Good evening. How are you? Thank you to all of you who came to my lecture at the HOW Conference on Monday, and to my little party at the Foundation Lounge on Tuesday. It was great to meet all of you. Here are a few photos at Mr. Mig Reyes’ photostream. Also, please visit his great blog of the conference. Mig was kind enough to let me embed the video he took of the very special monster I made for the session:

After the session Doug Bartow of i29 did an interview with me
for SpeakUp. You can read it as part of this post here.

A big event for me was getting to finally meet Amy Schell and Grace Ring, my editor and art director at HOW Books respectively. We spent almost a year working on the book together, but this is the first time we were in the same room together. I also got to see Megan Patrick again, who brought the book into the HOW fold, of course. And who’s that masked man, you ask? Why it’s Monster Contributor No.1 — Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Sam B. Who I’d also never met in person.
It was a pleasure all around.


Amy Schell, Grace Ring, Sam Berkes, and Megan Patrick
at the Foundation Lounge, May 20th, 2008. Photo by Mig Reyes.

As I had mentioned, I also cooked up three special monster prints
for the conference. Now their making can be revealed:

I do hope you’ll like ’em!
And you do remember, I hope,
that 344 LOVES YOU


  • 22 May 2008 9:03 pm

    It’s not unusual for these monsters to be loved by anyone. And yes, I’m so glad to have met Sam, too. The mystery man is no more!
    Thanks for the plugs, Stefan!

  • Sue Bebie
    22 May 2008 10:32 pm

    These 3 new Monsters are absolutely great!!!
    Thank you Monsterchief! It’s the begin of a
    wonderful friday morning.
    (And nice to meet the story teller S.B.)

  • 23 May 2008 5:44 am

    Somehow I expected Sam B. to have a square jaw and big teeth. *L* He seems so much a part of the monsters.
    I loved the performing monster! Even did the splits, so he was a James Brown monster.

  • Stacy Rausch
    23 May 2008 11:22 am

    great monsters… love the singing and performing one as well!

  • 23 May 2008 7:10 pm

    although I didn’t make the HOW conference,I thouroughly enjoyed meeting you in CA. Thanks for taking the time to join us for lunch and signing your book! A definate high point of my trip.
    I love the HOW monster video. The other three do not seem to be working. I’ll check again later.

  • 26 May 2008 10:47 pm

    I came back and the vids are working now 🙂 And each one is greater than the last. I thought the second one with the funky upper teeth might be a new favorite… but then the shadez-wearin’-funka-avian stole the show! That’s one cool cat… er… bird!

  • 26 May 2008 11:27 pm

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  • 9 June 2008 11:10 am

    And I thought I had imagination! Those monsters are pretty cool and I really like your style!!!

  • JMR
    8 September 2009 6:35 pm

    What type of ink do u use?

  • JMR
    8 September 2009 6:47 pm

    Also do u know what stores carry that type of ink?

  • 8 September 2009 7:30 pm

    Hi JMR. I use Yasutomo sumi ink.

  • 8 September 2009 7:31 pm

    I buy mine at Dick Blick, but any art store either carries it, a comparable brand, or can special order it for you. It’s not expensive, either.

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