Leo Espinosa
January 2008

Seven new images in the Sketchattack gallery.

I fell in love with the opening credits but the whole film is brilliant.
My Pantani Mid Winter Ride
A doodle from 1998 when Il Pirata won Le Tour de France
Today's temperature: Brrrr!!!!!

Marco Pantani and I were born the same day, January 13th 1970. Sadly Pantani died four years ago of a cocaine overdose; I'm still pedaling. Since I don't feel I can blame our fragile human condition for its addictions I still consider him an inspiration and decided to do a ride in his honor every year on this date. Today's ride started at 5:30 am and for more than half of the time it was pitch black and insanely cold. The water in my water bottle froze along with my toes and my forehead but my heart remained warm for the entire trip. happy Birthday Marco.

PS: And happy birthday to my illustrator friend Laura Osorno, My brother-in-law (also Leo), my buddy Karl and Annette in Barcelona.
Feed the Kids good music, yo!
Medeski Martin and Wood's latest album Let's go everywhere is up there with They Might be Giants' great tunes for kids. Clever lyrics, killer beats, and best of all, they don't talk down to children, nor sing to them with annoying high pitch voices . MMW is one of the most innovative contemporary jazz trios and their latest trip is worth buying, even if you don't have kids. The cover art rules, too.
A Cocinar! (updated)
I went to buy ID Magazine to see Staake's place in it and reading through the reviews I discovered 1080 Recipes, a great book with recipes from all the regions in Spain that's finally being published in English. Two doors down from the news stand, at a little bookstore, I found it and bought it. It's a beautiful publication and it comes garnished with the coolest illustrations by the great Javier Mariscal. I recommend you buy it and get a nice bottle of Rioja to go with it.
Enjoy, Buen Provecho, Bon Profit, Bo Proveito, On Egin!

PS: Here's a link with the artwork that David Flaherty just sent me.
Yuriy Norshteyn

Click here to see the film Ezhik v Tumane and here and here to watch a documentary about this great Russian animation master.
Spasibo, Dima!
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