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Feeling Bookish...

I am so impressed! We have received about 60 submissions for the latest open call in which we ask our readers to interpret themselves as a book cover. This was a challenging concept, but you took me up on it and did an amazing job. The majority of them will be published in the forthcoming issue 7 of UPPERCASE magazine (alas, a few people forgot to follow our size requests or otherwise have unpublishable files—please note that when creating work that might be printed, it is important to build the file to the proper specifications: web resolution doesn't work for print. Print = 300dpi).

We invited some very talented professional book designers to participate as well, and I am thrilled with their work. I will be printing out the best of everyone's submissions for an impromptu exhibition in the gallery for the month of September, so please join us this First Thursday for the show!

Vancouver-based artist Andrea Armstrong did a great cover illustration and even made a mockup:

Andrea writes:

I am a picture book. Not too wordy; likes to hang out with kids; colourful but simple. The thing about a picture book is you can read the words quickly, but to get to know the story well, you have to keep coming back to it to spend time with its images.

I am a picture book about a girl and her chickens. The girl is an introvert; she would rather hang out with chickens than real people most of the time. She’s creative – now don’t laugh, but she invents songs to sing to them, and even wrote a poem about them once. She has a favorite chicken, whose name is, in fact, Favorite. And she’s a little bit odd (hello, she’s best friends with chickens and writes poetry for them.)

I am an autobiographical picture book about a girl and her chickens. True story.

There's a nice mix of illustrations, design and typography in the submissions. Great job, everyone!

By the way, check out Andrea's blog for some great depictions of a drawn version of herself interacting in the real world. Love it!

Reader Comments (4)

Great mock up- so good I want to escape into its magical pages already! Can we purchase the book from you lovely people?
September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsha
I'm so glad that you got such a good response...I'm not surprised because it was such a great brief and I'm only sad that I didn't have time to submit something myself. The ideas were there but the time to execute was lacking!

Really looking forward to seeing what you got though - you've definitely tipped the balance on me deciding whether I "really need" to renew my subscription or not. Of course I do!!!!

Thanks for the introduction to Andrea's work too :)
September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie G
Awesome work Andrea!!!
I can't wait to check out the exhibition.
September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMustaali
Will there be somewhere that those of us who live too far away to go to the gallery will be able to see the exhibition?
September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSummer
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