i spent the summer of 2002 drawing a children's book that i began writing, as a hobby, in 1998. it was one of the best summers of my life. my brother finished graduate school in may and moved in with me. we spent the months watching movies, playing video games, experimenting with our facial hair, and working at all hours.

i finished the drawings for my book in september almost three months after i began them. they represent some of my best work to date, i think {when the book comes out you can tell me if i'm full of baloney.} and i was so proud of my achievement that i did the crazy legs dance in the living room. my brother said i looked like mick jagger. i drew this picture as a document and a celebration.

© 2002 rama hughes