December 21, 2010
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December 9, 2010
It’s winter and I feel like hibernating. This desire for dreamland reminds me of the great pop-up, Sleeping Beauty by Vojtech Kubasta. This English language copy was printed in 1961 by Artia in Prague for Bancroft & Co. in London. It is a charming retelling of the classic fairytale and Kubasta has brought his trademark design to the work. Largely cut from single sheets of paper, he embellished these inventive pop-ups with pull tabs (including the cover!). Kubasta’s color palette and characters are lively and unique and the story invites countless rereadings…that is after I take a nap.
December 8, 2010
On December 9th, 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered on CBS and was the first prime-time animated TV special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. This holiday classic is now in it's 45th year on television.
December 7, 2010
December 6, 2010
A song about making decisions... which road to take? The path that is expected of us or another, one less traveled and unknown. Marina's brilliant lyrics and powerful vocals are propelled into orbit courtesy of this throbbing electro remix by the Black Teeth. Brilliant.
Recently I was able to see paper engineer Bruce Foster and his newest project, Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book, which was published this month by Insight Editions. Working closely with original concept artist, Andrew Williamson, Bruce was able to animate many memorable moments and locations from the past movies. Dimensional scenes from Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts Castle are among my favorites. Other pop-up pages include Magical Creatures, Magical Games and the Dark Arts. This is a great book for fans of JK Rowling and her young wizard and it’s gotten me primed to go see the new film.
Whether you've noticed or not, I've decided to begin uploading new content to the blog on a daily basis, with new features like vintage pop-up book reviews, new movable book reviews, do-it-yourself pops, daily vocabulary, songs, cool artists and other weekly updates about the projects in the studio. Fun stuff! We want to keep our readers interested and hopefully you'll like what we've got coming up. Everybody in the studio has been contributing and if you have any cool ideas, by all means, let us know!
December 2, 2010
This beloved pop-up book was published by Hallmark in 1972. Written by Dean Walley with illustrations by Mike Strouth and paper engineering by Dick Dudley, The Adventures of Super Pickle bring us into a world populated by vegetables where we meet a mild-mannered pickle named Dillbert. When trouble looms, he transforms into Super Pickle and rushes off to save the day. Will he defeat the evil cabbage? Will he find true love with Lilly? You will have to find a copy of this rare book and read the rest to find out.
December 1, 2010
P.S. When downloading the pdf to print out, Right Click (control-click on a Mac) on the image(s) and choose "Save Link As" and make sure it's a pdf file. Or you can choose "Open Link in New Window" and print from there!
Happy pop up making!
I can't wait to use some in my spy notes!