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Spooky Ride

October 31, 2016

JOHN O’LEARY


Happy Hallloween! Here’s a video of Spooky Ride, my first ever pop-up book, published by Tango Books way back in 2001. Spooky ride was the start of a long and fruitful relationship with Tango Books that still continues. The paper engineer for the project was the very patient Matt Johnstone whom I bombarded with questions at the time. It wasn’t until pop-up book 2 that I took on that role myself, picking it up as I went along.

I’d seespooky-09n a funfair ghost train in Finsbury Park and wondered how that could translate into 3D book. The final book has one continuous train track running through holes in the pages, out the back of the book, round to the front and back in again – so you can read it over and over and over and over… My brief was to base the illustration style a little on ‘Funnybones’, keep the colours pure and make it scary! – well, sort of, it’s a children’s book.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Selina Moore permalink
    November 4, 2016 9:44 am

    I’d love to hear all about your working process John. Its such an art form to be able to combine the concepts with the technical process.

    • November 4, 2016 10:21 am

      Thanks Selina! I do get excited about the technical challenges of the pop-ups and love having control over all aspects of a project.

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