Thursday, April 17, 2014

Manly Easter Bunny

Can a rabbit than delivers pastel eggs to your home be masculine in appearance without being creepy?

I should preface my comments on this napkin with the exculpatory information that I didn't even get started on it until after midnight, when any normal person who has to get up at six would have gone to bed.  I got a late start on the evening after spending a ridiculous amount of time looking for a cell phone on which I had stupidly turned off the ringer and then idiotically left it in the sleeping kids' dark bedroom.

Absent an official request from Ansel last night, I thought (not that my thoughts were at all coherent at that point) that something Easter themed would be nice.

As a child myself, I never really believed in Santa, the tooth fairy or the other standard childhood holiday characters, but I was not quite sure about the existence of the Easter Bunny for perhaps longer than I should have been.

I think this might have had something to do with an early sighting of an adult in a bunny costume at some sort of Chicago department store.  And it might have had something to do with my parents pushing the idea.  At our house, the Bunny was definitely not associated with any religion beyond the love of candy, and was compellingly described by my parents as being so tall that his ears "just brushed the top of the door jamb as he passed through."  For unknown reasons, I always pictured him as being blue and wearing some items of clothing, like a vest and an bow tie. 

I admit I have described my childhood questions about the existence of said Bunny with my own kids in a sort of "hey you never know" fashion.  We have had Easter egg hunts where the Bunny leaves them a note which is obviously in their mother's handwriting.  "Perhaps he sends me an email and tells me what to write?" I have pathetically suggested.

In short they have never been fooled... or particularly amused.

When I started thinking, for 45 seconds straight at least, about drawing this Bunny that I had imagined in my childhood and described to my sons, I realized he was just not going to be cool, or masculine, enough for my younger son.

Attempts to make him more of a cool guy were, like my bizarre spin on the Tooth Fairy, mostly disturbing.  Ansel humored me by taking the napkin to school, but I am sure there were plenty of disclaimers issued at lunch.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Black Dog

Rereading one of our mythological animals books, Ansel was predictably enthusiastic about the idea of the "Black Dog."  This oversize canine's origins are primarily in European folklore and it is usually described as an emissary of the devil, a hell hound, or at least, a portent of death

Large glowing red eyes and an association with Satan are characteristics guaranteed to entrance my younger son.  If I explained the association with depression, that would probably charm him all the more.
I tried to draw a dog that was not too scary...or too depressing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Flying Griffin

Our kids are often not so interested in real animals, but they are always want to read about monsters and mythical creatures.

The arrival of a couple of used books on the topic (including "The Mythical Creatures Bible") over the weekend escalated Ansel's enthusiasm to the point that he wanted a griffin on his napkin.

While I might have been slightly critical of some of the goofy contemporary renderings of these creatures in this book and several of the others in rotation at our house, I found it more difficult that I might have hoped to pull off a convincing griffin myself.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat With Fruit

Released from their separate sleeping bags in the bike by the warmer weather, the kids played the iOS version of "Mortal Kombat" together all the way home yesterday.

I am not proud to say that I thought it was sort of cute.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Last night, Archer came across an image of a Bearmageddon style Octobear in the sketch pages in the back  of the most recent Axe Cop book,  reminding him and Ansel how much they like Ethan Nicolle's other web comic "Bearmageddon."  Full of blood, dismemberment, profanity and pot jokes, even after I have edited it for lower school consumption, it is still age inappropriate...Much to my kids' delight of course.

I tried to cute up the Octobear idea for today's napkin, but Ansel was definitely not impressed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tasmanian Devil Winter Soldier

Ansel is suddenly very interested in Tasmanian Devils...because they are so "cute."
Yes, the request for today was a Tasmanian Devil as the Winter Soldier from the latest Captain America movie. 

I think the results could have been worse.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Winter Soldier with Broccoli

Our sons pronounced the Captain America sequel as better than the Avengers movie because, "there were more explosions and more guns."  And three Helicarriers instead of merely one.

They were impressed with the Winter Soldier character and particularly appreciated his hair, as clearly HIS mother does not insist on cutting it when it obscures his vision.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Axe Cop's Wexter with Fire Breathing Dragon

Dragon vs. Dinosaur:  Sadly, not appropriate for Quaker first grade lunch.

We finished reading Axe Cop's "Revenge on Rainbow Girl" last night which included a huge battle featuring Axe Cop's Gatling gun-armed T-Rex and a red dragon.

I discovered last night that there just aren't that many images available online of dragons fighting dinosaurs. It's just one of those mysterious missed opportunities in the internet common culture.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bane Cat and Winter Soldier Cat

"No one cared who I was until I put on the mask."

