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HiFest
HiFest

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
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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
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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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Short Run
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Nobrow is packing it up and heading out to Seattle, home of the wonderful Short Run Festival.  Going on its fourth year, Short Run is a fun festival celebrating comics and art in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.  Your friends at Nobrow fall squarely in the “around the world” category, so of course we’re bringing our beautiful books from our internationally renowned artists!

We’ll also have our newest releases like Roman Muradov’s beautiful and mysterious (In a Sense) Lost and Found, Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s essential Marx, and Dustin Harbin’s tremendous Behold! The Dinosaurs!, plus an appearance from our friend Jamie Coe, who will be flying in from London to sign copies of his new book, the excellent Art Schooled!

We’re also excited about Jamie being named Short Run Festival’s special UK guest this year, and we hope you’ll join us at the festival, where he’ll be signing his books and selling an exclusive limited edition screen print, and again on November 20th, where he’ll be making a presentation at the Seattle Public Library’s Capitol Hill branch.  A lot of big things are in the works for Jamie, so don’t miss your chance to meet the man behind one of our favorite new comics!

If all of that sounds good to you, then we’ll see you at Table B10 in Washington Hall in Seattle on November 15th for the festival, and again at the Capitol Hill Library on the 20th for Jamie’s presentation!  We can’t wait!  We won’t!  In fact we’re just going to head out to Seattle right now to get a head start!  See you there!


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Thought Bubble 2014
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We’re back for another year of comic madness at this year’s Thought Bubble in Leeds. It’s going to be a whirlwind weekend with plenty to keep the eyes pre-occupied as exhibitors pile into the gargantuan venue to flog the best of this year’s harvest. Joining us this year is author and illustrator Andrew Rae whose new graphic novel, Moonhead and the Music Machine has hit the streets with a resounding bang! He’ll be with us throughout the weekend to sign his book and just have a general chit chat.

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Also joining us for the weekend will be the creator of the Hildafolk series, Luke Pearson. Luke has been shortlisted in the Young People’s Comic category for the British Comic Awards which will be announced at Thought Bubble. We’re super thrilled with the nomination and have been keeping all manner of body parts crossed for weeks, so whether it’s unwinding with a Pearson win or simply unwinding, hope you’ll join us in shaking ourselves lose at stand 166-167 in the New Dock Hall.


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Nobrow at Colomiers
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We’re back at Colomiers Festival de BD in France this weekend with a hoard of books for you to pore over and delight in. Last year the festival organisers invited Jon McNaught and Robert Hunter to create a bespoke exhibition to accompany the stand, this year Jon has not only been asked to create the festival poster but has also been invited to display blown up pieces of his work on billboards around the city. Billboards with a  neon backdrop beaming out images of sleepy british towns, which also feature beaming neon billboards, but of the next best shampoo to hit the high streets. The mind reels!

And nestled within this mêlée of fluorescent billboard lovin’ will be the festival itself where we’re setting up shop with the one and only Nicolas André. Nicolas André, master of colour and print, technician of form and space. Nicolas André who will be jetting down from Belgium from his exhibition titled the Heresy of the Muse (L’hérésie de l’égérie). Nicolas André, creator of Beyond the Surface. Nicolas André who we are quite clearly enamoured with… See you there, folks.


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No Sleep Til (Comic Arts) Brooklyn!
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November is typically a time for chilly weather, but things are going to be heating up in Brooklyn!  Nobrow is thrilled to be exhibiting at this year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn (or “CAB” for those who appreciate a good ‘breev), and we’re ready to fan the flames of one of the hottest shows on the East Coast with our latest titles and our modern classics.

We’ll have amazing new books like Jamie Coe’s Art Schooled, Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s Marx, and Dustin Harbin’s Behold! The Dinosaurs!, as well as a special appearance from our friend Roman Muradov, who’ll be signing copies of his latest, (In a Sense) Lost and Found.

