Have you geeked out on all the little details on the cover of the Nerds issue? Illustrator Yoswadi Krutklom did such an awesome job with all of the fun faces of nerdery that I always find something new when I look at it.
When we brainstormed ideas for this issue's cover, I thought of Yoswadi immediately. I love both her attention to the little details that make characters come alive, and her ability to communicate a lot with simple, graphic shapes and colors. We had many inspirations for this cover, including one of editor-in-chief Kjerstin's favorite comic anthologies, The Love and Rockets Companion. We wanted this to be a little gift to our nerdy readers who could make connections with individual characters or cultural references, while we pay tribute to the nerds that inspire us. Though we hade a couple of special requests for nerds to include, I tried to give Yoswadi as much free reign as possible...and she delivered! Can you find Lavar Burton, a cat lady, Star Trek's Uhura, Maggie from Love and Rockets?
Yoswadi was one of the first artists I worked when I began at Bitch in 2010, with work first appearing in the Confidential issue. There is so much energy and personality in her work; I want to know the characters that she creates!
Yoswadi was born in Thailand, where her childhood interest in art and her active imagination eventually led to her career in illustration. She earned her BFA in visual communication design from Silpakorn University. In 2007, she continued her art education at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. After graduating with an MA in Illustration, Krutklom moved to New York before eventually returning to Thailand where she is currently.