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Captain A-OK Fights Blug-Glub-Glub

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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#1 Comment By JeffZ On March 12, 2009 @ 9:24 am

Thanks for posting Ronit. Class of 1997 has a ton of very creative folks, including, among all those listed above, filmakers like Noah Harlan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Harlan), actors like David Turner (http://broadwayworld.com/people/?personid=10629), writers like Matt McGough (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1626496/), and talent managers like Byron Wetzel (manages academy award nominee Michael Shannon). I am sure I am skipping a bunch as well …

#2 Comment By Dick Swart On March 12, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

Ronit –

Terrific new series! Great idea! The recognition of current creativity and entrepreneurship in the pages of EphBlog is far better news and far better reading than the coverage of the economy and the Bernie Madoff Follies in the NYT!

Dick

#3 Comment By Soph Mom On March 12, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

Ronit,

I’m so glad you posted this. I go to the Barnstorming daily and saw this yesterday. Behr and Swanson are so clever… and IMO, this little book is a rich source of ideas for teachers and school projects. Kudos to them, for this, and for the daily joy their site inspires. :-)

#4 Comment By Soph Mom On March 12, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

P.S. to Comment 3:

Do not miss the film! It is short, and wonderfully done and shows why the book is so genius.

#5 Comment By Larry George On March 12, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

Re 4 “so genius”
Our Soph Mom. Always young at heart!

And it’s a great and apt phase. The Barnstormers are a constant treat.