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Reconsidering ‘Phlebas’

First attempt at a retro style cover for Iain Banks’s 1987 novel, Consider Phlebas.I chose this one for Illustration Friday this weekbecause the main character’s true identity isoften hidden behind a changeable face. The inspiration, circa 1970.Illustration by Jack Gaughan.

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Stanislaw Lem’s ‘Opton’

The age I turned last week is a big huge number I never thought I’d make it to, because who can imagine such a crazy number? Counting much past twenty, I’m lost. Anyway, it’s an old enough age that there … Continue reading

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The future will be different now…

Once, a very long time ago, I drew a picture for a story in a book. Because I guess of some phantom limb effect of an otherwise long-gone nostalgia, I still have the book, a paperback made of the usual … Continue reading

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Book Cover: The Joy of Pamphlets

Extremely rough first sketch for the cover of my forthcoming craft guide, The Joy of Pamphlets. It’ll be 700 pages of everything you ever wanted to know about how to do 3-hole bindings for small booklets. Plus there’ll be a … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Sewing

Working with a punching cradle: use scrap card stock to soften the impact of the awl, line up your folios against the fence at the end of the cradle, punch straight down, make small holes. To sew a simple pamphlet, … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Pamphlet Prep

This is Part 1 of the next-to-last post in this mini-series about the “Intro to Bookbinding” class we had on July 27th. I’ll do a write-up about tools next and then it’s on to other long-delayed work for a while. … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: The Tetra-Tetra-Flexagon

The plan for the front side of the sheet. A map of what’s on the back side. I’m not a math guy, so I don’t know if the topology of this thing is something special or if it just has … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: One Sheet Books

Note: The February, 2018 post “Workshop Handout: One-sheet Books / Mini Zines” features an updated printable version of this diagram. It appeals to my sense of the absurd that I spent the day making diagrams of one of the world’s … Continue reading

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Bonus Info: Boustrophedon Books

I think my Saturday workshop went all right. I think, at least, that everyone survived the origami book project, which I know was a challenge to do right off the bat, although I hope it was a fun one. I … Continue reading

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Imaginary Book Cover: ‘Logan’s Run’

An imaginary cover for a Norwegian edition of the ancient science fiction novel, Logan’s Run. The bad translation of the tagline is: “In the future, there is no future!” But I have no idea if that’s right or not…my method … Continue reading

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Random Book Note: “The Fourteenth Voyage”

Way back when I was sixteen or so and first found out who Stanisław Lem was, I should have made a lifelong resolution then to read the account in The Star Diaries of Ijon Tichy’s trip to Enteropia at least … Continue reading

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Random Book Note: Phyllis Gotlieb

I’m reading about sixteen different books at the moment, although as usual most of them aren’t helping improve my middlebrow status much. I think for better or worse dead middle is the permanent level of my brow. Oh well. Anyway, … Continue reading

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