Florence, Italy – March 24, 2015
Frank Espinosa presents Zum Zum Books
Frankenstein illustrated e-book to launch publishing project
Zum Zum Books is a new artist-led publishing project directed by Frank Espinosa (Rocketo, Disney, Warner Bros) in partnership with Florence-based digital storytelling expert Ilaria D'Uva (CEO of D'Uva Workshop). Zum Zum Books combines the finest elements of traditional book publishing with new e-book technology to produce handmade digital books.
Zum Zum is specialized in re-imagining the way we read classic books: old favourites are accompanied by evocative illustrations that add a new layer of interpretation and modernize the reading process.
Frank Espinosa has created over 60 original works of art in acrylic on paper to visualize Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in his own unique way. These images accompany the unabridged version of the story, as well as an audio-book component, which is now available on the iBooks platform.
A second classic book - Bram Stoker's Dracula - will be published later in Spring, 2015, and it will be followed by more novels illustrated by Espinosa and by other international artists.
"Classic books wouldn't be called 'classic' if they were not socially valuable in some way," explains Frank. "Most of us have a classic that resonates with us or is part of an important moment or memory in our lives." But as new books and new ways of receiving stories changes our reading landscape, classics are increasingly falling by the wayside.
Zum Zum Books believes that classics and mythology still have a lot of appeal – sometimes they just need an extra layer of interpretation to make them better prepared for the modern world. Through images and audio, Zum Zum Books brings these classics into the modern age, making a less linear and more immersive reading experience possible.
ABOUT FRANK ESPINOSA
Frank Espinosa attended the School of Visual Arts for Film and Animation and lives in New York. Earlier in his career he worked for Walt Disney Animation and Consumer Products, and later was Art Director at Warner Bros. Consumer Products, producing an award-winning character design manual, redesigning the Looney Tunes characters, and creating Baby Looney Tunes and the complete series of the Looney Tunes U.S. postage stamps. His graphic novel, Rocketo, published by Image Comics, was nominated for three Eisner Awards.
Frank was Martin Luther King Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006 and 2007; he participated in the Ohio State University and Collins College Lecture Series; developed a comic book series for Princeton University; and has created and illustrated a full-color graphic novel based on the life of Salvatore Ferragamo.
MEDIA AVAILABLE FOR THE PRESS
A selection of Frank Espinosa's illustrations for Frankenstein is available for press use at the following link: