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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.

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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!


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ELCAF 2014
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ELCAF 2014, the third East London Comics and Arts Festival, is back! Taking place on June 14th at a special new location in East London, the third festival will again be showcasing the plethora of youthful talent in the comics and graphic art scene in London and the UK. It will also bring something fresh to our locals by drawing talent from abroad to take part in the event, inviting exciting new collectives and publishers from Europe and the wider world.

And the big news?! Wait for it… This year’s artist-in-residence is none other than the wonderful Chris Ware! Three is certainly the magic number as Ware is sure to bring a bit of sparkle to this year’s festivities. Keep your ears to the floor and eyes to the skies for Ware’s 2014 ELCAF poster.

The line-up of events will be announced in due course but for now rest assured that it will be rammed with all sorts of immersive encounters with the fascinating worlds of illustration and comics.

Last but not least, we are now accepting submissions from all you talented collectives and publishers! The deadline is the 10 February 2014, so you have just over a month to show us what you’ve got.

Find all application information here: http://www.elcaf.co.uk/

Looking forward to seeing who will be taking part this year!

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Coming Soon: Shackleton’s Journey

As the year speedily storms to an end (my, how fast it’s gone!), we’re looking to some of the exciting releases coming out next year. We’ve got a wonderful array artists, illustrators and graphic story tellers set to produce some absolute stunners. One of the first to be released in 2014 is the truly stunning and inspiring picture-book by William Grill: Shackleton’s Journey. Shackleton’s Journey is a powerful tale that details one of the most perilous and courageous attempts to cross the Antarctic during the Heroic Age of exploration. This extraordinary story combined with Grill’s impeccable pencil work makes this a must have for 2014.  Thanks, Will, for letting us have a peek into your sketchbooks!

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Notable Books of 2013

The New York Times has released its annual list of notable books of the year, and we are absolutely thrilled to find our very own Luke Pearson and the third instalment of the Hildafolk series, Hilda and the Bird Parade, is on there. Brilliant news, Luke (and Hilda)!


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Shoreditch Christmas Triangle
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As the celebrations of our dear Saint Nick fast approaches, so does the question of what to buy for whom develop from a niggling thought to a painful and persistent nightmare. But before that yearly conundrum rears its ugly head, stop and take a peek at what we have to offer this holiday. Nobrow is taking part in this year’s Shoreditch Christmas Triangle so to celebrate and make this season truly festive for you all we will be holding a series of ‘Lates’ in the run up to Christmas. Each Thursday before the mighty Crimbo you will get the chance to buy your favourite Nobrow and Flying Eye stock at seasonal prices. Whether it’s London Deco for architectural enthusiasts, Wild for the younger family members or a new print for your other half, as cliched as it sounds, there is something for everyone.

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So, here is the line-up of what’s to come:

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Christmas Orders
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The layers are coming on, the nights are closing in, the smell of sausage rolls that usually wafts from the back of Greggs has been replaced with warm spices and fruity pies. Hear that faint jingle in the air? Like a jack o’ latern to the ears, classic christmas compilations are  filling every supermarket and corner shop near you. The holidays are coming! But before you get carried away with the merry buzz of festive cheer we want to keep you up to date with some important dates for online orders. We’ve put together a list of the latest possible dates so that you can order your Nobrow gifts in time for the 25th of December.

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Graphic Festival at the Sydney Opera House
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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.

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Professor Astro Cat has landed!
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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!

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The latest releases from Flying Eye

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!


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Scandinavian Adventures!


Pre-festival celebration. Sam from Nobrow, Jonas, Daniel, Christer, Harri from Seriezone

A couple of weeks back I boarded a flight headed for Sweden and the Uppsala Comix Festival. On landing at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport I was greeted by grey skies, drizzle and a decidedly cold Scandinavian day. Thankfully this was the only chilly reception that I received. Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city and it’s a really pretty place with a big student population – so a great place for a comics festival. Although it’s a small festival it was really well attended and people came to spend money. Christer, Harri and the guys at SerieZonen (Uppsala’s best and only comics shop!) did a great job and organised the event at an amazing old art deco cinema – it was really the perfect location. On the day we were even blessed with blue skies and sunshine. A big thank you to everyone who came along to my talk and to everyone at at Uppsala Comix – especially Jonas Anderson for helping me out on the stall – hearing Luke Pearson’s Nordic inspired Hilda series being explained in Swedish to a customer was really my highlight! Also a big shout to some great Swedish publishers that I had the pleasure of meeting – definitely worth checking them all out: Sara Granér and her publisher Galago, Daniel Thollin, Jens Andersson is publishing some really beautiful books, his Edward Gorey book is excellent and one of my favourite ‘I wish we published that!’ books is The First in Line by Mattias Adolfsson.

And if that wasn’t enough Scandinavian-ness for you, we also had books on sale at the Stockholm Comix Festival the weekend just passed – thanks to them – and we will have a good presence at the Oslo Comics Festival,  with Luke Pearson being one of their official guests there in June. Also a good mention lastly for Staffars Serier – Stockholm’s comics store where you can also find our books! Read More..


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Recreate your favourite adventures with our brand new Hilda Toy

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.