I’ve just added a new strip to my Squirrel War webcomic, which is finally viewable online after I finished my website in the last week. To celebrate this online debut I thought I’d talk a bit about the inspiration for the comic.
When I was a teenager my mum relayed news to me of a great tragedy: something had dug up all of the baby pak choi in our garden. Quel désastre!! What ensued was a Basil Fawlty-esque attempt to be rid of the vegetable patch vandal, which was obviously a squirrel either looking for food or just trying to stash it. I have no idea where my mum found some of the crazy suggestions she tried out as she could barely turn on the computer back then – and still can’t – but the day I saw her come in from the garden holding a pepper grinder I knew I had to document this battle of attrition (being waged by the squirrel on my mum).
And so Squirrel War was born! The very first strip was drawn (by hand) in 2012 and the evolution of the style is quite apparent, especially as I moved into digital from strip 4 onwards. Most of the strips that are currently up (up to 16 now) are based on real life occurrences; I’ll leave it up to you to decide which. If you can’t tell which are clearly made up however then I would start to worry.
Please continue to experience my bizarre humour, and thanks for reading! If you have a squirrel-related story suggestion for a comic strip, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll credit you if I use it.