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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ While de- signing an ad for my friends Natalie & Vinnie, owners of Russian River Brewing Com- pany, I got this crazy humorous idea to use one of

the stone

heads on Easter Island, a Chil- ean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. My Idea was to have fun with an Easter theme of some kind, but it was a bit out there! We didn’t use the ad, but had a lot of fun creating it! It actually inspired me to draw a picture for the cover this year. I normally do an April Fools joke of some kind for the cover. What is fascinating about Easter Island are the proverbial 50-ton stone heads scattered on the is- land. To me it’s humorous! Easter Island is located on a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. Tere are over 900 of

these monumental

statues called Moai. Evi- dently they were created by the inhabitants of the island during the 13th–16th cen- turies. Many of the statues have funny looks on their faces, many of them quite serious. As a young boy growing up

in Sebastopol, I would collect Oak Balls,

called Oak Galls

scattered under oak trees. It is a common occurrence caused when an oak tree reacts to non- stinging wasps laying their eggs on its leaves, branches, twigs

morning you have two choices; radiate positive

“Every that. Choice is opposite to

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or flowers. I didn’t know this till later. But being creative and carving things with my little Swiss Army Knife, I would carve heads out of these balls that much resembled the heads seen on Easter Island. Te balls are kind of foamy when dry and come in many distorted sizes and shapes. I always saw car- toony

faces in

them, which was my first exposure,

or under- stand- ing of

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ing them into incredible illus- trations. Te cover of the issue was not

from a pareidolian experience, but of where I thought all the unfound Easter eggs end up every year. Yep, there is an original Easter is- land out there some- where and the eggs keep growing and multiplying. Tat’s why the Easter Bunny, much like a Santa Claus is to Christmas, has to collect the eggs and distribute them to

the kids around the world. Seriously, I’m

not telling the truth! Did you know; Te tallest chocolate Eas-

ter egg was made in Italy in 2011. It stood at 10.39 meters and

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coming. Evolving as a human is quite an adventure and never, ever boring. One idea leads to another. Eventually some ideas work and some don’t. I would imagine that there were times I could have done things in life a lot easier as we all have, but for the full experience of living, I attempted to achieve projects and goals from just about every angle I could. In fact, it is my goal with the

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pareidolia, the ability, observa- tion of seeing faces and shapes in clouds, like Walt Disney did. Many of his themed mov- ies were obviously inspired by what he and his illustrators could imagine from observing inanimate objects and convert-

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weighed over 15,000 pounds! Many times I was called an

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