Stopping by the MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Festival on Sunday, we unwittingly reinvigorated the kids' love for all things cute, plush and round. Who knew they were still actively coveting The Fuzzy Five (fuzzyfive.com) from a brief exposure 2 years ago? (Well, to be honest, I was not completely unaware.) There was a brief moment of confusion when Archer realized that the character he wanted, "Spirit" the fox, was female, but he quickly shifted allegiance to "Breakfast" the rooster. The poster (by Melissa Zayas I think) was so wonderful that he requested that it be copied as best as possible....given the limitations of a napkin and my short supply of patience. But I was happy to have the excuse to define the word "belligerent" as it applies to so much kid behavior at our house.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Ansel's selection from The Fuzzy Five (fuzzyfive.com) was Nightshade- a fitting companion at least in terms of name to the updated and suspiciously muscular new Nightwing on "Young Justice."
Friday, April 27, 2012
What would be an appropriate follow-up to Origami Yoda? (after Darth Paper and the Fortune Wookie of course) Origami General Grievous from author Tom Angelberger's blog. (origamiyoda.wordpress.com) I don't think I would be capable of folding this one either.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Origami Yoda ("The Strange Case of..." by Tom Angleberger) was resurrected with great intensity yesterday. (See October 2011 for a previous appearance) Star Wars may be down for long periods of time at our house, but it is never completely out. This particular piece of origami (not included in the book) requires 30 something minutes of fast, hard to follow, video instructions on YouTube. I made it to about minute 12 before admitting defeat. At that point the paper had about 70 folds in it, but was still flat. Archer looked at the napkin this morning, and, remembering my abject failure, asked, "And why couldn't you manage to fold one of these?!"
As they are a more scary and powerful version of the dogs that he loves so much, wolves are pretty compelling for Ansel. Unsurprisingly, her was dissatisfied with the napkin when he got up this morning: he had changed his mind and did not want to be in the picture.... or perhaps he did not appreciate my drawing of him, which I can understand.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Characters from "The World of Quest" by Jason T. Kruse (jasontkruse.com) Quest's surly, sarcastic, and casually violent demeanor appeals deeply to both kids. Ansel tells me that I drew him too short.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Bulk from Hero Factory riding Furno's bike. This is the latest, most coveted, excruciatingly expensive LEGO item about which I am being nagged incessantly. It appears that we might be able to acquire the disassembled used parts on ebay for a not totally ridiculous price....but the threat of missing pieces is daunting.
Archer pointed out this morning that he had wanted the Quest from the book, not from the short-lived television show. The book character is much more squat and almost not recognizable as human. I should have known.
Monday, April 23, 2012
The Bat family continually resurfaces in the mind of our younger son, with Nightwing/Robin at the top of the list. Ansel was very taken with the "Young Justice" version of Nightwing by robert023:
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A major aesthetic misfire: I did not make the rabbit cute enough in this image based on "Revenge of the Horned Bunnies" from the Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon The jackalope is much fluffier in the book, and I was selfishly enjoying drawing the skinny hare instead. Or maybe I was just sleep deprived and not paying attention last night. Ansel was quite displeased with me this morning.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
More dogs for Ansel: The ever popular beagle and an elkhound (?). I think the resemblance to a German Shepherd was the reason for that choice. Ace the Bat Hound first appeared in Batman comics in the 50's as a German Shepherd, though there have been other incarnations since.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ansel picked an image from the book in which Tim is supposedly removing a bullet that he has shot into Cassandra's shoulder. Luckily, we have avoided a depiction of the wound, as well as the need to draw Robin's hands, so it is pretty unclear what is really going on. I wonder if Ansel will provide the gory details at lunch today?
Monday, April 16, 2012
Ansel told me this is one of his two favorite napkins of all time. (The other one is a drawing of a beagle) This despite the fact that he says his mouth should be "more angry" and not so "wavy." It started out as a drawing of him in a Nightwing costume, but he insisted that I revise the body and hair to resemble the action figure rather than the actual 5 year old. The result was gratifying for him, but disturbing for me.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ansel requested the Green Ninja, despite all the psychological warfare over who was going to get to be Kai. We finally had to imagine a time travel scenario so there could be two Kais in the same place at the same time. Then they fought over who was going to be which one.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Bitter conflict here over who gets to be Kai ZX from Ninjago. One kid did not even want him to appear on the other kid's napkin. He tried to confuse me by telling me that Kai wears blue.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Ansel wailed for much of the ride to school, "MOM! Why did you have to draw a CUBED CARROT?? I want a STRAWBERRY!!" Here I was thinking that there were too many strawberries and pieces of broccoli impaled on various weapons on these napkins.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Sidekicks by Dan Santat has been the favorite read for the last two nights. What could be better than pets with super powers? Even my older son who adamantly claims not to like super heroes much, and has little genuine enthusiasm for real animals (unlike pokemon) reread it again.