International Publishing Opportunities with Marianne Vilcoq and Bridget Marzo

Image by Bridget Marzo
 Illustration Masterclass 21st March 2015. Have you ever thought of exploring wider markets for your artwork outside of the UK? Then this is the Illustration Masterclass for you. 

This week, W&P brings you the second of our amazing SCBWI Masterclass Events scheduled for the 21st March. Last week Alison Smith interviewed Eric Huang, Director at Made in Me about his forthcoming Masterclass – Picture Books for the Digital Age on 21st March. This week Anne-Marie Perks guides us through the Illustration Masterclass – International Publishing Opportunities with Marianne Vilcoq and Bridget Marzo.

Marianne Vilcoq, Art  Director and Illustrator at Bayard Presse, France, works with illustrators from all over the world. Alongside, internationally published Illustrator-AuthorBridget Marzo will share their experience of working across borders and show many samples of the wide variety of artwork in demand overseas. The dynamic French and US magazine market has in particular proved to be a useful supplement to several well-known UK illustrator’s incomes. They will provide some specific pointers to working with publishers outside of the UK, and discuss some of the business issues involved.

In the second part of the workshop they will provide you with an international perspective on up to 5 samples of work you are welcome to bring for feedback, and offer suggestions of where you might want to go next.

Marianne Vilcoq
From early childhood, Marianne Vilcoq has never stopped drawing alongside and around children. After a degree in Illustration, she worked a little for Parisian publicity agencies and a lot more for children’s magazines as a graphic designer and illustrator. She then spent several years creating CD—Roms and children’s internet sites for Bayard Presse. Over the past 10 years, she has been the art director for popular and lavishly illustrated French children’s magazines including Popi, Tralalire and Les Belles Histoires. She loves working with many different styles and illustrators from all over the world. Alongside her day job, she finds time to illustrate books and games for children.

Bridget Marzo

Bridget Marzo has worked directly for French, American and Australian children’s publishers, illustrating novelty, picture books and graphic games under her longer name Bridget Strevens-Marzo. Clients include the Tate, Bayard France, Harper Collins US, Little Hare, Australia and Bloomsbury UK/US. Her work has been exhibited in Paris, London and at the Original Art Show in New York. A co-organizer for some years of International SCBWI and the SCBWI Bologna conference, she taught illustration and 2D design at Parsons Paris School of Design and colour theory at the American University of Paris. Now back in London she is a contributing editor for the Association of Illustrators’ magazine Varoom. She is off shortly to Beijing at the invitation of the China Bookworm Festival before her next book, Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw, is published out with the Tate UK and Abrams US in May 2015.

You can find all the information you need and book by going to:

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Whichever Masterclass you choose - be sure to book your place!


Anne-Marie Perks is a published illustrator author and art educator who has served as Regional Illustrator Coordinator for the British Isles Region since 2001. The second of her wordless book series with Books Beyond Words, Finding a Safe Place From Abuse, will be available April 2015. 

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