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CURVEBALL is on The Cartoonist Studio Prize shortlist!
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New York, NY – There’s just no stopping this book!  Nobrow is pleased to announce that Curveball, the debut Graphic Novel from Jeremy Sorese, is on the shortlist for The Slate Book Review’s Fourth Annual Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year!

“Each year the Cartoonist Studio Prize is awarded to two cartoonists whose work exemplifies excellence in cartooning.  The creators of two exceptional comics will be awarded $1,000 each.  This year’s shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS Fellow Noah Van Sciver; and this year’s guest judge, Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.”

We are proud to be included among the shortlist for this distinguished award and we would like to extend our congratulations to all of the nominees, and especially to Jeremy Sorese for all of his hard work and passion that went into creating this one of a kind Graphic Novel debut!  Jeremy was thrilled about the news, saying, “I’m feeling very honored to be nominated by Slate for Curveball, especially amongst all of my idols.”

Previous praise for Curveball:
Sorese has the moving ability to explore the sweet aching melancholy of getting over a broken love, in a hypothetical future so well pictured that it feels alive and familiar well after you put the book down.
—Julie Maroh, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Sorese’s character development and visual choices push this story into new territory. […] There’s a bit of stream of consciousness about Curveball’s construction, but that’s the best thing; it keeps you reading and moreover, looking, alive with an electricity that is just barely under control.
Library Journal

[Sorese] renders a universal melancholia with a pinpoint precision and a tangible sincerity. […] These are infinitely relatable scenes writ large.
The AV Club

Sorese masterfully immerses the reader int he story from the first moment. Incredibly human stories exist in a world full of robots and fantastic beasts.
LAMBDA Literary

Check out more Curveball reviews on Goodreads!


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CURVEBALL is a LAMBDA Finalist!
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New York, NY – Nobrow is proud to announce that Jeremy Sorese’s graphic novel debut Curveball is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Graphic Novel!

“The Lambda Literary Awards were founded in 1989 to elevate the profile of LGBT literature,” said Lambda Literary Board President, KG MacGregor. “In so doing, we also elevate the lives of those who find themselves authentically portrayed in our stories. It is with great pride that we come together each year to celebrate the excellent works of inspiring authors who have walked in our shoes.” 

It’s a tremendous honor to be included among the finalists for this prestigious award and we are so proud of Jeremy and all the hard work he put in to create such a powerfully resonant graphic novel.  Nobrow would like to extend our congratulations to Jeremy and his fellow “Lammy” finalists! (The full list of finalists can be found here.) Jeremy had this to say about the news: “I feel very honored to be a LAMBDA Literary Finalist this year, especially among some of the best queer cartoonists (and proof of just how many amazing women are in comics) right now. It really means the world to me!”

Previous praise for Curveball:

Sorese has the moving ability to explore the sweet aching melancholy of getting over a broken love, in a hypothetical future so well pictured that it feels alive and familiar well after you put the book down.
—Julie Maroh, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Sorese’s character development and visual choices push this story into new territory. […] There’s a bit of stream of consciousness about Curveball’s construction, but that’s the best thing; it keeps you reading and moreover, looking, alive with an electricity that is just barely under control.
Library Journal

[Sorese] renders a universal melancholia with a pinpoint precision and a tangible sincerity. […] These are infinitely relatable scenes writ large.
The AV Club

Sorese masterfully immerses the reader int he story from the first moment. Incredibly human stories exist in a world full of robots and fantastic beasts.
LAMBDA Literary

Check out more Curveball reviews on Goodreads!


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Short Run Welcomes Ricardo Cavolo!
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Seattle’s Short Run will be hosting New York Times Best-Selling author/illustrator Ricardo Cavolo for three spectacular events in the coming weeks!

The first will be a reading of some choice cuts from his book 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die!  Listen in as Ricardo explains his connection to some of his favorite musicians and then stick around for an interview with Ricardo and a book signing! Be sure to check it out on Friday, February 19th at 7pm at Ada’s Technical Books.

Then you’ll want to head out to Casco Antiguo on Wednesday, February 24th at 5pm for the unveiling of Ricardo’s latest mural.  Trust us, you’ve never seen his work like this before!

Friday, February 26th at 6pm is the big finale where Ricardo and our friends at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be celebrating the launch of Short Run’s Red Eye, an international comics anthology.  Ricardo’s got a few pages in there along with many great up and comers from the international comics scene.

