12 BIGGER MONSTERS

 

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Hello! You know how I keep going on about Monsters I can't show you yet? Monsters that are keeping me so busy that I'm not updating the blog enough? Well, here at last are some of them!

Please meet 12 BIGGER MONSTERS, a limited edition portfolio of a dozen larger than usual Daily Monster® drawings. I created these Monsters especially and exclusively for this portfolio. After hundreds of letter-sized characters I thought it would be nice to go a bit bigger. Dramatic scale! Fine detail! The works!

It’s taken me 16 months to select the 12 Monsters that comprise this collection. In that time I made tons of large drawings. Many of them were nice, but didn’t quite measure up. I wanted every one of these Monsters to be great, and I wanted them to come in the fanciest possible containment unit. No expense was spared. Please take a look:

Edition Size: 100 signed and numbered copies
Print Size: 12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
Printing: 4-color digital offset printing with a double-hit of black
Paper: Mohawk Options Smooth Digital 80 lb. Cover (216 gsm)
Each print is embossed with a 0.344 in. (0.87 cm) diameter 344 seal.

Portfolio Case: Custom-made 12.5 x 16.5 in. (31.8 x 41.9 cm) case covered in iridescent silk that changes color from tan to bright pink depending on viewing angle. The case has hardcover flaps, a hidden magnetic closure, and a custom Daily Monster liner. The cover of each case is blind-debossed with the number 12 in a 5.25 inch diameter circle.

Shipping: Each portfolio is protected by a clear, resealable Mylar bag, and ships inside a bubble-lined polybag envelope, which is packed in a snug corrugated cardboard mailer. Each portfolio ships with a pair of archival gloves of nylon or cotton, so you can handle the prints without risk of unsightly fingerprints.

Total Weight: 2 lb 8 oz (1.13 kg)

Please note that these prints are 12 x 16 inches in size, which means they fit into standard picture frames, so you can put these Monsters on your wall without breaking the bank. (Alternatively, you can put one
Monster each on the walls of twelve of your friends this Holiday Season.)

If you’d like to place an order, you can do so by clicking the PayPal button. I’ll ship the portfolio to you via U.S. Priority Mail. If you’d like shipping via FedEx, please contact me so I can get a shipping rate for you. Please order before December 1st to guarantee delivery by December 24th.


Please tell me your preferred glove size when you order:

 

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Bigger Monsters, you'll find them below. You can also see a version of this page on the 344 site that has bigger images of all the creatures. For now, I hope you like the new guys, that you have a stress-free and delicioius Thanksgiving, and that you know: 344 LOVES YOU

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I FOUND THIS FUNNY (PART 2)

Good evening! Remember the thing I posted about the upcoming 826LA event hosted by Judd Apatow? Well, it's really, really coming up now! We're less than 24 hours away, and Typecraft just printed the commemorative poster that will be handed out to the performers and the VIP attendees. Check it out!

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We ran an ad in Daily Variety, too:

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And lastly, we're having a red carpet entrance at the event tomorrow, but didn't want to go the celebrotastic step-and-repeat route. Instead I revived this idea from the Graphic Eye launch party last year, and made a sign people can hold. I hope we'll get great photos! Here's roughly what I'm hoping for, but with better clothes, and... you know... shoes.

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For now, I hope you're having an excellent Halloween week! New Monster action is coming your way soon, but for now I hope you'll take my word for it when I tell you that 344 LOVES YOU

 

 


I FOUND THIS FUNNY

Good afternoon! How are you? What's new? Sheesh, it's been so long between posts again. I apologize. I'm working harder right now than I've ever have, but I'm not allowed to show you any of the results. Yet. Which is frustrating, but temporary. (Lots of new work coming your way soon, in other words!)

Happily, I just did a favor for my friends at 826LA -- owners and proprietors of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart -- that I CAN post for you. It's the announcement for their upcoming fundraiser JUDD APATOW presents I FOUND THIS FUNNY -- An Evening of Music & Comedy to Benefit 826LA, featuring special guest appearances by Lindsey Buckingham, Josh Homme, Garry Shandling, and many more surprise guests!

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It's not often that I get to do a piece that unites so many of my personal favorites. And this is just today's version! As the poster says, there are even more surprise guests we'll be adding between now and October 29th! There will also be an extra tricked out print version of this thing once we have all our stars lined up.

But for right now, something NEW from me to you! Finally!
Because you damn well know that 344 LOVES YOU


DETOUR: 826LA SPELLING BEE POSTER

Good afternoon. As promised, here is another little excursion. As you may know, I'm the designer for the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a division of Dave Eggers' tutoring organization 826LA. They just had their big annual fundraising event, and I pitched in by writing and designing the poster. I can't take credit for the excellent tagline "a tournament of verbal smarts and fraudulence," but exposing Lincoln's hustler past (and his brain)? All me right here. I hope you'll like it. As always you can click on the image for a larger view.


