Born May 27, 1973 in Tokyo, Junko Mizuno is a self-taught artist who is recognized for her unique style of powerful and erotic female imagery. Growing up in Tokyo, Junko’s work is based on ’70s Japanese cute culture but her art refuses to be categorized as it keeps growing and she keeps getting inspired by anything that surrounds her. Her main sources of inspiration include fetish art, folk art, religious art, pin-up art, advertising art, greeting cards, toys, comics, food, music, movies etc.
In 1996, she self-produced a photocopy booklet called “MINA animal DX” which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan. Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator.
Currently residing in San Francisco, she is constantly working on new comics, paintings, illustrations and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing.
Rosston Meyer is a designer whose love of art and pop culture has led to the creation of Poposition Press. The idea of taking modern street and pop art and turning them into popups is an idea Rosston sat with for many years, finally pulling the trigger on it with the limited edition run of the Pop Up Funk created with Jim Mahfood in 2013.
After the success of Pop Up Funk, Rosston teamed up with 5 other artists to create the collaborative Pop Up Art Book, which was funded on Kickstarter in 2015. Junko Mizuno was one of the featured artists in that book, leading to the third project – Triad.
Rosston has been a freelance web designer since 2008, and hopes to be creating artist pop ups for years to come as well.
Simon Arizpe is an award winning paper engineer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His pop-up book work has received the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence and honorable mention from the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library and the School of Visual Arts Library have acquired his work for their permanent collections.
Simon has also worked as the senior paper engineer and illustrator at the New York Times best selling pop-up book studios of Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart for over nine years. Working on every aspect of pop-up book design: from conception and engineering to mass production and printing, both in the US and overseas, Simon has an intimate understanding of the field. Other notable clients include: Google, Disney, Paramount Pictures, DC Comic, IFC, Hasbro Toys, and the MoMA design store.
In addition to his design work Simon has been a guest lecturer on the subject of paper engineering at The Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design, St. Ann’s School for the Arts, and The Tucson Festival of Books.