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Creating Lost Property
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We’ve longed admired Andy J Poyiadgi‘s work and the opportunity to create a comic with him was something we absolutely relished. It is, therefore, with much excitement that we are releasing his book this March. Andy has delivered a captivating tale; witty and imaginative. So before Lost Property officially hits the shops, we took the time to catch up with Andy and find out a little more about the man and his mind.

Mr Andy J Poyiadgi:

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ELCAF 2015
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Preparations for ELCAF 2015 are well underway; venue’s being confirmed, artists booked, programme getting finalised, applications flying in, and excitement building into its inevitable  crescendo. Whilst we’re busy flitting about putting all the pieces in place we thought we should at least give you guys something to keep you going over the next few months. So, today ladies and gentlemen we are utterly thrilled to announce the artist-in-residence for ELCAF 2015 is none other than the multi-award winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki.

Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator. She is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim (with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Books of 2008 and was nominated for four Eisner Awards. Her second collaborative work with Mariko Tamaki, the New York Times bestselling graphic novel This One Summer, received a Caldecott Honor (the first GN to be given the Caldecott nod) and won the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award. Tamaki will be releasing a collected anthology of SuperMutant Magic Academy in 2015, published by Drawn and Quarterly. We cannot emphasise how thrilled we are to have such a talented and remarkable artist joining us to celebrate ELCAF 2015!

For more ELCAF news, make sure you check into their Facebook and Twitter @ELCAFest.

 


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This is My Rock by David Lucas
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March is an exciting time here at Nobrow and Flying Eye Books. We have five new titles itching to get themselves out onto the shelves, and among the new releases is one we are particularly thrilled to be showing you: This is My Rockby David Lucas. Lucas is the brilliant author behind A Letter for Bear and Lost in the Toy Museum, he is an enthralling storyteller and a superb illustrator. Before the book’s official release we caught up with David to talk a little about his influences, and what this book means to him . Let us present to you David Lucas:

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An Exhibition of Eventually Everything Connects
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Now that Eventually Everything Connects—Loris Lora’s amazingly inspired history of Californian modernism—has landed in the US and redefined everyone’s expectations of concertina books, you might be wondering how we’re celebrating the release. Well, the secret is out: our friends at Gallery Nucleus will be presenting the original paintings by Loris that make up Nobrow’s newest hardcover leporello right in the heart of California!

Gallery Nucleus is set right in the heart of downtown Alhambra, where they’ve been a welcoming gathering place for the art loving community since 2004! The opening reception for the show, titled “California Modernists”, will take place this Saturday, February 21st, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Loris will be in attendance along with Chris Turnham. Chris, a Los Angeles based illustrator and printmaker, will be on hand to celebrate the launch of his latest modernist-inspired silk screens. You’ll be able to check out their work up until March 1st, so don’t delay! You can find our more information about Gallery Nucleus at their website, and you can grab a copy of Eventually Everything Connects now!

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An Angoulême First Timer

 

A travelogue by Jamie Coe: ANGOULÊME FESTIVAL DE LA BD

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A week or so ago, the lovely folks at Nobrow whisked me off to France with them, for the annual Angoulême Festival de la BD, and what a time we had. I may have unfortunately missed a lot of the exhibitions, but in a festival as big and exciting as Angoulême it felt easy to get sidetracked.

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The festival was truly awesome – jam packed full of amazing talent, artwork and books I hadn’t heard of yet (which were usually in French, consequently making me regret not paying more attention to the language whilst at school – everyone says that, I know).

I met a lot of authors / artists / cartoonists / publishers (some for the first time) and managed to spend some time (even if brief) with a lot of people that I greatly admire, such as Nicolas André, Victor Hussenot, Stephen Collins, Tom Gauld, Luke Pearson, Simon Hanselmann, Karrie Fransman, Andrew Carl and Josh O’Neill.

