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Free Comic Book Day!
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One of the best events of the year is coming soon!  That’s right, this weekend is Free Comic Book Day and Nobrow and Flying Eye Books will be joining in on the fun for the very first time!

We’ve got a special free comic book for you this weekend that features previews of Luke Pearson’s Hilda and the Stone Forest and Sam Bosma’s Fantasy Sports 2.  Both of those stories won’t be out until later this year, so this comic book will be your very first look at what’s sure to be a couple of 2016’s biggest hits!  And don’t worry– there’s a little bonus comic featuring Marguerite Abouet’s Akissi, and an all-new cover by Luke Pearson (check out his take on Wiz and Mug!) to sweeten the deal.

One comic book.  Three great stories.  AND IT’S ALL FOR FREE!  Just make sure to stop into your favorite comics retailer on Free Comic Book Day, this Saturday, May 7th and ask for your copy!  And make sure to take a look around those great comics shops for the rest of our line of Nobrow and Flying Eye Books!


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Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is up for a Webby Award!
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Our good friends at Minilab Studios have been nominated for a prestigious Webby Award! Whilst it’s already a huge honour to be counted amongst the top 5 apps within the Family & Kids category, they need your help to win the People’s Choice award!

Voting takes less than 30 secs and you can VOTE HERE  and help spread the word by sharing with friends, family & social media followers!

Thank you!


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MoCCA 2016
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Oh yeah! Winter’s over, the sun’s out and we’re getting PUMPED for our annual run of shows!

First up is MoCCA Fest 2016 on Saturday April 2nd and Sunday 3rd!  We’ve got a great one lined up for all of you with a Saturday jam-packed with four (FOUR!) signings from Nobrow artists.

Saturday at 12:00: Meet Sam Bosma, author of Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports 2. An EXTREMELY limited number of Fantasy Sports 2 will be available during this signing in advance of the book’s July release.  Make sure to get in early to be among the very first to lay your eyes on what’s definitely going to be the book of the summer!

Saturday at 1:00: Jeremy Sorese will be at our table to hang out and sign copies of his graphic novel, the boundaries-pushing, genre-defying epic Curveball, which was recently announced as a finalist for both the LAMBDA Literary Prize and the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize!  Jeremy is one of the most talented and inventive cartoonists we’ve had the privilege of publishing, so make sure to come by and say hi.

Saturday at 2:00: Signing with Wren McDonald, author of the future revenge story Cyber Realm and the upcoming graphic novel about the super cool hacker hero SP4RX.  Wren’s one of the most exciting new artists we’ve ever met, so trust us: you won’t want to miss him!

Saturday at 2:30 to 3:00: A very rare appearance from the legendary Helen Borten!  Helen has been at the top of the heap in art and illustration since the 60’s and we are so pleased to be reprinting her books.  We’ll have copies of her beautiful children’s picture books Do You See What I See? and Do You Hear What I Hear? available in advance of their May release, so make sure to stop by and take a look at this amazing legacy in action!

Then on Sunday team Nobrow will have all of our classics and hits, some hard-to-find limited editions, and who knows, maybe you’ll catch a little peek at what’s to come!

It’s going to be a fun time so be sure to catch us at MoCCA Fest 2016 at Metropolitan West on April 2nd and 3rd!  Nobrow and Flying Eye Books will be posted up at Table A122-123!  See you there!


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Ricardo Cavolo Takes Seattle!
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Seattle, WA–  Last month the good folks at Short Run Seattle had the brilliant idea to bring over author/illustrator and New York Times Bestseller Ricardo Cavolo to run wild all over the Emerald City.

Ricardo was in Seattle for two whirlwind weeks where he hustled all over town speaking with students, performing a live reading of choice sections of his amazing book 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die, partying with our pals at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery, and leaving his mark with a fantastic new mural.  Check out those colors!