Nobrow’s also got a special treat for all those in attendance: a new issue of Desert Island’s popular Smoke Signal anthology edited by Alex Spiro, co-founder of Nobrow!  The new issue features work from great Nobrow artists like Jon McNaught, Luke Pearson, Bianca Bagnarelli, Jamie Coe, Jesse Moynihan, Ben Newman, and many others, plus a collaboration featuring living legends Gary Panter and Charles Burns as well as comics from some of our other favorite cartoonists.  Even better, it won’t cost you a cent!  All copies of Smoke Signal are FREE for attendees, so make sure to pick one up at the door to get you started!

It’s going to be a great show and a lot of fun, so be sure to head over to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg on Saturday, November 8th to get in on the excitement with your friends at Nobrow!


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A Glitch in the Nobrix
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Just a little note to all our dear customers, due to some rather dull administrative issues also known as an office move (or, if you prefer, some bizarre happenings in the week leading up to Halloween) all orders from our online shop will not be shipped until Monday Nov. 3rd. Apologies for the inconvenience – we’ll make sure we stick a couple of postcards in there for you :)


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Nobrow’s Heading To Philly!
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Philadelphia!  Ring that Liberty Bell, thrown on your finest Green Man suit, and get excited….because Nobrow has been eating clean and training hard to take the belt at Locust Moon!

Nobrow is proud to be exhibiting at the third annual Locust Moon Comics Festival, one of the fastest growing shows in the indie comics world, and we’ll be there trading fist bumps with some genuine comic book rock stars, all the coolest up-and-comers, and you! More importantly, we’ll be there all day, ready to help you get your hands on some bonafide hits from the Nobrow library. What’s that, you say? You’ve already read modern classics like the Hilda series, Dockwood AND The New Ghost?  Well, what about Obsolete?  Or the latest installment in our Eisner-nominated anthology Nobrow Magazine? Those too?  Hey, that’s great! Becuase we’ll also be bringing along some of that new hotness, like Jamie Coe’s Art Schooled, Roman Muradov’s (In A Sense) Lost and Found, Dustin Harbin’s Behold! The Dinosaurs!, and Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s Marx for all of you Nobrow aficionados certain to be in attendance.

It’s all happening on Saturday, October 25th, from 10am until 6pm, at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia). The Nobrow team will be at Table S18-19 (in the Sanctuary) where we’ll be pulling out all the stops, so be sure to stop by and check us out. Maybe bring along one of those cheesesteaks we’ve been hearing so much about…


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Lakes International Comic Art Festival
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It’s that time of year again; Lakes International Comics Art Festival! We’re gearing up for a weekend in the fair town of Kendal where we’ll be joined by author of Art Schooled Jamie Coe. And to add a bit of Nobrow spice to the weekend’s festivities we’ll be running a competition to give away a copy of the limited edition magazine Nobrow 2: The Jungle to one lucky LICAF go-er (this one’s like gold-dust, you don’t want to know how much it’s going for on Amazon). Come over to stall 13 on the Ground Floor of the Clock Tower on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October for more info, and to say hullo.

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London Art Book Fair… and then some.
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September seems to have propelled itself past us like a bat of hell (or perhaps that rocket fuel we experimented with this summer has taken effect). Either way we’re approaching the last week of this manic month and there’s a heck of a lot more on the cards. This weekend is the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London. It’s the first time Nobrow will have a stand there so we’re super excited to be part of the throng. Over the course of the weekend we’ll be joined by two artists, Jamie Coe and Simona Ciraolo, who will be signing books with us at Table 18 on the ground floor. But selling our wares at London’s biggest Art Book Fair is not enough, pffft don’t be silly, we’ve got far more for you to do than that!  At 4pm on Saturday 27th, a workshop titled Book Dissection: The Art and Craft behind the Product will be taking place at Whitechapel and will be run by Nobrow co-founder Sam Arthur and designer Emily Sear. Dissect our books, recycle the materials and create your own. There are limited spaces so reserve now or forever be filled with regret.

Later that evening we’ll be officially celebrating the release of Jamie’s new graphic novel Art Schooled with a launch at Gosh! on Berwick street. Jamie will be at Gosh! in the afternoon for a live window drawing and from 7pm onwards we’ll be toasting his book with drinks, a signing and much, much merriment.

