There’s an old adage that states: write what you know… Unfortunately for us that’s absolutely terrible advice since the only things we really know are 16-bit video games, re-runs of Charles in Charge and the correct way to eat whipped marshmallow topping out of a can (hint: with your hands). And since neither of us has ever worked in an office with a talking cartoon raccoon before, we had to use what scienticians refer to as “imagination” (which is Latin for: the place in your head where Hobbits and Scarlett Johansson’s boobs live). One of the things that struck us in one of our many bean burrito-fueled brainstorming sessions was that if you did work in an office with a bunch of animals, sooner or later some of them would probably hibernate. Thus was born today’s comic. We thought it would be funny if, as a raccoon, Rusty has to actually take off for a bout of winter hibernation. Unfortunately, after consulting the all-knowing and all-powerful Wikipedia (may its unnecessarily long entry on Harry Potter never fade!), it turns out that raccoons don’t actually hibernate. Instead they just kind of sit around in their dens for a few months eating food and being extremely fat n’ lazy – which in a way is even more appropriate given Rusty’s personality.
That being said, we had a real jim dandy of a time with this strip and probably went through about five or six iterations before settling on this one. Turns out that becoming webcomicomancers is hard work, but it’s all part of the learning process and it’s interesting to see how HUMAN/NATURE is evolving as we go along. Stick around for more office and cartoon animal related goodness in the weeks ahead. Who knows, you just might learn something*.
Thanks for reading!
-Pol and Adam
* NOTE: Because knowing is half the battle!