William Grill, the recent winner of the prestigious AOI New Talent Award, is joining the ranks of well seasoned festival goers and jetting off to the fair city of Edinburgh for this year’s International Book Fair. The festival’s programme is absolutely choca with some of the most inspiring authors, illustrators, movers and shakers around, including the likes of Judith Kerr, Phillip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler. We’re delighted to have one of our leading illustrators on board, so if you’ve got the chance to head to Edinburgh this year set your alarm on Tuesday 12th of August and join us at 10.30am to hear Will in conversation with Andrew Blair. And, to add even more oomph to the day, we’ve supplied the festival with the very last 40 copies of first edition Shackleton’s Journey before the reprint is out mid-August. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.
For those of you unlucky enough to have missed out on the third ELCAF this summer (we imagine the reason could only have been an unfortunate bout of shingles that kept you bed-ridden for days), fear not! We’ve managed to put together a tidy little video capturing the very best of what there was to offer this year. Dust off the party hat, watch the vid. and relive the moments that made ELCAF 2014 a momentous occasion. Enjoy!
Created by Carlos Jimenez
Dear Friends, family, fans, supporters, well-wishers, curious passers-by, haters, lovers, helpers and all others we may have missed, we wanted to let you know that after 3 1/2 years, we are closing the Nobrow bricks & mortar shop at
62 Great Eastern Street.
Our desire is to focus on our core business, developing and producing the best content in visual publishing. With the increasing growth of our team, we have no choice but to expand the office space and, unfortunately, this is at the expense of the Nobrow Shop.
Nobrow UK will still reside in the same historic premises, but with a significantly larger team – and our books will still be available everywhere that good books are sold. But if you are concerned about getting those rare Nobrow products or back issues, or prints, or objets d’art… don’t worry! Our revamped web shop will be launching in September 2014. It will not only continue to serve the thousands of customers it currently does, but it will also offer exciting ranges of new products, reduced shipping costs, promotions, personal accounts, wish-list functions and much more.
For students and educators who have enjoyed the grand tours of our premises over the years, we will still have our ever productive creative studio and are very happy to organise scheduled visits for groups of ten or more people.
The Nobrow physical retail space will close at 7pm on the 18th July 2014. We will be having a big sale of non-Nobrow books from today until that date.
This has been by no means an easy decision to make as the shop has been a great source of pleasure for us over the years as it has provided a home for exciting exhibitions of new talent, book launches, talks and parties. And it is thanks in large part to all of your custom and support that we are able to enter this thrilling new chapter in the history of Nobrow.
As of Saturday 28 June booksellers across the UK will be celebrating Independent Booksellers Week. The very best of Indie bookshops will be welcoming customers into their papery lairs and we ask you to join them – pop in, say hullo, have a chat and buy yourself a book. We don’t feel we should have to list the many reasons why you should show some support, but for those of you that are unsure, here are two: firstly, these unassuming little nooks that appear on high streets up and down the country consistently deliver an eclectic range of literature (whatever it is that you’re in to). Secondly, they champion the works of new artists, illustrators and publishers who would otherwise struggle to be seen. There you go.
And, in honour of this worthy event, Jim Stoten and Liam Barrett will be at Victoria Park Books in East London on Saturday 28th of June. Liam will be holding a workshop based around his newest book, Lil Merl and the Dastardly Dragon, where you’ll learn to draw the most fiendish of villains. Liam’s workshop will be followed by a launch of Jim Stoten’s first children’s picture book which is hitting the shelves this July. Spaces for both are limited. Do bookshops the world over some justice.
Workshop with Liam Barrett: 13.00 – 15.00 pm
Jim Stoten talk and launch with Refreshments: 17.00 – 19.00pm
RSVP at [email protected]rkbooks.co.uk
Valladolid is an old city in the heart of Spain’s Castille region; once settled by the Celtic Vaccaei tribes, later occupied by Roman settlers, and today it hosts the annual IllustraTour festival – the International Festival of Illustration. Now in it’s seventh year, IllustraTour brings together two weeks of workshops in the Museo Patio Herreriano, led by an impressive list of world class artists, plus seminars and talks by Max, Katsumi Komagata, Serge Bloch and many others. This year, Nobrow’s Sam Arthur has been invited along and on Saturday 5th of July he’ll be delivering some juicy insight into the making of our books. If you get the chance to visit the festival and its many treasures, make sure that Sam’s talk is on your list. Happy holidays!
