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Nobrow Ventures into Digital


Ladies and Gentlemen, today we are extremely excited and proud to officially announce the launch of Nobrow’s venture into the world of digital with the Nobrow Comics App for iPad.

Since its conception Nobrow has championed the works of talented artists whilst consistently seeking to push the boundaries in design, illustration and print. The newest chapter in Nobrow’s journey sees us entering the world of digital creativity. We hope that our offering in this sphere bridges the gap between digital and print and demonstrates how both mediums can work symbiotically to complement each other. No matter which way you choose to digest a Nobrow creation, you will continue to find quality and innovation.

For a limited time only,  Hildafolk, Birchfield Close, Obsolete and our first Artist’s Mini Bundle will be available to download for free from the app store: So whatever you do, take some time and have a play.

And if you have any questions, James Wilson our Digital Designer will be on Twitter on Friday 30th of Jan between 11am and 3pm for a live chat to answer any and all your app related questions. You can catch him on #NobrowApp

A few words from Alex Spiro, Co-founder and Creative Director:

“Our aim is to continue to allow print to sing as print, but alongside that to explore the fantastic things that a screen can offer you. Nobrow’s digital products won’t replace what we already love doing, and will continue to do for many years to come, they are merely answers to the question: How can I get as much pleasure from a digital experience as I do from reading a beautifully printed Nobrow book?”

Welcome to Nobrow Comics for iPad!

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The Christmas Postman

Hi folks, just a little note to gently remind you that if you’re ordering books online to gift your nearest and dearest this Christmas that you should do so with plenty of time to avoid disappointment. The postmen of the world are very busy at this time of year, after all, and we don’t want any tears under the tree.

For all orders to mainland UK addresses please order by Friday 19th December (1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For)


International Signed For (Premium Shipping)

Monday 8 December – Cyprus, Eastern Europe
Tuesday 9 December – France, Greece, Poland
Saturday 13 December – Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland)

Dates for USA AND R.O.W (Rest of the World):

Smartpost – December 10th
USPS Priority – December 18th
FedEx Ground December 16th
FedEx Priority – December 22nd
FedEx 2 day – December 19th
FedEx Standard Express 3 day – December 18th
Fedex Priority International – December 18th
Fedex Economy International – December 16th

We cannot guarantee delivery before the 25th of December for any orders placed after these dates. Happy shopping, and Merry Christmas!

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Another event to look forward to this weekend will be Hifest Illustration festival based in Hastings. The event is packed with workshops, fantastic exhibitors and some stellar artists; including Quentin Blake, John Vernon Lord and Ben Newman. We’ll have a stall set up and ready to cater to all your christmas needs, and for that extra special gift you can get specially signed copies of Vernon Lord’s book Drawn to Drawing and Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Ben Newman as both artists will be stopping by the Nobrow stand to sign some books. Go on, get yourself a treat.

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Makers Christmas Fair

Finally, it’s here! The season we all love to hate, the season to be jolly, the season to glut, revel and rejoice; mince pies, brandy wine, mistletoe, mulled wine, bright glittery lights, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, roast tatties (more than usual), and some more wine (errherm)! Refusing to milk the festive cow is considered nothing short of lunacy. And as we’d like to milk for all we can, we’ll be kicking December off with an ole’ fashioned stall at a Christmas fair. We’re  joining the likes of Wool and the Gang and the Cocoa Den at the Maker’s Market at 260-264 Kingsland Road on Saturday 6th of December to share in some creative cheer with London’s finest craft-minded folk. You’d be silly not to join us.

And if you want to know a little more here’s what the organisers have to say about the event:

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Words from Miss Hodgson

The year twenty fourteen is drawing to a close and before the final curtain call we thought we’d catch up with our authors for a little hello; chat about their books and see what they have in their sketchbooks (sneeeaky). First up isJesse Hodgson. Jesse is a bristol based illustrator and author of  the wonderful children’s picture book Pongo. Pongois a beautiful tale and one that we go back to again and again, both to marvel over Jesse’s illustration style, which is simply a joy, and to revel in the warmth of her narrative. Here, folks, is Jesse Hodgson.

