When I spun this art blog off from my original Tumblr account, it was just because my own artwork was getting lost in a sea of reblogs. It was sort of an organizational move for my own benefit, and I honestly expected I’d get no more than a couple dozen followers composed entirely of the same friends and acquaintances who follow any new account I create.
So I was delighted when I checked my follower count recently and not only saw it break 250 over the weekend, but also noticed that I didn’t recognize quite a few of the names! There’s a lot of new folks here! Hi folks! My name’s Jon, nice to meet you!
Since a lot of this blog’s followers appear to be new to my work and also because I wanted to do something nice to commemorate breaking 250 followers, I’m making available for free download the Complete Strip Collection of my old webcomic, Jeremy.
Jeremy (Just Turned Nine) was a webcomic I produced intermittently between 2000 and 2007, featuring the nine-year old son of Dr.Frankenstein and a few of his very tolerant friends. You can pick up a physical copy of the book here on Lulu, but you’re more than welcome to avail yourself of a digital copy from the links below absolutely free. Both versions contain absolutely every strip which ever appeared online, plus bonus stories released in different anthology and minicomics and a sketchbook section.
The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that. Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.
There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.
Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.
Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls.
Ravens and wolves working together may in fact be the BEST THING.