Happy (belated) Year of the Monkey 2016!

That the monkey is the animal for this year’s lunar calendar completely slipped my notice until (obviously) too late for the new year festivities, when Tom Cherry asked me on Twitter if Mitchell would be celebrating. While I didn’t have specific plans in the works for Watusi’s monkey nemesis, he will at the very least be playing a large part in an upcoming storyline on my Watusi webcomic later this year.

So to dig up a proper monkey-centric piece to celebrate, I went clear back to 2009 for this mola-themed craft I made while helping with a group at the Lawrence Public Library. I was presenting a cartooning workshop the following session, so I sat in to get a feel for the group, taking a try at that day’s craft. While lacking the intricate stitching of a true mola, it does have the signature layering of cloth. Miss Jane Johnston assembled a great group of “Imaginators”, and it was fun to be a part of their group for a couple of weeks!

MitchellMola

Hope you have a happy Year of the Monkey!

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