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An ACME Novelty Toy Gallery.
All toys designed by Chris Ware, and assembled by myself.
|My thanks to Mr. Ware for his kind permission to post these pictures.|
that you try making the great paper toys that Mr. Chris Ware designs. They are more fun than my amateur photos can convey.
The plans for each toy are included in various issues of the ACME Novelty Library, as well as other publications. (If you don't want to cut up them funnybooks, just scan, print, and paste them onto thicker paper, like I did.) To be honest, making them takes a bit of time, but just follow the directions and you'll be alright! It also helps if you are unemployed at the moment.
The ACME comics and the JIMMY CORRIGAN book are available at your local finer comics store, or through Fantagraphics Books.
If you have trouble building the toys, feel free to write me for tips. I also welcome your comments and suggestions with this and my other Chris Ware-related page:
Seattle Gallery Show w/ Dan Clowes
A group shot of all the toys I'd finished, as of 24 Aug 2001.
|TOY||FOUND IN||NOTES & LINKS|
|3D Movie Machine.
"Our Final Paper Activity"
|ACME #15.||How to make those darn bellows? The first step is to score all the lines. I used a metal ruler and a pin, applying just the slightest pressure as I trace the lines. Next, lightly fold the piece into a rectangular tube to prepare its form. Then carefully and patiently make the accordion folds one at a time. Get the first row to go "valley and mountain" for about 4-5 steps, and the second row below will follow, then the next, etc. You'll see! It was quite thrilling to discover this technique.|
|Fairy Tale Road Rage||LITTLE LIT.||I have not played the game, only have I made the pieces and die.|
|Museum||AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION 14.||"Your very own Art Museum. Everything you need. Dedicated to the preservation of your life's work!"|
|Library||ACME #7, The Big Book of Jokes.||The "Dad Puzzle" is really difficult. I had to refer to Dan Raeburn's completed version in his extraordinary IMP #3, another major inspiration for doing this gallery.|
|Theatre Pathetique||ACME #4, with Sparky crying. Oversized.||Paul Canter seemed to really like this one the most.|
|Batman||BATMAN COLLECTED||An inspiration for this gallery.|
|Movie Machine||ACME #3, the Potato Man adventures. Digest sized.||Perhaps my favorite of the novelites. See the animation at Mr. Dave Cihla's website!|
|Corrigan House||ACME #13 and the JIMMY CORRIGAN hardcover.||Comparing the finished house and Mr. Ware's drawn renditions of it is a nice education in how he visually "flattens" things to create strong symbolic representations of them. Does that make sense?|
|Zoetrope||JIMMY CORRIGAN hardcover||The animation for it can also be seen on the same D. Cihla web page.|
|Robot||ACME #1||The first toy attempted.|
|Robot's Furniture||ACME #2, Quimby the Mouse. Oversized.||I like the soup can very much.|
|Peepshow||ACME #8, God with the children of the world.||I may have messed up building this, but it doesn't seem to work as well as the other toys. Perhaps the distance between the peephole and Jimmy should have been lengthened?|
|Rocket Sam & His Rocket||ACME #7, The Big Book of Jokes.|
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