I’m pleased to announce that The Hustle Economy is out now and available wherever books are sold!
The absurdly prolific Jessica Hagy (of the blog Indexed) and I rounded up a bunch of talented creatives and asked them to share their best wisdom on surviving the gig economy. I edited their words and Jessica illustrated with her signature pithy charts. Now, the book exists!
It’s a particular thrill to help so many people I admire so much share their insights, and I hope whoever picks up a copy finds something in there that helps them. It remains a challenging economy and the best way I’ve found to navigate that has been asking people like these for advice as often as they’ll let me.
The full list of contributors, in order of appearance:
Nick Douglas — comedy writer Jason Oberholtzer — editor, producer, consultant and most importantly, me Ben Grelle (The Frogman) — internet comedian, writer, photographer and graphic artist Adrian Sanders — cofounder of Beacon Farah Khalid — film editor Mike Rugnetta — producer, performer Emma Koenig — television writer and humorist Asha Dornfest — founder of Parent Hacks Kelsey Hanson — founder of Vocal Design Mónica Guzman — columnist and Neiman Fellow Thomas Leveritt — director, author and painter Casey Bowers — writer Josephine Decker — director, film editor and performance artist Donna Salgado — dance artist Alex Pearlman — recovering entrepreneur and digital news girl Dante Shepherd — professor and web comic Brad O’Farrell — game maker Jess Kimball Leslie — trendspotter Meredith Haggerty — writer, editor, the hero we deserve Alex Larsen (aka Kid Twist) — battle rapper and game designer Nancy Zastudil —gallerist, curator and arts writer Lee LeFever — cofounder and creative director of Common Craft Jess Wysaski — blogger and humorist Jessica Hagy — artist and writer Zach Weinersmith — web comic
Thank you again to all these wonderful people and to all of you who follow this blog for having put me in the position to be doing pretty much anything I do, including put out books every now and then. It’s a dream.
So this is love So this is what makes life divine I’m all aglow and now I know The key to all heaven is mine My heart has wings and I can fly I’ll touch every star in the sky So this is the miracle I’ve been dreaming of So this is love
❝It was intended as an inside joke. Gene, of course, was 100 percent Jewish, having been born in Israel under the name Chaim Witz. I doubt Totie Fields knew anything about Gene’s background, but she didn’t miss a beat. Totie, after all, was a professional comedian, and Gene was no match for her when it came to trading one-liners… Gene furled his brow and snarled halfheartedly. He was smart enough to know when he’d been beaten.❞ — Ace Frehley
So This Is Love || Ilene Woods & Mike Douglas (from Cinderella)
So this is love, Mmmmmm So this is love So this is what makes life divine I’m all aglow, Mmmmmm And now I know The key to all heaven is mine My heart has wings, Mmmmmm And I can fly I’ll touch ev'ry star in the sky So this is the miracle that I’ve been dreaming of Mmmmmm Mmmmmm So this is love
TRICK ‘R TREAT Album Cover Art by Francesco Francavilla
Revealed to the public this past weekend at MondoCon (which, btw, was one of the COOLEST shows I’ve been ever!), I can finally announce - and show off - my very first album/vinyl cover: TRICK 'R TREAT soundtrack, to be released by Waxwork this October!
Can’t say enough how much fun it was to work on this: Mike Dougherty’s movie is a modern classic of horror so I was honored to be asked to design and draw the cover for this soundtrack. Sam, the main character in the movie, had to take the main stage, helped by the creepy. spooky kids from the school bus accident. Add some pumpkins (movie is set during Halloween after all) and you get the above cover and inner gatefolds :)
As mentioned, I designed the whole thing, including typing in all the text and hand-drawing main titles and other cover dress elements. The whole nine yards, in a few words. There is still more to be revealed about this release, but for now here’s a sneak peek at the cover art and the inner spread, which includes liners from director and composer Douglas Pipes.