Join us at Hay Festival of Literature and art for a day of workshops and events based aroundNobrow 10: Studio Dream magazine. In Association with ELCAF, we’re bringing four of the Nobrow 10 magazine illustrators to the festival and taking over The Cube for a day of workshops and activities and to discuss about their work, inspiration and more!
On Sunday 27th May, join us on the festival site for any (or all!) of these sessions:
Who: Katie Harnett
When: 11:30 am
Where: The Cube
The author’s picture-book Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud is a heart-warming tale about finding friendship in unexpected places. Enjoy the story and help our magical paper-flower garden grow by making your very own raincloud friend.
Discover the amazing creatures that live under the sea in a workshop with the illustrator based on his picture-book, a surreal, modern folktale about an adventurous little girl who must protect a peaceful living creature. Children can create sea creatures as part of a large-scale mural, then take them home.
A hands-on, family, drawing and mark making workshop where children can create their dream school, library and bedroom based on the Nobrow magazine illustrator’s work. Would you include a ball pool, a cinema, or a slide…or all of these and more? It’s entirely up to you!
Studio Dreams Panel (Katie Harnett, Joe Todd-Stanton, Jim Stoten, Ben Newman)
When: 5:30 pm
Join the Nobrow magazine illustrators as they discuss their work and how the environment in which we work affects what we make. The Nobrow tenth anniversary magazine celebrates 70 different illustrators’ vision of their ideal workspaces, if the sky was the limit.
Nobrow is delighted to announce the launch party of the latest edition of our Nobrow magazine, Nobrow 10!
(Available in Hardback and Paperback)
It’s already been 10 years since we started this amazing adventure! To celebrate it we are curating an extra special edition of the Nobrow magazine. This special edition features 70 artists responding to our curious theme of “Studio Dreams”.
In 2010, we commissioned Jan Van der Veken to illustrate our dream studio and his illustration provided the perfect starting point for this 10th edition. World-renowned creators turn their hand to creating their dream studio spaces in this unique, international showcase containing over 100 pages of illustration.
Join us to celebrate the launch of this special 10th anniversary edition of the Nobrow Magazine, on Friday 27th from 7 to 9pm at Gosh! Comics.
1. You were born in Abidjan and you grew up there until you were 12 years old, does Akissi represent a younger version of you?
“Akissi is definitely me. The story is about a happy childhood, the good memories of a young Ivorian girl before she leaves her country for France at a young age without her parents. By publishing the story, I can share my childhood and memories with others.”—Marguerite Abouet
2. How did you work together to find the right chemistry between text and image?
“I’m used to storyboarding, so I can easily put myself in children’s shoes. Mathieu Sapin and I read through it together and we consult each other a lot to find the right chemistry between the text and the illustrations. Sometimes our characters don’t need to talk, as the illustration conveys emotion by itself.”—Marguerite Abouet
“At first, Marguerite makes a storyboard and when we meet we cut it up and talk about it. She gives me details on the story, the characters, the setting, etc. Sometimes, she imitates some of the characters! It’s very funny. When we’ve agreed on the story, I get straight to drawing. Marguerite make few comments or modifications as well, which I integrate into the final artwork.”—Mathieu Sapin
3. What special research did you carry out to be able to recreate Akissi’s world?
“Akissi’s world needed to be relevant, so everything in my story had to be accurate from the outset. This meant specific places and specific children with their own particular characters. I started by creating the atmosphere, then the setting, characters and finally the tales. Readers have to believe in the characters and feel like they are in Akissi’s neighbourhood.”—Marguerite Abouet
“I drew the first volumes of Akissi without having been to Africa before, so I took inspiration from the internet, books and Marguerite’s descriptions. Clément Oubrerie, the cartoonist of Aya, had done some research previously so he gave me a lot of documents and details about the characters. Finally, I went to Abidjan briefly with Marguerite. I walked around, I took some pictures, but mostly I tried to immerse myself in the city. I definitely have fond memories of it. Now I’m gathering more materials on the internet to further my research.”—Mathieu Sapin
4. Akissi is a true adventurer, she’s always getting into trouble and we feel that every child could relate to her character in their own way although she’s from a culture and community that may be very different from their own. Is that something you particularly wanted to represent?
