Daddy Make Me a Superhero

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

Zatanna - Justice League Unlimited

I’ve previously done Zatanna in the style of the Young Justice TV show and it’s now one of my least favourite creations. It was still relatively early into my foray into this art form, so after spending so much time getting all the details of her various layers of clothing, I took some short cuts with the hands and face that bother me whenever I look at her.

So I was pleased when my son requested another Zatanna the first time I gave him that option. This is her most iconic look (with one significant omission, see below), so it was good to get a better Zatanna representation in the collection. His reason for selecting her was simple: this is the look of the Zatanna toy he has (from the JLU collection), which is one of his favourite toys to play with. Now, she’s one of his favourite because he keeps her with the rest of the Young Justice team not the Justice League, but still.

So. The fishnets. Yeah, I wimped out. After thinking of different ways to try and tackle them, I ultimately just opted out. Any solution would’ve been a pain in the ass and set me back weeks. More importantly, I just don’t think it would look good with my style and process. Too many thin pieces of paper to cut out and glue, most of which wouldn’t be thin enough and would stick out too far and become a distraction. I thought about just drawing them in, but for one, that’s too much of a cheat and for two, it’s too hard to look unified with the shading layers of paper I use.

Plus, do I really need to add fishnet fetish wear to a piece of art going on my son’s bedroom wall? The clincher is that his Zatanna action figure also opted out of the fishnets. As you see, she is wearing panty hose at least, since they’re a different shade than her hands and face. I think it works.

So finally the wall gets a Zatanna it deserves. The only problem? This doesn’t replace the YJ one, which is still there bothering me. Time for a plan B.

By way of reminder, here’s what I received in my art swap with @docgold13, now on display in my boys’ playroom.

docgold13:

A breathtaking cut-out of Batman and The Joker that I full-on stole in an art trade with fellow paper-cutter, daddymakemeasuperhero.  I wish I was able to photograph it in a way that does the piece justice.  In person, the lines and layering are amazingly on-point.  So incredibly cool.

Plus it came with three additional portraits of Green Lantern, Cap’s Shield, and Iron Man made by DMMAS Jr.  Absolute treasures in their own right.  

Check out more of DMMAS’ stellar paper works at: http://daddymakemeasuperhero.tumblr.com/

My son had to make sure he also gave docgold13 some presents in exchange for the ones he got from him. Good guess by Doc on the first one, which is actually an amalgam of Green Lantern, Wolverine, and… a couple of other heroes I can’t remember right now. It’s possible that the list changed a few times as he showed it to others.

Batman vs Joker - A Gift for docgold13

A couple weeks ago, I showed you some original pieces that DocGold13 made for me as part of an art swap. Now that my half of the swap has made its way to him; I thought I’d show you here.

He asked for a Batman or a Robin, but I figured he wouldn’t mind getting a Joker too. This afforded me the opportunity to do a few things I wanted to do that didn’t make sense for my son’s wall (the main gallery for my work)

First, I got to make a Batman in the style of the first three seasons of The Animated Series, which is probably my favourite Batman style this side of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. My son already has a Batman in the S4 style of TAS and a Batman: The Brave and the Bold, so I don’t see the opportunity of making him another one coming along any time soon.

Second, because I usually make these for my five-year-old son’s bedroom wall, I don’t make villains. Not the best decision to send him off to bed with visions of Joker, Two-Face, and Darkseid in his head. So getting a chance to make one of the premier characters in the history of comics was too much to resist.

Third, one of the most important things in the entire Batman mythos is his Hammers of Justice: his fists. His whole deal is to try and end all of crime by punching it in the face. So I had to commemorate that with paper. Had to.

My boy, while playing with his Frozen toys with the little girl from his day home:

"Elsa had her powers from when she was born. She’s a mutant".

Dem legs.

Dem legs.

Do we all have to make fan art of a NEW new batgirl costume now?

