22 – Power Rhino by Beausephus + Son

| November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments


DATE OF CREATION: November 18, 2011

CONCEPT:  “There’s a a whole town of Rhinoceroses that live in a maze and there’s one Rhinoceros who has to protect Rhinoceros Land from people going through the maze to get the treasure.  Power Rhino is a superhero with a big sword and a sword on his leg.  He has a big cape because he is a good guy.”


So when the mood strikes my son (and that is quite often) and he wants to make up “superguys”, “superdudes”, “supermans”… I pull out a bunch of templates I made for him and he picks out everything from the style of boots to the color scheme of the various costume options presented before him.  I then draw quick sketch, and he edits, adds, etc…  I then draw up the character and he hangs them in his room…if they meet his ultimate judgement.  Then I make him come up with a story for each character.


My 4 year old likes to draw mazes.  Now they may look like aimless scribbles to the untrained eye, but he will show you with exact precision what each oddly formed square is ( a trap, usually) and how the interweaving lines are actually paths that when he is finished will make perfect sense.  So, the other day he was guiding me through his newest maze and he lead me through a series of traps, jungles, volcanoes, a Rhinoceros Land, and a river before having to jump through another trap to get to the treasure.  Now I had him back up and tell me about this Rhinoceros Land.  Rhinoceros Land is just that, a land of Rhinoceroses who do magic and tell stories.  They have one Rhino called Power Rhino who carries a sword and protects them all from “bad guys who go in the maze to get the treasure.”

He really wanted a strait up superhero design with a rhino in a green spandex outfit, red mask, white gloves, and a blue cape…with a big sword and a sword strapped to his leg.  He really did not like the version drawn above.  He wanted a straight up superhero, but the big honkin’ sword concept got me thinking of Cloud from Final Fantasy VII and then of the Joe Mad comic series “Battle Chasers.”  Then I realized that my kid was essentially describing to me the plot of the recent Thundercats series subplot involving a village of mystic forgetful elephants.   So I went with the RPG style costume pictured above.  he is not happy that the version he wanted is not posted here and he has sworn to do his own version which, if he finishes it, I will post below.

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Category: 2011, Fantasy, Superhero

About the Author ()

Teacher, Playwright, Performer & Superhero Enthusiast. My first crayon drawings were of Superman and Captain America. I always wanted to draw comics but never followed that passion beyond some self-published zines and forays into early internet comics. I've worked in various aspects of graphic design and fooled around with a spray can at various stages of my life, keeping my pen busy and full of various inspirations for the doodles in the margins of my notebooks. Inheriting an iPad changed my productivity with the ability to draw, edit, color and post onto the internet via one device in the limited time I have to mess around with my doodles and drawings. My 5-year-old son is my biggest fan and the main reason for my artistic renaissance. He's the reason I'm drawing more often and the person I draw the most for. For the 30 CHARACTERS challenge this year, he is my co-conspirator and collaborator. His excitement and innocent love of superheroes and drawing has kept my inner cynic/critic at bay and we are having a blast this year making up a whole new universe of heroes, robots and monsters for the internet. -updated Oct. 2012

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