Left: Illustration of John Waters for The Stranger

Below: Fred Rogers said to “look for the helpers” in scary times. The helpers I am inspired by and depict embody audacious creativity and are emblems of empowerment for themselves, the wild environment, and human and non-human animals alike. The women I've drawn include a neurobiologist who paints and advocates for both non-animal testing and hugs, a pianist who founded a wolf sanctuary, comedians, journalists, activists, and others who through being fearlessly individualistic, end up making the world better. They are in it to win it and are people to pay attention to. Or don’t; awesome individuals like them have always existed, and they will prevail, as the tide of history moves in their direction. The flow of energy and positive feelings is further evoked by the assertive black-lines and bright pastel.