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phinally: philadelphia phillies win world series

last night, for only the second time in their long history, the philadelphia phillies won the world series! i am elated today, philly sounds like an insane place to be right now, good times, wahooo! of course the phanatic is all a-tizzy, and the eben+sonheir combination is at it again…

son and heir shirts: phinally! / phightin’ like it’s 1980


dr. vino: drink local

dr. vino, aka tyler colman, aka the author of a year of wine, asked me to create an illustration for his boycott of beaujolais nouveau, the young wine that comes from france once a year for its november release. i’ll allow him to explain:

Beaujolais Nouveau is a travesty on at least two levels, one gustatory and one environmental. The grapes for this proto-wine were harvested only three months prior to the airdrop. In some years, they are not ripe enough and need to have their alcohol levels boosted by sugar. And most of the Nouveau is made with machine-harvested grapes carbonic maceration, commercial yeast strains and enzymes to give it a confected taste. Don’t get me wrong: I think gamay is one of the most food-friendly red grapes and a great value but mostly when it hails from one of the smaller subzones of Beaujolais.

via drink local

some may point out that beaujolais nouveau is being released early this year to allow for less expensive and greener shipping by boat, dr. vino acknowledges that and writes about it here: putting water in my own wine boycott. that said, he argument works for me, and long ago, i decided that beaujolais nouveau was pretty much swill, cheap, but swill.

the posts are good reads for information about wine production, marketing, and shipping. also quite entertaining are the comments for these two articles, as the internets likes to prove time and again, people have strong passions about EVERYTHING, you just need to find them.


simon and schuster: a year of wine

i recently completed a series of illustrations for the book, a year of wine: perfect pairings, great buys, and what to sip for each season, by tyler colman, aka dr. vino. it was over 30 illustrations of glasses, bottles, seasons, and related wine drawings. you want grapes!? I’LL GIVE YOU GRAPES! the book turned out great, and was a joy to work on. many thanks to all the talented folks involved with this project.

powell’s books: a year of wine
also, be sure to check out tyler’s wine blog:


slate: happy birthday, you bastard

an article about the dreaded birthday dinner. a ton of folks at a fancy restaurant, a hefty check, and the scheming, conniving and bitterness that goes along with this unfortunate meal. i liked my concept of using the last supper, but someone please remind me to keep it simple on these half day turnarounds.

slate: happy birthday, you bastard, by john swansburg

on a separate note, relaunched with a brand new site. congrats to the art staff, the new site looks great. it’s bigger, cleaner, easier to navigate, you know, all the stuff you want from a big relaunch. if you haven’t seen it, check it out.


happy autumn

the presidential election is going full tilt, the economy is in the tank, and the phillies start a seven game series against the dodgers this evening. obviously, there’s a lot going on. so in the midst of all the freaking out, worry, craziness and zaniness, i thought that i would take a deep breath and wish everyone a happy autumn.