Matthew Reinhart's Blog

October 1, 2012

On October 6th, 2012, fans will come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars!  Matthew will be appearing at the NYC event along with several other Star Wars authors  – so come joint the fun!  All events will have giveaways and a raffle. Select events will have authors and/or costumed characters on hand from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs and the R2 Builders Club.
Click here for more details about other Star Wars Reads events all over the galaxy. 

Join Matthew for Star Wars Reads! 557 Broadway (Scholastic Store)New York, NY 10012Event Time: 2-5pm
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Published on October 01, 2012 06:34 • 94 views

September 30, 2012

"Human Body: An Interactive Guide to the Inner Workings of the Body" by Steve Parker (Barron's 2008) has fantastic photos, illustrations, pull-tabs, pop-ups and other interactive features (engineered by Alan Brown and Zerina White). There's a lot to discover here for kids of all ages. I liked opening the skull with the brain inside!

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Published on September 30, 2012 14:37 • 67 views

September 4, 2012

I have some wonderful news to share with you all!  One of my watercolor paintings has been accepted into the Miami Watercolor Society's Online Exhibition!  I'm so thrilled to be able to show my work along side other amazing painters.  Check out the online exhibition here and check out my painting below!

-- Jess

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Published on September 04, 2012 07:03 • 63 views

August 30, 2012

Tien-Min Liao, a graphic designer from Taipei, Taiwan, discovered a lovely alphabet hidden in plain sight Grand Central Station in New York City. You can see the full alphabet book and Tien-Min's other projects here. Her work has been featured on Colossal, Adweek, and other websites.

-- Becca
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Published on August 30, 2012 06:30 • 183 views

August 28, 2012

One of the reasons I decided to become an engineer was because I realized that engineering and art are not exactly opposites, as the course load for each would suggest, but rather one can greatly influence the other.  One artist that I found that walks the line between the two is Theo Jansen with his Strandbeests.  The Strandbeests are mechanical animals that live on the beach and are self-propelled by the wind.  Theo Jansen is able to take the engineering principals that would make a machine like this move, and apply his artistic vision to make it move and look like a real animal.  Since discovering Theo Jansen, pop-ups have only reinforced this notion of combining paper-engineering with art to create a movable masterpiece!  You can find out more about Theo Jansen and his work at

Here's a video of one of his pieces:


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Published on August 28, 2012 06:00 • 72 views

August 27, 2012

Gemma Correll is an illustrator from the United Kingdom.  Her style is simple, quirky, and quite comical in my opinion.  I love her line work and the one to two spots of color she uses.  Check out more of her work on her website and her blog!

-- Jess

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Published on August 27, 2012 06:52 • 79 views

August 20, 2012

Three reasons this summer is awesome: I got to work in the studio and learn how to make pop-ups, the Olympics were amazing, and the Movable Book Society is about to have its 9th biennial conference in Salt Lake City!!

The Movable Book Society was founded in 1993 as a way for collectors, artists, curators, booksellers, book producers, and anybody who loves pop-up and movable books to get together and share their enthusiasm for the art.  This year’s conference should not disappoint with presentations from Chuck Fischer, Andrew Baron, Robert Sabuda, and a whole lot more!  There will also be workshops and demonstrations where visitors have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and make some of their own pop-ups as well as a tour of local book studios and a pop-up exhibit from the collection of Ann Montanaro Staples.

So if you want to meet a bunch of awesome people who love pop-ups as much as you, you can find all of the information you need and a registration form at the Movable Book Society conference website, but act fast because early registration for the conference ends on Wednesday, August 22nd!

-- Matt
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Published on August 20, 2012 07:25 • 78 views

July 25, 2012

Monday was a great day because a silkscreen print that I have been patiently waiting for finally arrived!  I have been a fan of Dan McCarthy's work for years now and I'm so excited to have his 'Silence is Golden' print hanging in the studio.  It's stunning in person, the image below does not do it justice:

His work reminds me of Eyvind Earle's work-- graphic, bright colors, and nature based images.  But McCarthy also does these amazing gradients in his prints that add atmosphere and mood to the pieces.  The bright colors against stark black images really pull you in.  Sometimes he's subtle with the color, other times he's full on rainbow!

Check out more of Dan McCarthy's work here and his most recent show here.

-- Jess
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Published on July 25, 2012 09:06 • 59 views

July 17, 2012

This hilarious book by comedian Ricky Gervais features fantastic pop-ups by veteran paper engineer Richard Ferguson with illustrations by Rob Steen (published by Candlewick in 2009). Gervais introduces us to Mernimbler, Grob, Bletchling and many other "pointless ugly creatures" from the Flanimal kingdom. Ferguson matches Gervais' humor with clever "poppy-upness."

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Published on July 17, 2012 08:49 • 69 views

July 16, 2012

Nudibranch is a soft mollusk that sheds its shell after their larval stage.  What is really astonishing about these creatures is their striking patterns and colors!  The Colour Lovers blog actually have a really great article on the color breakdowns of each one.
Though there are over 3,000 described species, scientists believe that is only half of the nudibranchs out there!

Here's a few of my favorites!

~ Jess
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Published on July 16, 2012 12:34 • 71 views