Illustrated Tapes 123: Crocodile Nation

Curated by Jayme Brodie

Jayme is an illustrator, cartoonist, and animator based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Hey Jayme. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

Hey Sam! Crocodiles being one of my favorite animals aside, my original idea was to create a playlist of just crocodile related songs. However, that morphed into an upbeat soundtrack for a silly crocodile town! Overall I tried to pick songs that make me smile, and I hope they do the same for you!

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

Initially, my idea was to keep it on the simpler side and draw some crocodiles dancing. Then I decided to fill the piece with them in a little snapshot of a town to encapsulate the title of this mixtape. I adore putting fun details in a piece like this to make the space feel more lived in and love drawing characters interacting with each other in this kind of setting.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

A recent album that I’ve gotten into is Penelope Scott’s Public Void. Her work is so unique and her lyrics are phenomenal. I’ve never seen an album with such simple but fitting cover art - and art that I was surprised to like at that. Another great album is Austin Weber’s Late to the Party. It’s pretty different thematically from Penelope’s work, and I’ve been a fan of his music for a while now. Austin’s music always hits me with a sense of strange nostalgia, and I think this album cover sums up that feeling quite nicely.

Public Void – Penelope Scott
2020, self-published

Late to the Party – Austin Weber
2021, Weber Records
Design: Austin Weber
Photography: Salim Green

What did you listen to growing up?

Growing up I was really into pop – Hillary Duff and Jesse McCartney were a big deal for me and still hold a place in my heart. Sometime in middle school I was either trying to be cool or wanted to expand my interests and moved more to movie/ game soundtracks and indie rock.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

I’ve been listening to a lot of garage rock and indie pop lately – specifically Mike Krol, Beach Goons, Together Pangea, and a ton of AJR. Though I have been listening to a lot of ABBA as well, as it never fails to give me joy.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I’m working as an animator, in addition to making a book pitch and running my small press, Pink Clover! (

Where can we find you? 

Thanks Jayme!