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Keith Negley in New York!
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It’s an exciting week for us because Keith Negley‘s coming into town!

The author of the wonderful Tough Guys Have Feelings Too, Keith will be making appearances at bookstores around New York and New Jersey to read from his Flying Eye picture book debut and to show off his illustrating abilities!

All of these events will be fun for all ages so bring along your friends big and small!

Here’s where he’ll be this week:

Wednesday, November 4th at 4pm
The Curious Reader
229 Rock Rd
Glen Rock, NJ 07452

Thursday, November 5th at 11:30am
Edamama
568 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Friday, November 6th at 11am
Bookcourt
163 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201


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From sketch to show to zine… Ryan Heshka’s Mean Girls Club!

 

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In the latest of our 17×23 series, Ryan Heshka sneaks us into a meeting of the Mean Girls Club as they pay tribute to the ghosts of their founders… but be warned, few eyes have ever witnessed a secret Mean Girls Club gathering and fewer yet have lived to see another day… With ceremonial insect venom transfusions and snake worships just the start these subversive sirens cause all kinds of mayhem as they seek out pure fear, intoxication, vice and adrenaline, sweeping like a cruel plague of pink and black.

Ryan Heshka is a Vancouver based, self-taught artist and illustrator. His childhood influences of antiquated comics, pin-ups, pulp magazines, sci-fi and movies persist today and his paintings are full of pop-culture references through the ages. Ryan primarily works in acrylic paint on wood panel and embellishes these images with magazine cuttings.

The Mean Girls Club 17×23 comic was the result of a really exciting project and we asked Ryan to talk us through the timeline from the first sketch to the Nobrow 17×23.

The first of the Mean Girls characters was conceived as a sketch book painting (“my brow”). It was just a throw away idea that I didn’t expect to go anywhere.

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I later ended up coming back to that brow character and developed a bunch of other girls like her. I came up with the visual pun idea of a bunch of mean looking girls, brandishing clubs, that would be called “Mean Girls Club”

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I had been in contact with the large advertising agency Weiden + Kennedy around summer 2013 and had heard that they do monthly artist shows in their vast lobby and gallery space, so I pitched the idea of a show to them.  Out of the need to fill the space with a unified, central idea that could take form of installation and multi media show, this Mean Girls Club idea evolved.  I had been wanting to make a risograph comiczine for some time, so I used that combined with MEAN GIRLS concept as the jumping point.  

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The MEAN GIRLS CLUB show, in July 2014, ended up as a multi faceted show, involving:

  • a full sized club house where people stick their heads in to watch , only to become human taxidermy,
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  • large scale prints and murals,
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  • silk screen prints with 40 of each print available
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  •  and the risograph comic as a run of 300 signed/numbered copies.
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All of the prints and zines sold out within the first two weeks of the show’s opening.

The week after the show’s opening was the ICON illustration conference.  That’s where I met Sam from Nobrow, and put a copy of the comic into his hands.  The rest is history!

You can buy the final result of this incredible project now from the Nobrow shop. Get your own copy of Mean Girls Club and see what these sassy sisters are all about… if you dare!


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NOBROW at MICE 2015!
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It’s time for the 6th annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo and your friends at Nobrow will be there to greet you with some of the finest looking comics, graphic novels, and picture books in the scene!

The adorably acronym’d MICE is a showcase for comics artists and writers in the greater-Boston area, and we are so pleased to be a part of this up and coming comics show, and to visit the greater-Boston area for the first time!  (We hear they’ve got great apples)

MICE is happening this weekend, from October 17th through October 18th at 1815 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA.  Nobrow will be in attendance both days at table A30.  It should be a really fun weekend!  We’ll see you there!


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Fantasy Sports 2 Cover REVEALED!
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Well well well, would you take a look at that?  This right here is the official cover for the hotly anticipated new volume of Fantasy Sports!

Fantasy Sports 2: The Bandit of Barbel Bay sees the return of your favorite dysfunctional duo, Wiz and Mug, as their fun in the sun is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious secret that could change everything we know about The Order of Mages!

Nobrow will bump, set, and spike this baby into your hands in Summer 2016, but for now, we can just soak up Sam Bosma‘s beautiful cover!


