Chicago-area illustrator/postermaker Jay Ryan is an old friend of Field Notes'. He's a craftsman with great visual style and more than his fair share of imagination, and you can see tons of his work at The Bird Machine. For years Field Notes has been looking for a way to collaborate with Jay. During October, Jay set himself a goal of creating one small ink illustration each day. These drawings revealed a story about a bear and his squirrel neighbors. Field Notes followed Jay's progress on Instagram, and found the drawings irresistible. Field Notes knew that they'd look great in a special edition. Jay agreed. He revealed the bear's name is Haxley, and that this story is sort of a preamble to a larger project that he's been kicking around for years. Field Notes can't wait to see that. The "Haxley" edition includes two 64-page books. The first is a "Story Book," featuring ruled pages alongside Jay's 31 black-and-white drawings. You can expand on Haxley's adventure, or, just maybe, recount a completely different journey, one you make yourself. The other book in the 2-Pack is a "Sketch Book" with blank pages. We trust you can find a way to fill that one up. Both books feature Neenah Royal Sundance Felt "Warm White" covers with four spot colors and a fifth-glow-in-the-dark ink, illuminating the flashlight beams. They're PUR-bound with Domtar Cougar smooth 70lb "Natural' text paper inside. Everyone is invited to tag along on Haxley's adventure, but it might be best if you bring a kid with you, and maybe a couple squirrels with flashlights too.
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