When I first read Mouse Guard I didn’t want to read anymore because I don’t like it when bad things happen to cute animals, but eventually, a year later, I accepted the harsh reality of being a mouse in the wild and went on to begin reading/collecting the series and figurines.
I caught up with David Petersen at the Emerald City ComicCon. Being a cake decorator I consider myself a professional cute-ologist, but I have yet to be officially certified. I think we can all take something from the themes in Mouse Guard. It has all the elements of an epic hero’s story with an overload of cuteness that grabs your heart and never lets go.
I hate to publicly admit my level of nerdiness, but I have recreated Petersen’s art style for some friends who took interest in the Role Playing Gaming based on the picture book series, and I find it just as exciting to draw as it is to read. Unfortunately, a cupcake is a very small space to express yourself. Going off the advice of a co-worker, I made a silhouette based on the cover the very first issue in chocolate form on top of a Guinness Cupcake.
Based on the books, I was hoping David Petersen would have an awesome personality, just as his writing would imply. He turned out to be a very cool guy, and a lot of fun. I’m really glad I got to meet him in person, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.