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Minilab Studios is hiring a middleweight Unity app developer!
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Minilab Studios is the brand new creative production company from Nobrow and Flying Eye Books, set up to make the most beautiful, engaging digital products that children can get their hands on.

We have just launched our first children’s app, Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System on iOS, which was based on a popular Flying Eye non-fiction picture book, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, by illustrator Ben Newman and quantum physicist Dr Dominic Walliman.

We have access to a large and valuable catalogue of IP through our sister companies, but we will also be seeking innovative ways to build our own stories, characters and universes to push the boundaries of gaming and digital education into new frontiers. We are looking for enthusiastic team members to help us do this!

About the role

We would love to work with somebody who:

– has 3+ years professional experience in game development with Unity (both 2D and 3D) and C#.
– is passionate about games and interactive media (children’s sector a plus).
– has a good understanding of mobile development and the relevant technologies, screen sizes and operating systems.
– is good at maths.
– has a head for good UX and slick UI.
– can competently use the Unity UI system to work across all screen-shapes and sizes.
– is keen to learn how to use new plug-ins
– has an understanding of animation, physics and particle engines.
– is comfortable animating with code.
– has a grasp of graphics editing software such as Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
– has shipped at least 2 mobile titles to market (iOS and Android).
– is able to give examples of previous projects and explain levels of involvement.
– displays tidy programming practices and can take care of optimisation/file size etc.
– always strives to make the best product possible.
– can be instrumental in planning out scopes of work.
– is a good communicator and works well within a creative environment.
– is forthcoming with new ideas and keeps abreast of tech news.

Nice-to-haves:

– familiarity with the Flash IDE.
– an eye for design.
– some knowledge of 3D packages such as Maya.
– an interest in AR experiences.

The role will be contract-based with a view to becoming a fulltime in-house member of the team at our offices in East London.

You will primarily be working alongside our lead creative as well as an animator.

Market rate salary based on experience.
Applicants must be able to work in the UK.

If you fit the bill and are interested in joining us on our exciting new foray into the world of digital, we would love to hear from you!

Applications should be sent to jobs@minilabstudios.com stating ‘DEVELOPER APPLICANT’ in the subject field. Please include links to your best work and a bit about yourself.

Deadline extended!

Application deadline: Friday 23rd October 2015.

We will contact you by Friday 30th October 2015 if we would like to interview you.

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Minilab Studios Presents Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System!

Exciting news!

We are proud to introduce Minilab Studios, the new digital production company that promises to follow the ethos upon which Nobrow Press and Flying Eye Books are founded.  Minilab will provide the most beautiful experiences in visual storytelling, learning and play that children can get their hands on by working with teams of talented animators and developers along with expert academics and the best illustrators in the world in order to create the very best digital products for children that parents can trust.

Minilab has released its first app for children, Professor Astro Cat’s Solar Systemfeaturing none other than Professor Astro Cat, the star of Ben Newman and Dr. Dominic Walliman’s best-selling Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space!  With the app, Minilab has used delightful animations, bespoke audio and seamless interactivity to invite children (and their parents) to play and learn amongst the stars!

Never has a learning experience been more fun and dynamic, and we can guarantee that none have looked this good.  With Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System downloaded to your phone or tablet you can sign up for the Astro Cat Space Programme and join up with Professor Astro Cat himself (alongside his buddy, the tenacious Astro Mouse) to embark on fact filled missions to find out all about our solar system!
Here’s a COUNTDOWN to all the excitement that comes with Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System:

5 – EXPLORE the frontiers of our solar system and travel the vastness of space with just the tip of your finger!

4 – DISCOVER planets, moons, suns, spacecraft and everything in between.  Get to the core of the matter with the special “unzip” feature!

3 – PLAY awesome jetpack challenges.  Fuel Astro’s jetpack with your newfound knowledge!  Can you make it to the top of the stratosphere??

2 – EARN cool medals for your collection.  Get three stars in your jetpack challenges to win all eleven!  Now’s your chance to impress your pals by being the most decorated cat in space!

1 – BUILD a rocket as you go.  Winning medals creates rocket parts – you’ll need them all!

BLAST OFF into space with  Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System by Minilab Studios!

KNOWLEDGE AWAITS!

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Price: $2.99 | £2.29 | €2.99
Category: Education
Age: 7-10
OS: iOS 7 or later
Devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod


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Get set for Art School with Art Schooled!

