The Customer Moat

I am excited to share the very important Kickstarter campaign of a friend of mine: The Customer Moat. Eddie Sung has been working on this book for several years, and after painstaking edits and revisions, is finally nearing completion! I’m posting this partly for selfish reasons, as I am super proud to have helped out with the interior chapter illustrations, but also because the book itself is a concise, entertaining and ambitious project that I, as a small business owner myself, can’t wait to read in its entirety.

Eddie says:

“I wanted a book that told great stories while explaining the inner workings of business strategy; a book that combined theories along with practical, actionable business tools; a book that would be accessible and user-friendly to all people from high school students to small business owners to Fortune 500 CEOs.  I wanted to write a book that I myself wish I could have read so many years ago when I first began my own business adventures.”  photo-1024x768“The Customer Moat is a new way of looking at business strategy.  At its core is a new set of concepts from which we can build a more modern and improved model of business understanding.  With it, all the various elements of business strategy can now be fit together into a single unified system.  Excitingly, this system explains the entire ecosystem of business strategy in a single framework.  In addition, this book provides a toolkit of the major “actionable” levers available to companies with explanations of how to use employ them to grow profits. ” – from the Kickstarter campaign CMOAT-Book-v2

Cover preview and chapter illustration teaser

The Kickstarter campaign is a great opportunity to purchase a copy at a great price, and a portion of each pledge will be donated to making the book available to community colleges and public libraries. Other pledge rewards include special indie bookstore bulk pricing, fancy hardcover editions, and posters! Oh yeah, posters! One designed by the freakishly talented Noah Kroese, another by designer Dana Kublin, and one more by yours truly. Again, check out the Kickstarter page for previews.

I don’t advertise lightly, only for things I really care about. I’m really excited to see the final product, and hope you will be, too! Okay, that’s it for now. Oh, and happy December! I’m getting excited for a tree, and hunting down perfect little gifts for friends, and making ridiculous amounts of cookies.

This week: Never, Stargazing, and Inktober

neverFirst things first: tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 14th, Never debuts in Seattle on the big screen! Back in 2012, I helped create a T-shirt design and poster/cover for the film.

9:15 PM
@SIFF Cinema Egyptian
801 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122

Get your ticket(s) here:

From the Facebook page:

Never is the story of Denim (Zachary Booth), a twenty-something who moves to Seattle and falls in love with a struggling, gay singer-songwriter named Nikki (Zelda Williams). And as their resulting friendship blossoms and complicates, it will challenge and redefine their understanding of love and modern relationships. 


Second things second: Wednesday, Oct. 15th is opening night for my new show, Stargazing, at Solo Bar, 200 Roy St., Suite 104, Seattle. Yay! If you’re in the area, do drop on by!


Third in news: for the first time, I’m participating in the Inktober challenge! This involves simply (hah!) creating one ink drawing each day for the month of October. I’ve been using a brush and ink in my new toned-paper sketchbook (I love it so!), and mostly doing the drawings around 10 – 11pm, before crawling into bed, but for 12 days now I’ve pretty much kept to it, and I’m pretty proud of them.

sm oct 5  sm oct 7

sm oct 9

sm oct 11

sm oct 12You’ll notice I don’t have all the drawings up – that’d be a little image heavy. I have, however, been uploading them to my Instagram account. 🙂

Okay, that’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon! Thanks for sticking with me!!

Wow! Artist: Aubrey Learner

Oh my goodness, I am in love. San Franciscan artist Aubrey Learner has an MFA in fine art and a BS in biology, and the combined loves mashup to create something truly stunning:


watercolor on paper 23×38 inches


watercolor on paper 17.75×30.25

black chemise

ink, graphite on paper 36″x24″

milk and honey

watercolor on paper 33×41 inches


Acrylic and ink on paper 48.75×45.25 inches

Her intricate drawings include insects, silk, candy, pins, lace and parasites. They arouse both disgust and desire; smaller perhaps disturbing bits making up a beautiful, larger whole. More images in her online portfolio, here. Ugh, she is so good!!

Things making me happy lately

With no real rhyme or reason, here is a collection of happy things, for you. 🙂 Have a beautiful Saturday!!

“Stop working and love me!”

This site: Wunderkammer: A curiosity cabinet of {un}natural wonders – so full of strange, beautiful, grotesque and curious. A stunning collection of images that hugely satisfies my closeted goth, for example – this mantis endoskeleton by Judith G. Klausner:

Along the same lines, a fun place to waste time: odditycentral

Baby penguin (via Zooborns)

This photo. By Romain Kersulec.

The XX – Chained

… a gentle reminder (via)

My new coffee cup, by Junji Miyazawa – constant companion.

Also, been obsessed with Asaf Avidan. His voice is incredible.

Asaf Avidan & The Mojos – Your Anchor

Asaf Avidan – Different Pulses  

This pillowcase is awesome. I want it. By xenotees on etsy.

(via) I swear. I don’t spend any time on this site.

…and that’s why I have you.

Song for today

Asaf Avidan & the Mojos – One Day  (Wankelmut Remix)

Momo keeping me company in the back of my chairMore shrinky-dink action!The wildflowers growing on our porchGot these in the mail a couple of days ago – Lumi Inkodye – sunlight-activated permanent dye, which can be used on cotton, silk or wood. My first experiment was rushed and careless, so I’ll let you know when I come out with a successful development! Any case, very cool stuff.   

All of my spare time is spent neck-deep in this novel.