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DAILY MONSTER 100 (of 100)


Good morning. Thank you for being here for the big finale---Number 100---The last of the Daily Monsters. But before we get to that, let me direct you towards yesterday's amazing stories. Everybody's just kicking ass on these last few creatures. It's such a pleasure to see such great posts from all of you---new contributors, monster stalwarts, and returning champions alike. Please take some time to read the entries. They're worth your time:

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We also got some cool fan art from Érico Lebedenco of Brazil

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and the first entry in the Make Your Own Monster series from long-time monster contributor Sam B.

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This new line of monsters was suggested by Charlotte Saylor: You post one of the inkblots in a downloadable file that people could print and draw the monster they envision. No argument here. You can download the first ink blot here, print it out, manipulate it on the computer, draw on it, animate it, make it into a piece of sculpture. Let the monsters come out any way they come to you. Have fun! (And when you're done, send me a file and I'll post a little gallery for each blot here on the site once a week.)

Now... please meet Monster 100. I hope you'll like it. I made it especially for you. It's got a few little surprises up its sleeve, not the least of which is a sweet little Monster Coda composed and performed on the viola especially for the occasion by frequent monster contributor Logan Hasson.

I started this project on November 19th as a way to pass the time while a few publishers were mulling over a book I had proposed to them --- just a little something to keep my mind off of things. I thought that some of my friends might enjoy it and check in every once in a while, but within a few days I was getting lovely comments from all of you.

You started naming the monsters, SpeakUp and Ze Frank linked to the site, around Monster 11 the first little monster stories started appearing, and on December 07, 2006 at 01:47a.m. here be simon posted his first epic (for Monster 19), paving the way for what has become a mid-boggling collection of stories. (I can't wait to read them all again to put together the book. I already have plans to graph out everybody's posts over time... but I'm getting ahead of myself.)

Since then, I've been looking forward to a fresh batch of stories every morning and you've never let me down. It has been an entirely unexpected pleasure. I never saw it coming and I can never thank you enough for the truly lovely experience you've given me over the past 100 days. It's been an absolute delight to meet all of you and I hope the monsters will bring you as much good luck as they've brought me.

One last time, I will ask you, please:

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I will keep posting, of course, and there will be plenty of news on the book and on some new 344 goodies in the days to come. All of you who've asked about the original drawings and about prints and T-shirts, please make sure to check in every now and again. Or put yourself on the mailing list and I will send you the news when it happens. And of course, the Weekly Monster will make its first appearance in April.

If you'd like to hear me talk about the monster project, the two monster books, and some new 344 projects, check in on Von Glitschka's Illustrative Designer Podcast. We did the interview on Day 70, but it just went live today, so it's a bit of a time capsule.

For now, I hope that you've enjoyed yourself with the Monsters and that,
even in their absence, you'll remember that 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 99 (of 100)

Good morning. And a Happy Saturday to you! I hope you'll have some fun today! Depending on your location, you may be eligible for making snow angels, or, if you live in my neck of the woods, you could go to your nearest healthcare provider and get yourself vaccinated against Oscar Madness! Fun, either way. (I kid! I love the Oscars! There are some great people to root for this year, too.) But before you get caught up in any of that, I think you should check out yesterday's monster stories:

Storiesabout98

In addition to the stories, Jon Stevensn sent some fan art.
I like the way it's perching on the wire binding. Take a look:

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We're also starting a new little thing today. Yesterday I got an e-mail from Charlotte Saylor: I would propose a small side project where you post one of the inkblots in a downloadable file that people could print and draw the monster they envision. It would be interesting to see how people create differently from the same source material. Is there but one type of monster to be born from each initial canvas?

I think that's an excellent suggestioon, Charlotte. So here is the first downloadable ink blot for you. Print it out, manipulate it on the computer, draw on it, animate it, make it into a piece of sculpture. Let the monsters come out any way you feel them. Have fun! (And when you're done, send me a file and I'll post a little gallery for each blot here on the site once a week.)

Monster 99 has secrets. It's a creature of questions! Where did it come from? Where is it going? Where is the rest of it going? Who are those little guys on deck? Where is all that liquid coming from? What's with the bubbly exhaust? Why the giant teeth? What is its purpose?! Please! Somebody!! TELL ME!!!

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For the second-to-last time I will let you in on what's up next:

As you know, there will be a book about this whole series and you can't get into the book if you don't post a story. So if you haven't joined in the fun, this is your chance.

Due to the nature of old school print media, it'll take a few months to get the book produced right. But I would love to keep you informed about the project in the meantime. I'll post news here at the site, of course, but if you like, please send me a message at monsterbook@344design.com and I'll make sure you're the first to get the book when it becomes available. In fact, if you put yourself on the mailing list, I'll send you a custom monster desktop picture---full color and everything!---by the end of the week. (Which is now. The end of the week is now and I'm getting this ready. Yes, I will!)

