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Curveball Hits The West Coast!

The Curveball Book Tour keeps on rollin’, this time to the beautiful west coast!

Jeremy Sorese, the hard-travelling hero behind Curveball‘s epic sci-fi romance will be visiting California this week, where he will be sampling the finest that the Golden State has to offer.  Swimming pools, movie stars, avocados, and comics shops and festivals!

Jeremy will kick off the west coast portion of the Curveball book tour on Thursday, December 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm at the amazing Mission: Comics and Art in San Francisco.  He will be reading some of his work, and he’ll be signing your copies of Curveball.

Then Jeremy will make his way south to Los Angeles, where he’ll be exhibiting at the second annual Comic Arts Los Angeles!  CALA will be happening on December 5th and 6th, and Jeremy will be there both days to hang out and sell you your very own copy of Curveball.

Two more stops on the great Curveball Book Tour!  Hope to see you there!

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Say Hello to Einstein!

Welcome to another dimension… where time and space are intricately woven…

100 years after Albert Einstein first published his general theory of relativity in the German periodical, ‘Annals of Physics’ in March 1916, Nobrow is publishing a playful graphic biography of the great man’s life and ideas. Due to his immense curiosity as much as to his intellect, Einstein came up with a truly revolutionary hypothesis that has remained unchallenged to this day (despite numerous attempts to disprove it!). His theory completely changed the way we think about space-time, as it revealed that time runs more slowly near a strong source of gravity. Without these principles, we could never have invented GPS devices – something that most people now use every day.

Einstein is the third in Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s collection of graphic novels exploring the lives of the most controversial and outspoken figures in modern history. In Maier and Simon’s inimitable style, this biography provides a beautiful and witty introduction to Einstein’s background, life, and legacy; full of intricate details and amusing insights. The combination of noted psychoanalyst (Maier) and gifted illustrator (Simon) is clearly a winning one – just take a look at these fantastic reviews!

Praise for Freud:

“This unusual illustrated biography takes us through Freud’s life and legacy with equal parts scientific-historical rigor, sociocultural insight, and disarming wit, both visual and narrative.” – Brain Pickings

“The book strikes a fine balance between informative storytelling, charming imagery and witty dialogue.” – It’s Nice That

Praise for Marx:

“Simon’s whimsical and vivid art is delightful.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The cheerful and even flirtatious drawings are a perfect match for this breezy but intriguing introduction to these great thinkers… [Simon’s] skill at layering a comic page with mischievous constructions is unparalleled and is never detrimental to its reading… Simon and Maier have produced an easy accessible biography series in Freud and Marx that is equally informative and playful. I can only hope that there are more books in the works for this series.” – Broken Frontier

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Curveball at Atomic Books

Here we go!

The Curveball Book Tour makes its way to Baltimore’s wonderful Atomic Books tomorrow, November 21st for an evening of celebration!  Atomic Books is pulling out all the stops for a fun Saturday evening with Jeremy Sorese, creator of the emotional epic Curveball.

Don’t miss it!

Curveball with Jeremy Sorese
November 21, 2015
7pm to 9pm
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-4444

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CURVEBALL 2015 Book Tour!


Jeremy Sorese’s hotly anticipated graphic novel debut, Curveball is in stores now, and Jeremy will be touring all over the US to hang out with you and sign your copies of Curveball.  Keep an eye on our blog for more details and announcements!

Here’s where you can catch him:

November 7th: Comic Arts Brooklyn
November 21st, 7pm – 2pm: Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, Maryland 21211
December 3rd, 5pm – 8pm: Mission Comics, 2250 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
December 5th and 6th: CALA, 939 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015
December 9th, 5pm – 7pm: Floating World, 400 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209
December 11th, 7pm – 9pm: Elliott Bay, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
December 15th, 7pm – 9pm: Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

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Keith Negley at Powell’s!

Oregon!  Keith Negley will be visiting Powell’s City of Books to read from his hit book Tough Guys Have Feelings Too!  And the best part?  You’re all invited!

Head over to Powell’s City of Books on Saturday, November 21st at 11am to get in on all the fun and all the feelings, and make sure to say hi to Keith while you’re at it!

Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209


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We Love Tough Guys!

The critics have been talking about Keith Negley’s Tough Guys Have Feelings Too and they love it!  We’ve been so pleased to see so many positive reactions to this book, and we wanted to share a few of them with you.

Here’s what they’ve been saying (illustrations by our pal Louis Miller, a lil’ Tough Guy himself, age 5):

“A simple, stylishly illustrated picture book […] This appealing book makes the timely decision to hold the conversation about male emotions while everyone involved is in costume, performing some iconically macho role.”
New York Times

“It teaches little boys that they don’t have to feel like Superman all the time.  This book may actually go a long way towards dismantling rigid gender roles.  For both men and women, crying can be considered a sign of weakness or hysteria — forcing them to repress this very natural emotional response. But Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) wants to put an end to that right now.  This is the crying revolution, and it looks like the next generation might actually grow up knowing it’s OK to have a good cry when you need.”

