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The Nightlights West Coast Book Tour!

We’ve got a real treat for you this time!

One of our favorite new artists, Lorena Alvarez, will be headed out to enjoy the scenic west coast, where she’ll be making stops at Gallery Nucleus, Comix Experience, and Floating World Comics to celebrate the release of her debut graphic novel Nightlights!

Nightlights is the enchanting story of Sandy, a bright eyed and creative little girl, and her budding friendship with the mysterious new girl at school, Morphie, whose fascination with Sandy’s drawings begins to take a turn for the sinister…

The Nightlights Tour is your chance to be among the first in the US to pick up a copy of Nightlights, and to catch Lorena in a rare US appearance! You can meet her at these three tour stops:

March 17, 6-9pm
Gallery Nucleus
210 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801

March 18, 6-8pm
Comix Experience
305 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

March 20, 5-7pm
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209

It’s going to be a fun time, so make sure to come out to meet the amazing Lorena Alvarez and get your very own signed copy of Nightlights, the book Publishers Weekly calls “captivatingly eerie […] a deliciously hair-raising story!”

See you there!


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Marcel Takes New York!

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New York, NY–

Start spreadin’ the news! Eda Akaltun, creator of Marcel, is hitting the Big Apple for three days of fun events featuring New York’s favorite French Bulldog, Marcel!

It all starts at 11:30am on Sunday, November 20th at Brooklyn’s POWERHOUSE. Stop in for a very special story time session! Eda will be performing a live reading of her debut picture book, Marcel, and it’s sure to be a fun time. Stick around after the reading to meet Eda and get your own signed copy of Marcel!

Then at 10:30am on Monday, November 21st, Eda will be taking her storytelling talents to FIKA at the TurnStyle concourse below the iconic Columbus Circle! Come by and check out this vibrant Manhattan scene, sitting in the heart of New York’s incredible subway system. (And while you’re there, why not check out our very own kiosk popup shop?)

And finally at 4:00pm on Tuesday, November 22nd, the folks at Teich will be hosting Eda for an interactive and fun reading experience based on Marcel!

That’s three stops on Eda’s Marcel tour, and three chances for you to meet Eda and to hear all about that street-wise city-dwelling pup Marcel! We’ll see you there, New York!

WHOA WHOA WHOA SPECIAL UPDATE!
We got so excited about meeting all of you, we’re going to be kicking off the Marcel Tour a day early! Join Eda at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 19th at Books Of Wonder for the November Picture Book Bonanaza! Eda will be joining the lineup of picture book authors, ready to show off their great new work. Hope we can catch you there!

 


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Check Out Our First Pop Up Shop!
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Hey New York, we’ve got some exciting news for you! Nobrow and Flying Eye Books have opened up our very own limited engagement pop up shop… in the heart of New York’s subway system! That’s right, from now until November 21st, you can find us in the TurnStyle concourse beneath Columbus Circle, Monday thru Friday.

Come check us out! You can take the A, B, C, D, or 1 train to Columbus Circle and find us on the TurnStyle concourse, or if you’re coming from above ground, just take the stairs down from 57/58th street & 8th ave.

We’ve set up a lovely little kiosk, stocked up with some of our favorite titles from Nobrow and Flying Eye Books, and we’re ready to sell them to straphangers, pedestrians, New Yorkers, and tourists alike!


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TWO COASTS! TWO SHOWS! DOUBLE THE NOBROW!
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Oh boy! Nobrow is pulling double duty on both sides of the good ol’ USA this Saturday! Let’s lay out the plan starting from Left to Right…

Seattle is the home of the wonderful Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, and we are pleased to tell you that some pretty amazing titles from Nobrow and Flying Eye Books will be available for you at Table P93. We’re posting up at our very own Nobrow table, and we can’t wait to get these books out to the fine folks of the Pacific Northwest!

It’s going down this Saturday, November 5th from 11am to 6pm at the Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Center!