“Yeah that’s what I like with this series, the connection to freedom and adventure! Nowadays I believe the value of this is diminished in our society, where children are constantly watched. I grew up in the countryside, where kids were left to their own devices — it was wonderful! Even if, as a parent, I’m of course very vigilant and would have difficulty letting my kids have as much freedom as Akissi and her friends do.”—Mathieu Sapin
“Akissi and her friends are quite positive kids, of course with some faults, but always joyful and energetic — so any child can identify with them. Akissi shows the reader her world throughout her tales. She highlights companionship, encourages tolerance and reminds us how difference and diversity can be beneficial. Akissi and her group are definitely the true heroes because they fight against fears, rejections, and ethnic self-segregation. Akissi’s tales show how to treat others with respect, without judgement or bias, or any distinction of race, sex, religion or handicap. She embodies all of that, and that’s why she speaks to every child.”—Marguerite Abouet
5. How does it feel to see Akissi’s stories being translated into different languages? And how have children from around the world responded to her tales?
“I really like the global dimension of Marguerite’s stories. I’ve travelled a lot with Akissi and I notice the same feeling everywhere. I believe all kids can see themselves in her, because she speaks straight to them with her endearing but also mischievous nature. Surprisingly, this series appeals just as much to boys as to girls.”—Mathieu Sapin
“I think Akissi is like open-air theatre, where children can feel quickly gripped by her tales. She invites them to journey to an unknown country, that is so close and yet so far away from them, for a relaxed ramble in Africa. Children are impressed by Akissi and her group because they are like ‘urban superheroes’ trying to live in the adult world. She shows them that this is not easy, because living together and accepting each other are daily struggles, so it demands a lot of willpower and courage.”—Marguerite Abouet
Texas Librarians, come see us at TLA at Booth #2624!
We’ll be at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Dallas from April 3rd to the 6th. Say hello to US Sales and Marketing Associate Director Hannah Moushabeck and get an extra special, limited edition Professor Astro Cat poster, in anticipation of Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey, which is available beginning May 1!
Swing by the booth to get a first look at our fresh-off-the-press Spring advances.
The New York Times bestselling graphic novel, Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City is now available in paperback as of January 2018. With the constant barrage of seemingly sordid political news, name smearing, and broadening discussions around gentrification and the mistreatment of marginalized people, we took a minute to sit down with Olivier Balez and Pierre Christin, the creators of Robert Moses to find out why they decided that this controversial character had such an important story to tell.
1. What inspired you to create this book about Robert Moses?
“Since my first visit to New York city in the sixties, I have walked extensively in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. Slowly, I discovered that there were traces of Robert Moses practically everywhere. Later, I started doing a bit of research on this character, who is more or less unknown to a French person like me. Thanks to my daughter, then working on her Ph.D. at Princeton University, I read books and articles about him. I had already been researching urbanism for some of my novels, and comics, and Robert Moses appeared as such a formidable, visual, figure that I knew I had to do something about his life and I had to work with a graphic artist.”—Pierre Christin
2. In doing the research for Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City, what surprised you most about the life of Robert Moses?
“After a trip to New York, Pierre sent me a huge box full of books and pictures about Moses’s work and some books about Jane Jacobs too. This was very helpful because it was difficult to find good resources online. The swimming pools that Moses was responsible for were my favorite part to draw, and Jones beach for all of its lovely details, such as the signs and the bricks.”—OlivierBalez
3. What research did you do in illustrating this book? Is there a particular Robert Moses project that you are most drawn to?
“I was surprised to discover that Moses was undoubtedly a man of power and money, but also an advocate of public service and a much wiser user of state investment than a regular capitalist. In this way, he was not far from another great figure of urbanism, the French Baron Haussmann, who totally remodelled Paris in the second half of the 19th century, a man Robert Moses admired. Both of them were rich and popular for many years, both of them ended up being rejected and with relatively little money in their later years. Romantic destinies, in a way.”—OlivierBalez
4. The illustrations in Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City beautifully capture life in New York. If you could describe the city in just a few words, what would they be?
