Newspapers, meet papercraft

I’m about to hand it to the Chicago Tribune twice in as many months. This time, on the Wednesday, June 3, op-ed page, they ran a quarter-page commentary on Sen. Roland Burris, that used not reasoned argument or stuffy rhetoric, but cut-out paper dolls to ridicule the less-than-honest toady who sucked up to power.

Check this:

Aw, look at his wittle hat!

Yes, you’re seeing Roland Burris melded with Pinocchio, right down to a nose that grows. And if this pattern hadn’t been printed on flimsy newspaper, I’m pretty sure you could make this guy. (Fortunately, the Tribune site had a downloadable version; I’m not sure it will always be in the location I found it, so I’ve replicated the download below.)

DOWNLOAD:  BurrisPinocchio by Joe Fournier

See more stuff by Joe Fournier, the designer, here.

I was genuinely stunned, not only because this was a pretty clever use of space on an op-ed page (really, what else can you say about a guy who swears he didn’t talk to backscratchers to get his appointment, before he’s caught on a tape talking to the chief backscratcher’s gatekeeper). Even better than a fresh surprise on a historically humdrum op-ed page, I think it’s just neat that papercraft is coming into the mainstream. As a guy who has publically admitted making miniature superheros out of paper, I can say with authority that I’m excited for the trend.

In fact, CW4Kids (the channel my kids generally watch on Saturday mornings —man, the pickings are slim for Saturday cartoons these days) recently made room for on-air interstitials promoting papercraft versions of their main characters. My kids, who have seen me cut a paper or two, went a little nuts, and suddently we had a family activity for about three weeks. Thanks to the good folks at, we had scads of 4Kids characters (and a little more):

Oldest Boy could have a job in window dressing some day. Notice the artfully arranged "chaos emeralds" around Sonic.

Oldest Boy's choices include selections from Gogoriki, Chaotic, Dinosaur King, Marvel comics, and that videogame hedgehog.

Note Second Son's beloved Wrigley Field (pattern courtesy

Note Second Son's beloved Wrigley Field (pattern courtesy

Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Boo, the Princess Buttercup!

What else for Only Daughter? Girls and pinks and kitties.

Between and, there must be a paper-cutting project you’d be interested in. All you need is a printer and an X-Acto blade. Try it, before Hollywood swoops in with “Papercraft: The Movie” and kills the trend once and for all.

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  1. Pingback: Paper view: More op-ed craftwork in the Trib « The Retort

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