Dr. Trayaurus and Dan of The Diamond Minecart:

Dan is my personal favorite of the Minecraft Youtubers my sons watch. He is relentlessly upbeat, his British accent is soothing, and he does not scream expletives when he gets killed by a Zombie Pigman.

Dr. Trayaurus and Dan of The Diamond Minecart:

Dan is my personal favorite of the Minecraft Youtubers my sons watch. He is relentlessly upbeat, his British accent is soothing, and he does not scream expletives when he gets killed by a Zombie Pigman.

Dr. Trayaurus and Dan of The Diamond Minecart:

Dan is my personal favorite of the Minecraft Youtubers my sons watch. He is relentlessly upbeat, his British accent is soothing, and he does not scream expletives when he gets killed by a Zombie Pigman.

Dr. Trayaurus and Dan of The Diamond Minecart:

Dan is my personal favorite of the Minecraft Youtubers my sons watch. He is relentlessly upbeat, his British accent is soothing, and he does not scream expletives when he gets killed by a Zombie Pigman.

Selfie with Uncooperative Kids
….or, if my sons were to title it: 
More documentation of child abuse in Brooklyn.

Archer and Ansel were most unhappy to be roped into participating in my profile picture update. And I did not even have the good grace to offer a new toy or more screen time as an enticement for cooperation.

But at my advanced age and chronically sleep deprived state, really the best thing I can do to improve a photo of myself is to put a cute child or two in it, preferably in front of me.

I couldn’t quite manage to get them in front here. Orchestrating this picture was harder than usual, as I couldn’t see what was going on, and the kids were too busy expressing their disapproval to tell me whether the phone was pointed in the right general direction or not.

Perhaps it was just as well that I couldn’t see myself.  I certainly photograph better in marker than in person. It’s pretty much impossible to capture the things that happen to one’s neck after age 45 on a napkin.

Selfie with Uncooperative Kids
….or, if my sons were to title it:
More documentation of child abuse in Brooklyn.

Archer and Ansel were most unhappy to be roped into participating in my profile picture update. And I did not even have the good grace to offer a new toy or more screen time as an enticement for cooperation.

But at my advanced age and chronically sleep deprived state, really the best thing I can do to improve a photo of myself is to put a cute child or two in it, preferably in front of me.

I couldn’t quite manage to get them in front here. Orchestrating this picture was harder than usual, as I couldn’t see what was going on, and the kids were too busy expressing their disapproval to tell me whether the phone was pointed in the right general direction or not.

Perhaps it was just as well that I couldn’t see myself. I certainly photograph better in marker than in person. It’s pretty much impossible to capture the things that happen to one’s neck after age 45 on a napkin.

"Attack on Titan" is a licensing opportunity as of yet untapped by the LEGO corporation. 
My sons were displeased to hear that this drawing was not based on a presently available product.

LEGO minifigures and their constituent parts are constantly underfoot in our house, causing me significant physical pain, no doubt akin to that which the survey corps cause to the colossal titan. At least they cannot reach the nape of my neck yet.

Archer told me this drawing would have been cooler if only I had included the clouds of exhaust coming out of the back of the “3D maneuver gear,” but there are no revisions on napkins.

"Attack on Titan" is a licensing opportunity as of yet untapped by the LEGO corporation.
My sons were displeased to hear that this drawing was not based on a presently available product.

LEGO minifigures and their constituent parts are constantly underfoot in our house, causing me significant physical pain, no doubt akin to that which the survey corps cause to the colossal titan. At least they cannot reach the nape of my neck yet.

Archer told me this drawing would have been cooler if only I had included the clouds of exhaust coming out of the back of the “3D maneuver gear,” but there are no revisions on napkins.

Fairy tale team-up: Beast Master Goldilocks, Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer and Red Riding Hood the Zombie Hunter.

The kids were quite excited about Dusty Higgins and Van Jensen’s graphic novel, “Pinocchio Vampire Slayer.”

Not so much about my team.

Fairy tale team-up: Beast Master Goldilocks, Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer and Red Riding Hood the Zombie Hunter.

The kids were quite excited about Dusty Higgins and Van Jensen’s graphic novel, “Pinocchio Vampire Slayer.”

Not so much about my team.

In honor of the potential Deadpool movie: Wade slices, but is seriously upstaged by a strawberry.

In honor of the potential Deadpool movie: Wade slices, but is seriously upstaged by a strawberry.

I tried to draw my son’s custom minifigure in handsome LEGO movie style, but was too busy with basic perspective to really succeed.

I tried to draw my son’s custom minifigure in handsome LEGO movie style, but was too busy with basic perspective to really succeed.

Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy” offers broccoli for lunch:

This bipedal tree is a perfect all purpose sidekick: he doesn’t monopolize the dialogue, is full of hidden talents and seems good hearted and selfless. He’s Chewbacca and R2D2 rolled into one very vaguely Vin Dieselish package.

Midway through the movie, he offers a young girl a flower that he has grown on his palm. I thought if he can grow flowers and emit sparkly motes of light, why not healthy lunch foods?

While they are fans of Groot, my sons were not so impressed by this concept. Like all self respecting cool children, they prefer to pretend that they hate broccoli.

Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy” offers broccoli for lunch:

This bipedal tree is a perfect all purpose sidekick: he doesn’t monopolize the dialogue, is full of hidden talents and seems good hearted and selfless. He’s Chewbacca and R2D2 rolled into one very vaguely Vin Dieselish package.

Midway through the movie, he offers a young girl a flower that he has grown on his palm. I thought if he can grow flowers and emit sparkly motes of light, why not healthy lunch foods?

While they are fans of Groot, my sons were not so impressed by this concept. Like all self respecting cool children, they prefer to pretend that they hate broccoli.

Grumpy Cat and Rocket Raccoon: Sarcastic, merchandisable talking animals share a disapproving moment.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" opened last Friday, and seeing it over this weekend was not optional. It certainly lived up to its press as far as our sons were concerned.

That is to say: there was a snarky talking raccoon, and he did have a big gun. As a bonus: there were a lot of explosions and dancing plant.  There was also a bunch of other stuff that prompted my younger son several times to ask when was it going to be over? Nevertheless, by the dancing plant at the end, they were both ready for the sequel.

And Grumpy Cat? While the kids do find him amusing, I have to admit that he is more my fixation than theirs.  Why are sarcastic animals so appealing? And so lucrative?

Grumpy Cat and Rocket Raccoon: Sarcastic, merchandisable talking animals share a disapproving moment.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" opened last Friday, and seeing it over this weekend was not optional. It certainly lived up to its press as far as our sons were concerned.

That is to say: there was a snarky talking raccoon, and he did have a big gun. As a bonus: there were a lot of explosions and dancing plant. There was also a bunch of other stuff that prompted my younger son several times to ask when was it going to be over? Nevertheless, by the dancing plant at the end, they were both ready for the sequel.

And Grumpy Cat? While the kids do find him amusing, I have to admit that he is more my fixation than theirs. Why are sarcastic animals so appealing? And so lucrative?

Attack on Teen Titans: a mash-up we can’t resist. But I did not have the heart to draw Robin & co naked

Attack on Teen Titans: a mash-up we can’t resist. But I did not have the heart to draw Robin & co naked

Attack on Teen Titans: a mash-up we can’t resist. But I did not have the heart to draw Robin & co naked

Attack on Teen Titans: a mash-up we can’t resist. But I did not have the heart to draw Robin & co naked

Summer portrait of our sons:
I usually try to draw the kids’ once a year in the downtime between summer camp and school.

As usual, the boys suffered horribly while this picture was being taken.  I had asked them to be still, and requested some adjustments of hand positions and such.  Torture.

Fortunately, their faces are covered and you cannot tell how much they are suffering.

Summer portrait of our sons:
I usually try to draw the kids’ once a year in the downtime between summer camp and school.

As usual, the boys suffered horribly while this picture was being taken. I had asked them to be still, and requested some adjustments of hand positions and such. Torture.

Fortunately, their faces are covered and you cannot tell how much they are suffering.

Demoman from Team Fortress 2 with flaming broccoli in place of a gun.

Demoman from Team Fortress 2 with flaming broccoli in place of a gun.

Monster size matters: Godzilla and the Colossal Titan from “Attack on Titan” seemed too obvious a pair to pass up. Of course, it had to be “classic’ Godzilla and not the star of the 2014 movie, as the new kaiju has grown to something  in the neighborhood of 100 meters. The Colossal Titan is a mere (and much more plausible) 60 meters. For those who are sticklers about super-monster size, I know that the classic Godzilla should be a bit shorter, at around 55 meters, but perhaps he is standing on his tippy toes. 

Monster size matters:

Godzilla and the Colossal Titan from “Attack on Titan” seemed too obvious a pair to pass up.

Of course, it had to be “classic’ Godzilla and not the star of the 2014 movie, as the new kaiju has grown to something  in the neighborhood of 100 meters. The Colossal Titan is a mere (and much more plausible) 60 meters.

For those who are sticklers about super-monster size, I know that the classic Godzilla should be a bit shorter, at around 55 meters, but perhaps he is standing on his tippy toes. 

LOL Axe Cat: Our kids reread the several collections of Lio comics that we have once every few weeks. They particularly enjoy Cybil, Lio’s cute and fluffy, yet well armed and potentially homicidal cat. In a one three panel comic,  Lio pokes Cybil and she responds by suddenly threatening him with a large axe.  He takes her picture and sends in to “Cat Fancy Magazine” much to the editor’s horror.   This one is definitely not appropriate for Quaker school lunch.  The summer arts camp is much more tolerant, but perhaps we are pushing the envelope. 

LOL Axe Cat:

Our kids reread the several collections of Lio comics that we have once every few weeks.
They particularly enjoy Cybil, Lio’s cute and fluffy, yet well armed and potentially homicidal cat.

In a one three panel comic,  Lio pokes Cybil and she responds by suddenly threatening him with a large axe.  He takes her picture and sends in to “Cat Fancy Magazine” much to the editor’s horror. 

This one is definitely not appropriate for Quaker school lunch.  The summer arts camp is much more tolerant, but perhaps we are pushing the envelope. 

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