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Nobrow’s Heading To Philly!
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Philadelphia!  Ring that Liberty Bell, thrown on your finest Green Man suit, and get excited….because Nobrow has been eating clean and training hard to take the belt at Locust Moon!

Nobrow is proud to be exhibiting at the third annual Locust Moon Comics Festival, one of the fastest growing shows in the indie comics world, and we’ll be there trading fist bumps with some genuine comic book rock stars, all the coolest up-and-comers, and you! More importantly, we’ll be there all day, ready to help you get your hands on some bonafide hits from the Nobrow library. What’s that, you say? You’ve already read modern classics like the Hilda series, Dockwood AND The New Ghost?  Well, what about Obsolete?  Or the latest installment in our Eisner-nominated anthology Nobrow Magazine? Those too?  Hey, that’s great! Becuase we’ll also be bringing along some of that new hotness, like Jamie Coe’s Art Schooled, Roman Muradov’s (In A Sense) Lost and Found, Dustin Harbin’s Behold! The Dinosaurs!, and Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s Marx for all of you Nobrow aficionados certain to be in attendance.

It’s all happening on Saturday, October 25th, from 10am until 6pm, at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia). The Nobrow team will be at Table S18-19 (in the Sanctuary) where we’ll be pulling out all the stops, so be sure to stop by and check us out. Maybe bring along one of those cheesesteaks we’ve been hearing so much about…


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Lakes International Comic Art Festival
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It’s that time of year again; Lakes International Comics Art Festival! We’re gearing up for a weekend in the fair town of Kendal where we’ll be joined by author of Art Schooled Jamie Coe. And to add a bit of Nobrow spice to the weekend’s festivities we’ll be running a competition to give away a copy of the limited edition magazine Nobrow 2: The Jungle to one lucky LICAF go-er (this one’s like gold-dust, you don’t want to know how much it’s going for on Amazon). Come over to stall 13 on the Ground Floor of the Clock Tower on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October for more info, and to say hullo.

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London Art Book Fair… and then some.
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September seems to have propelled itself past us like a bat of hell (or perhaps that rocket fuel we experimented with this summer has taken effect). Either way we’re approaching the last week of this manic month and there’s a heck of a lot more on the cards. This weekend is the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London. It’s the first time Nobrow will have a stand there so we’re super excited to be part of the throng. Over the course of the weekend we’ll be joined by two artists, Jamie Coe and Simona Ciraolo, who will be signing books with us at Table 18 on the ground floor. But selling our wares at London’s biggest Art Book Fair is not enough, pffft don’t be silly, we’ve got far more for you to do than that!  At 4pm on Saturday 27th, a workshop titled Book Dissection: The Art and Craft behind the Product will be taking place at Whitechapel and will be run by Nobrow co-founder Sam Arthur and designer Emily Sear. Dissect our books, recycle the materials and create your own. There are limited spaces so reserve now or forever be filled with regret.

Later that evening we’ll be officially celebrating the release of Jamie’s new graphic novel Art Schooled with a launch at Gosh! on Berwick street. Jamie will be at Gosh! in the afternoon for a live window drawing and from 7pm onwards we’ll be toasting his book with drinks, a signing and much, much merriment.

All this in the middle of an office renovation. Multitasking at its finest.


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Three Nobrow Artists, One Show: SPX 2014!
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Nobrow is headed to Bethesda, Maryland and we’re bringing the thunder down hard on SPX!

One of the best and most popular shows in the indie comics scene, SPX is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, and it’s looking to be the best SPX yet!  Nobrow’s US team of former Prom Kings will be there, holding down the fort at Tables W34-35. We’ll be showing off our amazing lineup of books, including John Martz’s Ignatz Award nominated Destination XWe’ll also be bringing in the big guns this year with not one— but two!— SPX-exclusive debut books: Roman Muradov’s hotly anticipated graphic novel debut (In a Sense) Lost and Found, and Dustin Harbin’s insanely detailed and massive leporello Behold! The Dinosaurs!

Not enough for you?  Two handsome debut books at one of the greatest comics shows in the world and you still want more?  Well how about this: Signings from THREE of Nobrow’s newest cartoonists!

Andrew Rae will be flying out from England to sign his first graphic novel Moonhead and the Music Machine from 11am to 12pm on Saturday, Roman Muradov will be signing (In a Sense) Lost and Found from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, and Dustin Harbin will be signing copies of Behold! The Dinosaurs! on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm just for you!

Those deafening sounds of excitement in your very souls, getting stronger with every beat of your heart?  That would be Nobrow— bringing the thunder as promised.


