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Just when I was bemoaning that Marvel can't do "cute" and "fun" any more, they come out with Squirrel Girl in Great Lakes Initiative. I just discovered her online.
This is the kind of character that I love! It was no accident that I cut my inking teeth on Howard the Duck.

What I'd like to see happen is for Squirrel Girl to get involved in a romance, possibly with some completely ordinary jerk, as in manga "magical girlfriend" type stories. She needs a bit of a re-design, too.

Just a few words about my design choices... I gave Squirrel Girl squirrel ears. Consider it a further mutation (actually, it would be an atavism, like her tail). The kneepads are to keep her knees from getting scraped up on rough bark. The goggles are there to have another design element on her head as well as being a nod to another squirrel-based character. I also got rid of that weird eye make-up. Otherwise, I tried to design something a human might be able to wear. The colors are autumn themed, because that's what I think of when I think of squirrels.
Since she's already defeated Dr. Doom and Thanos, I don't know who's left for a villain.

So if there's a writer who wants to do a pitch, let me know!

Happy Trails

--Dave Simons
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In January 2008, Dave had me post this on my blog, just to drum up a bit of notice and hopefully some work.  It worked.  It was typical of Dave's sense of humour and his ability to both put himself out there and poke a bit of fun at people and the comic book industry at the same time.  Very tounge in cheek!

I remember a friend asking me if Dave was serious, would he really draw Squirrel Girl?  My answer: absolutely!

--Daniel Best
Couldn't agree more with the above. The drawings, the idea... it's just good fun that kids would love, and a way to learn something about this fine creature. It is about time squirrels get some due attention, after all.

--Michael Netzer