Paper Tiger Books
|Parent company||Anova Books|
|Founder||Martyn and Roger Dean|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Key people||Hubert Schaafsma
|Publication types||Art books|
Paper Tiger Books was a British publishing house which focused primarily on books of modern art, specifically the visionary, the fantastic, and science fiction. It was started in 1976 by brothers Martyn and Roger Dean after the success of Roger Dean's book Views through a sister imprint, Dragon's Dream.
Artists published by Paper Tiger include Chris Achilleos, Stephen Bradbury, Bob Eggleton, John Harris, Peter Andrew Jones, Josh Kirby, Rodney Matthews, Chris Moore, Bruce Pennington, Barclay Shaw, Anne Sudworth, Jim Warren, and Patrick Woodroffe; as well as numerous titles by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.
Initially formed to publish The Album Cover Album, Paper Tiger's range quickly expanded to include art which was not only connected to music, but also the visionary, the fantastic, and the best of science fiction. The staff within the company, apart from Martyn and Roger Dean, included Dominy Hamilton (daughter of Richard Hamilton), Jim Slattery, Christine Miles, Shelley Alge, and Steve Henderson.
Through its imprint Dragon's World, the company published the 1978 book The Round Art: The Astrology of Time and Space, by the astrologer and artist A. T. Mann. Through Dragon's Dream, the company published the 1979 book The Studio, by Barry Windsor-Smith, Jeff Jones, Michael William Kaluta, and Bernie Wrightson.
The Dean brothers left the company by 1981, but it continued under the management of Dutchman Hubert Schaafsma, producing a series of fantasy art books, many of which were edited by Nigel Suckling, who also provided text to accompany the pictures.
At one point, Paper Tiger issued a magazine called The Paper Snarl, which featured interviews with its artists.