The Space Otters webcomic is written by Katherine Arathoon and illustrated by Aemon Cannon. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We created Space Otters as homage to two of our favorite topics: Star Trek, and pioneering naturalists from Darwin to Audubon.
Most of the animals in Star Trek are referenced in pithy one-liners:
Dax: “I can make your com image look like a 3,000-ton screech rhino.”
Q: “How would you like to spend eternity as a Gorokian midwife toad?”
Quark: “He'll be humiliated, and slink away like a scalded targ!”
But how does a 3,000-ton screech rhino move? What gives the Gorokian midwife toad its name? What is a targ’s favorite meal?
We pondered these questions during an epic 134-hour Next Generation marathon. Finding no satisfactory answers, we dreamed up the characters Octavio Briswald and Leonard Fitzmurdle and set them loose on the pre-Federation galaxy.
Space Otters is an affectionate parody. Any discrepancies between the Space Otters timeline and established Star Trek canon were caused by wormholes and temporal anomalies.
A bombastic gourmand with a penchant
for $12 words. Leads the expeditions.
Lt. Commander Fitzmurdle
Official ship's illustrator. Provides the sober counterweight of scientific rationalism.
Together, these naturalists travel through space discovering strange new animals and, occasionally, eating them.