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Monday, 21 August 2017

At The Zoo

On August 11, Rob & I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. And we got married when we used to live in Calgary, so he got very romantic and booked us at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in Calgary ❤

Well, we haven't been to the zoo together since 2009, when the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit travelled there. So I suggested we go there together, and we did!

We got to see the penguins in their chilly exhibit, and saw some other neat animals in excellent facsimiles of their habitats. We saw that there will be pandas in 2018, and lemurs were recently brought in. And of course, we went to my personal favorite place: The Dorothy Harvie Gardens to enjoy the free-flying butterflies 🦋

Here are some of our favorite pictures, including funny statues.

Can you see all the butterflies?

Now have an awesome day!

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Would you like to know some more about 12 of the fastest-growing kawaii animals, and their unusual home?

Then stay tuned 😄

What is 'planet Zurbpod'?

Great question! The name is unusual, but it is actually an anagram. After all 12 characters were complete, I looked at the first letter of each name and came to the name above (after some tweaking).

Z - Zebat
U - Unicat
R - Rabbird
B - Beever
P - Parrofly
O - Octomouse
D - Dogosaur

This was actually the one that made the most sense phonetically.

Why is planet Zurbpod purple, and smiling?

She actually wasn't specifically designed for this project. Back in 2016, shortly after I began the Kawaii365 art project, I created some space-themed 'cute art' and she happened to be one of my most popular and beloved ones. So I continued with her...

How come there's no mainstream animals like monkeys, lions, giraffes, horses, etc.?

I had a feeling this one may upset some fans, especially the younger ones who have books and toys about circus animals, etc.

So initially, I had only made the 3 for June 19's #Kawaii365 project: Unicat, Rabbird, and Dogosaur. But when they proved popular and intrigued people, I got inspired to make more 2x animal hybrids.

I wrote out every type of animal I could think of; then I researched various species. The list was very long, and then I compared features to see if I could put together animals that are as different as possible. It was for shock value, haha.

After several days (the better part of a week), I finally had 12 character ideas to work with, and I began sketching in 'the binder'.

Why are they so weird? Why not use normal animals?

Haha, I love being called 'weird'. In today's fast-paced world, it feels like a compliment. Walt Disney was also made fun of and questioned in his earlier days... like why would a mouse have a pet dog? And he insisted on following his dream as a cartoonist. My personal mantra is: The weirder, the better. You should live by that too, and just do you. 😎

If you have any more questions or comments about this new line of characters, please join the inclusive facebook group. It is a fun, friendly, polite, hate-free and spam-free zone! You can play games, enjoy cute videos, and get free stuff ^_^

Daryl J.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Meet Dogosaur

Hybrid between a golden retriever and stegosaurus.

Dogosaur is an enigma. On the one hand, he seems like a giant bully, but on the other hand, he hides a gentle soul behind a stubborn exterior. He
really just wants to play fetch - his roar is worse than his bite! However, he has a bad habit of trying to lick his friends sometimes, as well as things that
belong to them, like food.

Although he is fairly big & fierce-looking, his friends aren't overly intimidated by him. They know behind his stubborn body language is a big, sweet
puppy who wants a belly rub. His BFF is Elefox. They really 'get' each other.

Biggest Fear: Going extinct.

Favorite Food: Candied almonds.

Favorite Color: Lime green. The brighter, the better.

Sign: Aries.

Talent: Roaring, stomping.

Gender: Male.

Element: Fire.

Get Dogosaur merchandise from RedBubble here

Meet Pandaroo

Hybrid between a kangaroo and a panda bear.

Pandaroo is quiet and somewhat of a pessimist. He doesn't want to be a downer, but sometimes he feels 'blue'. His best friend Penguana loves to cheer him up, and together they like to solve the mysteries of the universe. Neither of them are overly chatty, and sometimes all it takes to feel better is to lay in the grass and look at the sky together.

Because he is so smart, all the others on Zurbpod come to him with their math & science inquiries.

Biggest Fear: Heights.

Favorite Food: Caramels.

Favorite Color: Royal blue.

Sign: Taurus.

Talent: Math, solving arithmetic.

Gender: Male.

Element: Earth.

Get Pandaroo merchandise at RedBubble here

Meet Parrofly

Hybrid between an African parrot and a butterfly.

Parrofly is sly! He's got a good heart, but can't help cracking silly jokes and pranking his friends. A lot of his 'sense of humor' is a shield to hide his fearful heart. He got lost once when he was young, and it scared him so much. Thankfully, Beever came across him and helped him get back home, and they've been best friends ever since.

Biggest Fear: Ending up lost while flying.

Favorite Food: Jelly beans.

Favorite Color: Yellow, red, blue. Preferably together.

Sign: Gemini.

Talent: Telling jokes.

Gender: Male.

Element: Air.

Get Parrofly merchandise at RedBubble here

Meet Slowan

Hybrid between a 3-toed sloth and a majestic swan.

Slowan lives up to his name, which sounds like 'slow one'. It's not so much that he's lazy, but more that he's really 'chillaxed'. It takes a lot to upset him, and he enjoys savoring the good things in life, such as a good nap in the warm sunshine.

His grooming habits are impeccable, and he's a healthy vegetarian with a love for avocados. So rich and creamy and... green! His BFF is Zebat; they like to fly together and chat.

Biggest Fear: No longer being able to fly.

Favorite Food: Avocado, guacamole.

Favorite Color: Pure crystal blue, like water.

Sign: Cancer.

Talent: Sleeping zzzzz.

Gender: Male.

Element: Water.

Get Slowan merchandise at RedBubble here

Meet Elefox

Hybrid between an African elephant and a red fox.

Despite his enormous size, Elefox is kind of fearful. He is especially freaked out by the smaller animals he's friends with. Sometimes one of them will decide to 'hang out' on him. And it tickles!

His BFF is Dogosaur, and though they're both stubborn and opinionated, at the end of the day they're like brothers!

Biggest Fear: Not finding enough food.

Favorite Food: Chocolate ice cream.

Favorite Color: Orange, red; 'warm' colors.

Sign: Leo.

Talent: Trumpeting.

Gender: Male.

Element: Fire.

Get Elefox merchandise at RedBubble here

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