Saturday, October 17, 2009

Waaaah, we missed a post!

Hey everyone! Super sorry if you were looking for a post this Friday...kinda lame, but Monkey was off winning a $160 Chrome bag at Litquake's Underground Exposed zine retrospective (put on by none other than Sean Logic of Ashcan) and Seal is madly working on finishing her 3 illustrations that are due tomorrow. Wooo!

Anyway, if you're still up reading this, once again (I think we mentioned it earlier) Monkey will be selling our collection of zines as well as some of his screenprints (some never seen in the store yet!) at the Book Arts Jam today (Saturday) from 11am-4pm at the Academy of Art table. Yay!

Monkey hopes you stop by to say hello and we'll get back to the regular schedule of blog posting.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Funny chimp loves his magic show

If you ignore the fact that there are distinct differences between a chimp and a monkey (yes, in terms of cognitive ability, Monkey would prefer to be Chimp, but it doesn't have that same ring to it), this video of a chimp watching a magician is perfect for us to share.

You have magic, funny sound effects, a silly chimp that loves watermelon, and Japanese television. If there was a seal and the animals were painting, you'd basically have our lives. Monkey isn't sure what he likes more, the fact that the chimp seems to love watermelon as much as he does, the intelligence of the chimp's reactions, or that the editors (in typical Japanese fashion) put sound effects to every single one of the chimp's movements. Sometimes Monkey wishes people had sounds effects like that.

PS - The video is in Japanese, but you don't need to understand the language to enjoy it :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Raffle Winners Announced!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our raffle! Fun times all around, and here are our list of big winners!

3rd place: Nico M. wins a copy of the Monkey Zine!
2nd place: Karin from good one karin wins a copy of the Monkey Zine and the Bad Date Zine Issues 1 & 2!
1st place: Alana R., one of our facebook fans gets to choose any one of Seal's digital prints!
Grand prize: Sean from our newsletter list wins his choice of either the "Cryptids At Night" Serigraph or a $45 gift certificate at the Monkey + Seal shop! Grats!

Congrats to everyone for participating, and we appreciate everyone who took the chance on the extra entries. All winners should be notified via email in the next few days (Monkey is still a bit ill) about how to claim your prize. Or, if you read this, just email us (info [at] with your mailing address and we'll get it shipped out ASAP.

Also, just fyi, we used to do a random number generation after plugging in everyone's name into a numbered spreadsheet. We then took the first four numbers and went from 3rd to the grand prize that way. It's a super cool site for anyone interested in running a raffle, lottery, etc.! Check 'em out!

PS - If you have time, we'd still love to have you fill out our survey! Thanks!

Monday, October 12, 2009


Hi all, sorry for the late post...Monkey has been fighting the flu, and Seal has been taking care of him, so the idea of sustainability has definitely come to mind.

Both being workaholics (Monkey by far being the worst), M+S need to constantly remind themselves that the world doesn't end if you have to call in sick to work, or if you only can finish 50% of a project. Yes, there are consequences (you miss a day of pay, you get a lowered grade, etc.) but if you constantly push yourself too hard, too fast, too long, you'll eventually burn out and then you'll be out of it for days.

Monkey has been unable to really do anything for the past three days now, which is not the best timing since he's trying to prepare some new prints for the Book Arts Jam (where he'll be exhibiting at the Academy of Art table) due to his illness. After trying to work his dayjob while sick, he ended up going home early one day, then he slept in the stockroom for an hour the next day, and finally he decided that he couldn't come in.

Life goes on, people may be inconvenienced, but the longer you are sick, the longer the minor inconvenience goes on. It's best just to take a full day off or two, rest (don't do other stuff!) and recover.

This is not to say that there aren't time when going all out 200% isn't necessary, but that shouldn't be the way of life. Monkey thinks you should definitely push your limits as necessary and as much as you can, but know your limits so you just don't push too far. Be sustainable!