Jericho of the Teen Titans
My son’s superhero wall has a Teen Titans section, which my son had grand designs with filling with every Honorary Titan while we were watching the series/reading the tie in comic. And we did get to all five main members, the Titans East and a couple of the honoraries, but now it’s been too long since we last watched the show, and his enthusiasm for those characters has dulled (especially since most of the were introduced in rapid succession in the fifth season).
But since there was an empty spot in that section, it made sense for me to make one more before we started surrounding the Titans with characters he’s more into right now. And of the ones that I hadn’t yet made out of paper, Jericho made the most sense. He wasn’t featured that deeply in the show, but as a member since the first issue of The New Teen Titans (the most popular iteration of the team), he was the most significant Titan missing (besides the Teen Titans version of Kid Flash, which isn’t all that different than the Young Justice one he’s had for a long time). Plus, he was a recurring character in Tiny Titans, so an easy choice!
Of course, if Netflix ever adds Teen Titans, all bets are off. But for now, Jericho will be the last Titan. Unless maybe one of you can make a case for someone else that absolutely MUST be made?

Jericho of the Teen Titans

My son’s superhero wall has a Teen Titans section, which my son had grand designs with filling with every Honorary Titan while we were watching the series/reading the tie in comic. And we did get to all five main members, the Titans East and a couple of the honoraries, but now it’s been too long since we last watched the show, and his enthusiasm for those characters has dulled (especially since most of the were introduced in rapid succession in the fifth season).

But since there was an empty spot in that section, it made sense for me to make one more before we started surrounding the Titans with characters he’s more into right now. And of the ones that I hadn’t yet made out of paper, Jericho made the most sense. He wasn’t featured that deeply in the show, but as a member since the first issue of The New Teen Titans (the most popular iteration of the team), he was the most significant Titan missing (besides the Teen Titans version of Kid Flash, which isn’t all that different than the Young Justice one he’s had for a long time). Plus, he was a recurring character in Tiny Titans, so an easy choice!

Of course, if Netflix ever adds Teen Titans, all bets are off. But for now, Jericho will be the last Titan. Unless maybe one of you can make a case for someone else that absolutely MUST be made?

disneypapercutouts:

The Genie from Aladdin

For the longest time, I felt that Robin Williams’ performance as The Genie in Aladdin was a problem. Sure, I loved it at the time, but since then, I felt that its heavy reliance on pop culture references hopelessly dated the film. But the thing is, those references were dated AT THE TIME. He’s referencing Ed Sullivan, Rodney Dangerfield, and Lassie in 1992. Now, I wasn’t a kid then, so at least I understood those references, even if they weren’t contemporary to me (unlike the Arsenio Hall reference, which is ironically the most dated reference now). And kids still loved The Genie and the movie.

And so do my kids now. Turns out, the references may be dated, but the key to Williams’ performance is the energy. Which is timeless. Not knowing that he’s impersonating Jack Nicholson doesn’t make his relentless energy less funny. And high energy comedy plays BIG with kids. My five-year-old thinks he’s hilarious and my 17-month-old lights up when he starts singing. The movie may have other weak spots 22 spots later, but Robin Williams remains its greatest strength.

R.I.P. Robin Williams

Adam Strange: Champion of Rann

The boy’s been back into Batman: The Brave and the Bold of late, so we recently re-watched the Adam Strange episode “Mystery in Space”. It was, of course, awesome, because A) TBATB is always awesome, B) Adam Strange is cool, and C) Aquaman was in it (nuff said). So I knew now was the best time to present Adam Strange as a wall option, and sure enough, as soon as my son saw the picture, that was his pick.

I also wonder if some part of him was drawn to an Earth man who finds himself defending other planets in space, given the parallel to his new favourite superhero: Star Lord. We took the boy to see Guardians of the Galaxy a couple weeks ago, his first live action film in theatres, and it blew his little five-year-old brain. Frankly, I’m surprised he hasn’t demanded we go off brand and just add the Guardians to his wall. But if we’re going to stick to DC, the Adam Strange is a pretty good option.