Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

The Unwritten celebrate the 50th issue! (and Fables crossover, and Eisner nomination)

Sample copies of The Unwritten issue #50 arrived to my mailbox yesterday (in stores June 26). It’s the 50th issue! So excited. I have been illustrating covers for this popular DC Comics Vertigo series every month since  the first issue in early of 2009. Time sure flies fast, and I feel very fortunate that the series came this far.

A few other exciting news.
The Unwritten covers got yet another nomination for Eisner Awards in best cover category. This is the third nomination. Thank you  creators Mike Carey and Peter Gross, as well as editors Shelly Bond, Greg Lockard, and of course Karen Berger (who is no longer with Vertigo), for years of encouragements and support. And Thank YOU readers for continuously making The Unwritten one of the most popular series at Vertigo.

And, from the issue #50 to #54 is a five issue series in series to crossover with another Vertigo favorite Fables. I am posting first four covers here. In each cover, I got to draw my take on Fables characters, Snow and Bigby (as the wolf) for 50, Bigby (as human) for 51, Mister Dark for 52, and Frau Totenkinder for 53. Special thank you to friend Danny Pelavin for contributing his fabulous Anna Font for #52 cover.

There will be a stand-alone Unwritten original graphic novel Tommy Taylor & the Ship that Sank Twice scheduled to be published in September as well. I am currently in the midst of working on its cover ideas with the team. Stay tuned!