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I believe I mentioned that my thesis exhibition will be held in University of Alabama’s observatory, right? Well just in case I didn’t, now you know for sure just exactly how “cool” I am. Anyway, I went to meet with the observatory director the other day so I could take some measurements and get an idea of how I’m going to hang and light my work. I think I’ve got it all figured out. And how else would you expect me to do this other than by using a lot of colorful charts and graphs? You know me. Come on.

hanging options

This is how I think I’m going to hang my work. With a lot of clamps and fishing line.

Below are diagrams I drew of the observatory. The first one is in pencil and the second one is in colored pens. Just LOOK at the difference. The first one: YAWN! The second one: WOW!






And here’s a picture of the observatory. The reception (read: food) is going to be on the roof. Unless it rains. Then it will be in the control room below the observatory.

observe THIS!

observe THIS!


So anyway, I’m trying to get Neil deGrasse Tyson to come to my show opening since it has to do with space and he seems to be into that. So if anyone knows him, just drop him a line. He can always crash on my couch.




ALSO, I finally finished my first LEGIT mockup complete with slipcase and adhered mission patch. Here’s a picture of it. Pez John Adams makes the whole thing look VERY presidential.

Pez John Adams and book in background

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This is what happens when I don’t put a cap on my sticker budget.


Why don’t you just fold the papers? Why do you need a folding jig at all? Since when did folding paper become soooo complicated that you need a “jig” to do it?

These are all fair questions.

Well, what happened was that I didn’t exactly center my text or images on the paper while I was printing.  As a result, both sides of each page have a slightly different center-line, which I’ve labeled “B” and “F” for “Back” and “Front”.

image (1) folding jigIt’s made out of .059 binder’s board. There are two lines in the center marked “F” and “B”. These are the center-lines for the two types of pages. The page is placed on the jig and butted up against a second layer of binder’s board running along the bottom and right edge. The two lines on the right side are also marked “F” and “B” and indicate where each page should be folded to.

first folded signaturesHere are the first signatures I folded using this complicated jig. I quickly decided to simply use the jig for marking the top and bottom, or head and tail, of each page and  just folding to those lines since the whole thing is going to be trimmed anyway. Oh well. The jig will still look good in the display case at my exhibition, which is in 38 days.

Less making basically useless jigs. More book binding.

But wait! One more thing before you go. Just so you don’t think all my jig ideas are crap, I want to show you one that I made that was actually extremely useful.

mylar jigThis is my Mylar alignment jig, and, as far as I’m concerned, the BEST use of Mylar ever invented.

mylar 2

mylar 3I would use it by placing it on top of prints to make sure everything lined up. As you can see, all the text pages had at least two colors, the main black text and the red side text. It was very important that these be consistently placed. Also, a couple of the pages didn’t have any text at all , only images, but still needed to line up with the rest of the text in the book. This helped me to judge where to place those images.

Saturn V with 3 layers


I re-watched From the Earth to the Moon this weekend. Is there anything Tom Hanks can’t do? What a class act.

Apollo 11 is a small book I printed to honor the greatest achievement in human history. It consists of five 2″x3″ linoleum carvings on five folios and a handmade paper cover.

I printed these while visiting  Austin Peay State University last summer, using their Vandercook SP-15 press. I have a few left, so let me know if you want one.

Below is the original drawing for the last page compared with how it turned out when printed. It’s my favorite page in this book.

A Game of Thrones in chemise and SlipcaseA Game of Thrones in chemise and slip caseA Game of Thrones with its chemise and slipcase

I’m doing a reduction lino cut for the center spread in my new book project. It’s a science fiction story I wrote about a man with no memory on a desert planet. The story from his viewpoint is told in the main body of the text, and another (more mysterious) viewpoint is given in red text in the margins.

This is the smaller of the two blocks which is being printed on the back. It matches the section in the middle of the larger block except for two tiny figures that you probably can’t see in the above images.

This is what I printed today in a light, transparent green.

This is what I’m printing tomorrow in light yellow.

And THIS is an official University of Alabama cookie. Bake and Roll Tide.



GGGGCadet Redstart reached the top of the hill. The gusting wind blew his red, BirdPatrol: SPACE scarf back behind him heroically. He took a pair of binoculars out of his pack and scanned the horizon. There was supposed to be a massive deposit of Feokistav crystals(1) somewhere in this valley and it was Redstart’s job to find it.
GGGGHe looked back the way he had come and wondered if he had remembered to lock the hatch on his T-13 Skylark. He shrugged and began walking down the hill. All the scans showed that this planet was uninhabited so there was little chance of something breaking into his ship and stealing his music discs (2). He took off his pack, set it on the ground, and flew up into the air to get a better view of the surrounding terrain. The crystal deposit was supposed to be within 200 yards of his landing zone, and since he didn’t see any huge, purple crystals that shoot lightning he was beginning to think something had gone wrong with the Nav computer. Redstart flew back down and took the map Commander Eagleton had given him out of the front pocket of his pack. After studying it for several baffling minutes Redstart realized that this was the map for a completely different planet! He crumpled it up and tossed it over his shoulder into the wind. He watched as it uncrumpled, flew through the air, and slapped a giant spider in the face!
GGGGSpiders aren’t famous for being able to show a lot of emotion, but this one sure looked angry! It knocked Redstart off his feet with one swipe of its foreleg. Redstart landed in a roll and came back up on his feet, drawing his Bennington’s P-426 blaster in one fluid motion. He shot twice in quick succession. One blast went wide and the other grazed the spider’s abdomen, burning a line in it’s thick, black hair. The spider didn’t seem to notice. It shot a web and hit Redstart left wing, pinning it to his side. Redstart got off one more quick shot as the spider moved in for the kill. The lucky blast took off one of the spider’s legs at the knee joint. The spider let out an hideous screech as black liquid poured out of the wound. The spider quickly backed away and soon disappeared into the thick underbrush.

  1. Feokistav crystals were originally found growing in the great scientist Feyodor Feokistav’s kitchenette. They are widely used by BirdPatrol to power their Post-Light Drive technology.
  2. In the future, all music will be stored on aluminum discs about the size of a silver dollar.

I have officially finished the printing phase of my Vance book project! 6 hours and 560 more cranks of the press. Today I went back and printed the images in color. All that’s left is for me to cut the pages down and bind them.

the red ink the images are printed in