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Luke Pearson’s American tour

Hello Pearsonites! Did you know that your favourite British comic book artist is in the U S of A? We’ve got a bunch of great events he’s attending all over the US detailed below:

May 6th @ the Strand Bookstore in conversation with George O’Connor 7-8pm
May 10th – 11th at TCAF in Toronto
May 31st-June 1st, CAKE, Chicago
Make sure you get to the one in your city! 

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ELCAF 2014


ELCAF 2014, the third East London Comics and Arts Festival, is back! Taking place on June 14th at a special new location in East London, the third festival will again be showcasing the plethora of youthful talent in the comics and graphic art scene in London and the UK. It will also bring something fresh to our locals by drawing talent from abroad to take part in the event, inviting exciting new collectives and publishers from Europe and the wider world.

And the big news?! Wait for it… This year’s artist-in-residence is none other than the wonderful Chris Ware! Three is certainly the magic number as Ware is sure to bring a bit of sparkle to this year’s festivities. Keep your ears to the floor and eyes to the skies for Ware’s 2014 ELCAF poster.

The line-up of events will be announced in due course but for now rest assured that it will be rammed with all sorts of immersive encounters with the fascinating worlds of illustration and comics.

Last but not least, we are now accepting submissions from all you talented collectives and publishers! The deadline is the 10 February 2014, so you have just over a month to show us what you’ve got.

Find all application information here:

Looking forward to seeing who will be taking part this year!


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Robot-making workshop

Viviane Schwarz, the author and illustrator of the very first Flying Eye Book,

Welcome to Your Awesome Robot, will be running a hands-on robo-engineering workshop at the Imagine Children’s Festival from 10.30 on Saturday 16th February at the Southbank Centre, London.

If you love Viv as much as we do, you won’t want to miss this chance to learn from the master engineer herself. It’s ticketed, so be sure to grab yours!

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Jack and Liam’s Scientific Exquisite Corpse

On Saturday 31st March, Jack Teagle and Liam Barrett will be at Pick Me Up. They invite you to come draw Exquisite Corpses with a scientific theme. Fun will ensue! They’ll be there all day with pens and paper so relax, take your time, soak in the other excellent exhibits at Pick Me Up, but most of all, enjoy yourself.

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Goliath Signing at Nobrow HQ

We are very excited that on Thursday 29th March stellar cartoonist and all-round nice guy Tom Gauld will be signing and sketching in copies of his recently released graphic novel Goliath right here at Nobrow HQ.  He’ll be scribbling away from 6pm ’til 7:30pm, so don’t be late!

After the main event, everyone’s welcome to crack open a free brewski, sit back in our newly spruced up shop and enjoy his new tome surrounded by beautiful books.  See you there!

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‘This Is Not a Pop Up’ at the Hayward Gallery

From 10 – 29 January 2012, Nobrow was asked to invade the Hayward Gallery shop, bringing with us our arsenal of tactile illustrated books, collectible art objects and limited-edition prints. In addition to featuring the entire range of our sought-after publications and limited-edition prints, NoBrow created collectible, high quality, UK manufactured leather range featuring top NoBrow designs on ipad, iphone and Oyster card holders with the collaboration of Golborne London.

The three week tenureship saw the launch and signing of Big Mother #2, a large A3 format artist’s monograph publication with Belgian artist and illustrator Sam Vanallemeersch; a one week long live drawing session, from the 10 January until 14 January, with the phenomenal talents of McBess exciting new artist Ugo Gattoni; and two sold out family-friendly Monster Puppet workshops aimed at kids (ages 7 and up) on 21 January. This event was headed up by young illustrator and NoBrow artist Liam Barrett. It was all a great success and guess what, it’s not over yet, the shop and space will still be our charge for the next week, so come by the Hayward gallery and check us out!

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Biografiktion at the Old Shoreditch Station – Pizzafiktion

Nobrow Press is bursting at the seams with excitement and glee that we have the opportunity to present the amazing collective Édition Biografiktion and their exhibition Pizzafiktion to what we are sure will be a fine crowd of admiring East-Londoners! The venue is the always fresh Old Shoreditch Station located on Kingsland road and the private view will be on the 10th of November kicking off at around 6pm, we strongly urge you to be there to buy their amazing screenprinted books and witness the awesomeness of the space.

