Friday, October 12, 2012

Free Holiday Gift Wrap for ROUND ROBIN Slipcase Edition Sets and Holiday shipping! By this Sunday (12/16) Only!

Celebrating the upcoming holidays, any ROUND ROBIN box set orders made by this Sunday, Dec. 16, will be gift wrapped with a RR embossed card and shipped to you by the holidays!

The clothed bound Slipcase Edition Sets are available HERE. Each set includes all 3 ROUND ROBIN books, signed and sketched.

NEW ORIGINAL bookplate paintings are now available with the purchase of one of our Limited Edition Sets HERE. Each set includes all 3 ROUND ROBIN books, signed and sketched in, plus one original 3.5 x 4.5 bookplate painting, inside of our beautiful clothbound red case.They are sold on a first come first serve basis, so please email us and let us know which bookplate (A, B or C...) you would like to purchase -

* Note that the Box Sets are very limited. You can purchase a set without original art anytime, or with original art periodically as we make the paintings available online. Please check back often for new bookplate paintings, and get your box set today!


The Robins

ONLINE bookplate paintings 







Monday, October 8, 2012


Hello Round Robin friends!

We are very excited this week, because it is APE week!
We'll be back to the fun SF event, this weekend Oct. 13 - 14! Find us at tables 526, 527, 528 (see map below).

New this year is our latest book, ROUND ROBIN 3, as well as the ROUND ROBIN SPECIAL EDITION SETS, containing all 3 books in beautiful clothbound slipcases. Come get one early, as the numbers are limited. For our friends who cannot attend APE, you can always get our books on our webshop, and beginning this Thursday, we will have more Special Edition Sets available online.

Stay tuned for a few more updates later in the week.
See you at APE!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ROUND ROBIN 3 and Limited Special Editions !

Thanks for the long wait, ROUND ROBIN 3 is now available online !

Also, exciting news to share, to celebrate the completion of our ROUND ROBIN series, we've made a Limited Slipcase Edition bookcase for the 3 books!

Throughout this year, we'll be gradually releasing 30 Limited Edition sets with all 3 books, signed and sketched, and each comes with an original bookplate painting (3.5 x 4.5") from one of us ! And, another 30 Slipcase Edition sets with just the 3 books (all signed and sketched!). 

Although unfortunately, we won't be able to attend the events in San Diego this year, to jump start the week of Tr!ckster and Comic-Con, we'll release 6 sets of the Limited Edition and 6 sets of the Slipcase Edition with the originals bookplates - 3 sets of each will only be available at TR!KSTER and Stuart Ng Books at Comic-Con(#5012)

Below are the 6 bookplate paintings for your preview. There will be more Limited Editions with paintings available at the end of the month, but the Special Edition sets will be available online next week! Please stay tuned...

Monday, June 4, 2012

ROUND ROBIN at Galerie Arludik

ROUND ROBIN at Galerie Arludikhas officially kicked off in Paris on Thursday ! Merci beaucoup to everyone, we had a great opening reception, and got to meet many wonderful people in Paris ! And special thanks to Diane and Jean-Jacques at Galerie Arludik who made ROUND ROBIN exhibition possible !

The exhibition will be up for one more week- till 6/9, this will be the best and last time you'd see all the originals together, please come by if you got a chance ! Meanwhile, all the pieces can be viewed and available on Arludik's website here

*Due to the inconsistent Internet connection on our trip, our apology for the delayed thanks, we'll post more photos from the reception once we're back !

Monday, May 21, 2012


By Liz Thiers
ROUND ROBIN 3 represented a departure from ROUND ROBIN and ROUND ROBIN 2 since Dani, Jenn, and Katy were no longer working with stand-alone words, but sentences.  The trick was to create a narrative out of fifteen sentences composed by three alternating authors.  When I came into the process, Dani, Katy, and Jenn had created several different story lines.  Each story line started with one artist writing a sentence out of the blue, then all three took turns adding sentences, wildly exploring the possibilities of the new world...  The results were visually stimulating but not always compact nor consistent: most of the story lines didn't feature a strong arc or ending.

The first step was to decide which story to purse...  The thread about sheep walking tightropes was too exciting to pass up!  However this thread was not completed yet: I watched as Dani, Jenn, and Katy sat around Katy's kitchen table and finished the game.  Katy tried to guess where Dani was headed based on her sentence, but ultimately added her own sentence that contributed something unique and exciting to the story.  Jenn repeated the process, trying to guess Katy's intentions.  We ended up with three very different sheep, each of the artists weaving one of their tales after the sisters fell off their tightrope.

Though Dani brought Fuzzy to life on paper, she ended up illustrating Woolala's adventures.  As in ROUND ROBIN books 1 and 2, the artist was not allowed to work with words she contributed.  I thought the matchmaking was prophetic, since I saw much of the artist manifested in her assigned sheep.  I also think the story parallels the Robins' journey in delightful ways.  I'd never call Dani, Jenn, and Katy "snooty" or "tall" (well OK, maybe Dani), but they were certainly forced outside their comfort zone by this project, just like Fuzzy, Flounce, and Woolala.

But how to tie all three sheep's stories together again?  Of fifteen sentences, the first four were dedicated to setting the scene, describing the characters, and imparting the "inciting incident."  The next nine sentences detailed the fate of each sheep separately, creating three alternating character arcs.  Now that the sheep sisters were no longer dependent on each other, how could I resolve their separate stories in just 2 sentences?  They needed to collectively reject their old way of life in favor of their new one, and they needed to do so quickly...

