Nobrow Press’s 17 x 23 series of books was one of the early staples of their publishing output providing a showcase format for new creative voices. When I interviewed Nobrow’s Alex Spiro four years ago at Broken Frontier he described the concept of the books in these terms:
“The aim with 17 x 23 was to give artists that we thought had a lot of potential a platform that was manageable as a first time project. 24 pages seemed exactly that and the format (17 x 23 cm) was big enough to make a statement but also still affordable in terms of printing costs for us. As many of the artists were being published for the first time in this series and it was both important for them to have attainable goals and for us to be able to take the risk without it being financially debilitating, that’s why the format is the name of the series, it was crucial to its success.”
With the range coming to the forefront of Nobrow’s output once again (check out my review of Andy Poyiadgi’s Lost Property here at BF recently) London’s Gosh! Comics are hosting a launch party featuring a number of creators with books coming out in the series including Poyiadgi plus Joe Sparrow (The Hunter) and William Exley (Golemchik). Jen Lee’s Vacancy is also part of the current line-up.