Welcome to The Pitch's Best Of Kansas City 2009: We love Matt Hawkins



The scene on the cover of this year's Best of Kansas City issue was created by 34-year-old Matt Hawkins.

A Shawnee Mission North High School grad, Hawkins went on to work at Hallmark -- where he eventually got bored and started building toys out of paper.

These days, he works at C-3, an Overland Park company that designs kids' meal toys for national restaurants, and he has freelanced for Disney. A new book, Urban Paper, collects work by Hawkins and other paper artists. He celebrates its publication with a First Friday party this week at the Scion Lab (on Oak between 18th and 19th streets).

We wondered whether, after designing the paper-robot Pitch box, Hawkins had grown tired of seeing the red dispensers around town.


"Actually, I'd like to see them get up and walk -- that would be awesome," he told us last week. "They could hand you a paper as you walked up. I think you guys should work on that."

Maybe we will, Matt.

Meanwhile, you guys can download a pattern to make your own Matt Hawkins paper toy by clicking on the Pitch-bot:

We'll be posting Best Of Extras here and on Fat City and the Wayward Blog

over the next few days. It's the one week of the year that we set aside

for the sole purpose of loving our town, you guys. We hope you enjoy it.

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