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Astound US Inc is a new kind of Artist Representation business based in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, and now with offices in London.

We aim high - to Astound - by being the Agency with the best in contemporary children's book illustration, and both licensing and commercial art from around the world.

We back that up with excellence in every aspect: from the first presentation, to how we project manage, and all the way through to how we invoice.

We Astound by being good at what we do with a snappy, can-do, enthusiastic, talented and creative attitude. And yes, we're not expensive.

All those things that make for an 'astounding' outcome.

Our promise to artists: career advancement with the right clients, regular creative guidance, strong administrative support and on time payment

Drawn to better.


Be drawn to better.

No matter where you are in the world or at whichever stage of your freelance artist career you may be, we're passionate about helping your career be more successful and rewarding by creating the art you love most! We are on your side: we'll give you insider's tips and client feedback for your folio development, and also introduce you directly to leading children's publishing houses, greeting card companies, jigsaw puzzle and game manufacturers, poster and decorative product suppliers (tableware, stationery)… the list goes on!

We're here to discuss the artistic direction you'd like to pursue and make that a reality with you.

Our positive relationships with our artists have made us the most rapidly growing Artist Agency in New York, possibly the USA. Here in the center of the publishing world, we are just a few subway stops away from the biggest brands worldwide, but we don't stay local - our agents travel everywhere to showcase your portfolio (and custom-made promotional materials!), from coast to coast in the USA, to major fairs in Europe: Frankfurt, Bologna, London and beyond.

We spread the word about your talent through personalized mail-outs, regular correspondence with close contacts in the industry, and online campaigns in addition to our state of the art site - all free to you!

Our partnership with Collaborate Agency's highly experienced team of editors and designers means that we can also support you in developing original children's book ideas into full-fledged storybooks and presentations, which we bring to the biggest children's book fairs of the year.

Best of all, we make sure you're paid right on time.

Astound us! If you'd like to learn more and be represented by Astound US, please email contact@astound.us with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!


Aurora Visits New York Comic Con! October 22 2019

Book Fairs

We Asked Astound Agent Aurora to give us an Insight into What she got up to at Comic Con!

 

Even on a Thursday, New York Comic Con was a whirlwind! As usual, the event drew a huge and diverse crowd. I had a few meetings on that very crowded show floor with industry professionals from top comics publishing companies. It’s certainly a lively experience to discuss publishing strategy while an editor in chief hands out t-shirts or makes room for a child to pose with a cosplayer. Discussing licensed characters, for example, is especially interesting in an environment where there are eight foot tall displays and countless homemade costumes of  these characters. Editors were interested in portfolios with a high level of skill (in pencils, inks and color all together) but also distinct portfolios that break the mold. Many companies are expanding into newer, including younger, markets and they want different looks to appeal to different demographics.

 

I also made time to stop by the artist alley, where I ran into our own Geneva Bowers. Her beautiful booth featured foiled prints of her artwork as well as bound copies of her original stories. It made me proud to represent such a talented and cutting edge artist. The artist alley this year featured several established illustrators for the household names like Marvel and DC, but also had many young, up-and-coming graphic novel artists. A few had recently signed their first deals with traditional children’s publishing houses. Their artwork takes influences from indie zines, social media trends, and Saturday morning cartoons, while their stories tap into contemporary politics, all together setting the trends for what comics books will become.

 

Overall I had a very inspirational time at New York Comic Con! I am excited to share everything I absorbed with the illustrators I represent, to see what our next generation of comic book artists can bring to the medium I love so much.

 

Take a look through the gallery to see some of the things that caught Aurora’s eye!

 

Astound Artist Agency Manhattan is a new kind of artist representation based in New York City.  We aim high – to Astound – by being the illustration agency with the best contemporary children’s book illustrators and greeting card designers that the industry has to offer. We connect publishers and artists from around the globe, with our Astound Illustration Agency London offices now open in the UK. Astound US – Drawn to better.