Three teenagers talk about the future. Regina dreams of travelling to space as an astronaut. Using discarded junk, she crafts a spaceship and travels among the stars and into the Universe beyond. Something unexpected forces her to return to Earth. Is young Regina’s journey an imaginary one? RAUM Italic & OOH-sounds present the new bilingual edition of Blast Off, the picture children’s book published for the first time in 1973 in the USA. Randomly appeared through experts and enthusiasts blogs in the internet, Blast Off remains un-published for more than years – an underrated gem still relevant today.
Leo and Diane Dillon - After graduating from Parsons in 1956, Leo and Diane Dillon married and began their career together blending personal styles into what they referred to as “The Third Artist”. Early in their Career they sought work with a wide variety of clients in advertising, book covers, movie posters, record album covers, magazine, illustration, and soon found a penchant for Fantasy and Science fiction illustration and Children’s books. They dedicated their work to be inclusive of all peoples and especially those that were rarely included in fantasy’s or children’s books in the 50’s.
“We want to reflect the real world of differences and cultures with dignity.”
When their son, Lee, was born in 1965 they saw an even greater need for diversity in children’s books and found themselves coloring in white faces in the books. Over the 50 plus years of illustrating, some of the awards they have received includes The Hugo Award for Science Fiction, The Balrog Award for lifetime Contribution to Science Fiction/Fantasy Art, The Caldecott Medal, The Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, and were Most Highly Commended for The International Hans Christian Anderson Award.