Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Exclusive preview: Nobrow 9 Oh So Quiet

I always get really excited for the Nobrow anthology in the run up to its release; featuring contributions from the best illustration and comics talent from around the world, both established and new- the keen eyes of editors Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro have made it one of the foremost publications of its kind, and one that anyone with an interest in art, design, comics and narrative looks forward to. I'm incredibly pleased, then, to be able to share with you an exclusive (as in: you won't see these anywhere else!) preview of Nobrow 9: Oh So Quiet. If you're new to the anthology, it's the British publishers flagship title: half of it filled with gorgeous illustrative spreads, and half of it with comics curated from the  finest, freshest sequential art makers- hence the two 'flip' covers (it is, essentially, two magazines combined into one). It's the perfect showcase for the premier publishers of the best graphic art comics, displaying the range, strength and diversity of the mediums.

Oh So Quiet is the 9th volume of the anthology, and as inferred in the title, the theme for this edition is silence- meaning all the comics within will be wordless, with artists exploring the concept within their work: 'How is silence expressed? Can it be visual? As we hurtle along at breakneck speed accompanied by the great cacophony of modern life, we rarely experience a moment of silence. Silence, with its implication of stillness and absolute purity, becomes an impossibility. So how does an artist approach such a theme?' I really enjoy silent comics, and I'm intrigued to see how different artists interpret that remit.

Containing contributions from Bianca Bagnarelli, Will Morris (seen below), Jamie Coe, Ella Bailey, Joe Todd Stanton, Lisa Perrin, Natalie Andrewsen, Jim Stoten, Joseph Lambert, and many, many more, Oh So Quiet clocks in at a hefty 128 pages, with Nobrow's signature excellent production values and attention to detail. It also features a beautiful four spot colour palette of yellow, blue, pink and purple. The covers have been illustrated by Ben Newman and Jon McNaught respectively, and Newman has also designed 4 screen-prints (which you can see here in gif format), each with a limited print run of 50, which Nobrow are giving away free to the first 200 people to place pre-orders. Additionally, the first 50 people to put in orders will have their books signed by both Newman and McNaught. 

Nobrow 9 releases in April. You can pre-order your copy here. I'm really looking forward to this one; that four way colour combo is simply gorgeous, and this preview has whetted my appetite even further.

Jose Luis Agreda

Ella Bailey