UPDATE: Hasbro has been airing a TV commercial for the new line of games in a marketing tie-in with StrideRite. And you can also see this preview from the Hasbro booth at the 2014 Toy Fair in New York.
Continuing my exploration of pop-ups incorporated into game board design, Hasbro invited me to contribute to a line of Disney Princess games loosely based on Candyland. The central piece is the Disney Princess Castle itself. Then add-on games can be added to either side, allowing the game play to move across all three boards, although each side game can be played individually. The first two add-on games feature Rapunzel’s tower from Tangledand Cinderella’s carriage from well, you know…. Coming soon will be two new game boards: The Stonehenge-like setting from Brave, featuring MumBear and Merida, as well as a board featuring the IceCastle of the recent smash, Frozen.
UPDATE: My visit to Dennos Museum was a wonderful winterland experience. I want to thank museum director, Gene Jenneman, Jason Dake, graphic designer Erin Deloney, and the entire staff at the museum for their enthusiastic welcome and assistance. Most of all I would like to thank Linda Ross of Linda Ross Contemporary/Art + Projects for curating the show and extending such a friendly and welcome invitation to join her at the opening. The museum will be posting a recording of my presentation soon, so check back for a link to that. Hello also to Matt Shlian, ingenious paper sculptor and mathematical wizard, who I finally was pleased to meet when he and his family attended the opening. Those of you who don’t know Matt’s incredible work, should check him out. Mind-boggling. The exhibition of pop-up art runs through April 6, 2014.
If you are in the area January 18, please join me as I present workshops and a presentation on the art and process of pop-ups at the Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI in conjunction with their exhibition on pop-ups, Making Paper Dance. For more information, visit the Dennos Museum website. I will be conducting a workshop for children that morning. Register soon as there are limited spots available. Click HERE. Additionally, I will be conducting a workshop for families and adults that afternoon. Again, register soon for the limited spots. And then, join me for the presentation that evening at 8pm, preceded by a reception at 7pm, as well as a presentation at 6pm by quilt artist, Gwen Marston.
This year I have been dabbling in game design with USAopoly and Hasbro. Recently released for the 75th Anniversary of Wizard of Oz, I worked with USAopoly’s creative team and illustrators Mike Butkus and Otto Sturcke to create a four scene pop up for the center of the board. Available wherever games are sold, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Watch for news about my collaborations with Hasbro soon!
Just released a week ago, my newest collaboration with Jumping Jack Press, Woodland Christmas, is the perfect book for little hands. With text by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya, illustrations by Neiko Ng, design by Monika Brandrup, and paper engineering by me, my wife’s first exclamation says it all: “It’s ADORABLE!”. With beautiful illustrations and active engineering that doesn’t require little fingers to get involved (okay, maybe ONCE!), this is a perfect holiday gift for the little ones in your family. “This charming tale features fully popped up spreads of classic holiday activities—in the forest! Follow woodland animals preparing for winter—and for Christmas—as they decorate their homes, bake cookies, and exchange presents.” Available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Well, we can’t be any more excited to have learned that Oprah.com has named America’s National Parks itsOprah Book Club 2.0 Book of the Week for the week of July 4, 2013!We are incredibly honored to have received this distinction. In the posted comments, reviewer Leigh Newman calls it an “unforgettable, drop-your-jaw twist on reality”. How fun is that?!
We have just released a video for America’s National Parks Pop-Up Book. Video directed by Bruce Foster; Videography and Song by the very talented, Nathan Hale, Ink in Motion. And help preserve America’s National Parks by purchasing a copy of this book at www.nationalparkspopup.com where a portion of the proceeds will go to the National Parks Conservation Association. Nathan has also written a blog about filming this video, and has some interesting information to share. So please visit Ink in Motion to read more about the video and to see how Ink in Motion can help you with your video too!
