What does DOPSCOTCH
In 2008, author Amy Tubbs formed
Dopscotch Press and began the process of publishing her first book.
The name 'Dopscotch' and its
signature kitty cat logo are both creations of the publisher's
nephew, who was four at the time the book was published. Not only does the name have significant meaning to her, but
the word itself is entirely fictional and exists no where in the English
language... at least not according to Google! She was looking for a
name that didn't carry a particular connotation... and that's more
difficult than you might think! But thanks to her nephew, Dopscotch
Press became the name behind the book!
This book is culmination of 3 years
of dreaming, writing, re-writing, illustrating, researching and
scrapping the original plan and starting over.
In the summer of 2008, Amy was fortunate
enough to meet DC Photographer, Joe Shymanski. He took her vision of
a retro-inspired book animated similarly to the classic Rankin-Bass
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and made it come to life.
Without his amazing eye for composition and seemingly innate ability
to work with snowmen, this book wouldn't have been possible. Left to
Amy's own photography skills, the cover would have looked more like
Heartfelt thanks to
doing such a SUPER job and doing it enthusiastically! You can shop Joe's
photography every weekend at Capitol Hill's Eastern Market.
Author & Publisher Amy
Tubbs works full-time as a custom painter and muralist in the greater
DC, Northern VA and Maryland area. Learn more about her 'day job' at