“The title says it all.  These tough guys are rendered in simple lines and shapes and colored in black and white, red, blue, and yellow, but they represent a broad range of virility. […] Negley’s debut is nonetheless sincere.”
Kirkus Reviews


“The concept alone was enough to see me part with the cover price, the fact that it’s as stunningly illustrated and printed as it is, well that’s just a bonus. The illustrations are big, bold and full of colour and portray the story so clearly that there’s almost no need for the text. The sign of a great picture book.”
Dads And Design

“The theme: yes. The design: yes. The snappy, bold, in-your-face look at tough guys plus the snappy, bold, in-your-face look at feelings: yes.”
Design of the Picture Book

“Make sure that your kids know it’s ok to express themselves with this subtle and funny book.”
Mr Fox Magazine

“With tongue firmly in cheek, artist Negley presents a roll-call of traditionally male role models performing various manly pursuits, all with one thing in common. They are heavy of heart and have a wistful look in their eye. Some even dare to shed a tear or two – or three”
My Little Style File 

“A great book for helping children to recognise and understand their emotions, Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) is an engaging conversation starter for all children, but especially for boys who will undoubtedly at some point be faced with this misleading gender stereotype.”
Junior Magazine

“I found that this book is a really nice way to bring up the topic of feelings and that everyone has them, it could easily be used as a starting point to discuss the subject of  different emotions with your child, to reassure them, and to talk about appropriate ways of dealing with emotions,  something many children find difficult.”
They Grow So Quick


“Our  Book of the Week puts even the most lantern-jawed book reviewer in touch with his emotional side. Here’s the awesome “Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too)” by Keith Negley. It’s been a true delight to find a book that reassuringly pats us big strong super-tough macho guys (hah!) on the shoulder and says ‘Hey big fellah, it’s OK. You can cry, go on!'”
Read It Daddy

“It’s great to see something that positively explores the idea of sensitive males.”
Bambino Goodies

“Lovely, retro vibe to this simple line-to-a-page picture book that says it’s OK to care.”
–Angels and Urchins Magazine (print edition)

“This is without doubt, the perfect book to get children to open up about their feelings and emotions.”
The Picture Books Blogger

We’re always happy to see people enjoying our books, and we want to thank the reviewers for all their kind words.  We’d also like to give special thanks to Keith, of course, for putting together something really special with Tough Guys Have Feelings Too.  Make sure to pick up a copy from our webshop and share it with the tough guys in your life!

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It’s time for CAB!


It’s time once again for one of our favorite comics shows, Comic Arts Brooklyn!  CAB is among the most exciting of the independent comics shows, hosting some of the biggest names in comics as well as some of the brightest new stars, and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.

This year’s CAB will be a big one for Nobrow as we will be debuting two new titles, Ryan Heshka’s vicious Mean Girls Club and Jeremy Sorese’s hotly anticipated epic Curveball!  This will be the first time these beautiful books will be available for sale in North America and trust us – you don’t want to miss it.

But wait!  We can’t just leave it at that!  We won’t!  It’s CAB so of course we’ve got a little something extra special planned.  On Saturday, November 7th we’ve got signings from an unstoppable triumvirate of Nobrow artists: Wren McDonald (creator of the frantic and brutal Cyber Realm), Jeremy Sorese (of the aforementioned Curveball), and Sam Bosma (the man behind the smash hit Fantasy Sports)!

Here’s our Saturday schedule over at Table U21-22:

Wren McDonald signing at 12pm – 1pm
Jeremy Sorese signing at 1pm – 2pm
Sam Bosma signing at 2pm – 4pm
Wren McDonald signing at 4pm – 5pm
Jeremy Sorese signing at 5pm – 6pm

It’s going to be a day full of fun and signings and most importantly NEW COMICS!

CAB will be happening at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (12 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211) on Saturday, November 7th at 11am.  It’s free to attend, so if you’re in Brooklyn this weekend, come through and check us out at Table U21-22 on the upper floor!

See you there!

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Keith Negley in New York!

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
568 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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

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



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.


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”

HOLLY_mean girls club lo res

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.  


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,
  • large scale prints and murals,
  • silk screen prints with 40 of each print available
  •  and the risograph comic as a run of 300 signed/numbered copies.

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!

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!

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!

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.


– 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 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.

Minilab Studios


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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!


App-Icon (rounded) - Professor-Astro-Cat's-Solar-System - Minilab-Studios

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!

Picture 3

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!


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.

Picture 2

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’.


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An Emily Hughes Mini-Tour!

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!