The magazine I edited for The Mysterious Package Company is called Curios and Conundrums, so it’s about time I mention one of the curios.
Pictured is a simple paper craft, a tunnel book, that readers could assemble, built around one of Gottfried Franz's beautiful illustrations from a tale about Baron Münchausen.
One of the common phrases bandied about the office of The Mysterious Package Company was, “I didn’t think I’d be doing this today” — a reflection of the peripatetic nature of our work. I ended up being the lead on this curio: researching tunnel books, sourcing the illustrations, assigning original art to our in-house artist (the multitalented Meg Sullivan, painter, drawer, sculptress, macabre baker) to flesh out the framing panels and negative spaces, and cheering on the designer who was not convinced that the whole thing would come together. Of all the crazy things we made, it’s one of my favourites.
It accompanied a wonderfully topsy-turvy feature on the real and fictional iterations of all things Münchausen, written by our resident fairyologist Jenn Orme. (Doesn’t your entertainment company employ a PhD in fairyology? If not, why not?) The story elegantly juggled the original Karl Friederich Hieronymous, Freiherr von Baron Münchhausen, the writer Rudulf Erich Raspe and the ever expanding narratives, adventures and tales of Baron Münchausen. The feature included one of Raspe’s stories, as well as mentions of the planet Münchhausen, the illness Münchausen Syndrome and other astonishments. (Yes, the wandering “h” is on purpose.) Witty, informative and, accompanied by the tunnel book, decidedly pretty.