One of the great privileges of writing More Eric Meyer on CSS was having two wonderful technical reviewers: Porter Glendinning and Dave Shea. Even better was the chance to have Dave create a CSS Zen Garden design, give it to me as a graphic comp, and creating the CSS needed to make it work. I describe that process in detail in Project 10 of the book, but as a preview, the design is now available as—and here I take a deep breath to avoid giggling like a celebrity-struck schoolgirl—the one hundredth official Zen Garden design. The photographs used in the design were all taken by me at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, but the design itself is all Dave, baby. Interestingly, I never told Dave where I’d taken the pictures, so the faint thematic echoes of 15 Petals and the Garden’s web site are coincidental.
I will say here and now that design #99, Wiggles the Wonderworm, is an utterly fantastic and delightful concept. If I could, I’d switch his design with mine, so he could have the #100 slot. Wiggles rocks my world.
As you can tell, the syndicate hasn’t yet silenced me. In fact, I got a message from an operative deep inside their organization who says that his boss has met both Mallett and Watterson. Obviously his boss is a part of the conspiracy. I’ve let him know that he needs to be extra careful. Trust no one! I mean, look at today’s strip. How much more C&H does it get? Until next time, courage.