When you were a kid, did you ever draw those cartoons on the edges of a flip book and then quickly flipped the pages to make a kind of mini movie? Well it seems that these types of retro games are making a huge comeback, as the creators of the Flipbook Kit, Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel have discovered for themselves.
This creative pair are used to designing moving art for audiences, and they base their motorized flipbooks on the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge. As they toured galleries, art shows and at special events, their special Amazing Mechanical Flip Books literally amazed visitors at the 2012 Maker Faire, and it is fair to say that the pairs’ Amazing Mechanical Flip Books stole the show.
With so many audience members wanting to know how the flip book was made and if they could in fact build one themselves, the entrepreneurial pair decided to design a kit form, so that interested customers could build their own. Mark and Wendy said: “When we displayed our art at the Bay Area 2012 Maker Faire, so many people wanted to know when kit version was coming out, we had to do something.”
They needed a professional to help with the design aspects of the kit, and so teamed up with friend and inventor Steven Goldstein, a very clever man who currently holds over 12 patents, was an imagineer for Disney, and has also help to steer many products through the concept stage, right through to manufacture and distribution.
The result is the Flipbookkit which costs $48.95 and is a rotating mechanical flip-book-kit. Even if you are a novice in the world of flipbooks, the kit is easy to assemble, and the pages are already made with images and ready to load into the kit, or if you prefer, you can create your own art images by using the online flipmaker tool. The kit works by a hand-cranked tool, or you can upgrade to a motorized version.
The flipbookkits contain everything you need to produce a complete mechanical flip book, and include:
- FlipBooKit box and hardware
- Spindle kit
- “Galloping Horse” pre-printed animation cards
- Blank flip cards
- Printable label sheets
The kits were funded on the crowd funding site KickStarter, where the pair asked for a goal of $5,000 but were completely overwhelmed by the response that they received, which amounted to an amazing $137,567 pledged, and 1,856 backers.
The funds accrued helped the pair pay for all the people and companies who had so far made contributions to the project, and to push the project forward, by enlisting programmers and getting the flipbookit user base up and running.
The kits are now fully available from the flipbookkit website, and you can read the whole story of how the project got off the ground by visiting the KickStarter site.
You can see the original flipbooks at Mechanical Flipbook.