Daddy Make Me a Superhero

Various attempts to entertain my superhero-obsessed five-year-old son.

Superman - Boy of Steel [video]

Our latest superhero video is up. You’ll be amazed as this little man of steel uses his fantastic powers to thwart evil! You’ll be touched as his tragic past is revealed! You will believe that a five-year-old can fly! And jump on a trampoline.

For those of you that are new around here, this is something my kid and I do from time to time. Each video seems to be getting bigger and bigger, with more guest stars and easter eggs for comic book fans. Plus, of course, we always have to find a role for his little brother. Enjoy.

If you’d like to see more, here’s the playlist of all his videos (10 videos, 5.5 minutes): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-giN4r2v6SFOQFNN8WNi7NRV2zxwDjpj

Young Justice - The Team

Here’s the collected team from the first season of Young Justice. In case that sort of thing interests you.

Note: I know that Rocket is missing. She was added in the penultimate episode of the season when they were busy finishing up the season-long arc. Thus, she never made an impression with my son. So I can’t imagine her ever joining the wall.

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Batgirl of Burnside paper cut-out
I wanted to join in on the all the new Batgirl costume fan art fun, but obviously had to join the party rather late. Let’s just say that if Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr had to create their Barbara Gordon out of paper cut-outs, they probably would’ve skimped on some of the details.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time to give this a shot, since I make all my superhero cut-outs for my five year-old-son’s bedroom wall, and he already has a Batgirl. Plus, his knowledge of the characters largely comes from the cartoons, while this design has yet to even appear in print. So I wasn’t sure if he’d go for it. But I showed the publicity pics of the new costume to him, asked if he thought they were cool (“yeah”), asked him if he’d like one like it on his wall (“yeah”), and that was it. Just a lot of drawing, cutting, and pasting after that.
I love the new design. It’s a great look, but even more than that I love what it says about the direction Stewart, Tarr, and Brendan Fletcher are taking the character. Between the fashionable costume, the bathroom selfie, and OMG a Bat-character is actually smiling, it tells me all I need to know about what to expect come issue 35, even without reading Stewart’s interviews. This is the look of a comic that promises fun and adventure. Which just so happen to be the two main things I look for out of my superhero comics these days.
So you can bet I’ll be picking up a copy in October. (And by “picking up a copy”, I mean “pressing the download button on the DC Comics app”).

Have you all read Batgirl #35 yet? This guy has. And will be reading #36.

daddymakemeasuperhero:

Batgirl of Burnside paper cut-out

I wanted to join in on the all the new Batgirl costume fan art fun, but obviously had to join the party rather late. Let’s just say that if Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr had to create their Barbara Gordon out of paper cut-outs, they probably would’ve skimped on some of the details.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time to give this a shot, since I make all my superhero cut-outs for my five year-old-son’s bedroom wall, and he already has a Batgirl. Plus, his knowledge of the characters largely comes from the cartoons, while this design has yet to even appear in print. So I wasn’t sure if he’d go for it. But I showed the publicity pics of the new costume to him, asked if he thought they were cool (“yeah”), asked him if he’d like one like it on his wall (“yeah”), and that was it. Just a lot of drawing, cutting, and pasting after that.

I love the new design. It’s a great look, but even more than that I love what it says about the direction Stewart, Tarr, and Brendan Fletcher are taking the character. Between the fashionable costume, the bathroom selfie, and OMG a Bat-character is actually smiling, it tells me all I need to know about what to expect come issue 35, even without reading Stewart’s interviews. This is the look of a comic that promises fun and adventure. Which just so happen to be the two main things I look for out of my superhero comics these days.

So you can bet I’ll be picking up a copy in October. (And by “picking up a copy”, I mean “pressing the download button on the DC Comics app”).

Have you all read Batgirl #35 yet? This guy has. And will be reading #36.

Justice League of America - The Satellite Years
Since I’ve recently redone some of these heroes, I thought it time to do a new post of the first era of the JLA that I’ve done paper cutouts of. You know, in case you needed a new wallpaper or something.

Justice League of America - The Satellite Years

Since I’ve recently redone some of these heroes, I thought it time to do a new post of the first era of the JLA that I’ve done paper cutouts of. You know, in case you needed a new wallpaper or something.

Zatanna (Young Justice) restoration

I got to make another Zatanna when my son picked a Justice League Unlimited version of her, but as I stated in that post, he wouldn’t let me replace the existing Young Justice version. And it needed replacing. A tip for anyone thinking of trying out a brand new art style and medium: maybe don’t put your earliest efforts on display.

But I didn’t feel like redoing her completely. The first version wasn’t all bad, but the hands and face were. Plus, my son gets a little antsy when I redo characters already on his wall because he isn’t as fussy as I am, and he just wants more characters. And, this may surprise you, but these things kind of take a decent amount of time.

So why throw out the baby with the bathwater? (Oh yeah, I also need to find time to make my baby another Disney character for his wall, which you can see on this blog: disneypapercutoutsdisneypapercutouts.tumblr.com). Instead, I just cut off the offending face and hands and made new ones. Which is a thing you can do with a medium that is cut up paper and glue.

What do you think? Improvement?

My boy, because he is him, drew this picture of B’Wana Beast at the Science Centre on the weekend, who is obviously using his powers to create a bumblehorse. Of course, no one there knew what a B’Wana Beast was, but they were still very nice to him. So I thought I’d share it with some people who would know and could appreciate it.

My boy, because he is him, drew this picture of B’Wana Beast at the Science Centre on the weekend, who is obviously using his powers to create a bumblehorse. Of course, no one there knew what a B’Wana Beast was, but they were still very nice to him. So I thought I’d share it with some people who would know and could appreciate it.

The Atom - Ryan Choi

Now, just because I wanted an Atom that was clearly Ray Palmer, that doesn’t mean I wanted to whitewash away Ryan Choi. Who do you think I am, DC Comics? Plus, he’s the B:TBAB Atom! How could I leave him off?

Actually, another key motivation for me to redo The Atom was so that I could make two: a Ray and a Ryan. Because I had recently opened up a small space on his wall of heroes that could only be filled with a Tiny Titan, and the two Atoms were the most natural choice. But to do that, I had to first decouple them, as the previous version wasn’t definitively either (although, it was more Choi than not). Plus, my son had both of their toys, so it’s only fitting that he has both of their cutouts.

The Atom - Ray Palmer

I’d done an Atom previously, as one of my early efforts. Because I was still new at this, I figured the only way to do a cutout that small was to strip out all the shading and detail. I’ve since decided that I was wrong. I trust my abilities enough that it was time to do The Atom right, even if I was risking carpal tunnel to do so. (Seriously, look at how small that thing is, and I still decided to carve out the eyes).

Another issue is that the older one was a bit of a combo of Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi, with the source art being Choi from Brave and the Bold, but the colour scheme being more Palmer. This time, I wanted to make one that was clearly Palmer, the most iconic Atom. It helps that my son is now familiar with Ray Palmer, now having seen him in Justice League Unlimited, one episode of Brave and the Bold, and the DC Nation Sword of the Atom shorts (which, to my knowledge, they frustratingly never finished). So now he truly has one of all of the original 16 Leaguers (something that’s not at all important to him, but kind of to me).