Author's Comment: Q: Did you keep a journal when you were growing up?
A: I didn't keep a journal when I was younger... But about five years ago, I started keeping a journal. The reason I started a journal was because I was wasting too much time watching television and playing video games, and I wasn't doing anything to pursue my cartooning aspirations. I thought that perhaps if I documented what I did every day, it would "shame" me into spending more time working on my cartoons. Ironically, keeping a journal was what inspired me to create this book. I liked the interplay of words and pictures in my real journal, and I thought it would be fun to create a fictional journal based on my childhood. I would recommend to any kid out there to keep a journal. Most of my friends can't remember much about their childhood at all, and they wish they could. Even if you only keep a journal for a short while, I guarantee that you'll treasure it for the rest of your life.