Ok. That was all fine and dandy, until today I happened to have been browsing on Cornell & McCarthy's website at the professional illustrators they represent, and came across this:
Aaand my heart sank. I guess a raccoon blowing bubbles wasn't all that unique after all, and to have a professional illustrator unknowingly put me in my spot makes it even worse.
I linked the illustration to her site, Renee Graef Illustration. I love the mouse on the bubble.