My Horrific Brush with Death

I was nearly killed by a wolf a few weeks ago. Seriously. I was at our local Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City with my niece, my brother, and my parents. As we were heading toward the reptile house, we looked up a hill and saw a lone wolf standing solemnly at the top. (Behind a chain link fence, mind you.) It was a beautiful wolf, but the fact that a wolf could get so close to us made me realize that, had there not been a fence there, we could have been killed before we even knew what hit us.

Guess what! That wolf really COULD have killed us! Shortly after we left that area, the wolf took a running leap OVER that fence, landing roughly where we had been. HOLY CRAP! If you don't believe me, you can check out the news article HERE. Okay, sure. It's true that I wasn't "at the zoo" when the event actually happened. I wasn't "in mortal danger", so to speak. But still, it really makes you think about how fleeting and fickle life can be. I realize now that I must not procrastinate about things that are important to me, including making a living will and updating my links list.

There's really no good excuse for why it's taken me so long to add good ol' Ken Chandler to my links list. He's a genuinely nice fella and one of Toon Club's most versatile posters. Check out his illustration blog for some great work and funny commentary.

Another great Toon Club illustrator is Mr. Guy Francis, who has illustrated several children's books. He's got a great, colorful style.

You'll find some cool pirate drawings over at Rodney Bills' blog. He's one of the newest members of Toon Club, and I think he'll be a great addition.

Rounding out the link updates are sites I've come across during my travels around the info superhighway:

Alcorn Studios
Clio Chiang
The Iron Scythe

Have a good one, and steer clear of uncaged wolves!

Oh, and don't worry. I think I'm going to be okay.


Ken Chandler said...

You could have taken him Adrian. Smackdown on the big bad wolf! BOOYA!
Glad you're all okay, that's the most important thing. The living will thing-- I'd considered that just moments before my surgery. Need to get on that!

And thanks for the mention Adrian! You're very generous with your compliments, but I'll take what I can get. It's good to be linked. I can rest easy now. Actually, I need to get to work- See you around!
...and thanks again!

Ken Chandler said...

Almost forgot... I seriously love the wolf! The blur in the background really emphasizes the speed at which it was accelerating toward your jugular vein. Sweet illo, and thanks for the story, makes me too aware of my own mortality.

S.T. Lewis said...

The wolf attacked where you were instead of attacking where you were going to be... live and learn, wolf. Live and learn.

This is great, Adrian. I wouldn't mind being eaten alive by something as nicely drawn as this. I applaud your work and your continued obsession with living.

Kevin Keele said...

I'm glad you survived to draw this.

Joe Fowler said...

Oh, well, that's good... 'cause for a second there I was a little worried. For a second.

Adrian Ropp said...

I'm just glad I can share my struggle. If I can save one zoo patron from being devoured by wolves, it'll be worth it.

firemanjer said...

I am glad that you were there, since it were my child in danger. I think you would have been better at talking the wolf out of eating us.