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As this year’s new set of students embark on their own art school journeys, we’ve a very special competition to announce!

Are you starting art school this September? We’re sure that in the first month, you will have all kinds of new, wonderful and weird experiences and we’d love to see them! Send us a sketch of anything strange, funny or just totally surreal that has happened! You can show us @nobrowpress and @jamiecoeart using #ArtSchooled on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and we will choose our favourite to win a signed copy of Art Schooled and a set of Nobrow sketchbooks!

And as if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, we have Art Schooled at a special price of £9.99 until the 30th October in the Nobrow webshop! Buy it here!

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From the pastures of the country to the pavements of the big city; Art Schooled is an unforgettable journey into adulthood. Daniel Stope is a small-town guy who dreams of becoming an artist. His enrolment at art school and consequent move to the city opens up a world of exciting possibilities. Unsurprisingly, Daniel struggles with his newfound independence – the difficulties of dating and making new friends in the big smoke. Coe’s tale is a visually powerful and enthralling graphic novel that anyone who has been through the doors of an art school can relate to!

1. What was the best thing about starting art school?

Probably the idea of leaving the nest and starting a ‘grown up’ life as an artist, living somewhere new (that you can keep as messy as you want = rebel), studying art stuff alongside like-minded people and making new friends.

2. …and the worst?

I guess it can be kind of cliquey at the beginning, but that usually settles down.

3. What do you particularly miss about it now?

I didn’t think I would miss it as much as I do, but, yeah I definitely miss it. Art school is the perfect place to play around with your art, make mistakes, learn from them and grow as an artist. I really miss late-night drawing sessions with my buddies. We’d play music, drink some beers, smoke ciggies and just hang out making stuff till the early hours, was a great time.

4. What are your favourite 3 moments in the book and why?

A.) The ‘Creepy Guy’ scene because that actually half-happened, but it was when I was at school, before uni. I had a lot of fun drawing the opening panel, making the life drawing model as creepy and gross as possible. No disrespect to the life drawing model community of course.Picture 1B.) I really enjoyed writing and drawing the ‘LABELS’ section of the book, where there are diagrams of all the stereotypes of modern art school students, based on their fashion, interests and attitudes. It’s a bit harsh, but go to an art school, you will see similar people.

Picture 2C.) The bit where Daniel punches Pip’s ex-boyfriend in the throat. Because I got to draw someone getting punched in the throat.

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5. How much of the book is based on your own art school experience?

It’s a fictional story with fictional characters, but yeah, it’s definitely based on a lot of my own experiences.

6. And what one piece of advice would you like to offer this years’ new art school beginners?

(*clears throat, ready for an emotional, motivational speech*) I guess I’d say, enjoy it while it lasts (*cries pathetically*) and you know, ‘work hard, play hard’.

GOOD LUCK!


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An Emily Hughes Mini-Tour!
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Emily Hughes, the amazing author illustrator behind the tremendously successful Wild and The Little Gardener will be visiting America and making a few stops to read to you and sign your books!

First up, Emily will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Children’s Day, Saturday the 19th! She’ll be hanging out at Booth 15, the Nobrow & Flying Eye Books booth, from 10am til 2pm. She’ll also be doing a reading and a signing of her beautiful picture books at 11:30am at the Picturebook Stage at MetroTech Commons. It’s going to be a magical day filled with books and wonder so be there to help welcome Emily to the East coast!

Then on Tuesday, September 22, The Curious Reader in Glen Rock, NJ will be hosting a reading and arts & crafts afternoon with Emily from 3:30pm to 5pm. This will be a good chance to flex those creative brain muscles to make your own Little Gardener. Or maybe you’re more of a Wild-child?

Wednesday, September 23rd, will be Emily’s final stop on her mini East coast tour! Book Court in Brooklyn will be hosting a storytime session at 11am where Emily will read aloud from her latest book, the always-inspiring The Little Gardener.

So there you have it, three great opportunities to meet one of the most exciting talents in storytelling and illustration are coming up! We hope to see you there!


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NOBROW happenings at SPX 2015!
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SPX is back for another year of amazing comics and art, and NOBROW will be all over it!  Check out that Luke Pearson poster!