So there you go, three great events to help bring February to a close with the great Ricardo Cavolo!  Check out Short Run’s website for more information.  We hope to see you in Seattle!


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Nobrow & Flying Eye’s Field Trip To The Met!

Hello friends!

Have you been out to the Met lately?  The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is known for its collection of extraordinary and timeless art from all over the world, and now that same classic sensibility can be found in their revamped children’s book area!

The Met’s new children’s book area contains a selection of some of the most beautiful children’s books we’ve ever seen, so of course we were absolutely beaming when we saw a few of our own titles sitting among some of the all-time greats.  The whole area is spacious and well lit, which really allows you to immerse yourself in the worlds of these impressive picture books.

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And that’s not all!  We spotted the bright colors of Beautiful Birds as well as a pair of stunning Leporellos, Swan Lake and Eventually Everything Connects, at the Met’s stationary store:

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We spoke with Lauren Gallagher, Book Buyer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the children’s book area’s brand new look:

What brought about the big change in the children’s picture book section?

The big change came about due to a cocktail of ingredients, the most important one being that I was given broad curatorial freedom in my buying choices.  Coming from an independent bookselling background, I’ve personally sold books to children and their families for many years, and for the first phase I chose to bring in both a combination of books I have had great success with, and new books that look like they not only might be appealing, but could become future children’s classics.

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Would you mind walking us through your vision for what you wanted to achieve with the children’s picture book section?

The ideal is to perpetuate the journey of discovery, to have children and their families walk away feeling like the shop is a continuation of the gallery experience.  All the books in this section have been picked for their strong illustrative and/or literary qualities, both of which are imperative to a child’s early education and introduction to the arts.  As a medium, art communicates everything from stories to observations to feelings, and well-illustrated picture books are–in tandem with a child’s first totterings in the physical world–often a child’s first experience of the wider world, and to the use of imagery as a means of expression.  A child in California can learn about snow in New York, and vice versa.  Picture books have the incredible capacity to open a young mind up to multiple worlds—both outer and inner.  Reading requires concentration and contemplation: the mind is required to go inward to then go outward.  When a child dives into a book (and sometimes us adults too), for a time, they exist within that realm, yet when they finish the book they return to the “real” world, and hopefully through this contrast of experience they begin to discover the power of imagination, creativity, and the myriad of ways we can express ourselves.  I hope customers will find the revised section exciting enough to come back again and again, to return to the Met for this experience of discovery.

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What do you think is the best way for a picture book to get noticed by the Met’s thousands of visitors?

The best way for a book to get noticed is to see someone else taking it off the shelf and reading it!  Placement is key, which is why Met Kids remains its own destination at the West side of the shop.  Picture books are front and center, which hopefully meets our customer’s needs.  We are always fine tuning the visual presentation to hopefully find the right ratio of eclectic but logical display: like with like, but maintaining the element of surprise.

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What do you think the new look for the children’s picture book section accomplishes for the Met?

Hopefully it shows the Met keeping with the times, while staying true to its dedication to educate and enlighten through art.  Books don’t have to be about art or artists to be artistic, or to open a child’s mind up to art.  A Dahlov Ipcar book might make a kid want to draw just as much as a beginner’s guide to Monet or Leonardo.  Most picture books are created, illustrated, and frequently written by living artists, and selling children’s picture books is a way of supporting these artists, many of whom received a good portion of their art education in museums.  It’s also a chance to reintroduce long lost classics and revisit age old tales through updated editions.  I’d like to think the new books have surprised enough people that they will return to see what we’ll have next time.  With any luck we are meeting our core customer needs while attracting a new regular customer base.

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A very many thanks to Lauren for taking the time to chat with us!  Be sure to check out the latest at the Met, and then spend some time in their fresh new children’s book section.  The world-class museum is offering up some world-class picture books, a great little event for art aficionados and picture book lovers everywhere!


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Story Time With Keith Negley!
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Brooklyn!  The unstoppable Keith Negley will be at the wonderful Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene this Saturday at 11am for his patented brand of off the wall story time!  Keith will be reading from his best-selling hit Tough Guys Have Feelings Too and he’ll be following it up with one of his always entertaining interactive Ninja drawing sessions.  Bring some friends, it’s a great way to spend a Saturday!

