We’ll be at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute (running January 22 to 25) in Memphis, Tennessee. Say hello to US Sales and Marketing Associate Director, Hannah Moushabeck on Meet the Presses Day: January 25, 9:15am to 12pm; 1:30pm to 7pm. Booksellers will have the opportunity to meet with Hannah for an informal conversation, and pick up an advance copy of Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey (forthcoming in March).
Then, running from February 9 to 12, Nobrow will be in Denver, Colorado for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Come say hello to us at Booth #1111in the Exhibit Hall at the Colorado Convention Center! Pick up a poster, buttons, and enter our raffle for a chance to win our full Hilda series and a Hilda doll.
We hope to catch you at one of these events. You won’t want to miss this chance at an early sneak peek of our Spring 2018 list of children’s books and graphic novels!
Shopping for gifts is hard, and the clock is winding down to the holidays, so the staff at Nobrow put together a list of books for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life. Even your science-obsessed niece and posh sister-in-law will be over the moon with these unique, thoughtful books (and you’ll have a cool gift on time).
1. For the dad who used to be in a punk band (and wants to relive the good ol’ days instead of getting another tattoo).
101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die is author Ricardo Cavolo’s love letter to music—from Charlie Patton and Elvis Presley to Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, and Skrillex (and Johnny Cash twice) this has something for every music lover, with each entry accompanied by Cavolo’s playful, brilliant illustrations.
—Zoey, US Marketing Assistant
2. For curious children and hidden heroes.
Join young Arthur Brownstone on an epic quest back in time to the land of the Vikings as he meets powerful gods, collects magical objects and conquers mythical beasts (and his own fears) to save his town from being frozen in time. Ideal for fans of Thor Ragnorak looking for further exciting adventures through Norse mythology, Arthur and the Golden Rope is a beautifully illustrated, gold-foiled picture book/graphic novel hybrid that will be a sure fire hit with even the most reluctant readers (and heroes) in your life.
—Zoë, UK Marketing Co-ordinator
3. For the gamer who loves Zelda and NBA Jam in equal measure.
Fantasy Sports No. 1 is an action-packed adventure story that follows Wiz, a trainee mage and her begrudging mentor, Mug through the tunnels and tombs of an ancient temple to recover some ancient treasure. Can they put their differences aside and combine their skills and strength against a demonic big boss in a duel of… basketball? BOOMSHAKALAKA! Probably.
—James, Creative Director at Minilab
4. For your thrill-seeking best friend who can’t stay in one place long enough for a stable relationship.
In a brilliant, layered story, Luke Healy brings you into three narratives—each a struggle. In How to Survive in the North, the historical expeditions of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett to the Arctic are framed by the fictional story of Sully, a professor who is wading through heartbreak and midlife crises. The adventuring friend in your life will love the bravery of Blackjack and Bartlett, and then be grounded by the real questions in Sully’s life: how do we navigate the intangibles of love and belonging? —Avalon, Editorial Assistant
5. For your Instagram famous sister-in-law who just wants the ‘perfect’ office wall.
I consider the Leporello collection, including Locomotion, one of the gems that we have at Nobrow. I’ve been in love with these even before working here. The unusual format, turns into a big canvas for the artists to play with. And the final results are printed in spot colors, that highlights the artwork even more. It is a book, but definitely could work framed as well! —Bia, Designer
6. For the kid who’s a little too good at finding where you hid the presents.
Mr. Tweed and the Band in Needis the second of Jim Stoten’s wacky search-and-find adventures featuring that dapper dog, the titular Mr. Tweed! Kids will pore over the wildly detailed, far-out illustrations to help Mr. Tweed locate the missing members of his favorite band amidst the jumble of a lively day at the zoo. Bright colors and silly sight gags make for hours of fun, the perfect gift for kids who love discovering something new! —Geoffrey, US Marketing Manager
7. For the child who won’t stop drawing on the walls.
Nightlightsis a graphic novel for young readers (ages 8 to 12) about a young girl whose passion for drawing is always getting her into trouble. Filled with stunning illustrations and sprinkled with lessons about self-confidence, this book will make the perfect gift for the creative child in your life. Great for fans of Ghosts by Raina Telegmeier or the Hilda series by Luke Pearson. —Hannah, US Sales & Marketing Director
