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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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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BEA or CAKE?
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Luke Pearson was kind enough to immortalize our dominant position on the (imaginary) Manhattan landscape with this beautiful poster of Nobrow (US) HQ. It will also be featured on an oversized poster at every booth we have until the end of time, so get used to it. If you look carefully you can spot our two company founders, Alex and (a rather tired looking) Sam, Tucker (aka Mommy Batman), and a very business like Hilda. Happy fishing!

Now, while we’re still recovering from the recent Toronto Comics Art Festival, everybody at Nobrow US already has their eye on the horizon—the horizon of the Javits Center that is, here in New York City! Why? Because starting on May 29th, that’s where we’ll be, attending Bookexpo America! (The cool kids call it BEA, for short.) We’ll be there to say hello to some of favorite booksellers and librarians while showing off advance copies of upcoming titles like The Best Book In The World and Forming Volume 2. You’ll find us at Booth 1107, unless we’re taking a break to get Anjelica Huston’s autograph.

What’s that? You aren’t a bookseller or a librarian or a publishing bigwig? Never fear! The same weekend as BEA, you’ll be able to find Nobrow US setting up at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo at Chicago’s Center on Halstead. From Saturday May 31st to June 1st, we’ll be showing off at Table 59. We’ll be joined by Jesse Moynihan for the American release of Forming Volume 2. He’ll sign them, he’ll draw in them—all you have to do is show up and be cool about it. What’s that? You want more? Okay friend, then how about this: Luke Pearson will be at CAKE as well, and if you know Luke, you know that Luke can’t stand to see a copy of Hilda that doesn’t have a sketch by him in it. All that blank space drives him crazy! He’ll be at table 43A, and he’s promised to stop by and bless our copies of Hilda and the Black Hound with the tender slashings of a blank ink pen. Take that, empty space!

It’s going to be a very crazy couple of days for New York and Chicago, so don’t miss out!


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Bouncing off the Wall
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This Saturday, May 10th, Nobrow and Flying Eye Books will be in West London to support Friends of the Greenside Mural for a 20th Century Graphic Arts Fair. Bouncing off the Wall, organised in conjuction with Jennings Fine Art, is being held to support the restoration of a 1952 mural by Gordon Cullen at the Erno Goldfinger building at Greenside Primary School.  It should be fantastic day with a great variety of exhibitors and artists in attendance, including; Ian Beck, Mainstone Press, Starch Green, Sansom & Company, Phoenix Comic, there will be a launch of previously unavailable Ravillious wood engravings, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the unveiling of the Mural, screenings of a film featuring Alan Powers, a sale of limited edition letterpress posters, printing demonstrations by St. Brides Library and Maypole dancing (of course). We’ll also be there with author and illustrator William Grill who will be signing the few remaining copies of first-edition of Shackleton’s Journey. Come and join us celebrate the craftsmanship of 20th century print, typography and design.

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Luke Pearson’s American tour

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Hello Pearsonites! Did you know that your favourite British comic book artist is in the U S of A? We’ve got a bunch of great events he’s attending all over the US detailed below:

May 6th @ the Strand Bookstore in conversation with George O’Connor 7-8pm
May 10th – 11th at TCAF in Toronto
May 31st-June 1st, CAKE, Chicago
Make sure you get to the one in your city! 


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Hilda’s North American Tour Begins!
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There’s a whisper making its way across the Atlantic, as it hits the breakers of the American coast it begins to gather speed, the pace increases and the whisper turns into a roar. Could this be an unexpected tremor, bounding off the Black Hound’s slipstream as he tears through the Nisse’s homes? Don’t be silly! It’s just word slowly spreading of Luke Pearson’s imminent arrival at JFK airport this weekend. As stores in the US delightfully open fresh boxes of Hilda and the Black Hound for it’s release in May, Luke will be in New York City to begin his US tour and launch the latest in the Hildafolk series. On Saturday May 3rd, he’ll be stopping by Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn for a Free Comic Book Day party at 7pm.  On Tuesday May 6th, Luke will be in conversation with Olympians cartoonist George O’Connor at the Strand bookstore from 7pm. Whether you stroll, schlep, or march your way over in a New York minute, make sure you get there early for an exclusive state-side interview with the creator of the best-selling Hildafolk series. And to find out more about Hilda’s journey across the US (including TCAF and CAKE) keep your beady eyes posted to the page.

Luke Pearson from Nobrow Ltd on Vimeo.


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Worse Things Happen at Sea
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It has been years in the making and finally, finally, our newest Leporello by the master of detail is here – Worse Things Happen at Sea by Kellie Strøm folds out to reveal  mighty  and monstrous creatures of the ocean, ancient vessels and doomed sailors in epic confrontations on the perilous high seas. Even the passive onlooker will have the fires of their imagination stoked as they see each damned freighter attacked by re-awakened beasts of a mythical past. What great feats man faces against nature! And what great artistry it took to bring these stories to life.


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Drawn into a Drawing Book Launch
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April is an exciting month for us here at Nobrow, not only do we get to indulge in our favourite of foods (yes, the all mighty Easter egg) but we’re releasing some very exciting titles, including the latest issue of Big Mother by Raymond Lemstra, The Wonderul Egg by revered American author Dahlov Ipcar and Drawn to Drawing, a monograph of the master draughtsman John Vernon Lord. To celebrate the release of Vernon Lord’s book we’ve organised for a launch to take place at none other than London’s Illustration Cupboard. We’d like to formally invite all lovers of art, revellers in beautiful books, and fans of illustration to come along to an exhibition of his original work, have some refreshments and meet Vernon Lord for a signed copy of the book. An afternoon of celebration this Saturday, 12th April between 2.30 – 4.30pm – adults, children, teens and all in-betweens welcome.

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Photography by Travis Hodges.

 


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Festivals and Frolics
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We said that 2014 was set to be a superb year, and so far it has done nothing but exceed expectations. The last few months have seen us flying all over the world, bustling about the UK and buzzing through London to take part in some fantastic events with some of our favourite authors.  It’s been a whirlwind journey and we’ve been lucky enough to see and experience some truly special moments; kids dressed up as Hilda  for Luke Pearson’s book launch at Gosh, a congregation of designers and illustrators from across the world giving talks at Dublin’s expertly curated Offset festival (talks by all our authors and co-founder Sam Arthur soon to go online, make sure you check it out), we’ve had an exhibition of original artwork by Thibaud Herem at RIBA, launched Big Mother 4 by Raymond Lemstra and Nobrow 9 Magazine at Facing Pages in the Netherlands, and, most importantly, published some beautiful new titles!

Phew!

But wait, isn’t there more to come?

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Imagine Festival at the South Bank Centre

 

Imagine Children’s Festival is back once more at London’s South Bank Centre. From Monday 10 February 2014 – Sunday 23 February 2014 you can find a spectacular line-up of authors, events and workshops to tickle the tastes of any and every totter. This year, two of our artists will be contributing to the festivities, so make sure you get these dates in the diary.

Thursday 19th Feb, join Ben Newman, illustrator of Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, for a workshop in drawing and space defying character design.

Friday 20th Feb, David Lucas will be holding a very special workshop in storytelling and letter writing to stimulate the imagination and bring out the author in you (or your little ones).

See you there!