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Send us your Awesome Robots

We’re on a mission to find the most awesome robots out there and we need your help! We’ve got some amazing ones so far but we’re always after more!

Check out all the brilliant robots we’ve seen so far and send us yours over at our Awesome Robot tumblr.


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Eisner Award nominations for Luke Pearson and Jon McNaught

Massive congratulations for Luke Pearson and Jon McNaught who have both been nominated for Will Eisner Awards. The Eisners are one of the highest accolades in the comics industry and we’re thrilled that Luke and Jon’s amazing talents are being recognised.

Luke was, in fact, nominated for two awards: Best Kids’ Comic for Hilda and the Midnight Giant; and Best Writer/Artist alongside luminaries Chris Ware, Charles Burns and the Hernandez Brothers.

Elmview, the first story in Jon McNaught’s Dockwood, has been nominated for Best Short Story.

Nobrow 7 was also nominated, for Best Anthology.

We can’t wait until the awards are announced at Comic-Con in July!


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A new assistant, left on our doorstep

Along with the first signs of spring, this rather spectacular new assistant, hand-crafted by the super-talented Philippa Rice (one of her comics is in Nobrow 8), has arrived in the Nobrow offices.

Willing and able to take on the most complex of comics-creating tasks this assistant even comes with a detailed instruction manual illustrated by Luke Pearson.

Thank you so much, Pippa!


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ELCAF 2013

ELCAF 2013 is the second annual East London Comics and Art Festival. Taking place on the 22nd June in Bethnal Green’s York Hall, ELCAF aims to showcase the incredible comics and graphic art talent in London and the UK, and draw artists from across Europe and the wider world. All this for just a £3 entrance fee.

We’re on the lookout for people who want to share the best of what they do with the world and join ELCAF as a stallholder. The submissions deadline of the 23rd of April is fast approaching. If you’d like to be involved, we’d love to hear from you! Head over to the application page of the ELCAF site and let us know what it is you do, what you intend to do at ELCAF and why you should be one of 40+ creative shopkeepers to take part in the festival. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Graphic Novels Meet Picture Books: The Birth of an Imprint

Nobrow co-founders Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro will be giving a talk at Foyles on Thursday the 25th of April all about the creation of Flying Eye Books, Nobrow’s brand new children’s imprint.

Hosted by John O’Reilly of Varoom, the talk marks the official launch of Flying Eye and offers an intimate look at Sam and Alex’s insights into the world of graphic novels, illustration and publishing.

Having championed the concept of ‘books as art objects’ through Nobrow, Flying Eye now seeks to redefine the world of children’s picture books by applying the same care to execution, content and art and to build a list that deserves to remain in print for many years to come!

This event is now SOLD OUT, but you can still visit the Flying Eye exhibition at Foyles and get an exclusive look at some of our forthcoming titles, or take part in one of our children’s workshops, up until April the 29th.


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Flying Eye Workshops at Foyles

We can hardly contain our excitement about two very special Flying Eye events. On Saturday the 27th of April Viviane Schwarz and Emily Hughes will both be running kids workshops at Foyles.

Welcome to your Awesome Robot with Viviane Schwarz
Using the instructions in her new book Welcome to Your Awesome Robot, Viviane Schwarz will be leading an awesome robot-making workshop for children aged 4-8 and their parents. Foyles will be providing everything you could possibly need for your very own awesome robotic creation. Expect industrious concentration and fabulous cardboard costumes (with excited children inside them!) Once you’ve engineered your robot into life, you could submit to our tumblr of awesome robot pictures.

You can find out more and grab your £8 tickets over at the Foyles website. The price includes a copy of Welcome to Your Awesome Robot. Don’t forget to ask Viv to sign it!

Wild Animals and Curious Creatures with Emily Hughes
Unleash the wild beasts inside by conjuring up curious and magical monsters under Emily Hughes’ expert guidance. In this workshop Emily Hughes will offer a sneak peek at her brand new picture book, Wild, and helping kids aged 6-11 to create and draw their very own wild creatures. Foyles will be providing all the tools you could possibly need and the £8 ticket price includes a free Flying Eye comic book.

For more info and to pick up your ticket, head over to Foyles’ website.

Please note that an adult is required to supervise your child throughout these sessions (maximum two children per adult please).


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Foyles and Flying Eye Books team up for a season of comics and illustration this April

To celebrate the launch of Nobrow’s new children’s imprint Flying Eye Books, we are delighted to be teaming up with Foyles to bring you the Flying Eye Season at Foyles. We will be hosting an exhibition and a series of workshops aimed at budding graphic artists at the flagship branch on Charing Cross Road throughout April t

o introduce you to our new imprint, our talented artists and our beautiful new books. In the exclusive exhibition for the Gallery at Foyles, we will be showing illustrations from our new publications as well as a offering a rare chance to see developmental and work in progress drawings from many of the artists involved in Flying Eye’s up and coming releases.

