The biggest party in small press comics happens every year in Bethesda, MD and team Nobrow is once again ready to make some noise! In addition to all of the latest Nobrow titles and your old favorites, we’ll be bringing along our friends Sam Bosma (Fantasy Sports series creator and SPX SPECIAL GUEST) and Hamish Steele (creator of the all-new graphic novel PANTHEON) for MAXIMUM THRILLS.
It all goes down September 16th and 17th, and you can catch Sam, Hamish, and the rest of team Nobrow at Table W76-78. Check out our signing schedule:
September 16th Hamish Steele signing at 1-2pm
Sam Bosma signing at 2-3pm
Sam Bosma signing at 1-2pm
Hamish Steele signing at 2-3pm
We’re looking forward to hanging out and really letting loose this year at SPX, so make sure to stop by this weekend at Table W76-78 to get in on the action!
Join us at The Institute of Light for a very special evening with illustrator Ricardo Cavolo, celebrating the launch of his brand new book, 101 Movies to Watch Before You Die. Taking the form of a diary, the book is a love story told in 101 episodes. Accompanying his vibrant, distinctive illustrations with thoughtful descriptions of each movie, Ricardo takes us on a personal journey through the films that have shaped his life and the lives of his generation.
We’ve teamed up with our London Fields neighbours, The Institute of Light, for this book launch and exclusive film screening. We invited Ricardo to personally select one movie from his top 101 for the occasion… and he chose Tod Browning’s brilliant 1932 film Freaks, calling it a “milestone in his life and career”.
Ricardo Cavolo on Freaks (1932):
“I’m more interested in showing how different people love and laugh than in the revenges they exact. And that’s what Tod Browning shows us. His great clan of people have all been unceremoniously rejected from society, but are taken in by the travelling circus family. In the safety of their new home, they forget all about the so-called ‘normal people’ who ridicule them and they become one big happy family. They’re magical.”
Fresh off the plane from Spain, Ricardo will be introducing the film with a short talk about himself, the book, and why Freaks means so much to him. Ricardo will be signing books after the screening, and you’ll also pick up a free set of temporary tattoos of Ricardo’s illustrations with every purchase of the book.
Born in his father’s painting studio, Ricardo Cavolo has grown up surrounded by art and is now one of the most influential and successful illustrators to come out of Spain. His influences range from outsider art to medieval paintings and tribal art. Cavolo’s work has been exhibited in solo shows across Spain, as well in Montreal, Miami, Basel and London. His distinctive and recognisable work can be seen on everything from José Cuervo tequila bottles to Alexander McQueen scarves and Kaytranada album artwork to murals all around the world. He is also the author / illustrator of 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die, published by Nobrow in 2015.
Join us at Libreria Bookshop to celebrate the launch of Moonhead and the Music Machine. A subtle blend between Wayne’s World and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Andrew Rae’s graphic novel is an imaginative and visually poetic take on the high school coming-of-age tale.
We will be selling ice cold beers. Life is a peach when you have a moon for a head…
Joe Todd-Stanton joins us to celebrate the release of his new book, The Secret of Black Rock. Featuring strong female characters, epic adventure and a friendly island(!) this beautiful story is a must for children and adults alike. Come and enjoy a story reading, sea creatures fact sheets and tropical fish collage as part of our Children’s Easter Festival. This event is free however please email to guarantee your spot. Ideal for ages 4-9.
Spring has sprung with The Little Gardener! Author and illustrator Emily Hughes joins us to celebrate the changing seasons and the release of her beautiful new book. As well as a story reading we will be decorating our own plant pots and planting our own sunflower in this fun and educational activity session, part of our Children’s Easter Festival. Perfect for ages 3-7.
Join author and illustrator Jim Stoten to celebrate Mr Tweed’s Busy Day. This search-and-find adventure story is packed with riddles that we need you to help us solve. Tasks will be placed around the children’s section and will include both paper and 3D searches – with Easter themed prizes! This is event forms part of our Children’s Easter Festival. This event is free however please email to guarantee your spot. Perfect for ages 5-9.