I am not proud to admit that I watched the BaneCat video yesterday.  The cat wearing the respirator seems suspiciously mellow about the situation.  I hope pharmaceuticals were not required.

But that video and the promotional materials for "The Winter Soldier" made me think about the power of a bad guy who is wearing a mouth covering.

I was already thinking about cosplaying pets, as I had recently revisited our "super canines" series while posting them on Instagram.

(While I had carefully avoided Instagram in the past, "Daily Napkins" had suddenly acquired 949 followers of its nonexistent account thanks to one repost of a napkin image by Toby Turner a month ago.  I decided I might as well post some more images there as the Tobuscus-derived Instagram constituency seems much more enthusiastic than other social media platforms. )

Anatomically, cats just seemed to lend themselves to mouth covers more than dogs.
I am not sure that the above commentary really explains the image.
Perhaps I should just point out that I was very tired and it was very late last night.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hamster Falcon for "Winter Soldier"

The kids have been watching the previews for the upcoming Captain America movie fairly attentively.  But I think they were so distracted by the Winter Soldier character that they missed the presence of Falcon in the trailers.

We had the honor of hosting the famous class pet Fluffy the hamster for the duration of the school break, so it seemed like another rodent cosplay napkin was needed.

You might think that I could have gotten some better reference materials for this hamster while it was living in my house for two weeks, but it proved almost impossible to get a good photograph of her dark quivery little body. 

Boys with hamster blur attempting escape

Monday, March 31, 2014

Video Game Skeleton Pirates

As far as the kids were concerned, we had a fairly ungratifying vacation from school, full of doctor's appointments and a time consuming neuropsych evaluation.  This morning, I listened to my younger son tell one of his teachers how horrible his vacation was, and how he did absolutely nothing that was fun.

Just for the record, we also went to Toys R Us a disturbing number of times and had a particularly indulgent visit to an arcade. At the arcade, they played the sort of expensive immersive console video games, featuring macabre characters like zombie skeleton pirates, that 7 year old children probably should not be playing.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Monster Girl

Reading the most recent issue of "Invincible" (#109) the kids were reminded how much they like the character of Monster Girl.

Due to some sort of curse, Monster Girl ages in reverse.  She switches between appearing as an increasingly younger female human form and an increasingly larger monstrous male form.  Issue #109 takes place in an alternate universe when her age regression has reached toddlerhood and her monster form is, as Archer observed appreciatively, "the size and power of Godzilla."

This particular issue reminded me why Monster Girl might be relevant to me....
(There's more of this sort of stuff, of course, at my rather moribund website

From 2008
From the late 90's


Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Vikings" Rollo with Dreamworks' Hiccup and Toothless

Perhaps Rollo and Hiccup are debating whose show is a more accurate depiction of Vikings.

The kids were very impressed with the shrink wrapped subway car devoted to the "Vikings" television show.  So impressed, in fact, that we had to wait ten minutes to ride in that particular car rather than in a regular car that did not have a large picture of a bare chested man on the outside and laminated photos of fur seats on the inside.

The "Vikings" train led to a discussion of which sort of Viking was more realistic- this particular show or Dreamworks' "Dragons: Defenders of Berk" 

No doubt Hiccup's hair, makeup and personal trainer budget is smaller.

The Vikings Train: since they insisted we wait for it, I insisted they pose with it.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cocktail Napkin With Lion For Scale

This is my second submission for a drawing on cocktail napkins contest held by Tuaca, so this definitely will not be going to school in a child's lunchbox.

I seem to be stuck on the lion imagery.  Tuaca has roots with the Renaissance Medicis (and their marble lions) and has heraldic lions on the bottle. 

Maybe what this one really needed was a marble lion....

(My other napkin submission can be seen here if you don't want to scroll down.
The official website for all submissions is although you will need to be able to say that you are at least 21.)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Godzilla and Frenemies Play Ring Around The Rosie

Thanks to a string of unpleasant doctor and evaluator appointments and the need for bribery, we've been at Toy R Us twice in the last two weeks.

We were therefore able to view a whole wall of Godzilla 2014 toys on the first visit, and then go away and incubate a burning desire for Godzilla merchandise, only to return and discover that apocalyptically all of the 50 or so mid size Godzillas that shoot lasers from their mouths had been sold... or disappeared somehow....

Archer then decided that what he really needed was the "Giant Size" Godzilla.  (The size of a small child only, but it definitely would have required its own seat on the subway on the way home, had I been both deranged and able to afford such a thing)

I unilaterally ruled that the mini kaiju and villains/friends set made more financial and logistical sense.
I might even have bought them for myself .