A couple weeks ago, Clio, Danny, Tanya and I went to the L.A. zoo. I haven’t been there since I was really little, but it was pretty much what you would expect a zoo in the middle of L.A. to be like. It was somewhat depressing, but here are some photos anyway. My favorite shot has an animal count of zero:
I got new shoes, and I really dig ’em. It’s been such a long sandals-only journey the last few years that I feel like I’m learning how to walk again.
Jeff Smith came by our studio the other day (to meet up with Kazu). It was pretty cool to meet him, even though it was just a handshake.
I spent Thanksgiving with my brother, parents and godmother and it was one of the best Thanksgivings ever. It’s been a long time since we all sat around and told stories and laughed so hard, as a group (especially at my dad’s college-days shenanigans).
No Country for Old Men is one of my favorite movies. I’ve seen it twice, and it’s drilled a path straight into my psyche. [spoiler in next sentence if you haven’t seen it yet – skip to next paragraph if you care]: It has a very simple, beautifully-illustrated point, and I love that it doesn’t end with a cherry on top. I am so pleased to be told what happens in a story, rather than knowing and simply waiting to find out how it happens.
The last two weeks have been devoid of sleep. It has been focused on a couple things. The first: finishing up the latest issue of Kotori which goes live on December 1st (chalk up another 80+ pages laid out). Some featured interviews we have this time around: Wu Tang Clan, Wyclef and Serj Tankian. Check it out!
The second: the all-new, sparkly-clean, super-slick Nucleus website. Check it out for all the goodness that it offers. We’ve worked so hard on this and it’s an absolute joy to see it go live – I am very, very proud and there’s only more chunks of awesome to come.
That said, I am about as exhausted as I’ve ever been, and tomorrow’s flight to Japan couldn’t have come at a better time. I need this break, and it’s such an awesome group of people to travel with. I am looking forward to meeting up with Clio, Von and Aiko, seeing the Ghibli Museum, temples in Kyoto, the countryside in Shikoku, our apartment just outside the city, some Nucleus artists, and the madness that is Tokyo. I’ll take tons of photos, and I’ll see you in a couple weeks.