In Which I Think I’ve Eaten Too Many Stars. I Mean Sugar.

Lately, (psh, lately? How about for the last four years?) I seem to spend all of my time online. Mainly twitter, which is where you can usually find me. So when do I ever have time to draw? I have no answer for you, though I miss it. For awhile, a friend of mine and I tried to motivate each other by doing weekly drawing challenges, but it kind of fizzled out because life got in the way. I haven’t given up on it yet though. I will persist.

(You hear that, Jason, I am going to irritate the hell out of you until you draw me a spider!)

Ahem. I have managed to get a few sketches out though, and while I don’t think they’re that good, they’re at least getting me into the drawing mindset. And the comic mindset as well. There’s some big motivation happening on The Family Menagerie front. It’s coming back. When? Not sure. But it’s coming. If Ash has anything to say about it. Which I’m sure she does. Though it might all be taking a back seat once we start D&D’ing next week. Oh right. Did you not know I was a nerd?

You must be new.

Where was I? ART. Have some.

Sometimes we like to chase stars. And sometimes we like to eat them. They taste like sugar. No, really. Oh but I did mention sketches. Have some of those too. Because I like to draw things like hands, flying space Stegosauruses, shy moose, and Jackalopes in hats. I’m eclectic. Did you not know that?

Seriously, are you new?

& Because you can’t leave without a Totoro

It’s been a Miyazaki kind of month and Studio Ghibli makes my heart happy. And because Ash and I are nerds and like to collect things like giant stuffed monsters and talking cats. If you haven’t ever seen a Studio Ghibli film, preferably Miyazaki, do yourself a favor and go out and rent one. Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service… so many. Just go google them and pick one. They’re all amazing. My Neighbor Totoro is a favorite in this house. Can you tell?

Now your heart can be happy too.

TFM Comic: Spunky the Lover!

Today’s comic is up and features everyone’s favorite pup: Spunky! You might recognize this cute pup because he’s the mascot of I Love Rescue Animals. He was named after the dog in the Nickelodeon show “Rocko’s Modern Life” and he lives up to his name. He’s also the lover of our family and the animal that gets along with every single other brother or sister. Nobody hates him, everyone loves being near him. He’s our lover pup.

Check out more comics at The Family Menagerie and enjoy!

One of those Life Updates.

I don’t write these kinds of posts often, mostly because I don’t want to bore you with details of my personal life. Wouldn’t you rather be interested in art or design or comics? That’s what I thought. But every once in awhile, I figure it’s okay to give you a little behind-the-scenes look into my life and give you an update on what kind of trouble I get myself in to.

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TFM Comic: Fluff-Bucket!

Ah, today’s comic is a flashback to when Snarf, our rambunctious Briard mix that we found on the side of the road a year ago, was younger. He liked to chew. A lot. And often times he chewed on things he should haven’t been chewing on. We got rid of that habit fairly quickly, thank goodness.

Anyway, check out today’s comic over at The Family Menagerie. Be careful, there’s lots of fluff.

TFM Comic: Rescue Rattery!

Today is the day! The Family Menagerie is back in action! We’ve got your newest comic up and coming this Friday over at I Love Rescue Animals, we’ll be giving you a behind the scenes look at the story that actually happened. Fun times, and it feels good to be back in the comic world again. Enjoy!

Webcomic Wednesday on Thursday?

Yesterday was a hard day for me, so today you’ll get your Webcomic Wednesday a day late. And instead of some comics, I’m giving you a sneak peak of what I’ve been diligently working on for the past few days.

The Family Menagerie is slowly but surely coming back to life. This one will be up soon and I’ve already got another one inked and ready to be colored. Exciting, yes? I love webcomics and I’m glad to finally be working on my own again. Keep your eyes peeled for more TFM and Webcomic Wednesday!

June: A Month of Art

This month I have set a personal challenge. Draw, sketch, doodle at least once a day. Doesn’t matter what it is, doesn’t matter how I do it or who sees it, I am going to create something every single day this month.


This month is also the new NanoMango, and I will be attempting to sketch, ink, and color, ten full-pages of comics for The Family Menagerie. The comic has been dead for too long and I shall revive it! So as you can see, this month will hopefully be one full of art. I have a few things I need to catch up on as well, so this is a good excuse to chain myself to my drawing table and go for it. Wish me luck!

The Family Menagerie on Hiatus


Hey all. I’ve been extremely busy lately due to my day job, my freelancing gigs, and volunteer work with animals, and because of that, The Family Menagerie has been put on the back burner for awhile. I’m hoping that by mid-April, I’ll have time to pick it up again. I’m still doing small illustrations that I need to start putting up, but the comic itself is going on vacation for awhile. No worries, this isn’t the last you’ve seen of it!

The Family Menagerie Updated!

The Family Menagerie: Animals and comics at their best!

It’s Monday and we all know what that means! The Family Menagerie has been updated with some of your favorite characters. Today’s topic? Training (or something like that).

It’s Webcomic Wednesday!

I love webcomics. I love them so much, I make them. I’ve been a fan and follower of several webcomics for the past 8 years, and I’ve been clipping comics out of newspapers even longer than that (pretty sure I still have quite a few clippings from when I was little girl). There’s just nothing quite so relaxing as sitting down in your favorite reading chair and spending hours going through the funnies. Nowadays, the Sunday comics are online, and they’re everyday. Here are a few of my favorites at the moment.

Roza: A Girl and her Curse, Kelly Hamilton
Updated: Mondays

TJ and Amal
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, E.K. Weaver
Updated: Tuesdays

SFEER Theory
SFEER Theory, Jayd Aït-Kaci and Alex Singer
Updated: Randomly

Girls with Slingshots
Girls with Slingshots, Danielle Corsetto
Updated: Monday through Friday

The Family Menagerie
The Family Menagerie, Nikki Jeske and Ashley Niels
Updated: Mondays

Enjoy Webcomic Wednesday! If you have any that you think I should include for next week, let me know. I always love finding new reads.