[Ed: ahh jeeze, this is what I get for writing drafts and then forgetting about them… I’ve had this drafted for almost two months. OOPS. Enjoy!] Please excuse the photo quality. This is my super-final; the only piece that was framed and hung in our class show at the Burke Museum. These are periodical cicadas (Magicicada septendecim specifically) in their three post-gestational-period life stages: nymph in the lower left, teneral adult (freshly molted) in the lower right, and mature adult at the top. 

This is a weird, labor-intensive technique I learned back in September: graphite value drawing on illustration board with colored pencil on drafting film as an overlay. The graphite below gives a little visual boost to the color on top, which is difficult to layer onto the drafting film since it’s so smooth.

This was a serious labor of love. I was born at the very beginning of Brood X’s 1987 emergence—I heard their song at the beginning of my life, and again at their next emergence when I turned 17 before heading off to college, my next major turning point. I’ve been so immersed in drawing and studying and thinking about them that I feel like I can barely talk coherently about it anymore. Maybe someday I’ll write a book about them.

Here are some (true) facts about the axolotl:

- they exhibit neoteny, meaning they reach sexual maturity without going through metamorphosis
- they are capable of regenerating lost limbs, and so are frequently subjects of scientific experiments 
- they’re critically endangered and unbelievably adorable

Here are some (true) facts about the axolotl:

- they exhibit neoteny, meaning they reach sexual maturity without going through metamorphosis
- they are capable of regenerating lost limbs, and so are frequently subjects of scientific experiments
- they’re critically endangered and unbelievably adorable

I’m traveling through California on vacation but still working on comics for Awesome Possum! I don’t want to give too much away, but here are a couple of sneak peeks—a pitcher plant PSA and a brief bio of my favorite scientific illustrator.

In case you haven’t heard, we’re $35 away from doubling our original goal! Come help push us over the edge: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/861608378/awesome-possum

Holy shit! We met our minimum AND our first stretch goal, which means all the artists will be PAID $5 per page! 

All the perks with commissioned artwork by me are sold out (holy wow), but if you’ve got more money than sense, you can still donate $750 and get a guided birdwalk with me in a Seattle Park! (You can also donate any amount above $1 and get your name on the thank you page, and the knowledge that you helped this amazing book happen!)

There are eighteen days left and I’m excited to make this anthology as rad as it can possibly be, so please donate and share widely! THANK YOU!

The cat’s out of the bag! Here’s the giant secret project I’ve been sitting on: several fellow artists from my scientific illustration program and I are doing a Kickstarter campaign to help get a NATURAL SCIENCE THEMED COMIC BOOK off the ground. As the title implies, this book is going to be awesome, so please stop by and pitch in if you can! The perks include commissioned artwork by me and other artists!