If you look at a lot of the early, early posts in my blog, you’ll see a lot of posts introducing a lot of different characters of mine. Some still regularly show up here, some have never been heard from again, and some have emerged despite never getting an intro post of their own! That’s because, as I had kind of hoped when I started my weekly comic strip, ES and the gang have taken on a separate life of their own over here away from the message board they were created on. I wasn’t sure who would stick and who wouldn’t at the time….
So for those of you who are visiting my blog for the first time, or even those of you who are regular readers and still don’t know one critter from another, here is a little primer on my creations… with prominence given to those who turn up most frequently in my cartoons. I’ll keep this page updated as the series evolves. Enjoy!
Evil Squirrel, as you may have expected, is the ringleader of my merry cast of furry friends. A grey squirrel inspired by the impish little devils who torment pooches everywhere, ES over time has also come to represent me, and likewise has picked up some of my own characteristics, and is also considered to be the artist who is the demented genius behind all of this. Evil is a scritch-whore who constantly begs for attention, especially by the ladies of his world.
MBRS (Miss Beautiful Red Squirrel) is the main female counterpart to Evil Squirrel. A fiery, feisty red squirrel, she’s known for her many walks on the wild side of life. A true to life Squirrel Gone Wild, MBRS loves to flaunt her red hot attitude as well as her sex appeal. Not coincidentally, she was inspired by this revealing article detailing the promiscuous sex life of the red squirrel! When not hanging around ES, she is usually paired up with her friend Angel
Angel Squirrel is pretty much everything the opposite of what MBRS is. A rare albino white squirrel, Angel is the very
personification squirrelification of purity and innocence. Ever cheerful and optimistic, but utterly sheltered and naive, she often sets herself up to be at the mercy of MBRS’s wild antics. She is at her best when acting as a foil to MBRS, or in her stand-alone cuteness.
Sandy Squirrel (not to be confused with her Spongebob namesake at the bottom of the ocean) is my oldest defined character still in existence. A blonde grey squirrel who carries her attitude much like MBRS, she was ES’s first female sidekick. While she pretty much took a backseat to MBRS and Angel when they came along into existence, she’s made a small but steady comeback during the life of this blog. Thanks to all those Spongebob porn searches I get here, she has been a focal point of this blog despite her infrequent appearances!
Buster is a troublemaking little possum who seems to turn up all the time in my comics. A more recent creation of mine, Buster has nonetheless pushed his way into the A List of ES characters, mainly by taking on the mischievousness that used to be Evil’s staple. You will often find Buster digging int he trash, and many other places his long snout doesn’t belong, but he’s so cute doing his bad thing that you can’t help but forgive him!
Hooly is an egotistical red-headed skunk with serious attitude, or perkitude as she would call it. Hooly is short for Hooligan, and while her trademark baseball bat hasn’t manifested itself much over at The Nest, it has certainly been replaced by her purple smartphone, which she has her attention on constantly. While ES’s relentless pursuit of her affections helped cement her status as a regular, it is her battles with rival Odyssey that have come to dominate her role in my comics.
Odyssey is a blue-haired cat who is always on a mission to make the world a better place, at least in her mind. Dignified and refined, but nonetheless bullheaded, her crusades against everything that ails the world are often ill-intentioned and awkward, but she tries. She particularly dislikes Hooly, who is constantly mocking her, and Odyssey will often refer to her as “Skunkbitch”. Odyssey will always be The Nest’s patron saint of lost causes.
Skanki Skankova’s name pretty much says it all. She is a borzoi (that’s a Russian wolfhound for those not up on their dog breed terminology) who is well-pierced, well-tatted, and by far the most free-spirited character of the bunch. Skanki enjoys skating, and is sometimes shown wearing bright pink skates that match her flamboyant hair. She quite often ends up paired with Buster, and the two of them make a great odd couple. She holds the distinction of being the first character created after this blog’s debut!
Blaze and Sulphur are fraternal twin squirrel pups who ES rescued from the charred aftermath of a wildfire in 2011, which is why both sport charred ear and tail tips. Blaze is the girl, who can often be identified by her trademark ponytail and red bracelets. Sully is the boy who loves aggravating his sister and catches for his baseball team. These two are your typical siblings who enjoy playing together as well as fighting with each other.
Winnie is a brown flying squirrel who occasionally makes appearances in my comics. Based on a collectible toy I got from an online friend a couple years ago, Winnie was originally conceived to be a secondary male lead in my series, but has been relegated to supporting roles. His name is short for Winston, which is part of the Latin name for his species, which is the Sumatran flying squirrel. He also manages the baseball team Sully and Stinky play for.
Mini and her young daughter Erin have become an unexpected sensation in my comic series. Mini the mama cat strives to protect her child from all of the “dangers” out there in the world, particularly in The Nest’s world! These efforts don’t always turn out well, and the excitable Erin is a lot more street-wise than Mini would ever like to admit. Whenever a scene calls for oddball parenting advice, you can bet these two will be there to act it out.
Hottie the skunk is a throwback to a simpler day and time. Ever cheerful, loving, and wise, she is almost like a big sister to ES, and sometimes is taken aback by the crazy antics of the rest of the gang. She often expounds on the beauty and innocence that can be found in the simpler things in life, only to end up getting sucker-punched by reality in the end. It is impossible not to love her, though.
Devil Kitty is a hellish little thing who is no nonsense, and quick to jab at the absurdities of life. The wizened older character of the series, when she talks, everybody listens…. or else! This “horny” chick doesn’t put up with any crap or any lip.
Nabob is a prickly porcupine who is a certified crabby old geezer. Nabob doesn’t like anyone, and isn’t afraid to let anyone unlucky enough to cross his path know it. He particularly dislikes children whose youthful spirit and energy bother him. His trademark foul-smelling cigar and Andy Rooney bushy eyebrows just scream “Stay away from me!” Nabob is the first character who sprang to life solely from my comic strips, and he can out-grouch Oscar anyday.
Sprots may be a part of the most notorious and certainly longest running routine in the history of my critter drawings, yet it hasn’t seemed to work its way into the comic series, much to the relief of her real-life counterpart! Sprotsie Baby, as ES often refers to her, is a mountain lion who is repulsed by ES and his strange affection for her, as well as his incessant requests for scritches. She despises “mangy rodents”, and would love nothing more than to have them shipped to Hawaii, or even blown up with nuclear weaponry. It was the latter running gag that produced the Atomic ES picture that was incorporated into my new header!
Rainbow Donkey is a colorful unicorn who occasionally finds a way to work his mythological self into the antics at The Nest. RD has a bit of an image problem and a lack of self-confidence due to the fact that he’s often drawn poorly and doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the bunch. He’s usually seen with his inspiration Hooly, and Erin is fascinated with him and has a number of Rainbow Donkey themed possessions.
Clem is a kangaroo who thinks he is totally awesome, and the girls seem to agree. Clem’s trademark sneakers and studmuffin persona are often called upon when the Nest is in need of a romeo for all of the critters in heat. Look out ladies.
Robbie the raccoon is kind of the understudy to Evil Squirrel, and was invented out of necessity during the Nest’s squirrel boycott of October 2012. Named after my original stuffed animal I had as a boy, he is a shyer, quieter, nerdier version of ES, who is not quite the superstar and ladies critter than his mentor is. Robbie can often be seen working alongside ES at Mecca.