When she's not working on The Simpsons, artist Liz Climo (previously here and here) is expanding her charmingly quirky animal kingdom. According to her, it's "a place where grizzly bears, porcupines, rabbits, and anteaters all grapple with everyday life with wit and humor." We learn a lot about human interaction through her characters, and it's these master-level anthropomorphizations that keep us fully engaged in Liz's work. I mean, who wouldn't be interested in how armadillos make fast-and-easy Halloween costumes? Or how dinosaurs deal with their inquisitive children? "The ingenious ways that animal friends can work together to ensure their juice is always freshly squeezed."
"The staff of The Simpsons are like family," Liz told Female First. "Many of them have been on the show since the beginning and still have such love for it. On my first day of work, I remember being embarrassed because I had a Homer Simpson sticker on my car, and I figured everyone there would be "too cool" for that sort of thing. But then, as I walked through the halls, I noticed all the Simpsons toys, posters, and memorabilia that everyone had in their cubicles and I realized that this was a group of people who took great pride in their work."
As for her personal work, Liz said that her inspiration comes from everyday interactions with friends and the people around her, and from animals. "Even if I don't have an idea for a comic, sometimes just looking at pictures of animals will give me inspiration. There are so many different kinds with different physical attributes (and sometimes, limitations) that the possibilities for situational comedy are sort of endless."
Most of her characters can be found in her book The Little World of Liz Climo. "It [includes] about 100 comics from my blog and 40 new, book-exclusive comics," the artist told Female First. "Many of the new comics were done when I was 9 months pregnant, which should give you a ridiculous visual of a very awkward me hunched over my computer screen."
When she started doodling her animal kingdom, the response was 'pretty modest.' However, it was much more positive than she'd ever expected. "I'd get a few likes and re-blogs here and there, and I was thrilled and surprised with each one. It wasn't until March 2012 (about 3 months after I started the blog) that it started getting more attention. I posted a tortoise and hare comic, which suddenly started getting a bunch of attention and helped me gain a lot of new Tumblr followers."