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Illustoria: For Creative Kids and Their Grownups

Issue #10: Color: Stories, Comics, DIY

Elizabeth Haidle Joanne Chan

64 pages
Mcsweeney's Literary Arts Fund

For more information, visit McSweeneys.net

In this issue, we explore the weird and fascinating world of color. Where did color come from? Some say New Jersey, and some say outer space. No matter what your opinion, Issue #10 explores how we see color and how we use color.

Renowned children's book illustrator JooHee Yoon provides a bombastic, cacophonous cover that will wake up any sleepy reader. Inside, you'll find tons of glorious short stories, haikus, and interviews written by young people across the world, as part of Illustoria's partnership with youthwriting.org, The International Alliance of Youth Writers.

Issue #10 also features DIY watercolor travel palette instructions, perspectives from National Park Service rangers, everything one needs to know about the technicolor mantis shrimp, the outlandish costumes of the medieval era, and much more. Think of this visionary issue as your own personal binocular-microscope-kaleidoscope in one. Don't miss it.

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 magazine:

".(a) beautifully produced print magazine that invites young readers to revisit arresting pages again and again.Illustoria is a visual feast, with a focus on storytelling through art and literature. In addition to crafts and art projects, Illustoria presents stories through comics, and profiles illustrators, artists, and makers.(with) messages of compassion and inclusivity.bursting with creative ideas and inspiration."
-"Our Favorite Gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds," Wirecutter.com, New York Times

"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

Illustoria #10 includes......

Interviews with:

JooHee Yoon
Larry Yes
Youth Entrepreneur: Are You Kidding Socks
Youth Activists: Young Black Motivated Kings & Queens

Ask A Park Ranger


Granny's New Toy by Eileen Quinn, art by Anis Mojgani
Think Pink by Esme MacIntyre
Flower & Bird by Anis Mojgani


How We See Color by Jamyelese Ryer art by Lan Truong
Color By Note by Amanda Willemse
Lexigraphique by Michael Buchino
History of Color by Alexis Joseph, art by Lindsay Stripling
Mantis Shrimp by Docu-Comix, art by Julia McNamara
Medieval Era by Vaughn Parish
Literary Giants by Docu-Comix
Poem Comics by Grant Snider

Draw & Write:
Miscellaneous Revelry by Emmy Kastner
Draw This: Pattern by Megan Dailey
Coloring Pages by Annie Dills
Draw This: Dance Move by Alessandra Marin

Young Writers:
Winter to Spring by Sanaiya V, art by Charlotte Ager
Color Haikus by students at 826 Valencia
Small Talk curated by Eli Johnson art by Anis Mojgani

DIY Travel Palette by Maggie Wauklyn
DIY Neon Love Mobile by Larry Yes
Eat Purple by Mascot Press
DIY Moody Self-Portraits by Julie McNamara

50 Collectible Cards by Amy Sumerton