By Colin Sallee
1. Star Wars stamps capture film's true essence
Malcolm Tween, the head illustrator for the popular Star Wars stamp collection, takes viewers through his overall process and inspiration behind his designs.
He cites the magnitude of the film's overall production design, as well as the centrality of its characters.
Catharine Brandy, design manager for Royal Mail, credits Tween's knowledge of the movies and characters as the change maker in his designs.
"Malcolm's style is very unique, he really gets the essence of the characters. He had a lot knowledge of the subject coming in, and it really shows in the work," Brandy said.
2. Story of Nativity told on British stamps
“The Nativity, or birth of Jesus, is based on the Biblical accounts in the first and second chapters of the gospels of Luke and Matthew.”
“In a new-issue announcement Royal Mail said, “The stamps tell the traditional Nativity story in an impressionistic style, from the Annunciation, through to the Nativity and journey of the Magi.”
These stamps will be issued on Nov. 3.
3. Botanical art stamps to be issued at Ameristamp Expo
“The show is taking place Jan. 29-31 at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland St. NE in Atlanta, Ga.”
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