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
Earlier this year I was commissioned to create something new for me…. a pop-up for an actual textbook! This three part pop-up of the human brain is included with the new edition of Worth Publisher’s The Three-Dimensional Brain by Don and Sandra Hockenbury. The main pop-up is the brain itself, with special areas identified with a numbered chart. To show the internal structure, one half is made of acetate so the interior is visible. Also included is a movable slider showing areas deep inside the brain, and a lift up pop-up of the Limbic System of the lower brain. Illustrations were provided by the very talented medical illustrator, Todd Buck. Tracey Kuehn of Worth Publishers served as my contact, and expertly oversaw the project.
As part of this project, we had to build a hundred of these pop-ups here in the studio in less than three weeks, while the regular press run was being produced later in China. It would not have been possible without the exceptional assistance of my daughter, Lydia, who worked with me for 10 hour days to get it done!
The National Museum of History in Taipei, Taiwan, has recently compiled an enormous exhibition of pop-up books, including my work in designing the Visionaire limited edition set Visionaire 55 Surprise, In the Beginning, and Harry Potter. Quoting a story on this event by Catherine Shu of the Taipei Times, “Digital readers are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, but sometimes there is no substitute for a paper book.” You can read her full report by visiting www.taipeitimes.com Also, click the photo to the left to enlarge.
Taipei, June 14 (CNA) “An exhibition of rare pop-up books will open in Taipei on Saturday with the aim of showing visitors that such books are also works of art, the organizers said Thursday.
The exhibition will showcase 160 rare pop-up books ranging from the longest pop-up book in the world — an 8.2-meter-long book about the history of the Czech Republic — to a 4-cm-wide miniature version of Anne of Green Gables.
Other items on displays will include books that open to a 1.4-meter-long Titanic, a 1.5 meter-tall space shuttle and a Taiwanese Hand Puppet theater.
The exhibition will also feature a set of books by the U.S. fashion quarterly Visionaire that has produced pop-ups by contemporary artists such as China’s Cai Guoqiang, who is known for his gunpowder drawings and explosive works.
“Our biggest goal is to send the message that pop-ups are not just ordinary books or children’s books, but interactive visual art,” said Michael Yang, curator of the event and a private collector who supplied the exhibits.
“Every pop-up book is assembled by hand, which means that each one is a unique piece of art,” Yang said.
The interactive nature of pop-up books also makes it easy for readers to absorb the knowledge and information contained there in, he added.
Chang Yui-tan, director of the National Museum of History where the exhibition will be held, agreed that pop-ups are unique and more than just books.
The museum hopes to show how pop-up books have evolved over the past 700 years, from a resource that explained astronomy, anatomy and mechanics to a spinoff of popular movies such as “Titanic,” “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter,” he said.
Matthew Reinhart, an American pop-up book artist who has created many award-winning books such as “Star Wars: A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy,” and Hong Kong pop-up artist Liu Sijie will also attend the exhibition to discuss the creative processes with visitors.
Meanwhile, regular children’s books and pop-ups have been donated to children in rural areas of Taiwan as part of the exhibition, in a joint effort by the museum and the United Daily News Group.
A total of 1,000 elementary school children will be invited to attend the exhibition for free and workshops will be held to show teachers how to use pop-up books as a learning resource.
The exhibition will run until Sept. 16.”
On another note, last fall I was delighted to meet Cai at the opening of the Chao Arts of China Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Cai created an original gunpowder explosion artwork to grace all four walls of the gallery.