I know you mean well when you put food out for wild mammals, or when you leave out your outdoor cat’s food dish (I’ll address why that’s a problem in a later comic.) But you’re really doing more harm than good, whether you’re feeding deer, bears, coyotes, raccoons, etc. Here, have some links:

USDA: Don’t Feed the Wildlife

Don’t feed deer

Feeding Wildlife

Feeding Wildlife As a Means of Promoting Animal Welfare

A Framework to Evaluate Wildlife Feeding in Research, Wildlife Management, Tourism and Recreation

Also, have mercy on me as a newbie comic artist! I’ll be posting my comics in more or less chronological order, and it’s probably pretty obvious that this is my very first one. I’m working with alcohol markers in a standard 9×12 sketchbook, though a lot of the drawings are half page rather than full page. This means that the images are often different sizes. Moreover, for the first few comics I was figuring out what weight of line to use for things like lettering, realizing that my lettering was crooked, and getting used to this medium compared to the colored pencils and acrylic paints I’ve used previously in my art. I also don’t have the best scanner, which really affects the image quality; I have an HP 8600 Officejet Pro which is basically a printer/copier with a built-in scanner. I’d love to upgrade to a better scanner someday, but that’s going to take a good long while. I do a bit of color correction and cleanup in GIMP, but that’s about it. I have no interest in switching to digital media, so don’t bother suggesting it; I prefer traditional media for a variety of reasons, and I just need better tools for making it available in the digital age. (UPDATE 2-14-19 – I have a better scanner and am working on scanning old comics with fresh new looks!)

But I didn’t want to wait until I was the world’s best artist with expensive equipment to start sharing my work, so I hope you’ll overlook the flaws and appreciate the message. I know I’ve been enjoying creating these, and I have a lot of ideas, so hopefully that’ll give me plenty of space to improve, as long as it keeps being fun!

Species Portrayed: Raccoon (Procyon lotor), domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris), American robin (Turdus migratorius), monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), great blue heron (Ardea herodias), elk (Cervus canadensis), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), red alder (Alnus rubra), garry oak (Quercus garryana), western sword fern (Polystichum munitum), snake (species unspecified), fish (species unspecified), grass (species unspecified)