Intro: Cleo

Hang in there, Dot. Only a few dozen more.

Here she is – the most magical of my characters, Cleo Culpepper!

Out of the four Halloween storylines that I’ve done, the 2016 Revenge of the Stuffed Animals was probably my favorite.  I thought the writing and the pacing were the strongest, it didn’t take me forever and a day to finish it, I wasn’t trying too hard, and it allowed me to introduce Cleo as a character.

I think I wanted to introduce both a coworker character as well as a witch character.  So Cleo was able to tick both of those boxes.  For a while there, though, I wasn’t drawing her as much as I would’ve liked to.  Not sure why.  I do enjoy drawing her.  May have accidentally pushed her into the background.  Trying to rectify that.

Also, one of my favorite parts of drawing Cleo is coming up with her massive stuffed animal collection.  Due to her witchy nature, I’d like to think that all of her stuffed animals would be kind creepy/cute, and it’s fun to come up with new ones, like a two-headed cat or a little Sasquatch guy.  I like to think that each character has a bit of me in them, and with Cleo, it’s definitely the love of stuffed animals. I have way too many myself (and will probably buy more because I’m an adult with a regular paycheck and this is what I choose to spend it on).  There is also the fondness for avoiding people.  Trying to work on that.

Next up: Dot!

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Intro: Jeff the Reindeer

Other holidays be damned.

Here he is – the reindeer with the most Christmas spirit, Jeff the Reindeer!

I feel bad for Jeff sometimes.  I don’t draw him as often as everyone else and he kind of just…fades into the background.  Until it’s Christmastime and I remember that he exists.

I think the main reason I decided to keep drawing him was that I enjoyed the ridiculousness of his name.  A reindeer named Jeff.  Not Jeffrey.  Just Jeff.  More importantly, Jeff the Reindeer.  Seems incomplete without the last bit.

I’d probably describe Jeff as calm with a hint of desperation and a intensity for Christmas that is unrivaled by anyone.  Yeah, that sums him up.

Also, the first time I’ve drawn his stable (which I am pretty damn proud of – look at that building!  It looks like a building!).  He lives out in the backyard for two main reasons: he’s kind of hard to keep inside and he’d probably start decorating for Christmas in August.  So for everyone’s sanity, he stays out back.  Suits his needs, though.  Not sure how much shenanigans he would tolerate (see: when Arugthor landed in the backyard).

Next up: Cleo!

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An Intro to Intros

Thank you DOT.

So.

In an attempt to reach a larger audience, I have started posting some of my comics over on my Instagram (@i_draw_walruses).  And I’ve been a grand old time – the algorithm is a beast, but I’m working on it.

However, in my excitement to do so, I have not really provided much background/context on these characters that I have developed over the past 5 years or so to this new audience.  So it’s been hard for them to jump on board or even really understand what goes on in the I Draw Walruses universe (it really is its own bizarre, strange universe at this point).

So I have deemed September Character Month – I’ll be doing a whole series reintroducing my characters, providing some much needed background, starting with what I consider to be the Main 7 at this point (Lars, Willa, Eliza, Jeff the Reindeer, Cleo, Dot, and Quincy).  The rest will fall in line.

Hopefully this will be helpful.  If it isn’t, well, then, I at least explored my characters a bit more and fleshed them out of bit.

I have a lot of them, I’ve discovered.  Like, more than I realized.  But it’ll be fun.

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Gardening Pals

Who needs a spade when you have metal claws for hands?

Feel like this is something that Cleo and Quincy would bond over – hanging out outside, puttering around the garden.

After all, plants are easier to handle than people.

Also, I realized that I’ve drawn Cleo a grand total of two times in the past year.  Unacceptable.  Our witch friend deserves more air time.

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Nose Pics

Put that nose AWAY, Silas. No one needs to see that.

Based off of a picture my friend Chelsea sent me.

It’s weird, seeing people wearing their masks with their noses exposed.

One, it defeats the whole purpose of wearing the mask.

Two, it looks…well, it looks wrong.

Thankfully, Silas learned his lesson after Cleo talked to him and told him how much of an idiot he looked like.

Also, can’t remember the last time I did a comic set at the library.  Huh.

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Going to the Movies

Maybe Detective Pikachu can help figure out what the heck is going on with Cleo’s necklace.

Yep.  Still haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame.  Actually not entirely sure when I am going to see it, ’cause I’m so far behind on the MCU movies.  Also not sure that I even really care enough to go see it.  Blasphemy, maybe.  But really I just don’t.

Detective Pikachu, on the other hand…well, as the hardcore Pokemon fanboy that I am, I’m all for it.  I am doing that fun thing where I’m constantly checking Rotten Tomatoes to see what its score is, and right now it’s holding at a steady 70%, which isn’t bad at all.  I have heard that it may skew more towards fans of the franchise itself, and all of the good reviews I’ve seen come from non-professional critics who are fans of Pokemon itself.

Which, I mean, I’ve been playing it for two thirds of my life at this point.  And if other fans are loving it, then bring it on.

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