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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Posted by angela on Jun 5th, 02:09pm

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 anne.fritz@gmail.com to book your place.

Posted by angela on Jun 2nd, 05:02pm

BEA or CAKE?

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Luke Pearson was kind enough to immortalize our dominant position on the (imaginary) Manhattan landscape with this beautiful poster of Nobrow (US) HQ. It will also be featured on an oversized poster at every booth we have until the end of time, so get used to it. If you look carefully you can spot our two company founders, Alex and (a rather tired looking) Sam, Tucker (aka Mommy Batman), and a very business like Hilda. Happy fishing!

Now, while we’re still recovering from the recent Toronto Comics Art Festival, everybody at Nobrow US already has their eye on the horizon—the horizon of the Javits Center that is, here in New York City! Why? Because starting on May 29th, that’s where we’ll be, attending Bookexpo America! (The cool kids call it BEA, for short.) We’ll be there to say hello to some of favorite booksellers and librarians while showing off advance copies of upcoming titles like The Best Book In The World and Forming Volume 2. You’ll find us at Booth 1107, unless we’re taking a break to get Anjelica Huston’s autograph.

What’s that? You aren’t a bookseller or a librarian or a publishing bigwig? Never fear! The same weekend as BEA, you’ll be able to find Nobrow US setting up at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo at Chicago’s Center on Halstead. From Saturday May 31st to June 1st, we’ll be showing off at Table 59. We’ll be joined by Jesse Moynihan for the American release of Forming Volume 2. He’ll sign them, he’ll draw in them—all you have to do is show up and be cool about it. What’s that? You want more? Okay friend, then how about this: Luke Pearson will be at CAKE as well, and if you know Luke, you know that Luke can’t stand to see a copy of Hilda that doesn’t have a sketch by him in it. All that blank space drives him crazy! He’ll be at table 43A, and he’s promised to stop by and bless our copies of Hilda and the Black Hound with the tender slashings of a blank ink pen. Take that, empty space!

It’s going to be a very crazy couple of days for New York and Chicago, so don’t miss out!

Posted by angela on May 15th, 03:00pm

Nobrow at TCAF 2014

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Nobrow is up in Canada this weekend for TCAF, and we have plenty in store for our neighbors to the north! Hosted at the Toronto Reference Library, TCAF is one of the biggest events for showcasing the latest and greatest in comics and graphic novels.

Here’s a handy guide to the panels and presentations we’ll be at this weekend:

Saturday May 10, 10am – 11am at Marriott 100 (High Park 2&3) – Comics Editing
Nobrow’s cofounder and creative director Alex Spiro will be joining Calista Brill (First Second), Scott Dunbier (IDW), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press), and Casandra Pelham (Scholastic/Graphix) in a discussion with Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources) about the role of contemporary comics editors.

Saturday May 10, 1:30pm – 2:30pm at TCAF Kids’ Day @ St. Paul’s on Bloor – How to Draw Hilda!
Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Luke Pearson will be hosting a special presentation where he will teach you how to draw the famous Hilda, star of the latest book in the Hildafolk series, Hilda and the Black Hound, debuting this weekend at TCAF!

Sunday May 11, 11:15am – 12:15pm at The Pilot Tavern – The New Small Press
Nobrow’s Tucker Stone will be speaking with a pack of notable small-press underdogs from Koyama Press, Secret Acres, and Uncivilized Books about all the nitty-gritty details behind the glamorous life of small press publishing.

Nobrow will be at Tables 178-179 all weekend, so please stop by and say hello to our special guests Luke Pearson (Hildafolk series) and Jesse Moynihan (Forming series)!

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Posted by alex on May 9th, 07:42pm

Bouncing off the Wall

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This Saturday, May 10th, Nobrow and Flying Eye Books will be in West London to support Friends of the Greenside Mural for a 20th Century Graphic Arts Fair. Bouncing off the Wall, organised in conjuction with Jennings Fine Art, is being held to support the restoration of a 1952 mural by Gordon Cullen at the Erno Goldfinger building at Greenside Primary School.  It should be fantastic day with a great variety of exhibitors and artists in attendance, including; Ian Beck, Mainstone Press, Starch Green, Sansom & Company, Phoenix Comic, there will be a launch of previously unavailable Ravillious wood engravings, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the unveiling of the Mural, screenings of a film featuring Alan Powers, a sale of limited edition letterpress posters, printing demonstrations by St. Brides Library and Maypole dancing (of course). We’ll also be there with author and illustrator William Grill who will be signing the few remaining copies of first-edition of Shackleton’s Journey. Come and join us celebrate the craftsmanship of 20th century print, typography and design.

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Posted by angela on May 6th, 02:47pm

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