All the way from Berlin come frequent Nobrow collaborators ‘Biografiktion’ – amazing small press illustration and comics collective, these guys are exhibiting their works in London for the first time at The Old Shoreditch Station Bar. The theme of the show is ‘food’ so expect some tasty artwork! Édition Biografiktion is: Ana Albero, Till Hafenbrak and Paul Paetzel.

On meeting each other on the Illustration course at the University of Arts in Berlin in 2008 they founded their collective. Their first publication “Biografiktion” is a comics magazine, wehere, in each issue, the three Illustrators tell fictional stories about a celebrity. Their screenprinted edition “Human News” is more focused on their illustration work. Ana, Till and Paul also release solo books via their mini publishing empire. To produce their artwork they use silkscreen, lino-cuts and photocopiers. see more fo their work here!

Till Hafenbrak is an Illustrator living and working in Berlin. He graduated from the University of Arts Berlin in 2009, his final project being a screen-printed book based on Professional Wrestling. In his Illustrations he works with strong and contrasting colours. His favorite themes are animals and the natural world. Ana Albero was born in Alicante, Spain. She studied in Paris and then Berlin where she specialized in Illustration. Since her graduation at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2008, she works globally as a freelance illustrator based In Berlin. Ana works primarily in graphite and colored pencil creating vibrant textured images inspired by old pictures and movies. She also spends her time binding books, self-publishing comics and walking around in Berlin staring at dogs. Paul Paetzel lives and works as a freelance Illustrator in Berlin. Paul, a native Berliner, also studied Visual Communication at the Berlin University of Arts. In 2010 he graduated with the Comic “Die Geschichte von Rudolf”. His works have been published in international anthologies such as Kush!, Plus Plus, Nobrow, Blutt, Crachoir, Gang Bang Bong and Orang. Sometimes when he is not drawing Paul does some Karate exercises.

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Comica 2011

This year we are very proud to announce that we are partnering up with Comica 2011 to bring a host of events that will make any afficionado of literary and art comics salivate. Guess what? The festival is actually kicking off with our very own opening for the brand spanking new issue of Nobrow 6: The Double at DreambagsJaguarshoes where you’ll be able to get your copy with a limited edition Tom Gauld A2 print. But that is just the first of many fantastic events, including shows by Biografiktion at The Old Shoreditch station, the always fantastic Comiket fair at the Bishopsgate Institute on the 12th of November, talks by Brecht Evens and Luke Pearson, Signings and book launches at Nobrow Gallery and much much more.

The Comica website is the place to go for up to date listings!

Here is a full isting of events:

November 3rd – Launch Party: Nobrow 6 – The Double! – DreambagsJaguarshoes

November 5th – Comica Symposium: Transitions II – School of Arts, Birbeck University

November 8th – Solipsistic Pop 4: Launch Party – Concrete

November 10th – Launch Party: Biografiktion Exhibition – Old Shoreditch Station

November 12th – Comica Comiket Independent Comics Fair – Bishopsgate Institute

November 15th – Club Night – The Book Club

November 17th – Launch Party: Klaus by Richard Short – Nobrow Gallery

November 24th – Launch Party: The Strumpet – The Miller Pub

November 26th – Luke Pearson signing – Gosh Comics

Check back for regular updates…




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Nobrow 6: The Double at DreambagsJaguarshoes

For all those of you who have been following us from the very beginning you’re in for a treat. Your favourite illustration magazine doubles in size to include 60+ pages of comics from the world’s foremost comic-creating talent as well as the 60 pages of beautiful and cutting-edge illustration you have come to expect! The best part is that we’ve only put the price up to £15 but you will get double the experience for a mere four pounds more. The issue will have a grand launch party at the always classy, ever fashionable DreambagsJaguarshoes on Kingsland road on the 3rd of November at 7 pm. We will be serving some delicious Ketel One Vodka based cocktails on the night, thanks to their kind sponsorship and the space will be decorated based on the theme for this issue, Doppelgangers or Doubles.

The exhibition runs 3rd November 2011 to January 2012 (date tbc) at the amazing DreambagsJaguarshoes, 32-34 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2 8DA.

This issue is going to be bigger, badder and BDer than any of our previous issues with not one, but two covers by two of the most recognised illustrators out there today Tom Gauld and Gwenola Carerre.

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Exhibition at Book Club Quodlibet by Katja Spitzer

This October The Book Club will be exhibiting unique illustrations from Katja Spitzer (Gold Medal Winner, 3×3 magazine 2010). Her QUODLIBET exhibition features art from two projects – one, artwork from her forthcoming book Quodlibet with Nobrow Press (all about the letter ‘Q’) and the other, a project consisting of portraits of women created everyday for a whole year. Katja Spitzer is well renowned on the illustration scene in Berlin and is definitely one to watch in London.

