GROUND CONTROL TO MONSTER TOM ………………….. The Monster Book Launch Party

Good morning. How are you? I hope you had a fun weekend. I know a lot of you did, because I got to see you have it at the Launch Party for the Monster Book at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart.

Thank you so much to all of you who came to say Hello and get your photo taken with the monster. You can check out all the cool photo booth pictures in this special Flickr photoset. (If you took your own photos at the party, please post them to the Daily Monster Flickr Group, or send them to me and I’ll do it for you.)


A great big thanks to Tim Moraitis for making the pictures happen, to Jona Frank for helping us get everything beautifully lit, to Elizabeth Thinnes for hooking me up with Steve Babcock at the Universal Studios Sign Shop, who made the monster, to Mac Barnett at 826LA who let us use the store for the event, and to Amy Orringer at 826LA, without whom the party would’ve been me alone in a room without food, light, chairs, music, or people! Thank you also to all the great volunteers at 826LA who helped set up and run the event, and to my friend Jen Stone who keeps stepping into the breach. You’re all so very generous to help me, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

I hope you had a good time, too!

It was so lovely to see all of you. A special shout-out goes to Mr. Terry Tolleson, one of the top story contributors in the book. Terry packed his family on a plane to came to the party from Austin, Texas to celebrate. That’s dedication! I love that!

In the months to come I hope that I’ll get to meet more of you as I go back on the road a bit. If you’d like to get your photo taken with the big monster, come see me at the F&W booth at Book Expo America from May 29th to June 1st at the L.A. Convention Center or at the Impact Books booth at Comic-Con on June 7th and 8th.

Of course, before that will come another full month of Daily Monsters starting on April 1st, and I’m sure we’ll have some more fun between now and then, too, if for no other reason than 344 LOVES YOU


  • 17 March 2008 12:07 pm

    Great pics! Looks like everyone had a good time, including your multi-faced monster friend.

  • Stacy Rausch
    17 March 2008 12:50 pm

    the magnetic eyes and mouths are great…
    Although there was one monster that had two mouths upside down as eyes, and one really big cheesy grin that was great…

  • 18 March 2008 10:36 am

    haven’t been here in a while!
    so it’s finally out? the book? good for you congratulations, and where can we get this most wanted of treasures?
    greetings from Argentina!

  • 18 March 2008 2:26 pm

    Thank you very much for your message, Valerie. Yes, indeed! The book is out. Where would you get the book in Argentina? Boy… Amazon with international shipping may be your best option. Here is the direct link:
    I just tried it out, and with standard shipping (about 3 weeks)
    it only adds $10 to the overall cost, so you come out at $24.
    Not too horrible. (Shipping to Europe adds about $7, incidentally.)
    The DVD is not region encoded, so it should play fine on your computer. On your DVD player, I can’t guarantee it, because of differing TV standards.

  • 18 March 2008 4:05 pm

    What a fantastic party! And in an even more fantastic locale – hilarious, inspiring and just plain fun.
    Well, Stefan, what can I say… the book is incredible (I also managed to read that super-fine print on the last page). My mom absolutely LOVES her signed copy. Some friends and I are going to pitch in for a super buy of about 5 books from Amazon so we can distribute some of the love.
    The trip couldn’t have been more worth it. Just being in the presence of that lovely cut-out lad and his ever changing features gave me some great motivation. Look for some postings from me VERY soon.
    I’m back, baby!

  • 20 March 2008 10:07 am

    Hello! First time poster here. I spotted your site in Communication Arts awhile back and have been lurking ever since. 🙂
    Great pics of the launch party! Looks like lots of fun was had by all. I’m going to pick up a copy of the book tonight at the local Books a Million. I’ll make sure to take a photo!

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