“Several cities within one city.”—OlivierBalez
5. Robert Moses as a character has been portrayed recently in the off Broadway musical Bulldozer, and in the Golden Globe Award winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which focuses on Jane Jacobs’ early protest movement against Robert Moses’ efforts to build a highway through Washington Square Park. Why do you think there is renewed interest in this powerful, intelligent character?
“It is only when I realized who Jane Jacobs was and what she did, that I felt I was ready to write the story I wanted. Because, instead of having only ONE hero—Robert Moses—and taking (even unconsciously) the risk of idealizing one man, I could portray TWO heroes. Moreover, these two characters were incredibly antagonistic to each other: man/woman, right/left, social elite/popular, modern/postmodern. A great theatrical couple both dramatic, and in some respects, funny.”—Pierre Christin
6. In addition to all of his city planning accomplishments, Robert Moses is also responsible for displacing a quarter of a million people, as you show in Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City. How do you think that could have been avoided?
“This was certainly not his greatest moment, and now we see that as the biggest failure and the worst aspect of post war urbanism. Unfortunately, the same disaster has occurred in most big cities and suburbs of the world. Even Communist countries, where there is little capitalistic pressure, do no better. However, there is no excuse for Moses’ actions.”—Pierre Christin
7. How do you think Robert Moses could serve as a cautionary tale to powerful men in the US and abroad today?
“Educated and logical people learn from the past. Illiterate and non-rational people despise the past and mostly ignore, or worse, manipulate history.
I do not think many present leaders are ready to analyse the successes and failures of Moses, or the intuitions and illusions of Jane Jacobs. But globally, it seems that the worst constructions and urban planners are behind us, with such giant errors of the second half of the past century.”—Pierre Christin
Robert Moses was a powerful, convincing man, and revisiting the story of his brilliance and flaws helps remind us of the kind of people that built up places that we find pride in as Americans, like New York City. It also reminds us of the great human cost that so often comes along with what we call progress. Check out the fact sheet below of details about Robert Moses that you may not know, and don’t forget to order your copy of Robert Moses: The Master Builder of New York City (now in paperback) at all good bookshops and the links below!
Congratulations to the creator of Wild and The Little Gardener, Emily Hughes, for winning the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award from the American Library Association. Announced Monday, February 12, Hughes along with writer Laurel Snyder won the award for Charlie & Mouse.
Emily’s lush, playful titles have received rave attention since the beginning.
The Little Gardener was an NPR Best Book of 2015, and the New York Times praised, “Hughes’s illustrations thrum with life. The drawings are a tangle of Gauguin and Rousseau and botanical journals.”
As for Wild, the story of a little girl who simply won’t be tamed, Maria Popova of Brain Pickings said it was “an irreverent, charming, and oh-so-delightfully illustrated story, partway between Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are . . . Wild is one of the loveliest and most endearing picture-books I’ve seen.”
These stunning titles are available for purchase anywhere books are sold or on the Nobrow website. We wish Emily Hughes all the best in this prestigious win.
We’ll be at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute (running January 22 to 25) in Memphis, Tennessee. Say hello to US Sales and Marketing Associate Director, Hannah Moushabeck on Meet the Presses Day: January 25, 9:15am to 12pm; 1:30pm to 7pm. Booksellers will have the opportunity to meet with Hannah for an informal conversation, and pick up an advance copy of Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey (forthcoming in March).
Then, running from February 9 to 12, Nobrow will be in Denver, Colorado for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting. Come say hello to us at Booth #1111in the Exhibit Hall at the Colorado Convention Center! Pick up a poster, buttons, and enter our raffle for a chance to win our full Hilda series and a Hilda doll.
We hope to catch you at one of these events. You won’t want to miss this chance at an early sneak peek of our Spring 2018 list of children’s books and graphic novels!
Shopping for gifts is hard, and the clock is winding down to the holidays, so the staff at Nobrow put together a list of books for those hard-to-buy-for people in your life. Even your science-obsessed niece and posh sister-in-law will be over the moon with these unique, thoughtful books (and you’ll have a cool gift on time).