8. For the budding naturalist.
One Day on Our Blue Planet is a series by Ella Bailey that highlights the life of young animals around the world. I love this series because it strikes a rare balance between beauty and information. Readers will enjoy exploring the detailed spreads full of unique animals to discover on every page and will be inspired to learn more about all the different creatures that share this blue planet with us. —Lilly, Designer
9. For your best buddy from college who needs to read a book instead of binge watching Bob’s Burgers.
Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deitiesis a fantastic and hilarious retelling of the Egyptian myth about the god Horus who plots bloody revenge on his Uncle Set. Pantheon contains incest, decapitation, suspicious salad, fighting hippos, flying cows, a boat race, resurrections, lots of scorpions, a golden willy, AND laugh-out loud moments. Your college buddy might actually start reading again. —Camille, Senior Designer
10. For little ones who have their feet on the ground and their heads in the stars.
Astro Cat and his crew set off on a journey around our solar system in Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System and share with us simple but fascinating facts along the way, accompanied by exciting visuals, retro illustrations and beautiful design. What are asteroids? Why is Mars red? Well, this is the perfect book to answer all their how and why questions, and get all children excited about science! —Marie, Foreign Rights Manager
11. For your indie-film-nut, younger brother, who’s minoring in philosophy.
The Spectatorsis a beautiful graphic novel from French artist Victor Hussenot, (ages 18+) about the lives of city dwellers—those who immerse themselves in a routine of bus stops and train platforms, whose lives revolve around observing the strangers they pass on the street. Hussenot explores how our behavior changes during the few minutes we spend sitting beside those we’ll never see again. Filled with colorful, delicate illustrations of bustling crowds and precious, quiet moments, this is the perfect book for the people watchers and the city lovers, and anyone who has ever enjoyed the feeling of belonging to a crowd. —Coryn, Sales Administrator
12. For your niece who loves to play with frogs and hates to be stuck inside.
Wildtells the story of a girl who grows up in the forest, and is discovered by other humans. When they take her home, they attempt to civilize her, but this girl cannot be tamed, “because you cannot tame something so happily wild.” Celebrating everyone’s wild inner child this beautiful picture book is perfect for children who can’t get enough of the outdoors and always come home with leaves in their hair and dirt on their faces.
—Harriet, Senior Commissioning Editor
There you have it—Nobrow’s gift picks. We hope you enjoy your time with food and family, and remember you can never go wrong with gifting a book for the holidays. For more great gift ideas, check out Nobrow’s website!
That most wonderful time of year is fast approaching and we don’t want you to miss out on getting hold of Nobrow and Flying Eye gifts for your nearest and dearest! So here are the all important last recommended posting dates for shipping all around the world!
Be careful not to leave it too late though as any orders received on these dates are not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas, although we will try our very best.
Saturday 2nd December
Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 6th December
Cyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia), Turkey, Malta
We’ll be out there rubbing elbows with all the greats of independent comics. Check out the talent on that incredible guest list, and make sure to drop by our spot at TABLE A11 in the ARC building at the Pratt Institute. Team NOBROW will be out there in full force, to give you a look at all of our greatest hits as well as some brand new favorites that we know you’ll love!
Doors open at 11am and it’s all FREE! We can’t wait to see you there!
COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN
Saturday, November 11th, 11:00AM Pratt Institute (ARC Building)
NOBROW – TABLE A11
To mark the launch of Out of Nothing, Daniel Locke & David Blandy’s impressive millennia-spanning graphic novel, we have teamed up with THECUBE to put on an exhibition of original artwork and prints, and a series of events.
About the book:
Spanning millennia, Locke and Blandy’s ambitious graphic novel explores humanity’s inherent ‘dreaming mind’ and its impact on our world.
Surreal sequences take us from Gutenberg’s printing press to Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, via Picasso, Einstein, DJ Kool Herc and more. Locke and Blandy show how our basic instinct to observe, record, and connect has formed the basis for all human invention and progress.
Available here and in all great (UK) bookshop. US & Canada February 2018.
THECUBE is a coworking space in Shoreditch, East London. A home to freelancers and small businesses with an interest in science, technology and design. The coworking space has been designed to provide our members with a calm, welcoming, and friendly place to work. To achieve this they have used natural materials, plants, natural light, high ceilings, and changing art pieces.
THECUBE has several member-led collectives and organises events around three core disciplines – science, technology, and design – to further skill sets with peers, enabling them to grow new talents and learn from equally as talented minds who offer something new.