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As Zine by Nobrow at the V&A
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When asked whether we’d like to run a workshop at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of London Design Festival there was little else we could do but rush to the kettle for the most sedative cups of tea we had on hand (camomile, if you’re interested). The answer of course was a unanimous roar of YES (slurp of tea) PLEASE (slurp again)! We were thrilled at the opportunity and quickly put our heads together to come up with a workshop befitting of the invitation, and brief – design in books and illustration. For those of you that don’t know, London Design Festival started up in 2003 and in its eleven years in action has grown to become one of the most important annual design festivals in the world. It is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions, involving every aspect of design. It is a thrilling time of year to be in London. So, this Saturday (13th September) come join Nobrow designer Emily Sear in creating your very own zine. Inspired by the annual Nobrow magazine, we’ll be asking you to unleash your imagination through illustration. With the brief in hand you will be asked to consider elements of design with colour (restricted), content (structured) and layout. See you there.

” As Zine by Nobrow” – Saturday 13 September, 4.00-5.30 pm at the Art Studio, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum


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Baltimore (and Chewbecca) Awaits!
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Fry up those crab cakes and crack open a case of Natty Boh, because Nobrow is heading out to Baltimore Comic-Con!

Going strong on its fourteenth year, Baltimore Comic-Con is known far and wide as one of America’s beloved comic book conventions, and we at Nobrow are very excited to be a part of it.  We’ll be there with a whole bunch of our great Nobrow books, hanging out with our comicbookin’ pals from all over the world and rubbing elbows with Chewbacca himself (arguably the greatest Wookie of all time).

It’s all happening from September 5th through the 7th where Nobrow’s US team will be setting up shop at Table 2202.  They’ll be proudly showing off all of the latest Nobrow releases as well as some other surprises that you’ll just have to see to believe.  Better start making room in those oversized swag bags!


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A Journey to Antarctica with William Grill!
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William Grill, the recent winner of the prestigious AOI  New Talent Award, is joining the ranks of well seasoned festival goers and jetting off to the fair city of Edinburgh for this year’s International Book Fair. The festival’s programme is absolutely choca with some of the most inspiring authors, illustrators, movers and shakers around, including the likes of Judith Kerr, Phillip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler. We’re delighted to have one of our leading illustrators on board, so if you’ve got the chance to head to Edinburgh this year set your alarm on Tuesday 12th of August and join us at 10.30am to hear Will in conversation with Andrew Blair. And, to add even more oomph to the day, we’ve supplied the festival with the very last 40 copies of first edition Shackleton’s Journey before the reprint is out mid-August. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.


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What a fest!

 

For those of you unlucky enough to have missed out on the third ELCAF this summer (we imagine the reason could only have been an unfortunate bout of shingles that kept you bed-ridden for days), fear not! We’ve managed to put together a tidy little video capturing the very best of what there was to offer this year. Dust off the party hat, watch the vid. and relive the moments that made ELCAF 2014 a momentous occasion. Enjoy!

ELCAF 2014 from Nobrow Ltd on Vimeo.

Created by Carlos Jimenez

 


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We’re Closing Our 62 Great Eastern Street Shop
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Dear Friends, family, fans, supporters, well-wishers, curious passers-by, haters, lovers, helpers and all others we may have missed, we wanted to let you know that after 3 1/2 years, we are closing the Nobrow bricks & mortar shop at
62 Great Eastern Street.

Our desire is to focus on our core business, developing and producing the best content in visual publishing. With the increasing growth of our team, we have no choice but to expand the office space and, unfortunately, this is at the expense of the Nobrow Shop.

Nobrow UK will still reside in the same historic premises, but with a significantly larger team – and our books will still be available everywhere that good books are sold. But if you are concerned about getting those rare Nobrow products or back issues, or prints, or objets d’art… don’t worry! Our revamped web shop will be launching in September 2014. It will not only continue to serve the thousands of customers it currently does, but it will also offer exciting ranges of new products, reduced shipping costs, promotions, personal accounts, wish-list functions and much more.

For students and educators who have enjoyed the grand tours of our premises over the years, we will still have our ever productive creative studio and are very happy to organise scheduled visits for groups of ten or more people.

The Nobrow physical retail space will close at 7pm on the 18th July 2014. We will be having a big sale of non-Nobrow books from today until that date.

This has been by no means an easy decision to make as the shop has been a great source of pleasure for us over the years as it has provided a home for exciting exhibitions of new talent, book launches, talks and parties. And it is thanks in large part to all of your custom and support that we are able to enter this thrilling new chapter in the history of Nobrow.