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Meanwhile on the East Coast… Comic Arts Brooklyn is happening on Saturday too! Team NOBROW will be at Table U21-22, ready with all your favorite Nobrow and Flying Eye Books, and we’re bringing in our pals Wren McDonald and Jeremy Sorese to hang out and meet you! Yes, you! You, specifically!

If you’re in Brooklyn, we’ll catch you at 12 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 from 11am to 7pm!


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PARTY TIME! Kick off MICE with us at Hub Comics!
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Oh yeah! We’re gearing up for a fun weekend at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (or MICE for those in the know), and we’re teaming up with First Second and Fulcrum Publishing to throw the MICE Kick-Off Party at Hub Comics!

Make your way to Hub Comics this Friday, and get ready to party with a solid lineup of MICE’s special guests, including Nobrow artists Wren McDonald (Cyber RealmSP4RX) and Jeremy Sorese (Curveball). Check out the full lineup here, you won’t be disappointed! The party starts at 7pm, and we promise it will get you properly pumped up for an awesome weekend of hanging out with your pals at MICE!

Then on Saturday and Sunday, bring yourself and all the new friends you made at the party to Lesley’s University Hall for the main event! TEAM NOBROW will be posted up at Table A48, and we’ll be ready with all your favorite Nobrow and Flying Eye titles. Also, keep an eye out for the the Developing The Independent Graphic Novel panel on Sunday at 1pm, featuring MICE special guests and Nobrow artists Wren McDonald and Jeremy Sorese.

It’s going to be such a good weekend, and we can’t wait to see you, Massachusetts!

Hub Comics MICE Kick-Off Party
Friday, October 28th, 7-9pm
19 Bow St.
Somerville, MA 02143

MICE (Nobrow – Table A48)
Saturday, October 29th to Sunday, October 30th
Lesley’s University Hall
1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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The Einstein East Coast Tour with Anne Simon!
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The amazing cartoonist and illustrator Anne Simon is making her way to the East coast to talk about the subject of her latest graphic novel collaboration with Corinne Maier – EINSTEIN!

Anne will be signing copies of Einstein and chatting about cartooning and the challenges of adapting the lives of some of the greatest minds in the history of Western Civilization to the graphic novel page.  You won’t want to miss these rare US appearances by one of the foremost French cartoonists of today:

Thursday October 6th, 5pm
Updike Farmstead, Princeton, NJ
The Historical Society of Princeton presents a talk with Anne Simon.
After the presentation, make sure to stick around for the book signing!
Event is FREE

Friday October 7th, 6:30pm
The Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
Panel Drawing Life: Who is the Parisian Roz Chast?
Anne Simon joins a panel of top French cartoonists to talk about the graphic novel landscape of France today.
Event is FREE with registration on The Museum of the City of New York’s website.

Saturday October 8th
The Javits Center, New York, NY
NEW YORK COMIC CON!
Check the New York Comic Con website for more info

Wednesday October 12th, 7pm
Washington DC
“Rendez-Vous with Anne Simon”
Spend an evening with Anne Simon, presented by Alliance Francaise de Washington, DC!
Tickets available here

 


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Fantasy Sports Wins an Ignatz Award!
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A very big congratulations to our friend Sam Bosma on his incredible win at the Ignatz Awards this past weekend at SPX!

Fantasy Sports No. 1 won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic, and we couldn’t be more excited!

“The Ignatz Award, named for the character in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman, is the festival prize of the Small Press Expo, that since 1997 has recognized outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression.”

Sam was nominated along with some genuine giants of comics– Melanie Gillman, John Martz, Daniel Clowes, and Kim Deitch. Congratulations to all the nominees, a big thanks to the folks at SPX and the Ignatz Awards Jury for counting Fantasy Sports among the outstanding comics of the year, and an extra special thanks to all of the attendees who threw in their vote for Fantasy Sports!


