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Short Run Welcomes Ricardo Cavolo!
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Seattle’s Short Run will be hosting New York Times Best-Selling author/illustrator Ricardo Cavolo for three spectacular events in the coming weeks!

The first will be a reading of some choice cuts from his book 101 Artists To Listen To Before You Die!  Listen in as Ricardo explains his connection to some of his favorite musicians and then stick around for an interview with Ricardo and a book signing! Be sure to check it out on Friday, February 19th at 7pm at Ada’s Technical Books.

Then you’ll want to head out to Casco Antiguo on Wednesday, February 24th at 5pm for the unveiling of Ricardo’s latest mural.  Trust us, you’ve never seen his work like this before!

Friday, February 26th at 6pm is the big finale where Ricardo and our friends at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be celebrating the launch of Short Run’s Red Eye, an international comics anthology.  Ricardo’s got a few pages in there along with many great up and comers from the international comics scene.

So there you go, three great events to help bring February to a close with the great Ricardo Cavolo!  Check out Short Run’s website for more information.  We hope to see you in Seattle!


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Nobrow & Flying Eye’s Field Trip To The Met!

Hello friends!

Have you been out to the Met lately?  The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is known for its collection of extraordinary and timeless art from all over the world, and now that same classic sensibility can be found in their revamped children’s book area!

The Met’s new children’s book area contains a selection of some of the most beautiful children’s books we’ve ever seen, so of course we were absolutely beaming when we saw a few of our own titles sitting among some of the all-time greats.  The whole area is spacious and well lit, which really allows you to immerse yourself in the worlds of these impressive picture books.

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And that’s not all!  We spotted the bright colors of Beautiful Birds as well as a pair of stunning Leporellos, Swan Lake and Eventually Everything Connects, at the Met’s stationary store:

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We spoke with Lauren Gallagher, Book Buyer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, about the children’s book area’s brand new look:

What brought about the big change in the children’s picture book section?

The big change came about due to a cocktail of ingredients, the most important one being that I was given broad curatorial freedom in my buying choices.  Coming from an independent bookselling background, I’ve personally sold books to children and their families for many years, and for the first phase I chose to bring in both a combination of books I have had great success with, and new books that look like they not only might be appealing, but could become future children’s classics.

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Would you mind walking us through your vision for what you wanted to achieve with the children’s picture book section?

The ideal is to perpetuate the journey of discovery, to have children and their families walk away feeling like the shop is a continuation of the gallery experience.  All the books in this section have been picked for their strong illustrative and/or literary qualities, both of which are imperative to a child’s early education and introduction to the arts.  As a medium, art communicates everything from stories to observations to feelings, and well-illustrated picture books are–in tandem with a child’s first totterings in the physical world–often a child’s first experience of the wider world, and to the use of imagery as a means of expression.  A child in California can learn about snow in New York, and vice versa.  Picture books have the incredible capacity to open a young mind up to multiple worlds—both outer and inner.  Reading requires concentration and contemplation: the mind is required to go inward to then go outward.  When a child dives into a book (and sometimes us adults too), for a time, they exist within that realm, yet when they finish the book they return to the “real” world, and hopefully through this contrast of experience they begin to discover the power of imagination, creativity, and the myriad of ways we can express ourselves.  I hope customers will find the revised section exciting enough to come back again and again, to return to the Met for this experience of discovery.

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What do you think is the best way for a picture book to get noticed by the Met’s thousands of visitors?

The best way for a book to get noticed is to see someone else taking it off the shelf and reading it!  Placement is key, which is why Met Kids remains its own destination at the West side of the shop.  Picture books are front and center, which hopefully meets our customer’s needs.  We are always fine tuning the visual presentation to hopefully find the right ratio of eclectic but logical display: like with like, but maintaining the element of surprise.

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What do you think the new look for the children’s picture book section accomplishes for the Met?

