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James Jean
James Jean's cover illustration for the 2006 book Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, published by Vertigo Comics.
Born 1979 (1979)
Los Angeles, California[1]
Nationality American
Field Painting
Training School of Visual Arts in New York "Bio"
Movement Pop Surreal, Cartoon-Tainted Abstract Surrealism

James Jean is a Taiwanese-American award winning artist and illustrator living in Los Angeles.

He was born in Taiwan but was raised in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey.[2] He was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon graduating in 2001, he quickly became an acclaimed cover artist for DC Comics, garnering seven Eisner awards, three consecutive Harvey awards, two gold medals and a silver from the Society of Illustrators of LA, and a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of NY. He has also contributed to many national and international publications. His clients include Time Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin, ESPN, Atlantic Records, Target, Playboy, Knopf, Prada among others. He has also illustrated covers for the comic book series Fables and The Umbrella Academy, for which he has won six Eisner Awards for "Best Cover Artist".[3]

Published works

James Jean currently has four published works, all of which collect his illustrations and art: Process Recess Volume 1, Process Recess Volume Two (which has both a regular and a special edition), Fables: Covers and XOXO. The Process Recess volumes display Jean's process in his illustrations, by showing both the original sketches and the final coloring, Process Recess is also the name of his blog, which includes similar content. Fables: Covers is a collection of all the cover art illustrations James Jean has made for the comic book series Fables. Finally, XOXO is a selection of his illustrations displayed in the form of postcards[1].


  1. ^ a b "James Jean Web Site"
  2. ^ Seman, Rob "He draws on comic book love", Daily Record (Morristown), March 30, 2004. Accessed August 30, 2007. "Jean, who grew up in Parsippany on Westminster Drive, was a weekly customer at Funnybooks, on North Beverwyck Road, but never expected his work would one day wind up on store shelves."
  3. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Fables", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 72–81, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 

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