BOOK NEWS (and 48 new monsters)

Good morning. Please forgive me for posting very little this week. Some very exciting things are happening that have dominated my time. As some of you already know, the Daily Monster Book is on! The book will be called 100 DAYS OF MONSTERS and here is the updated cover. I redrew the main title type Monday night:


HOW Books is going to publish the thing, Ze allowed himself to be drafted to write the foreword, and it’ll be in bookstores this coming February—complete with a DVD of all 100 Daily Monsters. So instead of flowers, why not plan on giving your sweetheart some inky creatures? (Just a thought… :^) I’ve been working on page layouts all week, and on putting together the first of a few planned user charts—who sent in the most posts during the original 100 Monster period.

I have downloaded the whole blog and have started the process of editing all the materials for the book. I’ll feature two or three stories with each monster, but the plan is to put all the posts onto the DVD, so that all of your cool stories and comments will be on the record! Of course, you can still submit stories for the original creatures now, but they won’t find their way into the book. (Not into the first one, at any rate. ;^)

The book will be chock full of new goodies, too! Bonus Monster Films! And lots of new creatures! Just tonight I made 48 new monsters in one long drawing session! My head is throbbing, and my back isn’t all that happy, but who wants to stop when the ink is flowing? I need another 13 creatures for this particular element, and then many, many more for something else… but that will have to wait until Monday. :^D

Man, I wish I could show you some of these creatures. I think they’re some of the best yet. But I want to make sure there will be some real surprises in the book. So I’ll fight the urge to post these particular monsters here. Please forgive the tease.

I will, however, post some great new Open Source Monsters:


Aren’t these excellent! Thank you so much for sending them in. Now, here’s OPEN SOURCE BLOT 08, ready for your monster creations! Let me recap for those of you who may be new to the Open Source Monsters: Please print out the PDF of this week’s ink blot, do with it what you will, then send me a scan or photo of your piece and I’ll post it on the site! I hope you’ll have fun!

It’s 4am and definitely time for me to call it a night. I hope that, wherever you are, spring has sprung and that you have a lovely and leisurely weekend ahead of you! And hey.. birds know it, bees know it, even educated flees know it: 344 LOVES YOU


  • 28 April 2007 8:42 am

    Well color me tickled black and blue all over again, this IS excitin’ stuff. I can’t wait to see this. NEW MONSTERS YEAH! And I’ve been over to Frank Ze’s site…I’m so glad he’s writing the forward. What a nutjob. In the best way possible. Some really really funny stuff over there (I just watched the little videos ‘how to dance properly’ – a scream). Great interactive toys, too. Go see!
    And great new tall monster stuff Mike!
    And I hope your recovery period is short, Stefan.

  • Danielle
    28 April 2007 5:53 pm

    This is really awesome! Seems like you’re really pulling out the guns for this.
    And I must say that Elliot is a superb monster model.
    ‘love the De Lovely reference.

  • 29 April 2007 12:12 am

    Congrats again!!! I am so excited about the book!

  • 29 April 2007 10:26 am

    Public apologies to Ze for mangling his name. When one studies Japanese, one tends to reverse the ‘natural’ order of things. Also when one does not pay attention, one can easily be a wanker.
    I’m lovin’ the new monster subs!

  • 1 May 2007 1:09 pm

    It’s going to be hard to wait until February. Bonus monsters? DVD? Stories in print? Sounds too good. Can’t wait!

  • 2 May 2007 2:14 pm

    I am so proud, so chuffed to watch where this progect is growing into. Keep saying, yes. Keep the dream alive, keep it growing. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that, either.

  • 2 May 2007 4:18 pm

    Ooh, love the book cover!
    I think I over-coloured mine, lol!

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