A Cartoonist’s Diary

Leslie Stein: Day 5

My mom is friends with Neil Young. She’s living in a hotel and has sent him to pick us up and bring us to the hotel where she is living. My brother and I both get in the backseat of his SUV, and stare at the back of his head while he drives, blasting “Like A Child” and “Homegrown”. I’m wearing a shirt with the cover of Eye of the Majestic Creature #2 silkscreened on it.

They drop us off at the hotel, which is now a house. I live in the attic, and I only have a few items of furniture, but a pile of oversized rock posters is on the floor in the center of the room. I look through the posters. Blondie, Pearl Jam, the Fall… what the fuck? I don’t even like Blondie! And what the hell is that Megadeth poster doing over my bed? When the hell did I buy these?

Finally I reach a Neil Young poster, which is really ugly, but on the back, in simple type, is the guitar tabs for “Homegrown” (but also weirdly mixed with the lyrics from Jimmy Campbell’s “Half-Baked”. Great album! Totally weird.) I take down the Megadeth poster and put this up. I decide I’ll play this every night before I go to sleep.

I wake up and make juice. Did I mention I’m drink a ton of Valerian tea every night to help me fall asleep? I finished Comanche Moon and started listening to Helter Skelter, which I’m told by my librarian friend is the wrong Manson book to listen to, but whatever.

I actually get six hours of drawing done and run three miles before I go to work at 7. I’m in a great mood. A lot of famous actors come in to my restaurant, and for the most part they are all very nice, nicer than ordinary non-famous people in fact. Tonight one of these regulars comes in and I make him tell me what he thinks of all the new movies this season.

I look very happy in this illustration but I secretly hate these people. I could bore you with an angry waitress scenario, but I’ll save that for a future issue of Eye of the Majestic Creature.

It’s really busy, and I get out at 1 am and walk home.

Thanks for listening.

Leslie Stein is a cartoonist living in Brooklyn, New York. She writes and draws the autobiographical comic book series Eye of the Majestic Creature.