Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Whazamo! Profile: Jo Rioux

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Jo Rioux

What inspires graphic artists? How do those great ideas make it from thought to page, and what tools does the artist use to get them there? Open Book: Toronto asked illustrator Jo Rioux to illustrate her creative process for us, and she provided us with this diagram of her workspace…complete with her trusty assistant, Dog. Click on the illustration for a better look. (The images can be further enlarged by clicking on the icon with four arrows that will appear.)

Jo Rioux's most recent book is the page-turning children's mystery Witches' Brew (part of the Sam & Friends series), written by Mary Labatt and published by Kids Can Press.


Jo Rioux was born and raised in Ottawa. She spent her childhood reading too many comics and too few school books. After high school she pursued her artistic schooling at Sheridan College. Now back in the lush suburbs of her home town, she works, reads and plays video games from home. Find out more at her website,

For more information about. Witches' Brew please visit the Kids Can Press website.

Buy this book at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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