Author(s): Shane Koyczan
"I'm not the only kid who grew up this way surrounded by people who used to say that rhyme about sticks and stones as if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called." From acclaimed spoken-word poet Shane Koyczan, the rallying cry against bullying that became a viral video viewed over 12 million times. Now a dazzling illustrated book featuring the work of thirty artists from around the world, To This Day is a powerful expression of the lasting effects of bullying, and the inner strength that allows people to move beyond it. With a heartfelt personal preface by Shane, this extraordinary poem will resonate with anyone who has experienced bullying, whether as a victim, observer or participant.
"If the [Auckland Writers] Festival had a Supreme Award, Canadian performance poet Shane Koyczan would have won it, packing the lower theatre and receiving a standing ovation. Koyczan played the heart strings like a brilliant fiddler." - New Zealand Herald
Shane Koyczan, 21st-century spoken-word artist extraordinaire, has brought audiences to their feet around the world. He has received numerous awards for his spoken-word albums, and his previous books of poetry were selected by both the Guardian and the Globe and Mail for their lists of best books of the year. Shane has been featured on BRAVO television as well as on NPR, BBC, CBC, and ABC (Australia) radio, and performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He has appeared at the Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland Writers Festivals, and received five-star reviews at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Today, Shane travels the globe performing to sold-out houses, sometimes solo and sometimes with his band: Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long. About the Illustrators:- The Illustrators of Shane Koyczan's To This Day Carol Adlam is an illustrator and author based in Nottingham, United Kingdom. She works in pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic, and intaglio printmaking, making picture books, illustrations for children's fiction, graphic novels, book covers, posters, and animations. She also writes fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. She is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art in the UK. caroladlam.co.uk Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture and architecture in France at the famous cole Estienne and cole Boule. He went on to work as an art director in Paris and Montreal. While in Montreal, Barroux began illustrating by creating linocut images, and he is now well-known for his children's book illustrations. barroux.info Gemma Correll has bad eyesight. Thanks to the wonders of spectacle technology, however, she manages to hold down a full-time job as a freelance illustrator and bumps into things only occasionally. Gemma is the author of several books, including A Pug's Guide to Etiquette and A Cat's Life, and has illustrated various things for clients including Hallmark, Chronicle Books and Knock Knock. She is also responsible for that "Pugs Not Drugs" T-shirt design that you're sick of seeing everywhere. She is the proud owner of two pugs - Mr Pickles and Bella - as well as an impressive collection of plastic snow globes. She lives in Norwich, England, although she'd prefer not to. gemmacorrell.com Eric Diotte is a freelance illustrator working out of Toronto, Ontario. His work has appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail and Canadian Wildlife magazine. ericdiotte.com Katy Dockrill is an illustrator, hand letterer and crafter. Her most recent work has appeared in D Home magazine, Diabetic Living and New Jersey Monthly, as well as online at nationaldrapery.com. She has taught hand-lettering classes at Nook Collective, created hand lettering for Ecojot's line of journals and cards, and her mini cake-toppers will be available soon through Party Partners. She's also very proud to be a part of To This Day. Katy lives in Toronto with her husband, daughter and two adorably infuriating cats. i2iart.com and katydockrill.com Byron Eggenschwiler is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design. His work has been featured in publications including The New York Times and The Walrus, and has been recognised by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and American Illustration. He lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. byronegg.com Mike Freiheit is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago with his ravishing wife and bipolar cat. His work has been featured in Seattle Weekly, The Globe and Mail and Grantland Quarterly. He's currently working on a series of comics called Monkey Chef, which detail his trials and tribulations as a chef for both primates and humans in South Africa. He likes sandwiches and Thai food. mikefreiheit.com Taryn Gee is an illustrator living in Oakville, Ontario, who recently graduated from Sheridan College and has illustrated for clients including The Globe and Mail. She often draws pretty ladies in her sketchbook or knits while watching television. taryngee.com Armin Greder is an internationally renowned artist who has illustrated many distinctive picture books, including the award-winning The Island, which he also wrote. Armin learned to draw at school, not in art classes but during math and grammar, on the back of exercise books. He was born in Switzerland, migrated to Australia in 1970, where he taught design and illustration, and now lives in Peru. He has received a number of international recognitions, including the Bologna Ragazzi Award and a nomination for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Sara Guindon draws, paints and pieces together paper-cut creations. Based in Denver, Colorado, she is a fan of craft beer and incredible sunsets. saraguindon.com Karen Hibbard is an illustrator and visual artist based in Victoria, British Columbia. She currently teaches art at Northern Lights College. She has illustrated children's books and magazines for Plan te rebelle and Les ditions Mango, among others. Karen is available for presentations and workshops and can be contacted through her website. karenhibbard.com Kathleen Jennings is an illustrator from Brisbane, Australia. Her art has appeared on and in books and comics, has been nominated for two World Fantasy Awards and an Aurealis Award, and has won several Ditmars. She loves to mix traditional media (scratchboard and ink) with digital elements. tanaudel.wordpress.com Satoshi Kitamura is an internationally renowned and award-winning children's book author and illustrator. He was born in Tokyo, lived in the United Kingdom from 1983 to 2009, and now lives in Japan. He has published over 20 of his own books and illustrated many more. His best known books include Angry Arthur, Millie's Marvellous Hat and The Yes. Meghan Lands is an illustrator and designer from Montreal, Quebec. She loves to draw people and animals in fun colours. meghanlands.com Sarah Leavitt's first book, Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me, a