If you would like to read more, or buy tickets to any of the fun workshops and events, please visit the Foyles website now. If you would like to read more about Flying Eye please visit the dedicated new website or to get up to date notifications of current events, follow us on twitter.


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Free Emily Hughes Poster with every Awesome Robot order

With every order of Welcome to your Awesome Robot from the Flying Eye Books website, we’re giving away these CMYK poster by illustrator Emily Hughes for free! The Richard Scarry-like illustrations are a little glimpse into the Flying Eye world.

The poster comes folded, not rolled, but would make a great addition to any kid’s room.


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Nice work, Hilda!

Hilda’s adventured her way onto the front cover of the lovely independent magazine ForeWord Reviews. The picture is a still from Luke Pearson’s latest book chronicling the young heroine’s expeditions – Hilda and the Bird Parade.


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Welcome to a world of awesome robots!

Well it’s here… prepare for a world of Awesome Robots invading cities across the world as we launch the first title in our brand spanking new children’s list. ‘Welcome to your Awesome Robot’ by Viviane Schwarz will be released this month on the Flying Eye Books website and is available to order for your shop (if you have one) through our UK distributors Bounce Sales and Marketing.

This fantastic new title is a manual and a story book rolled into one for kids and their parents or carers. It’s jam packed with everything you might need to know about building your own Awesome Robots. We will be launching a blog site soon to showcase the awesome robots you can all come up with so watch this space! In the mean time, enjoy the gallery of beautiful photos on the online shop here and keep an eye on FlyingEyeBooks.com for the launch of the new website this Thursday! We’re brimming with glee and we hope you are too, get ready for the best kids books you have ever seen! ;)


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Welcome to Flying Eye Books!

Hello everyone! Welcome to Flying Eye Books, what we hope will grow into your favourite destination for children’s literature and gift books in print. We have tirelessly worked for the last year to deliver a fabulous first list that contains fiction, non fiction, translated work, novelty, activity and comic books aimed at children, all produced with the highest quality standards and the best design and art in the market. Over the course of the next few months we will also be working very hard to bring you workshops, events and extra online content related to our releases, to enrich your experience of our books and to introduce you to our talented authors and illustrators. So watch this space, browse away and prepare yourselves for Flying Eye Books!


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Dockwood/Automne wins at Angoulême

Jon McNaught has returned from the Angoulême International Comics Festival clutching the Prix Révélation, The Best Newcomer Award, and bearing good news for the entire British Comics industry.

Jon’s first full-length book for Nobrow, Automne, entitled Dockwood in English, beat off stiff competition from across the world of comics to make Jon the very first Brit to claim the Best Newcomer prize in the festival’s history.

Previous winners at Angoulême include Daniel Clowes, Jacques Tardi, Art Spiegelman, Moebius and Will Eisner, so Jon will be keeping excellent company!

Also joining the ranks of festival winners is another Brit, Glyn Dillon, whose excellent Nao of Brown, won the Prix Spécial du Jury, an award for books that do not fall into any specific category.

We are absolutely chuffed at the news and fantastically proud of Jon and Glyn.

Here’s hoping that this signals the start of an amazing year for British comics!


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Robot-making workshop

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

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

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


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Limited copies of Big Mother #1 back in stock

The first edition of  our oversized illustration showcase Big Mother has been sold out for a while now thanks to the massive popularity of the incredible McBess.  If you missed your chance to get a copy, you may be in luck though.  We’ve found five left over copies which are now on the shelves at the Nobrow shop in London.  This is the only place you’ll be able to pick up a copy of Big Mother #1, and we expect them to fly off the shelves, so if you want to nab yourself this rare, beautiful book , hurry down to 62 Great Eastern Street!


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What lies in store…

2012 was a huge year for Nobrow. We’ve had the chance to work with so many fantastic comic creators on some truly magnificent books and we’re immensely proud of everything that we’ve published.

But as much as we might like a chance to get our collective breath back, the pace doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down at all in 2013. As well as some very exciting new books from Rob Hunter and John Martz, the release of Nobrow 8: Hysteria and the publication of The Burgermat Show, authored by our friend the burger connoisseur Burgerac, we’re also thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new children’s imprint – Flying Eye Books.

Featuring the same commitment to great storytelling, eye-popping artwork, great design and sustainable manufacturing that characterises Nobrow books, Flying Eye aims to bring you the most beautifully produced, entertaining, collectible, cherishable (not perishable!) and wonder-filled books you could wish for.
With work from the likes of Viviane Schwarz, Ben Newman and ATAK, as well as the latest instalment in Luke Pearson’s Hilda series, we hope that you’ll find something to love with every Flying Eye release coming in the New Year.

So please stay tuned on Twitter @flyingeyebooks until we launch our dedicated Flying Eye website in the New Year. We hope that you’re as excited as we are about what 2013 holds for Nobrow Press and Flying Eye books. In the meantime have a very merry festive season and a Happy New Year!