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Birthday wish!

I have a small surprise/wish that I’d like to share with you! {Maybe next year will take the comics one step further? ;)}

[For relatively better viewing, click here > photo-passport for the Flash version, but resize your browser to the size of a youtube video :)]

Presenting: “Passport Photo… The [very sketchy] animated version!” [the vimeo below is low-quality]

Photo Passport [Maya’s Amalgam] from Maya Zankoul on Vimeo.

So in case you’re wondering, I just put this up together rather quickly, it’s been tempting me to see what an animated version of the comic would look like… What do you guys think?

[Credits: the soundtrack is Chick Corea’s Armando’s Rhumba]

I would also like to share this AMAZING visual sent by the lovely Naeema Zarif! (Click to enlarge) Check out her fantastic work in her Flickr stream. Well, if you’re wondering what Audrey is doing here, Naeema knows she’s my role model 😉

My baby turns 1 year old!

My blog turns 1 year old today!

Today, we celebrate Amalgam's 1st birthday!

Candle blowing

On this special day, I 'd like to thank every single person who supported, commented, liked, visited, hated... participated to making this blog what it is today. I could not have done it without you!  I love you all my darlings!

To thank you for all your love, I have a  proposition for you: I am going to give away  3 Amalgam books, and I am going to add  3 posts to the blog today (including this one).  The 1st commenter (located in Leb) on each of the posts will get a signed copy of the book!

So, let’s go, comment away! 😉 The comment has to be “Happy Birhday!”  So if you don’t want the book, just comment something else :p

[If you already have the book and don’t need another copy, please give a chance to others 😛  & sorry about limiting it to Leb, but it’s a bit complicated to send the book across the planet at this time]

I would also like to take this chance to give some…

BLOG FACTS & STATS!

• Let’s go back to the VERY FIRST POST I did on this blog! I called it “my tranquilizer” back then, and today I can say that this is exactly what this blog has been to me. I hope you all find your own “tranquilizers” and that next year will only be as good as the 1st one!

• 236: Is the number of posts on this blog since day 1!

• 2247: Is the number of comments you guys made on all the posts!

• 200,000+: Is the number of visits during the blog’s 1st year!

Let’s end it with Frank Sinatra singing “Happy Birthday” just for us! 😀

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N.B: Two other posts will follow today, so stay tuned if you want to get those books! 😉

P.S: This birthday was due on February 10th, but I have been over-super-busy to prepare all this, so let’s settle for March 1st as official blog birthday!

A new era begins…

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Welcome to your new home, my beautifuls! :) I don’t know if it shows, but I’m super-super-excited about the move! After all these years, and all the heated Twitter discussions, I have finally made it!

My blog is now self-hosted, and I can play around with it as I please! :) Hope you like the new design (I know 2 or 3 of you who will be delighted to see the header has been changed :D)

The major thanks goes to the loveliest Elie Khoury, who did the whole move in less than an hour – and supported me and gave me feedback, and who took my extreme nagging and worrying very positively, thus making the move possible with the most efficiency & fun! Thank you so much Elie!

Now to all of you RSS subscribers, I’m going to please ask you to switch the blog URL from mayazankoul.wordpress.com, to mayazankoul.com. That’s 9 characters less – Save the Planet :)

With this, I wish you all a beautiful weekend. Here’s a song dedicated to you: I’m Sticking With You – The Velvet Underground. Enjoy!

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