Archive for June, 2014

The Freedom Trail

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Four days more. That is how long you have to fund the start-up project called the Freedom Trail Pop-up Book by Denise Price. Make your pledge now!

Four years ago. Denise contacted me after learning about the paper engineering course I teach at Pratt Institute. She had a wonderful idea to create the first pop-up book about Boston. Denise was not able to take my class at the time (it was a heckuva commute from Boston to Brooklyn), but she did take workshops and studied with Paul Johnson and was able to continue her personal study of pop-ups. Soon she had a white prototype of the book that she shared in this Youtube video. After careful research of the historic buildings along the Freedom Trail, Denise finished the illustrations and was able to create a color prototype. Now she needs your help in self publishing this project!

Click on this Kickstarter link to show your love for this love letter to Boston. What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence next week then by supporting this patriotic pop-up project.


Got to get funky

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I am super excited as I recently received a review copy of the limited edition pop-up book titled Pop-Up Funk. Now many of you may know that I love pop-ups (obviously) and I love funk (music, art, whatever), so this is a match made in heaven for me.

This is the debut dimensional artist book from artist Jim Mahfood and paper engineer/designer Rosston Meyer. The ten spread, 9″ x 11″ hand bound book showcases a variety of Jim’s art styles converted to three dimensions and employ a variety of engineering techniques. (Props to David A. Carter for his guidance on the project.) One of my favorites is the last spread “Thrilling” which lives up to its name as it rises over 17″ above the base page. This edition is limited to only 100 copies so grab a book here before they run out.

The title has been out for a few months now and Rosston is already working on follow-up pop-up projects with other big name artists under his new venture Poposition Press. I can’t wait to see what he has in store. Hopefully Rosston will be bringing his Pop-up Funk book to the MBS conference in September for everyone to drool over, so be sure to register soon to meet this young gun. In the meantime, enjoy their great ‘how it’s made’ comic from the end of Pop-up Funk. (I hope that the Funk Lords of Pop-up present me with divine instruction as well.)


Away we go to BookExpo

Monday, June 9th, 2014

I had a good time at the recent BookExpo America 2014 a few days ago. Sprawled out over three days in the cavernous Javits Center in NYC, hundreds of publishers mingle with authors, librarians, media companies and book lovers of all stripes. At the last minute, I grabbed a day pass and met up with fellow paper engineer, Sam Ita, to patrol the aisles for interesting pop-up titles and to see if more novelty books are on display in this ever improving economy. I was pleased to see a lot of simple pop-up books for young readers at AZ Books, including a mechanism I had not seen before (which is rare these days). Baker & Taylor showed a trio of finished pop-ups from Alan Brown and Richard Ferguson that I peeped last year. I’m a big fan of the subject matter and ‘Edgar Allen Poe’, ‘the Brothers Grimm’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ all have cool pop-up elements sprinkled throughout the collection of stories. We met up with the legendary Robert Sabuda for some lunch and heard about his upcoming title ‘The Dragon and the Knight” due out this Fall. (I later learned that Robert has a new fan that some of you may have heard of. Check it out!

There were many booths with pop-up titles and I was happy to come across Corina Fletcher’s cute pop-up playsets at Nosy Crow as well as a series of pop-up scrapbooks by the clever Kees Moerbeek. It is always a treat to stop by the booth of Up with Paper and see some of the 900! dimensional items they have to offer. Sam and I just missed a book signing there with the talented Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, but did manage to bump into her colleague and paper engineer, Yoojin Kim.

We saw many familiar faces and met with a few new companies. One if which was an augmented reality publisher that sparked in interesting argument about information integration and presentation between Sam and I. (Needless to say, I am in Camp AR and think it has untapped potential, but we decided to agree to disagree.) Soon the day was fading as so was our energy, so I left the Expo with a hopeful view that there is still a place for interesting and thoughtful pop-up books and hopefully I will get to see one of my titles promoted there next visit.