Some kids would definitely contradict the theory that you can learn valuable things from your math class. And of course I would have agreed years ago. Today I'm quite surprised by the value of this science. The Japanese, of course, have known this for quite a few hundres years: A complex origami figure is nothing but a pice of paper folded due to certain rules and geometrical patterns. The American artist Sam Ita also uses geometry to create his colourful and most unique books. Born 1978 the graphic designer studied at Brooklyn Istitute and after a brief career as luggage salesman found his real calling. He calls himself a "paper engineer" and that is really what he is. Paper for him isn't just a one dimensional medium to which you can apply lines and colour. For Sam Ita it is a means for "modelling". And so he already has adapted four great classics into great pop up comic books: "Moby Dick", Homer's "Ulysses", Jule Vernes "20.000 Leagues under the Sea" and last but not least Mary Shelly's immortal "Frankenstein". All the stories are presented at a format of 23 by 28 cm and their epic scale is artistically compressed into 12 to 16 pages. If you consider this too short, I promise you will be repaid by the elaborate design and the many little surprises hidden in the pages and of course brevity is by all means the soul of wit. Ita usually uses a little helper to produce his art: a cutting machine. It cuts out the forms which are then integrated into his designs until the pages literally lunge at you. And how the hell does he do that? Well, that's probably the point where geometry kicks in. Sterling Publishing has all his classics and if you are a giver, there's your next birthday present. Me, of course, I would keep them all for myself. Sam Ita's origami workshops for kids, by the way, are very much in demand. How they must love geometry!