Where Evil Squirrels Come From

Care to join me for dinner?

Care to join me for dinner?

sqturday squirrel logoWhen I go back and think of all of the different bits of inspiration that came together to form Evil Squirrel and friends as we know them, there is one critical source that really drove the whole evolution, and at the very least was where Evil got his name from.  It all started in a backyard in Norman, Oklahoma, a backyard I visit every year at this time as part of a get-together of some of my friends from that other place I frequently refer to.  It was the tales told from a canine perspective of the squirrels that lurked in this yard that gave Evil Squirrel his identity, but in my three past visits here I had yet to see hide nor hair of this legendary beast.  That most certainly changed yesterday, and who else would I honor as this week’s Saturday Squirrel than the real life inspiration behind my flagship character (or at least one of his decendants).

Hurry up and tell your stupid tale.... I'm getting very hungry!

Hurry up and tell your stupid tale…. I’m getting very hungry!

He made several appearances yesterday at the birdfeeder my friend had just put up, which I was able to record for posterity.  The first thing that obviously surprised me was his size… this was one big squirrel!  Much bigger than any of the squirrels I have seen back home!  And while I’m probably the worst person at identifying different creatures, I’d say by the brownish coloring on the underbelly as well as the extra size, that ES in the fur is actually a fox squirrel!  I’d never seen this sciurine species before with my own eyes, and I certainly wasn’t prepared for the fact that for the last five years I had been drawing ES as a grey when he was really a fox!

It takes a foxy squirrel to crack these silly squirrel proof feeders!

It takes a foxy squirrel to crack these silly squirrel proof feeders!

The feeder was hung tantalizingly close to the fence, perhaps with a bit of ulterior intention behind it.  Our real life mangy rodent had no trouble figuring out how to shake the feeder to get the seed to fall on the ground, where it made an easy meal for him.  He put on quite a show for his bestest friend, who also delighted to see her favorite squirrel for the first time.

My weekend was obviously made by getting to witness for myself one of the keys figures that helped define my series of characters I have made popular here!  I hope yours goes just as well!

We’ll discuss my royalties I’m due after I finish my lunch….

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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6 Responses to Where Evil Squirrels Come From

  1. pishnguyen says:

    He looks too cute to be “evil” — almost. There’s a bit of mischief in those eyes, I think. 😀

  2. Cute and mischievous are two things squirrels are experts at doing simultaneously….

  3. paulheels says:

    squirrels are not mischievous, they are pure evil.

  4. He is adorable and I love his bushy tail. I do believe Hodge and Podge have been inspired by this type of squirrel judging by their tails.

  5. Sparky Spitfire says:

    like the tell-tale three leaves of poison ivy or the the hour glass mark on black widow spiders – the red tummy clearly announces this squirrel’s fiendish plans. stay away my friends. stay far away.

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