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.
The release of Big Mother # 4 is finally upon us and to celebrate we took the opportunity to touch base with famed Dutch illustrator Raymond Lemstra to probe him about his work, life, inspirations and projects.
NB: Hi Raymond!
NB: So, Raymond, tell us a bit about younger Raymond?
RL: Well, I was born in Groningen, up in the north of the Netherlands. My childhood was filled with tree climbing, secret spy clubs, ninja training and drawing. Luckily, I grew up in a very green area, which allowed me to do most of this outside, in the most adventurous manner. I moved into a houseboat in the center of Groningen and attended art school. When I finished I moved to Amsterdam, where I still live and work today.
NB: So, did you realise from quite a young age that you wanted to become an artist?
RL: The concept of being an artist never really came to mind when I was younger, I just enjoyed drawing a lot. But I have always been sure I wanted to continue drawing in my life. I do remember that at one point I wanted to be a car designer. This was during my phase of drawing dinosaurs and fighter jets.
NB: How would you describe your work?
Forming fans rejoiced at the LA Festival of Books on Saturday 12th of April to find the outrageously talented and wonderfully funny Mister Moynihan behind Nobrow’s stand with Tucker Stone. The last few copies of Forming (first edition) were available for the first lucky few to arrive, while those that just missed out still had the chance to get their hands on some of Nobrow’s latest releases. The hugely popular Forming trilogy, serialised weekly on Jesse’s blog, was originally published in a weighty hardback edition in 2011 and we’re super excited to be publishing the second part of the three-part epic this year! Keep you’re eyes peeled for this one, guys and gals, it’s set to be a corker.
April is an exciting month for us here at Nobrow, not only do we get to indulge in our favourite of foods (yes, the all mighty Easter egg) but we’re releasing some very exciting titles, including the latest issue of Big Mother by Raymond Lemstra, The Wonderul Egg by revered American author Dahlov Ipcar and Drawn to Drawing, a monograph of the master draughtsman John Vernon Lord. To celebrate the release of Vernon Lord’s book we’ve organised for a launch to take place at none other than London’s Illustration Cupboard. We’d like to formally invite all lovers of art, revellers in beautiful books, and fans of illustration to come along to an exhibition of his original work, have some refreshments and meet Vernon Lord for a signed copy of the book. An afternoon of celebration this Saturday, 12th April between 2.30 – 4.30pm – adults, children, teens and all in-betweens welcome.
Photography by Travis Hodges.
We said that 2014 was set to be a superb year, and so far it has done nothing but exceed expectations. The last few months have seen us flying all over the world, bustling about the UK and buzzing through London to take part in some fantastic events with some of our favourite authors. It’s been a whirlwind journey and we’ve been lucky enough to see and experience some truly special moments; kids dressed up as Hilda for Luke Pearson’s book launch at Gosh, a congregation of designers and illustrators from across the world giving talks at Dublin’s expertly curated Offset festival (talks by all our authors and co-founder Sam Arthur soon to go online, make sure you check it out), we’ve had an exhibition of original artwork by Thibaud Herem at RIBA, launched Big Mother 4 by Raymond Lemstra and Nobrow 9 Magazine at Facing Pages in the Netherlands, and, most importantly, published some beautiful new titles!
But wait, isn’t there more to come?
It’s that time of year again! The bitter resolve to stave off the booze, quit smoking, take up a new sport or learn a new language has lasted a good four weeks, and now it’s time to shake off the guilt (we’re assuming you’ve been as unsuccessful as us), unite under the familiar canvas ceiling at Angoulême’s annual festival, and celebrate! We’ll be joining some of the biggest and most exciting publishers of the European comics scene to sell our wares and see what’s new. Joining us this year will be author of Map of Days and The New Ghost, Rob Hunter, for dedications and signings. If you’re at the festival this weekend, make sure you come to stand N19 in “Le Nouveau Monde” tent and say hi! Hope to see you there, y’all.
Imagine Children’s Festival is back once more at London’s South Bank Centre. From Monday 10 February 2014 – Sunday 23 February 2014 you can find a spectacular line-up of authors, events and workshops to tickle the tastes of any and every totter. This year, two of our artists will be contributing to the festivities, so make sure you get these dates in the diary.
Thursday 19th Feb, join Ben Newman, illustrator of Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, for a workshop in drawing and space defying character design.
