Good morning. Today is my dad’s 61st birthday. For the past 20 years I’ve drawn him as a Leo for his birthday, and this year is no different. In the beginning there was a treasure trove of hobbies and activities that I could lionize: my dad cycling, reading his favorite news magazine, sitting at his desk, driving his car, walking the dog at work, playing with my GameBoy… but after a while it gets tricky to find new things to draw—especially considering that I only see him once every other year now when my folks come visit me here in California.

But this year the image was clear in my mind. Along with a few of my close friends my dad has spent hours and hours talking with me on the phone these past few months, helping me sort out some difficult things… so this year he’s the voice in my ear. Please meet Leo 21:


The book map doesn’t look all that different from yesterday, but I cooked up a cool photo for the divider page that leads into the monsters, and I finally wrote a first draft of my introduction. It’s all coming together. And you know why, don’t you? Because 344 LOVES YOU



  • 21 August 2007 6:04 am

    That brings a tear to my eye…*sniff*
    What a great son you are, Stefan….I’m getting the feeling that springs from your having a great dad….

  • Penny Dreadful
    21 August 2007 1:26 pm

    Great drawing! My dad was a Leo, too, and I used to draw lions for him…I still miss him.

  • Danielle
    21 August 2007 8:31 pm

    Your dad seems awesome, hope he has a good birthday!
    I like how I can almost kind of see what your dad looks like in human form. He looks quite spectacular as a lion, still!

  • 21 August 2007 8:46 pm

    Congrats! I gotta say that nearly looks like a completed map.
    I am very very excited for the book. Glad you shared the process with us.

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