Road Maps: real and imaginary

An unusual hobby: Adrian Leskiw designs fictional cities and nations, and then he draws roadmaps of them. In painstaking detail. He describes himself as a "roadgeek". You can browse through his collection of fictional roadmaps at The Map Realm. One use I can think of for these would be to sneak them into rental cars. (Mislabel them, of course.) Tourists would spend hours examining them, trying to figure out where they were.

But wait, there's more. Leskiw also collects covers of real roadmaps. He has an extensive collection of the official Michigan, Ontario and Ohio road maps. In the old days transportation departments apparently hired artists to design these covers. Now they seem to just slap generic photos on them.
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 25, 2008
     Category: Art | Regionalism | Travel

Well, everybody has their hobbies I suppose. He does have a fine eye for detail. In fact, with the amount of time he has got to devote to making fictional maps, it's a shame Leskiw isn't a scientist trying to cure cancer.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 11/25/08 at 10:31 AM
Reminds me of a book I have. The Atlas of Imaginary Places. It has maps of Wonderland and Lilliput as examples. The book is fantastic as it outlines many created worlds in literature. I have spent many hours reading that book. Used a lot of the lesser known maps as worlds in a some RPGs along the way too.
Posted by DownCrisis on 11/25/08 at 11:32 AM
There should be some version of AA for people obsessed by weird hobbys. I'll go first:

My name is Alex, and I have a weird hobby.
I collect stories and memorabilia about hoaxes. I don't know how I got hooked on this, but I can't stop. Last year I decorated my Christmas tree with cutouts of the Cottingley Fairies. I need help.
Posted by Alex on 11/25/08 at 11:47 AM
Lady Cottingley's Pressed Fairy book is great!
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 11/25/08 at 12:51 PM
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