幾米 Jimmy: 微笑的魚 A Fish With A Smile

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been feeling pretty homesick for Taiwan recently.  In the past, I would go back every summer to get my fix but since I decided to stay in the States to look for a job, I couldn’t really leave.

One of my favorite books growing up in Taiwan was called Xei Xiao Der Yu or  “A Fish With A Smile”.  It’s written and illustrated by renowned Taiwanese illustrated Jimmy Liao. The premise is simple; a lonely man finds solace and comfort with his pet fish, who is always smiling at him. The illustrations are charming and warm and the story is heart-warming.

I only just found out that the book was made into an animation back in 2006 and won best short film at the Berlin Festival. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m going to be on the look out for it; I have heard the soundtrack is fantastic.

Jimmy is my favorite illustrator, hands down. His illustrations are simple, with very clean lines but with creativity just bursting through the seams.

From "Secrets in the Woods"

 

From “Beautiful Solitude”

If you’re fluent in Mandarin, you should check out http://www.jimmyspa.com/

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