1. For the dad who used to be in a punk band (and wants to relive the good ol’ days instead of getting another tattoo).
101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die is author Ricardo Cavolo’s love letter to music—from Charlie Patton and Elvis Presley to Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, and Skrillex (and Johnny Cash twice) this has something for every music lover, with each entry accompanied by Cavolo’s playful, brilliant illustrations.
—Zoey, US Marketing Assistant
2. For curious children and hidden heroes.
Join young Arthur Brownstone on an epic quest back in time to the land of the Vikings as he meets powerful gods, collects magical objects and conquers mythical beasts (and his own fears) to save his town from being frozen in time. Ideal for fans of Thor Ragnorak looking for further exciting adventures through Norse mythology, Arthur and the Golden Rope is a beautifully illustrated, gold-foiled picture book/graphic novel hybrid that will be a sure fire hit with even the most reluctant readers (and heroes) in your life.
—Zoë, UK Marketing Co-ordinator
3. For the gamer who loves Zelda and NBA Jam in equal measure.
Fantasy Sports No. 1 is an action-packed adventure story that follows Wiz, a trainee mage and her begrudging mentor, Mug through the tunnels and tombs of an ancient temple to recover some ancient treasure. Can they put their differences aside and combine their skills and strength against a demonic big boss in a duel of… basketball? BOOMSHAKALAKA! Probably.
—James, Creative Director at Minilab
4. For your thrill-seeking best friend who can’t stay in one place long enough for a stable relationship.
In a brilliant, layered story, Luke Healy brings you into three narratives—each a struggle. In How to Survive in the North, the historical expeditions of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett to the Arctic are framed by the fictional story of Sully, a professor who is wading through heartbreak and midlife crises. The adventuring friend in your life will love the bravery of Blackjack and Bartlett, and then be grounded by the real questions in Sully’s life: how do we navigate the intangibles of love and belonging? —Avalon, Editorial Assistant
5. For your Instagram famous sister-in-law who just wants the ‘perfect’ office wall.
I consider the Leporello collection, including Locomotion, one of the gems that we have at Nobrow. I’ve been in love with these even before working here. The unusual format, turns into a big canvas for the artists to play with. And the final results are printed in spot colors, that highlights the artwork even more. It is a book, but definitely could work framed as well! —Bia, Designer
6. For the kid who’s a little too good at finding where you hid the presents.
Mr. Tweed and the Band in Needis the second of Jim Stoten’s wacky search-and-find adventures featuring that dapper dog, the titular Mr. Tweed! Kids will pore over the wildly detailed, far-out illustrations to help Mr. Tweed locate the missing members of his favorite band amidst the jumble of a lively day at the zoo. Bright colors and silly sight gags make for hours of fun, the perfect gift for kids who love discovering something new! —Geoffrey, US Marketing Manager
7. For the child who won’t stop drawing on the walls.
Nightlightsis a graphic novel for young readers (ages 8 to 12) about a young girl whose passion for drawing is always getting her into trouble. Filled with stunning illustrations and sprinkled with lessons about self-confidence, this book will make the perfect gift for the creative child in your life. Great for fans of Ghosts by Raina Telegmeier or the Hilda series by Luke Pearson. —Hannah, US Sales & Marketing Director
8. For the budding naturalist.
One Day on Our Blue Planet is a series by Ella Bailey that highlights the life of young animals around the world. I love this series because it strikes a rare balance between beauty and information. Readers will enjoy exploring the detailed spreads full of unique animals to discover on every page and will be inspired to learn more about all the different creatures that share this blue planet with us. —Lilly, Designer
9. For your best buddy from college who needs to read a book instead of binge watching Bob’s Burgers.
Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deitiesis a fantastic and hilarious retelling of the Egyptian myth about the god Horus who plots bloody revenge on his Uncle Set. Pantheon contains incest, decapitation, suspicious salad, fighting hippos, flying cows, a boat race, resurrections, lots of scorpions, a golden willy, AND laugh-out loud moments. Your college buddy might actually start reading again. —Camille, Senior Designer