This is almost it. Only one more Daily Monster left to go. Please join me one more time tomorrow for the Grand Centennial Finale--- the 100th Daily Monster. For the love of blown ink, don't miss it!
344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 98 (of 100)

Good morning. I hope the week has been kind to you so far. The weekend is once again upon us and we have but two more monsters left to go! I'm excited to see that so many new storytellers are emerging in the nick of time! And I'm happy that some of our great authors from early on are returning for the final monsters. Everybody is showing up with flying colors:

Storiesabout97

Also, please take a look at this bit of fan art by Ysa (5)---her version of Monster 53. Her mom sent this to me a few weeks ago, but it was wiped out along with a bunch of other e-mails during my well-documented tech troubles. I just received another copy today and I'm happy to share it with you now. Nice work, Ysa! Thank you very much for sending it!

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Monster 98 is in need of relief. It's got an itch and it's got the scratch to cure it. It's Friday, after all. Everybody deserves a little sensory pleasure on a Friday. What do you think is going through 98's mind right now? What was making it itch in the first place? And where is it sliding off to?

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Once again I will post my bulletin about what's up next:

As you know, there will be a book about this whole series and you can't get into the book if you don't post a story. So if you haven't joined in the fun, this is your chance.

Due to the nature of old school print media, it'll take a few months to get the book produced right. But I would love to keep you informed about the project in the meantime. I'll post news here at the site, of course, but if you like, please send me a message at monsterbook@344design.com and I'll make sure you're the first to get the book when it becomes available. In fact, if you put yourself on the mailing list, I'll send you a custom monster desktop picture---full color and everything!---by the end of the week.

I hope you'll have a great Friday and that you'll have a chance to check in on the final two monsters tomorrow and Sunday. For now, have fun on your Friday night, be you scartcher or scratchee, and please remember that 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 97 (of 100)

Good morning. Three more monsters left to go! I just filmed #100 tonight. I think you'll have some more fun left this week. I know I will. All I have to do is read your excellent stories:

Storiesabout96

Monster 97 is hopping mad. Well, it's hopping, at any rate. But it seems happy doing it. It appears to be another scientist. Do you think it works for United Pogoworks? Did it start out with one leg? Will it, in fact, end up with one? What do you think is going on here?

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I will repeat again my public service announcement about what's coming up next: As you know, there will be a book about this whole series and you can't get into the book if you don't post a story. So if you haven't joined in the fun, this is your chance.

Due to the nature of old school print media, it'll take a few months to get the book produced right. But I would love to keep you informed about the project in the meantime. I'll post news here at the site, of course, but if you like, please send me a message at monsterbook@344design.com and I'll make sure you're the first to get the book when it becomes available. In fact, if you put yourself on the mailing list, I'll send you a custom monster desktop picture---full color and everything!---by the end of the week.

I hope you'll have a great Thursday
and that you'll come back tomorrow and over the weekend.
98, 99 and the Big 100 are waiting for you!
They love you as much as 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 96 (of 100)

Good morning. Only four monsters left to go! It's getting very near the end! But I'm so excited to see everybody just flying with their stories! We're finishing strong and that makes me very happy! You guys are amazing. Check out yesterday's tales:

Storiesabout95

Monster 96 doesn't enjoy being bossed around. It's cranky. It doesn't want to perform silly little tricks. It just wants everybody to let it be. Why is it so grumpy, though? Did something happen? Is it not getting enough sleep? Is it not eating right? Problems at home? Or at work? Or is it just in 96's nature to be a bit sour. What do you think is going on here?

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Let me once again repeat my public service announcement about what's coming up next: As you know, there will be a book about this whole series and you can't get into the book if you don't post a story. So if you haven't joined in the fun, this is your chance.

Due to the nature of old school print media, it'll take a few months to get the book produced right. But I would love to keep you informed about the project in the meantime. I'll post news here at the site, of course, but if you like, please send me a message at monsterbook@344design.com and I'll make sure you're the first to get the book when it becomes available. In fact, if you put yourself on the mailing list, I'll send you a custom monster desktop picture---full color and everything!---by the end of the week.

I hope you're having fun working your way
towards the big Monster Finale with me.
It's certainly my pleasure. After all... 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 95 (of 100)

Good morning. Five monsters left to go! Are you still with me? Judging from yesterday's excellent, excellent stories, I'd say the answer is YES. We got an embarrassment of narrative riches from some new voices, from the regular cast, and from a few returning champions. You mustn't miss it:

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We also got some new fan art from Mr. Yonatan Spivak. Nice work, Yonatan:

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Monster 95 is doing the Monster Shuffle. Monster 95 is also on the run from someone. Or something. What's going on here? Is he on the lam? Perhaps from the security guard at the shoe store? Or from a monster stalker? And what's he mumbling about? All kinds of mystery surround Monster 95. I hope you'll lift the veil and let us in on some of his secrets:

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At this point, please let me repeat yesterday's message: As you know, there will be a book about this whole series and you can't get into the book if you don't post a story. So if you haven't joined in the fun, this is your chance.

Due to the nature of old school print media, it'll take a few months to get the book produced right. But I would love to keep you informed about the project in the meantime. I'll post news here at the site, of course, but if you like, please send me a message at monsterbook@344design.com and I'll make sure you're the first to get the book when it becomes available. In fact, if you put yourself on the mailing list, I'll send you a custom monster desktop picture---full color and everything!---by the end of the week.