Hopefully it shows the Met keeping with the times, while staying true to its dedication to educate and enlighten through art.  Books don’t have to be about art or artists to be artistic, or to open a child’s mind up to art.  A Dahlov Ipcar book might make a kid want to draw just as much as a beginner’s guide to Monet or Leonardo.  Most picture books are created, illustrated, and frequently written by living artists, and selling children’s picture books is a way of supporting these artists, many of whom received a good portion of their art education in museums.  It’s also a chance to reintroduce long lost classics and revisit age old tales through updated editions.  I’d like to think the new books have surprised enough people that they will return to see what we’ll have next time.  With any luck we are meeting our core customer needs while attracting a new regular customer base.

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A very many thanks to Lauren for taking the time to chat with us!  Be sure to check out the latest at the Met, and then spend some time in their fresh new children’s book section.  The world-class museum is offering up some world-class picture books, a great little event for art aficionados and picture book lovers everywhere!


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The Curveball Book Tour’s Final Stop!
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It’s been a crazy couple of months on the Curveball Book Tour, and Jeremy Sorese is headed back home to finish it off in style!

Join us tonight at The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn for the Curveball Book Tour’s final stop.  It’s going to be an extra special night with Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly interviewing Jeremy about life, art, and Curveball!

It’s all happening tonight at 7pm!  White wine will be served to celebrate the release of this truly wonderful achievement in graphic novels, and to commemorate the final stop on Jeremy’s Curveball Book Tour.  We’ll see you there!

The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:00pm


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Curveball’s in the Pacific Northwest!
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Fresh off a very successful run at CALA, our friend Jeremy Sorese is headed North for the next leg of his Curveball Book Tour!

You’ll be able to catch Jeremy in Portland on Wednesday, December 9th from 5pm to 7pm at Floating World, one of the finest comic shops in the Northwest, and then again in Seattle on Thursday, December 10th from 7pm to 9pm at the wonderful Elliot Bay.

It’s back to back Curveball this week, and it’s sure to be loads of fun!  If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, we’d love to see you!


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Curveball Hits The West Coast!
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The Curveball Book Tour keeps on rollin’, this time to the beautiful west coast!

Jeremy Sorese, the hard-travelling hero behind Curveball‘s epic sci-fi romance will be visiting California this week, where he will be sampling the finest that the Golden State has to offer.  Swimming pools, movie stars, avocados, and comics shops and festivals!

Jeremy will kick off the west coast portion of the Curveball book tour on Thursday, December 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm at the amazing Mission: Comics and Art in San Francisco.  He will be reading some of his work, and he’ll be signing your copies of Curveball.

Then Jeremy will make his way south to Los Angeles, where he’ll be exhibiting at the second annual Comic Arts Los Angeles!  CALA will be happening on December 5th and 6th, and Jeremy will be there both days to hang out and sell you your very own copy of Curveball.

Two more stops on the great Curveball Book Tour!  Hope to see you there!


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Say Hello to Einstein!
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Welcome to another dimension… where time and space are intricately woven…

100 years after Albert Einstein first published his general theory of relativity in the German periodical, ‘Annals of Physics’ in March 1916, Nobrow is publishing a playful graphic biography of the great man’s life and ideas. Due to his immense curiosity as much as to his intellect, Einstein came up with a truly revolutionary hypothesis that has remained unchallenged to this day (despite numerous attempts to disprove it!). His theory completely changed the way we think about space-time, as it revealed that time runs more slowly near a strong source of gravity. Without these principles, we could never have invented GPS devices – something that most people now use every day.

Einstein is the third in Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s collection of graphic novels exploring the lives of the most controversial and outspoken figures in modern history. In Maier and Simon’s inimitable style, this biography provides a beautiful and witty introduction to Einstein’s background, life, and legacy; full of intricate details and amusing insights. The combination of noted psychoanalyst (Maier) and gifted illustrator (Simon) is clearly a winning one – just take a look at these fantastic reviews!

