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A Big Victory for William Grill!

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Yesterday was a very proud day for Flying Eye Books as William Grill became the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for 50 years for his beyond brilliant debut picture book Shackleton’s Journey. The Kate Greenaway medal is regarded as the greatest accolade an illustrator can receive, and is unique in that they are judged solely by librarians across the UK and has been awarded annually since 1956. Past winners include Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and previous Children’s Laureates Anthony Browne and Quentin Blake- William was shortlisted amongst stiff competition including the current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. It also marks a first win for Flying Eye Books- having set out to publish the most beautiful, entertaining and awe-inspiring books for children, it is a real honour for us as well to have been recognised for this most coveted prize.

The judges said of Shackleton’s Journey, ‘The detailed small illustrations wonderfully bring to life the intricacies of life during the journey, whilst the breath-taking larger illustrations provide a strong sense of scale and highlight the enormity of the natural world. This is an exciting, quality book which provides a true experience and reminds us that it is the people, not the journey, that truly matter’. 

We published the beautiful Shackleton’s Journey in April 2014 to celebrate the anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s departure on “Endurance” across the Antarctic. William delivers a detailed visual narrative of this extraordinary and historical expedition.

William’s beautiful use of coloured pencils and vibrant hues place him somewhere on the artistic spectrum between Raymond Briggs and David Hockney, and his fastidious cataloging of every single detail of the expedition is nothing short of a Blackstock collection.

William evokes the atmosphere and intrepid excitement that would have surrounded the expedition with his impeccably researched and detailed drawings. Children will love examining the exploded diagrams of the peculiar provision taken or the individual drawings of the sled dogs or pack horses. This book takes the academic and historical information surrounding the expedition and teams it with powerful illustration for all readers to enjoy. 

Our deepest congratulations to William, who is so deserved of this success and much more yet to come!

For more coverage of the win follow the links below:

The Greenaway judges discuss the shortlist, and ask William some questions.

The Guardian spoke to William following the announcement and take a look at some of the pages from the book.

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. . . and plenty more online with #CKG15 and #ShackletonsJourney trending on Twitter.  You may have also caught William on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row last night or this morning on BBC Breakfast!
And don’t forget, you can pick up a copy of Shackleton’s Journey from our webshop!

 


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Nobrow’s ELCAF 2015 Signing Schedule!
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Hello everyone!

Are you ready for ELCAF?? Well don’t go rushing off just yet – we’ve got some very cool people stopping by who would love to meet you! That’s right, we’ve got signings from some great Nobrow and Flying Eye artists, and we think you should stop by and hang out!

It starts on Saturday, with Victor Hussenot at 11am at the Nobrow stand in The Laundry, where he’ll be signing copies of his beautiful and ambitious new book The Spectators.

Then make sure to get back to the Nobrow stand at 2:30pm, where Andy Poyiadgi (Lost Property), Joe Sparrow (The Hunter), and Will Exley (Golemchik) will be hanging out and signing their brand new 17x23s.

Also, if you’re catching Sam Bosma’s talk at SPACE, make sure to stick around at SPACE where you can meet the man himself right after his talk. He’ll be signing your copies of Fantasy Sports at 4pm. Don’t miss it!

But wait! That’s only on Saturday! Sunday’s practically overflowing with signings and appearances, all at the Nobrow stand:

The fabulous Emily Hughes will be kicking off the Sunday festivities at the Nobrow stand in The Laundry. She’ll be in at 11am, ready to sign your copies of Wild as well as her latest book, the touching The Little Gardener.

Andrew Rae, author of the rockin’ Moonhead and the Music Machine will be signing books and banging his head at 1pm, then the always amazing Luke Pearson, creator of the beloved Hilda series will be coming in at 2pm to sign your books and maybe drop some hints about what’s next for Hilda?

Then at 3pm we’ll share some laughs with the very fun and very funny author of Adventures of a Japanese Businessman and the upcoming Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption José Domingo!

All around cool guy Ricardo Cavolo will be closing out this full day of signings at 4pm to meet you and personalize your copy of 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die. Finally one of the coolest Nobrow books is made even cooler! Be sure to thank Ricardo for making you the envy of all your friends and rivals.

It’s going to be a great weekend at ELCAF, packed wall to wall with a lot of fun and excitement, and of course, loads of great comics! Here’s that schedule again, don’t forget!:

Saturday
11am Victor Hussenot – The Spectators (at the Nobrow stand)
2.30pm Andy Poyiadgi, Joe Sparrow and Will Exley signing their 17x23s, Lost Property, The Hunter and Golemchik (at the Nobrow stand)
4pm Sam Bosma – Fantasy Sports (SPACE)

Sunday
11am Emily Hughes – The Little Gardener and Wild (Nobrow stand)
1pm Andrew Rae – Moonhead (Nobrow stand)
2pm Luke Pearson – Hilda series (Nobrow stand)
3pm Jose Domingo – Pablo and Jane’s and the Hot Air Contraption (Nobrow stand)
4pm Ricardo – 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die (Nobrow stand)


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O Canada! Nobrow will be at TCAF!
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Can you feel that?  That steady hum of things coming to life, that electric excitement that’s crackling over the skies of Toronto?  It’s time once again for Toronto to open its doors to the finest cartoonists in the world – that’s right, it’s time for TCAF!

