How did I get to be the staff illustrator (bug artist) for CRICKET Magazine? As a child I was not favored by bugs. Mosquitoes, gnats, horseflies, and deerflies all preferred my sister. I was not the choice of honeybees, either. Once I happened upon a swarm buzz-buzz-buzzing amongst themselves in the tree branches and tall grasses at the edge of a field. Despite my obvious advantages of size and strength, they did not choose me to be queen when they flew off to their new home.

I’m sure the Cricket Country bugs were perfectly happy in the hands of the very talented Jean Gralley, who learned their little ways from the great Trina Schart Hyman, who created them. The Cricket folks didn’t exactly choose me, either. Sure, there was a selection process and it was long, long, long. But at the end there were two of us, and they couldn’t decide. So they put the choice (in the form of sample strips) before some kids. The kids chose me. (I don't know why, the other guy is really good! But they did.) Thanks, kids.

P.S.: Ladybug reminds me that while I am currently employed as scribe and hired hand to the Cricket Country bugs, I do not own them, they own themselves and all rights are reserved, so there! Questions about using buggy likenesses for stickers or coffee cups or tattoos or WHATEVER should be directed to CRICKET. Ladybug (and Cricket) thank you kindly...