Ages 4 to 12
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Illustoria's first issue with McSweeney's, this food themed issue features recipes for grapefruit, appreciations of potato chips, guides to the diets of literary giants, contributions by Tunde Olaniran, Mar Hernández, Chef Tamearra Dyson, Brian McMullen, Hein Koh, and more.Illustoria is the beloved print magazine for creative kids and their grownups. We celebrate visual storytelling, makers and DIY culture through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts and activities. Our high-quality, tri-annual publication is geared toward readers ages 4 -12 and the young at heart.
Illustoria is the official publication of the International Alliance of Youth Writing Centers, publishing writing and art by young people alongside accomplished professionals.
Praise for Illustoria
"This is the kind of magazine you keep on your bookshelves with your favorite books."
- Cece Bell, author of El Deafo"It's a rewarding offering that I hope sticks around for many years down the line."
- Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews, blogger of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast"(A) visually exciting magazine with a DIY attitude . . . offer(s) plentiful opportunities for engagement, while the quality artwork and inventive layouts are sure to inspire imaginative responses."
-School Library Journal"Cover to cover, its content and aesthetics are smart, modern and engaging. Illustoria is a magazine I would've loved to have growing up."
- Michelle Sterling, Avery & Augustine
About the Author
Mar Hernández is professional and vocational illustrator. For over 10 years, she has been developing her work as a professional illustrator; leading her own studio, Malotaprojects (www.malotaprojects.com). She has worked for clients such as Private through the Argentine agency, DonBue, agencies such as McCann Erickson Istanbul and Satchi & Satchi (SCPF).Brian McMullen is an artist and writer who lives and works in Bayview, San Francisco. He was the lead art director and a senior editor at McSweeney's Publishing for many years, until 2014. In 2011, he founded the company's widely praised children's book series, McSweeney's McMullens. His work as a designer, art director, and editor of books and magazines has received an array of industry awards, and has been collected by institutions including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, MoMA, and the Walker Arts Center. Prior to McSweeney's, he worked as a designer and editor at Cabinet magazine and BOMB magazine in Brooklyn, NY. He was also part of the small team at McSweeney's that launched Lucky Peach, a magazine that has significantly influenced the visual and editorial direction of contemporary food publishing. His writing and artwork have been collected in The Best of McSweeney's, Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine, and Not Normal, IL. His picture book Hang Glider & Mud Mask (co-created with CCA alum Jason Jägel) was published in 2012 to a mix of acclaim and confusion.Michael Buchino lives in Portland with a bike and a pencil.Telling stories with pictures.Principal at nope.ltd. Drawing words at .Tunde Olaniran is one of the most beloved fixtures of the Detroit music scene, as well as a driving force within the growing artistic community in Flint, MI (where he currently resides.) On the heels of his debut album (Transgressor), Olaniran embarked on his first U.S. national tour in support of noise pop darlings Sleigh Bells. He was named NPR's Top Artist to Watch at SXSW and performed to a homecoming audience of 5000+ at MoPop Festival in Detroit. After collaborating with fellow Michigan artists Flint Eastwood ("Push":) and Mona Haydar ("Hijabi" & "Dog"), Tunde also made his first European appearances in London, Derby (Y Not Festival) and France (Festival Les Escales.) His previous recordings have led to plenty of praise from outlets such as The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Noisey, Afropunk and countless others while his enchant for channeling his energies into additional projects as an author, choreographer, video director and community organizer has made Olaniran's voice one that can't help but be heard.Maggie Wauklyn is an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon. She chiefly works with gouache, and is most interested in exploring the interplay of abstraction and representation.Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is the author and illustrator of My Travelin' Eye. She is a freelance illustrator who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and The Illustration Academy. She lives in the mountains of Northern New Mexico with her family.Case For Making is a storefront offering handmade watercolors and a line of letterpress watercolor papergoods all made in-house, presented alongside a curated selection of creative supplies. They offer workshops, which have been designed to encourage process-focused exploration. Their practice is to recognize the presence of creative inquiry in multiple forms, and to provide space for engaging in and valuing this work.Lindsay Stripling is a traditionally trained artist and painter who approaches illustration and lettering from a more hands on and materials based approach, so her work is always coming from a place of layering and texture. Lindsay's work is often surreal, edgy, and fun while still being detail oriented and informative. Her clients include Illustoria Magazine, Bust Magazine, Intercom, Big Big Wednesday, St.Regis Hotel, Green Apple Books on the Park, Point Reyes Books and Marin Parks.Hein Koh is a distinguished artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a dual B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology, and received her M.F.A. in Painting from Yale University. She is a recipient of a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant, and an Artists in the Marketplace residency at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art F City, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has also received additional press in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Hein has also taught and/or lectured at the California College of the Arts, Tyler