A spore is born...
I did a little drawing during one or another of the many meetings I was obliged to attend. It was a shroom-headed mutant hacking up a lung (I was beginning to feel more than a little crappy). Andy says he named it Sporeboy. Since I can't remember, and since Andy has a lot of knives, he gets the credit.
Sporeboy the image was created some time during the two weeks I was out with pneumonia (the spores!). I don't exactly remember doing it. But when I got back to work, I ran out the illustration and posted it all over the art department. It went over kinda big. So, now we had a permanently-ill mascot to go with our fungus-ridden workplace.
Next, I had to figure out how a pointless, yakking cartoon head could make me a million bucks. So I checked the availability of sporeboy.com, got it, and started laying out a site map. As it turns out, illustration, logos...all that branding stuff is what I do for a living. So it was just natural that I would squander all my free time on what--during the day--I'd call work
Since the site's launch in 2001, I've used the sporeboy! name and image in forums, for postings, in Quake games... wherever. Friends and family think it's a tad weird... but then they've always thought the mothership forgot to pick me up.
Live long, and may the spores be with you!
They are you know...
|Since this site launched, the agency mentioned is no more--though I suspect the mold and mildew live on. I've kept in touch with many former co-workers, and all say they've seen a remarkable improvement in their overall health; this despite the pressures of sudden and precipitous unemployment.|