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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.


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Jon McNaught at Stumptown Comics Festival

Angoulême festival winner and Eisner Award nominee, Dockwood creator Jon McNaught will be in Portland, Oregon this weekend for the Stumptown Comics Festival. Their goal, a noble one, is to bring comics to the people, so Jon will be sharing some of his thoughts and inspirations behind the creation of Dockwood at the festival. He also will be exhibiting new work in his solo show Passing Time, at Reading Frenzy from the 26th – 29th of April.

Passing Time is a collection of suburban landscapes and everyday vignettes, which provide a deeper exploration of the environments of McNaught’s comics; from the windswept shores of Pebble Island to the suburban streets of Dockwood. These prints are loving tributes to ordinary places, from bus stops, to empty beaches, and other quiet corners of Britain. This show collects together screen prints, lithographs, and linocuts, alongside selected original artwork from Dockwood.

If you’re in the Northwest of America, be sure to check it out – it’ll be a doozy!


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Send us your Awesome Robots

We’re on a mission to find the most awesome robots out there and we need your help! We’ve got some amazing ones so far but we’re always after more!

Check out all the brilliant robots we’ve seen so far and send us yours over at our Awesome Robot tumblr.


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Eisner Award nominations for Luke Pearson and Jon McNaught

Massive congratulations for Luke Pearson and Jon McNaught who have both been nominated for Will Eisner Awards. The Eisners are one of the highest accolades in the comics industry and we’re thrilled that Luke and Jon’s amazing talents are being recognised.

Luke was, in fact, nominated for two awards: Best Kids’ Comic for Hilda and the Midnight Giant; and Best Writer/Artist alongside luminaries Chris Ware, Charles Burns and the Hernandez Brothers.

Elmview, the first story in Jon McNaught’s Dockwood, has been nominated for Best Short Story.

Nobrow 7 was also nominated, for Best Anthology.

We can’t wait until the awards are announced at Comic-Con in July!


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A new assistant, left on our doorstep

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!


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ELCAF 2013

ELCAF 2013 is the second annual East London Comics and Art Festival. Taking place on the 22nd June in Bethnal Green’s York Hall, ELCAF aims to showcase the incredible comics and graphic art talent in London and the UK, and draw artists from across Europe and the wider world. All this for just a £3 entrance fee.

We’re on the lookout for people who want to share the best of what they do with the world and join ELCAF as a stallholder. The submissions deadline of the 23rd of April is fast approaching. If you’d like to be involved, we’d love to hear from you! Head over to the application page of the ELCAF site and let us know what it is you do, what you intend to do at ELCAF and why you should be one of 40+ creative shopkeepers to take part in the festival. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Graphic Novels Meet Picture Books: The Birth of an Imprint

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.


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Flying Eye Workshops at Foyles

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).