- Illustoria is a magazine designed to keep creative kids of all ages, and their grownups reading, writing, drawing, discovering, coloring and creating. Each issue contains the creative original work of dozens of contributors (artists, storytellers, chefs, performers, makers). Filled with quality DIY activities for kids, music & book reviews, recipes, coloring pages, and drawing and writing activities, each page is a fun opportunity to engage across generations.
Printed on high-quality, recycled paper stock & soy-based inks; full-color, 64 pages + matte cover stock, 8.5" x 10.5" (portrait)
Issue 2: Canvas
The Canvas Issue takes readers into the world of canvas as a medium to paint on, as a fabric to use for practical and artistic purposes, and as a blank slate to build upon. Issue 2 showcases master storyteller Hervé Tullet and his philosophy on making art with children; an interview with Tony DiTerlizzi on his inspiration for the fantastical characters and creatures in The Spiderwick Chronicles; a comic on Georgia O’Keefe and her revelations in the desert by Todd Webb; an article on pioneering artists who thought “Beyond the Canvas” by our very own art director Elizabeth Haidle; an illustrated story on the Mother of Modern Dance, Martha Graham, by Laurel Snyder and Marlowe Dobbe; a look at the material canvas by Matt Dick of Small Trade Company and more activities, crafts, a recipe, and inspiration.
Issue 3: Outside-In
The Outside-In Issue challenges readers to look at the world from different angles, be it from the point of view of an insect, by delving into a storybook and becoming the main character, or by foraging outdoors to make an herbal-infused sweet tea. This issue features cover art and sketchbook tips by beloved illustrator, cartoonist, and writer Lisa Brown; an interview with and activities from Hello Nature! creator Nina Chakrabarti; an interview with prolific kid-lit author Amy Novesky (who shares writing tips with young aspiring writers); a Literary Giants as Kids comic on Beatrix Potter by Elizabeth Haidle; an essay on growing up to be an artist by sculptor Ruth Kneass; a beautiful wordless comic that speaks volumes about family and memory by Micah Player; a zen parable by Paul du Coudray; a DIY kokedama (moss ball plant) activity by Rito-ito and more activities, crafts, a recipe, and inspiration.
Issue 5: Motion
The Motion Issue features an impressive roster of talent including Rad Women Worldwide creators Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. In this issue we explore motion in all different forms: the movement of sea creatures at the aquarium, the gallop of horses, journeys into space and fantastical worlds, the capturing of motion through art and photography, and even the progressive, forward-movement of trailblazers and activists. Read comics about Henri Matisse, Madeleine L'Engle, and Eadweard Muybridge. Learn about the history of and alchemical properties of the color vermilion. Make Victorian-era thaumatropes (a simple paper-and-string animation toy), a flip-book, ice-cream in a bag, and enjoy so much more that will delight the senses in the form of comics, illustrated stories, book recommendations, a playlist and recipe, coloring pages, and activities.
Issue 6: Symbols
The Symbols Issue explores how we find meaning in letters, shapes, objects, and more through stories, comics, interviews, and activities that will get you seeing with fresh eyes. This issue features Yuko Higuchi, the brilliant cult artist known for her ""dark kawaii"" artwork; Shawn Harris, on drawing Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers; a stunning comic by issue 6 cover artist Marina Muun, The Rock Garden, an ode to the preservation of history alongside the progress of modern architecture; the next segment in the popular Literary Giants as Kids series, featuring Dr. Seuss; a beautifully illustrated story on The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend; DIY CD mandalas; the always gorgeous artwork and informative text in the Brief History of Color series, featuring Yellow Ochre; a tasty recipe for veggie curry; DIY cursive letters; collectable cut-out tarot cards; and the usual book recommendations, art supply reviews, music playlist, and so much more.
Issue 7: Black & White
The Black & White Issue delves into the world of shadow and light with bold stories and comics that will have kids & grownups dreaming up the infinite possibilities of a bottle of ink and a brush. Acclaimed illustrator Rebecca Green graces the cover with an adorable animal portrait scene, and shares her artistic process in a full length interview. Obsess over the pets of your favorite Literary Giants by our creative director Elizabeth Haidle; find an interview with and fall in love with the illustrations of award-winning artist and writer Paul Madonna; learn about black & white pigments in The Brief History of Black and White by Alexis Joseph and Lindsay Stripling; swoon over a super sweet comic by and Q & Artist interview with children's book author & illustrator Basak Agaoglu; make your very own herb salve, thirst quenching horchata, concrete poetry pop-up book, and shadow puppet theatre; and delight over tons of comics, stories, and coloring pages in this packed issue!
Issue 8: Home
The Home Issue immerses readers into a subject so dear to everyone's heart: Home—a place full of life and living, brimming with dreaming and making. At Illustoria, we find homes in stories and pictures that sometimes leaves us feeling warm and cozy and familiar, and other times take us to extraordinary places beyond our wildest imaginations. In this issue, some of our favorite artists and writers contribute in the form of interviews, original stories, and art as to what Home means to them. From beloved kid lit author/illustrator (and our issue 8 cover artist) Carson Elis and her husband, the musician and children’s book author Colin Meloy, to musician Andrew Bird and designer Katherine Tsina Bird; from fairytale homes to designers who reinvented home—you’ll find a ton of original ideas and illustrations that you and your little ones will want to cozy up to. Make your own woven basket, cardboard furniture, peg dolls, and chai spice mix. Listen to songs that you’ll want to play at home or on the road.
- Illustoria was founded in 2016 by its former editor-in-chief, Joanne Meiyi Chan, a longtime children’s book editor & passionate kid-lit lover, and her partner, Mark Rogero, a designer and maker. Together they created Illustoria Magazine as a high-quality print publication for creative kids & their grownups to slow down and enjoy stories, art, and activities; and as a counter to our fast-paced, digital age. Illustoria celebrates visual storytelling, makers, and DIY culture through print and beyond.