Astounding artist representation
Drawn to better

About us

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 with a sampling of your favorite pieces (8-10 .jpgs under 2MB each).

Astound Team!

Spotlight on New Artist Gary Boller June 18 2018

Featured Artists

Gary BollerGary Boller : New Astound Artist


After many years in London, Gary Boller now lives a little more south in the glorious countryside in Hampshire, UK, with his wife and two children, one chihuahua and four cats.

He trained as a graphic designer gaining an HND but also thereafter did a few years in advertising in London. He always doodled as a kid, even on his parents walls and loved the comics of the day, The Beano and Dandy, famous titles in England. One day in a summer vacation job from college a co-worker said to him, on observing a cartoon he’d drawn on the back of an old envelope. There’s cash in that! Well so it turned out. After engaging illustrators as an art director It occurred to him that he would really rather be an illustrator. A chance encounter led to an enrollement in the now defunct Portabello Cartoon School, which at that time was the only cartoon school in Europe. This lead onto a career in comics, character design and animation for many and varied clients in design, advertising, editorial and entertainment. He also eventually also worked for both the Beano and the Dandy. He loves the work of Robert Crumb and Ked Ried. 

He also loves music, jazz, rockabilly, western swing in particular and has played double bass in bands and toured all over Europe many times and twice in the USA. He’s currently learning fiddle much to the annoyance of the aforementioned animals. He’d like to do more children’s book illustration and explore licencing images. He is very proud to be represented by Astound US!



Check out more work from Gary Boller here!



Astound Artists 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.