By day, alumnus Justin Roth (BFA Animation 2003) creates animations for the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising firm, but his newest project unfolds page by page instead of frame by frame. Baltazar and the Flying Pirates (Immedium, 2009) is a new children’s book that features the swashbuckling take on traditional pirate stories, transporting classic characters like Captain Hook and Long John Silver into a contemporary story of a young boy looking for treasure buried beneath a pirate-themed amusement park. Roth illustrates the story, written by author Oliver Chin, in a lush style that echoes his animation work and keeps the action moving at a brisk pace.
Roth’s collaboration with Chin was so successful that the two have already wrapped up their next work. The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (Immedium, 2010) is a new book due in January 2010 that uses a fantastical storyline to introduce young children to Chinese history and heritage. The book is the latest in Chin’s ongoing series of Year of… books for the Immedium imprint, and the first to feature Roth’s colorful visuals.
Image: Justin Roth, covers for Baltazar and the Flying Pirates and The Year of the Tiger: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (Immedium).