Who: Pippa Goodhart
When: Tuesday 11th April, 13:00 -14:00
Where: Waterstones Piccadilly
Rabbits, bunnies, hoppity hops, call them what you like but we LOVE bunnies! This Easter join author Pippa Goodhart for a range of rabbity stories, songs and games to celebrate her new book My Very Own Space as part of our Children’s Easter Festival. This event is free however please email to guarantee your space. Perfect for ages up to 6.
Join us at Libreria for an interstellar drawing workshop with illustrator Tom Clohosy Cole. Based upon his beautiful leporello ‘Space Race’, participants will be invited to draw planets, rockets and all else that might be found amongst the stars, creating their very own concertina book to take home. Suitable for ages 5+
Help illustrator Owen Davey transform the Events Room into an underwater seascape inspired by his book, Smart about Sharks. Learn about different types of marine creatures and create your own using a range of materials.
Foyles x ELCAF is a new collaboration which sees the UK’s largest independent bookshop teaming up with the East London Comic & Arts Festival to celebrate some of the best creative talent in the UK. This year, we open our doors in Chelmsford, London, Birmingham and Bristol to host a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one meetings with illustrators, comic artists and experts in the field. Curated by ELCAF, this eclectic programme aims to celebrate the dynamic work of artists that are making waves in the UK’s independent comic, narrative art and illustration scene. This is the first in the series and is a children’s event focussing on the art of drawing big.
Artist and illustrator, Katie Harnett will be leading a hands-on workshop for budding artists. Katie specialises in children’s books and has worked on both picture books and book covers. Join in the fun of creating a large scale collaborative drawing and learn all about how to ‘draw big’. This event is suitable for children aged 5-10 years.
We have collaborated with Libreria’s risograph artist Jess Fogarty to produce a unique collection of limited edition prints in celebration of our relaunch of this masterwork of graphic invention. These will be exclusively available from Libreria on the night, until they run out! And Robert will be on hand to sign copies of Map of Days (as well as The New Ghost and The Land of Nod).
Robert Hunter’s vivid illustrations tell a dreamlike tale of ancient love, creating a surreal graphic novel unlike any other. Intrigued by its endless tick-tocking, Richard steps into the world behind his grandfather’s clock and discovers the Face of the Earth, trapped there by an eternal longing.
Moved to pity, Richard winds back the clock, changing time forever…
“With its strange symbols, alien landscapes and rich hues that speak of dreams and mystery, Map of Days bewitches’- The Guardian
Start spreadin’ the news! Eda Akaltun, creator of Marcel, is hitting the Big Apple for three days of fun events featuring New York’s favorite French Bulldog, Marcel!
It all starts at 11:30am on Sunday, November 20th at Brooklyn’s POWERHOUSE. Stop in for a very special story time session! Eda will be performing a live reading of her debut picture book, Marcel, and it’s sure to be a fun time. Stick around after the reading to meet Eda and get your own signed copy of Marcel!
Then at 10:30am on Monday, November 21st, Eda will be taking her storytelling talents to FIKA at the TurnStyle concourse below the iconic Columbus Circle! Come by and check out this vibrant Manhattan scene, sitting in the heart of New York’s incredible subway system. (And while you’re there, why not check out our very own kiosk popup shop?)
That’s three stops on Eda’s Marcel tour, and three chances for you to meet Eda and to hear all about that street-wise city-dwelling pup Marcel! We’ll see you there, New York!
WHOA WHOA WHOA SPECIAL UPDATE! We got so excited about meeting all of you, we’re going to be kicking off the Marcel Tour a day early! Join Eda at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 19th at Books Of Wonder for the November Picture Book Bonanaza! Eda will be joining the lineup of picture book authors, ready to show off their great new work. Hope we can catch you there!
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: http://www.elcaf.co.uk/
Looking forward to seeing who will be taking part this year!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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