pictured in the NY Times), that we had to read Doug TenNapel's Cardboard again last night.
There is no doubt what sort of person we would fabricate if we had magic cardboard that could come to life.
Ansel asked me hopefully this morning if I had made an actual cardboard model of Robin in order to make the drawing. Disappointingly, no.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Teen Titans Robin was cool, but Ansel's response this morning to the floating rodent in a miniskirt and a crop top was literally, "eh."
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A television broadcast of "The Squeakquel" over the weekend reminded our younger son how much he likes the chipmunks.
As a parent of two small boys, it is hard to decide which is more challenging: the insipid furry with the excruciatingly high pitched voice, or the remorseless hooded slaughterer of hundreds.
My sons are happy to emulate either one, in public and as loudly as possible.
It's a difficult choice, so here they are ridiculously rolled into one.
This morning, Archer shook his head and observed sadly, "His cheeks really mess up the hood."
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Here we have a fantasy team of sorts: Connor from Assassin's Creed III doesn't look like he is being very effective, Robin from Teen Titans is about to hit the floor hard, and Spider-Man is probably doing some gratuitous jumping.
Evidently it was too many characters on one napkin given the amount of time I had to work with last night....
Monday, May 13, 2013
Batman gets the dog hand treatment here, because, something ridiculous is even more ridiculous on Batman.
Ansel found this idea really funny last night as we discussed the potential problems with personal hygiene.
But his response this morning was something along the lines of "I wanted something else!"
Saturday, May 11, 2013
From the 24 hour series: this is 8:50 am, the 4 1/2 mile bike ride home after successfully leaving both children at school. During the winter, I'm always a little colder on the way home without the 120 pounds of kids to push.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The previous Robin was so cool that all of his teammates surreptitiously wore his costume while he was absent. The new guy has a suspended drivers license and seems to be unable to open a locked door without physical injury.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The latest episode of "Teen Titan Go!' featured a brief bit where Robin bribed Beast Boy and Cyborg with dog treats. Beast Boy morphed into a Scooby analog in anticipation.
Poor Scooby isn't sure why this strange green dog on another show is eating his food.
Are the two franchises owned by the same corporation? Or does this constitute fair use?
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Inexplicably, we had missed the previous television iterations of "Voltron Force"- seemingly a mash up of Transformers and Power Rangers. The kids discovered the recent graphic versions by Brian Smith and Jacob Chabot at MoCCa Fest this year. I'm pretty sure they don't know about the TV shows yet...and I may allow them to continue to be uninformed for the moment.
Ansel wanted me to draw ALL of the characters and their Transformery/Megazordish Lion things on one napkin. Ha, ha, ha.
But in all seriousness, this is an interesting problem that clearly comes up frequently in the world of comics . Often all of the characters in a given story must be displayed at once on a cover. It seems challenging, if not impossible, to orchestrate a bus load of equally sized superheroes into a compelling composition.
But I am an unpaid amateur, and clearly the problem was not interesting enough for me to seriously try to solve it last night. Instead, I passive aggressively posed the Voltron Force like cheery coeds and left the lions out entirely.
And see how I completely avoided having to draw their arms?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
With the exception of the very unpleasantly steep entrance ramp, pushing 200 plus pounds of kids and bike to Manhattan over this bridge is not too physically painful.
But it is a slow trip, and I do have plenty of time to quietly contemplate the Kubrick-like single point perspective. The kids, however, are not much interested in the view, or in conversing with me. Although I do get the occasional obscure weapons related spelling question from Archer.
Just recently Ansel has been watching some very old episodes of "Avatar" during his ride to therapy in the cargo bike.
I'll admit, I know very little about the show, or this lemur like character. Momo. I had to rely on Google to come up with anything last night.
Archer, a big fan of yesterday's "sniper kitty," told me this morning, "You know you really should have done another cute animal with a weapon instead."
Monday, May 6, 2013
I've been trying to remember why there was a picture of the "kitty sniper" internet meme stored on the Ipad to prompt this request. My best guess is that it came up during some sort of Google search for cute animals with weapons back when I was doing a Doctor McNinja napkin of a homicidal dolphin last summer.
That dolphin napkin was a rare instance of a weapon unplugged by fruit that I drew for Archer when he was in summer camp and not having lunch at a Quaker school.
In this case, I turned the cat's rifle into a cute orange squirt gun in an attempt to make it more acceptable to Quaker pacifists and Kindergarten teachers.
Archer shook his head in disapproval this morning and told me I should have at least made it a SNIPER squirt gun to be true to the spirit of the original image. Foolishly, I said I don't think there is such a thing....
Of course there is, Mom.
Friday, May 3, 2013
We have been finishing up rereading "Invincible" at bedtime.
Dinosaurus is a somewhat well intentioned villain who melts Las Vegas to address global warming.
I 'm afraid that he might not be a fan of organic strawberries for a Kindergarten lunch- excessive use of resources and all.
Given his facial expression here, it's hard to tell whether he is pro or con.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I'm not sure why I thought an Irish Wolfhound was the right choice last night. My knowledge of dog breeds is rather poor... although it has improved a bit recently thanks to the super canine series. Maybe something incongruously cute would have been a better choice for the remorseless killer.