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MXSC-R1- Laughing Together . Superhero-Parenthood Contest Entry, Round 1 . You know, other villains always ask me… “Joker, what do like most about being a dad?” …and I always tell them…with a big smile… Now I never have to laugh alone! Ahahahaha! This creation is a contest entry for the second annual Mr. Xenomurphy's Superhero Contest 2013. It’s in the Superhero grouping, and the Parenthood category. The base is 16 x 24, with a 1 stud black border built into the base (So even with the border the total base is still 16 x 24 studs). Categories for Superheroes: (Parenthood) A) What if a superhero/-villain becomes a father or a mother? Build a vignette, min. 16 x 16, max. 24 x 24, showing the pros and/or cons of super-parenthood. A reasonable(!) overhang is allowed, like a plant, arm, leg, etc. A one stud wide black base around your creation is allowed. It counts as overhang. This was a tough one, category wise at least. Being in the Superhero grouping, I do like the challenge of er challenging categories, but it was tough to decide which of the two to pick from, seeing as it was hard to think of concepts for the Parenthood one, and I lacked the necessary number of short legs (That I wanted to use) for the Kid category. At first I was going to build basically a scene from the graphic novel Mad Love, where Harley Quinn dreams about her perfect motherhood life with the Joker, but decided against it since it seemed too boring—ergo a rollercoaster! I was pleased to be able to fit a track piece on the build size (taking into account the overhang rule, and working hard to fulfill it), and I was also happy to get the curved angles I wanted to help give the impression of movement. I will say that it was great being able to get the coaster to look so unstable and in reality it is actually unstable! It’s one of those builds where if you look at it wrong it collapses, but that really just adds in more magic for the overall look. On the concepts asked for in the category of Parenthood, I saw my fatherly Joker in all actuality as just acting out another one of his twisted games. “Little J” as he calls him is not his son, but more of a kidnapped child, hence the dark knight desperately trying to save him (And Joker I guess—Batman can’t kill people (But let them die? Batman Begins—Look into this)). Although initially not inspired by this, it must have been at the back of my mind, since the situation does play out in a similar manner as the episode “To Be a Clown” from Batman the Animated Series—which I base many of my builds off of. Enjoy! ~Nemo


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