We have just, very happily, taken delivery of a fresh batch of hot-off-the-press publications from Nobrow‘s East London HQ. They’re way too nice not to share them with you so here’s a look at each of them…
First up is The Wolf’s Whistle by Bjorn Rune Lie – a 32 page hardback which represents Nobrow’s first foray into children’s books. The book tells the story of a young Wolf called Albert who grows up with a dream of working for his favourite comic book publishers. Albert grows up and fulfils his dreams but is heartbroken when his three best friends from school suffer at the hands of local gangsters, the Honeyroast brothers.
The book ends with Albert on the cusp of reaping sweet revenge (in the name of justice, of course) as he reaches under his bed for the costume of the superhero he’s been drawing all his life: Lone Wolf… This is surely the first of a series that charts the heroics of Albert / Lone Wolf as he does battle with the forces of evil and the dastardly Honeyroast brothers. Here are some spreads:
The Wolf’s Whistle, £12 from nobrow.net
We actually featured the first, screenprinted, edition of The Bento Bestiary, illustrated by Ben Newman and written by Scott Donaldson, back in July last year, but now Nobrow has produced an updated, hardback version which features no less than 14 illustrated Yokai – a particular type of ancient Japanese beast and demon that were the forefathers of such famous Kaiju as Godzilla or Mothra. Each beast is accompanied by a description of what the beast is like, and also the consequences of eating it…
You probably wouldn’t guess it from perusing Hildafolk – the latest in Nobrow’s 17×23 series of illustrated short story publications – but its author, Luke Pearson, only graduated this year. This is a really accomplished comic story of a young girl that goes exploring the mountain on which she lives, discovering trolls and giants along the way…
I think I’m correct in the assumption that this is Nobrow’s heftiest volume to date at 24.5cm x 19cm with 176 pages and a hardback cover and a rather nice cloth spine..
A Graphic Cosmogony is an anthology of comic stories about the “creation of everything”. The 24 artists whose work features in it are thus: Stuart Kolakovic, Mikkel Sommers, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Luke Best, Rob Hunter, Jon McNaught, Ben Newman, Andrew Rae, Luke Pearson, Jack Teagle, Jon Boam, Jakob Hindrichs, Clayton Junior, Daniel Locke, Isabel Greenberg, Mike Bertino, Nick White, Rui Tenreiro, Sean Hudson, Luc Melanson, Katia Fouquet, Yeji Yun, Matthew Lyons, and Liesbeth De Stercke.
Here are some spreads:
A Graphic Cosmogony, £24 from nobrow.net
And last but not least is Nobrow 4 – the latest issue of Nobrow’s regular, 60 page, oversize A4, compendium of artwork by various artists on a particular theme. This issue’s theme is Night and Day and the cover (above) is by mcbess. Here are some spreads:
End paper and title page illustrated by Brecht Vandenbroucke
by Nora Krug
Nobrow 4 has been printed in an edition of 3000. £11 from nobrow.net