Independently Awesome: What a Mess! Pop Up Book

© by Keith Allen

When it comes to cleanliness I consider myself to be a pretty tidy individual…whether my family and friends see me that way, though, remains to be seen. I mean, can I really help it if others lack a true appreciation for the chronological organization of my jars of belly lint or the sophisticated color classification system behind my collection of used bubblegum. I think not.

For those out there with absolutely no sense of such refined cleaning processes however—you filthy barbarians—there’s still hope for you yet. Even better, there’s a fun way to tame your out-of-control clutter and level up your lackadaisical hygiene habits. Enter What a Mess!, a brand new pop up book by designer, illustrator and paper engineer Keith Allen currently on Kickstarter. Allen, inspired by his two children, first conceived of the this project as a personal challenge and has chipped away at over the past year. Chock full of amazingly complex pop-up illustrations, the final product looks as much like fine art as it does a children’s book.


With the book now complete and his heart set of self-publishing, Allen has hit up Kickstarter to raise production costs for a Spring 2017 release. If you’re interested in learning more or to see how you can help support this project, be sure to stop by the What a Mess! Kickstarter page.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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