ELCAF 2014 – what a corker! This year’s ELCAF got bigger and better – the Oval Space in East London was appropriately bedecked in all manners of prints, zines, totes, posters, mugs and memorabilia to celebrate the occasion. Each stall had its own little hub of eagle-eye fans swooping in on the wares for sale, booksellers were a-flush from gushing customers and artists mingled casually with the hoards of art-loving folk capering about the hall. A fantastic day. 2015 has much to live up to – bring it on.
And for those who still want more from 2014, check out the official ELCAF t-shirts designed by Chris Ware plus the limited edition print created on the day. There’s only a few to send out to the world. All available on our online shop.
Since the release of Lil’ Merl and the Dastardly Dragon earlier this year, Liam Barrett has been busily burrowing away to create a fantastic new Tumblr site which will be dedicated to all Lil’ Merl themed art. The Secret Troll Club will launch at ELCAF with some guest artists creating their own versions of Merl, dragons and trolls which we’ll put up over the course of the day. But this club is not exclusive, oh no sirree! If you stop by, pick up a worksheet or just drop off some of your own illustrative wizardry, we’ll stick you right up there with the cream of the crop. Once in the club who knows what delights will come your way. And the cherry ontop? Well because it’s ELCAF, and we’re feeling particularly generous, we’ll be giving the owners of those deft little (or big) hands a discount on Liam’s new book. Whip out those crayons and get cracking.
ELCAF 2014 is just over a week away and the excitement for this year’s line-up is beginning to rear its grinning and zealous head. There are talks to attend, workshops to muck in with, prints to melt over and dozens of books, glorious, printed, sweet smelling books. A Saturday better spent you will not find. No, really. It’s going to be the Saturday of all Saturdays. If you don’t share our enthusiasm now, you most certainly will once you feast your eyes on the rows of stalls, perfectly aligned, each with their wares piled neatly ontop of crisp ironed tablecloths, manned by kindly men and women (experts in their craft!) each willing to impart little drops of wisdom just for you. Bliss.
Philip Loring of the Science Museum will guide you through the fascinating journey of the electrical networks of the brain as part of the Neurocomic exhibition taking place at the Cube London. When most people today think of electroshock, they think of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), made infamous in the 1970s by books such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and still a controversial tool used today by psychiatrists around the world. If we step back a century or two, however, we find a radically different notion of electric therapy. Electricity was then something newly harnessed and still full of mystery. Experts and laypeople agreed that it had a profound relationship to nerves, for it could stimulate as well as soothe them. This talk, illustrated with material from the current Mind Maps exhibition at the Science Museum, brings this forgotten world back into view and discusses the reasons for its partial, but not total, eclipse.
This event takes place on Thursday, 05 June at 19:00. RSVP at [email protected] to book your place.
Luke Pearson was kind enough to immortalize our dominant position on the (imaginary) Manhattan landscape with this beautiful poster of Nobrow (US) HQ. It will also be featured on an oversized poster at every booth we have until the end of time, so get used to it. If you look carefully you can spot our two company founders, Alex and (a rather tired looking) Sam, Tucker (aka Mommy Batman), and a very business like Hilda. Happy fishing!
Now, while we’re still recovering from the recent Toronto Comics Art Festival, everybody at Nobrow US already has their eye on the horizon—the horizon of the Javits Center that is, here in New York City! Why? Because starting on May 29th, that’s where we’ll be, attending Bookexpo America! (The cool kids call it BEA, for short.) We’ll be there to say hello to some of favorite booksellers and librarians while showing off advance copies of upcoming titles like The Best Book In The World and Forming Volume 2. You’ll find us at Booth 1107, unless we’re taking a break to get Anjelica Huston’s autograph.
What’s that? You aren’t a bookseller or a librarian or a publishing bigwig? Never fear! The same weekend as BEA, you’ll be able to find Nobrow US setting up at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo at Chicago’s Center on Halstead. From Saturday May 31st to June 1st, we’ll be showing off at Table 59. We’ll be joined by Jesse Moynihan for the American release of Forming Volume 2. He’ll sign them, he’ll draw in them—all you have to do is show up and be cool about it. What’s that? You want more? Okay friend, then how about this: Luke Pearson will be at CAKE as well, and if you know Luke, you know that Luke can’t stand to see a copy of Hilda that doesn’t have a sketch by him in it. All that blank space drives him crazy! He’ll be at table 43A, and he’s promised to stop by and bless our copies of Hilda and the Black Hound with the tender slashings of a blank ink pen. Take that, empty space!