Nobrow / Flying Eye Books are proud to announce our partnership with Pop Up and Transbook to bring you an exciting new practice-sharing conference for children’s literature and education professionals featuring over 30 hands-on workshops, demonstrations, collaborations and converstations… Pop Up Lab
10th November 2017 | Peterborough UK
Invigorate your teaching practice or literature programming by exploring imaginative approaches to engaging young readers and writers through visual storytelling.
Pop Up Lab is cross-sector space in which to explore and experiment, share practice and learn new things. A keynote conversation will kickstart the day, and attendees will be able to choose up to two 75-minute sessions from a programme of hands-on workshops, demonstrations and conversations with 10 organisations and individuals. Many sessions are artist-led. Throughout the day facilitated discussions will help evolve a ‘manifesto’ to advance the cause of visual storytelling in schools and curriculums.
Lab 2017 involves organisations in the Transbook project. Transbook is a European initiative to promote the digital transition and internationalisation of the children’s publishing industry. Transbook is co- nanced by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and operated by seven European partners from the children’s publishing industry.
A full programme schedule is available www.pop-up.org.uk/lab2017 and attendees will be asked to choose sessions in advance. Tickets available: here
Sessions by: Art Basics for Children (Belgium) / Centre for Literacy in Primary Education / Government Art Collection / Lisa Tilesi / Literature Wales / Metal Culture / Nobrow & MiniLab / Positive Negatives / Stephen Spender Trust / Tantagora (Spain) / Tiny Owl plus illustrators and comics artists from Estonia, Lithuania, France, England, Wales and Ireland Pop Up Lab is presented in association with Nobrow & Transbook and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Dr. Matteo Farinella, co-author and illustrator of the hit graphic novel Neurocomic, will be in attendance at the wonderful Caveat NYC for an evening of conversation about the science and the art of his latest graphic novel, The Senses!
Bring your friends and sit in with Dr. Farinella as he gives you all the nitty-gritty details of our sensory system and what it’s like to put what’s in the body onto the pages of this brand new, totally unique graphic novel experience!
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…
Make sure you’re free from June 22nd through June 27th because Nobrow is coming over for this year’s ALA Annual, and we have a feeling this show is going to be a BEAST!
We’ll set up our Nobrow HQ at Booth 3121, where you can stop by and check out all of our latest releases, our greatest hits, and maybe even take a peek at some upcoming titles that will be lighting up a bookstore near you later this year. There’s also going to be plenty of awesome giveaways!
But that’s not all– not even close!
We’re also going to be bringing you the talents of SAM BOSMA (Fantasy Sports series) and JEN LEE (Garbage Night), and we’re teaming up with the French Comics Association to bring over MARGUERITE ABOUET (Akissi) and JÉRÉMIE ROYER (Audubon, On the Wings of the World). That’s FOUR Nobrow artists to see at panels and signings at ALA!
Let’s break it down real quick:
SIGNINGS June 22
7-9pm, Sector 2337
Live reading and book signing with Marguerite Abouet, Jérémie Royer, and others!
June 24 11-11:30am, Nobrow Booth 3121
Sam Bosma signing
PANELS JUNE 23
Problem Solving: Teaching STEM with Comics, w/ Jérémie Royer
Books That Spark Change: Using comics and graphic novels as a jumping off point, w/ Marguerite Abouet
Meet the Makers, w/ Marguerite Abouet, Jérémie Royer
10:30-11:30am, McCormick Hall, room W175b
Graphic Memoirs: how non-fiction graphic novels bring real lives to life, w/ Jérémie Royer
9:30-10:20am, Graphic Novel/Gaming: Next to booth 1128
How to Write for Children and Young Adults, w/ Marguerite Abouet, Jérémie Royer
Comics at the Frontier of a New Literary Movement, w/ Sam Bosma, Jen Lee
1-2:30pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick, Jackson Park/CC 10AB
Universal Language of Comics: Culture and Creation Beyond America, w/ Marguerite Abouet
3-3:50pm, Graphic Novel/Gaming: Next to booth 1128
French Comics on Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives, w/ Marguerite Abouet
Like we said, between all the fun events, panels, signings, and giveaways, it’s going to be one big BEAST of a show. We hope you can make it! If you want to schedule some time to meet up with us and say hi, send an email over to [email protected]. We can’t wait to see you there!
