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  Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 09:24 pm

Mr. Blátido
(marker and digital media)

Once again,here's a new Illustration Friday illo.The topic for this week is Phobia.

My favorite trivia fact is the one about that the most common fear for all humans in all cultures and ages isn't the fear of death —that's second place as scariest thing,after spiders.And actually,I've seen many people freak out —and even faint— just by seeing a small spider.That fear sometimes goes along with a situation of being scared of insects in general.Medical name for that is enthomophobia.
Now,if there's an insect species specially creepy and spooky for many people,that sure is cockroaches (unofficial name for that fear is blattophobia).
This drawing is from my sketchbook.Some of you out there sure already know that personally I find them roaches kind of cute.Then again,I grew up with 'La Cucaracha' song as part of everyday life and culture,and in the '80s,some xenophobic people in the other Mexican states used to say that the day after a nuclear war,there would only survive cockroaches and chilangos (that's people born here in Mexico City —the vermin comparition wasn't flattering,but in the other hand I always thought that the idea of surviving Armageddon was cool,don't you think?).

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-U! a.k.a. Uriel A. Duran [Artist For Hire]
Friday, September 29th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: Oh I would WAY rather see a spider than die--no question!!

Thanks.Now that you mention it,in here many people is also afraid of scorpions,but then again,they are quite common and there are many different species of them —seven only here in the suburbs of the city.None of them are venomus enough to be a threat though.
Black moths are also scary for many people here,but it surely is cause they are quite big and in the dark can be mistaken for small bats.

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-U! a.k.a. Uriel A. Duran [Artist For Hire]
Sunday, October 1st, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
Re: [I should have my own nature show on cable. . . ]

Well,moths here are not so colorful:

Bats around here are more of the fruit-eating kind (but then some people around here have watched way too many vampire movies —and of course,there are those chupacabras sightings now and then).
Mosquitoes are no problem anyway,as even on rainy season there are quite few of them with birds,lizards and salamanders feasting on them.

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Thursday, September 28th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)

Hasta ahora creía que sólo fue aquí en España donde crecimos con la canción de La Cucaracha.
Por lo demás, a mí particularmente las cucarachas no me llaman demasiado, pero sí el ruido que hacen al machacarlas; así que ocasionalmente, cuando veo una, no puedo evitar pisarla con el fin de escucharlo. Lo siento por quienes simpaticen con estos bichos :/

-U! a.k.a. Uriel A. Duran [Artist For Hire]
Friday, September 29th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)

Pues de hecho,según la leyenda urbana,la canción de La Cucaracha se inventó por acó,en honor al automóvil de Pancho Villa,que se supone se llamaba así,y de hecho,no funcionaba bien y por eso «ya no podía caminar».Aquí al menos,es una canción que se aprende desde el kinder,junto todas las rondas infantiles tipo 'El Patio De Mi Casa','Doña Blanca' y anexas.

Ahora que también,no tienes porqué apenarte por sacar provecho de las cualidades crujientitas de las cucarachas —total,hay muchas;malo si estuvieran en la misma situación que los pandas,los tigres o las ballenas.

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