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Interview: Chie Miyazaki

Chie Miyazaki is a 23-year-old artist from Saga in Japan who lives and works in south London. She is currently organising Egaku: a one day event to raise money for the Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Her intelligent composition, unique sense of colour and narrative made her a natural choice for Nobrow 5: A Few Of My Favourite Things. We caught up with Chie to see how she found it:

NB: Could you tell us what’s happening in this image?

CM: The image shows the earth, with the sky, land and sea. There are some of my favorite deep sea creatures in the sea, I love looking at them so much. They seem weird but maybe we are weird to them. They make me feel like I’m only living in a small part of the earth. Read More..


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Exhibition: Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up 2: The Graphic Art Fair Strikes Back

After the success of last year’s event we were flattered and excited to be invited back. Graphic Arts has never had a better platform in the UK, if you’re after a concise summary of the scene then you can’t do any better than visit us at Somerset House for PMU 2011.

This year Nobrow collaborated with CSM (MaCD) student Matthew Nicholson, who produced a series of giant cardboard objects related to the theme of our very latest issue Nobrow 5: A Few of our Favourite Things, representing: you guessed it, some of our favourite things! He was also responsible for designing the beautiful NOBROW bookcase which is featured in the space, created from over 25 immense sheets of 3 x 1.5 m heavy duty cardboard, which were laser cut and then stuck together to create the structure.

We were also very pleased to see that a number of artists who we’ve worked with in the past were represented in the Rising Stars section of the exhibition, featuring work from Mcbess, Paul Blow, Gwénola Carrera and Eda Akultan and their work looked fantastic!

The exhibition runs from Thurs 17th March to Sunday 27th March, 10 am to 7pm. Thursdays, late night opening until 9pm! Please visit the Pick Me Up website for more information.


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CURIOS: Shazam!

Billy Batson is a normal 15 year old newsboy but when he utters the magic word  “SHAZAM” he is transformed into Captain Marvel: ‘the world’s mightiest mortal’ to his friends, ‘the big red cheese’ to his enemies.
The above issues from the 1970s all contain super-clean art by the great C.C. Beck, Captain Marvel’s defining artist. It was Alan Weiss, however, who provided the inspiration behind Jon Boam’s Shazam 34 print (as seen on Covered).


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New Display Unit!

Just arrived in the shop… We’re very excited


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In Store: Hervé Morvan, The Genius of French Poster Art

Hervé Morvan, according to the title of this book, is the genius of French poster art, or at least one of them. Along with Raymond Sauvignac he made work that defined French commercial art from the 50s onwards. Morvan’s work represented Esso, Evian, Danone, Vittel and more; he made quaint illustrations to sell cigarettes and alcohol, film and music.
Conceptually light-hearted and visually playful, Morvan’s world was one in which wolves love chocolate and a cheese can have the farmyard so deeply ingrained that it contains a field. All this rendered in a primary colour palette, dotted with smiley children in simple compositions with elegant typefaces, this book is a sea-side holiday invoking great.

Published by Pie Books from Tokyo in 2010 and available from our shop on Great Eastern St in London


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In Store: Reborn Again

Another from Blexbolex, this time collaborating with the excellent German artist Stefanie Schilling (featured in Nobrow 4). Together they bring us 47 masks over 36 colour pages. Featured in the book are a variety of monsters, a sheep, an old lady, a young lady, the Devil and many more.
Almost the only text in this volume is on the first end paper, it reads ‘fun for all ages… Reborn Again.’ the artists and publishing information are located in tiny text, virtually inside the spine on the last page and they are hard to recognize. This piece is a departure for both artists in terms of the work that they have commercially available. It’s difficult to pick out Schilling’s Victorian sensibility or Blexbolex’s ligne claire influence; the subjects of the book are 3D objects, this from two artists who have previously been fairly print-process oriented. It’s great to see them interacting and expanding into 3D, obscuring each others traits and still producing something that works.

This book was published in June of 2010 by Stephane Blanquet’s awesome United Dead Artists and is currently available in Nobrow Shop and Gallery @ 62 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3QR, for only £5!.. while stocks last.


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Exhibition: Four Hats by Matt Cruickshank

On the penultimate thursday of February we will be launching our next exhibition Four Hats an exhibition of work by artist and designer Matt Cruikshank. The show will feature prominent works from his varied stylistic repertoire, hence the name. Sketches, paintings, sculptures and digital work come together in bold and vivid colours to present a unique talent that you will kick yourself for not having seen yet, and if you have, then expect new and surprising feats of illustrative dexterity from this many-hatted fellow.

