May 24, 2013

"Justice Families" by Andry Rajoelina

Sippy Cup and I are both big fans of comic book superheroes and of Batman in particular.

At a very early age, I used comic books to encourage a love of reading in him and promote a wider appreciation of art, color and design.

A few days ago, I came across the "Justice Families" series of illustrations created by Andry Rajoelina and was blown away.  The beauty of these illustrations is not only the level of talent and ability Andry clearly has (if you need further proof, here is the link to his DeviantArt page); what I really loved about these pieces is how they re-imagine the relationship between Superheroes and their Sidekicks as they are depicted walking hand-in-hand on their way to school.  There is a sense of recognizable familiarity and sweet intimacy to each of these scenes, even though their subjects spend most of their time together "fighting crime".

Parenthood often feels like a heroic duty; to misquote Stan Lee, a "great responsibility" that requires an equal amount of "great power".  However, what I often forget is that I have two little sidekicks who are always right next to me, who are willing to "fight the good fight" with me, who are fiercely loyal and devoted to me and who look up to me.

Andry's illustrations reminded me that my journey into fatherhood, literally, could not have happened without my two little sidekicks.  And I know that they will always have my back.

Image Courtesy of Andry Rajoelina

PS - Andry also let me know that he plans to have these limited-edition prints available for sale in the Greek-Art Online Store; do yourself a favor and buy one.

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