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You can check out all the best moments in this handy Facebook album.  Our thanks to Short Run for coordinating all the fun events!  Until next time, Seattle!

 


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CURVEBALL is on The Cartoonist Studio Prize shortlist!
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New York, NY – There’s just no stopping this book!  Nobrow is pleased to announce that Curveball, the debut Graphic Novel from Jeremy Sorese, is on the shortlist for The Slate Book Review’s Fourth Annual Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year!

“Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize is awarded to two cartoonists whose work exemplifies excellence in cartooning.  The creators of two exceptional comics will be awarded $1,000 each.  This year’s shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS Fellow Noah Van Sciver; and this year’s guest judge, Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.”

We are proud to be included among the shortlist for this distinguished award and we would like to extend our congratulations to all of the nominees, and especially to Jeremy Sorese for all of his hard work and passion that went into creating this one of a kind Graphic Novel debut!  Jeremy was thrilled about the news, saying, “I’m feeling very honored to be nominated by Slate for Curveball, especially amongst all of my idols.”

Previous praise for Curveball:
Sorese has the moving ability to explore the sweet aching melancholy of getting over a broken love, in a hypothetical future so well pictured that it feels alive and familiar well after you put the book down.
—Julie Maroh, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Sorese’s character development and visual choices push this story into new territory. […] There’s a bit of stream of consciousness about Curveball’s construction, but that’s the best thing; it keeps you reading and moreover, looking, alive with an electricity that is just barely under control.
Library Journal

[Sorese] renders a universal melancholia with a pinpoint precision and a tangible sincerity. […] These are infinitely relatable scenes writ large.
The AV Club

Sorese masterfully immerses the reader int he story from the first moment. Incredibly human stories exist in a world full of robots and fantastic beasts.
LAMBDA Literary

Check out more Curveball reviews on Goodreads!


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CURVEBALL is a LAMBDA Finalist!
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New York, NY – Nobrow is proud to announce that Jeremy Sorese’s graphic novel debut Curveball is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Graphic Novel!

“The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature,” said Lambda Literary Board President, KG MacGregor. “In so doing, we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories. It is with great pride that we come together each year to celebrate the excellent works of inspiring authors who have walked in our shoes.” 

It’s a tremendous honor to be included among the finalists for this prestigious award and we are so proud of Jeremy and all the hard work he put in to create such a powerfully resonant graphic novel.  Nobrow would like to extend our congratulations to Jeremy and his fellow “Lammy” finalists! (The full list of finalists can be found here.) Jeremy had this to say about the news: “I feel very honored to be a LAMBDA Literary Finalist this year, especially among some of the best queer cartoonists (and proof of just how many amazing women are in comics) right now. It really means the world to me!”

Previous praise for Curveball:

Sorese has the moving ability to explore the sweet aching melancholy of getting over a broken love, in a hypothetical future so well pictured that it feels alive and familiar well after you put the book down.
—Julie Maroh, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Sorese’s character development and visual choices push this story into new territory. […] There’s a bit of stream of consciousness about Curveball’s construction, but that’s the best thing; it keeps you reading and moreover, looking, alive with an electricity that is just barely under control.
Library Journal

[Sorese] renders a universal melancholia with a pinpoint precision and a tangible sincerity. […] These are infinitely relatable scenes writ large.
The AV Club

Sorese masterfully immerses the reader int he story from the first moment. Incredibly human stories exist in a world full of robots and fantastic beasts.
LAMBDA Literary

Check out more Curveball reviews on Goodreads!


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Short Run Welcomes Ricardo Cavolo!
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Seattle’s Short Run will be hosting New York Times Best-Selling author/illustrator Ricardo Cavolo for three spectacular events in the coming weeks!

The first will be a reading of some choice cuts from his book 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die!  Listen in as Ricardo explains his connection to some of his favorite musicians and then stick around for an interview with Ricardo and a book signing! Be sure to check it out on Friday, February 19th at 7pm at Ada’s Technical Books.

