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.
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:
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.
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!
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
686 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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!
Take this little penguin home and grab your copy here!
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!
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!
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!
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!
“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
“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
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.
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
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.”
“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
“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!
It’s time once again for one of our favorite comics shows, Comic Arts Brooklyn! CAB is among the most exciting of the independent comics shows, hosting some of the biggest names in comics as well as some of the brightest new stars, and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.
This year’s CAB will be a big one for Nobrow as we will be debuting two new titles, Ryan Heshka’s vicious Mean Girls Club and Jeremy Sorese’s hotly anticipated epic Curveball! This will be the first time these beautiful books will be available for sale in North America and trust us – you don’t want to miss it.
But wait! We can’t just leave it at that! We won’t! It’s CAB so of course we’ve got a little something extra special planned. On Saturday, November 7th we’ve got signings from an unstoppable triumvirate of Nobrow artists: Wren McDonald (creator of the frantic and brutal Cyber Realm), Jeremy Sorese (of the aforementioned Curveball), and Sam Bosma (the man behind the smash hit Fantasy Sports)!
Here’s our Saturday schedule over at Table U21-22:
Wren McDonald signing at 12pm – 1pm
Jeremy Sorese signing at 1pm – 2pm
Sam Bosma signing at 2pm – 4pm
Wren McDonald signing at 4pm – 5pm
Jeremy Sorese signing at 5pm – 6pm
It’s going to be a day full of fun and signings and most importantly NEW COMICS!
CAB will be happening at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (12 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211) on Saturday, November 7th at 11am. It’s free to attend, so if you’re in Brooklyn this weekend, come through and check us out at Table U21-22 on the upper floor!
It’s an exciting week for us because Keith Negley‘s coming into town!
The author of the wonderful Tough Guys Have Feelings Too, Keith will be making appearances at bookstores around New York and New Jersey to read from his Flying Eye picture book debut and to show off his illustrating abilities!
All of these events will be fun for all ages so bring along your friends big and small!
In the latest of our 17×23 series, Ryan Heshka sneaks us into a meeting of the Mean Girls Club as they pay tribute to the ghosts of their founders… but be warned, few eyes have ever witnessed a secret Mean Girls Club gathering and fewer yet have lived to see another day… With ceremonial insect venom transfusions and snake worships just the start these subversive sirens cause all kinds of mayhem as they seek out pure fear, intoxication, vice and adrenaline, sweeping like a cruel plague of pink and black.
Ryan Heshka is a Vancouver based, self-taught artist and illustrator. His childhood influences of antiquated comics, pin-ups, pulp magazines, sci-fi and movies persist today and his paintings are full of pop-culture references through the ages. Ryan primarily works in acrylic paint on wood panel and embellishes these images with magazine cuttings.
The Mean Girls Club 17×23 comic was the result of a really exciting project and we asked Ryan to talk us through the timeline from the first sketch to the Nobrow 17×23.
The first of the Mean Girls characters was conceived as a sketch book painting (“my brow”). It was just a throw away idea that I didn’t expect to go anywhere.
I later ended up coming back to that brow character and developed a bunch of other girls like her. I came up with the visual pun idea of a bunch of mean looking girls, brandishing clubs, that would be called “Mean Girls Club”
I had been in contact with the large advertising agency Weiden + Kennedy around summer 2013 and had heard that they do monthly artist shows in their vast lobby and gallery space, so I pitched the idea of a show to them. Out of the need to fill the space with a unified, central idea that could take form of installation and multi media show, this Mean Girls Club idea evolved. I had been wanting to make a risograph comiczine for some time, so I used that combined with MEAN GIRLS concept as the jumping point.
The MEAN GIRLS CLUB show, in July 2014, ended up as a multi faceted show, involving:
a full sized club house where people stick their heads in to watch , only to become human taxidermy,
large scale prints and murals,
silk screen prints with 40 of each print available
and the risograph comic as a run of 300 signed/numbered copies.
All of the prints and zines sold out within the first two weeks of the show’s opening.
The week after the show’s opening was the ICON illustration conference. That’s where I met Sam from Nobrow, and put a copy of the comic into his hands. The rest is history!
You can buy the final result of this incredible project now from the Nobrow shop. Get your own copy of Mean Girls Club and see what these sassy sisters are all about… if you dare!