Monkey & The Tails From The Backyard!

The LJ behind the comic about the girl with the cats, the dogs, and the spider.

Lynda the monkey
23 June
about the comic :: about the author :: about the cast

About the comic:

You are all part of my experiment, now I dance for you! Or something. I started this LJ in May of 2004 because I wanted to start a comic LJ. I wanted to start a comic LJ because I was familiar with LJ, and I wanted to start a comic. I wanted to start a comic because I couldn't take the visions anymore. The comic posts to many places, but LJ is where it all began. I only want to make you laugh.

My comic is called Tails From The Backyard, and it updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, if I remember what day it is.

I'm on Twitter and Facebook. Yes, I'm sorry. The comic also appears on my Tumblr.

My art is not refined, my humor is obscure, my problems are often more Ack-worthy than Cathy's, the spider wears less than Spider-Man, the animals are less devious than in Get Fuzzy, but I have made at least three people giggle, and so my plan is working...at a very slow pace.

Galactic Idol -- I did this, and I don't know how.

About the author:

I am a nerf herding moon child who lives with myself, two humans and three furry creatures who like to drink water and eat grass, among other things, in a house overlooking the house that overlooks us, as well as some taller houses and a rapidly dwindling number of trees.

I like to heckle movies and bad television shows, I spend an obscene amount of time playing backgammon when I should be retouching photos, which is "what I do" when I'm not doing the comic or writing. I really like listening to music, to the point where I can blindly reload my headset with fresh rechargeable batteries in 7 seconds while talking to people and swinging on a swingset--by moonlight.

I don't eat meat unless someone forces me to (I am part-Italian); I have Chiari Malformation, which gives me all the side-effects of being a long-term drug abuser without as many fun stories or interesting friends; I really like Star Wars (all of them, leave Jar Jar alone); I love Tom Waits as a strange friend and I worship Jek Porkins as the immortal God that he is. I can lift half my body weight and should not be exposed to sunlight.

I sell buttons and prints of my art on Etsy. I'm so eager for people to buy my work, that I even made a banner.
Etsy shop - Through my rusty eyes

I also like to write, and for a while I had a blog called Experiments in Mediocrity. Occasionally the stories there complimented the comic strips, but more often than not it was just me going off as I do.

Many of the fiction stories from that blog and other places will be appearing at considerevising.

If there's anything I've left out, tell me.


Like many webcomic artists, I've taken to hitting people up for money, so if you like my comic (LIKE ME, DAMMIT!), please give me money so I can buy pencils.

Cast and History:
My early art   I am quite obviously not formally trained to draw.
   I've just been troubled by horrible visions when I'm within arms length of napkins and a pen for the last thirty years or so.
   Many years ago, I filled a book with drawings and called it the Yippee Book, because I liked the word 'yippee' and it was, in fact, a book. These drawings troubled some people, but I continued to hone my nonexistent skills and entertain members of my family, who may have only laughed because they didn't want me to draw them. Since then, I've managed to take up several packages of napkins chronicling the past few years of my life. Someday, I will scan those too, but for now, you get Monkey, the evolution of my comic.
Bunga The Popsicle Man - copyright 1988 Lynda Naclerio
Self-portrait 2004   There is me, I've been called monkey by doctors and adults. I live on peanut butter, black coffee and moisturized hand soap. I begin to smolder when exposed to sunlight and I'm itchy. I wear a headset radio to make life more entertaining and a braid to remind me of things that are not so much fun.
   I started drawing this strip in 2004 and unfortunately appear in much of it. As in real life, I sit around trying to figure out how to hit the big time and complaining about things. I'm happiest when watching small furry creatures and drinking coffee.
Self-Portrait 2007
Ninja Twins - 2004   The Ninja Twins were sprung from the North Shore Animal League after promising not to let them out of the house under any circumstances. Before that they arrived here from their home planet and immediately took on the mafia in search of fishy.
   The Fluffy One is a lawyer, doctor, and philosopher. Skilled in Jo stick fighting, he loves outtie time and explaning the unknown.
   The Slinky One is fascinated by nature and hot things. He doesn't talk as much as his brother, but when he does he usually tells it like it is.
Ninja Twins - 2007
The Puppy - 2006   The Puppy arrived mysteriously in April 2006, after The Woman and Grand Funk pulled some strings from beyond and had her placed directly in our path. She likes to taste everything, struggles with trust issues, loves flowers, and gets nervous around technology.The Puppy - 2007
The Woman - 2004   The Woman also spent some time at NSAL after touring with a rock band for a while. It wasn't long before she used her hypnotic gaze to herd us into the car with her. We have been her flock ever since. She likes squeaky stars, singing songs she's written, and sports of all sorts.
   In March of 2006 The Woman took on the second job of helping Jesus out with his shepherding duties. She appears--sometimes with M'Man--to give advice or comment on some calamity she's happy to have avoided.
The Woman - 2006
M'Man - 2004   M'man is currently a spirit that comes to visit me when he feels like it. He was not always so, my left arm and he were quite the item for the better part of 15 years. He tends to hang out under shade plants and surprises birds by appearing in the sky next to them.
   In recent years he tends to hit on The Twins, mistaking them for hot, sexy, fluffy girls. He also appears as Space Glitter Cat, a fun- and flannel-loving apparition in the sky.

M'Man - 2008
The Spider - 2004   The spider lives over the window. Not much is known about him as I tend to stay as far away from all insects as is possible. He isn't much of a hunter, has a "pet" called Flydo, and lives solely on poly-fill, coffee, and swing music.
   Bitten by an angry, radio-wearing human in 2007, he became Homo-Arachnid, a humanoid creature with no special powers whatsoever aside from the ability to win non-stop at backgammon.
The Spider - 2007
Jesus - 2004   Jesus likes to appear in webcomics, and does so several times in this one. He was first seen guiding a sleigh led by a team of flying apostles, and then wrote a rap about his birthday.
   He loves animals and is frequently seen playing get the string or advising the hopelessly clueless.
Jesus - 2006

Galactic Idol
   Galactic Idol was an excursion from the usual type of strip, based on my rabid devotion to Star Wars, and bizarre attraction to American Idol. As a result, it became one of the more well-recieved story arcs only because I knew exactly what I was doing with the plot.
   It began April 18th, 2005, and ended the same week as the premiere of Revenge of the Sith and season 5 of American Idol.
   My crush on the character of Jek Porkins and the actor who played him, William Hootkins, also comes up from time to time. I apologize for nothing, Porkins is my daddy. Porkins is the daddy of all who appreciate a good sandwich and can hold it.
Lego Porkins
Mice   Other recurring characters in the strip include the mantids, birds and random rodents who share the backyard and occasionally the house with us.
   Tom Waits, Mr. T, Yoko Ono, Gary Oldman, and the disembodied voice of Johnny Cash have all made appearances in the strip over the years, as do The Puppy's boyfriends Buddha and Lars, and The Spider's hero Peggy Sue The Spider Fairy, who is very real, and very cool.
Squirrel and Bird
Tom WaitsBuddhaMr. TPeggy Sue The Spider FairyMantis

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