Then you’ll want to head out to Casco Antiguo on Wednesday, February 24th at 5pm for the unveiling of Ricardo’s latest mural.  Trust us, you’ve never seen his work like this before!

Friday, February 26th at 6pm is the big finale where Ricardo and our friends at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be celebrating the launch of Short Run’s Red Eye, an international comics anthology.  Ricardo’s got a few pages in there along with many great up and comers from the international comics scene.

So there you go, three great events to help bring February to a close with the great Ricardo Cavolo!  Check out Short Run’s website for more information.  We hope to see you in Seattle!


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Nobrow & Flying Eye’s Field Trip To The Met!

Hello friends!

Have you been out to the Met lately?  The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is known for its collection of extraordinary and timeless art from all over the world, and now that same classic sensibility can be found in their revamped children’s book area!

The Met’s new children’s book area contains a selection of some of the most beautiful children’s books we’ve ever seen, so of course we were absolutely beaming when we saw a few of our own titles sitting among some of the all-time greats.  The whole area is spacious and well lit, which really allows you to immerse yourself in the worlds of these impressive picture books.

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And that’s not all!  We spotted the bright colors of Beautiful Birds as well as a pair of stunning Leporellos, Swan Lake and Eventually Everything Connects, at the Met’s stationary store:

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We spoke with Lauren Gallagher, Book Buyer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the children’s book area’s brand new look:

What brought about the big change in the children’s picture book section?

The big change came about due to a cocktail of ingredients, the most important one being that I was given broad curatorial freedom in my buying choices.  Coming from an independent bookselling background, I’ve personally sold books to children and their families for many years, and for the first phase I chose to bring in both a combination of books I have had great success with, and new books that look like they not only might be appealing, but could become future children’s classics.

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Would you mind walking us through your vision for what you wanted to achieve with the children’s picture book section?

The ideal is to perpetuate the journey of discovery, to have children and their families walk away feeling like the shop is a continuation of the gallery experience.  All the books in this section have been picked for their strong illustrative and/or literary qualities, both of which are imperative to a child’s early education and introduction to the arts.  As a medium, art communicates everything from stories to observations to feelings, and well-illustrated picture books are–in tandem with a child’s first totterings in the physical world–often a child’s first experience of the wider world, and to the use of imagery as a means of expression.  A child in California can learn about snow in New York, and vice versa.  Picture books have the incredible capacity to open a young mind up to multiple worlds—both outer and inner.  Reading requires concentration and contemplation: the mind is required to go inward to then go outward.  When a child dives into a book (and sometimes us adults too), for a time, they exist within that realm, yet when they finish the book they return to the “real” world, and hopefully through this contrast of experience they begin to discover the power of imagination, creativity, and the myriad of ways we can express ourselves.  I hope customers will find the revised section exciting enough to come back again and again, to return to the Met for this experience of discovery.

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What do you think is the best way for a picture book to get noticed by the Met’s thousands of visitors?

The best way for a book to get noticed is to see someone else taking it off the shelf and reading it!  Placement is key, which is why Met Kids remains its own destination at the West side of the shop.  Picture books are front and center, which hopefully meets our customer’s needs.  We are always fine tuning the visual presentation to hopefully find the right ratio of eclectic but logical display: like with like, but maintaining the element of surprise.

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What do you think the new look for the children’s picture book section accomplishes for the Met?

Hopefully it shows the Met keeping with the times, while staying true to its dedication to educate and enlighten through art.  Books don’t have to be about art or artists to be artistic, or to open a child’s mind up to art.  A Dahlov Ipcar book might make a kid want to draw just as much as a beginner’s guide to Monet or Leonardo.  Most picture books are created, illustrated, and frequently written by living artists, and selling children’s picture books is a way of supporting these artists, many of whom received a good portion of their art education in museums.  It’s also a chance to reintroduce long lost classics and revisit age old tales through updated editions.  I’d like to think the new books have surprised enough people that they will return to see what we’ll have next time.  With any luck we are meeting our core customer needs while attracting a new regular customer base.

