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Saving the City: Sans-Spandex

NANOWRIMO IS HERE AGAIN!

And you know what that means!  It’s time for Erika and Laura’s regularly scheduled break.  First of all, if you’re doing Nano, we want to hear from you!  Second, we’ll be off working on our novels (and also running the region, we’re both leadership this year,) for the next four weeks.  We didn’t run a contest this year, but if you have anything you’d like to send us: fanart, cosplay photos, whatever, we’ll put it up!  Otherwise there’ll be some sort of random filler.  See you in December!

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Edna: It will be bold! Dramatic!
Bob: Yeah!
Edna: Heroic!
Bob: Yeah. Something classic, like, like Dynaguy. Oh, he had a great look! Oh, the cape and the boots…
Edna: [throws a wadded ball of paper at Bob’s head] No capes!
Bob: Isn’t that my decision?
Edna: Do you remember Thunderhead? Tall, storm powers? Nice man, good with kids.
Bob: Listen, E…
Edna: November 15th of ’58! All was well, another day saved, when… his cape snagged on a missile fin!
Bob: Thunderhead was not the brightest bulb…
Edna: Stratogale! April 23rd, ’57! Cape caught in a jet turbine!
Bob: E, you can’t generalize about these things…
Edna: Metaman, express elevator! Dynaguy, snagged on takeoff! Splashdown, sucked into a vortex!
[shouts]
Edna: No capes!

10 responses to “Hero Handbook II”

  1. Tomy Ironmane says:

    Suggested compromise: When police officers are required to wear a tie, it is always a clip-on. Reason: If a thug tries to use it as a handle, it will break away. If you gotta wear a cape, make sure it’s not something that can drag your sorry butt into a jet turbine.

    • Storel says:

      Then it’ll just come off accidentally in a fight, at exactly the moment when it is either (a) most dangerous or (b) most embarrassing for you…

  2. Black Rose says:

    Would this handbook be effective during the Golden Age period (1938-1955)?

  3. Chris Ingersoll says:

    Every time I watch that scene I hear Bob call him “Dunderhead.”

  4. The Almighty 404 says:

    Like Tomy said, capes are fine as long as they can easily be pulled off. In a superhero novel series I read, the main character has a cape, and one of the first things we see said about capes is that it is “common sense” to have them attached by Velcro or snap fasteners.

    • Tomy Ironmane says:

      I had merely suggested a weak point in the clasp. Using velcro or “snap fasteners” might be appropriate for certain individuals and costumes, though higher powered/stronger individuals may find themselves having to upgrade their fasteners.

      In addition, a quick detach mechanism (batman pattern, illustrated above) allows the cape to be used as a sort of utility device. What sort of utility device depends on your personal preference and preparation. I’ve started equipping characters with capes coated in insulation and fire retardant as a handy Rescue Blanket/fireproofing for “burning building” scenarios.

  5. Jordan says:

    A cape can be useful in that you can use it to cover up an exposed civilian or something like that. But it MUST not act as a hindrance. Having it easily detach (using something like velcro or snap fasteners) helps prevent it from getting in the way.

    Bright colors and a distinct design help to distinguish you from a civilian and marks you as a hero, which helps draw attention to you (both good and bad).

  6. Tilly the Hun says:

    How is no one talking about the best titled superhero-clothes-dealer ever, “Measure of a Hero”?!

    That name is genius. Beautiful, pun genius.

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