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A big thanks to everyone who came down to the Opening of Under The Damp Earth last Thursday. It was a real pleasure.

The show will be up here until the 23rd of June @ 62 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3QR

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Forming is coming… UK release 22nd June 2011

We are proud to announce that Forming Vol 1, the first part of Jesse Moynihan’s epic trilogy, will be hitting the shelves of all good comic book stores in the UK on the 22nd of June 2011 to an eager crowd of fans and newbies alike. In the spirit of keeping you all better informed, we asked our good friend Martin Steenton from ATF to distill its varied and complex narrative landscape into the readily and easily digested form of a blurb. Spoiler Alert: if you do not already form part of Jesse’s huge and adoring fan base, some aspects of the plot may be revealed in this write up past the ‘read more…’ section.

Since the dawn of human history, we as a species have sought to understand our existence through creationist fables of omnipotent deities, mythical creatures, and speculation of what—or who—may lie beyond the stars. In Forming Vol. 1, Jesse Moynihan takes these 50,000 years of socio-religious postulation and throws them in the blender to create one epic—and irreverent—battle royal between alien gods, Ancient Greek Titans, interplanetary assassin droids, and humanity itself. Read More..

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Hey Canada! We are coming to Toronto this weekend. We are arriving at TCAF in style with Rob Hunter’s New Ghost!

It’s going to be the only place in the world where you can get Rob’s amazing debut comic until it’s officially released. You will also be able to peruse many of our other products which it might not be so easy for you to access in your fair country. Anyway, the line up for TCAF is unbelievable, we are incredibly excited to be a part of such a stellar event. If there’s any way of you making it you have to do it! and it’s free.

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Teaser for Under the Damp Earth

All week this week, the über-talented Stuart Kolakovic will be prepping his show at NBHQ on 62 Great Eastern street, our great friends at itdrewitself have been and will be covering the process throughout. Here is a link to their flickr for updates on what is going to be a tremendous show – if the snippets we can see here are anything to go by.

If you would like to attend the show this Thursday, please RSVP now!

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Interview: Golden Cosmos

Doris Freigofas and Daniel Dolz are Golden Cosmos. The Berlin based couple have been producing beautiful hand-printed books and illustrations since graduating from The School Of Art In Berlin. Doris contributed a spread to Nobrow 3 and she returned to collaborate with Daniel on a spread for our latest magazine with the theme ‘a few of my favourite things‘.

We caught up with them to find out about their spread.

NB: Do you really ride a tandem?

GC: We used the tandem as a metaphor for being a team and acting in concert, having fun together and harmonising. We don’t actually own a tandem but we love cycling. We’d love to go on bike trips in the nature more often but our dog won’t run alongside, that’s why we strapped her on the luggage rack in our picture. Read More..

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Under The Damp Earth Prints

On the 5th of May we will be hosting an exhibition by the brilliant Stuart Kolakovic. The ‘Under the Damp Earth’ show will act as a launch for our newly expanded gallery space. In preparation for this event we’re doing a duo of screen prints using luxury gold ink! Here’s a freshly printed uncropped one from a limited edition of 50.

They’ll be available to buy on the night before they go on sale online so come down to 62 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3QR, London on the 5th and get yours early!

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From this day forward Nobrow parcels shall be held together in style! We worked with the brilliant Ben Newman to produce this new tape. So what if we’re being self-indulgent, it’s worth it!

UPDATE: due to popular demand the tape is now for sale! Only 20 available!

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The New Ghost on the press!

The New Ghost is currently flying off the press. Rob Hunter‘s debut comic is looking great and is going to be ready in time for TCAF!!!

Can’t wait.

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Exhibition: Under The Damp Earth by Stuart Kolakovic

On the 5th of May we will be opening our new gallery space downstairs and what better way to launch it than with an exhibition from the brilliant Stuart Kolakovic. Upstairs in our shop will be a collection of work while downstairs, the new abundance of space will be used to its full potential. For the first time we will have an installation piece in one of our exhibitions.