America’s National Parks, A Pop-Up Book, has been awarded a Gold medal in the 17th Annual IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) in the category of Children’s Picture Book—All Ages! Awarding 382 medals (72 Golds) out of 5200 entries, the IPPY recognizes excellence in independent publishing. “Conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize excellence in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to “the big five” conglomerated media publishers. Thanks to small presses, university presses, and self-publishing services that give experimental and entrepreneurial authors a platform, the IPPY universe is rapidly expanding — and that gives adventurous readers a plethora of new choices.”—www.independentpublisher.com
The award will be presented on Wednesday, May 29th in New York prior to the opening of the 2013 BookExpo. You can see a list of all winners by visiting HERE.
Today I am pleased to tell you that a new interview from book reviewer, Debbie Glade, has gone online here at Ronna’s Good Reads. Ronna Mandel was kind enough to post Debbie’s interview about our newest book, American’s National Parks, which is currently available at www.nationalparkspopup.com.
In other news, I will be guest speaker at the World Pop-Up Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea this week. While there, I will view the exhibition and lead pop-up workshops for children for Korea’s National Children’s Day. Look for a story on my blog soon about my experiences there! In the meantime you can find out more at their website (Google Chrome will translate some of it for us, fyi): www.artcenterida.com Subsequent pages can be found here and here! Posted here is a poster for the exhibition featuring Alice in Wonderland by my good friend and colleague, Robert Sabuda!
Great news! We now have a website online to pre-order America’s National Parks, A Pop-Up Book, as recently seen in my post about my travels to Thailand. This book will be released sometime April 2013 and is available in two versions: The normal print version ($34.95) seen below, and a limited edition ($105) slipcase-encased version. The limited edition has an additional pop on the cover of the slipcase and inside, has a vellum insert that bears the logos and signatures of the three creators: myself, the incredibly talented Dave Ember, and the dedicated, inspirational force behind this book, Don Compton. Portions of the sale of each book, if purchased through this website, will benefit the National Parks Conservation Association. Only 1200 copies of the limited edition will be available to collectors and supporters of our great national parks. Order yours now and learn much more about this exciting book by visiting www.nationalparkspopup.com
RECENTLY I HAD the distinct honor to be invited to visit Thailand by Sirivatana Printing in Bangkok to see the production of my newest book, America’s National Parks. While it won’t be released until Spring 2013, you can get a brief sneak peek today. There is so much to share! While Sirivatana is based in Bangkok and the book was printed there, the assembly is actually done at their facility in Laos. But first a very warm thank you to my guide and new and great friend, Fah. Her guidance and bright sunny smile made the trip especially memorable. Kwan is her supervisor and accompanied us to Laos where we toured the assembly facility in Vientiene, along with some great sightseeing and delicious food!
Mai, Fah and Bruce riding on a Tuk Tuk (motorcycle powered taxi)
Bruce with Noi and Nee
Fah, Kwan, Nee and I before a Buddhist Temple
Noi is holding the Glacier National Park pop up after she had made some adjustments to the construction that I requested. With her is Nee, who oversees the assembly facility. Nee, along with Kwan and Fah, were my guides in Laos. I can’t thank them enough for their warm hospitality and great work on our book.
So lets take a look at the book in progress. While I was there, there was a team of about 35 learning the book so that they could in turn, oversee the many other people who will eventually be hand assembling each spread. When it does reach the floor, each person will be assigned ONE piece only until the book is completed. Here are some photos of the process. At the end I’m back home and holding a finished copy of the book, showing the Grand Canyon. To see more of my trip, please visit me on my Facebook page….
Each station has boxes with the pieces necessary for that phase of construction.
All these people are learning the steps to assembling the pop up for Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon is almost complete!
Out on the main floor where over a thousand people are assembling a pop-up book.
Back home and holding the completed Grand Canyon spread
February 28, I will be visiting the Lackland ISD campus in San Antonio, TX---------
March 7, I will be taking part in the Author's Day at Ehrhardt Elementary in Spring, TX----------
April 29, Tomball Elementary--------
May 28, 29, 30 I will be visiting schools in the Rockwall, TX school district-------
Stay tuned for additional dates and/or updates