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Antoine Revoy in Spectrum 22

I was delighted to learn that two of my illustrations were selected for publication in Spectrum 22 – The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.

The winning illustrations are Year of the Ram and Compendium.

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Year of the Ram

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Compendium

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Spectrum’s 22nd annual book

The Search for the Forgotten Book

When I was an elementary school student in Tokyo in the 1980s, my classmates and I loved reading. We would often be found lost in the books of Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Jack London, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, among others, in the library, hallways, or on the long, monotonous school bus rides.

One of our favourite picture books was by a lesser-known author, and told the story of an old explorer, who travelled the world to document its colourful monsters. This explorer had managed to discover and catalog all existing monsters except one species, which had proved elusive. Part bestiary, part alphabet book, this was the story of the explorer’s (futile?) quest to find traces of this last, mythical monster.

Our teachers, typically so supportive of reading, seemed to frown upon this book—they felt that it was not sufficiently educational or moral, but we loved it. As there was but a single copy of this book at the library, we had to eagerly wait for it to be returned before—at long last!—enjoying it ourselves.

As an adult, I often thought of this book, recalling how much my brother, friends and I enjoyed it, yet failing to recall its author’s name and very title. Indeed, unlike ubiquitous classics such as Charlotte’s Web, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Witches, it never surfaced for me to serendipitously happen upon it, whether in my adolescence or time in college. Occasionally, I would ask colleagues and peers if the book’s plot was familiar to them, sadly to no avail. Even my wife, a picture book writer and illustrator herself, could not identify this now mysterious book.

How does one look online for a picture book, when the only search terms are ‘monster,’ ‘explorer’ and ‘alphabet’? The mission’s difficulty is evident to anyone who has used a search engine. Undeterred, I spent innumerable fruitless hours prowling the worldwide web in hope of a chance encounter. Nevertheless, the search appeared to be hopeless, proving vain for 20 years.

Until one day, I found the book.

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There it was! Casually mentioned on an obscure blog which I was cursorily browsing: Mercer Mayer’s Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-zoo. My quest for this book had mimicked the explorer professor’s hunt for the elusive monster, filling both his life, and mine, with happiness and purpose.

Spectrum Brace: Antoine Revoy in Spectrum 19

Antoine Revoy's Halloween-themed illustration, "Trick"

One of my illustrations was selected by Spectrum for the second consecutive year for inclusion in their annual Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the authoritative publication in the field of science fiction and fantasy art. The chosen image was the Halloween-themed illustration “Trick”.

Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?) out in stores

'Haunted Houses'

‘Haunted Houses’, the first book in the new “Are You Scared Yet?” series published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, written by Robert D. San Souci and illustrated by Kelly Murphy and Antoine Revoy, is out in stores today.

You may learn more about this book on Antoine’s illustration portfolio or on Kelly Murphy’s website.

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'Haunted Houses'
'Haunted Houses'
'Haunted Houses'