The MoMeMans are quirky little characters who learn that stumbling is part of growing and it takes their different smarts to discover the best of their different parts. Each of their characteristics are exaggerated to demonstrate the differences in each of us that might not be so obvious on the surface. Because we, like the MoMeMans, are all different. We all come from different families. Different rituals. Morning rituals, bedtime rituals and everything in between. And the MoMeMans get this. So instead of trying to be like everyone else, they take pride in bringing their own strengths, ideas and experience to the table when they are met with a challenge. They all have purpose. And when they work together, there are no challenges. Just possibilities.
Who is Monica?
Looking back I can totally see how I got here. Here are a few key facts:
Since I was a kid, I've been doodling, writing age-expected poetry, always hearing melodies in my head and singing on-the-spot random made-up lyrics when no one was around. In my mid-20s, I moved to New York City and became an art director at one of the biggest advertising firms in the world. It was there I learned about branding, design, typography and put together countless presentations for established global Fortune 500 companies. More importantly, I found myself in hours and hours of meetings where my meeting notes turned into a whole cast of character doodles.
Why The MoMeMans?
I became a mom later in my adult life and career. It was when I started searching for art and books for my daughter, I felt like something was missing. I didn't exactly know what I was looking for, but I knew what I didn't want. I didn’t want princesses just because she was a girl. I didn't want dinosaurs or trucks for the sake of trying to flip gender rolls. I was looking for something different. Contemporary characters that could be more gender neutral, fun loving and real. Making real mistakes, learning from them and overcoming them.
I wanted her to learn to appreciate who she was and what she had and accept others for who they were and what they had. Inner and outer. Because if we were all the same, we'd have some pretty tough blind spots. Being different helps us see things from different angles and allows us to solve problems and create for the community as a whole.
So, I started working on The MoMeMans during my off-time. (Well, as much as you can have with a small child.) Working on who they could become, how they could come alive, where they could come from. Incorporating all of the messages I was searching for in my own voice.
That's the gist of it. Though just the start. I'm continually working, evolving and expanding the narrative and would like to introduce to you how each of these characters meet each other, help each other and live together. But you'll have to wait a little longer for those stories. I hope you stay with me, enjoy the adventure and tell all your friends. My daughter is my only test subject, but she's a fan. (wink wink)
With gratefulness, love and a whole lot of enthusiasm,