One of the most beloved shows in the independent comics scene, the Small Press Expo will be happening on September 19th and 20th in Bethesda, Maryland.  Nobrow will be posted up at tables W76-78, and boy oh boy do we have some cool stuff in store for you!

First up, the books!  We’ll have our latest releases and all our certified hits, to be sure, including the beautiful (In a Sense) Lost and Found by Ignatz-nominated artist Roman Muradov.  Pick up a copy and see for yourself why Roman’s been nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist!

SPX 2015 will also be the North American debut of the paperback edition of the instant classic Hilda and the Troll by special SPX guest Luke Pearson!  It’s the very first Hilda story reprinted in a wonderfully designed new format, perfect for sharing with those new to our favorite adventurous heroine Hilda.  This edition also features some sketches from Luke as well as a bonus Wood Man comic!  Once you’ve picked up your copy of the new Hilda and the Troll Paperback edition, don’t forget to stop by the Nobrow table from 3pm to 4pm (both days) where you can meet Luke and have him sign your books.

If you’re a big Fantasy Sports fan you’re going to want to stop by our table because the creator of one of the hottest books of the year, Sam Bosma, will be hanging out from 4pm to 5pm on both days!  Sam will be signing books and making some outrageous claims about who can out-ball Steph Curry, it’s gonna be wild!

Books, signings, an Ignatz nomination… we’re not done yet!  Make sure to come by The White Oak Room on Sunday from 2pm to 3pm to check out the SPX spotlight on Luke Pearson, Philippa Rice, Sam Bosma, and Kali Ciesemier!  These four amazing artists will be talking all about their art, their process, their projects, and much more.  Don’t miss out on what’s sure to be an insightful panel featuring four of today’s most exciting young artists!

It’s going to be an amazing weekend!  Make sure to come by and say hi!  Your friends at team Nobrow will be manning Tables W76-78 on both days, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th.  See you there!


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Read Danny with Gwendal Le Bec!
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Do you love Danny the charming, orthodontically-inclined hippopotamus? Of course you do! The hilarious hippopotamus has been captivating young readers everywhere and now you can meet one of his creators!

Edamama will be hosting Gwendal Le Bec this Saturday, September 12th at 11:30am for a super-fun read along that’s sure to put a hippo-sized smile on your face! Afterwards, you can hang out with Gwendal and he may draw your favorite animal in your own copy of Danny!

Edamama is located at 568 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211. The fun starts at 11:30am this Saturday, September 12th. We can’t wait to see you there!


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Say Bonjour to 750 Years in Paris!
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We’ve been bursting to tell you all about this brilliant book for a long time and we’re delighted to finally share it with you! Embarking on a fascinating journey that moves only in time, Mahé transports us over 750 Years, from 1265 to 2015, standing in one spot, focusing on one building on a street in Paris.

In this unique, historically accurate and beautiful graphic novel, we travel through the changes of this building, starting in the 13th century, via the French Revolution and the 2nd World War to Paris as we know it today. Through his distinct, captivating visual style, Vincent has elegantly and concisely created snapshots of the city that capture the style of architecture, fashions, transports and political states of each time depicted. With each revisit there is more to see and more to learn in this book that keeps on giving so go ahead, explore and enjoy 750 Years in Paris!

To celebrate the launch of his first book, we sat down with Vincent and asked him a few questions:

  1. If you could travel back in time to any of the years shown in 750 Years in Paris,which would you choose and why?

A part of me would like to be in 1789 to witness the first moments of the French Revolution. These events inspired so many people, writers, artists, directors. I would like to differentiate the myth from the truth. But the other part wants to be in 1998 and win the world cup again.

  1. And which the least? 

I would avoid the middle ages in general. I mean, can you imagine that these people didn’t know the taste of tomatoes and potatoes?

  1. How many years have you lived in Paris and what are the biggest changes that you have seen in this time?

I was born in Paris but grew up in the west of France. I moved back to the capital in 2003. Many things have changed in 12 years. The arrival of Velib’ (city bikes) was quite something. It created a global desire for riding bikes all over the city.

  1.    What are your predictions for this building in the next 5, 50 and 500 years?

5 years: It’s full of tourists, every single room in rented on airbnb.

50 years: a bit like Interstellar, every single parisian is a farmer and is taking care of there indoor soilless planting.

500 years: Western civilization has collapsed, but its ruins are visited by talking dog tourists.

