I became a mom later in my adult life and career. It was when I started searching for art, decor 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 anything gross. And there's a lot of gross stuff out there. 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 contemporary characters that could be more gender neutral, fun loving and real. Making real mistakes, learning why and moving on.
I also wanted her to learn to appreciate who she was, all her unique strengths and accept others for who they are and their unique strengths. Inner and outer. I mean, don't we all? 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.
Finally my enthusiasm for doodles, silly songs and stories could have a home and a purpose. So, I went freelance and 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 and where they could come from. Incorporating details I had been searching for.
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,
Monica Escobar Allen