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Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption — Deluxe Edition

I’ve posted from time to time about the digital coffee table book of my photograph, Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption, which was released this past summer, exclusively for Apple’s family of iOS devices. Creating the book was tons of fun, and I’ve been very pleased with the reception the book has received from the ebook community.


Being a collector of books (and toys, and records, and art, and CDs, and devils, and, and, and…) I remain completely enamored of objects I can touch and relate to in ways that will never be matched by the bits and bytes trapped within a digital device. What can I say? I like the feel of a book in my hands, and there are great untold mysteries in slipping a sleeve from a big, beautiful album cover and reading the liner notes as black vinyl spins beneath the soft touch of a diamond stylus. Real books feel special. They smell like knowledge.

While I’m very proud of my digital book, and I’ve been quite excited to see how people have enjoyed flipping and zooming through the colorful pages on the iPad, I still wanted to produce a physical object that people could turn in their hands, explore, and connect with in ways that are difficult to mimic in a digital book.

And, so…

Over the past couple of months I’ve been hard at work creating a deluxe edition of Plastic Prophets, and I’m very excited to announce that the package is now available!!

Deluxe Edition box with cover photo printed on glass!

The Deluxe Edition comes packaged in the box you see on the right. Each wooden box is hand painted, signed and numbered, with a cover image that’s been printed on beveled glass and mounted to the lid. Inside are all kinds of collectable treasures you couldn’t possibly replicate in a purely digital release. The highlight is a 32 page full color “mini book” featuring many of the standout images from the digital book—here, reconfigured to be printed and bound in a limited softcover edition.

Hidden away in the box are other printed goodies, including a Plastic Prophets sticker, a Wind-up Dreams web card (randomly selected from a dozen different designs), and a signed, miniature, Certificate of Authentication.

Want a little more?

You’ve got it!

Your new best friend inside the luxurious Deluxe Edition box!

Lift the glass cover and inside the deluxe box you’ll find your very own kewpie doll, just like those you see in my photos! Your kewpie comes direct from Japan, and wears around its neck a miniature flash drive filled with a host of exclusive digital content.

The drive holds two digital versions of Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption. The first is exactly the same as the digital ebook available on Apple’s iBookstore and compatible with the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. And just in case you don’t have access to one of those devices, the flash drive includes the full 135 page book as a PDF that can be viewed on any personal computer.

iPad users will find another added bonus on the flash drive: 95 custom wallpaper images pulled from the pages of the book to give your iPad a custom Wind-up Dreams look that will be the envy of all your friends! Kewpies, bathing beauties, robots and presidents. They’re all on the flash drive to brighten your electronic day.

So what are you waiting for? Click on over to the Wind-up Dreams & Vinyl Nightmares Etsy shop for more information!

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Unbeknownst to her Creator, Eve longed to become a cheerleader (detail)

Here’s your chance to take a peek behind the curtains at Wind-up Dreams Central! A couple of weeks back I played host to a film crew that visited my home and studio to tape a segment for an upcoming airing on Evening Edition, the nightly news program that broadcasts on KPBS television here in San Diego. The crew was here for several hours—their lights, their cameras, and me supplying the action as I worked through the construction of a brand new photo in my backyard studio. It was tons of fun, and the segment is scheduled to hit the local airwaves this Friday, October 14th, during the 6:30 broadcast of Evening Edition.

In addition to the studio footage, I had the opportunity to sit down in my library with film, arts and culture guru extraordinaire, Beth Accomando, for a lengthy interview where we talked about art, toys, religion, and the crazy titles I give to my photos. We also discussed my recently published digital coffee table book for the iPad, Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption, as well as the special packaging planned for the Deluxe Edition of the book scheduled to be released later this month.

With all the footage that was captured, and only a few precious minutes for the segment to run when the piece airs this Friday, it is going to be exciting to see how all this material is squeeeeezed into a concise little segment of photographic delight. Assuming the camera was digital and not film, there will be lots of pixels left on the cutting room floor (more likely than not, all my incoherent art-speak rambling)!

The details…

What:  Evening Edition — featuring a segment on my photography!
Where:  KPBS Television — check your local listings for channel
When:  Friday, October 14, 6:30 PM

Tune in! You won’t be disappointed!

And, if you’re not in the San Diego area or somehow miss the broadcast, I’ll be providing after-the-fact links to watch the segment on-line.

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