The jaunty music comes courtesy of Django Reinhardt. It’s from this entirely excellent CD right here.
I hope I won’t have to cease and desist. Either way, I hope you know that 344 LOVES YOU


  • 19 November 2007 4:29 am

    Congratulations on your First Anniversary! I started following about 12 and have been hooked since. I have the book on my wish list on Amazon.com and will buy it as soon as it comes available. I’m looking forward to all future monsters.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 19 November 2007 6:35 am

    I came late, but I made up for that I think…*S* I’ve been having double fun here ever since I found the lil creatures.
    What a fun short ride it’s been. I can’t imagine how it could have been any MORE fun.
    I’d really like to thank whoever send me here the first time, but I can’t remember who it was. So I’ll just thank the universe.
    Happy Day to you, Stefan.

  • 19 November 2007 7:47 am

    It’s hard to believe it’s been 335 days since I wrote my first story for your lovely monsters (347 since first finding this site). A forum I frequent had the link to monster 18 and a bunch of us made quite the commentary on it; and others. The upside-down drawing had us all in awe. Your talent has no bounds.
    It has been an incredible ride, indeed, Mr. Bucher.

  • 19 November 2007 7:55 am

    Happy birthday to the Daily Monster. Without a doubt, I love 344!

  • 19 November 2007 8:40 am

    Happy anniversary! It’s gone so fast.
    Thanks for creating such a great outlet for collective creativity and monsterrific entertainment Stefan. It’s been a stupendously fun experience so far! I’m a monster (& 344) fan for life. Keep up the great work!

  • Danielle
    19 November 2007 10:01 am

    h a p p y a n n i v e r s a r y
    Many congradulations are needed for everything you’ve done over the past year. It’s just amazing all of the great monsters and ideas we’e seen out of you. Thanks.
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

  • bbibo
    19 November 2007 7:50 pm

    Happy Year Number ONE!
    Daily Monsters has been a great source of creativity for all of us. It’s inspired us to be better monsters, um, er, people. The message is simple: When life throws you an ink blot, make a monster! Your website has always been entertaining, and it always brings a smile.
    Here’s to Year Number TWO! It’s going to be a great ride. As long as you enjoy it, so will we.
    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  • 19 November 2007 8:50 pm

    Even though I only contributed to just one of your daily monsters, I am a frequent visitor of this site and I find it’s always fun and engaging to check out. Happy First Anniversary and I look forward to next year!

  • 19 November 2007 11:55 pm

    and… first!

  • 20 November 2007 12:08 am

    Boleslaw is quite a dapper fellow and a hit with the ladies at the Polka Hall – especially when he remembers to put his teeth in. “He’s just got a special spring in his step” says favored dance partner, Marge.
    Happy One Year Anniversary and congratulations on creating such a wonderful and unique gift for all of us – thanks! Like your monsters – you and your site are one of a kind.

  • 20 November 2007 5:03 am

    That’s gonna put a happy step in my day. *L*
    Quite a “monster” change since #1, isn’t it?

  • heathers
    20 November 2007 5:23 am

    Reginald was very excited to start his new job as host of the game show “Are You Smarter Than a Daily Monster?”
    Happy Anniversary Stephen, so glad the monsters are around to make us smile!

  • Charlotte
    20 November 2007 6:44 am

    . . . and we love you. Thank you so much for posting your creations for all of us to see. Though we don’t all have a story or post with each new monster, I hope you know that you bring joy to many people’s lives. Thank you so much and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  • Katy
    20 November 2007 7:10 am

    Happy Anniversary, Stephen! Experiencing the Daily Monsters amidst the corporate mumbo jumbo – it just brings a bright spot to the morning (or as soon as I can get a peek) and helps me not forget that illustration is still out there in the world of techno-everything. Thank you!

  • 20 November 2007 8:27 am

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW…how cute! Happy Anniversary!!! His jaw is a little loose 🙂

  • 20 November 2007 8:44 am

    First off, congrats on the one year anniversary. I have been coming back for about 2 months now just to see your new monster creations. I absolutely love them. They are very original and very inspiring. Your book will make a great holiday gift for myself. Keep up the great work.

  • 20 November 2007 9:25 am

    Bouncy butcher Barrett bounds brazenly before choice chewy cookies, confabulating congratulatory communiqué commendably.
    Happy first! It’s been a fun year.
    p.s. love the Django. Hope it doesn’t get pulled.