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Thought Bubble 2014

We’re back for another year of comic madness at this year’s Thought Bubble in Leeds. It’s going to be a whirlwind weekend with plenty to keep the eyes pre-occupied as exhibitors pile into the gargantuan venue to flog the best of this year’s harvest. Joining us this year is author and illustrator Andrew Rae whose new graphic novel, Moonhead and the Music Machine has hit the streets with a resounding bang! He’ll be with us throughout the weekend to sign his book and just have a general chit chat.


Also joining us for the weekend will be the creator of the Hildafolk series, Luke Pearson. Luke has been shortlisted in the Young People’s Comic category for the British Comic Awards which will be announced at Thought Bubble. We’re super thrilled with the nomination and have been keeping all manner of body parts crossed for weeks, so whether it’s unwinding with a Pearson win or simply unwinding, hope you’ll join us in shaking ourselves lose at stand 166-167 in the New Dock Hall.

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As Zine by Nobrow at the V&A

When asked whether we’d like to run a workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of London Design Festival there was little else we could do but rush to the kettle for the most sedative cups of tea we had on hand (camomile, if you’re interested). The answer of course was a unanimous roar of YES (slurp of tea) PLEASE (slurp again)! We were thrilled at the opportunity and quickly put our heads together to come up with a workshop befitting of the invitation, and brief – design in books and illustration. For those of you that don’t know, London Design Festival started up in 2003 and in its eleven years in action has grown to become one of the most important annual design festivals in the world. It is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions, involving every aspect of design. It is a thrilling time of year to be in London. So, this Saturday (13th September) come join Nobrow designer Emily Sear in creating your very own zine. Inspired by the annual Nobrow magazine, we’ll be asking you to unleash your imagination through illustration. With the brief in hand you will be asked to consider elements of design with colour (restricted), content (structured) and layout. See you there.

” As Zine by Nobrow” – Saturday 13 September, 4.00-5.30 pm at the Art Studio, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum

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A Journey to Antarctica with William Grill!

William Grill, the recent winner of the prestigious AOI  New Talent Award, is joining the ranks of well seasoned festival goers and jetting off to the fair city of Edinburgh for this year’s International Book Fair. The festival’s programme is absolutely choca with some of the most inspiring authors, illustrators, movers and shakers around, including the likes of Judith Kerr, Phillip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler. We’re delighted to have one of our leading illustrators on board, so if you’ve got the chance to head to Edinburgh this year set your alarm on Tuesday 12th of August and join us at 10.30am to hear Will in conversation with Andrew Blair. And, to add even more oomph to the day, we’ve supplied the festival with the very last 40 copies of first edition Shackleton’s Journey before the reprint is out mid-August. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

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What a fest!


For those of you unlucky enough to have missed out on the third ELCAF this summer (we imagine the reason could only have been an unfortunate bout of shingles that kept you bed-ridden for days), fear not! We’ve managed to put together a tidy little video capturing the very best of what there was to offer this year. Dust off the party hat, watch the vid. and relive the moments that made ELCAF 2014 a momentous occasion. Enjoy!

ELCAF 2014 from Nobrow Ltd on Vimeo.

Created by Carlos Jimenez


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We’re Closing Our 62 Great Eastern Street Shop

Dear Friends, family, fans, supporters, well-wishers, curious passers-by, haters, lovers, helpers and all others we may have missed, we wanted to let you know that after 3 1/2 years, we are closing the Nobrow bricks & mortar shop at
62 Great Eastern Street.

Our desire is to focus on our core business, developing and producing the best content in visual publishing. With the increasing growth of our team, we have no choice but to expand the office space and, unfortunately, this is at the expense of the Nobrow Shop.

Nobrow UK will still reside in the same historic premises, but with a significantly larger team – and our books will still be available everywhere that good books are sold. But if you are concerned about getting those rare Nobrow products or back issues, or prints, or objets d’art… don’t worry! Our revamped web shop will be launching in September 2014. It will not only continue to serve the thousands of customers it currently does, but it will also offer exciting ranges of new products, reduced shipping costs, promotions, personal accounts, wish-list functions and much more.

For students and educators who have enjoyed the grand tours of our premises over the years, we will still have our ever productive creative studio and are very happy to organise scheduled visits for groups of ten or more people.

The Nobrow physical retail space will close at 7pm on the 18th July 2014. We will be having a big sale of non-Nobrow books from today until that date.