Praise for Freud:

“This unusual illustrated biography takes us through Freud’s life and legacy with equal parts scientific-historical rigor, sociocultural insight, and disarming wit, both visual and narrative.” – Brain Pickings

“The book strikes a fine balance between informative storytelling, charming imagery and witty dialogue.” – It’s Nice That

Praise for Marx:

“Simon’s whimsical and vivid art is delightful.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“The cheerful and even flirtatious drawings are a perfect match for this breezy but intriguing introduction to these great thinkers… [Simon’s] skill at layering a comic page with mischievous constructions is unparalleled and is never detrimental to its reading… Simon and Maier have produced an easy accessible biography series in Freud and Marx that is equally informative and playful. I can only hope that there are more books in the works for this series.” – Broken Frontier


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Curveball at Atomic Books
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Here we go!

The Curveball Book Tour makes its way to Baltimore’s wonderful Atomic Books tomorrow, November 21st for an evening of celebration!  Atomic Books is pulling out all the stops for a fun Saturday evening with Jeremy Sorese, creator of the emotional epic Curveball.

Don’t miss it!

Curveball with Jeremy Sorese
November 21, 2015
7pm to 9pm
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-4444


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CURVEBALL 2015 Book Tour!
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ANNOUNCING THE CURVEBALL BOOK TOUR

Jeremy Sorese’s hotly anticipated graphic novel debut, Curveball is in stores now, and Jeremy will be touring all over the US to hang out with you and sign your copies of Curveball.  Keep an eye on our blog for more details and announcements!

Here’s where you can catch him:

November 7th: Comic Arts Brooklyn
November 21st, 7pm – 2pm: Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, Maryland 21211
December 3rd, 5pm – 8pm: Mission Comics, 2250 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
December 5th and 6th: CALA, 939 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015
December 9th, 5pm – 7pm: Floating World, 400 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209
December 10th, 7pm – 9pm: Elliott Bay, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
December 15th, 7pm – 9pm: Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York 11201


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It’s time for CAB!
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Alright!

It’s time once again for one of our favorite comics shows, Comic Arts Brooklyn!  CAB is among the most exciting of the independent comics shows, hosting some of the biggest names in comics as well as some of the brightest new stars, and we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.

This year’s CAB will be a big one for Nobrow as we will be debuting two new titles, Ryan Heshka’s vicious Mean Girls Club and Jeremy Sorese’s hotly anticipated epic Curveball!  This will be the first time these beautiful books will be available for sale in North America and trust us – you don’t want to miss it.

But wait!  We can’t just leave it at that!  We won’t!  It’s CAB so of course we’ve got a little something extra special planned.  On Saturday, November 7th we’ve got signings from an unstoppable triumvirate of Nobrow artists: Wren McDonald (creator of the frantic and brutal Cyber Realm), Jeremy Sorese (of the aforementioned Curveball), and Sam Bosma (the man behind the smash hit Fantasy Sports)!

Here’s our Saturday schedule over at Table U21-22:

Wren McDonald signing at 12pm – 1pm
Jeremy Sorese signing at 1pm – 2pm
Sam Bosma signing at 2pm – 4pm
Wren McDonald signing at 4pm – 5pm
Jeremy Sorese signing at 5pm – 6pm

It’s going to be a day full of fun and signings and most importantly NEW COMICS!

CAB will be happening at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (12 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211) on Saturday, November 7th at 11am.  It’s free to attend, so if you’re in Brooklyn this weekend, come through and check us out at Table U21-22 on the upper floor!

See you there!


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Fantasy Sports 2 Cover REVEALED!
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Well well well, would you take a look at that?  This right here is the official cover for the hotly anticipated new volume of Fantasy Sports!

Fantasy Sports 2: The Bandit of Barbel Bay sees the return of your favorite dysfunctional duo, Wiz and Mug, as their fun in the sun is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious secret that could change everything we know about The Order of Mages!

Nobrow will bump, set, and spike this baby into your hands in Summer 2016, but for now, we can just soak up Sam Bosma‘s beautiful cover!


