Everything is going to bee ok. Maybe she's born with it; maybe it's metamorphosis. Just wing it. Combining inspiration, humor, and entomology, Ali Beckman's Instagram cartoons are spreading more than just joy on the Internet. Her witty comics, which use actual insects in everyday situations and resonate with so many, also spread awareness of the importance of pollinators.
Using creatures that are donated, purchased, or found dead to create amusing cartoons, Beckman highlights the integral role insects have in our environment. Typically, honeybees are considered the only pollinator worth saving, but pollinators, like people, come in all shapes and sizes! Did you know a tiny midge, cousin to the fly, pollinates chocolate? Or that beetles are essential for pollinating some flowers? Insects and their contributions to our ecosystem are hard to ignore: without them, our planet wouldn't survive.
Bee a Good Human features the best of Beckman's @SoFlyTaxidermy Instagram art. She proves that size doesn't matter after all: some of the smallest insects have the biggest impact on our ecosystem. With 106 color illustrations, many of which have never appeared online, Bee a Good Human will make you consider the bigger picture—and laugh a little too.
"Each page gives you a wry smile, a shot of joy, and an appreciation for the little ones flying and crawling around us. Ali's humor and wit pair perfectly with a cup of coffee in the morning."~Phil Torres, biologist, tv host
"There's an intimacy to Ali's work—and I'm not just talking about when she posts pics of her bug-censored breasts on Instagram. No, there's a sense of serenity and transparency to pen on paper that adds texture and depth to Ali's relatable quips and bits of wisdom. The dead bugs, juxtaposed with pen strokes, are a simple and quirky reminder of our perplexing place in this complex and fleeting universe."~Peter Oren, musician
"Do you like books, funny jokes, and insects? Well bee prepared to be amothed . . . amazed! The art is creative, the jokes timeless, and the insects are dead (they were found that way). There is a Mean Girls reference in this book that especially tickled my funny bone. This book belongs on your shelf, table, or in your hands this minute!"~Spark Tabor, comedian
"A beautiful look inside the modern mind of entomology."~Kendall Long, reality star contestant, The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise
"I spend all my time around comedians, so in looking for "other" types of Instagram accounts, I came across Ali's SoFlyTaxidermy. At first, I didn't even know she was in Bloomington! With over 100k followers, I just assumed she was from somewhere else. What's interesting is in looking to get away from comedians in my social media scrolling, Ali has made me laugh as much as any comedian."~Jared Thompson, owner, The Comedy Attic
"Dead bugs are the new life coaches."~Mat Alano-Martin
"A project filled with death and heartwarming inspiration."~Josh Zoerner, boy Ali was trying to impress
"Ali comes up with the kind of hokes that make you say, 'I wish I had thought of that!'"~Adam the Bee Guy
"Ali's work reminds us that mortality is absolutely inevitable, but perhaps if we're lucky, someone might come along and use our rigid dead bodies to spread joy."~Tyler Thrasher, Professional Mad Scientist
"Ali's artwork is beautifully minimal & witty with a refreshing feminist twist. It's the perfect addition to any coffee table. Bee-ware this book may inspire you to start collecting dead bugs . . ."~The Orbit Room
"A collection of death to bring warmth to your life."~Jodie Langford, artist, Bode Burnout
"To discover someone's breath of creativity is usually unexpected. It takes time. Over the past two years I've discovered Ali has a big, very big imagination. She creates social awareness through drawing, writing, and shaping important daily sayings. As a lover of insects, flies, butterflies, and bees, she creates mini dramas daily that are always personal and uplifting. I look forward to each day (yes Ali posts a creative poetic image every day and sometimes more) to see her fascinating, uplifting, and private view of life. Art is always private, then becomes public. Thank you, Ali."~Barry Gealt, artist
"I can bee whoever I want 2."~Taylor Bennett, rapper
"You've probably never considered how much you have in common with an insect—that bees like the flowers on your windowsill as much (or more!) than you, or that butterflies aren't the only ones who go through metamorphosis (hello middle school awkward phase). Ali Beckman created a guide book for better living starring these insects themselves to show us that the little pollinators are more powerful than you think. Beckman's delightfully humorous and thoughtful work will remind you to treat yourself and all Earth's creatures with kindness, and as all flies would agree, sometimes 'going through shit' isn't all that bad."~Lily & Madeleine, musicians