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Independent Booksellers Week
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As of Saturday 28 June booksellers across the UK will be celebrating Independent Booksellers Week. The very best of Indie bookshops will be welcoming customers into their papery lairs and we ask you to join them – pop in, say hullo, have a chat and buy yourself a book. We don’t feel we should have to list the many reasons why you should show some support, but for those of you that are unsure, here are two: firstly, these unassuming little nooks that appear on high streets up and down the country consistently deliver an eclectic range of literature (whatever it is that you’re in to). Secondly, they  champion the works of new artists, illustrators and publishers who would otherwise struggle to be seen. There you go.

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And, in honour of this worthy event, Jim Stoten and Liam Barrett will be at Victoria Park Books in East London on Saturday 28th of June. Liam will be holding a workshop based around his newest book, Lil Merl and the Dastardly Dragon, where you’ll learn to draw the most fiendish of villains. Liam’s workshop will be followed by a launch of Jim Stoten’s first children’s picture book which is hitting the shelves this July. Spaces for both are limited. Do bookshops the world over some justice.

Workshop with Liam Barrett: 13.00 – 15.00 pm

Jim Stoten talk and launch with Refreshments: 17.00 – 19.00pm

RSVP at [email protected]

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Illustratour 2014
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Valladolid is an old city in the heart of Spain’s Castille region; once settled by the  Celtic Vaccaei tribes, later occupied by Roman settlers, and today it hosts the annual IllustraTour festival – the International Festival of Illustration. Now in it’s seventh year, IllustraTour brings together two weeks of workshops in the Museo Patio Herreriano, led by an impressive list of world class artists, plus seminars and talks by Max, Katsumi Komagata, Serge Bloch and many others. This year, Nobrow’s Sam Arthur has been invited along and on Saturday 5th of July he’ll be delivering some juicy insight into the making of our books. If you get the chance to visit the festival and its many treasures, make sure that Sam’s talk is on your list. Happy holidays!

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ELCAF 2014

ELCAF 2014 – what a corker! This year’s ELCAF got bigger and better – the Oval Space in East London was appropriately bedecked in all manners of prints, zines, totes, posters, mugs and memorabilia to celebrate the occasion. Each stall had its own little hub of eagle-eye fans swooping in on the wares for sale, booksellers were a-flush from gushing customers and artists mingled casually with the hoards of art-loving folk capering about the hall. A fantastic day. 2015 has much to live up to – bring it on.

And for those who still want more from 2014, check out the official ELCAF t-shirts designed by Chris Ware plus the limited edition print created on the day. There’s only  a few to send out to the world. All available on our online shop.


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Lil’ Merl Tumblr Launch
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Since the release of Lil’ Merl and the Dastardly Dragon earlier this year, Liam Barrett has been busily burrowing away to create a fantastic new Tumblr site which will be dedicated to all Lil’ Merl themed art. The Secret Troll Club will launch at ELCAF with some guest artists creating their own versions of Merl, dragons and trolls which we’ll put up over the course of the day.  But this club is not exclusive, oh no sirree! If you stop by, pick up a worksheet or just drop off some of your own illustrative wizardry, we’ll stick you right up there with the cream of the crop. Once in the club who knows what delights will come your way. And the cherry ontop? Well because it’s ELCAF, and we’re feeling particularly generous, we’ll be giving the owners of those deft little (or big) hands a discount on Liam’s new book. Whip out those crayons and get cracking.

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ELCAF 2014
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ELCAF 2014 is just over a week away and the excitement for this year’s line-up is beginning to rear its grinning and zealous head. There are talks to attend, workshops to muck in with, prints to melt over and dozens of books, glorious, printed, sweet smelling books. A Saturday better spent you will not find. No, really. It’s going to be the Saturday of all Saturdays. If you don’t share our enthusiasm now, you most certainly will once you feast your eyes on the rows of stalls, perfectly aligned, each with their wares piled neatly ontop of crisp ironed tablecloths, manned by kindly men and women (experts in their craft!) each willing to impart little drops of wisdom just for you. Bliss.

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Electroshock: A prehistory
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Philip Loring of the Science Museum will guide you through the fascinating journey of the electrical networks of the brain as part of the Neurocomic exhibition taking place at the Cube London. When most people today think of electroshock, they think of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), made infamous in the 1970s by books such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and still a controversial tool used today by psychiatrists around the world. If we step back a century or two, however, we find a radically different notion of electric therapy. Electricity was then something newly harnessed and still full of mystery. Experts and laypeople agreed that it had a profound relationship to nerves, for it could stimulate as well as soothe them. This talk, illustrated with material from the current Mind Maps exhibition at the Science Museum, brings this forgotten world back into view and discusses the reasons for its partial, but not total, eclipse.

This event takes place on Thursday, 05 June at 19:00. RSVP at [email protected] to book your place.