When: Thursday, February 24 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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

How long: Feb 24th – May 5th 2011


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Avoid the Future’s review of The Wolf’s Whistle

The Wolf’s Whistle isn’t so much of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, as it is a wolf adorned with an amazing Technicolor dreamcoat. Artist/writer Bjorn Rune Lie eviscerates the well-known Three Little Pigs fable and stuffs it with a tasty mix of crime-thriller and costumed-vigilantism in this genre-blurring, half-comic, half-storybook prequel. If that wasn’t the most unnecessarily grotesque introduction to a review of a children’s book ever, I don’t know what is. Read More..


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Brickman print OUT NOW!

A long time in waiting, we are proud to announce the online sale for Brecht Vandenbroucke’s latest print from Nobrow press ‘Brickman’. Previously this print was available exclusively at our gallery and shop at Nobrow on 62 Great Eastern Street. The print comes in SRA2 in three very vibrant, overlapping colours, printed in an edition of just 50 copies and knowing the young Flemish gentleman’s wide fan base, it won’t last long online. Don’t miss your chance to lap up one of Belgium’s finest talents in luscious printed form.


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Nobrow at PICK ME UP 2011!

We were delighted to hear a few weeks ago that we have been invited back to Pick Me Up: Contemporary Graphic Art Fair at Somerset House. Last year was a roaring success for us and many of the artists, collectives and studios that joined, giving us all the opportunity to peddle and promote our wares to the wonderful people of London. The fair runs from the 17 – 27 March 2011 at Somerset House, the opening night on the 17th will serve as a launch event for our fifth eponymous issue Nobrow 5: A Few of my Favourite Things so don’t miss out, be there!


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Matt Cruickshank 24th Feb at Nobrow Gallery

On the penultimate thursday of February we will be launching our next exhibition Four Hats an exhibition of work by artist and designer Matt Cruickshank. The show will feature prominent works from his varied stylistic repertoire, hence the name. Sketches, paintings, sculptures and digital work come together in bold and vivid colours to present a unique talent that you will kick yourself for not having seen yet, and Read More..


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Jan Van Der Veken poster for Nobrow Catalogue

A few months ago we asked Belgian illustrator superstar Jan Van Der Veken to create a cutaway image of a Nobrow Creative Factory loosely based on our present set up (creative upstairs/workshop downstairs). Now it is clear that we have fluffed in some extra floors and equipment (especially the Heidelberg Press) that we certainly don’t have, but we need to set our goals high right? We will be running a competition soon to get your hands on a free copy of the A2 poster, which is otherwise being distributed exclusively to Nobrow stockists, sales and marketing contacts. But hey, its too beautiful to be cooped up… more details on the competition to follow soon.


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Nobrow will be at Angouleme comics festival

We have just received the final Angouleme poster design from the eminently talented Luke Pearson and we couldn’t be more excited. The festival runs from the 27th – 30th January 2011 and will feature lectures and workshops from some of the worlds greatest comic book artists and graphic novelists as well as exhibitions and stalls from some of the world’s leading comics publishers.


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Interview: Forming by Jesse Moynihan

In line with our New Year’s resolution to keep you better informed, we caught up with illustrator and comic book artist Jesse Moynihan to ask him a bit about his work and process as well as to better acquaint you with the talented artist in the run up to the Nobrow release of Forming. Forming as a web comic has been making waves since its inception two years ago, enrapturing its followers with Jesse’s near daily additions to what has now become a tale of epic proportions. In June 2011 it will finally grace the pages of a volume worthy of its contents as Nobrow releases the first part of Jesse Moynihan’s epic trilogy, Forming: Vol 1. Here’s what he had to say for himself (AS: Alex Spiro, JM: Jesse Moynihan): Read More..


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NoBrow at Angouleme

At the end of this month, NoBrow will be making a trip to the beautiful French countryside town of Angouleme for what is largely considered to be one of, if not the most important, comics festival in Europe Le Festival International de Bande Dessinée. The festival will run from the 27th – 30th January 2011 and will feature lectures and workshops from some of the worlds greatest comic book artists and graphic novelists as well as exhibitions and stalls from some of the world’s leading comics publishers.

(Above: Luke Pearson’s thumbs for our promo poster for the event, final poster will be posted online later this week.)