- A Comic Strip with Squirrels by Brad Parnell.
have varied reactions to the little buggers. Animal lovers
enjoy watching them run around, climb trees, eat nuts and
perform high-wire acts across the telephone lines. Bird watchers
get miffed at their devious techniques to get at 'squirrel-proof'
bird feeders. Like them or not, squirrels are everywhere.
There are very few communities in North America that are squirreless.
And yet, the newspapers are almost completely lacking in comic
strip squirrels. That will change if I have anything to do
main idea for this strip is the fish out of water scenario.
The main character, a squirrel called Sixby (6B), is a product
of a college testing lab. He is freed into a small wooded
area in the suburbs and is thus displaced into a world that
is totally new to him. No longer fed on regular schedules
and unable to cope with the unknown by himself, he finds himself
clinging to one of the first squirrels he meets, Nick. Nick
is a suave, cool and collected squirrel. He's the guy who
always knows what's going on. Nick takes it upon himself to
show Sixby the ropes as it were. Nick teaches Sixby how to
get food and explains the (new) world to him.
the other characters that inhabit the strip are Stumpy and
Billy. Stumpy is a bit of a risk taker as can be seen by the
fact that his tail is half gone causing him to not be as well
balanced (both figuratively and literally) as the other squirrels.
He is constantly getting into trouble and dragging the others
with him. He is also responsible for teaching Sixby all the
'wrong' things to do. And he is actually based on a real squirrel
that I observed during 2001. Billy is a little boy who absolutely
loves squirrels. He's the type that loves all cute little
furry creatures and is never happier than when he is cuddling
them. He can be seen feeding the squirrels that keep their
distance from Billy and all humans.
characters that stay in the lab are a couple of test rats
named Buddy and Holly. Buddy is always trying to find ways
to make life in the lab more bearable while Holly, his female
counterpart is more philosophical and looks at the world through
more serious eyes than Buddy. Together they muddle through
the trials and tribulations of animal testing.
ideas for this strip have been simmering around since the
early 90's. The characters took form in late 2001. Finally
an opportunity arose to force me into putting them on paper
when the Kentucky Pet Gazette came into being. Originally
presented in this monthly paper (June 2003), Nuthouse is now
available on this Web site in a weekly format (including many