TORONTO COMICS: VOLUME 5 - OSGOODE AS GOLD
Jalisa joined as an addition to the Toronto Comics Anthology team to participate as the illustrator for Mark Foo's story, Procyon Torontor.
A MILE A MINUTE
/ 2013- Present
A Mile A Minute (AMAM) follows the adventures of a morbidly obese cat and his determination not to move from his favourite spot while being forced to interact with those around him.
AMAM was originally created by Jalisa as a product for her character design class during her fourth year at Sheridan College. AMAM (while it is currently on hiatus) has continued beyond the classroom with the collaborative effort of her fellow former classmate Steve Demelo.
If you're curious about this furry creature, feel free to follow his adventures on the comic's tumblr page.
THE YAK PACK: SIGHT WORD STORIES
These collection of short stories, independently published by Ruth Rumack's Learning Space, follow the adventures of mountainous and woodland creatures in a simplified sequential comic-like narrative for beginner and young readers. The collection of Sight Word Stories have over 10 stories within each book. Each story highlights a specific collection of "sight words", words that are the most frequently used words in the English language. At the end of each story are a collection of fun activities to help test the reader's comprehension and phonological skill level.
THE YAK PACK: COMICS & PHONICS
The Yak Pack: Comics & Phonics collection is another independently published book series by Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. Enjoy the same mountainous and woodland creatures in a simplified graphic novel format for young readers of all ages! These books contain a collection of short stories that focus on a critical sounds, beginning with the short vowel sounds. These stories are built to encourage independent reading as they include simple sight words plus "decodable" words that can be fully sounded out. Similar to the Sight Word Stories collection, these books also contain fun comprehension and reinforcement activities at the end of each story.
Alpha-Mania Adventures is an independently published five-book series by Ruth Rumack's Learning Space starring five adventurous kids known as the Alpha-Maniacs. In each book, the Alpha-Maniacs embark on an exciting quest based on one of five different phonological awareness skills: rhyming, blending, alliteration, segmenting, and manipulating sounds within words. For more information on this series, please visit alpha-mania.com.
Jalisa joined as the illustrator for the Alpha-Mania Adventures series during the production of the third book as the first two books had already been illustrated. Jalisa had tried to maintain the integrity of the original illustrator's designs and illustrative style, but her own personal flair shone through and eventually her style grew throughout the rest of the series and carried through to her re-illustrations of books one and two. The cover and interior graphic design of the Alpha-Mania Adventures series were completed by Kathleen Fasciano.
BLUE ANT MEDIA
Jalisa worked in collaboration with the animation and filming team at Blue Ant Media to provide realistic, though stylized, illustrations for their television series Mysteries of Evolution, Attack and Defend, and Strange Creatures Season 2 on the channel Love Nature. These illustrations were to be used by animators to help further demonstrate the unique qualities of each of the creatures represented within the specific show. Each illustration required an in-depth conversation with the art director in order to create storyboard-like roughs in how the illustration could be animated. It was an incredibly unique and enriching experience both in terms of illustrating and researching the creatures that were to be illustrated!
THE LEGEND OF CHI LI
The Legend of Chi Li is a 32 page one-shot original graphic novel that was inspired by the Chinese tale Chi Li Slays the Serpent. This project was created from scratch for her fourth year thesis project at Sheridan College.
Each page was traditionally drawn and inked, with lettering and touch ups done digitally. The entire creation from script to print was a thrilling process. In her spare time Jalisa has been working on expanding and rewriting the story from scratch to make it a more compelling and entertaining three-part series.