When I set about making the new chapter of The Ragbox, I knew I wanted to make something with more of a handcrafted feel. The reality of the market is that my little books might sell decently in local comics shops, but they’ll never move in a traditional bookstore. At only 20 pages (or 16 pages with the last book) the books have to be staple-bound and thus have no spine. If the books are not on face-out, they’re completely lost in the shelf. So, all the better reason to make a more personal, more unique object.
With the previous book, I started designing with a die-cut in mind. However, the more research I did, the more I realized how daunting it was to do a decent job of it. In order to keep costs reasonable, I realized that the cut would have to be a simple shape: a circle, most likely. By why just cut paper? Why not use it as an opportunity to throw in some additional color?