WEEKLY MONSTER 113 (for Doyald)

Good morning! How are you? First off, today is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, so Happy 5768! (I really like the Jewish calendar. I wish it was 5768 on the Gregorian calendar, too. I'm sure I wouldn't have a problem booking passage on a space ship in 5768... Sigh... Of course, I'd be 3795 years old... but I don't drink, I don't smoke, I exercise, and I eat right. Surely my skin would still look good, no?)

I have to apologize for being a bad blogger, by the way. It's been almost a week since my last post. After the first draft of the book was done, a whole bunch of non-monster work came crashing in on me.

That, and I put together a little video message from me to you that will be in the extras section of the monster DVD---featuring seven minutes of me jabbering away and drawing a brand new DVD-only monster---with all different angles of the desk and close-ups and cutaways and everything. So you see, I was still working for you, just in a way that won't be visible until February.

I also took Friday and Sunday night off, which was really, really nice. I went to see the glorious return of one of my all-time favorite bands---Underworld---at the Hollywood Bowl. If you get a chance to see them on their current tour, I definitely recommend it! It was staggering!

Now, on to today's business: I have a new Weekly Monster for you. Number 113 is dedicated to my brilliant and altogether wonderful friend Doyald Young, who is 81 today. Doyald is an amazing font and letterform designer, who also happens to make gorgeous books. If you're not familiar with his work, please check out his website, listen to his Design Matters interview with Debbie Millman, or read this interview I did with him in the pages of STEP about a year ago. He's led a pretty amazing life so far, and he's my hero. If I make it to the year 2054 in one piece, and if by then I'm half as cool as Doyald is today, I'll have done something right. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOYALD! I hope you have an amazing New Year!

So, this is obviously a task specific monster, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a story. Lots of interesting characters have day jobs that hide fascinating after hours activity. What do you think 113 does after a good day's work? I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the matter:


Oh... and did I mention? 344 LOVES YOU