Otto has been making appearances in my sketchbooks for a long time. Maybe twenty years, maybe more. I have always loved the industrial speakers that you used to get to hang on your car window when you went to a drive-in theater. Many of the drive-ins around Seattle like Puget Park, the Thunderbird or, my favorite, the Samish Twin in Bellingham had these speakers that looked like they could be a robot.

Because in my mind I always wanted Otto to be a librarian even before I had a job for him, I used to try and give him an owl-like appearance, although I love the speaker grill face the best of all.

It’s nice to see Otto pop up in the panels of Galactopera at last. I think his journey is going to be fun.

Walk My Speed?

I can remember having to talk with my son about walking “our speed” when we had to get somewhere with purpose- like walking my daughter to school. We couldn’t meander everywhere like we would other times. This made an impression because it set off a series of attempts to retake control by repeatedly asking, “Walk My Speed?” anytime we were marching with purpose.

This is one of the first pages in the sketchbook that kicked off Yeti Spaghetti sketches.