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Say Bonjour to 750 Years in Paris!
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We’ve been bursting to tell you all about this brilliant book for a long time and we’re delighted to finally share it with you! Embarking on a fascinating journey that moves only in time, Mahé transports us over 750 Years, from 1265 to 2015, standing in one spot, focusing on one building on a street in Paris.

In this unique, historically accurate and beautiful graphic novel, we travel through the changes of this building, starting in the 13th century, via the French Revolution and the 2nd World War to Paris as we know it today. Through his distinct, captivating visual style, Vincent has elegantly and concisely created snapshots of the city that capture the style of architecture, fashions, transports and political states of each time depicted. With each revisit there is more to see and more to learn in this book that keeps on giving so go ahead, explore and enjoy 750 Years in Paris!

To celebrate the launch of his first book, we sat down with Vincent and asked him a few questions:

  1. If you could travel back in time to any of the years shown in 750 Years in Paris,which would you choose and why?

A part of me would like to be in 1789 to witness the first moments of the French Revolution. These events inspired so many people, writers, artists, directors. I would like to differentiate the myth from the truth. But the other part wants to be in 1998 and win the world cup again.

  1. And which the least? 

I would avoid the middle ages in general. I mean, can you imagine that these people didn’t know the taste of tomatoes and potatoes?

  1. How many years have you lived in Paris and what are the biggest changes that you have seen in this time?

I was born in Paris but grew up in the west of France. I moved back to the capital in 2003. Many things have changed in 12 years. The arrival of Velib’ (city bikes) was quite something. It created a global desire for riding bikes all over the city.

  1.    What are your predictions for this building in the next 5, 50 and 500 years?

5 years: It’s full of tourists, every single room in rented on airbnb.

50 years: a bit like Interstellar, every single parisian is a farmer and is taking care of there indoor soilless planting.

500 years: Western civilization has collapsed, but its ruins are visited by talking dog tourists.

  1. Also, why did you choose the colours of the book as orange and bright blue? These are very striking and it looks great but aren’t colours that we’d usually associate with France/ Paris!

I didn’t want the book to be that obvious with a color palette like a French flag. I needed colours that could, when mixed, give me a good range of others colors. Also because of what’s happening in the book, the mood is heavy sometimes, I wanted the palette to be warm, to cheer it up a little.

  1. How long have you been working on this project? Which were the most enjoyable aspects of creating this book? 

I have been working for 2 years on this project. Not full time, but still, it was a huge amount of work. I love drawing buildings and architecture but when this was done I must admit that the best part was to put the little characters in the scene and make them live in it. It was as thrilling as playing lego.

  1. Which one thing would you recommend a new visitor to Paris do on their first trip? 

If it’s the first day of your very first visit in Paris, I would recommend you to go on the rooftop of Centre Pompidou to get an overview of the city. The restaurant up there is not bad at all, it’s called “Georges”. Don’t forget to visit the museum 2 floors below, the collections are amazing.

  1. Do you often sketch on the streets of Paris? Do you have favourite spots to sit and draw?  Can we see a page from your sketch book? 

I do, not as much as I want unfortunately. Jardin du Luxembourg is a good place to draw. There are kids with their model boats, old men playing chess, tennis players, statues and ponies… Here’s a page of my sketchbook, from outside a bar near Bastille at nighttime.

Thanks Vincent! You can buy the book from  http://nobrow.net/shop/750-years-in-paris/?


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The Bento Bestiary Mach 2

In the 18th Century, Japanese artist Toriyama Sekien attempted to depict each spirit of the ‘yokai’ tradition; an ancient race of demons whose descendants would later terrorise the earth under the guises of Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan. Now, two Bristolian men aim to rediscover the near-forgotten Yokai, and return these ancient beasts to their former glory, in the form of the Bento Bestiary.

The first 100 copies of the bestiary to be bought online we be signed by the artist himself! Hurry hurry.