An interesting request for a group exhibit came by email asking for an interpretation of the world’s end which seemed like an ironic request during the holidays. My take wasn’t the apocalyptic scene which I’m sure many illustrators will take but a more quite “snuffing” out approach. One science fiction short story talks about a scientist who helps monks calculate every possible name for God with a super computer. Once this task is complete, the purpose of man is finished. At the end when the names are calculated, the stars vanish one by one.
It has been a while since I have thought about the Joey and Jet series since the last book was published in 2006. Recently I heard good news from Simon and Schuster about both books. “Joey and Jet” , which had been out of print, is being reissued in paperback while Joey and Jet in Space is now going into a second printing. Richard Jackson was the editor for both books and Polly Kanevesky was art director.
I have been meaning to create another book but frankly, work had turned my attention away for the last few years. This might be the push I need to get started.
Illustrators Unlimited by Gestalten in Berlin is a collection of contemporary illustration from around the world. They were kind enough to include my work in this anthology. There are many excellent illustrators included and you get a feel for trends happening today. If you would like to purchase Illustrators Unlimited, please visit here.
This weekend I got a pleasant surprise from my publisher, Simon and Schuster. A Korean version of Puzzlehead is now available in Korea. My parents would have been proud. As any Korean can tell you, impressing the parents is a very big deal.
Today is 3×3 Day. The 3×3 Illustration Directory is now available in bookstores. Last Week, Publisher Charles Hively invited me for a lunch interview. We were shocked to learn we have a common connection from the past.
The Planet Yang book is a 32 page book featuring a variety of projects and illustrations. My agent, David Goldman, has been wanting me to do a book like this for some time. Ironically, I couldn’t figure out the book until starting Planet Yang. Afterwards, everything fell into place. If you would like to buy Planet Yang, please visit here.
“I just got my hand on James Yang’s Children’s Book called ‘Puzzlehead’. The book takes you on the journey of Puzzlehead looking far and wide for a spot that he fits in. He is eventually led to conclusion that his perfect place is wherever he can be with his friends. I think we might have a new favorite at casa swissmiss.” Much thanks to Swiss Miss.