graphic memoir, has been published in Canada, the US, UK and Germany to international critical acclaim (LA Times, Vanity Fair, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian). She is at work on her second book. sarahleavitt.com Dongjun Lee is an illustrator currently living and working in Vancouver, Canada. He has illustrated children's books and posters, and received an Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Award in 2009. illudj.com Phil Lesnie is an illustrator based in Sydney, Australia, and is very new at this. He is so new at this that he still blushes when people look at his pictures or read words he's written. In fact, just this moment, in a place very far from you, he has suddenly begun to blush and has no idea why. phillesnie.tumblr.com Cinders McLeod is a writer, political cartoonist, illustrator, double-bassist and mother. She was born in Canada and moved to Britain where she studied art, film and politics, worked for British newspapers, cut a record on Billy Bragg's label, and raised two children. Twenty-two years later she returned to Canada to cartoon and design for The Globe and Mail, during which time she won multiple newspaper awards. She continues to cartoon for the office politics column Nine to Five, but recently left the Globe to focus on her historic-political novel and children's books (including I'm a Girl! and I'm a Boy!, published in 2014 by HarperCollins). Cinders writes a daily blog called "My Life as a Sketchbook, A Visual Autobiography" at cindersmcleod.tumblr.com. cindersmcleod.com Monika Melnychuk is a transient illustrator who has worked out of Los Angeles, Toronto and Whitehorse. She's currently in a committed long-term relationship with her Macintosh laptop, which has resulted in several wine labels for West Coast wineries, including the award-winning Blasted Church series. Her work has also appeared in many publications, such as UTNE Reader, The Wall Street Journal and Key Porter Books. When not illustrating, Monika enjoys running, biking, sketching in coffee shops and hanging out with her dog Boogaloo. i2iart.com and monikamelnychuk.com Kyle Metcalf is an illustrator living in Calgary, Alberta. After graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art and Design, he embarked on a journey into the world of editorial illustration. He has worked with a handful of publications including The Walrus, Transworld Skateboarding and Alberta Venture. kylemetcalf.com Gillian Newland is an illustrator and painter living in Toronto, Ontario. She has illustrated the picture books Big and Small, Room for All for Tundra Books and A Chanukah Noel for Second Story Press, as well as book covers for juvenile fiction. gilliannewland.com Kim Rosen grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and could usually be found in her room quietly drawing pictures. After high school, Kim moved to New York City to study advertising design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After several years of working as a designer, Kim realised that she was meant to be an illustrator. Wanting a change of pace and scenery, she decided to move to Savannah, Georgia, to attend graduate school at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since receiving an MFA in illustration, Kim can usually be found in her studio, quietly drawing pictures for clients all over the world. She lives with her partner in Northampton, Massachusetts, in their 115-year-old house. kimrosen.com Rick Sealock: since graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1986, this brash and nicely maturing illustrator with a flair for the wild, wicked and woolly has been entertaining Daddy-o Designers, Art Wranglers and Hi-Fi Art Directors across North America. His Good, Bad and Uber Ugly images have appeared in illustration annuals including American Illustration, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, the Society of Illustrators NY, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and many more. He would like to issue an apology to those who he may have gotten into trouble for using his work ... but hopefully it won them an award. ricksealock.com Drew Shannon is an illustrator living and working in Toronto. When not drawing he can be found skulking in used bookshops, or playing guitar in his band. Drew is currently working on a graphic novel for young adults. drewshannon.ca Greg Stevenson is a successful graphic designer and illustrator with over 25 years of experience. His clients include magazines (The Atlantic Monthly, Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail, Rolling Stone), book publishers (Doubleday Canada, Macmillan, Penguin Canada) and corporate clients (Apple Canada, Canada Post, Microsoft Canada). Greg's work has been recognised by Applied Arts, Big Book of Contemporary Illustration, Communication Arts, How, the New York Society of Illustrators, Studio and 3 x 3. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. i2iart.com and gregstevenson.com Kim Stewart is a M tis artist and illustrator who has been working in the field of visual arts for over 20 years. As an aboriginal person she is interested in maintaining a connection to the land and living sustainably, and these themes often find their way into her art. Kim currently teaches fine art and illustration at a college in northern British Columbia. kimstewart.prosite.com Glenda Tse is an illustrator living in Oakville, Ontario. Her work is generally conceptual and surreal, and has appeared in Sans magazine and Quill & Quire. Apart from drawing, she enjoys sipping coffee, observing the world, travelling and animals. cargocollective.com/glendatse Gary Venn is an illustrator based in New Zealand. His first major artwork was done in crayon on the new wallpaper (so he is told). Since then he has continued to draw, and has done illustrations for magazines and advertising for clients around the globe, as well as for children's books. He also works on personal projects when he gets a chance, including exhibitions, zines and comics. garyvennillustration.com Andrea Wan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. A visual artist and illustrator with a passion for storytelling, she mostly works with ink on paper and sees her work as a visual journal that reflects her thoughts and experiences. Andrea graduated from Emily Carr University in 2008 and studied at Designskolen Kolding in Denmark afterwards. She is currently living in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and America and featured in numerous publications, such as The New York Times, Nylon and Nobrow. andreawan.com Scott Waters was born in Preston, England and now lives in Toronto, Ontario. Scott works as a painter, but previously served as an infantry soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces. A twotime participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program, he exhibits mostly in galleries. He was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work as a war artist. He currently teaches part-time at OCAD University. scottwaters.ca