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GET READY! WE’RE COMING TO SPX!
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Bethesda, MD–

You better make sure your weekend is free because NOBROW is headed to SPX, and WE’RE BRINGING SOME HEAVY METAL!

SPX is always special, and this year we’re bringing along some extra-special guests.  We’ll be rolling in with Sam Bosma (Fantasy Sports series), Wren McDonald (SP4RX, Cyber Realm), Luke Healy (How To Survive in the North), Jeremy Sorese (Curveball), and José Domingo (Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption), and they’ll be hanging out, signing books, and drawing up a storm!

Here’s when you can catch them signing at Table W76-78:

Saturday:
12 – 1 Wren McDonald
1 – 2 Luke Healy
2 – 3 Jeremy Sorese

Sunday:
12 – 1 Sam Bosma
1 – 2 Wren McDonald
2 – 3 Luke Healy
3 – 4 José Domingo

It’s going to be an exciting SPX for us because we’ve got not one, not two, but THREE Nobrow artists nominated for Ignatz awards! Ryan Heshka (Mean Girls Club) is nominated for Outstanding Artist, Joe Sparrow’s The Hunter is nominated for Outstanding Story, Sam Bosma’s Fantasy Sports is nominated for Outstanding Comic.  We’ll have all of those titles with us so you can experience all that top-tier prestige first hand.

“But will you have anything new?”  Buddy, you better hold on to your hat because we’re bringing some amazing new titles, a bunch of your old favorites, and some stuff you haven’t even seen!  Get ready to be among the very first to get your hands on two SPX exclusive debut titles, Luke Healy’s How To Survive in the North, and Wren McDonald’s SP4RX (be sure to check out the killer book trailer on our Vimeo page).  Both will be out later this year, but we’ll have advance copies ready for you at our table!  We’re also bringing along a couple of certified mega-hits, Sam Bosma’s Fantasy Sports 2 and the latest in Luke Pearson’s Hilda series, Hilda and the Stone Forest.

There’s going to be so much good stuff, we can’t wait to see you there!spxinfo2016blog


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Fantasy Sports 2 Party!
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Los Angeles, CA –

It’s party time!  Wiz and Mug are back for another amazing adventure, and Secret Headquarters is ready to celebrate with none other than Sam Bosma, creator of Fantasy Sports.  Don’t miss your chance to hang out at one of the best comic shops in Los Angeles with one of the most exciting cartoonists out there!  Drinks, new books, and your own signed copy of Fantasy Sports 2 – What more could you need??

FANTASY SPORTS VOL 2 RELEASE PARTY
FRIDAY, JULY 29th
BEGINNING AT 7pm

SECRET HEADQUARTERS
3817 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
 


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Storytime with Keith Negley at Powell’s!
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Portland, OR–
Gather round, everyone!  Powell’s City of Books is hosting a special Kids’ Storytime with the one and only Keith Negley!

This Saturday, Keith will be reading from his latest picture book: the stirring, funny, and sweet My Dad Used to Be so Cool.  Follow along with Keith as he tells you about a tattooed dad with a rock star past, and find out the heart-warming reason behind why he decided to give it all up.

Afterwards, be sure to stick around for your chance to get your book signed by Keith!

Kids’ Storytime with Keith Negley
Saturday, July 16 @ 11:00 AM
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209


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An Adventure in Orlando with William Grill!
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Orlando, FL –
At the end of last month the ALA Annual and the ABA Children’s Institute welcomed the award-winning artist William Grill for a week of panels, signings, and fun at their annual shows!  William sent over some pics of the cool things he was up to during his visit to Orlando and we thought you might want to take a look:

wgALA1Here’s William hard at work at one of his signings, carefully drawing in a copy of his newest book The Wolves of Currumpaw.  The lines to get to William’s table were pretty long, but he made sure to say hi to everyone and send them off with a quick sketch.

wgALA6One of the perks of being a renowned author and illustrator is meeting all of the dedicated readers from around the world.  Here’s William spending time with a young lady excited about her growing collection of William’s work.