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If you don't know about the kind of funny stuff cooked up by the 826ers all over the country, here's a good write-up. Or just check out the dead heat final round of the Bee, featuring the day's top fundraiser, Dianna Agron of "Glee."

Please come back tomorrow for a tiny, tiny out-and-about Monster. For right now, I hope you're having a great day. You know, I'm sure, that 344 LOVES YOU


SURFIN' BRIT MONSTERS

Good afternoon! Another month has passed and I've been a bad blogger. Once again I have to apologize to you. I'm in the final two weeks of a new book (on dating and relationships) that'll be out in time for Valentine's Day and is going to come with all kinds of fun features, so stay tuned for more on that. But I've also been busy on a few things I CAN show you!

First and foremost, the good people at Creative Review -- specifically writer Eliza Williams and editor Patrick Burgoyne -- made me the featured designer of their current issue. If you're in the UK, please check it out at the newsstand. (And, you know, BUY the thing, too. It ain't a public library!)

As part of the article they asked me to design the cover. Seeing how it's the SUMMER FUN issue, I thought I'd represent California in style and offer up some surfing pop-up Monsters. Check it out in this photo by my generous and excellent friend, product photographer Jason Ware:


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The inside cover beach part features three separate encoded messages, two of which lead to more riddles, and then there's an Easter egg, too. CR reader Alex Johns already claimed the prize (a signed copy of the Monster Book), but if you're in a decoding mood, please have at it. You can download a larger version of the beach here.

Another great benefit of the article was that I got to have my portrait taken by the amazing Jill Greenberg! I've been a fan of Jill's work for years, so getting to be her subject was a huge honor and a real thrill. And just the tiniest bit intimidating, too. Not so much because my time slot was sandwiched between two bikini models, but because my emotional range in front of the camera apparently veers from foolish grin straight to deep scowl, with not much in between, especially at 10AM. Needless to say, Jill made me look great anyway:

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Please forgive me, but you gotta see it properly.
Jill is amazing, and I love this shot:

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Courtesy of CR art director Paul Pensom, the rest
of the article looks pretty damn spiffy, too! Take a look:

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Lots of fine 344 action, as you can see, accompanied by a very generous article about the stuff I do. And if that weren't enough, Patrick and Paul asked me to illustrate the section title for the SUMMER FUN bits, and create five mini-Monsters they could hide on their site. The person who found all of them first and unscrambled the word won a nifty digital camera. Not too shabby, right?

Allow me to show you that type a little bigger:

 

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Also, here are those five little hidden Monsters, together at last.
Click on 'em for a bigger view if you like.

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And that's that for the Monsters in the pages of Creative Review. My thanks again to Eliza, Patrick, and Paul for making me look so good in their pages, and for letting me have so much fun making new Monsters for them, and to Jill for making me look so stylishly stern.

Most of all, thank you for sticking with me as I'm creating things for you behind the curtain. I hope you'll like the results when I can show them to you. In the meantime, please check back tomorrow for another little extracurricular Monster action. For right now, I hope this jogged your memory that 344 LOVES YOU

 


DETOUR: CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE REDESIGN FOR FAST COMPANY

Good afternoon. In a bit of non-Monster news, I just had the honor of redesigning the California license plate for Ken Carbone's excellent Fast Company blog, adding some helpful features in the process, including a working QR code. Craig Minor tricked out Texas with some appropriate bad-assery, my judging-buddy Bart Crosby gave some serious speed to Illinois, and Ken himself glammed up the Empire State in a way that's stylish and tough. Take a look.

Here is the exclusive annotated view of the new California plates. If you'd like to take a closer look, you can download a 2.6MB PDF here.

Surely you realize that 344 LOVES YOU

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INDABA WONDER LUST COVER MONSTER

Good afternoon! No, those aren't just five random words strung together in the title for this post. The lovely people at Design Indaba Magazine asked me to design the cover for their Wonder-Lust issue with an ardent Monster. They also included a very kind (and beautifully designed) article about what I do. If you happen to be in South Africa, or have access to a well-stocked international newsstand, please check it out!

My great thanks to Ravi, Matthew, Nadine, Richard, and Marcel at Design Indaba for letting me play! Needless to say 344 LOVES YOU

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THE LEASON ELLIS MONSTER

Good afternoon. How are you? Thank you to everybody who's joined the site over the last few weeks. I'm sorry the updates are so sporadic right now. New Monsters are very much in the works, along with a new book, and lots of new graphic design. But today I'd like to introduce you to a new Monster I made for my friends at Leason Ellis, a group of intellectual property lawyers in White Plains, New York, just down the road from a great friend of the Monsters, animation god J.J. Sedelmaier. 