To those of you who had e-mails bouncing back, please try it again today. My webhost chose yesterday to summarily disable all catch-all inboxes to cut down on spam. So very, very helpful... sigh! But everything's working again now. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Please enjoy Monster 95 responsibly
and brace yourselves for the final five creatures!
Now more than ever 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 94 (of 100)

Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend and are ready for the final week of the Daily Monster. Only six more creatures to go after today! But they're going to be good, so please tell a friend and post a story. Here are some fine examples from yesterday:

Storiesabout93

Monster 94 is worshipped. It seems to have a congregation of sorts. Is it an oracle, do you think? A shamanic creature? Why is it touching some of its followers with its noodly appendage? Clearly there are complex interactions happening here. What do you think the story is?

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I'm excited to see what you come up with. As you know, there will be a book about this whole series and you can't get into the book if you don't post a story. So if you haven't joined in the fun, this is your chance.

Due to the nature of old school print media, it'll take a few months to get the book produced right. But I would love to keep you informed about the project in the meantime. I'll post news here at the site, of course, but if you like, please send me a message at monsterbook@344design.com and I'll make sure you're the first to get the book when it becomes available. In fact, if you put yourself on the mailing list, I'll send you a custom monster desktop picture---full color and everything!---by the end of the week.

Right now, I hope you'll have fun with Monster 94
and that the week ahead will bring you much luck and inspiration.
You do know, don't you, that 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 93 (of 100)

Good morning. Thank you for paying a visit to the monsters on a Sunday. I hope the weekend is going your way so far. Please check out yesteday's stories. My little trip into R. Crumb territory has inspired two of our regular contributors to write song lyrics. If only we had anybody who makes music... I'm looking at you, Richard and transient. Please check it out:

Storiesabout92

Monster 93 is deep in thought. Or heavily medicated. It's hard to tell from here. But the spangly pants make one wonder if we're dealing with a rock'n'roll situation. Horse tranquilizers, anybody? But I may have this entirely wrong. What do you think this one's story is?

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Have an excellent Sunday. Get some rest,
so you'll be in top shape for the final week of monsters.
7 more creatures are waiting for you and they'll need
your very best stories! Let's go out in style!

That tingling in your frontal lobes
means that 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 92 (of 100)

Good morning. I hope your Saturday is treating you politely and with great care.
You're visiting the monsters, so that's a good sign that things are going your way. Please check out yesterday's stories. We got another batch of fun tales waiting for you:

Storiesabout91_1

Monster 92 is steppin' out. He's young. He's hip. He's severely foreshortened! Where is this young buck off to? Does he live in a universe that allows horrible puns, leaving him to be named Tony Monstero? I sure hope not! What is his story?

We are about to head into the final week of the Daily Monster. Everything is building to Monster 100, who will be revealed on Sunday the 25th. After that begins the work of selecting the stories for the 100 DAILY MONSTER book. So many of you have crossed the threshold this week and started contributing stories and I'm glad you did. You posted great stuff and I hope you'll stay with the monsters for the final stretch. If you're still on the sidelines, I hope you'll use this last week to jump into the breach
as well. Find a quiet moment and please...

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Have a great and relaxing weekend!
Either rays of sunlight, a warm cat, or a good book
should come to rest on your stomach, even if it's just fo a little while.
May it be so. And of course you will know
that 344 LOVES YOU


DAILY MONSTER 91 (of 100)

Good morning. And Happy Friday. Another week on the books. Are they going by faster than they used to or is that just me? At any rate, all is well in Monsterland. The technology is cooperating again* and---according to today's medical checkup---I have excellent blood pressure and the metabolic panel of a young Clark Gable. Which further confirms that the only thing healthier than watching a monster a day is drawing a monster a day.

In that spirit, please take a look at the stories about yesterday's monster:

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Now please meet Monster 91, He's a happy fella. And wouldn't you be, too, if your nose telescoped out like that, and you could fly? Why do you think 91 has those evolutionary adaptations? The extending ratchet-nose, in particular, seems a bit odd. Are we dealing with a wine tester? A food critic? A parfumeur? Or am I way off base here? What's this little guy's story?

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I can't wait to read your posts. (Because you're brilliant!)

In yesterday's comments, Ching asked if there will be further adventures beyond the 100 Daily Monsters. Yes! Absolutely! After a little time traveling, I'll be back with the Weekly Monster. Beyond that, I'm sure some completely new thoughts will pop into my head, too. All of you coming to check in on the creatures and posting stories every day continues to be such a remarkable and excellent experience... I'm getting all kinds of inspiration! So will there be further adventures? Oh, you bet!

I hope you'll have a great day today and a lovely weekend ahead!
I mean it when I say that 344 LOVES YOU

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* The poster frame problem persists for the moment. Revver is going to roll out a new feature that lets users set the frame, but it may not go live until the very last monsters. I could switch to posting Quicktime vs. Flash movies, but since so many of you are working on Windows machines I'll stick to Flash right now.