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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!


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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!


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’.


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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!

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NOBROW happenings at SPX 2015!


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!


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!

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


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Roman Muradov is nominated for an Ignatz Award!

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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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!

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!

Nobrow/Flying Eye Team

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NOBROW is headed to AUTOPTIC 2015!

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!

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A Big Victory for William Grill!


Yesterday was a very proud day for Flying Eye Books as William Grill became the youngest winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for 50 years for his beyond brilliant debut picture book Shackleton’s Journey. The Kate Greenaway medal is regarded as the greatest accolade an illustrator can receive, and is unique in that they are judged solely by librarians across the UK and has been awarded annually since 1956. Past winners include Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and previous Children’s Laureates Anthony Browne and Quentin Blake- William was shortlisted amongst stiff competition including the current Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. It also marks a first win for Flying Eye Books- having set out to publish the most beautiful, entertaining and awe-inspiring books for children, it is a real honour for us as well to have been recognised for this most coveted prize.

The judges said of Shackleton’s Journey, ‘The detailed small illustrations wonderfully bring to life the intricacies of life during the journey, whilst the breath-taking larger illustrations provide a strong sense of scale and highlight the enormity of the natural world. This is an exciting, quality book which provides a true experience and reminds us that it is the people, not the journey, that truly matter’. 

We published the beautiful Shackleton’s Journey in April 2014 to celebrate the anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s departure on “Endurance” across the Antarctic. William delivers a detailed visual narrative of this extraordinary and historical expedition.

William’s beautiful use of coloured pencils and vibrant hues place him somewhere on the artistic spectrum between Raymond Briggs and David Hockney, and his fastidious cataloging of every single detail of the expedition is nothing short of a Blackstock collection.

William evokes the atmosphere and intrepid excitement that would have surrounded the expedition with his impeccably researched and detailed drawings. Children will love examining the exploded diagrams of the peculiar provision taken or the individual drawings of the sled dogs or pack horses. This book takes the academic and historical information surrounding the expedition and teams it with powerful illustration for all readers to enjoy. 

Our deepest congratulations to William, who is so deserved of this success and much more yet to come!

For more coverage of the win follow the links below:

The Greenaway judges discuss the shortlist, and ask William some questions.

The Guardian spoke to William following the announcement and take a look at some of the pages from the book.

The Telegraph
Publishers Weekly

. . . and plenty more online with #CKG15 and #ShackletonsJourney trending on Twitter.  You may have also caught William on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row last night or this morning on BBC Breakfast!
And don’t forget, you can pick up a copy of Shackleton’s Journey from our webshop!


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Nobrow’s ELCAF 2015 Signing Schedule!

Hello everyone!

Are you ready for ELCAF?? Well don’t go rushing off just yet – we’ve got some very cool people stopping by who would love to meet you! That’s right, we’ve got signings from some great Nobrow and Flying Eye artists, and we think you should stop by and hang out!

It starts on Saturday, with Victor Hussenot at 11am at the Nobrow stand in The Laundry, where he’ll be signing copies of his beautiful and ambitious new book The Spectators.

Then make sure to get back to the Nobrow stand at 2:30pm, where Andy Poyiadgi (Lost Property), Joe Sparrow (The Hunter), and Will Exley (Golemchik) will be hanging out and signing their brand new 17x23s.

Also, if you’re catching Sam Bosma’s talk at SPACE, make sure to stick around at SPACE where you can meet the man himself right after his talk. He’ll be signing your copies of Fantasy Sports at 4pm. Don’t miss it!

But wait! That’s only on Saturday! Sunday’s practically overflowing with signings and appearances, all at the Nobrow stand:

The fabulous Emily Hughes will be kicking off the Sunday festivities at the Nobrow stand in The Laundry. She’ll be in at 11am, ready to sign your copies of Wild as well as her latest book, the touching The Little Gardener.

Andrew Rae, author of the rockin’ Moonhead and the Music Machine will be signing books and banging his head at 1pm, then the always amazing Luke Pearson, creator of the beloved Hilda series will be coming in at 2pm to sign your books and maybe drop some hints about what’s next for Hilda?

