The creation of the comics is simple but highly efficient.

I can’t draw well, so I have constructed a library of predrawn Mimi and Eunice characters. The library was constructed by extracting many character drawings from the “Mimi and Eunice” comics (which are free cultural works), showing Mimi and Eunice in various different emotional states, each of which with multiple variants to avoid obvious repetitions. Building this library was tedious work, but it was worth it as it speeds up the creation of new comics massively.

For the text I mostly use the “Nizzy” font, a derivative of the “Nina” font family by Nina Paley, or I use the Nina font family directly. I have edited the font myselves, mostly to add new glyphs.

The first step of every comic is thinking of a joke or scenario. And then move on actually creating it. To create an actual comic, I launch the GIMP, load up one of various templates I’ve created, write the text, then draw speech bubbles, then put down the characters. Sometimes I add a few little extra images, these are mostly based on Public Domain imagery. But that’s not all. For each comic, I also have to write a bunch of metadata. Title, topics, translation, a transcription for people that can’t view images, etc.

Tools used

Well, what can I say? I am truly standing on the shoulders of giants. I’m a huge free software nerd. The creation of this webcomic involves a lot of free software. Here’s a list of software (all of which is free software) that I use all the time for creating this comic:


The first comics actually come from late 2014 with my first early experiments of comic edits. Those early comics are not published, but the reworked versions of them are. Then, for many years, basically nothing happened.

In October 2021, I finally decided to turn my experiment into something serious and thus Nose Ears was born. I just felt like it. Many new comics were made, transcriptions were typed, the website was created, translations were made, and more.

On the 24th of October 24, 2021, the Nose Ears website went public.

And that’s roughly how Nose Ears came into being. For the long history, see Long history.