Make sure you don’t miss this exhibition launch: Private View on Thursday 27th October 6pm-2am. Exhibition runs from 27th October – 15th January at The Book Club, 100 Leonard street, London EC2A 4RH

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Masks by Ben Newman feat Felt Mistress

‘MASKS’ is a solo exhibition of works from Ben Newman and comprises of a series of geometrically and brightly designed prints. Looking at ceremonial masks in various countries, Ben has created a fresh body of unique work that comprises of his love and fascination with totem poles, Constructivism, folklore, European Deco, bizarre creatures and colour theory. Alongside the prints, Ben has collaborated with his Father, Colin Newman to create a handful of wooden three dimensional imaginings of these Masks.

In the upstairs section of the show, Ben will be exhibiting an assorted collection of other prints and paraphernalia. Also included in the upstairs section will be Ben’s first collaboration with the incredible Felt Mistress, who has reinterpreted three of Ben’s monsters into three dimensional felt dolls, and Milliner extraordinaire Sahar Freemantle (aka Ugly Lovely), who has created two beautifully tiny hats based on Ben’s design. These need to be see to be believed.

A British illustrator who has exhibited his work internationally, Ben Newman is known for his contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters. He has produced work for clients including the Tate, IBM, BBC Radio 4, Fantagraphics, Selfridges London and Magma Books.

Felt Mistress AKA Louise Evans is a UK based stitcher and prolific tea drinker who creates a range of one-off bespoke creatures with her partner, illustrator Jonathan Edwards. As well as original Felt Mistress characters Louise has also collaborated with a variety of other artists including Jon Burgerman, Jon Knox (Hello, Brute)and Pete Fowler. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally.

Sahar Freemantle’s company Ugly Lovely believes that beauty manifests itself everywhere so that there is no distinction between ugly and lovely, they are one and the same. Specialising in millinery, costume design and bespoke bridal wear, Ugly Lovely create hand-made beautiful objects full of charm and elegance.

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House of Gold: An exhibition of work by Butter

Breaking a long streak of male residents at our gallery here at Nobrow, on the 23rd of June we launched ‘House of Gold: An Exhibition by Butter’. These three very talented ladies will be taking you to the very depths of those elusive secret societies that exist in some parallel world – ever present, but always at the very edge of our periphery – their symbols, rituals, madness and opulence. Comprised of the work of three classmates who graduated in 2010 from Central Saint Martin’ s MA Communication Design course: Eda Akaltun, Eleanor Meredith and George Lewin, they combine their expertise in the fields of illustration, printmaking, animation and set design to spin a surreal and beautiful web of imagery, moving image and installation for your eyes only.

The show will run until 8th of September at 62 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3QA


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Exhibition: Under The Damp Earth by Stuart Kolakovic

On the 5th of May we will be opening our new gallery space downstairs and what better way to launch it than with an exhibition from the brilliant Stuart Kolakovic. Upstairs in our shop will be a collection of work while downstairs, the new abundance of space will be used to its full potential. For the first time we will have an installation piece in one of our exhibitions.

Stuart has been involved with us since our inception; illustrating the cover of our first magazine, contributing to a number of more recent issues and providing an excellent seven page comic for Graphic Cosmogony. He is continuing in his excellent vein of form with this exhibition and we are extremely proud to be able to host him.

When: 5th May – 23rd June

Where: 62 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR, London, United Kingdom

How long: 5th May-23rd June

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– TCAF 2011: Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Nobrow is proud to announce our attendance at TCAF 2011 from Saturday May 7th, 9am-5pm to Sunday May 8th, 11am-5pm. As well as bringing several ultra-recent titles from our catalogue, TCAF will also be the official launch of Rob Hunter’s hauntingly beautiful new comic The New Ghost (pictured below).

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth. We seek to promote the creators of these works in their broad and diverse voices, for the betterment of the medium of comics and to reach as wide an audience as possible for them.

The first Toronto Comic Arts Festival (“TCAF”) was held on the weekend of March 29th 2003. It was the natural progression of years of disparate book signings, author appearances and miscellaneous events put together by a group of volunteers interested in promoting the literary and artistic merits of comic books and graphic novels. Approximately 600 members of the public attended the first festival, with 25 staff and approximately 70 creators in attendance.