All this in the middle of an office renovation. Multitasking at its finest.


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Three Nobrow Artists, One Show: SPX 2014!
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Nobrow is headed to Bethesda, Maryland and we’re bringing the thunder down hard on SPX!

One of the best and most popular shows in the indie comics scene, SPX is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, and it’s looking to be the best SPX yet!  Nobrow’s US team of former Prom Kings will be there, holding down the fort at Tables W34-35. We’ll be showing off our amazing lineup of books, including John Martz’s Ignatz Award nominated Destination XWe’ll also be bringing in the big guns this year with not one— but two!— SPX-exclusive debut books: Roman Muradov’s hotly anticipated graphic novel debut (In a Sense) Lost and Found, and Dustin Harbin’s insanely detailed and massive leporello Behold! The Dinosaurs!

Not enough for you?  Two handsome debut books at one of the greatest comics shows in the world and you still want more?  Well how about this: Signings from THREE of Nobrow’s newest cartoonists!

Andrew Rae will be flying out from England to sign his first graphic novel Moonhead and the Music Machine from 11am to 12pm on Saturday, Roman Muradov will be signing (In a Sense) Lost and Found from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, and Dustin Harbin will be signing copies of Behold! The Dinosaurs! on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm just for you!

Those deafening sounds of excitement in your very souls, getting stronger with every beat of your heart?  That would be Nobrow— bringing the thunder as promised.


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As Zine by Nobrow at the V&A
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When asked whether we’d like to run a workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of London Design Festival there was little else we could do but rush to the kettle for the most sedative cups of tea we had on hand (camomile, if you’re interested). The answer of course was a unanimous roar of YES (slurp of tea) PLEASE (slurp again)! We were thrilled at the opportunity and quickly put our heads together to come up with a workshop befitting of the invitation, and brief – design in books and illustration. For those of you that don’t know, London Design Festival started up in 2003 and in its eleven years in action has grown to become one of the most important annual design festivals in the world. It is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions, involving every aspect of design. It is a thrilling time of year to be in London. So, this Saturday (13th September) come join Nobrow designer Emily Sear in creating your very own zine. Inspired by the annual Nobrow magazine, we’ll be asking you to unleash your imagination through illustration. With the brief in hand you will be asked to consider elements of design with colour (restricted), content (structured) and layout. See you there.

” As Zine by Nobrow” – Saturday 13 September, 4.00-5.30 pm at the Art Studio, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum


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Baltimore (and Chewbecca) Awaits!
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Fry up those crab cakes and crack open a case of Natty Boh, because Nobrow is heading out to Baltimore Comic-Con!

Going strong on its fourteenth year, Baltimore Comic-Con is known far and wide as one of America’s beloved comic book conventions, and we at Nobrow are very excited to be a part of it.  We’ll be there with a whole bunch of our great Nobrow books, hanging out with our comicbookin’ pals from all over the world and rubbing elbows with Chewbacca himself (arguably the greatest Wookie of all time).

It’s all happening from September 5th through the 7th where Nobrow’s US team will be setting up shop at Table 2202.  They’ll be proudly showing off all of the latest Nobrow releases as well as some other surprises that you’ll just have to see to believe.  Better start making room in those oversized swag bags!


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A Journey to Antarctica with William Grill!
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William Grill, the recent winner of the prestigious AOI  New Talent Award, is joining the ranks of well seasoned festival goers and jetting off to the fair city of Edinburgh for this year’s International Book Fair. The festival’s programme is absolutely choca with some of the most inspiring authors, illustrators, movers and shakers around, including the likes of Judith Kerr, Phillip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler. We’re delighted to have one of our leading illustrators on board, so if you’ve got the chance to head to Edinburgh this year set your alarm on Tuesday 12th of August and join us at 10.30am to hear Will in conversation with Andrew Blair. And, to add even more oomph to the day, we’ve supplied the festival with the very last 40 copies of first edition Shackleton’s Journey before the reprint is out mid-August. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.