Photo Of The Artist As A Teenage Nerd

I don’t remember where I ran across it, but this Popular Mechanics article from 1982 really took me back.

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I used to have that computer in the lower left. That thing was my world for a few years.

I played endless hours of Munch Man, composed little songs, and wrote endless Basic programs (especially when I got the Extended Basic cartridge with the sprite function!).

Anyway, I have an old photo album sitting around the office, and my son and I looked through it last week.

I came across this photo soon after seeing the article above:


Yep, that’s me. I’m pretty sure I’m 14 there. Cutting out Benday dots for a cartoon for the high school newspaper.

What’s funny is how little I’ve changed since then.

Honestly, my desk is set up almost that same way today. And I’m still into Legos, the space program, Van Halen… OK, scratch that last one.

I was telling Mike Lynch yesterday that basically I’m still a dorky kid in a (hopefully) responsible man’s body, and I’ve begun to wonder if I’ll ever really “grow up.”

Listen, I’m not gonna get all Hallmarky on you here, just someone let me know when I’m an “adult,” OK?

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Connecting With The Dots

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I ran across this Bacardi ad in some recent surfing and was transported back to my high school cartooning days when I cut out little pieces of adhesive dot shading for my cartoons.

In some ways I miss that labor intensiveness, and then my current deadlines remind me about how happy I am with my current techniques and Photoshop.

Still, there’s a charm in those little dots…

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