Saturday, January 9th
11am
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217


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Spend a Day in the Antarctic with an Adélie Penguin Chick!
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In the first part of the One Day on our Blue Planet series, we explored the grassy plains of the Savannah with a little lion cub. This time, the temperature turns a lot cooler as we follow an Adélie penguin chick throughout her day in the Antarctic. Meet all kinds of penguins and other feathered friends as she waddles along the frozen coast and  dive deep beneath the ice to find krill, fish and squid to eat… but watch out she doesn’t become food herself!

Ella Bailey stopped by and kindly answered a few questions about her beautiful new book for us:

1.It goes without saying that the Savannah and Antarctic landscapes are very different, but how did you go about showing this in the books?

The most striking (albeit obvious) difference that comes to mind is the climate! One is very hot, and the other extremely cold, and I ended up using very different colour palettes for each book in order to help convey these two extremes. Other than that, there was the obvious difference in the amount of foliage – that is, in Antarctica there really isn’t any. In fact, Antarctica is a far more barren landscape in general, so I had to find other ways of adding visual interest to the backgrounds.

2. And were there any surprising similarities?

Both areas seem to have a similar sense of vastness about them. In both the Savannah and Antarctica everything seems to be very large and spaced out, including the animals, so at times I had to sort of compress things a little bit so they would fit within the confines of a double-page spread!

3. How did you reference One Day on our Blue Planet- without travelling to the Antarctic, did you go to zoos or watch nature documentaries?

I did visit a zoo – unfortunately they didn’t have any whales, although I did see a few penguins! They weren’t the right species, but they were still very cute. I mostly watched some nature documentaries and clips, and used google images alongside certain websites. Some of the more obscure animals (I’m looking at you, Arnoux’s beaked whale!) were particularly difficult to find references of, although I suppose that is understandable considering where they like to live!

4. The books are non-fiction but you wouldn’t necessarily know it! What were the challenges in storytelling factual information to a young audience?

The main challenge for me was integrating the facts into the storytelling in a natural way, that didn’t feel too overwhelming, dry, or heavy-handed. I think we actually managed to do this by keeping the text itself to a minimum, and following the classic mantra of ‘show, don’t tell’! I also enjoy using the endpapers of the books as an extra, fun way of delivering information outside of the main story itself.

5. Which creators are you most influenced by? Both legendary illustrators and fresh new talent.

There are so many! Mary Blair is one of my all-time favourites, alongside Miroslav Sasek, Alain Gree and Charley Harper. For more contemporary illustrators, I am a big fan of Meg Hunt and Isabelle Arsenault, Marc Boutavant, Icinori, Kenard Pak… Those are just a few, I could go on for a very long time!

Thanks Ella!

Take this little penguin home and grab your copy here!

One Day on our Blue Planet Penguins

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The Curveball Book Tour’s Final Stop!
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It’s been a crazy couple of months on the Curveball Book Tour, and Jeremy Sorese is headed back home to finish it off in style!

Join us tonight at The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn for the Curveball Book Tour’s final stop.  It’s going to be an extra special night with Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly interviewing Jeremy about life, art, and Curveball!

It’s all happening tonight at 7pm!  White wine will be served to celebrate the release of this truly wonderful achievement in graphic novels, and to commemorate the final stop on Jeremy’s Curveball Book Tour.  We’ll see you there!

The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:00pm


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An Important Webshop Holiday Announcement!
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ATTENTION WEBSHOP CUSTOMERS!

Please note the final day for US AND INTERNATIONAL ORDERS to be dispatched and received before Christmas is Monday, 14th December.

The final days for UK ORDERS is Friday, 18th December.

The webshop will be closed from Tuesday, 22nd December to Monday, 4th January so any orders received during this time will not be dispatched until 4 Jan onwards.


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Curveball’s in the Pacific Northwest!
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Fresh off a very successful run at CALA, our friend Jeremy Sorese is headed North for the next leg of his Curveball Book Tour!

You’ll be able to catch Jeremy in Portland on Wednesday, December 9th from 5pm to 7pm at Floating World, one of the finest comic shops in the Northwest, and then again in Seattle on Thursday, December 10th from 7pm to 9pm at the wonderful Elliot Bay.

It’s back to back Curveball this week, and it’s sure to be loads of fun!  If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, we’d love to see you!


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Curveball Hits The West Coast!
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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!
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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
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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!
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ANNOUNCING THE CURVEBALL 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 10th, 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!
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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!
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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.”
Bustle

“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

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“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

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“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!