I spent a few weeks drafting various versions of the last two lines.  I would only spend a half hour with the story at a time, tweaking the last two lines till I had several versions to show Dani, Jenn, and Katy.  They chose the variation they liked best and it was off to the races!

Monday, May 14, 2012

ROUND ROBIN exhibition at Galerie Arludik

In 2 weeks we're flying to Paris for our ROUND ROBIN exhibition at Galerie Arludik

This exhibition consists of the 45 original paintings from all 3 ROUND ROBIN books, plus 30 original bookplate paintings. It will be the first and only time to see all 3 series of paintings displayed side-by-side, in the order of the word game. We hope the exhibition will spark your imagination!

Galerie Arludik is one of the first galleries dedicated to the art of animation, film, comics, and illustration...We're thrilled to partner with Diane and Jean-Jacques Launier to display 3 years worth of personal work. The gallery is located on Ile St Louis in the center of Paris:

The exhibition will run from 5/29 to 6/9, opening with a reception on Thursday 5/31 from 18:30-21:30pm.

If you will be in Paris or in Europe that week, we hope to see you at the opening!  And if you can't make it to the show in person, all the artwork will be available on Galerie Arludik's website starting 5/29: please stay tuned !

To make the promo we've worked closely with many talented and brilliant people. Their expertise and generous help has made it all possible. We'd like to give credit to:

Editor and Original Music - Zach Johnston
Motion Graphics - Craig Foster | Zach Johnston
Camera - Tony Kaplan | James Robertson
Producer - Elizabeth Thiers

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Rare Device gallery opening

THANK YOU to all who made the gallery opening at Rare Device a success! 
It was a beautiful afternoon in San Francisco this past Saturday, and a wonderful way to celebrate the launch of ROUND ROBIN 3.  We'd like to thank everyone who made it, and those who made it happen: our wonderful hosts Giselle & Phurba from Rare Device, Asaki, who once again constructed a gorgeous window display, our friend and collaborator Liz, who helped produce ROUND ROBIN 3 and the exhibition,  and James, for all his wise advice, not to mention nail and hammer expertise.  Also, a special shout out to our great local printer, Edition One Books in Berkeley, who once again made us a beautiful ROUND ROBIN book !

The exhibition will stay up till 6/1, and the ROUND ROBIN 3 book will also be available at Rare Device !

Stay tuned as we prepare for our next and greatest gallery show of all: 45 ROUND ROBIN original paintings at Galerie Arludik in Paris!  3 weeks and counting...  We can't wait, and hope to see you there soon !

Photos by James Robertson, Karen Chang, Ramya Srinivasan, and the Robins.

Monday, April 30, 2012

ROUND ROBIN Promo video !

We're very excited to announce that our ROUND ROBIN promo video is up !

For the past 3 months, we've been working hard on making this promo/making-of video for our new book, and the up-coming exhibitions with Galerie Arludik and Rare Device. We hope it will help introduce you to the ROUND ROBIN project and to our creative process. 

To make the promo we've worked closely with many talented and brilliant people. Their expertise and generous help has made it all possible. We'd like to give credit to:

Editor and Original Music - Zach Johnston
Motion Graphics - Craig Foster | Zach Johnston
Camera - Tony Kaplan | James Robertson
Producer - Elizabeth Thiers

A special thanks goes to the talented Zach Johnston, who not only edited the video and animated some of its charming motion graphics, but who also composed the original score! If you haven't seen his work, check out the beautiful animated Sketchtravel short, which he collaborated on with Dice Tsutsumi. 

ROUND ROBIN upcoming events:

Paris - 
ROUND ROBIN Exhibition at Galerie Arludik 
Exibition of all 45 original paintings from the three ROUND ROBIN books plus 30 bookplate paintings. Exhibition opens on 5/29, reception on Thursday, 5/31/2012, 18:30 ~ 21:30.

San Francisco -
ROUND ROBIN 3 booksigning and exhibition at Rare Device 
5/5 ~ 6/1, 2012, Exibition of bookplate paintings and Giclee prints from ROUND ROBIN 3.

Rare Device window display is up !

Yesterday, on a sunny Sunday morning, Asaki installed our ROUND ROBIN 3 window display at Rare Device ! Her design as always, clear, thoughtful, and beauftiful ! We're so fond of her lovely work, and hope you'll too ! Our Rare Device book signing and exhibition opening reception will be this Saturday 5/5,  3 ~ 6pm,  Hope you can come celebrate with us, and see the display in person !

*** We have an exciting update coming soon today ! Please stay tuned !

Monday, April 23, 2012

ROUND ROBIN 3 at Rare Device !

Finally, the exciting news ! ROUND ROBIN 3 will be out next Saturday, May 5th

To celebrate the launch of the book, our wonderful local San Francisco host, Rare Device, is holding a ROUND ROBIN 3 book signing and gallery opening for us from 3~6pm. Please come join us then !

Along with the books, the gallery will be exhibiting our new 15 original bookplate paintings (4x6"), and 10 selected exclusive gilée prints (10x12") from ROUND ROBIN 3. The exhibition will be up from 5/5 to 6/1, 2012.

Rare Device has moved to its new location at 600 Divisadero St. at Hayes St. in San Francisco, the new space is lovely, full of sunlight, and as always, full of wonderful gems of design products, books, and art ! 

Also, once agian, our amazing display artist friend, Asaki Oda, is designing the all new window display for our exhibition, and it'll also be up at Rare Device on 04/30. Below are some sneak peaks, work in progress shots !

We hope to see you soon next Saturday, 5/5 !