  • 21 November 2007 1:13 pm

    The music played lightly over the loud speakers as attendees filed into the auditorium. This session was the talk of the conference. A packed hall was to be expected. Skipping the previous sessions or attending a panel already in the room guaranteed a seat. Finding two square feet of space on the floor was lucky.
    Large monitors on either side of the stage displayed notables from the last 365 days. Some were even present and would get a cheer when their image flashed across the screen. All the talk and rustling almost drowned out the music, a giddy tune reminiscent of bluegrass, decades past.
    With a tap of the toes and a twitch of the tail, Arthur Coil (a renowned historian and host of the First Annual Monsters Conference) merrily hopped onto the stage. The auditorium burst into a cacophony of clapping, hoots and other noises one might expect from a room full of inky-black beasts. Arthur gave a wink to an attendee on the front row and the acknowledgment garnered a snack tossed playfully his way. The crowd laughed as he snatched it out of the air. A good chuckle was had, indeed.
    Arthur gave a small jump to grab the rolled screen before giving his talk. “Happy Anniversary” got some great applause and cheering as it slid down into view. But it was the second screen that really got the crowd roaring. After the flipping of the first subsided, Arthur revealed the motto of the community’s benefactor, “344 Loves You!”
    Mr. Coil’s session may have been the last one of the conference, but this party is just getting started.

  • 21 November 2007 5:21 pm

    wow, a whole year?! that’s too cool.
    I love the anniversary monster. From one Peanut Gallery (me) to another (you), and also to you and you and you……thanks for a great and memorable year!

  • Stephanie
    22 November 2007 10:25 am

    Griffith loved popcorn. The only thing he loved more then popcorn was the Tango. He loved to dance and eat popcorn. Back in ’82 when he was a professional Tango dancer, he would asked to be paid in popcorn. His fellow dancers thought he was out of his mind, but to him, popcorn was worth more then gold.
    He couldn’t remember when his love for popcorn started. He has a vague memory of being a young monster and tasting the heavenly stuff. But he couldn’t remember where he was or the occasion surrounding this delightful discovery. Nevertheless, he fell madly in love with the gloriously crunchy stuff and hasn’t been a day without it since he was able to get it for himself.
    He would dream of popcorn falling lightly from the sky as he danced the Tango in a field of wild flowers. He would dream of people handing him bags overflowing with the popped corn as he walked down the street. At times, it was all that he thought about. Oh, how he loved the popcorn.
    He didn’t think he was odd for his obsession with popcorn. Everyone around him thought it was a little excessive, his devotion to the snack food. But that didn’t matter to him. Popcorn and the Tango made Griffith happy. And being happy was what it was all about.
    A couple days late, but Happy Anniversary, nonetheless. Here’s my song to mark the occasion:
    Happy, happy, happy
    Will you still be drawing,
    When you’re 83?
    (Let’s hope so!) Thanks for always bringing the goodness with the monsters Stefan!

  • 5 December 2007 5:24 am

    Django Reinhardt is awesome!
    Hopefully, everyone will know what the poem below is based on.
    _ _ _ _ _ _
    “You are old, sir monster Edward,”
    The young monster exclaimed,
    “So why is it that you so dance
    As if you are untamed?”
    “Dear boy,” sir Edward soon replied,
    “How could I stop my feet?
    The urge to dance flows through my blood
    And keeps me off my seat.”
    “You’re old,” the youth went on, “just like I said before
    And have a large, imposing jaw that hangs down to the floor
    So why move only with a grin
    Through each and every door?”
    “When young,” the old man answered then, “I wandered with a frown
    I felt the need to always heed the things that were around
    But now I am old and need some sort of pleasure in my life
    So I smile broadly and ignore the influence of strife.”
    “You are old,” said monster youth again, “and are a bulky fellow
    Your pants are wide, your shoes are large, your midriff moves like Jell-O
    So why must you bounce on the floor like you are Cinderella?”
    “You are young,” said Edward with a grin, “and would not understand
    The joy that hearty bouncing gives unto an elder man
    Someday you’ll try it and you’ll see why bouncing is so fun for me
    But now you should go run along
    As this poem’s getting far too long.”

  • Sue Bebie
    13 June 2008 7:54 am

    1. Jahrestag
    Der hüpfende Hopper Hermann plädiert für dessen Institutionalisierung. Nicht mehr nur Muttertag, Tag der Frau, Tag des Kindes, Tag des Mannes, (gibts den überhaupt?) Tag der Nichtraucher, der stinkenden Socken, des Flüchtlings und was es sonst an Tagen noch so alles gibt…
    Der tosende Applaus gilt nicht der speziellen Hochsprungtechnik; nein, der Slogan auf der Leinwand bringt den Saal zum Kochen.
    Ein Tag im Jahr, jedes Jahr aufs Neue, immer wieder…
    344 LOVES YOU! Wie wundervoll!!!

  • Nadia Hansen
    23 November 2008 12:06 pm

    Yay it’s your first anniversery monster!Since it’s your first anniversery monster I shall name #1 anniversery monster… *drumroll*
    Hewbert 🙂

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