Daddy Make Me a Superhero

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

purpleladyofthenight:

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daddymakemeasuperhero:

All Female Justice League Roster

Time for me to get in on benito-cereno's tumblr challenge of creating an all-female Justice League. One limitation to my selections: I can only choose characters that I've already made out of paper. Luckily, my son sees no reason to limit his gender diversity when choosing characters for me to make for him, so I had around 20 to pick from. But there are characters, like Vixen, Big Barda, Mera, etc that would've warranted consideration but couldn't because they haven't been picked (yet).

That said, I think this is a pretty solid roster that would lead to a fun dynamic were it an actual group.

If you’re doing an all female Justice League without Wonder Woman, you’re just plain doing it wrong. Everything would start with her at the top. Inspiring everyone, creating a real sisterhood, and making sure that all the asses that need to be kicked will be. Maybe she starts the team after tiring of some macho bullshit with the other Justice League.

Black Canary would be the co-leader of the team, although I imagine this would be more of a consensus-lead group, rather than a traditional leadership structure. If you’re going to do a female book, then it’s a mistake to show that they can do it just like the guys. You want to show them doing it differently. In some cases, better.

Which is where I think the exciting part of a team like this would come. Zatanna and Huntress shore up the veteran half of the team, which would be set up as a true mentorship for the others. So that’s why I went young for the rest of the roster, with Supergirl, Mary Marvel, and Stargirl actively learning what it means to be a hero and a woman from the other four. Diana’s the mom, Dinah the cool aunt, Zatanna and Helena the big sisters, with Helena being the cooler, detached older sister that is less interested in this mentoring stuff.

Which would set up a great dynamic the first time she and Mary are stuck together, with Mary stuck in her Batson identity for some reason. It’d bring out a previously undeveloped protective streak in Huntress, much in the way Wolverine gets with… basically every young X-Men to join the team since Kitty Pryde. So after Huntress gets on board as a mentor, maybe we add an eighth member, porting Young Justice's Artemis into this universe and on the team.

Kara and Courtney would be the best friends that get into lots of fun adventures together, a la the SBFFs or Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. They’d bring the comedy, along with Mary desperately trying to fit in with the older girls but not quite succeeding in really fun and cute ways. Eventually, the young trio would earn their stripes, saving the team and the world some time when the four veterans are taken down.

So, you know, that sort of thing. I’d read it. You?

YES.

YES.

Why would Helena be “the cooler, detached older sister that is less interested in this mentoring stuff”? I mean she’s a teacher in canon. She loves being a mentor to young people. That’s one of the reasons why she became a teacher. Even in Batman the Brave and the Bold she is a teacher. I don’t know where people read about Helena as cold and detached, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Helena was a lone-wolf for a long time because no one really accepted her, but she’s not cold and detached. She’s warm and caring.

EDIT: Also “previously undeveloped protective streak in Huntress”? Really? That’s another thing about Helena, is that she’s very protective. Especially of her students. Remember when she wanted to throw Yasemin off a building because she threatened Hel’s students? Or when she threatened Don Sigiorello and took over the mob so that Corey’s (one of her students again) brother could be safe? And there are lots of examples where Hel is being protective. Both of her students and of her team.

She is like Batman in a lot of ways, but she’s not cold and detached.

Because New 52.

All Female Justice League Roster

Time for me to get in on benito-cereno's tumblr challenge of creating an all-female Justice League. One limitation to my selections: I can only choose characters that I've already made out of paper. Luckily, my son sees no reason to limit his gender diversity when choosing characters for me to make for him, so I had around 20 to pick from. But there are characters, like Vixen, Big Barda, Mera, etc that would've warranted consideration but couldn't because they haven't been picked (yet).

That said, I think this is a pretty solid roster that would lead to a fun dynamic were it an actual group.

If you’re doing an all female Justice League without Wonder Woman, you’re just plain doing it wrong. Everything would start with her at the top. Inspiring everyone, creating a real sisterhood, and making sure that all the asses that need to be kicked will be. Maybe she starts the team after tiring of some macho bullshit with the other Justice League.

Black Canary would be the co-leader of the team, although I imagine this would be more of a consensus-lead group, rather than a traditional leadership structure. If you’re going to do a female book, then it’s a mistake to show that they can do it just like the guys. You want to show them doing it differently. In some cases, better.

Which is where I think the exciting part of a team like this would come. Zatanna and Huntress shore up the veteran half of the team, which would be set up as a true mentorship for the others. So that’s why I went young for the rest of the roster, with Supergirl, Mary Marvel, and Stargirl actively learning what it means to be a hero and a woman from the other four. Diana’s the mom, Dinah the cool aunt, Zatanna and Helena the big sisters, with Helena being the cooler, detached older sister that is less interested in this mentoring stuff.

Which would set up a great dynamic the first time she and Mary are stuck together, with Mary stuck in her Batson identity for some reason. It’d bring out a previously undeveloped protective streak in Huntress, much in the way Wolverine gets with… basically every young X-Men to join the team since Kitty Pryde. So after Huntress gets on board as a mentor, maybe we add an eighth member, porting Young Justice's Artemis into this universe and on the team.

Kara and Courtney would be the best friends that get into lots of fun adventures together, a la the SBFFs or Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. They’d bring the comedy, along with Mary desperately trying to fit in with the older girls but not quite succeeding in really fun and cute ways. Eventually, the young trio would earn their stripes, saving the team and the world some time when the four veterans are taken down.

So, you know, that sort of thing. I’d read it. You?

Iron Man Day

A local mall decided to have an Iron Man meet and greet this weekend, where kids were encouraged to come out dressed as their favourite Marvel superhero and meet Iron Man. Even though my guy is mainly a DC guy, we still had a few Marvel costume choices, but of course he wanted to be Iron Man too. And of course he took his superhero posing very seriously. I’d bet all the money I own that his facial expression under that mask is noble and heroic.

Meanwhile, his little brother was utterly fascinated by this large… guy(?) in front of him. Not freaked out. Not giddy. Just, awestruck.

As part of his visit, he got a free toy. And the bookstore in the mall had an arts and crafts table set up where he a Scarlet Witch bookmark and made his own arc reactor out of cardboard, glitter, paper, and crayons. For providing that free entertainment to our kids (the younger covered himself in glue stick and glitter), we bought a new Marvel superhero and Iron Man kids books. Also, we went to the mall to get him new indoor sneakers, and guess who was on them? Yep, shell head.

We finished the day with his inaugural viewing of the Iron Man movie. And to that, I’ll tell you, there may be no more intellectually taxing activity than watching a live action superhero movie with my kid. He averages about 2.5 questions per minute. The ones about Tony Stark and the Vanity Fair reporter were probably the most fun. Why are they kissing? Does she live there? Are they married?

Why can’t these movies be simpler? Like the Iron Man movie he and I made last year. The only question coming out that one is “how did he grow that moustache?”

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Captain America 2

I wanted to go back and do all the main Avengers in color. Three of the four are done. Should…

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Thought this might be of interest of y’all.

papergizmo:

Captain America 2

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It was dress as a hero day at kindergarten today in honour of Terry Fox. (It’s a Canadian thing).

It was dress as a hero day at kindergarten today in honour of Terry Fox. (It’s a Canadian thing).

katewillaert:

I keep meaning to do more Guardians Of The Galaxy fan art.

katewillaert:

I keep meaning to do more Guardians Of The Galaxy fan art.