Nobrow will be at tables 118-119 to talk about how underappreciated Bruce McCulloch is and our favorite Nardwuar interviews.  We’ll also be showing off a set of amazing debuts.  We will have William Exley’s Golemchik and Andy Poyiadgi’s Lost Property, both from our 17×23 series, and we will also have copies of Victor Hussenot’s hotly anticipated graphic novel The Spectators.

But that’s not all!  New Nobrow Artist Wren McDonald will also be in attendance at the Nobrow table (118-119) from 2pm to 3pm on both days, signing copies of his new comic Cyber Realm.  Make sure to stop by and say hello to one of our favorite new artists and his mustache!

TCAF is one of the best shows to see the newest work from great artists all over the world.  We’re so excited to be a part of it, and we can’t wait to see you there!


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Nobrow is headed to MoCCA
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The snow in New York has melted, and our winter coats are getting shoved into the back of our closets, which can only mean one thing – Spring is in the air, and it’s almost time for the 2015 MoCCA Art Festival (okay, that’s actually two things, but give us a break – it was a really long winter)!  MoCCA is a great festival that features some of the top talents in comics, cartooning, and illustration, and it’s also one of our favorite events.  Nobrow is thrilled to be exhibiting again, and this year’s MoCCA is extra exciting because not only will it be held at a brand new venue, but we will also be debuting three amazing titles from Flying Eye Books!

The latest from our Dahlov Ipcar collection of reprints, Black and White, will make its debut at MoCCA alongside Rilla Alexander’s inspiring Her Idea, and David Lucas’ hilarious This Is My Rock.  We’ll also be carrying some of your old favorites like Luke Pearson’s Hilda series, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner Bianca Bagnarelli’s Fish, our handsome line of Leporellos, and plenty, plenty more.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars, this is going to be a big weekend!  The Nobrow team will be in attendance at tables 208 – 211 on both days of MoCCA, April 11th & 12th, at its new location Center548, 548 West 22nd St. in New York City.  We can’t wait to see you there!


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Nomination for Flying Eye Books
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We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in children’s book publishing – the BOLOGNA PRIZE for ‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’. The prize is for our children’s book imprint Flying Eye Books, which we launched two years ago and through which we now publish around 15 titles annually. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the largest international fair of its kind with its award for Best Children’s Publishers being split into 7 geographical territories. It is a great honour to be one of only 5 publishers selected in the European Category.

To be considered for this prize after such a short time is a huge boost for our whole team and we would like to thank all of our editors, designers and staff for all their hard work during this time. Most of all we would like to thank our artists and authors – this nomination is for you. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues at other publishing houses who voted for us – and indeed urge you all to vote for us at the fair!

http://www.bolognachildrensbookfair.com/en/bologna-prize-best-childrens-publisher-of-the-year/nominations-2015/2540.html


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The Spectators Book Launch
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Hello friends!

If you happen to find yourselves in Paris this weekend then you’re in for a treat.  The wonderful Victor Hussenotis celebrating the release of his latest graphic novel The Spectators at Galerie Sergeant Paper, and you’re invited! Be sure to stop by the gallery on Saturday, March 14th at 3pm where there will be a one of a kind exhibition of original art from The Spectators. For those of you that make it on the day, you’ll have the chance to get your hands on an exclusive limited edition screen-print created for the show, AND (this is the big one) get to see Monsieur Hussenot himself give a graphic narrative performance!

If you can’t make it this weekend then fear not! On the following Saturday, March 21st, Galerie Sergeant Paper will be hosting a book signing session.

So there you go, plenty of The Spectators-related happenings around The City of Light.  For more information, don’t forget to check out Galerie Sergeant Paper’s blog.  It’s going to be a lot of fun, so make sure you stop by!

March 14th & March 21st, 3pm – Galerie Sergeant Paper, 38 rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris


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Creating Lost Property
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We’ve longed admired Andy J Poyiadgi‘s work and the opportunity to create a comic with him was something we absolutely relished. It is, therefore, with much excitement that we are releasing his book this March. Andy has delivered a captivating tale; witty and imaginative. So before Lost Property officially hits the shops, we took the time to catch up with Andy and find out a little more about the man and his mind.

