The Artist’s reflection:
“I drew this because I love to draw bats but hadn’t in a while and wanted to get back into that! I just felt like the bat was kind of a nerdy, anxious friend trying their best!”– @AubryJoi, 20th June 2019.
The author’s reflection:
“This piece involved aspects I’d previously avoided – namely a children’s story and an animal character!
I was flicking through twitter and the cuteness of Aubry’s bat really caught my eye. The bat had a meekness that I decided had to be reflected in the character’s description yet I decided that it hid a much bolder, principled character beneath .
I also decided that, if the bat was human, it would be school aged – and may be facing some existential crisis. But what could this be? The obvious answer involved flying and, along with the idea of the bat being a student, decided that this would be flying as part of some sort of sport’s team.
Currently, the FIFA Women’s World Cup is taking place and gaining a much belated increase in international coverage. This definitely influenced my decision to place an added significance to this bat joining a team and bringing about change.
But what should this bat be called? After a quick online search I decided on “Myskia” which is an old Swedish/medieval Scandinavian word for “bat”.
This was when I started writing.”– Andrew Shore, 20th June 2019.