wgALA7And here he is sitting with Bobby Byrd, one of the publishers behind Cinco Puntos Press and a big fan of William’s work!

wgALA3But it wasn’t all panels and meet-and-greets.  Here he is up to a bit of mischief outside of the WonderWorks Museum of Orlando, which we’ve just learned has Laser Tag.  If only we’d known sooner!

wgALA4William got into a bit of trouble on this mini golf course, but fortunately for him, he’s as skilled in the art of negotiation and charm as he is with a coloured pencil.

wgALA5Adventure can be found anywhere!  At least that what William was shouting before he found himself trapped in this backhoe.

All in all, it was a very fun and very busy week for us at ALA and the Children’s Institute!  We were so lucky to meet so many brilliant authors and fans at these wonderful shows!

Thanks so much to ALA and the Children’s Institute, as well as the beautiful city of Orlando for having us!
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Here’s a message from William:

Stepping out of the airport I was instantly greeted by the warm Orlando air, reminding me that it was Summer, something that I’d forgotten about back in London. Like the weather, the librarians, booksellers, and illustrators I came across all greeted me with the same warmth and enthusiasm.

It was a pleasure to chat to people from all over the country that had come together to get excited about new books. As an illustrator you rarely get to meet the people who actually help promote your work through shops and libraries, without them we’d be stuffed!

Having made a book that is rooted in American culture I’m glad I could make a connection with people of the same background, especially those that live near New Mexico and have heard of the story.

The most memorable part of the trip was discussing how to make books more appealing for reluctant readers with illustrators as well as librarians. This is what really drives me to keep making books and seeing what you can do with the format. It’s encouraging that the US is conscious of this, and it’s something I hope to continue being a part of.

Lastly, it might look fun to pretend you’re being scooped up by an excavator bucket but those things are ridiculously dirty, be warned.


For more on The Wolves of Currumpaw, be sure to check out our webshop!
Also, don’t forget to check out The Wall Street Journal’s review and Publishers Weekly’s interview with William!


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Create your own Cityscape with Marcel!

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Meet Marcel, he’s a New Yorker through and through. He’s jetting in to London this weekend to celebrate the launch of his new book. Come and join him for a morning of storytelling and crafts with his creator, acclaimed New York illustrator  Eda Akaltun.

Listen to Eda read Marcel’s story and then create your very own cityscape collage for Marcel to make his home. Marcel is sure to steal your heart and ignite your imagination!

Each child attending this workshop will not only go home with their very own cityscape collage but guests will also be presented with a fabulous goody bag filled to the brim with Marcel treats. Books will be available to purchase on the day which Eda will happily sign and dedicate for you.

Time: 11am-12:30
Date: Saturday 25th June
Address: MOLLY MEG 111 Essex Rd, London N1 2SL
Phone: 020 7359 5655
This is a FREE event suitable for 3-8 years (all materials will be provided)

If you would like to join us please email emma@nobrow.net – Places are limited.

Follow Marcel on Twitter and Instagram and buy the book now!

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WOO-HOO! IT’S ELCAF TIME!
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East London!  It’s almost time for ELCAF!

The fifth annual East London Comics & Arts Festival is our favorite comics event, and this one’s going to be the best yet!  In addition to hosting genuine superstars like Adrian Tomine and Richard McGuire, this year’s ELCAF features a slew of events led by some of our favorite Nobrow artists.

Here are the events we’ll be checking out this Saturday:

Robert Hunter
June 11 / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
£5

Robert Hunter is a London-based illustrator who works with traditional drawing and printing techniques to produce his otherworldly picture narratives. Rob has published a number of books including The New Ghost, and a collaboration with Maccabees singer Orlando Weeks called Young Colossus. Join him as he talks about his most recent foray into animation accompanying his illustrated picture book retelling Rudyard Kipling’s classic Jungle Book.

