(What follows is the introduction to the original 'Postcards from Monkey Island' website):
Ever since I first printed business cards with the words "The Monkey Island Graphics Company, Ltd." on them, I have had people asking me just where
Of course, if you type '
I understand it has something to do with pirates.
And here I thought I was being so original.
I first began using the name in 1981, at least, that was the year the words were first printed on anything. As I wrote in the original introduction to the email versions of these cards:
"...It was in late November or early December of 1981 that I sat down with rapidograph in hand to create my first holiday card, a tradition that has endured and evolved through this day. (Some of you may have even been on that first list.) I lettered a poem by Shel Silverstein called 'The Peace Proposal', added a small drawing, and printed them up after hours at my job. I needed a name and a logo for the back of the card--I wanted them to look legit--so I drew a two and a half inch high figure wearing an apron. So much for the logo. Now for a name.
At the time I was reading a Kurt Vonnegut anthology called Welcome to the Monkey House. Well, "monkey" was nice, but "Monkey House Graphics" didn't sound right to me. Living as I do on
This website evolved out of that weekly email which was sent to a group of friends. As with any mass emailing undertaken by a lone individual using Microsoft products, there were problems. Some people would get the message and the attachment, some would get nothing. Some would get the text, but not the picture. Some would receive everything, and still not get it. (I have no solution for them). Some would notice that they'd never got one or two from past weeks, could I forward it to them?
It was making me crazy. So when the opportunity to start a website came along, I was primed. Now I just have to send a simple text message containing a link to the page and I'm done! I update the page once a week or so. If I add any other goodies, I'll let you know in the weekly reminder. The best part, however, is that if YOU think someone else should see this, you don't have to forward an email. Just send a link.
Well, for now, that's all. Let me say, "Welcome to