Ben Newman

Ben Newman is known for his contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters. He has exhibited his work internationally and worked for a diverse range of clients including the Tate, Fantagraphics and Selfridges.

For Nobrow, he has worked on a number of projects, including our very first Small Press book, The Bento Bestiary which will be released in hardback format in early October 2010. If you want to get your hands on the original hand printed version, there are still some copies left in our Small Press section, check it out!

In between jobs in his busy schedule we had the chance to ask him a couple of standard issue questions for your creative interest…

What is the driving force for your ideas?

An overactive imagination. Like most illustrators, I would draw a lot as a child, However, I would also run around the house acting out stories and battles in great length and detail by myself. I remember crawling up and down the stairs on my tummy pretending to be Spider-man fighting Doctor Octopus so much I got carpet burns almost everywhere including my face. I swear I must have given my Mum the biggest headaches. As an adult, I can’t really do this without being sectioned so I make do with staring out the window and pushing my ideas internally until I feel ready to start mapping them out on paper.

Finally, what inspires your work most?

Cartoons and comic books. It was what I was raised on.

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Art Schooled

Daniel Stope is a small-town guy who dreams of becoming an artist. His enrolment at art school and consequent move to the city opens up a world of exciting possibilities. Unsurprisingly, Daniel struggles with his newfound independence – the difficulties of dating and making new friends in the big smoke. This new graphic novel by […]


Worse Things Happen at Sea

Kellie Strøm flexes his drawing muscles and comes up with a monster of a concertina book. Inspired by tales of mythical sea creatures and the tall stories of doomed voyages passed down from sailor to son, Strøm brings us a rich tapestry of wonderment. Historical ships are attacked, enveloped and engorged by monstrous creatures surfacing from the deepest depths of […]


Forming II

The long-anticipated sequel that encompasses all; mythology, theology, hermaphrodites, super-alien gods and the simple task of creating the cosmos. Civilization, but not quite as we know it, has started to take shape. And now, in the continuing chaos, the world and most of its inhabitants have brandished their swords and, in various fashions, have charged onto the battlefield. If Forming I […]


Moonhead and the Music Machine

Meet Joey Moonhead. A normal kid in every way.  Except one… He has a moon for a head. Life is a peach when you have a moon for a head. Your head can wander out of the atmosphere into galactic reveries, drift blissfully across star specked plains, roll lazily into jungles with undiscovered artefacts or soar closer than […]


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