Pre-festival celebration. Sam from Nobrow, Jonas, Daniel, Christer, Harri from Seriezone
A couple of weeks back I boarded a flight headed for Sweden and the Uppsala Comix Festival. On landing at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport I was greeted by grey skies, drizzle and a decidedly cold Scandinavian day. Thankfully this was the only chilly reception that I received. Uppsala is Sweden’s fourth largest city and it’s a really pretty place with a big student population – so a great place for a comics festival. Although it’s a small festival it was really well attended and people came to spend money. Christer, Harri and the guys at SerieZonen (Uppsala’s best and only comics shop!) did a great job and organised the event at an amazing old art deco cinema – it was really the perfect location. On the day we were even blessed with blue skies and sunshine. A big thank you to everyone who came along to my talk and to everyone at at Uppsala Comix – especially Jonas Anderson for helping me out on the stall – hearing Luke Pearson’s Nordic inspired Hilda series being explained in Swedish to a customer was really my highlight! Also a big shout to some great Swedish publishers that I had the pleasure of meeting – definitely worth checking them all out: Sara Granér and her publisher Galago, Daniel Thollin, Jens Andersson is publishing some really beautiful books, his Edward Gorey book is excellent and one of my favourite ‘I wish we published that!’ books is The First in Line by Mattias Adolfsson.
And if that wasn’t enough Scandinavian-ness for you, we also had books on sale at the Stockholm Comix Festival the weekend just passed – thanks to them – and we will have a good presence at the Oslo Comics Festival, with Luke Pearson being one of their official guests there in June. Also a good mention lastly for Staffars Serier – Stockholm’s comics store where you can also find our books! Read More..
All those in search of an adventuring companion, look no further! Hilda has made herself available in handy toy form so that you can recreate the blue-haired heroine’s escapades from the comfort of your own home.
At 8 inches high, she’s the perfect size for playing with. Or to keep you company on your desktop. Or even for proud display in any self-respecting toy collection.
She’s fully positionable and safety tested for ages 7 and up. So if you (or the little one in your life) are a fan of Hilda, you can lose yourself in your very own Hilda-adventures. Come and get it from the Nobrow shop or online.
The box even comes fully decorated by Hilda creator Luke Pearson.
Angoulême festival winner and Eisner Award nominee, Dockwood creator Jon McNaught will be in Portland, Oregon this weekend for the Stumptown Comics Festival. Their goal, a noble one, is to bring comics to the people, so Jon will be sharing some of his thoughts and inspirations behind the creation of Dockwood at the festival. He also will be exhibiting new work in his solo show Passing Time, at Reading Frenzy from the 26th – 29th of April.
Passing Time is a collection of suburban landscapes and everyday vignettes, which provide a deeper exploration of the environments of McNaught’s comics; from the windswept shores of Pebble Island to the suburban streets of Dockwood. These prints are loving tributes to ordinary places, from bus stops, to empty beaches, and other quiet corners of Britain. This show collects together screen prints, lithographs, and linocuts, alongside selected original artwork from Dockwood.
If you’re in the Northwest of America, be sure to check it out – it’ll be a doozy!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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! ;)
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!
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!