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For those of you new to the squirrel scene, you need to know this: we grow sunflowers. They’re kind of our thing… and not just because squirrels love them. We love them. It was the primary flower in our wedding. Last year I planted a ton… thinking that nature would cull most of them. We got a ton. It was great.
This year, I selectively planted here and there. So far we’ve done okay. This year’s crop is grown from last year’s crop.
Last night, I noticed we have new livestock on our tiny farm. Ladybugs. Lots of ladybugs. They especially love the yet-to-flower sunflowers. So, don’t be surprised if a new diminutive, yet sassy character makes an appearance in a future strip.
Well, the Finding Bob show went off without a hitch. It far exceeded my expectations in both attendance and reaction. And, yes… I was finally able to enjoy it.
Here’s a video of the pre-opening walk thru. Please forgive the iPhone shakiness.
Dedication is a special thing. I can’t even believe that I’m doing this, but after all it is the internet.
You will notice I posted two pages from my sketchbook. There are a lot of squirrels there. New squirrels. They’re not anything of museum quality, but there they are.
For those of you not aware, I post 3-4 extra one off sketches of Bob to Facebook and Twitter throughout the day (Monday thru Friday). They are quick little things. I got into the habit of it from that Instagram Bob 365 challenge I completed last year.
This is in addition to the daily strip and three installments of SQUIRRELOSOPHY. 17 (avg.) sketches, 7 strips, 3 Squirrelosophy panels = 27 new Bob the Squirrel drawings/panels per week. That’s nearly a month’s worth of original work in a single week.
It has been alleged that the sketches of Bob that I post throughout the day are rehashed drawings I merely change the words to. Translation: I’m stealing from myself and rehashing content.
I DO NOT re-hash stuff I post. That kind of thing, while tempting on those late days I’m not feeling even 30%, turns my stomach. I didn’t get into this to re-hash anything. If I can’t be original, there’s just no point.
I don’t have to post all this extra stuff. I WANT to post all this extra stuff. I like having people see something new from me on their daily feeds. I’ve gotten to the point where I can draw 20-30 squirrels in one day for the following week. I suppose my dedication could be misconstrued as crazy. I’m totally cool with that.
Go ahead… Call me any name in the book.
Hell, get creative and make up a few… makes no difference to me.
But three things you can NEVER call me: undisciplined, undedicated and a re-hasher. If I post something from the past, I’ll let it be known it’s from the past. I will NEVER take a squirrel, throw a new coat of paint on it and pass it off as new. Never.
I get “I don’t like this” emails all the time. Sometimes there’s genuine constructive criticism, sometimes it’s just crap. I just couldn’t let this one go. Readers of Bob know I’m in this strip blood, sweat, ink and tears. It only takes one cruddy email… one cruddy email.
I’m not the type of person to call someone out…so I’m not going to post the allegation originator. Think what you want… I’ve wasted enough energy on this.