Shelf Control #7: Two from Nobrow’s Leporello Series

Shelf Control is a weekly meme created by Lisa at Book Shelf Fantasies where bloggers feature books they own and would like to read. It’s a way for readers to take stock of what they own and get excited about the books on their shelves and devices.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, so I’ve decided to feature 2 books instead of just one. This time I’m focusing on two graphic novels from the leporello series published by Nobrow Press, a British publishing company. A leporello is a type of binding for a book that causes it to extend like an accordion. Apparently it was popular in the Victorian times and was used for photo albums and illustrated children’s books. (Visit this website for more facts about this type of binding.) 

The two books below unfold to tell an illustrated story…or so I think; I haven’t “read” them yet. On Nobrow’s website, it’s stated that using a leporello binding offers a unique opportunity of presenting a book that can also be an affordable frameable work of art.


My first pick:

Title: Bicycle

Author: Ugo Gattoni (illus.)

Genre/Subject: Sports

Published: 2012

Length: 20 pages/panels

Nobrow summary:

Inspired by the 2012 London Olympic Games, young artist Ugo Gattoni intricately illustrates a cycle race through the streets of London. From elite athletes to cycle couriers, commuters, bankers, delivery boys, mums with kids, youths on stolen mountain bikes to fashionistas and hipsters on fixed gear bikes – pretty soon you will realize this is no ordinary road race!

A recent graduate of one of Paris’ top art schools, Ugo Gattoni wowed the public with an incredible intricate pen drawing measuring approx 10 x 2 meters. His first foray into the London arts scene saw him drawing on the walls of the prestigious Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank.

Where I got it: Small Press Expo (I’ve seen a Nobrow booth there every year that I go and I buy something there every time that I go — just twice so far.)

When I got it: In 2017

Why I got it: I love the illustrations and presentation as a leporello. I couldn’t leave the expo without it.

For more info: Visit Nobrow’s website to see sample pages/panels.


My second pick:

Title: Worse Things Happen at Sea

Author: Kellie Strøm (illus.)

Genre/Subject: Fantasy

Published: 2012

Length: 20 pages/panels

Nobrow summary:

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 the darkest oceans. Covering 20 panels each measuring 13.8cm x 23.5cm the image unfolds in front of you like a foreboding fable from the cracked lips of an old sea captain.

Taking over two years to create, the faux engraved colour separation style used for this project has been a departure from his two previous picture books, both illustrated with full colour acrylic paintings. In both techniques Strøm wrestled with creating detailed immersive worlds while also trying to preserve some of the immediacy of the original physical art. 

Where I got it: Small Press Expo (This was back on my first time there.)

When I got it: In 2016

Why I got it: Same as above: loved the art and the format and couldn’t leave without it.

For more info: Visit Nobrow’s website to see sample pages/panels.

4 thoughts on “Shelf Control #7: Two from Nobrow’s Leporello Series

  1. Both books are wonderful drawings. Bicycle is something I would love to own to see all the different places of London he drew. I love London! The second book’s drawing does look like tattoos. Love all the work each artist put into their work! ❤️❤️

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