Neotrope Press Announces Publication of 'Fractopia' Art Book by Christopher Simmons

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 29 /CNW/ -- Neotrope(R) Press announced today
the publication of the limited edition of "Fractopia" (ISBN:
978-0-9710555-0-6, hardcover), by digital artist Christopher Laird Simmons.
The book collects the best of Simmons' abstract images created by combining
fractal imagery with photographic effects, textures and hand-applied layers.
This special edition includes a video DVD with slide show of all images found
in the book.

    Simmons' Fractopia series images have been featured in such the "Bytes of
Art" gallery shows that were hosted throughout San Francisco in 1997; the
Cosmic Cafe online art gallery in 1996-7; and the first image in the series
was used as the full color cover for the 1997 California State University Long
Beach (CSULB) Science and Technology course catalog.

    "I'm very proud to finally see these images in book form," said Simmons.
"The DVD also provides a more accurate look at how I envisioned the colors,
which look very different on a computer monitor than on the printed page. Some
of the blues, metallic colors, and reds are far more 'electric' in video

    Christopher Simmons is an award-winning graphic designer, photographer,
musician, and digital imaging professional. He has created original images for
national magazine covers, product packaging, and managed diverse brand
identity projects for more than 25 years. His first computer-based artwork was
done for the Adventure International game "Stone of Sisyphus" in 1983.

    Simmons is also a respected marketing guru and technologist, who has been
interviewed by publications as diverse as Entrepreneur, PC World, Chicago
Post-Tribune, and TrendWatch; and is one of the experts quoted in the book
"Career and Corporate Cool" by Rachel C. Weingarten. He is the CEO of
Neotrope(R), and is a member of PRSA, and ASCAP.

    "I created these images in a creative rush during the mid nineties,"
added Simmons, "and Photoshop was my palette for these visions. I tried to
take the chaos theory behind fractal imagery then combine that with deep
colors and organic sensibilities to create something unique."

    FRACTOPIA(TM), the limited edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-9710555-0-6, is
published in hardcover with slip cover; full color throughout, with video DVD.
Size is approximately 9x11.5 inches. Price is $39.95 plus shipping.

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    *(Photo Caption: Fractopia cover.)

    Neotrope(R) is a registered trademark.


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For further information: Christopher Simmons of Neotrope Press,
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