Brand new releases from independent publisher Nobrow Press
In the past few months, Nobrow Press have released a string of new graphic novels, each of which plays with the comic book format in a different way.
Since launching in 2008, Nobrow Press have carved a name for themselves as one of the best independent publishers in the business. Their commitment to supporting emerging talent and crafting stories makes them unrivalled.
Comic books and graphic novels have been at the heart of Nobrow since the very beginning. Encouraging illustrators and comic books writers to play with the graphic novel format in a different way, their latest releases appeal to a variety of readers.
Here are six of the best..
Dalston Monsterzz by Dilraj Mann
Dilraj Mann’s debut graphic novel with Nobrow explores themes of friendship and corruption as it tells the story of a futuristic city at war.
Everyone remembers the day the monsters emerged. From deep within the earth, these huge creatures ran riot across Dalston, spreading terror. Then some kid rode one. Gangs formed, territorial battles ensued… and now two friends must fight for their lives as they discover the true depths of Dalston’s darkest secret.
Taking place in a vision of a future not far from today, the story starts with a bang and keeps up an excitable pace throughout. Riveting plot aside, the book itself is a thing of beauty. From the character’s totally on trend outfits to the pattern-covered, pastel-coloured monsters they are fighting against – each element of the aesthetic works to add a contemporary twist to this classic adventure genre.
The Senses by Dr. Matteo Farinella
Following his bestselling debut Nobrow book Neurocomic, Dr Matteo Farinella’s latest release takes the reader on an immersive ride through the body’s five senses. The book explains the most up-to-date research about our senses through a series of drawings which even the most scientifically un-savvy can engage with. If you have ever wondered what the link between smell and memory is or how optical illusions work, The Senses holds all the answers and won’t send you to sleep in the process of explaining them.
Geis (Vol.2): A Game Without Rules by Alexis Deacon
Nobrow also recently released the second in their epic book trilogy with award winning illustrator Alexis Deacon. The genre-spanning series mixes together elements of supernatural, action and folktale to tell the story of a battle for power like no other. With a cast of terrifying characters and a an increasingly sinister plot, the second instalment promises to be as gripping as the first.
Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae
Having been extremely well received after it’s first print, Andrew Rae’s ‘Moonhead And The Music Machine’ has been republished in paperback form. The book tells the story of Joey, a completely normal boy in every way but one – he has a moon for a head.
Life is a peach when you have a moon for a head. It can wander out of the atmosphere into galactic reveries and drift blissfully across star specked plains… but the world of a teenage boy is a much crueler place.
Mixing together otherworldly adventures with tales of high school drama, we can all relate. Visually, the book has a slightly psychedelic aesthetic with a particular visual highlight being the way Andrew illustrates music. Giant flowing blobs of pink, yellow and blue covering the crowd adds yet another magical layer to this coming of age tale.
How To Survive In The North by Luke Healy
Another Nobrow fan-favourite getting another print is Luke Healy’s How To Suvive In The North. A unique graphic novel, it weaves together biographic narratives from the 1900s with a contemporary fictional tale. Equal parts bleak and beautiful, the intertwined stories explore themes of love and loss. Each one shows the strength it takes to survive in even the harshest conditions. Whether that be struggling for survival in the Arctic, or surviving a mid-life crisis.
101 Movies To Watch Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo
Our last pick from Nobrow’s catalogue is Ricardo Cavolo’s 101 Movies To Watch Before You Die. It’s perhaps a little cheeky to include this book in the round-up. As it isn’t created in a classic graphic novel format. That said, it does tell a story. As he talks you through 101 of his favourite films, Ricardo recounts the tale of how each shaped him as a creative. Ricardo’s fiery, multi-eyed illustrations add another uniquely personal element to this movie journal.