Poor, sweet Bambikles was too good for this world.

This story’s obviously a parody of Bambi, but as a few readers noticed, it’s far more influenced by Chirin no Suzu, aka Ringing Bell. Archemedes the owl’s appearance is based on the owl on the back of Ancient Athenian tetradrachm coins. In panel 7, Bambikles has a badger friend instead of a skunk friend because skunks are an American animal.

The first time I uploaded this comic, the eye beams page was a rapidly flashing animated gif. I’ve since decided this cute feature was not worth the risk of epileptic seizures.