Time for a travelogue blog post folks! Just under a month ago, Luke Pearson and I made the very long (but, luckily, not too arduous) journey from London to Sydney, Australia for the Graphic Festival at the Sydney Opera House. And, let me tell you, what an event it was! Art Spiegelman’s performance, ‘Wordless’, was a highlight. It was a mixture of projected slides, spoken word and live music performed by Philip Johnston and band, through which Spiegelman talked about the very first woodcut, wordless graphic novels by the likes of Milt Gross, Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, among others. This was an amazing spectacle in the great concert hall of the opera house.
The wait is finally over! The long-awaited, eagerly-anticipated picturebook by Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman is finally here. Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space is brimful of information about the enormous expanse around our planet: The Universe.
Newman’s stunning illustrations illuminate Dr Walliman’s straightforward explanations and fascinating facts about the planets, the Sun, the Moon, stars, black holes, white holes, telescopes, space stations… and pretty much anything else you’d like to know about space.
As the cold winter nights draw in, we’ll be looking up at the starry sky with Astro Cat by our side, armed with a better understanding of the night sky that moves above us. Why not join us?
You can pre-order your book here.
For those of you who are as eager as us to get started, we’re giving away a free Astro Cat tote bag with the first 300 pre-orders of the book via our online store.
Science and Space is not just for geeks!? Carry your copy of the Professor’s book and your exclusive tote with pride Astro-cats!
In April we launched our brand new children’s imprint – Flying Eye Books – and, excuse the pun, it’s really taken off.
Since then we’ve had the pleasure of inspiring many young readers with picture books and comics by some of the most talented authors and illustrators around. So, we’re delighted to announce that some new titles are now available to buy in your local bookshop and from our online store.
Have you ever wondered what the truth was behind Bigfoot? Or perhaps how the unicorn lost its horn? You have! Then you’ll love Monsters and Legends written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Gabriella Giandelli. It’s a delightful journey into the world’s most enduring myths and legends and the truth behind.
From author-illustrator Julia Wauters comes One Night, Far From Here: a beautifully-bound, magical bestiary. Peppered throughout with acetate pages, Julia conjures up enchanting natural habitats, filled with all manner of feathered, furry and slippery beasts. With each page turn, a landscape is revealed, teeming with the insects, birds and animals that live there.
Next up, leading illustrator, Atak, confronts our preconceptions of familiar scenes in an effortlessly funny picture book. Step into Atak’s Topsy Turvy World and get a whole new perspective on the world you left behind.
Finally, Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin give us a character we can truly fall in love with: Akissi! Our deliciously mischievous heroine is a West African girl who never seems to get things right.
We’re extremely proud of all our new books and we hope you know a little person who’ll enjoy them as much as we do!
All those in search of an adventuring companion, look no further! Hilda has made herself available in handy toy form so that you can recreate the blue-haired heroine’s escapades from the comfort of your own home.
At 8 inches high, she’s the perfect size for playing with. Or to keep you company on your desktop. Or even for proud display in any self-respecting toy collection.
She’s fully positionable and safety tested for ages 7 and up. So if you (or the little one in your life) are a fan of Hilda, you can lose yourself in your very own Hilda-adventures. Come and get it from the Nobrow shop or online.
The box even comes fully decorated by Hilda creator Luke Pearson.
Along with the first signs of spring, this rather spectacular new assistant, hand-crafted by the super-talented Philippa Rice (one of her comics is in Nobrow 8), has arrived in the Nobrow offices.
Willing and able to take on the most complex of comics-creating tasks this assistant even comes with a detailed instruction manual illustrated by Luke Pearson.
Thank you so much, Pippa!
Nobrow co-founders Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro will be giving a talk at Foyles on Thursday the 25th of April all about the creation of Flying Eye Books, Nobrow’s brand new children’s imprint.
Hosted by John O’Reilly of Varoom, the talk marks the official launch of Flying Eye and offers an intimate look at Sam and Alex’s insights into the world of graphic novels, illustration and publishing.
Having championed the concept of ‘books as art objects’ through Nobrow, Flying Eye now seeks to redefine the world of children’s picture books by applying the same care to execution, content and art and to build a list that deserves to remain in print for many years to come!
This event is now SOLD OUT, but you can still visit the Flying Eye exhibition at Foyles and get an exclusive look at some of our forthcoming titles, or take part in one of our children’s workshops, up until April the 29th.
We can hardly contain our excitement about two very special Flying Eye events. On Saturday the 27th of April Viviane Schwarz and Emily Hughes will both be running kids workshops at Foyles.
Welcome to your Awesome Robot with Viviane Schwarz
Using the instructions in her new book Welcome to Your Awesome Robot, Viviane Schwarz will be leading an awesome robot-making workshop for children aged 4-8 and their parents. Foyles will be providing everything you could possibly need for your very own awesome robotic creation. Expect industrious concentration and fabulous cardboard costumes (with excited children inside them!) Once you’ve engineered your robot into life, you could submit to our tumblr of awesome robot pictures.
You can find out more and grab your £8 tickets over at the Foyles website. The price includes a copy of Welcome to Your Awesome Robot. Don’t forget to ask Viv to sign it!
Wild Animals and Curious Creatures with Emily Hughes
Unleash the wild beasts inside by conjuring up curious and magical monsters under Emily Hughes’ expert guidance. In this workshop Emily Hughes will offer a sneak peek at her brand new picture book, Wild, and helping kids aged 6-11 to create and draw their very own wild creatures. Foyles will be providing all the tools you could possibly need and the £8 ticket price includes a free Flying Eye comic book.
For more info and to pick up your ticket, head over to Foyles’ website.
Please note that an adult is required to supervise your child throughout these sessions (maximum two children per adult please).
With every order of Welcome to your Awesome Robot from the Flying Eye Books website, we’re giving away these CMYK poster by illustrator Emily Hughes for free! The Richard Scarry-like illustrations are a little glimpse into the Flying Eye world.
The poster comes folded, not rolled, but would make a great addition to any kid’s room.
Hilda’s adventured her way onto the front cover of the lovely independent magazine ForeWord Reviews. The picture is a still from Luke Pearson’s latest book chronicling the young heroine’s expeditions – Hilda and the Bird Parade.