  1. Also, why did you choose the colours of the book as orange and bright blue? These are very striking and it looks great but aren’t colours that we’d usually associate with France/ Paris!

I didn’t want the book to be that obvious with a color palette like a French flag. I needed colours that could, when mixed, give me a good range of others colors. Also because of what’s happening in the book, the mood is heavy sometimes, I wanted the palette to be warm, to cheer it up a little.

  1. How long have you been working on this project? Which were the most enjoyable aspects of creating this book? 

I have been working for 2 years on this project. Not full time, but still, it was a huge amount of work. I love drawing buildings and architecture but when this was done I must admit that the best part was to put the little characters in the scene and make them live in it. It was as thrilling as playing lego.

  1. Which one thing would you recommend a new visitor to Paris do on their first trip? 

If it’s the first day of your very first visit in Paris, I would recommend you to go on the rooftop of Centre Pompidou to get an overview of the city. The restaurant up there is not bad at all, it’s called “Georges”. Don’t forget to visit the museum 2 floors below, the collections are amazing.

  1. Do you often sketch on the streets of Paris? Do you have favourite spots to sit and draw?  Can we see a page from your sketch book? 

I do, not as much as I want unfortunately. Jardin du Luxembourg is a good place to draw. There are kids with their model boats, old men playing chess, tennis players, statues and ponies… Here’s a page of my sketchbook, from outside a bar near Bastille at nighttime.

Thanks Vincent! You can buy the book from  http://nobrow.net/shop/750-years-in-paris/?


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Roman Muradov is nominated for an Ignatz Award!
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Hello friends!

We are proud to announce that the amazing Roman Muradov has been nominated for this year’s Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist for his captivating work on (In a Sense) Lost and Found. Roman is nominated alongside the cream of the crop in the world of independent comics, and we are very happy for him and the rest of this year’s nominees!

The Ignatz Award is the festival prize of SPX, recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The nominations are made by a panel of five judges, and the winners are determined by votes from attendees of the SPX festival.

(In a Sense) Lost and Found is available via our webshop, and we’ll also have copies available at our table at SPX, so make sure to stop by and pick up a copy, and don’t forget to vote for Roman!


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CYBER REALM IN BROOKLYN!
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Brooklyn! Are you ready to enter the CYBER REALM?? Head over to Desert Island on Thursday, August 20th to meet Wren McDonald, creator of the futuristic revenge story Cyber Realm. Wren will be hanging out with the wonderful Kevin Hooyman for a night of drinks, comics, and all the offbeat fun that’s sure to come from these two truly original artists!

Desert Island is at 540 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, and the event starts at 7pm! We can’t wait to see you there!


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ANNOUNCEMENT: NOBROW Webshop Skeleton Crew in August!
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Due to staff holidays during August we will be running a skeleton crew! All orders received between the 7th and 19th of August will be shipped the week commencing the 17th of August. All orders received between the 20th and 31st of August will be shipped from the 1st of September. Normal shipping resumes the beginning of September, sorry for any inconvenience caused!  In the meantime you can still order from Amazon – but if you like a warm feeling inside and nice postcards, order from us and we’ll make sure you get your order with the minimum disruption! Thanks!

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NOBROW is headed to AUTOPTIC 2015!
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Nobrow is revvin’ up for AUTOPTIC 2015! This is the second AUTOPTIC and we’re so proud to be a part of one of the most exciting new shows in America. For those of you who need a refresher, AUTOPTIC focuses on independent culture, so in addition to our friends in the world of cartooning and illustration, we’ll be hanging out with some of the brightest stars in zines, music, printmaking, and design from all over the world. It’s a great way to meet a whole bunch of interesting and talented people, and it’s also a great chance to catch up with us, your friends at Nobrow!

We’ll have all the cool new Nobrow stuff like Sam Bosma’s Fantasy Sports, Jen Lee’s Vacancy, Wren McDonald’s Cyber Realm, and the new one from Ricardo Cavolo, 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die. We’ll also have some of our back catalogue and some hard to find gems, so make sure to stop by Table 56 and stock up on all your Nobrow needs!

This year’s AUTOPTIC is happening at Aria (located on 105 N. 1st Street) in Minneapolis on August 8th and 9th. It’s going to be a great weekend, and we can’t wait to see you there!