Hi all-I have long enjoyed the work of today's guest artist and was very pleased when he expressed interest in working on artwork to help people appreciate how cool snakes are. I hope you enjoy the following comic by Ethan Kocak; if you do, let him know below! -Dave.
I'm an illustrator and cartoonist interested in the natural world in general and herpetology specifically. I have kept and bred many reptiles over the years, including my beloved pair of New Caledonian Giant Geckos (Rhacodactylus leachianus) and Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum). I hold a B.S. in Media Arts and Animation and have an endless fascination with biology, evolution and life science, which I try to use to inform my art. I am most known around the web for writing, drawing and otherwise cobbling together the herpetology-themed webcomic "The Black Mudpuppy" which is about an Aztec god trapped in an axolotl salamander and forced to do good deeds against his will. I also sometimes write herpetoculture pieces for the Wandering Herpetologist website. I believe conservation and education are very important, and I hope the medium of comics might be able to help with outreach.