Oh my goodness is it time for TCAF already?? It is!
Nobrow will head up north this weekend for our beloved Toronto Comic Arts Festival to bring you a bounty of amazing books. TCAF is one of the top comics festivals in North America, and we’re always excited to attend and to check out all the exciting comics debuting at the show.
We’ve got a couple of special debuts happening this year at TCAF and you definitely don’t want to miss them!
First up is the hotly anticipated Garbage Night by Jen Lee! Garbage Night is the full length graphic novel follow up to Jen’s hip animal scavenger drama Vacancy (one of our most popular titles in our 17×23 series), and TCAF will be the only place in North America to pick up a copy before its official release in June. It’s already pulling in some high praise with Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Not bad for a book that’s not even out yet!
We’ve also got the debut of the brand new soft cover edition of Luke Healy’s How To Survive in the North! The overwhelming positive response to Luke Healy’s first ever graphic novel made copies pretty hard to come by, but if you missed it the first time around, don’t worry – this beautiful soft cover edition packs in all the drama, hardship, and heartache from the top of the world that you’ve been hearing so much about.
BUT WAIT THAT’S NOT ALL! (Did you think that was all?)
Not only will we be debuting these outstanding new titles at TCAF, but we’ll also be bringing along both Jen Lee and Luke Healy for signings at the Nobrow table (Table 146 & 147)!
Jen will be hanging out with us and signing copies of Garbage Night on Saturday from 1pm to 2pm and on Sunday from 11:30am to 12:30pm.You’ll also be able to catch Luke and his personalized copies of How To Survive in the North on Saturday from Noon til 1pm and on Sunday from 12:30pm til 1:30pm.
This is going to be an amazing weekend at TCAF, and we can’t wait to see you there!
TCAF May 13 & 14 Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto Table 146 & 147
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.
Cliff, Reynard and Simon are back… in Garbage Night! In this hotly anticipated follow-up to Jen Lee‘s 17×23 comic Vacancy, the unlikely gang find themselves struggling to survive across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, forcing them to question the nature of friendship and freedom…
The trio spend their days looting the desolate supermarket and waiting for the return of the hallowed ‘garbage night’. But rumour has it, there’s a nearby town where humans still live. The trio join up with Barnaby, a mysterious stranger, and set off into the unknown…
Dog, German Shepherd
Raised in a loving and stable home. Passed his Good Canine Citizenship test with flying colors. With a tendency to be overly optimistic, he’ll choose to not hear others’ concerns. Always happy to help, although he can be unaware of his own needs.
* prone to bloat
* excels at fetch
North American Raccoon
Having paid close attention to her mother’s teachings she’s become extremely skilled at breaking and entering.Cautious of strangers, but not afraid. Holds others up to high standards, because she believes in her friends but this can make her a bit controlling.
* orphaned at a young age
* if it’s scary, yell at it
Afraid of being incapable, he prefers to coast through life events. Will buckle under pressure when presented with a challenge and tends to not think things through. Extremely inward in a group, but hates to be alone. Got booted out of his herd, he doesn’t want to talk about it.
* loves the feeling of grass on his cheeks
* if it’s scary, run
Athletic and well composed. Is aloof with strangers, but once he makes a friend he’s fiercly loyal and expects the same in exchange.Confident in his talents, he openly shares them in helping others- but grows resentments when the response is silence.
* Field Champion title in Lure Coursing
* gets cold easily
Get Garbage Night here or from your local bookshop now!
One of our favorite new artists, Lorena Alvarez, will be headed out to enjoy the scenic west coast, where she’ll be making stops at Gallery Nucleus, Comix Experience, and Floating World Comics to celebrate the release of her debut graphic novel Nightlights!
Nightlights is the enchanting story of Sandy, a bright eyed and creative little girl, and her budding friendship with the mysterious new girl at school, Morphie, whose fascination with Sandy’s drawings begins to take a turn for the sinister…
The Nightlights Tour is your chance to be among the first in the US to pick up a copy of Nightlights, and to catch Lorena in a rare US appearance! You can meet her at these three tour stops:
It’s going to be a fun time, so make sure to come out to meet the amazing Lorena Alvarez and get your very own signed copy of Nightlights, the book Publishers Weekly calls “captivatingly eerie […] a deliciously hair-raising story!”