEN FUNNIES #2
Garden Funnies #2 is a bigger animal format-wise. Twice the size in fact! This time the anthology features Gary Northfield, Ed Syder, Steve Tillotson, Adam & Hilary Steel, Lizz Lunney, Duncan Borne, Jim Medway, Francesca Cassavetti and Alex Potts. Beautifully put together and printed with rounded corners that you could trace with your finger all day long. Cheddar gorgeous.
Email to inquire about getting any of the titles before they're unleashed upon the online shop
The above is occurring at Soup Kitchen this Wednesday AKA tomorrow and it's basically the hottest free ticket that money can't buy. Come one, come all, raise a glass to the ascending ghost of Sir Yes Sir. Their last ever gig.
You can expect some of this...
You can buy their album at Good Grief! or from the band most likely on the night. The cover is by Lucy Jones so you know it's good
There's a tape EP too with artwork by the marvellous SAVWO. That'll be available on the night and forever more (til it sells out).
We'll be open late doors to celebrate this triumphant occasion. SYS RIP! Here's a press release from the band defining the split...
P.S. The Hotpants Romance instore was a raging success, thank you to them for playing and to all that came. Go see them across the Europe map right now!
Friday, 19 November 2010
This Sunday at 5pm, Hotpants Romance play at Good Grief! Soup Kitchen! as part of their 2010 euro tour. Come one, come all, this will be well good.
Here's the proof :
Does anyone remember internet cafes? Mint!
Here's the proof :
Does anyone remember internet cafes? Mint!
Monday, 15 November 2010
Hi party dudes!
And we're bbaaaccckkkk! Did you miss us? Did you forget about us? Did you notice? Did you care? Did you forget how to feel? Well, don't worry. We're back in our new soupalicious home, the Soup Kitchen. Some people are already calling it "Goodgrief@theSoupKitchen.com", I've heard them! Below is a picture of how it looked last night before opening, things have moved on quite a lot since then. Some prints are up and things have prices on and gimmicks like that. Trending!
It's like a work in progress in a constant state of flux suspended in furious activity replayed in matrix bullet-time technology! everyday for the foreseeable there's going to be additions - be it paintings on the shelves and walls or new fixtures or new stock. It really has to be seen to be believed, the royal we loves our new home! I liken my excitement and revelation feelings of the first day to that of an alien beamed down to earth straight into the MEN arena during a comedy set by Peter Kay. ZULTAN!
Opening times for this week is...
Tuesday 11am til 3pm
Wednesday 11am til 3pm
Thursday 11am til 7pm
Friday 11am til 7pm
Saturday 11am til 7pm
Sunday 11am til 5pm
GIT ON DOWN!
Good Grief! captain, David Bailey, AKA me, is having an original artwork bakesale both online and offline. I'm wanting to make a bit of money for new shop supplies and such outrage so I'm trying to flog some origgies off. Here's some photos of the original 'works I'm selling below, £50 a piece. Email me if you're interested or you can buy them instore. All proceeds go towards a good cause!
This poster for Misty's Big Adventure is a4 in size and heavily scribed in biro on thick cartridge paper. It comes from the year of 2005. For the record, the drawing on the poster is my cousin. Don't think he knows about it.
The above was made for a Friendship gig in Leeds all the way back in 2010. It's a3 in size and it's painted in gouache, the colours are vibrant and less yellowed/nicotine stained than they appear here. There's ink on there too don't worry ink fans. This original could be bought to celebrate friendship as a concept as well as a band. Versatile!
Another 2010'r in the a3 format. This time things are done in a mix of ink, gouache and sheer felt tips. This one is like two originals in one because the line up and date changed so I cut out the centrepiece and stuck it on a new bit of paper and drew the new info around it. It looks tidy though. Consider it double-ply heavy cartridge.
This landscape a3 original harks from 2008 and was originally made as an illustration for the now defunct Plan B magazine. Conceived in the days when I had a good nib for my dip pen, black ink heavy.
A3 original all the way from 2008 (I think, maybe 2009) for a tape cover on Lotus Birth for the now defunct Ford Maddox Brown. painted in coloured inks with quill black outlining over the top, fiercely worked into on non more heavy cartridge - we're talking 220gms at least. When the cover was printed, the artwork is cropped around the bottom of the word "Brown" so that ink run-off in the bottom sector is STRICTLY AN ORIGINAL EXCLUSIVE!!! Chomp.
A3 ROWF ROWF ROWF festival poster original from 2008. A mix of black ink via dip pen, disposable pen and felt tip pen. Featuring the coolest dog this side of sexually active jelly baby.
Poster for a Golden Lab club night all the way from 1969...I mean, 2010. Haha. Done in the psych style made popular by the sixties and that. Made in ink and black 'tips - heroic doses of both. A3 in size.
I will post these to anywhere in the world, get in touch to check availability and postage costs, or lack thereof. Pledge!