My two best friends from home and I used to draw these comics with real people from our lives and a couple of iconic fictional characters that we referred to often. We did it to deal with stressful situations, to have conversations, and to entertain ourselves. I mean, we spent all of elementary and middle school playing imaginative games, some of which gave birth to my story ideas. It's in our nature to be like that.
My BFF LaPriel of ye blog was the master of the iconic imaginary characters. We had quite a few of them that were often referenced, and these characters have since bled into my writing life and other areas as "mascots." That's why I thought it'd be worth talking about here!
I suppose the whole thing began in middle school, although some of it came from elementary. We always had characters that we talked about. There was Peter, whom we blamed for unfortunate gaseous incidents, and Simon, who was a carpenter. I don't know why Simon existed, honestly, but he did.
Then in middle school, Freddie appeared.
LaPriel always tells me I draw him wrong, LOL, but that's the general image. Freddie was her "boyfriend" in middle school and our first imaginary character that actually had an image. I don't really remember why Priel decided to create Freddie, but I think the fake boyfriend thing might've been to ward off the guys who'd started hitting on her. Freddie had a whole story arc that ran through eighth grade, at which point Freddie left LaPriel for his picture soulmate Fredrickalina.
Around that time, I began the comic streak that continued for all of high school and in rare moments since. The reason was a boy (isn't it always?) with whom I was initially very angry. I started drawing comics where unfortunate things happened to him. As time passed, me and my friends began appearing in the comics, as did other real people and fictional character.
Then, in ninth and tenth grade, I had a few classes I hated. As such, we began drawing some special monsters. The one that stuck around was the Math Monster, pictured below. You'll notice he's made entirely out of numbers: zeroes, a seven, an eight, some ones. The Math Monster still comes around and attacks me once and a while. This last year, Peeta Mellark had to save me from it a few times.
That brings us to the angry wildness that is Larry the Hamster, also known as Larry the Man-Eating Hamster. Priel created Larry because she got really angry at men partway through high school, for which she has good reason. I mean, every girl has their own experiences that make them frustrated with men, I think. When that anger hits, Larry is the hamster for you! He was designed to eat up all the guys who made us upset.
Larry is like 8 feet tall, and he eats people, but only the people Priel tells him to. He used to have a little brother, who was adorable, but, um, the little brother mysteriously disappeared. It's possible Larry ate him too. Larry has become such a big part of our lives, with such a rich backstory and relationship with us, that we use him all the time. Larry was even my fake boyfriend for a while in high school.
Since then, Larry's iconic image has migrated out to our other friends and communities. My writing friends have even adopted him as a mascot. Haven't you all? 😉
Thanks for reading this look at our imaginary lives, haha. Do you have a mascot? (You can adopt Larry too, if you need to.)
Previous: On YA Series With Novellas
Next: My Favorite Poems
Why I Hate James Pat...
The Lesser Evil: Femi...
PTSD and The Hunge...
Guest Post: 5 Fandom...
My Mayo Clinic Experi...