School of Art, Dartmouth College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the School of Visual Arts, among other institutions.Gabriel Liston was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Western Colorado. He studied painting there, in Denver, and in Portland, Oregon, receiving a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1998. Liston's work has been exhibited in many group and solo shows in Oregon and Colorado since 1994. Working from a large collection of sketchbooks and oil studies, he constructs pictures of children engaged at the intersection of place, light, and culture. About his work, Gabriel says: "I paint pictures of children taking the world apart from the inside-out in those places where the world shows its seams."Elizabeth Haidle is the creative director of Illustoria. Past experience with illustration & design ranges from book publishing to concept work for animation. She enjoys designing color palettes on her breakfast plate in the mornings, where she brainstorms ideas with her son about their collaborative comic strip: 'Kung-Phooey'.Malachi Peters is an artist and student studying at the Kansas City Art Institute.Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in the inner-city by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, CA. Within this severely economically depressed neighborhood in the nation's second most dangerous city, ANV engages and deepens their understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living as well as strengthens their ties to the community.Vaughn Parish is an artist and student studying at the Kansas City Art Institute.Dillon Indira is a plant-based chef based in Taos, New Mexico and founder of the food blog Oh, Holy Basil. She is focused on health and holistic living, weaving in the philosophies of Macrobiotics and Ayurveda.Chef Tamearra Dyson has been creating her innovative Vegan Creole Cuisine cousin since the age of 18. Originally from the Bay Area, she is highly influenced by her Louisiana roots. Only one prerequirement away from nursing school, Chef Dyson decided to risk it all to pursue her dream in the culinary industry. One of Tamearra's greatest achievements was open Souley Vegan Restaurant as a single mother, without capital or partnerships, then growing that business into a nationally known and internationally recognized brand. Now after over 9 years in business and many accolades under her belt including being voted one of the Top 10 soul food restaurants in the country by USA TODAY,Featured on Triple D on the Food Network, Food Rush with Ryan Scott on the Live Well Network and Voted Best Vegan Restaurant and Best Soul Food Restaurant over several years, Tamearra continues to expand as she travels to cater celebrity events and is currently working on opening more locations.Sister Pie is a bright corner bakery in Detroit's West Village on the east side of town. Each day, they serve pies, cookies, breakfast, and lunch. The menu at Sister Pie is nontraditional in flavor combinations, rustic in execution, and constantly changing to honor the local agriculture of Michigan. Sister Pie aims to celebrate the seasons through pie; to provide consistently delicious, thoughtful, and inventive food; to foster a welcoming environment for employees and customers through transparency, community engagement, and education.Rachel Parent is an environmental and safe food activist and speaker from Toronto, Canada. In 2012, she founded Kids Right to Know, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth about environmental justice and food safety, challenging kids to claim their right to know what's in their food, and demanding proper food labeling in Canada. Parent founded and serves as the director for Gen-Earth, and as the Youth Director for both Regeneration International and Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation, both of which educate youth and future generations about environmentally conscious food production and safe food.Paul du Coudray is an artist, designer and illustrator living in Taos, New Mexico. Paul is a frequent contributor to ILLUSTORIA and is the founder of Studio Mascot, a small studio exploring story & art.Abs Bailey is a comic artist and illustrator living in Bristol, UK. She graduated from the University of South Wales with a 1st Class Degree in Illustration (2018). This year she is on Broken Frontier's '6 To Watch' list, which showcases the work of up-and-coming comic artists. You can typically find her lounging around drawing on some form of public transport, probably in a pair of spangly boots. Her clients include the Tobacco Factory, Comic Book Slumber Party, Sweaty Palms Anthology, No Boobs Magazine, Shake Mag, WIP ZINE, Illustrated Women In History (Volume 2), Tiger Saints Netball Club.Charlotte Ager is a freelance illustrator based in London. Her clients include New York times, Rimowa, Penguin Random House, Mailchimp, Stripe, Vogue.com, Faber, DK ,Scott Dunn travel, British Council , Season magazine, Here magazine, Delpozo and Harper Collins.Tom Bingham is a freelance illustrator living in the north of England. His clients include Wunderdog Magazine, Culture Magazine, Red Herring Design, Colours May Vary and Eaten.Rebekah Heppner lives on the Canadian East Coast where she likes to draw pictures and make up stories to go along with them.Druscilla Santiago is an illustrator and graphic designer from Hawaii. She studied at the Seattle Central Creative Academy in Washington before eventually returning home to Oahu, by way of Philadelphia and Ithaca.Claire Astrow is an artist, illustrator, publishing assistant and regular contributor at Illustoria. She is a Los Angeles native now residing in Oakland, CA. Both cities play an integral role in her art practice, which investigates the division of urban blight, nostalgia, and yearning found in urban landscapes. By painting and drawing people or places that hold personal and often universal references to sentimental memories, she attempts to uncover and unravel these remembrances. Claire received her BA in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley and has since shown her work at Salt Fine Art Gallery, The University Club of San Francisco, and the NIAD Art Center.