6 THE SEA was inspired by ancient Oriental watercolor books, Egyptian manuscripts, and children’s books, and imagined a long, long (long) accordion fold with pop-ups. The construction consists of two panels glued back to back with the pop-up elements built right in. It is our first issue that could be considered “bound" or “book-like". A special underwater photographer gave us the close-up of the fish on the cover, and we spent quite a bit of time at the New York Aquarium tracking the white whale that appears inside. The issue ends with a metal fish made for us by the Spanish designer Sybilla, which comes embedded in a foam-core final page.