10. For little ones who have their feet on the ground and their heads in the stars.
Astro Cat and his crew set off on a journey around our solar system in Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System and share with us simple but fascinating facts along the way, accompanied by exciting visuals, retro illustrations and beautiful design. What are asteroids? Why is Mars red? Well, this is the perfect book to answer all their how and why questions, and get all children excited about science! —Marie, Foreign Rights Manager
11. For your indie-film-nut, younger brother, who’s minoring in philosophy.
The Spectatorsis a beautiful graphic novel from French artist Victor Hussenot, (ages 18+) about the lives of city dwellers—those who immerse themselves in a routine of bus stops and train platforms, whose lives revolve around observing the strangers they pass on the street. Hussenot explores how our behavior changes during the few minutes we spend sitting beside those we’ll never see again. Filled with colorful, delicate illustrations of bustling crowds and precious, quiet moments, this is the perfect book for the people watchers and the city lovers, and anyone who has ever enjoyed the feeling of belonging to a crowd. —Coryn, Sales Administrator
12. For your niece who loves to play with frogs and hates to be stuck inside.
Wildtells the story of a girl who grows up in the forest, and is discovered by other humans. When they take her home, they attempt to civilize her, but this girl cannot be tamed, “because you cannot tame something so happily wild.” Celebrating everyone’s wild inner child this beautiful picture book is perfect for children who can’t get enough of the outdoors and always come home with leaves in their hair and dirt on their faces.
—Harriet, Senior Commissioning Editor
There you have it—Nobrow’s gift picks. We hope you enjoy your time with food and family, and remember you can never go wrong with gifting a book for the holidays. For more great gift ideas, check out Nobrow’s website!
We’ll be out there rubbing elbows with all the greats of independent comics. Check out the talent on that incredible guest list, and make sure to drop by our spot at TABLE A11 in the ARC building at the Pratt Institute. Team NOBROW will be out there in full force, to give you a look at all of our greatest hits as well as some brand new favorites that we know you’ll love!
Doors open at 11am and it’s all FREE! We can’t wait to see you there!
COMIC ARTS BROOKLYN
Saturday, November 11th, 11:00AM Pratt Institute (ARC Building)
NOBROW – TABLE A11
To mark the launch of Out of Nothing, Daniel Locke & David Blandy’s impressive millennia-spanning graphic novel, we have teamed up with THECUBE to put on an exhibition of original artwork and prints, and a series of events.
About the book:
Spanning millennia, Locke and Blandy’s ambitious graphic novel explores humanity’s inherent ‘dreaming mind’ and its impact on our world.
Surreal sequences take us from Gutenberg’s printing press to Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, via Picasso, Einstein, DJ Kool Herc and more. Locke and Blandy show how our basic instinct to observe, record, and connect has formed the basis for all human invention and progress.
Available here and in all great (UK) bookshop. US & Canada February 2018.
THECUBE is a coworking space in Shoreditch, East London. A home to freelancers and small businesses with an interest in science, technology and design. The coworking space has been designed to provide our members with a calm, welcoming, and friendly place to work. To achieve this they have used natural materials, plants, natural light, high ceilings, and changing art pieces.
THECUBE has several member-led collectives and organises events around three core disciplines – science, technology, and design – to further skill sets with peers, enabling them to grow new talents and learn from equally as talented minds who offer something new.
Nobrow / Flying Eye Books are proud to announce our partnership with Pop Up and Transbook to bring you an exciting new practice-sharing conference for children’s literature and education professionals featuring over 30 hands-on workshops, demonstrations, collaborations and converstations… Pop Up Lab
10th November 2017 | Peterborough UK
Invigorate your teaching practice or literature programming by exploring imaginative approaches to engaging young readers and writers through visual storytelling.
Pop Up Lab is cross-sector space in which to explore and experiment, share practice and learn new things. A keynote conversation will kickstart the day, and attendees will be able to choose up to two 75-minute sessions from a programme of hands-on workshops, demonstrations and conversations with 10 organisations and individuals. Many sessions are artist-led. Throughout the day facilitated discussions will help evolve a ‘manifesto’ to advance the cause of visual storytelling in schools and curriculums.
