Jan. 2001. I had just quit my job as an animator for Hypnotix in New Jersey, to play "Mr. Mom" to our brand new son. Blue pencil was still the order of the day and I was enjoying not being at a job. Back then, when I wanted to draw but didn't have anything to work on, I would draw a set of eyes and compile ridiculous elements around them. And by "ridiculous" , I mean breath-taking and innovative.