Paper Engineer: Simon Arizpe Illustrator/Book Designer: Hamid Rahmanian
Publisher: Fantagraphic Books
Winner of the 2018 Meggendorfer Prize, (the highest honor in paper engineering)
"Paper engineer Simon Arizpe has produced magnificent creations that extend the boundaries of what a pop-up book can be expected to contain. He has shaped Rahmanian’s images into objects, sharp to the touch and vividly fragile. The result draws attention to the book as object. In a culture of mass-produced reading, Zahhak demands care, attention, and protection." -The New York Journal of Books
Zakkah: The Legend of the Serpent King is base on one of the stories in a 1,000 year old Persian epic poem called The Shahnameh. Zahhak tells the story of the rise of the evil Serpent King, Zahhak, and his legendary battle with the young prince Freydun.
In collaboration with designer Hamid Rahmanian this unique version of a classic tale tells the story of love, betrayal, dragon armies and enchanted castles, captured in this 9 page pop-up book.