It’s going to be a very crazy couple of days for New York and Chicago, so don’t miss out!
Nobrow is up in Canada this weekend for TCAF, and we have plenty in store for our neighbors to the north! Hosted at the Toronto Reference Library, TCAF is one of the biggest events for showcasing the latest and greatest in comics and graphic novels.
Here’s a handy guide to the panels and presentations we’ll be at this weekend:
Saturday May 10, 10am – 11am at Marriott 100 (High Park 2&3) – Comics Editing
Nobrow’s cofounder and creative director Alex Spiro will be joining Calista Brill (First Second), Scott Dunbier (IDW), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press), and Casandra Pelham (Scholastic/Graphix) in a discussion with Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources) about the role of contemporary comics editors.
Saturday May 10, 1:30pm – 2:30pm at TCAF Kids’ Day @ St. Paul’s on Bloor – How to Draw Hilda!
Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Luke Pearson will be hosting a special presentation where he will teach you how to draw the famous Hilda, star of the latest book in the Hildafolk series, Hilda and the Black Hound, debuting this weekend at TCAF!
Sunday May 11, 11:15am – 12:15pm at The Pilot Tavern – The New Small Press
Nobrow’s Tucker Stone will be speaking with a pack of notable small-press underdogs from Koyama Press, Secret Acres, and Uncivilized Books about all the nitty-gritty details behind the glamorous life of small press publishing.
Nobrow will be at Tables 178-179 all weekend, so please stop by and say hello to our special guests Luke Pearson (Hildafolk series) and Jesse Moynihan (Forming series)!
This Saturday, May 10th, Nobrow and Flying Eye Books will be in West London to support Friends of the Greenside Mural for a 20th Century Graphic Arts Fair. Bouncing off the Wall, organised in conjuction with Jennings Fine Art, is being held to support the restoration of a 1952 mural by Gordon Cullen at the Erno Goldfinger building at Greenside Primary School. It should be fantastic day with a great variety of exhibitors and artists in attendance, including; Ian Beck, Mainstone Press, Starch Green, Sansom & Company, Phoenix Comic, there will be a launch of previously unavailable Ravillious wood engravings, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the unveiling of the Mural, screenings of a film featuring Alan Powers, a sale of limited edition letterpress posters, printing demonstrations by St. Brides Library and Maypole dancing (of course). We’ll also be there with author and illustrator William Grill who will be signing the few remaining copies of first-edition of Shackleton’s Journey. Come and join us celebrate the craftsmanship of 20th century print, typography and design.
May 6th @ the Strand Bookstore in conversation with George O’Connor 7-8pm
May 10th – 11th at TCAF in Toronto
May 31st-June 1st, CAKE, Chicago
Make sure you get to the one in your city!
There’s a whisper making its way across the Atlantic, as it hits the breakers of the American coast it begins to gather speed, the pace increases and the whisper turns into a roar. Could this be an unexpected tremor, bounding off the Black Hound’s slipstream as he tears through the Nisse’s homes? Don’t be silly! It’s just word slowly spreading of Luke Pearson’s imminent arrival at JFK airport this weekend. As stores in the US delightfully open fresh boxes of Hilda and the Black Hound for it’s release in May, Luke will be in New York City to begin his US tour and launch the latest in the Hildafolk series. On Saturday May 3rd, he’ll be stopping by Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn for a Free Comic Book Day party at 7pm. On Tuesday May 6th, Luke will be in conversation with Olympians cartoonist George O’Connor at the Strand bookstore from 7pm. Whether you stroll, schlep, or march your way over in a New York minute, make sure you get there early for an exclusive state-side interview with the creator of the best-selling Hildafolk series. And to find out more about Hilda’s journey across the US (including TCAF and CAKE) keep your beady eyes posted to the page.
It has been years in the making and finally, finally, our newest Leporello by the master of detail is here – Worse Things Happen at Sea by Kellie Strøm folds out to reveal mighty and monstrous creatures of the ocean, ancient vessels and doomed sailors in epic confrontations on the perilous high seas. Even the passive onlooker will have the fires of their imagination stoked as they see each damned freighter attacked by re-awakened beasts of a mythical past. What great feats man faces against nature! And what great artistry it took to bring these stories to life.