Ed Attanasio, 54, started doing what he calls his “silly little illustrations” of characters drawn in pen and colored pencil on 3” x 3” Post-It Notes several years ago. It all began when he had a stroke that scrambled his mind but somehow opened his brain to its artistic side. During his 15-month rehab in 2009, this writer/journalist drew more than 400 of these images with no intention of them ever appearing in public.
“Every time I would draw one of these, I'd hang it up somewhere in the house--on a bathroom mirror, on the wall in the den, even on my dog’s forehead,” Attanasio explained. “My wife and my stepdaughters always seemed to enjoy them, but eventually they would migrate to the refrigerator door and gradually disappear altogether. Then one day, my wife gave me a notebook and all of the drawings were there. Wow, it tells a story—a really great story, because now I am back to writing as a professional again and these drawings are a map that show my stages of recuperation. As I progressed (or maybe digressed) the styles of these drawings changed and in some ways, they’re very evident—at least to me!”
Attanasio is a journalist, ad copywriter, former standup comic and baseball historian who lives In San Francisco. His interests include photography, watching way too many films, swimming and eating way too much. He currently has two book deals related to baseball and also has an award-winning baseball web site called www.thisgreatgame.com.