Friday 20th Feb, David Lucas will be holding a very special workshop in storytelling and letter writing to stimulate the imagination and bring out the author in you (or your little ones).
See you there!
Join Nobrow and Thibaud Hérem at the home of the Royal Institute of British Architects to celebrate the release of his latest book, London Deco. The RIBA headquarters on Portland Street is the ideal location for the celebration, not only because it houses the best architectural bookshop in the UK, but also because it’s great portland stone walls and magnificent facade features within the weighty, cream pages of Hérem’s Leporello. From 6pm onwards on the 4th Feb 2014, we will be at RIBA celebrating with drinks, signings and an exclusive exhibition of the original art (with the chance to buy)!
2014: The year of commemoration and remembrance. As party politicos in the UK thrash back and forth over who should think what, and how and why, in our efforts to commemorate the beginning of the first World war, Nobrow would like to take the time to remember some other anniversaries in 2014, and let you use your own cognitive powers to navigate your own channels of thought.
So, 2014… 100 years since the start of WW1, 75 years since Steinbeck first published Grapes of Wrath, 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, 100 years since the first colour feature film was released in the UK and the centenary since Ernest Shackleton and his crew’s heroic expedition across the Antarctic, 20 years since the first full multi-race vote in South Africa (and Nelson Mandela was elected), and 150 years since overarm bowling was legalised in cricket. Oh, and 5 years since Nobrow opened its doors and set up its office on the quiet streets of East London! (We like to save the best till last).
To celebrate, and really help lift those January blues, we’ll be holding a one-week sale at our shop on Great Eastern Street. From 13.01.14 to 19.01.14 you can get 20% off all Nobrow and Flying Eye products, including: books, magazines, prints, wrapping paper, posters and toys. We’ve got a good feeling about this year…
ELCAF 2014, the third East London Comics and Arts Festival, is back! Taking place on June 14th at a special new location in East London, the third festival will again be showcasing the plethora of youthful talent in the comics and graphic art scene in London and the UK. It will also bring something fresh to our locals by drawing talent from abroad to take part in the event, inviting exciting new collectives and publishers from Europe and the wider world.
And the big news?! Wait for it… This year’s artist-in-residence is none other than the wonderful Chris Ware! Three is certainly the magic number as Ware is sure to bring a bit of sparkle to this year’s festivities. Keep your ears to the floor and eyes to the skies for Ware’s 2014 ELCAF poster.
The line-up of events will be announced in due course but for now rest assured that it will be rammed with all sorts of immersive encounters with the fascinating worlds of illustration and comics.
Last but not least, we are now accepting submissions from all you talented collectives and publishers! The deadline is the 10 February 2014, so you have just over a month to show us what you’ve got.
Find all application information here: http://www.elcaf.co.uk/
Looking forward to seeing who will be taking part this year!
As the year speedily storms to an end (my, how fast it’s gone!), we’re looking to some of the exciting releases coming out next year. We’ve got a wonderful array artists, illustrators and graphic story tellers set to produce some absolute stunners. One of the first to be released in 2014 is the truly stunning and inspiring picture-book by William Grill: Shackleton’s Journey. Shackleton’s Journey is a powerful tale that details one of the most perilous and courageous attempts to cross the Antarctic during the Heroic Age of exploration. This extraordinary story combined with Grill’s impeccable pencil work makes this a must have for 2014. Thanks, Will, for letting us have a peek into your sketchbooks!
The New York Times has released its annual list of notable books of the year, and we are absolutely thrilled to find our very own Luke Pearson and the third instalment of the Hildafolk series, Hilda and the Bird Parade, is on there. Brilliant news, Luke (and Hilda)!
As the celebrations of our dear Saint Nick fast approaches, so does the question of what to buy for whom develop from a niggling thought to a painful and persistent nightmare. But before that yearly conundrum rears its ugly head, stop and take a peek at what we have to offer this holiday. Nobrow is taking part in this year’s Shoreditch Christmas Triangle so to celebrate and make this season truly festive for you all we will be holding a series of ‘Lates’ in the run up to Christmas. Each Thursday before the mighty Crimbo you will get the chance to buy your favourite Nobrow and Flying Eye stock at seasonal prices. Whether it’s London Deco for architectural enthusiasts, Wild for the younger family members or a new print for your other half, as cliched as it sounds, there is something for everyone.
So, here is the line-up of what’s to come: