Review: Illustoria Issue 5 – Motion


Illustoria Website

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.

Cover art by Yuliya Gwilym.

Rating: 5 Stars

I was contacted by Claire Astrow, a publishing assistant with Illustoria, about reviewing their latest issue and though why not? Not only did it look beautiful with the cover and interior illustrations, but I could share the comics, the experiments, and what-have-you with my son.

Even if I hadn’t had a child I think I would’ve loved to read this magazine because on the surface it is visually attractive. There’s a variety of styles within, from how the drawings are made to the materials used to create them, never allowing for the reader to feel stifled.


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Then there was the sheer variety of content, from stories about authors and artists of the past (Henry Matisse and Madeleine L’engle excerpts pictured above) to DIY projects that readers and their parents/children could do together.


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Under the title Motion, one almost might have expected the articles and comics within to be monotone, about gears or some such thing. Illustoria, however, reaches out and embraces the issue’s chosen theme in all its interpretations. Motion is explored in the physical movements of different creatures and in the journey of artists and authors moving forward in their lives, discovering their crafts, and blossoming into the entertaining and beautiful people we know and love today.

There’s a variety of topics that have already been covered by Illustoria’s team: Beginnings, Canvas, Outside-in, and Growth. Each looks visually appealing and going by the content that was included in the Motion issue, I have to think that the same care and interest was put into each of the above.



Issues 2-5 are still available on the company website here, as well as subscriptions for future issues of this tri-annual magazine. Cover to cover loveliness, creativity, and fun would make this a great holiday gift for others or even treat for yourself. See what you discover in the new year along with the artists and writers of Issue 6.






I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

All media (pictures, quotes, etc.) belong to the respective owners and are used here solely for the purpose of review and commentary.

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