Matt Swanson and Robbi Behr (both class of 97) run Idiots’Books, “a (very) small press that publishes odd, commercially non-viable illustrated books and distributes them through a mostly monthly subscription service“.

A few months ago, they were approached by a major sci-fi publisher about doing a series of original works for publication on their website, tor.com. The first installment of these “One-Page Wonders” was just published and recently featured on Boing Boing:

Captain A-OK Fights Blug-Glub-Glub
(click through to see the whole thing)

The project represents an interesting new direction in story-telling/publishing, because it hides a dozen different stories—all of which can be unlocked with a pair of scissors and a few deft folds—in a single sheet of paper. Basically, you can download a single sheet of paper from tor.com, which you then print out. The printed sheet is then folded three times and cut once to form a “book” that may be reconfigured and realigned to form 10 separate illustrated narratives. They have contrived an elaborate “how-to” sheet that is also posted on the site, as well as a short film (with soundtrack by Williams ’97 alums Drew Bunting and Brian Slattery) that shows the reader how to make the various versions of the story.

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