Gingerbread Rockettes

Thanks to A.G. reader Chris Monsos for the idea for this month’s new banner, a festive foodie tribute to the great Radio City Music Hall spectacular (with me getting kicked in the butt by a piece of gingerbread). Also, of course, a hat tip to Justin for getting those Rockettes kicking and a big salute to Lindy Groening for another brilliant illustration. In fact, I’m now proud to announce something that’s been a long time coming: a banner gallery where you can view all of Lindy’s previous banners. It’s quite an archive! And, finally, thanks to Ben Lim for creating the gallery and making it so fun and clickable.

Floating Away

DeNiro did it for “Raging Bull,” and now I’ve done it for this month’s banner. That’s right, check out the new plus-sized me floating up there in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Once again, kudos to Lindy Groening for another stellar illustration, and to Justin for puffing the air into all those balloons.

I’m A Peanut

Yes that’s me up there in this month’s delicious new banner–another masterwork from Lindy–having baked The Great Pumpkin into a Great Pumpkin pie. (If you can’t see it, clear your cache and reload the site.) Thanks, of course, to the uber-talented Lindy and the ever-helpful Justin for making the site look great, as always.

The Peeps

Clear your cache and reload the site, if you dare. You’ll never look at Peeps the same way again!

Thanks to Lindy, Leah and Justin for their work bringing another awesome banner to life.

The A.G. Team

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You can all breath a collective sigh of relief: this, I’m pleased to announce, is the very last post of my 5th Year Anniversary Week. Ok, maybe I went a little too far profiling anyone whose visage ever graced these pages, but, I must confess, it was quite a kick taking such a long stroll down this blog’s memory lane. Our final gesture is to give some credit where credit is due–that is to credit The A.G. Team, the people who keep this blog running.

Starting on the top left you’ll see Leah McCombe who gave this blog its beautiful, useful, whimsical and memorable design; next, on the upper right, is Ben Lim who is my savior and saint–he responds to all my pesky IMs when the blog goes down (which it’s been doing quite a lot lately)–and, more importantly, he’s the one who programmed all of Leah’s design and brought this blog to life; beneath Ben is the irreplaceable Lindy Groening who illustrates our awesome, hilariously kooky banners each month (she really is amazing: if I dream it, she can do it!), and–finally–next to her is Justin Dickinson who started here as an intern and graduated to our design team where he seamlessly uploads Lindy’s banners as soon as she’s done with them.

I’m really proud to call these guys my A.G. Team and I’m so, so, so grateful for their generous, thankless work. (Well, I hope it’s not entirely thankless.) I decided to ask them all a few questions which they’ve answered for you below. Let’s hear what The A.G. Team has to say.

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