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Competition time!

Luke Pearson’s insider guide to drawing birds is up on the Guardian website.

They’re on the hunt to find the best bird artist in Britain. So to encourage the amazing young artistic talents of the country, and out of solidarity with Hilda and her adventures with the birds of Trolberg in Hilda and the Bird Parade; we’re also running a birdy comp.

Send us your very best Luke Pearsonesque bird pictures and if they’re really good, we’ll feature them on this very blog. Our absolute tip-top favourite will win a marvellous Hilda Toy.

So if you’ve always wanted to have a go at drawing birds, now’s your chance to spread your wings and fly!

Please send us your pictures as jpegs to [email protected] or post them to:


62 Great Eastern Street



(Unfortunately we won’t be able to return any drawings that come by post. We’re really sorry but Bird Mail only goes one way!)

Don’t get in a flap – we’ll accept entries up until the 21st of December and we’ll announce the winner in January.

The competition is open to absolutely everyone but I happen to know the judges lean heavily towards younger artists (as in under 12!)

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Hilda and the Midnight giant wins Young People’s Comics Award

A week late, but brimming with pride, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that Luke Pearson has returned from the British Comic Awards, covered in glory. Luke took home the Young People’s Comic Award for the magical Hilda and the Midnight Giant.

The British Comic Awards were created to celebrate the strength of story, creativity and originality in comics published over the past twelve months. The award was judged solely by a group of young people and reflects Luke’s skill at weaving a masterful story, and creating a living, breathing world.

A true triumph, all the sweeter for coming after Hilda and the Midnight Giant’s selection as one of Publishers Weekly’s top children’s fiction books of 2012.

Thank you to everyone who organised the award and to Thought Bubble for hosting the event. And congrats to Luke and all of the other winners at the momentous first British Comic Awards!

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New Patrick Hruby Polar Prints

We’ve discovered the antidote to dark winter nights! Mixing natural, colourful warmth with a love of clear lines and sheer angles, Californian artist Patrick Hruby has created a series of vibrantly coloured and intricately illustrated polar creature prints, exclusively for Nobrow.

A nightmare for the indecisive, Patrick’s made prints of Penguins, Seals and Polar Bear (might be easier to just get all three…)

Perfect for a kid’s playroom or a chilly study, these prints are each editions of 100 and each one is hand screen-printed in three overlapping colours. Best of all, they’ve arrived just in time for Christmas.

But make sure you check our Christmas shipping deadlines as they’re coming up pretty fast.

The blend of the natural and the technical in Patrick Hruby’s work reflects his background growing up in a log cabin in the woods, studying maths and physics at university before going on to art school

Since then, he’s developed his own instantly recognisable aesthetic. As well as working for the New York Times Magazine and Todd Oldham, he’s already produced two marvellous prints for Nobrow, The Boat and The Castle.

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Christmas is coming

Like an unstoppable runaway train, Christmas is rapidly speeding towards us. To make sure you aren’t left with just a lump of coal, we’ve put together a list of the latest possible dates that you can order your Nobrow gifts in time for the 25th of December.

If you’re in the UK or Europe, please email [email protected] for next day or special delivery quotes.


Royal Mail Standard 1st Class – Thursday 20th December

Royal Mail Tracked (Premium) – Wednesday 19th December


Keep in mind that these dates are for premium shipping – standard airmail is not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas day.

Eastern Europe – Monday 10th December

Western Europe – Wednesday 12th December

USA and the rest of the world

USPS Media Mail – December 10th (though we don’t recommend this as Media Mail can experience longer delays during the month of December)

USPS Priority Mail – December 17th

FedEx Ground – December 14th

FedEx 3-day – December 18th

FedEx 2-day – December 19th

FedEx Next Day – December 20th

If you’re making an international order to somewhere outside of the USA, we strongly recommend that for guaranteed international delivery by Christmas, you use a FedEx service that is traceable.

Here are the dates for these two services:

FedEx International Priority – December 18th

FedEx International Economy – December 14th

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Hilda vinyl toy now available to pre-order

It’s no secret that this little girl has been making waves since Luke Pearson penned her first adventure Hildafolk in 2010, and now we are very proud to announce that you can recreate the moss-loving, troll-befriending Hilda’s escapades at home with this glorious, magnificent Hildafolk Vinyl Art Toy!

At 8 inches high she’s the perfect size to act as a desktop buddy, or to adorn the shelves of your carefully curated vinyl toy cabinet.  Better yet, she has positionable hands and is safety-tested for ages 7 and up, so if your little ‘uns have become a fan of her magical adventures they can play with her (provided they are 7+) without a worry in the world!

The best news?  We are giving you a pre-order early bird offer of £34.99 for this beautiful vinyl toy for just two weeks!  You can get a whole £10 off the RRP of £44.99 if you order between Wednesday the 7th and Wednesday the 21st of November!  EU customers also benefit from a big discount in this period from a list price of 56€ to the discount price of 43€.

This pre-order will ship on the 21st of December 2012, so unfortunately we can not guarantee pre-Christmas delivery.

So what are you waiting for? Get your Hildafolk Vinyl Art Toy at a great deal now while stocks last!

Below is some prototype artwork from the early design stages of the toy.