Inspired by Shimmer (badger) and Capricious (hedgehog), we decided that after two years of operation, it was past time for Metaphorosis to have a cute, cuddly mascot. We’re nominally based in the Pacific Northwest, so we naturally looked around for a local candidate.

We didn’t have to look far. Bigfoot and her family are everywhere on the Oregon coast. And by Bigfoot, I mean, of course, our new mascot – the banana slug, Ariolimax columbianus. Bigfoot is big, she’s bright (yellow), and she loves the outdoors.

We had her portrait drawn by artist Kathryn Weaver, and you’ll be seeing Bigfoot turn up in a variety of places from now on.


About B. Morris Allen

Editor and publisher of the vast Metaphorosis empire.


  1. The slug is UC Santa Cruz’s mascot, too! So if you ever need paraphernalia with banana slugs on them, you know where to go.

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