Good morning. How are you? I hope you had a good weekend and that the summer isn't too, too sticky where you are. I just wanted to send a quick sign of life. I owe you a new Open Source Ink Blot, and there are some really wonderful Open Source Monsters waiting for you courtesy of Emily Wong, Tiffany Nelson, Nancy Pene, and Danielle Ngo. I'll post them very soon. (I'm shooting for tonight, in fact.) You'll also find a new Weekly Monster here on Wednesday. Promise! You can check out some cool new Tallest Monster segments by Eliza Loon at on the Tallest Monster page right now.

I'm a bit behind on my blogging, because I'm finally in the full swing of designing the Monster Book. Here is a look at the final cover (with once-again redrawn type and everything!):


I hope you like it. Starting right now, I'm going to post a photo of the book map each day. The book map is my master log of what pages I've designed. If it's got a black dot on it, it's done---not counting the hand-lettering on each spread, of course, which I'll do after Amy (my editor) signs off on the text. I did 6 spreads today. Right now I can't really see straight anymore, but I think it's going to be a fun book!


There you have it. It's a little look at the progress, and a little end-of-day treat for me. I hope you'll forgive me the indulgence.

For now, I'm signing off. It's been a long day. I hope to see you again on Wednesday! Until then, you can count on the fact that 344 LOVES YOU


P.S.: I almost forgot: Did I mention that the David Hockney Catalog is finally done and back from the printer and no longer a semi-secret? Talk about your once-in-a-lifetime project. Check it out! That's 15"x9" right there! Can you see the sliver of double-hit PMS hot pink from the inside of the dust jacket?