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A very many thanks to Lauren for taking the time to chat with us!  Be sure to check out the latest at the Met, and then spend some time in their fresh new children’s book section.  The world-class museum is offering up some world-class picture books, a great little event for art aficionados and picture book lovers everywhere!


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Story Time With Keith Negley!
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Brooklyn!  The unstoppable Keith Negley will be at the wonderful Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene this Saturday at 11am for his patented brand of off the wall story time!  Keith will be reading from his best-selling hit Tough Guys Have Feelings Too and he’ll be following it up with one of his always entertaining interactive Ninja drawing sessions.  Bring some friends, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday!

Saturday, January 9th
11am
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217


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Spend a Day in the Antarctic with an Adélie Penguin Chick!
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In the first part of the One Day on our Blue Planet series, we explored the grassy plains of the Savannah with a little lion cub. This time, the temperature turns a lot cooler as we follow an Adélie penguin chick throughout her day in the Antarctic. Meet all kinds of penguins and other feathered friends as she waddles along the frozen coast and  dive deep beneath the ice to find krill, fish and squid to eat… but watch out she doesn’t become food herself!

Ella Bailey stopped by and kindly answered a few questions about her beautiful new book for us:

1.It goes without saying that the Savannah and Antarctic landscapes are very different, but how did you go about showing this in the books?

The most striking (albeit obvious) difference that comes to mind is the climate! One is very hot, and the other extremely cold, and I ended up using very different colour palettes for each book in order to help convey these two extremes. Other than that, there was the obvious difference in the amount of foliage – that is, in Antarctica there really isn’t any. In fact, Antarctica is a far more barren landscape in general, so I had to find other ways of adding visual interest to the backgrounds.

2. And were there any surprising similarities?

Both areas seem to have a similar sense of vastness about them. In both the Savannah and Antarctica everything seems to be very large and spaced out, including the animals, so at times I had to sort of compress things a little bit so they would fit within the confines of a double-page spread!

3. How did you reference One Day on our Blue Planet- without travelling to the Antarctic, did you go to zoos or watch nature documentaries?

I did visit a zoo – unfortunately they didn’t have any whales, although I did see a few penguins! They weren’t the right species, but they were still very cute. I mostly watched some nature documentaries and clips, and used google images alongside certain websites. Some of the more obscure animals (I’m looking at you, Arnoux’s beaked whale!) were particularly difficult to find references of, although I suppose that is understandable considering where they like to live!

4. The books are non-fiction but you wouldn’t necessarily know it! What were the challenges in storytelling factual information to a young audience?

The main challenge for me was integrating the facts into the storytelling in a natural way, that didn’t feel too overwhelming, dry, or heavy-handed. I think we actually managed to do this by keeping the text itself to a minimum, and following the classic mantra of ‘show, don’t tell’! I also enjoy using the endpapers of the books as an extra, fun way of delivering information outside of the main story itself.

5. Which creators are you most influenced by? Both legendary illustrators and fresh new talent.

There are so many! Mary Blair is one of my all-time favourites, alongside Miroslav Sasek, Alain Gree and Charley Harper. For more contemporary illustrators, I am a big fan of Meg Hunt and Isabelle Arsenault, Marc Boutavant, Icinori, Kenard Pak… Those are just a few, I could go on for a very long time!

Thanks Ella!

Take this little penguin home and grab your copy here!

One Day on our Blue Planet Penguins

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The Curveball Book Tour’s Final Stop!
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It’s been a crazy couple of months on the Curveball Book Tour, and Jeremy Sorese is headed back home to finish it off in style!

Join us tonight at The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn for the Curveball Book Tour’s final stop.  It’s going to be an extra special night with Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly interviewing Jeremy about life, art, and Curveball!