Then at 3pm we’ll share some laughs with the very fun and very funny author of Adventures of a Japanese Businessman and the upcoming Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption José Domingo!

All around cool guy Ricardo Cavolo will be closing out this full day of signings at 4pm to meet you and personalize your copy of 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die. Finally one of the coolest Nobrow books is made even cooler! Be sure to thank Ricardo for making you the envy of all your friends and rivals.

It’s going to be a great weekend at ELCAF, packed wall to wall with a lot of fun and excitement, and of course, loads of great comics! Here’s that schedule again, don’t forget!:

11am Victor Hussenot – The Spectators (at the Nobrow stand)
2.30pm Andy Poyiadgi, Joe Sparrow and Will Exley signing their 17x23s, Lost Property, The Hunter and Golemchik (at the Nobrow stand)
4pm Sam Bosma – Fantasy Sports (SPACE)

11am Emily Hughes – The Little Gardener and Wild (Nobrow stand)
1pm Andrew Rae – Moonhead (Nobrow stand)
2pm Luke Pearson – Hilda series (Nobrow stand)
3pm Jose Domingo – Pablo and Jane’s and the Hot Air Contraption (Nobrow stand)
4pm Ricardo – 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die (Nobrow stand)

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O Canada! Nobrow will be at TCAF!

Can you feel that?  That steady hum of things coming to life, that electric excitement that’s crackling over the skies of Toronto?  It’s time once again for Toronto to open its doors to the finest cartoonists in the world – that’s right, it’s time for TCAF!

Nobrow will be at tables 118-119 to talk about how underappreciated Bruce McCulloch is and our favorite Nardwuar interviews.  We’ll also be showing off a set of amazing debuts.  We will have William Exley’s Golemchik and Andy Poyiadgi’s Lost Property, both from our 17×23 series, and we will also have copies of Victor Hussenot’s hotly anticipated graphic novel The Spectators.

But that’s not all!  New Nobrow Artist Wren McDonald will also be in attendance at the Nobrow table (118-119) from 2pm to 3pm on both days, signing copies of his new comic Cyber Realm.  Make sure to stop by and say hello to one of our favorite new artists and his mustache!

TCAF is one of the best shows to see the newest work from great artists all over the world.  We’re so excited to be a part of it, and we can’t wait to see you there!

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Nobrow is headed to MoCCA

The snow in New York has melted, and our winter coats are getting shoved into the back of our closets, which can only mean one thing – Spring is in the air, and it’s almost time for the 2015 MoCCA Art Festival (okay, that’s actually two things, but give us a break – it was a really long winter)!  MoCCA is a great festival that features some of the top talents in comics, cartooning, and illustration, and it’s also one of our favorite events.  Nobrow is thrilled to be exhibiting again, and this year’s MoCCA is extra exciting because not only will it be held at a brand new venue, but we will also be debuting three amazing titles from Flying Eye Books!

The latest from our Dahlov Ipcar collection of reprints, Black and White, will make its debut at MoCCA alongside Rilla Alexander’s inspiring Her Idea, and David Lucas’ hilarious This Is My Rock.  We’ll also be carrying some of your old favorites like Luke Pearson’s Hilda series, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner Bianca Bagnarelli’s Fish, our handsome line of Leporellos, and plenty, plenty more.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars, this is going to be a big weekend!  The Nobrow team will be in attendance at tables 208 – 211 on both days of MoCCA, April 11th & 12th, at its new location Center548, 548 West 22nd St. in New York City.  We can’t wait to see you there!

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Nomination for Flying Eye Books

We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in children’s book publishing – the BOLOGNA PRIZE for ‘Best Children’s Publishers of the Year’. The prize is for our children’s book imprint Flying Eye Books, which we launched two years ago and through which we now publish around 15 titles annually. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the largest international fair of its kind with its award for Best Children’s Publishers being split into 7 geographical territories. It is a great honour to be one of only 5 publishers selected in the European Category.

To be considered for this prize after such a short time is a huge boost for our whole team and we would like to thank all of our editors, designers and staff for all their hard work during this time. Most of all we would like to thank our artists and authors – this nomination is for you. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues at other publishing houses who voted for us – and indeed urge you all to vote for us at the fair!