The Octopus would like to put a stop to us

Screen printed picture book

Poem by Benjamin Heathcote

Illustrations and book art by Otto

ISBN 978-0-9932990-0-1


The design for the Octopus was done in the stencil painting method of early Russian Constructivist designers, esp. Mayakovsky, 1910, who published hand stencilled posters called Rosta (=windows).

The 'text-block' is screen printed on a single sheet, then sliced and folded into individual pages. The centre page spread folds out to double size.

The illustrations were all prepared in Multichannel mode.


first printed in a stenciled edition of 24 in 2010

30 pages with 13 illustrations, inluding pull-out centre spread

size: 22 x 29 cm


4 colours on 200gsm Heritage Book

hard back cover

4 colours

made in 2015

Open edition

I am happy to sign a copy on request

£ 40.-


The poem is about animals taking revenge on humans.

The illustrations are inspired by mid-century B-movie posters.


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