It’s all happening tonight at 7pm!  White wine will be served to celebrate the release of this truly wonderful achievement in graphic novels, and to commemorate the final stop on Jeremy’s Curveball Book Tour.  We’ll see you there!

The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:00pm


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An Important Webshop Holiday Announcement!
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ATTENTION WEBSHOP CUSTOMERS!

Please note the final day for US AND INTERNATIONAL ORDERS to be dispatched and received before Christmas is Monday, 14th December.

The final days for UK ORDERS is Friday, 18th December.

The webshop will be closed from Tuesday, 22nd December to Monday, 4th January so any orders received during this time will not be dispatched until 4 Jan onwards.


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Curveball’s in the Pacific Northwest!
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Fresh off a very successful run at CALA, our friend Jeremy Sorese is headed North for the next leg of his Curveball Book Tour!

You’ll be able to catch Jeremy in Portland on Wednesday, December 9th from 5pm to 7pm at Floating World, one of the finest comic shops in the Northwest, and then again in Seattle on Thursday, December 10th from 7pm to 9pm at the wonderful Elliot Bay.

It’s back to back Curveball this week, and it’s sure to be loads of fun!  If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, we’d love to see you!


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Curveball Hits The West Coast!
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The Curveball Book Tour keeps on rollin’, this time to the beautiful west coast!

Jeremy Sorese, the hard-travelling hero behind Curveball‘s epic sci-fi romance will be visiting California this week, where he will be sampling the finest that the Golden State has to offer.  Swimming pools, movie stars, avocados, and comics shops and festivals!

Jeremy will kick off the west coast portion of the Curveball book tour on Thursday, December 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm at the amazing Mission: Comics and Art in San Francisco.  He will be reading some of his work, and he’ll be signing your copies of Curveball.

Then Jeremy will make his way south to Los Angeles, where he’ll be exhibiting at the second annual Comic Arts Los Angeles!  CALA will be happening on December 5th and 6th, and Jeremy will be there both days to hang out and sell you your very own copy of Curveball.

Two more stops on the great Curveball Book Tour!  Hope to see you there!


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Say Hello to Einstein!
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Welcome to another dimension… where time and space are intricately woven…

100 years after Albert Einstein first published his general theory of relativity in the German periodical, ‘Annals of Physics’ in March 1916, Nobrow is publishing a playful graphic biography of the great man’s life and ideas. Due to his immense curiosity as much as to his intellect, Einstein came up with a truly revolutionary hypothesis that has remained unchallenged to this day (despite numerous attempts to disprove it!). His theory completely changed the way we think about space-time, as it revealed that time runs more slowly near a strong source of gravity. Without these principles, we could never have invented GPS devices – something that most people now use every day.

Einstein is the third in Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s collection of graphic novels exploring the lives of the most controversial and outspoken figures in modern history. In Maier and Simon’s inimitable style, this biography provides a beautiful and witty introduction to Einstein’s background, life, and legacy; full of intricate details and amusing insights. The combination of noted psychoanalyst (Maier) and gifted illustrator (Simon) is clearly a winning one – just take a look at these fantastic reviews!

Praise for Freud:

“This unusual illustrated biography takes us through Freud’s life and legacy with equal parts scientific-historical rigor, sociocultural insight, and disarming wit, both visual and narrative.” – Brain Pickings

“The book strikes a fine balance between informative storytelling, charming imagery and witty dialogue.” – It’s Nice That

Praise for Marx:

“Simon’s whimsical and vivid art is delightful.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The cheerful and even flirtatious drawings are a perfect match for this breezy but intriguing introduction to these great thinkers… [Simon’s] skill at layering a comic page with mischievous constructions is unparalleled and is never detrimental to its reading… Simon and Maier have produced an easy accessible biography series in Freud and Marx that is equally informative and playful. I can only hope that there are more books in the works for this series.” – Broken Frontier