This has been by no means an easy decision to make as the shop has been a great source of pleasure for us over the years as it has provided a home for exciting exhibitions of new talent, book launches, talks and parties. And it is thanks in large part to all of your custom and support that we are able to enter this thrilling new chapter in the history of Nobrow.

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Independent Booksellers Week
International Booksellers Week

As of Saturday 28 June booksellers across the UK will be celebrating Independent Booksellers Week. The very best of Indie bookshops will be welcoming customers into their papery lairs and we ask you to join them – pop in, say hullo, have a chat and buy yourself a book. We don’t feel we should have to list the many reasons why you should show some support, but for those of you that are unsure, here are two: firstly, these unassuming little nooks that appear on high streets up and down the country consistently deliver an eclectic range of literature (whatever it is that you’re in to). Secondly, they  champion the works of new artists, illustrators and publishers who would otherwise struggle to be seen. There you go.


And, in honour of this worthy event, Jim Stoten and Liam Barrett will be at Victoria Park Books in East London on Saturday 28th of June. Liam will be holding a workshop based around his newest book, Lil Merl and the Dastardly Dragon, where you’ll learn to draw the most fiendish of villains. Liam’s workshop will be followed by a launch of Jim Stoten’s first children’s picture book which is hitting the shelves this July. Spaces for both are limited. Do bookshops the world over some justice.

Workshop with Liam Barrett: 13.00 – 15.00 pm

Jim Stoten talk and launch with Refreshments: 17.00 – 19.00pm

RSVP at [email protected]


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Illustratour 2014

Valladolid is an old city in the heart of Spain’s Castille region; once settled by the  Celtic Vaccaei tribes, later occupied by Roman settlers, and today it hosts the annual IllustraTour festival – the International Festival of Illustration. Now in it’s seventh year, IllustraTour brings together two weeks of workshops in the Museo Patio Herreriano, led by an impressive list of world class artists, plus seminars and talks by Max, Katsumi Komagata, Serge Bloch and many others. This year, Nobrow’s Sam Arthur has been invited along and on Saturday 5th of July he’ll be delivering some juicy insight into the making of our books. If you get the chance to visit the festival and its many treasures, make sure that Sam’s talk is on your list. Happy holidays!


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ELCAF 2014

ELCAF 2014 – what a corker! This year’s ELCAF got bigger and better – the Oval Space in East London was appropriately bedecked in all manners of prints, zines, totes, posters, mugs and memorabilia to celebrate the occasion. Each stall had its own little hub of eagle-eye fans swooping in on the wares for sale, booksellers were a-flush from gushing customers and artists mingled casually with the hoards of art-loving folk capering about the hall. A fantastic day. 2015 has much to live up to – bring it on.

And for those who still want more from 2014, check out the official ELCAF t-shirts designed by Chris Ware plus the limited edition print created on the day. There’s only  a few to send out to the world. All available on our online shop.

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Lil’ Merl Tumblr Launch

Since the release of Lil’ Merl and the Dastardly Dragon earlier this year, Liam Barrett has been busily burrowing away to create a fantastic new Tumblr site which will be dedicated to all Lil’ Merl themed art. The Secret Troll Club will launch at ELCAF with some guest artists creating their own versions of Merl, dragons and trolls which we’ll put up over the course of the day.  But this club is not exclusive, oh no sirree! If you stop by, pick up a worksheet or just drop off some of your own illustrative wizardry, we’ll stick you right up there with the cream of the crop. Once in the club who knows what delights will come your way. And the cherry ontop? Well because it’s ELCAF, and we’re feeling particularly generous, we’ll be giving the owners of those deft little (or big) hands a discount on Liam’s new book. Whip out those crayons and get cracking.


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ELCAF 2014

ELCAF 2014 is just over a week away and the excitement for this year’s line-up is beginning to rear its grinning and zealous head. There are talks to attend, workshops to muck in with, prints to melt over and dozens of books, glorious, printed, sweet smelling books. A Saturday better spent you will not find. No, really. It’s going to be the Saturday of all Saturdays. If you don’t share our enthusiasm now, you most certainly will once you feast your eyes on the rows of stalls, perfectly aligned, each with their wares piled neatly ontop of crisp ironed tablecloths, manned by kindly men and women (experts in their craft!) each willing to impart little drops of wisdom just for you. Bliss.

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