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An Ode to Angoulême 2015
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Angoulême, oh Angoulême, our sweet patron Angoulême. Too infrequent do your halls open to bear its ripened fruits, too little is the time we have to feast and gather your harvest, too long do we yearn for the coming of the next crop. How thrrrrilled we are to be crowing over your juicy wares in a matter of days! Angoulême 2015 is here! In a handful of hours, team Nobrow (or a portion of us) will be trundling across the border to re-group with some of our favourite European publishers. Together we will toast to solidarity, welcome new faces to the stand and celebrate the year’s releases. Joining us for this round are representatives from Team GB and Team Le France, aka. Jamie Coe (Art Schooled) and Nicolas André (Beyond the Surface), who will be at stand N16 in the Nouveau Monde signing books over the course of the weekend. And just in case you haven’t heard about our newest venture into the digital sphere (time to get out from under that rock), bring yourself over to the table for some demos on what the Nobrow Comics App has to offer. To the Gods of Angoulême, these are our gifts.


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Nobrow Ventures into Digital

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, today we are extremely excited and proud to officially announce the launch of Nobrow’s venture into the world of digital with the Nobrow Comics App for iPad.

Since its conception Nobrow has championed the works of talented artists whilst consistently seeking to push the boundaries in design, illustration and print. The newest chapter in Nobrow’s journey sees us entering the world of digital creativity. We hope that our offering in this sphere bridges the gap between digital and print and demonstrates how both mediums can work symbiotically to complement each other. No matter which way you choose to digest a Nobrow creation, you will continue to find quality and innovation.

For a limited time only,  Hildafolk, Birchfield Close, Obsolete and our first Artist’s Mini Bundle will be available to download for free from the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nobrow-comics/id869287873?ls=1&mt=8 So whatever you do, take some time and have a play.

And if you have any questions, James Wilson our Digital Designer will be on Twitter on Friday 30th of Jan between 11am and 3pm for a live chat to answer any and all your app related questions. You can catch him on #NobrowApp

A few words from Alex Spiro, Co-founder and Creative Director:

“Our aim is to continue to allow print to sing as print, but alongside that to explore the fantastic things that a screen can offer you. Nobrow’s digital products won’t replace what we already love doing, and will continue to do for many years to come, they are merely answers to the question: How can I get as much pleasure from a digital experience as I do from reading a beautifully printed Nobrow book?”

Welcome to Nobrow Comics for iPad!


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A New Year
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Giddy up! It’s 2015. A bloomin’ exciting time to be in publishing and an even better time to be filling your mind with stories, art and all things inspired. We’re keeping ourselves busy this year, because, as we all know, the Devil makes work of idle hands and hell hath a fury which we dare not encounter. We’ve got plenty of new artists to introduce to you and as many new books to keep you on your toes. We’re absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible pool of talented individuals, so here are just a few whose books you’ll be seeing in the next few months:

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The Christmas Postman
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Hi folks, just a little note to gently remind you that if you’re ordering books online to gift your nearest and dearest this Christmas that you should do so with plenty of time to avoid disappointment. The postmen of the world are very busy at this time of year, after all, and we don’t want any tears under the tree.

For all orders to mainland UK addresses please order by Friday 19th December (1st Class and Royal Mail Signed For)

EUROPE:

International Signed For (Premium Shipping)

Monday 8 December – Cyprus, Eastern Europe
Tuesday 9 December – France, Greece, Poland
Saturday 13 December – Western Europe (excluding France, Greece, Poland)

Dates for USA AND R.O.W (Rest of the World):

Smartpost – December 10th
USPS Priority – December 18th
FedEx Ground December 16th
FedEx Priority – December 22nd
FedEx 2 day – December 19th
FedEx Standard Express 3 day – December 18th
Fedex Priority International – December 18th
Fedex Economy International – December 16th

We cannot guarantee delivery before the 25th of December for any orders placed after these dates. Happy shopping, and Merry Christmas!


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HiFest
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Another event to look forward to this weekend will be Hifest Illustration festival based in Hastings. The event is packed with workshops, fantastic exhibitors and some stellar artists; including Quentin Blake, John Vernon Lord and Ben Newman. We’ll have a stall set up and ready to cater to all your christmas needs, and for that extra special gift you can get specially signed copies of Vernon Lord’s book Drawn to Drawing and Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Ben Newman as both artists will be stopping by the Nobrow stand to sign some books. Go on, get yourself a treat.


