It was just over two years ago in December 2008 that Sam and I moved our first few boxes into the office/studio we had just found in Great Eastern street. We were keen to get started, surprisingly undaunted by the overwhelming predictions of doom and gloom from the English Media Cassandra. Besides, we had already started the process, packed everything else in, and any volte-face would have been much harder to stomach than the ensuing audacious march into the void of uncertainty and possibility. But the opportunity to try our own hand at something different, vindicated by the failures of our patriarchal predecessors, was certainly attractive to many and we thought: “why not? Maybe we can do better?” That, I suppose, is the crux of what spurred us on to start Nobrow: “Maybe we could do better?…”
Two years on and a decent library under our belts, we couldn’t be more pleased with where have have gotten to in this short space of time, but now, as then, we are constantly thinking of ways we could do things better. So here’s a Christmas promise/New Year’s resolution to you, our valued and loyal followers: we promise to keep you better informed about our future projects, to provide previews of upcoming titles as well as in depth articles about process, both from our artists and from ourselves; we promise to provide you with more content online and a better online shopping experience and to impress upon you further, hopefully, that print does have a home in our futures and that we will do our best to be a small, but significant part of it; and finally we promise to wow you with more titles than ever and an ever more illustrious line up of artists. We can’t say who yet, but a big name in comics will be collaborating with us on a few projects in the New Year and we are very excited to work with them. We will also be releasing another anthology like the applauded A Graphic Cosmogony and finally we will be producing many, many more comics and illustrated books for people of all ages and tastes.
In the spirit of greater transparency, here is a sneak peek of an up coming talent we will be doing a lot of work with this year. Mikkel Sommers hails from Danemark and has been working on a comic for us called ‘Obsolete’. The story follows the fortunes of two men who return from war to find themselves rejected by society and let down by the system that they were dedicated to uphold, at whatever cost. Drawn in the unmistakeable, masterful style of Mr Sommers, the 17×23 comic will not only be a feast for your eyes, but an action packed exploration of the outer limits of nihilism told in a way that suggests experience in the field long past Mikkel’s years.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all, see you on the other side!
If this piques your interest and you fancy having a nice little warm cup of mulled wine this week, come by on Thursday 6.30 pm – 9 pm for the launch of our last books of the year. We will be launching Pebble Island, Jon McNaught‘s Brand new comic, whose antecedent has won praise across the comics landscape and was recently selected by Jon Martz of the popular Drawn! illustration blog as his favourite book of 2010. Also available on the night will be a small number of copies of our first ever colouring book, illustrated by Jon Boam. Colour Me Menagerie will be ready to ship towards the end of this week, but is available for pre-order now. So please do come by and share in our Christmas cheer and please RSVP.
The pressure is on and we’ve taken the liberty of counting down the days for you so please take note before you start your Christmas spending. We cannot guarantee delivery to the following places on or before the 24th of December unless you conform to the below deadlines, placing your order before 12 noon GMT on each day in question. You can of course still buy things, but they may not be there in time for the joyous day of the 25th. See below and read carefully.
UK: First Class: 20th December; Second Class: 17th December; Special Delivery: 22nd December; Standard Parcels: 14th December.
South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand: 5th December 2010.
Eastern Europe, USA and Canada: 9th December 2010
Western Europe: 12th December 2010
Please note that these are our recommendations for receiving your parcels on time, we are not and cannot be held responsible for any strike action or other unforseen circumstances (extreme weather,etc.) leading to post arriving late. Our best advice is always to do as the ants did in Aesop’s Fable and prepare in good time!
We know the pressure’s on for X-mas and that we do not have the most after-work friendly opening hours, so us and a bunch of local businesses and like minded people decided to keep Shoreditch open just that little bit longer for you this winter season. In the run up to Christmas the shop will be open every Thursday evening until 9 pm so you can get all of your pressies on the way home from your busy bee work lives. With every purchase over ten pounds on thursdays after 6pm you’ll get a free set of stunning Nobrow postcards from the latest installment on our eponymous magazine. This promotion runs on the 9th, 16th and 23rd of december and then the shop and office will be closed until the 10th of January 2011.
This Monday we will be releasing Nobrow 4 in all it’s glory with beautiful pics of the spreads from Night and Day. You have the first, second and third issues, well put your dirty winter mitts on number 4! Featuring original artwork from some of the best illustrators out there, including a cover which McBess claims is the most complicated illustration he has ever done, it is a collectors item to boot. We will also be entering all of the people who buy the magazine this coming week, starting at 7pm today and running until 7pm the following Saturday, in a Chrismukkah Raffle with the prizes ranging from an original A3 signed print by artist Jon McNaught to a copy of acclaimed comics anthology ‘A Graphic Cosmogony’; and here’s the great part, you were probably going to buy it anyway, if you haven’t already! More details about prizes to follow next week… 5 prizes will be up for grabs all you have to do is buy one of me to be eligible.
In the 18th Century, Japanese artist Toriyama Sekien attempted to depict each spirit of the ‘yokai’ tradition; an ancient race of demons whose descendants would later terrorise the earth under the guises of Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan. Now, two Bristolian men aim to rediscover the near-forgotten Yokai, and return these ancient beasts to their former glory, in the form of the Bento Bestiary.
The first 100 copies of the bestiary to be bought online we be signed by the artist himself! Hurry hurry.
Bjorn’s book, The Wolf’s Whistle is finally here! Albert is a comic-creating, scrawny little wolf who spends his lunch breaks sharing tales of the ‘Lone Wolf’, his heroic graphic alter ego, to his group of misfit friends; dreaming of one day selling the story to the esteemed Wonder Comics. In reality, Albert and his friends did regularly make battle with an evil force, the Honeyroast brothers. The school’s alpha male sports jocks, the three bratty pigs, the sons of the local property magnate, will stop at nothing to torment their weaker classmates. The story resumes many years later when Albert is a mail room assistant at Wonder comics, living in a dingy one bed studio in Brooklyn where the Honeyroast brothers are now reigning as slumlords… Bjorn Rune Lie’s first solo book for Nobrow is a work of pure beauty and also represents the first foray into children’s books by Nobrow and one of our most cherished collaborators.
This is what Venue Magazine, Bristol’s first rate art publication had to say about The Wolf’s Whistle:
“…enter the big bad wolf. But was he really so bad? This is the question at the heart of Bjorn Rune Lie’s book ‘The Wolf’s Whistle’, the first instalment in Nobrow’s ‘Behind the Tails’ series. The series will explore the back-stories of fairy tales’ most notorious villains – Bjorn’s follows Albert, a scrawny little wolf who spends his lunch break drawing and dreaming of selling his story to Wonder Comics. He is terrorised by the three bratty Honey-roast brothers (they’re of the porcine persuasion, naturally), the bully-boy sons of a local property magnate. Eventually Albert is forced to make a stand against his oppressors and fulfill his destiny as the crime-fighting Lone Wolf. Bjorn’s nostalgic, three-coloured drawings hark back to mid- century Americana with a prohibition twist and a cast of outlandish characters of extreme proportions. As you can see from these here pictures…”