Sunday 27 October 2019

Squirrel Awareness

Happy Squirrel Awareness Month, everybody!

What?!? You didn't know that October was Squirrel Awareness Month?

You were, in effect, not AWARE???

Well, if this is this first you're hearing about it, already so late in the month, it's partly my fault (see comic below), but perhaps you just don't follow enough squirrels on social media. Because if you followed even one squirrel, you would have been familiar with the not-quite-trending-but-not-for-lack-of-enthusiasm hashtag, #squirrelawarenessmonth (ad nauseum... - Ed.).

Not to mention #theinternetneedsmoresquirrels, #squirrelsoftwitter, #squirrelsofinstagram, #squirreltax, #squirrelarmy, etc., etc.

I, myself, follow quite a group of squirrels on Twitter, and consider @Ratatosk4 to be our online guru. Ratatosk is, of course, the Norse Squirrel God, and authority on all things squirrel and good in the world.

But who is @Ratatosk4? That is, who types the tweets? A he, she, or they? A human, or an actual squirrel? Or other?

That's the thing about the Internet. To paraphrase the old New Yorker cartoon, on the Internet, no one knows if you're a squirrel.

This is all to say that today's comic features @Ratatosk4 as a little homage to all of the awareness and enthusiasm this entity brings to the Internet and my life. Thanks, o great squirrel deity!

And while I'm at it, a little shout out to all of my online squirrel friends - Rocky (who does weekly Sunday Squirrel Shoutouts on the Twitter), Lolly, Beebz, Hippy, Emergency, and so many more!

Happy Squirrel Awareness Month!

Monday 14 October 2019

The Bad Movie

Here's another "buddy" comic, starring Squirrel and my good buddy, Dave.

Regular readers (hi Mom, and two or three others) will recall that Dave is a serious film buff, particularly in the genre of horror, and you can read his thoughts and reviews on the topic at his blog Bloody Terror. His most recent blog post, as of this posting, is actually about the PEI Art Scene, and quite thoughtful and touching.

Dave also does a regular monthly comic in the local PEI arts rag, The Buzz called And Yet I Blame Hollywood. When I include Dave in my comics, I try to draw him the way he appears in his own comic. At least, I started drawing him the way he used to draw himself. I think both of our styles have gradually drifted from the originals, as comic artists tend to let happen.

Anyway, Dave and I do things together IRL, and will often look at each other and say, "This would make a great comic!"


Sunday 6 October 2019