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Hi everyone!

I decided to get together with some of my friends and make a fundraising team for this year’s Extra Life. If you’ve never heard of Extra Life, you can read all about it here.

It’s an amazing fund raising campaign benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that culminates on November 5th with a 24 hour game-a-thon! Basically you raise money to help sick kids in need and play all the games your little heart can stand! Any kind of games. Video games. Board games. Card games. Sports games, I suppose? I’ll be sticking mostly with board games. But don’t let that stop you from sportsing it up!

I decided to reach out to my followers on Instagram (@magicJMP), all 480 of you (at the time of this writing) and see if you would help my team and I reach our goal of $600! If each of you gives me $1 then we’ll almost be there!

But I’m going to make things a little more interesting:

  • Anyone who reposts this, tags me, and uses the hashtag #ExtraLifeAOGG will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a print from a limited edition 2″x3″ linoleum carving I will be doing. I haven’t decided what the image will be yet, but I’m sure it will be board game related.
  • Anyone who donates at least $10 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a print from a limited edition 5″x7″ linoleum carving I will be doing. Again, it will more than likely be something board game related.
  • Anyone who donatesĀ  at least $50 will just straight-up get one of the 5″x7″ prints in the mail without having to have their name drawn from a hat.
  • And if someone wants to donate $100, I will carve a 5″x7″ linoleum block with whatever art they want, print 10 copies for them, and give them the linoleum block when I’m finished.

HERE is the link to my Extra Life donation page.

So repost this, tag @magicJMP, use the hashtag #ExtraLifeAOGG, and donate if you can! And make sure to include your Instagram handle in the comments section if you donate. That way I’ll know who’s who.

This is going to be a lot of fun and we’re going to do great things for a lot of kids!


ROLL TIDE origami dragonCheck out my other blog where I keep track of the book arts projects I teach at the Tuscaloosa Magnet School.

Kids Book Arts!

I’m in the middle of uploading my very own instructions (complete with my own terrible handwriting!) for all the projects I’ve worked on with the kids!

A box I made with some hidden words that will never be seen again (unless somoneĀ rips the box apart).

My autographed copy of "The Avatar's Apprentice", a book I letterpress printed taking each of the quotes related to the Scroll from the Ninth Dimension from all five Demon Prince.s novels.

My autographed copy of “The Face”. The fourth book in the Demon Princes series.

I spent a big part of this past summer at my alma mater, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. I printed a book on lonely astronauts, tuned-up a Vandercook press, and organized some type.

cleaning the Vandercook

a nice, clean press

making some paper

But my favorite thing I did this summer, by far, was teaching kids’ book arts classes. For 5 weeks, 3 days a week, I worked with some wonderful kids on making paper, binding books, printing linoleum blocks, and tons of other stuff. The kids were awesome and they all did some amazing work. I think they are better at pulling sheets of paper than I am.

our giant paper airplane

our giant paper airplane in action!


mixing food coloring into the pulp was even more popular than I ever could have imagined

they never got tired of hangman.a scene from our puppet play, "To The Pluto Rescue." even Neil DeGrasse Tyson can't explain why kids love Pluto so much.

Some amazing and dear friends let me stay with them for two months, and I can’t thank them enough. We watched almost every episode of The Wire together and I could not have asked for better company.

I hope I’m able to return next summer and do it all again!

My shelf in the type lab at school was “heavily” “featured” in a great blog post about my book arts program on!

The images from my shelf are the Rebel X-Wing pilot being contrasted with my box set of Frank Herbert’s Dune, and the linocut of the two cowboys. It is an honor to have my eclectic science fiction tastes displayed on such a great website!

let me know if you find seeds for those fire flowers.

Papermaking in the Lost Arch Papermill at the University of Alabama.

formation aid. turns out i'm allergic. who knew?! good thing i didn't eat any.

amy beating up some kozo, the olde fashioned way!