MakeBeliefs 2 Help U Smile & Lift Your Spirits:
Gifting Someone with A Box of Joy and Happiness
Here’s the latest installment in our new Make Beliefs Series, ''MakeBeliefs 2 Help U Smile & Feel J_Y.'' They are created to provide comfort and hope to young and old who are feeling distressed and anxious in our too fast-changing and sometimes unforgiving world. It’s our way of making things better by helping you imagine! I create these MakeBeliefs as a way of finding hope.
What if someone you love handed you a box of joy and happiness? Who would be so kind as to do such a thing and how would it change your life? What would the gift card say? Would you keep such a box just for yourself or would you give it to someone else who might need it even more than you?
When we’re happy, when we feel joyous, we often want to share these wonderful feelings with others, rather than keep them all to ourselves. Imagine receiving such a gift. How could the person presenting this gift of joy be so generous? How do we, in turn, become more generous to others? How do we become better people?
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How Are the Shootings Affecting Your Mental Health?
When I went to school in the Stone Age we used to worry about taking cover under our desks in case of a nuclear bomb. Today, it is about taking cover to protect ourselves from mass shootings. How is living through school lockdowns, hearing about mass shootings and experiencing regular shooter drills at schools affecting your mental health? What do you do to cope? Does your school provide services to help you? What more can be done to make life better and help you feel safer? (Personally, I think today is scarier than it was back then.)
You can also create a comic strip responding to this question on the MakeBeliefsComix Current Events Page at https://makebeliefscomix.com/comics-about-current-events/ ; or, you could do so at our writing blog, Somethingtowriteabout.com.
Heart-Breaking Song for the Little Ones
I’m growing up – way, way up.
I’m growing up with hopes and dreams, making my way in the world.
We’re growing up – way, way up.
We’re growing up with hopes and dreams, making our way in the world.
This song is heart-rending when you consider the many little children in Uvalde, Texas, who were massacred in the recent gun shootings, who now will never be able to grow up and make their own way in the wide world. The day before graduation,, a music teacher had prepared this song for her kindergarten class to sing for their graduation, but expressed fear that her elementary school might be next, Her husband reassured her and next morning she led the kindergartners in this song. It’s filled with hope, but still all the hopes and dreams of the little ones in Uvalde are now lost to the world. How many more will be lost in the future?
YOUR TURN: What beautiful song or prayer can we sing to accompany the spirits of the departed young children? Please comment.
Which Creature Would You Like to Become?
I recently read about a book from New York Review titled The Abandoned by Paul Gallico . It’s tells the story of a lonely boy whose parents are always away and who wants to have a cat for company, One day the boy sees a striped kitten in the park across from his house. Crossing the road on his way to the tabby, he is struck by a truck. Everything is different when Peter comes to: He has fur, whiskers, and claws; he has become a cat himself! Now he has to learn about all the things a cat needs to do. (You can think a little about all the things a cat needs to do, such as sleeping and cleaning itself, or you can read the book yourself.)
But changing our form is an intriguing idea and makes me start thinking about what kind of creature I would want to turn into if I had a chance at another life. Butterfly? Dinosaur? Lion? Not sure about this, I’ll have to give it more thought. But what about you? What kind of creature (real or mythical) would you like to turn into? Why did you make this choice?
To help you think more deeply about transformation, here are two printables from MakeBeliefsComix about transforming oneself. You can print them out and write or color on them.
To Help Celebrate Pride Month for Supporters of L.G.B.T.Q. Rights
Here’s A MakeBelief about a transgender character who is among the many characters of MakeBeliefsComix.com used for creating comic strips. Perhaps you’ll want to respond to this person’s question or to write about yourself or someone you know who is trans. Perhaps you will want to use this character in one of your own comic strips. In creating this new character, our goal is to make our site as inclusive as possible, to reflect the great, beautiful diversity among peoples. We welcome your suggestions for new characters.
Celebrating Another Doll for Diversity
Actress and L.G.B.T.Q. activist Laverne Cox is getting her own Barbie. Mattel has created a Barbie doll in her likeness. The company often models dolls after real life people, and this is their first trans Barbie.
Cox, a four-time Emmy-winning actress, producer is the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a scripted TV show .Mattel said the doll is part of its commitment to continue to increase diversity and celebrates the impact the actress has had as an advocate for L.G.B.T.Q. rights.
YOUR TURN: Do you have some suggestions for other dolls which Barbie should consider creating who are modeled after real life people or historic figures? Please send in your ideas and/or sketches to us.
How Hulky and Buffed does ‘She-Hulk’ Have to be to Make People Happy?
Karen Attiah recently wrote in The Washington Post commenting on Marvel’s new TV series about Jennifer Walters, who is also known as She-Hulk. This character is the cousin of Bruce Banner who gains superhuman strength and size after a blood transfusion and becomes the Hulk.
‘’Finally!,’’ Attiah wrote, ‘’We would see a woman get to represent something other than the svelte superheroines we were used to.
But when the trailer was released, She-Hulk’s physique left a lot of mass to be desired.’’ Some commenters were angry at Marvel for not making her hulkier. “Let She-Hulk be Huge,” argued one article in the Ringer.
Attiah says, ‘’The whole thing is a reminder that despite strides in the ‘body positivity’ movement and the push for representation of various body shapes, a society dominated by the male gaze still tends to react to muscular women with ambivalence at best and hostility at worst.’’
The writer added, though, that for those women and girls who wish to see bigger women on screen, all hope is not lost. ‘’A supporting character, Luisa from Disney’s recent animated movie ‘Encanto,’ is an example: She is not just physically but visibly strong.’’ Little girls love her, she said.
YOUR TURN: Any thoughts of sketches on how you would have created She-Hulk for the Disney-Plus series? All sketches and ideas are welcome. How would you draw a bigger, buffer heroine? What other ideas might you have for new women heroines, whether for comic books, movies or TV series?
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