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Introducing The Living Things Series!

We are super super excited to announce the launch of a new project we've been working on the past year with artists from Minneapolis and Providence to Edinburgh, Scotland. The Little Otsu Living Things Series is an ever-expanding collection of mini art books in which different artists each explore one idea based around the theme of living things. Our first two inaugural volumes are by Lizzy Stewart, whose theme is "A Guide to Eastern European Wildlife" (not to be taken too literally) and Jo Dery, who tackled the complexities of "Pheromones." They are both so amazing and totally different and we hope you will like these affordable and beautiful limited edition little art books as much as we do! Dan...

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A look at the LO Annual Vol. 5

We're super excited to have volume 5 of the LO Annual Planner in-stock and ready to share with you! Here's a little tour... For Volume 5, we wanted to feature type as art so Dan hand-drew over 18 sets of type for a variety of characters. He also drew all the linework and details so there's no mistaking this for your run-of-the-mill planner. We've included handy mini calendars for the next three years and a quick reference page for all your important appointments, travel, and events. Use the personal info page to consolidate all your medical, travel, car/bike details, and reminders for all your plethora of different user names and passwords. There's also a page for important addresses, a back-up...

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Giving calendars a second life

We love calendars here at little otsu and on any given year we have several different ones around our office. But we never know what to do when the year is over and we have to throw away--well, throw in the recycle bin--the old calendar and no longer get to enjoy the art. So when Jennie Smith came to us in 2006 with the idea to make a calendar that had a poster on the back so that you don't have to throw it away after the year was over, we knew it was kismet. We have used this as a central idea in all our calendars since. a view of both sides of Ron Rege's 2011 Calendar & poster...

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SF Store: New Ron Rege Calendar/Poster

Our new 2011 fold-out calendar & poster by Ron Rege, Jr. is now in our SF store (and will be available online next week)! Come check out its amazingness! It folds out to a whopping 18" x 24" and like one of those 3-D posters from the '90s, seems to reveal things to you the longer you stare at it. It was printed in Hayward, CA on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with vegetable-based inks and we are making a limited edition of 50 unfolded posters available only at the SF store, so act fast! front of calendar poster side for after the year is over close-up

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You Are Here: Maps As Influence

Our friends and old neighbors Creativity Explored in San Francisco have a new art show opening April 15th called Where Are We? which takes the concept of maps as the basis of the exhibit: "This includes, but is not limited to, painting and drawing on maps, using maps as collage material, and drawing maps from scratch. While some of the artists working with this theme embrace the challenge of integrating maps into their oeuvres, others take a more individualized approach by creating maps of their home countries, while yet others use the topic of maps to explore fresh new subject matter." image from creativityexplored.org Maps have always had a strong influence on us with their combination of the artistic and...

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