Mas Y Menos - Teen Titans
After making Speedy and Aqualad, of course I had to get to these guys. In fact, I held them off for selection for my son until after he picked the others because I knew as soon as I did, they’d be the pick. If you wonder why cartoons add in cute little chibi characters for comic relief, it’s because it works. Kids love them. At least my kid did.
And frankly, the muscular, older versions of these two that they’ve brought in the comics just look plain weird. They only work as silly cartoon characters. Where they work well.
Aqualad - Teen Titans
Wouldn’t have pegged Aqualad as a character to make multiple appearances on my kid’s wall, but I guess you have to have Garth and Kalder (like he had to have Donna Troy and Cassie). I think it’s interesting that Aqualad is a character the cartoons always feel like they need to redesign. Sure, he’s been through a lot of iterations in the comics as well, but every time my kid has met the character, he’s basically been a different guy:
Compare this to Kid Flash, who’s been pretty consistent:
I wonder why this is. On the one hand, it’s hard to better the original Kid Flash design (just like his mentor), so there’s no reason to change him. But I’m guessing the other reason is Aqualad has fewer fans, so they’re free to change him for new audiences. I don’t know if that’s true, but it would make sense.
Although the simpler answer is probably just that his original design is really dumb. The short shorts and afro just don’t cut it. Occam’s razor and all that.
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Speedy - Teen Titans
I’m surprised it took this long for Roy Harper to find his way on my son’s wall. Frankly, I expected a Young Justice Red Arrow request a long time ago, particularly since red is my son’s favourite colour. He did come close to making that request a few times (including the time right before this one), only to change his mind at the last second.
He didn’t even fully request this one. There’s an empty space in the collage near the rest of the Titans, so I suggested it could be filled by Speedy and he was all for it. I’m still hoping to add Red Arrow, since we can easily explain the duplication with the fact that he’s a clone (spoiler alert).
I will say, it was a little odd cutting up Mr. Harper’s arm. I should’ve attached it Velcro instead of glue.
Robin (Stephanie Brown) - The Girl Wonder
My kid actually has no idea who Stephanie Brown is. As a general rule, if the character hasn’t appeared in one of DC’s cartoons from the past 20 or so years, that character is unknown to my boy. There’s a few exceptions for characters who have appeared in tie-in comics for those series (like Donna Troy’s Wonder Girl, who I’ve already created for his wall), but for the most part, the cartoons dictate who gets the construction paper treatment (so don’t hold your breath for a Kyle Raynor treatment).
But my boy requested this one all the same (and, in fact, already made this request way back when I first started creating them) for a simple reason: Girl Robin.
He LOVES Robin. And he LOVES girls. So when he saw a picture of a girl in a Robin costume (which was just a photo of a model showing off a Halloween costume one could buy), he was as excited for that idea as any he’s encountered in the superhero world. He insisted I find more pictures of girl Robin (so I showed him some Stephanie Brown pictures). He insisted I print one out for his room (which I did with the Marcio Takara drawing that was the basis of the above work). And he insisted I make him one out of paper, which I did not do.
Since I was just starting out with this construction paper superhero stuff, I didn’t want to get sidetracked with characters I knew he’d never experience. Plus, I was focusing my efforts on designs from cartoons, since those were both the ones he knew and typically had more minimalist designs that transferred to the medium well.
But now that he has me doing B’Wanna Beast and Black Lightning, avoiding obscurity is clearly not an issue. And to meet that demand, I’ve already expanded my source material past animated sources, as I’ve gotten better at what I can do. So now that I have the ability to make Stephanie Brown, I gave him the option. Which he jumped on instantly. And here we are.
Just don’t tell Tim that Steph got on the wall before he did.
Not to brag, but y’all are going to love this next one.