About a year ago one of the partners, Peter Sloane, contacted me about helping the firm with a graphic design project, which has led to a lovely exchange of ideas and skills. For one thing, Peter has given me a great education in intellectual property law by helping me file trademarks on the Daily Monster™ and 344 LOVES YOU™. With a little luck, I'll soon be the proud owner of my very own ®.

It ain't as easy as it looks. I didn't realize, for example, how strictly trademark law binds you to protect your intellectual property. You're basically forced to send out onerous cease and desist letters to anybody who comes near your trademark --- not because you're a mean corporation bent on destruction, but because you risk losing the protection of the law if you don't. It's an odd setup, and I'll write about it in more detail down the road.

This post is about a new Monster that Leason Ellis commissioned for their conference room. Wrap your head around that: A law firm with a custom Daily Monster™ in their conference room! You don't see that every day. A Belgian ad agency, sure. But a law firm? Whoda thunk it? They're cool guys!

And it is a tie-wearing Monster, of course, but one of loosened knot. (The tree with fallen apple in the background is their Newtonian logo.) You can click on the image to see a larger version:

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Once we had the art approved, my friends at Typecraft made a glorious 72" x 24" print, and the guys at Fine Art Solutions took a break from handling Jill Greenberg and John Baldessari pieces to mount our guy. Take a look:

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They even made a custom crate for him:

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And here he is, properly installed in New York,
in the company of his legal guardians:

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(Yuval H. Marcus, Peter S. Sloane, David Leason, Edward J. Ellis)

Thank you to David Leason and Peter Sloane and everybody at Leason Ellis for letting me play, and for giving a great new home to this Monster.  It's a good day at work! And, I hope, a further reminder that 344 LOVES YOU


SIGN OF LIFE

Hello there! Just a quick sign of life from your friend in the ink business. Forgive me for being so un-posty these days. More Monsters are in the works, but right now I'm typing away furiously on a new book for Spring 2011 -- monsterless, but still funny, hopefully. In other words, I'm a lazy blogger, but not a lazy person, and I hope you'll stay tuned! And if you've forgotten, which I'd certainly understand, please let me remind you that 344 LOVES YOU

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In the meantime, it's spring outside:

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DER DONALDIST 136

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Good evening. As if you haven't had enough from me today, considering the Daily Monster™ Papers No. 15, and the first of the New Year's Eve Monsters, here is a little something that just arrived in the mail:

I was honored to design and illustrate issue 136 of the German science journal Der Donaldist. Now, just in case you're not familiar with this, allow me to explain: Donaldism is the scientific study of the universe occupied by Donald Duck -- Donald, Daisy, his nephews, Scrooge McDuck, the lot. We're not talking comic book collecting, either. The Donaldists are a group of writers, philosophers and scientists of every stripe (professors, applied physicists, journalists and judges among them) that have spent the last 32 years analyzing the available source material -- the canonical work of Carl Barks -- to formulate theories about the laws of physics and rules of society in Duckburgh.

They explained the scatter-shot nature of entropy in the duck universe, dealt with the phenomenon known as Veronkelung (literally uncle-ing -- there are only aunts and uncles, never parents), and they explained how ducks can have teeth when they're happy or angry. (Turns out that it's erectile tissue that pops up in emotionally heightened states.)

Back in 1977, led by out-of-work meteorology professor Hans von Storch, they formed the Deutsche Organisation der Nichtkommerziellen Anhänger des Lauteren Donaldismus -- the German Organization of Non-Commercial Followers of True Donaldism -- or D.O.N.A.L.D.

You'll be shocked -- shocked -- to learn that I was once one of them. 

Back in 1985, thanks to my then brand-new friend Elke Imberger, Der Donaldist was the first magazine to ever publish one of my drawings. Issue 54, page 40, bottom left. I was 12 and I was hooked!

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Since then I've designed a few of their covers, like issue 94 below, and the poster for their 2000 National Congress in Marburg (entitled M2K), and actually brought the National Congress to my hometown of Rinteln in 1989, driving the town fathers to complete distraction. So if you thought I was a nerd now, boy oh boy, you should've seen me then...

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Incidentally, the font on this poster is German Bold Italic by Towa Tei that shipped with the excellent album Sound Museum. How could it be anything else? That drawing is by Carl Barks, by the way.

This cover marks my 25 year anniversary with the Donaldists. Good timing, don't you think? If you like, you can click on the image below to download a 1920 x 1200 pixel desktop image of the cover, with a handy white bar on the right for your icons.

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I've mentioned, have I not, that 344 LOVES YOU