Mr Andy J Poyiadgi:

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ELCAF 2015
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Preparations for ELCAF 2015 are well underway; venue’s being confirmed, artists booked, programme getting finalised, applications flying in, and excitement building into its inevitable  crescendo. Whilst we’re busy flitting about putting all the pieces in place we thought we should at least give you guys something to keep you going over the next few months. So, today ladies and gentlemen we are utterly thrilled to announce the artist-in-residence for ELCAF 2015 is none other than the multi-award winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki.

Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim (with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Books of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the New York Times bestselling graphic novel This One Summer, received a Caldecott Honor (the first GN to be given the Caldecott nod) and won the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award. Tamaki will be releasing a collected anthology of SuperMutant Magic Academy in 2015, published by Drawn and Quarterly. We cannot emphasise how thrilled we are to have such a talented and remarkable artist joining us to celebrate ELCAF 2015!

For more ELCAF news, make sure you check into their Facebook and Twitter @ELCAFest.

 


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This is My Rock by David Lucas
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March is an exciting time here at Nobrow and Flying Eye Books. We have five new titles itching to get themselves out onto the shelves, and among the new releases is one we are particularly thrilled to be showing you: This is My Rockby David Lucas. Lucas is the brilliant author behind A Letter for Bear and Lost in the Toy Museum, he is an enthralling storyteller and a superb illustrator. Before the book’s official release we caught up with David to talk a little about his influences, and what this book means to him . Let us present to you David Lucas:

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An Exhibition of Eventually Everything Connects
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Now that Eventually Everything Connects—Loris Lora’s amazingly inspired history of Californian modernism—has landed in the US and redefined everyone’s expectations of concertina books, you might be wondering how we’re celebrating the release. Well, the secret is out: our friends at Gallery Nucleus will be presenting the original paintings by Loris that make up Nobrow’s newest hardcover leporello right in the heart of California!

Gallery Nucleus is set right in the heart of downtown Alhambra, where they’ve been a welcoming gathering place for the art loving community since 2004! The opening reception for the show, titled “California Modernists”, will take place this Saturday, February 21st, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Loris will be in attendance along with Chris Turnham. Chris, a Los Angeles based illustrator and printmaker, will be on hand to celebrate the launch of his latest modernist-inspired silk screens. You’ll be able to check out their work up until March 1st, so don’t delay! You can find our more information about Gallery Nucleus at their website, and you can grab a copy of Eventually Everything Connects now!

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An Angoulême First Timer

 

A travelogue by Jamie Coe: ANGOULÊME FESTIVAL DE LA BD

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A week or so ago, the lovely folks at Nobrow whisked me off to France with them, for the annual Angoulême Festival de la BD, and what a time we had. I may have unfortunately missed a lot of the exhibitions, but in a festival as big and exciting as Angoulême it felt easy to get sidetracked.

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The festival was truly awesome – jam packed full of amazing talent, artwork and books I hadn’t heard of yet (which were usually in French, consequently making me regret not paying more attention to the language whilst at school – everyone says that, I know).

I met a lot of authors / artists / cartoonists / publishers (some for the first time) and managed to spend some time (even if brief) with a lot of people that I greatly admire, such as Nicolas André, Victor Hussenot, Stephen Collins, Tom Gauld, Luke Pearson, Simon Hanselmann, Karrie Fransman, Andrew Carl and Josh O’Neill.

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An Ode to Angoulême 2015
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Angoulême, oh Angoulême, our sweet patron Angoulême. Too infrequent do your halls open to bear its ripened fruits, too little is the time we have to feast and gather your harvest, too long do we yearn for the coming of the next crop. How thrrrrilled we are to be crowing over your juicy wares in a matter of days! Angoulême 2015 is here! In a handful of hours, team Nobrow (or a portion of us) will be trundling across the border to re-group with some of our favourite European publishers. Together we will toast to solidarity, welcome new faces to the stand and celebrate the year’s releases. Joining us for this round are representatives from Team GB and Team Le France, aka. Jamie Coe (Art Schooled) and Nicolas André (Beyond the Surface), who will be at stand N16 in the Nouveau Monde signing books over the course of the weekend. And just in case you haven’t heard about our newest venture into the digital sphere (time to get out from under that rock), bring yourself over to the table for some demos on what the Nobrow Comics App has to offer. To the Gods of Angoulême, these are our gifts.


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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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nobrow-comics/id869287873?ls=1&mt=8 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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A New Year
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Giddy up! It’s 2015. A bloomin’ exciting time to be in publishing and an even better time to be filling your mind with stories, art and all things inspired. We’re keeping ourselves busy this year, because, as we all know, the Devil makes work of idle hands and hell hath a fury which we dare not encounter. We’ve got plenty of new artists to introduce to you and as many new books to keep you on your toes. We’re absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible pool of talented individuals, so here are just a few whose books you’ll be seeing in the next few months:

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The Christmas Postman
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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)

EUROPE:

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!