Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tales from the Inner City

Moonfish (detail) oil on canvas, 150 x 100cm

A new collection of illustrated short stories will be published by Allen & Unwin in October 2018, similar in style to Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008), about the fraught relationship between humans and animals. I've been working on this project over the past five years and it's great to see it finally come together. I'll post more about it in the lead-up to its release.


  1. Ohhhhh ... the intense LIGHT !!!

  2. Looks wonderful! Looking forward to it:-)

  3. C'est magnifique! The mysterious ambiguity of your images offer a fascinating field for thinking.
    My name is Isabelle Gras, I am a PHD student at Université Bordaux Montaigne, in France, and my research
    focuses on visual metaphors in picturebooks. I wrote an article entitled "Metaphorical display of Moods and Ideas
    in Picture Books" in which I study the two double pages of Rules of Summer with the following texts:
    "Never leave a red sock on the clothesline" and "Never leave the back door open overnight". This article is to be
    published in Image and Narrative, a free academic online journal available at:
    I was granted permission to reproduce these two double pages in my article by Hachette Australia for 12 months.
    However, the editors of the journal would prefer a permission not limited in time, since all the editing work is voluntary.
    Do you think such a permission would be possible?
    Thank you very much for your comprhension and for your amazing images which are a feast for the eyes and the mind.
    I am really looking forward to seeing your new book!
    Best regards,

  4. Hello Isabelle, great to hear about your research, terrific topic! Generally speaking, permission is freely given for academic use of images if they are non-commercial. I'm sure the period is not important, so long as the use is specific and unchanged. It's not for me to grant permission, but I would say you can go ahead and Hachette would be fine with that. Cheers, Shaun

  5. Big fan! Felt inspired by a talk you gave at SCBWI a few years ago. Wanted to fill up some blank walls in my house... Is this available to purchase as a print or original?....

  6. Dear Shaun Tan,
    I am a recent illustration graduate and just wanted to say thank you for your beautiful work. It is through your work that I got interested in picture books and hope to make one in future. Looking very much forward to your new book!

    Best Wishes,

  7. This is wonderful news! Your work is magical.

  8. Will you be touring the U.S. with this new book? So exciting, especially for an Inner City dweller from NYC!

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