Lab 2017 involves organisations in the Transbook project. Transbook is a European initiative to promote the digital transition and internationalisation of the children’s publishing industry. Transbook is co- nanced by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and operated by seven European partners from the children’s publishing industry.
A full programme schedule is available www.pop-up.org.uk/lab2017 and attendees will be asked to choose sessions in advance. Tickets available: here
Sessions by: Art Basics for Children (Belgium) / Centre for Literacy in Primary Education / Government Art Collection / Lisa Tilesi / Literature Wales / Metal Culture / Nobrow & MiniLab / Positive Negatives / Stephen Spender Trust / Tantagora (Spain) / Tiny Owl plus illustrators and comics artists from Estonia, Lithuania, France, England, Wales and Ireland Pop Up Lab is presented in association with Nobrow & Transbook and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Dr. Matteo Farinella, co-author and illustrator of the hit graphic novel Neurocomic, will be in attendance at the wonderful Caveat NYC for an evening of conversation about the science and the art of his latest graphic novel, The Senses!
Bring your friends and sit in with Dr. Farinella as he gives you all the nitty-gritty details of our sensory system and what it’s like to put what’s in the body onto the pages of this brand new, totally unique graphic novel experience!
The biggest party in small press comics happens every year in Bethesda, MD and team Nobrow is once again ready to make some noise! In addition to all of the latest Nobrow titles and your old favorites, we’ll be bringing along our friends Sam Bosma (Fantasy Sports series creator and SPX SPECIAL GUEST) and Hamish Steele (creator of the all-new graphic novel PANTHEON) for MAXIMUM THRILLS.
It all goes down September 16th and 17th, and you can catch Sam, Hamish, and the rest of team Nobrow at Table W76-78. Check out our signing schedule:
September 16th Hamish Steele signing at 1-2pm
Sam Bosma signing at 2-3pm
Sam Bosma signing at 1-2pm
Hamish Steele signing at 2-3pm
We’re looking forward to hanging out and really letting loose this year at SPX, so make sure to stop by this weekend at Table W76-78 to get in on the action!
Join us at The Institute of Light for a very special evening with illustrator Ricardo Cavolo, celebrating the launch of his brand new book, 101 Movies to Watch Before You Die. Taking the form of a diary, the book is a love story told in 101 episodes. Accompanying his vibrant, distinctive illustrations with thoughtful descriptions of each movie, Ricardo takes us on a personal journey through the films that have shaped his life and the lives of his generation.
We’ve teamed up with our London Fields neighbours, The Institute of Light, for this book launch and exclusive film screening. We invited Ricardo to personally select one movie from his top 101 for the occasion… and he chose Tod Browning’s brilliant 1932 film Freaks, calling it a “milestone in his life and career”.
Ricardo Cavolo on Freaks (1932):
“I’m more interested in showing how different people love and laugh than in the revenges they exact. And that’s what Tod Browning shows us. His great clan of people have all been unceremoniously rejected from society, but are taken in by the travelling circus family. In the safety of their new home, they forget all about the so-called ‘normal people’ who ridicule them and they become one big happy family. They’re magical.”
Fresh off the plane from Spain, Ricardo will be introducing the film with a short talk about himself, the book, and why Freaks means so much to him. Ricardo will be signing books after the screening, and you’ll also pick up a free set of temporary tattoos of Ricardo’s illustrations with every purchase of the book.
Born in his father’s painting studio, Ricardo Cavolo has grown up surrounded by art and is now one of the most influential and successful illustrators to come out of Spain. His influences range from outsider art to medieval paintings and tribal art. Cavolo’s work has been exhibited in solo shows across Spain, as well in Montreal, Miami, Basel and London. His distinctive and recognisable work can be seen on everything from José Cuervo tequila bottles to Alexander McQueen scarves and Kaytranada album artwork to murals all around the world. He is also the author / illustrator of 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die, published by Nobrow in 2015.