The new Walking Dead pop-up book, The Walking dead: The Pop-Up Book, is a great addition to the list of recent premium pop-up books. It first got our attention when we found some tweets and a promo video about it and it blew us away. This is no average pop-up book but an advanced giant packed with beautiful artwork from Sally Elizabeth Jackson and amazing paper engineering by Becca Zerkin and David Hawcock. Because of its graphic illustrations of zombies (also known as walkers) and blood, this is more a book in the adult category. We were lucky to get our hands on a copy and we’ve made a review and video to share with you. But be warned, the dead are alive and popping!
This book is one of the biggest in our collection. With five spreads and a lot of mini pop-ups you’ll get a pop-up adventure that’s scary and impressive at the same time. Sometimes a bit disturbing and bloody but that’s how a pop-up book about The Walking Dead should be. Because of its big size, this book contains big and complex pop-ups that literally reach out of the book. This adds a lot of dimension to the theme and artwork. It grabs you right away and before you know it, you are in control of killing and hunting zombies yourself. A clever interaction between reader and book that connects with the story telling and makes it an adventure to read.
Breathtaking or shocking?
The artwork created by Sally Elizabeth Jackson is truly stunning. Washed out colors and low contrasts make you feel like you’re in the middle of a horror movie. With an artistic touch of brush strokes, splatter and carefully chosen color palettes, the artwork seamless fits the theme of the book. The three dimensional artwork merges perfectly with the chosen pop-up techniques. The subtile cartoonish style makes this book also less graphic than you might expect. There’s a lot of horror going on like insides coming out, flesh eating and a lot of blood. Jackson did a great job finding the right balance between being graphic and tolerable. You’ll be surprised how enthusiastic you’ll be by making a head explode. And you’ll be confused about what to feel. Is it breathtaking or shocking?
In your face paper engineering
Once in a while you see a pop-up spread that blows you away. All the spreads in this book contain decent paper engineering but one in particular got our attention. The exploding head with the pull tab. We already seen very advanced pop-up-and-pull designs. For example the amazing Transformers Pop-up Book by Matthew Reinhart. Creating a pull pop-up makes interactions and shapes possible that can not be done with folded spreads. But it’s also hard to design a pop-up that first pops out in a folded spread and after that transforms and pops up when a tab is pulled. The exploding head is very well done and impressive to see in real. It’s right in your face and full of details and depth. The tiny pop-ups are all surprising in a different way. Tiny see trough compositions and animated movements make every pop-up worth opening.
The last spread in this book sucks you right in like a zoom shot from the series. Before you know it you’re in the middle of an eat feast served by a group of outrages zombies. No tiny pop-ups on this spread. This pop-up needs space to impress and it does! The final words in this book titled “The End” make the spread more intense and leave you behind with a hopeful message, looking at zombies fighting for fresh human meat. This book ends with a slap in the face and you’ll read it again. To check if what you have seen is real or if your imagination has taken you for a ride. We think both.
We would love to see more books like this one! As collectors and pop-up book lovers we advice you to get this book for your own collection. It’s promising for the pop-up horror genre that still gets dominated by books for children. We love those too, but in the adult category this book shows what’s possible when you give depth to a subject like horror.
Author: SD Perry
Paper engineering: Becca Zerkin and David Hawcock
Illustrator: Sally Elizabeth Jackson
Special thanks to Insight Editions
Order this book at Amazon: The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book
More scary pop-up books