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Nobrow is headed to MoCCA

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

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!

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The Spectators Book Launch

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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

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: 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

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

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)


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!

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Another event to look forward to this weekend will be Hifest Illustration festival based in Hastings. The event is packed with workshops, fantastic exhibitors and some stellar artists; including Quentin Blake, John Vernon Lord and Ben Newman. We’ll have a stall set up and ready to cater to all your christmas needs, and for that extra special gift you can get specially signed copies of Vernon Lord’s book Drawn to Drawing and Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Ben Newman as both artists will be stopping by the Nobrow stand to sign some books. Go on, get yourself a treat.

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Makers Christmas Fair

Finally, it’s here! The season we all love to hate, the season to be jolly, the season to glut, revel and rejoice; mince pies, brandy wine, mistletoe, mulled wine, bright glittery lights, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, roast tatties (more than usual), and some more wine (errherm)! Refusing to milk the festive cow is considered nothing short of lunacy. And as we’d like to milk for all we can, we’ll be kicking December off with an ole’ fashioned stall at a Christmas fair. We’re  joining the likes of Wool and the Gang and the Cocoa Den at the Maker’s Market at 260-264 Kingsland Road on Saturday 6th of December to share in some creative cheer with London’s finest craft-minded folk. You’d be silly not to join us.

And if you want to know a little more here’s what the organisers have to say about the event:

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Words from Miss Hodgson

The year twenty fourteen is drawing to a close and before the final curtain call we thought we’d catch up with our authors for a little hello; chat about their books and see what they have in their sketchbooks (sneeeaky). First up isJesse Hodgson. Jesse is a bristol based illustrator and author of  the wonderful children’s picture book Pongo. Pongois a beautiful tale and one that we go back to again and again, both to marvel over Jesse’s illustration style, which is simply a joy, and to revel in the warmth of her narrative. Here, folks, is Jesse Hodgson.

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