Hi! Are you the Ed Beals who did the wonderful animation about the “thing that lives underneath my hat”? That was my favorite thing on the internet before my old computer died – I was hoping there might be some way to see it again?
Hi Ed! I’m Holly’s sister, from Vancouver, and I am a huge birdbee fan. Just wanted you to know that I am spreading the birdbee word here on the west Coast. It’s my favourite cartoon, on so many levels.
I’m Joanne Vincent’s friend and today I received in the mail three of your Zine’s. I LOVE Birdbee and thoroughly enjoyed following his/her antics. Beautifully illustrated and extremely comical!!! Thank you for signing my Zine’s as well. Look forward to following along on your Blog.
Hi there. I LOVE birdbee!! I looked at all of them today. 🙂 I have a question- How big is birdbee? Sometimes he (she?) is smaller, and sometimes looks quite a bit bigger. Does birdbee change in size depending on the situation?
Hello ChairMonkey. Thanks for visiting birdbee! For most of season one, I didn’t really have an exact size in mind for birdbee. All I thought was “birdbee is small”. So as you pointed out, there is a lot of variation from drawing to drawing. I have since settled on an exact height, but I think I will not reveal what it is here just yet. Your question has given me an idea for a possible contest.
I enjoy the sublime, quiet since of humor that birdbee displays. Keep the fun going. I’m curious–how are you able to turn out the cartoons so quickly? Do you work on them daily, or do you already have a catalog built up that you pull from?
Thanks for the comments, Will. Glad to hear you enjoy birdbee.
So yes, I had a pool of about 35 birdbee drawings completed before I started posting them. Obviously the idea was to keep drawing and have at least a few ready at any time. Just when I started my week-daily posts, however, I got involved in an animation project that took up all my time, and in no time at all it seemed, the backlog of drawings was used up! For a few days there last week I was doing a birdbee drawing in the morning and posting the next day. I got ahead of the game again last weekeend by getting a few done, but the last of those was used up with today’s post. So as it stands right now I have no birdbee cartoon ready for Monday!
It can be a little stressful at times, but I must say that working on birdbee is very satisfying. Once I have an idea, producing the drawing usually takes between two to four hours. It’s getting the ideas that is the biggest challenge for me. Lately, though, I am in more of a “birdbee state of mind” and I am picking up things from conversations and situations and thinking “hmmm… how would birdbee react to that?”
My original goal with birdbee was to make 50 drawings. I’m not sure where I got that number from, it just seemed like a doable project. I am very close to that goal now. I am considering slowing down to two drawings a week. I don’t want to let the quality slip just for the sake of numbers. I have some other plans I hope to announce in the next week or so.
I will be going on vacation in a couple weeks, so birdbee will be on break as far as the blog is concerned. I hope I can get a bunch of new ideas and sketches on paper during that time.