Dieter Braun
June 11 / 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
£5

German illustrator Dieter Braun will join ELCAF to talk about the creation of his recently published english edition of Wild Animals of the North.  An illustrated study of the Northern Hemisphere’s wild animals, this biologically accurate encyclopaedia is the first of a series of books for children.

Vincent Mahe
June 11 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
FREE with ELCAF ticket

Join illustrator Vincent Mahe in a game of exquisite corpse using a template based around a level in a building. Draw, paint, add characters and help to populate this building, which will grow over the course of the workshop, creating a giant vertical Leporello.

Biografiktion – Paul Paetzel
June 11 / 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
FREE with ELCAF ticket

Visual storytelling can be simple and a lot of fun. Join illustrator Paul Paetzel from Edition Biografiktion in this exciting drawing workshop – using a character based on yourself, put your alter ego into a variety of backgrounds and see what kind of story evolves. The results will be sights seen through the eyes of our comic heroes.

Lorena Alvarez
June 11 / 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE with ELCAF ticket

Lorena Alvarez Gómez is a Colombian illustrator based in Bogotá, Colombia. She alternates her work as a freelance illustrator with writing and drawing her own stories, and her interest in colour language and its formal qualities result in bold and unusual palettes. Lorena will talk about personal projects and the process of her first comic book with Nobrow titled Nightlights – a story about how our fears can hold us back and distort the way we see our reality.

and here’s what you’ve gotta see on Sunday:

Mikkel Sommer – London Jungle
June 12 / 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE with ELCAF ticket

Join Berlin-based Danish illustrator Mikkel Sommer as he makes a colourful, 3D diorama (otherwise known as a miniature theatre) based around the theme of a ‘London Jungle’. He will be needing your help to draw, cut, paint, fold and glue, because in reality, he has no idea what he is doing. People of all ages are welcome. Kids even more so.

Alexis Deacon
June 12 / 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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London-based children’s book writer and illustrator Alexis Deacon will be discussing his work at ELCAF this year. He has twice been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and is a two time recipient of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award. His well-loved picture books include Beegu, I am Henry Finch and Slow Loris, and he was one of Booktrust’s ten Best New Illustrators in 2008.

This ELCAF is really going to be something special, and there are so many more fun events and guests for you to see!  Make sure to check out the ELCAF website for all the sweet details.  We’ll see you there!


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WE’RE MOVING! GOODBYE SHOREDITCH, HELLO HACKNEY!
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As of Monday 16th May we will be moving our London office to 27 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL. We are making the short trip east and a little north of Shoreditch to the London Fields area in Hackney, very close to Broadway Market. After almost 8 years in Shoreditch we are sad to be leaving but excited to be starting a new chapter somewhere new. Please note we will not be having a shop space in our new location, but our shop is still very much online as well as your local book store! This move does not affect our New York office or any of our distributors, which will all remain the same.

(Illustration by the brilliant Ben Newman, thanks Ben!)


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Nobrow takes a trip up north for TCAF!
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It’s time once again for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival!  Your friends at Nobrow and Flying Eye Books will be posting up at TCAF with some special surprises in tow!

Make sure to roll through and meet us at table 275 on the second floor to see us and to check out all of your favorite Nobrow and Flying Eye titles.  Not only will we be serving up the latest releases and some old favorites, but we will also be hanging out with some very special guests on Saturday, and you’re invited!

First up is our buddy Jeremy Sorese, author of the amazing queer romance sci-fi epic Curveball.  Jeremy will be at our table on Saturday from 1pm to 2pm, signing copies of his books and sketching up a storm!  Then Jeremy will tag-in the incomparable Marguerite Abouet, one of TCAF’s featured guests, and the creator of Akissi and the wonderful Aya books.  Marguerite will be at our table on Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm.  Make sure to come by for your chance to meet these two talented and important voices of comic art!

We hope we get to see you all this weekend!

Nobrow and Flying Eye Books
at TABLE 275
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th
at the Toronto Reference Library