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Makers Christmas Fair
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Finally, it’s here! The season we all love to hate, the season to be jolly, the season to glut, revel and rejoice; mince pies, brandy wine, mistletoe, mulled wine, bright glittery lights, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, roast tatties (more than usual), and some more wine (errherm)! Refusing to milk the festive cow is considered nothing short of lunacy. And as we’d like to milk for all we can, we’ll be kicking December off with an ole’ fashioned stall at a Christmas fair. We’re  joining the likes of Wool and the Gang and the Cocoa Den at the Maker’s Market at 260-264 Kingsland Road on Saturday 6th of December to share in some creative cheer with London’s finest craft-minded folk. You’d be silly not to join us.

And if you want to know a little more here’s what the organisers have to say about the event:

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Words from Miss Hodgson
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The year twenty fourteen is drawing to a close and before the final curtain call we thought we’d catch up with our authors for a little hello; chat about their books and see what they have in their sketchbooks (sneeeaky). First up isJesse Hodgson. Jesse is a bristol based illustrator and author of  the wonderful children’s picture book Pongo. Pongois a beautiful tale and one that we go back to again and again, both to marvel over Jesse’s illustration style, which is simply a joy, and to revel in the warmth of her narrative. Here, folks, is Jesse Hodgson.

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Short Run
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Nobrow is packing it up and heading out to Seattle, home of the wonderful Short Run Festival.  Going on its fourth year, Short Run is a fun festival celebrating comics and art in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.  Your friends at Nobrow fall squarely in the “around the world” category, so of course we’re bringing our beautiful books from our internationally renowned artists!

We’ll also have our newest releases like Roman Muradov’s beautiful and mysterious (In a Sense) Lost and Found, Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s essential Marx, and Dustin Harbin’s tremendous Behold! The Dinosaurs!, plus an appearance from our friend Jamie Coe, who will be flying in from London to sign copies of his new book, the excellent Art Schooled!

We’re also excited about Jamie being named Short Run Festival’s special UK guest this year, and we hope you’ll join us at the festival, where he’ll be signing his books and selling an exclusive limited edition screen print, and again on November 20th, where he’ll be making a presentation at the Seattle Public Library’s Capitol Hill branch.  A lot of big things are in the works for Jamie, so don’t miss your chance to meet the man behind one of our favorite new comics!

If all of that sounds good to you, then we’ll see you at Table B10 in Washington Hall in Seattle on November 15th for the festival, and again at the Capitol Hill Library on the 20th for Jamie’s presentation!  We can’t wait!  We won’t!  In fact we’re just going to head out to Seattle right now to get a head start!  See you there!


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Thought Bubble 2014
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We’re back for another year of comic madness at this year’s Thought Bubble in Leeds. It’s going to be a whirlwind weekend with plenty to keep the eyes pre-occupied as exhibitors pile into the gargantuan venue to flog the best of this year’s harvest. Joining us this year is author and illustrator Andrew Rae whose new graphic novel, Moonhead and the Music Machine has hit the streets with a resounding bang! He’ll be with us throughout the weekend to sign his book and just have a general chit chat.

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Also joining us for the weekend will be the creator of the Hildafolk series, Luke Pearson. Luke has been shortlisted in the Young People’s Comic category for the British Comic Awards which will be announced at Thought Bubble. We’re super thrilled with the nomination and have been keeping all manner of body parts crossed for weeks, so whether it’s unwinding with a Pearson win or simply unwinding, hope you’ll join us in shaking ourselves lose at stand 166-167 in the New Dock Hall.


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Nobrow at Colomiers
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We’re back at Colomiers Festival de BD in France this weekend with a hoard of books for you to pore over and delight in. Last year the festival organisers invited Jon McNaught and Robert Hunter to create a bespoke exhibition to accompany the stand, this year Jon has not only been asked to create the festival poster but has also been invited to display blown up pieces of his work on billboards around the city. Billboards with a  neon backdrop beaming out images of sleepy british towns, which also feature beaming neon billboards, but of the next best shampoo to hit the high streets. The mind reels!

And nestled within this mêlée of fluorescent billboard lovin’ will be the festival itself where we’re setting up shop with the one and only Nicolas André. Nicolas André, master of colour and print, technician of form and space. Nicolas André who will be jetting down from Belgium from his exhibition titled the Heresy of the Muse (L’hérésie de l’égérie). Nicolas André, creator of Beyond the Surface. Nicolas André who we are quite clearly enamoured with… See you there, folks.