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Dinotopia: The Books: The Journals

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , on December 12, 2015 by Staff Writer

The Dinotopia books are framed as ‘found manuscripts,’ a technique popular in gothic (in the literary sense) novels, usually as the subtitle “Manuscript Found in an Abandoned Castle,” “Manuscript Found in a Bottle,” etc. Lovecraft does this as well.

The frame for these books are the ‘found’ 19th century journals of shipwreck survivor Arthur Denison and his son. Gurney mocked-up the first journal, though whether this was simply for himself or for inspiration or as a model for an illustration I don’t know:

Journal the First - Original Maquette

He also made a more polished version of the third journal for public exhibition:

Here is a staged tableau, and JG’s illustration of the same:

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Here are some regrettably small images of the book, showing the spine and lock:

Dinotopia: The Books: The Props

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2015 by Staff Writer

I forget how or why, but I thought of Dinotopia last night, and I’d like to present some of the illustrations of props and set dressing that appear in the books:

Amulet

Compare the amulet above with the real, Egyptian amulets below, also illustrated by James Gurney:

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Many more illustrations below the jump:

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Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey: De Nomolos’ Book

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , on November 17, 2015 by Staff Writer

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De Nomolos Book

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Circuits of Time

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , on November 17, 2015 by Staff Writer

Retouched HD screencap:

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The Necronomicon of H. P. Lovecraft

Posted in Annotated with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2015 by Staff Writer

Quotes from the primary source: 1921–1933

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The Hunt for Red October: Ryan’s Tactics Book Replica

Posted in Design, Physical Object with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by Staff Writer

As seen in Ryan’s briefcase while he’s packing in the opening credits:

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“I’m not an agent, I just write books for the CIA.”

Identified the fonts, set the type, estimated the size of the book from a scan, and recreated the wonky graphic of the hammer & sickle. Find a donor book, about 256 pages thick, about 6.25 x 9.25 inches, or make a dummy. Trim along the trim lines, or leave the left side untrimmed to wrap around the spine and back. Print on glossy or semi-gloss white or very light tan heavy paper.

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Tactics Cover Replica

“I know this book…”

Red October: Ryan’s Soviet Tactics Book

Posted in Physical Object with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2015 by Staff Writer

Seen very briefly inside Jack Ryan’s briefcase as he is packing in the opening credits is this small paperback book titled “Tactics” and subtitled “A Soviet View.”

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This is a real book, and was edited by V. G. Reznichenko, published in Moscow in 1984 (as “Taktika”), and translated and republished by the USAF in 1987 (printed by the GPO?), apparently with the approval of the Soviet Union.

This was apparently intended for officers of the Soviet Army and military academy students.

Ironically, since this was printed in 1987, Ryan couldn’t have had a copy in 1984.

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