Good morning. How are you? Once again it’s been far too long since I’ve posted new Monsters for you. The past month was mad with work. Allow me to give you a quick recap. If you’re reading my Facebook updates, please forgive me for any duplications.

Two days before posting the Y Conference Monster I was sworn in as a United States citizen. This is something that I’ve been working towards since I first came to this country 15 years ago, and in earnest since getting out of school in late 1996. It’s been a weight on my soul over the years and it was an incredible relief to have it finally and definitely removed. Here’s a picture from the ceremony:


As part of the ceremony I was able to register to vote, which I did eagerly and joyfully. Stefan G. Bucher, registered Democrat. Pleased to meet you. Later in the week I called my congressman to support caps on greenhouse gasses, and in a few weeks I’ll vote in the California special election. It’ll be the first time I’m voting in any election anywhere, and I can’t wait.

Passport-01-smallYesterday I received my U.S. passport. Which is a pretty nifty thing to get in the mail. Hard to imagine that an administrative act could bring so much peace and calm to a life. Nice to be a citizen of the land I call home again after all this time.

Since my Oathening I’ve given an iChat lecture to the students at Missouri’s Truman State University, been interviewed in Pash’s UCLA Extension class, and spent a few days in Oklahoma City to give a guest crit at the University of Central Oklahoma and a lecture for AIGA Oklahoma.

Oh, and I also finished my new book The Graphic Eye — Photographs by Graphic Designers From Around the Globe to be published this fall by by RotoVision in Great Britain and by Chronicle Books here in the U.S. Here’s an exclusive look at the U.S. cover:


So I’ve kept busy. So busy, in fact, that I made five new Monsters and didn’t even take the time to post them here on the blog. Which is just ludicrous. I’ll put them up in separate posts in a few minutes. For now, I owe you one other item that I’ve neglected to post since forever.

Back in November, the good folks at Metro L.A. invited me to illustrate two months for their 2009 calendar. Needless to say, I love public transportation, and our very own Metro in particular, because the graphics and the stations all look extremely sharp, so it was a pleasure to pitch in. Check out the results:


I’m so sorry to have fallen far behind in my blogging once again. I hope to better myself. As always, many new things are in the works, but one constant remains: 344 LOVES YOU


  • reina.
    27 April 2009 7:14 am

    congratulations on your citizenship! I totally understand you, I have been living in the US for almost 9 years now, but still so far away from getting it.
    The calendar illustrations look fantastic! I specially love the “No” monster-car =P

  • 27 April 2009 7:42 am

    Congratulations on joining us here for the crazy ride. *S* My nephew-in-law joined us a couple months back; now we have two new great guys to be proud of.

  • 28 April 2009 5:48 am

    Heartiest congratulations on becoming a U. S. citizen.

  • 28 April 2009 9:47 am

    Congratulations! Welcome aboard. Too bad you couldn’t use one of your monsters for your passport picture.

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