Stuart has been involved with us since our inception; illustrating the cover of our first magazine, contributing to a number of more recent issues and providing an excellent seven page comic for Graphic Cosmogony. He is continuing in his excellent vein of form with this exhibition and we are extremely proud to be able to host him.

When: 5th May – 23rd June

Where: 62 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR, London, United Kingdom

How long: 5th May-23rd June

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Look what we found!!!

We found 3 of these guys that we never knew we had!  If you feel you need to hold them before you buy they are in our shop @ 62 Great Eastern… but they won’t last long…

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Obsolete is here!

Obsolete by Mikkel Sommer arrived in our shop a couple of days ago. It’s now available on our site and our shop @62 Great Eastern Street. It looks great!

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Arriving soon: Obsolete

We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Obsolete here at Nobrow hq. The latest addition to our 17×23 range should get here any day now!

Mikkel Sommer uses his distinctive sense of pacing and composition to construct a story around 2 ex soldier’s nihilistic and desperate behaviour upon their return home after a long stint fighting in a foreign land.

He also has a new profile on our site where you can see slightly bigger versions of the above sketchbook images and read a brief conversation in which Mikkel amusingly drifts between surrealism and solid fact.

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Interview: Jon Fox

Jon Fox, based in Bournemouth, submitted his portfolio to us a few months ago and we were immediately keen to get him involved in the magazine. His work consists of large scale, frenetic paintings which demand to be studied for hours, because of the sheer wealth of swirling, coded imagery. We caught up with him recently to talk about how he found making a spread for our latest issue: A Few Of My Favourite Things. Here’s what he had to say:

NB: What are your favorite things?

JF: Well, based on the things that i included in the design..we’ve got honey on toast with a cup of tea…island life (preferably a tropical one), hula girls fact girls in general , fresh fruits and vegetables, and the joy of growing them..eggs (especially chocolate / golden ones)…the birds and the bees..enjoying the creative process of drawing..using my imagination, pondering its connection to the cycles of nature, the weather the universe.and music.. strong long island ice tea…a nice bottle of red…..ligers..surfing and travelling…oh and ice cream. I guess those were the first things that popped into my head and fell out my pen, but i think i have other favourite things too..for example, getting into warm bed after working late on a freezing night or when you see a person bending over to pick something up..just at the exact same time someone beeps a car horn..but they’re not as easy to make into a pattern… Read More..

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– TCAF 2011: Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Nobrow is proud to announce our attendance at TCAF 2011 from Saturday May 7th, 9am-5pm to Sunday May 8th, 11am-5pm. As well as bringing several ultra-recent titles from our catalogue, TCAF will also be the official launch of Rob Hunter’s hauntingly beautiful new comic The New Ghost (pictured below).

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth. We seek to promote the creators of these works in their broad and diverse voices, for the betterment of the medium of comics and to reach as wide an audience as possible for them.

The first Toronto Comic Arts Festival (“TCAF”) was held on the weekend of March 29th 2003. It was the natural progression of years of disparate book signings, author appearances and miscellaneous events put together by a group of volunteers interested in promoting the literary and artistic merits of comic books and graphic novels. Approximately 600 members of the public attended the first festival, with 25 staff and approximately 70 creators in attendance.


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In Store: Nous Vous toys

We picked these up at Pick Me Up. The excellent Nous Vous were a refreshing island of handmade 3D in the magnificent graphic art sea of 2D prints. Their space featured hand-painted t-shirts, blocks, toys, vases – you could have decorated a whole house with the sheer variety of hand crafted objects on offer.  Obviously we have a predilection for toys of any kind, so when we found that these little Gentlemen were going to go back to Leeds after the show came down, we had to hold a few back for any Londoners who might have missed their chance to pick one up at PMU.

Nous Vous’ Gentlemen are available from our shop at 62 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3QR.