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. 

 Eren Jaeger in fire titan form:

The obsession with “Attack on Titan” continues to blossom at our house. We only have 5 of the 13 (and counting) manga volumes, but it is clear that I am going to have to come up with the others sometime soon. As images of saucer-eyed children being devoured alive by giants passes for relaxing bedtime fare around here, I’ve been reading the books out loud in the evenings. Doing so has made it clear why our sons love the series.  It is a fine distillation of the youthful fantasies of being able to rocket through the air to successfully battle giant monsters. The fact that the heroic young protagonists are rendered in generic anime style as big-eyed waifs and most of the titans are more realistically drawn to look like schlubby, clueless adults is also an appealing facet, no doubt  The main large-eyed young protagonist Eren, can morph into a titan himself, but his titan is muscular, pointy-eared and can burst into flames, so he is definitely no schlub.


Eren Jaeger in fire titan form:

The obsession with “Attack on Titan” continues to blossom at our house.
We only have 5 of the 13 (and counting) manga volumes, but it is clear that I am going to have to come up with the others sometime soon.

As images of saucer-eyed children being devoured alive by giants passes for relaxing bedtime fare around here, I’ve been reading the books out loud in the evenings.

Doing so has made it clear why our sons love the series.  It is a fine distillation of the youthful fantasies of being able to rocket through the air to successfully battle giant monsters.

The fact that the heroic young protagonists are rendered in generic anime style as big-eyed waifs and most of the titans are more realistically drawn to look like schlubby, clueless adults is also an appealing facet, no doubt

The main large-eyed young protagonist Eren, can morph into a titan himself, but his titan is muscular, pointy-eared and can burst into flames, so he is definitely no schlub.

Corvo, Agent 47 and Connor Kenway: Cool killers from Dishonored, Hitman and Assassin’s Creed III
Archer, a person of the ripe old age of 11, asked me yesterday which of these three games would I be most likely to allow him to play. A thorough enumeration of the relative amounts of sadism and bloodletting in each of the three games followed. (For instance: “Really! You don’t HAVE to kill anyone in Hitman!”)

I replied that this seemed like a trick question as I was pretty sure that all three were rated M. Archer responded that 11 is almost a teenager and it was high time for his first M rated game.

Corvo, Agent 47 and Connor Kenway:
Cool killers from Dishonored, Hitman and Assassin’s Creed III

Archer, a person of the ripe old age of 11, asked me yesterday which of these three games would I be most likely to allow him to play. A thorough enumeration of the relative amounts of sadism and bloodletting in each of the three games followed. (For instance: “Really! You don’t HAVE to kill anyone in Hitman!”)

I replied that this seemed like a trick question as I was pretty sure that all three were rated M. Archer responded that 11 is almost a teenager and it was high time for his first M rated game.

Interest in Skylanders waxes and wanes around here, but never goes away.Archer always has a list of Skylanders characters that he feels that he really needs to have.Legendary Chop Chop is at the top of this list right now.

Interest in Skylanders waxes and wanes around here, but never goes away.

Archer always has a list of Skylanders characters that he feels that he really needs to have.
Legendary Chop Chop is at the top of this list right now.

My son asked me to draw him as Hiccup with Toothless.

My son asked me to draw him as Hiccup with Toothless.

Eren’s Titan from “Attack on Titan”
My son asked me to draw him from the waist up, perhaps to avoid the peculiar pelvic area.

Eren’s Titan from “Attack on Titan”
My son asked me to draw him from the waist up, perhaps to avoid the peculiar pelvic area.

It is rare that I get a girly request these days.  The floral napkin pictures here  is for a  7 year old daughter of a friend, and was the result of a school fundraising auction.   All she asked for was “cherry blossoms”   No weapons, no lasers, no trademarked characters.  I hardly knew how to proceed.

It is rare that I get a girly request these days. The floral napkin pictures here is for a 7 year old daughter of a friend, and was the result of a school fundraising auction. All she asked for was “cherry blossoms” No weapons, no lasers, no trademarked characters. I hardly knew how to proceed.

Corvo’s mask from Dishonored

Corvo’s mask from Dishonored

Rock Golem from Battleheart.

Rock Golem from Battleheart.

Demon mask for lunch:
As of yesterday, our son is officially obsessed with “Mark of the Ninja.”

Demon mask for lunch:

As of yesterday, our son is officially obsessed with “Mark of the Ninja.”

Scorpion from Injustice with friendly, Plants vs Zombies style undead. 

One hopes that they jolly Scorpion out of his belligerent mood before he punches one of their heads off.

Scorpion from Injustice with friendly, Plants vs Zombies style undead.

One hopes that they jolly Scorpion out of his belligerent mood before he punches one of their heads off.

My older son likes to freak himself out just a little with creepypasta guys Jeff the Killer and BEN drowned.

My older son likes to freak himself out just a little with creepypasta guys Jeff the Killer and BEN drowned.

Zak Saturday and Komodo:

About once every six months, my younger son is reminded how much he likes the series “The Secret Saturdays” about a family and their adventures with cryptids. 

And once every six months, I am reminded that there is really nothing plausible for me to do with Zak Saturday’s hair.  I drew his face and his pet/ family friend Komodo, the Komodo dragon, in a more realistic manner, but Zak’s two toned hair really defies intervention.

Zak Saturday and Komodo:

About once every six months, my younger son is reminded how much he likes the series “The Secret Saturdays” about a family and their adventures with cryptids.

And once every six months, I am reminded that there is really nothing plausible for me to do with Zak Saturday’s hair. I drew his face and his pet/ family friend Komodo, the Komodo dragon, in a more realistic manner, but Zak’s two toned hair really defies intervention.

Godzilla, Baby, You’re a Firework: Celebrating at the East River in NYC.

Godzilla, Baby, You’re a Firework: Celebrating at the East River in NYC.

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