Chad Pastotnik, “There Be Monsters”


Spine and cover shot. Foil stamping in copper on Iowa PC4G limp binding, straps are Iowa PC4 white.


Opening title pages with die cut circles leading to a hand colored wood engraving of a greenman. Chiri bark flyleaf interleaving paper and hand set type using circular quads in the font of Lutetia.


Second opening of title pages with more type set using circular quads.


Center spread of a linoleum cut in six colors with black watercolor strokes taking the image outside the confines of the block size. Hand set type in the font of Lutetia in 14 point size.


Showing the six lino blocks with the progression of color printing with black keyline block over the individual colors.


Artist: Chad Pastotnik (Mancelona, MI)

Title: There Be Monsters (2011)

Medium/technique(s): Letterpress, wood engraving and multi color lino cuts

Edition size: 70

Number of pages: 12

Dimensions, open: 5.375 x 11″

Dimensions, closed: 5.375 x 5.5 x .5″


Artist statement:

A little fable about how to walk in the woods, There Be Monsters was inspired when my friend Jim Horton did a reduction wood engraving for a lovely edition of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”. While my little story is short and sweet it does have an interesting plot twist. This is, officially, a second edition though with significant changes from the original.

Originally I produced 25 copies of this book back in 1998 though half of them were destroyed by water damage while they were still loose sheets. The remaining dozen copies were all bound in different ways exploring unique presentations for a small book such as this, out of those trial bindings the one I liked best was the model for this edition. The original release was completely hand colored and when I decided to reissue this book the thought of doing that to 70 illustrations seemed a bit daunting so this time around the monster linoleum cut was used as a keyline block and 5 other blocks were created to make the color run. The little green man wood engraving on the title page is still hand colored and there are some additional lines and touches done to the linocut as well.

Sewn onto Iowa PC4 straps laced through a limp binding of folded Iowa PC4 G paper with a copper foil stamped title. Printed via letterpress in 12 and 18 pt. Lutetia with a hand colored wood engraving and a six color linoleum cut. Story and artwork by Chad Pastotnik. Text paper is George A. Whiting Brockway in Sand and Grey with a chiri bark flyleaf. Twelve pages, 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 1/2 inches, numbered and signed.