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If you’re on the internet, there’s a good chance you’ve seen this. But just in case you haven’t – take 10 minutes and check it out. I can wait:

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

So how about THAT?

I love this on so many levels. Mostly because I can relate to Caine. I never built a cardboard arcade, but I remember spending summer vacations building forts or stages for magic shows (complete with trap doors!). There’s a few things we all can take away from this.

Caine: The kid with ingenuity and imagination. With perseverance he built up his cardboard arcade and waited. He knew customers would come. He just didn’t know when. So he waited.

George: The encouraging dad. I don’t know how many business owners would let their kid take over most of their store with such a contraption.

Nirvan: The benevolent filmmaker. Proving it only takes one person to make a difference, this guy takes it upon himself to champion Caine’s Arcade.

For me, this really shows the collaborative relationships that illustrators and authors need. We all need that perseverance and patience and we build our arcade and make improvements. We need people around us to encourage us and push us along while giving us the room to be creative. And we all need that person or people that stumble across our little musings and ideas to take it and run with it. Spreading the news.

Nothing is a one person show.

For more info on Caine and his arcade, check out (you can even donate to his college fund!)

Comments for this article (2)

  • Sean says:

    Hi Josh! I sent you an email a few days ago about our project. Let me know if you got it. We are almost ready for the gallery! Thanks so much!

  • josh says:

    Got it! Can’t wait to see what you guys have done!

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