Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pint Sized Super Heros

A brightly clad figure poses heroically for a moment on a tree stump before diving off to the next grand adventure.  His satin cape floating and rippling in the air behind him with his courageous symbol shining boldly for all to see, leaving hope in it's wake.  Before too long he will spy his arch enemy and you'll be going out to save the family dog from him.  Again.

 Why not a super-villain cape for the dog? After all, he won't be offended or upset that he always has to be "the bad guy".

When I was asked to make super hero capes for some little boys my head started to spin with ideas. I felt like a little kid again, tying bedsheets and blankets on and jumping around. This was going to be so cool.

For this project I wanted to get inside the head of a real expert of the field. So like any normal person would do I popped The Incredibles  in the DVD player and got started.

"A new suit? You push too hard, darling!"

"But I accept!"

"It will be bold!"



Out came the notebook and the sketches started to flow. Then a snag......

"Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids.... November 15th of '58! All was well, another day saved, when... his cape snagged on a missile fin!... Stratogale! April 23rd, '57! Cape caught in a jet turbine!.... Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on takeoff! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex!... No capes!"

This was followed by a lot of pacing and head scratching. Aha! I've got it!  The neck closures will have magnetic snaps that will release at a moments notice, and will be simple enough for the youngest in your family to operate.

Yes! another day saved!

A secret identity? I don't know a single superhero who doesn't have one. Your identity is your most valuable possession and it must be protected. After all, who wants the pressure of being super all the time?