Winter Break, Toddler Princesses, and @#$%&# Camaro.

This captures the feeling of no longer being at the School of the End Times for another three weeks.

This captures the feeling of no longer being at the School of the End Times for another three weeks.

The day this posts will be a half day of school. In addition, it is the final day of the semester, and the final day before the Winter Break. That’s winter, not Christmas. Public school here, people.

The school has continued a descent into chaos, which is pretty disheartening. I had intended to have more toddler princesses in panel one, but my own “princess” students have become embroiled in greater and greater bullying and fighting, which made me a little less positive, and thus less willing to have such a “group based” positive panel. Many of my students are worried that my teacher staff and I will be “okay” over break. They both worry about us missing them, and also worry that we won’t be coming back.

As always, Horsey is there to extract our hero from a bad situation, which lately at my school site, are days that end in Y. I wanted to do something different here, besides just having the Batmobile roll up. I also wanted a close up of Horsey in the driver’s seat. As a result of wanting that, and wanting to have Pony in action, we wound up with panel five, featuring Matt Trakker’s Camaro from MASK.

MASK was an animated series in the 80’s which was basically an advert for a toy line. The toys were vehicles that transformed a little bit, not a lot. Instead of changing into a robot, they arguably turned into a slightly cooler vehicle. In this case, a Camaro which has boors from a DeLorean…which opens both doors at the same time, expands them into wings with jets and lasers on them, and flies.

Flying Knight Rider Car? Check.

It was a real hassle to draw that @#$% Camaro, so I may color all or part of the image, to make it worthwhile.

Few people remember MASK from the 80s. Of the few, more remember the GI Joe meets Transformers theory of the show, more than they do the toys. Given that, I imagine that Horsey didn’t even have to steal the Camaro…it has probably been up on blocks since about 1990, in front of Trakker’s HQ. Horsey probably got the Thunderhawk car from him on eBay, or Craigslist, and way cheap.

There's the actual Thunderhawk toy Camaro, with the Matt Trakker action figure that came with it.

There’s the actual Thunderhawk toy Camaro, with the Matt Trakker action figure that came with it.

An ACTUAL Camaro tricked out like the toy.  This is both why the internet is awesome, and pretty much what I envision Horsey taking off of Trakker's property for a song.

An ACTUAL Camaro tricked out like the toy. This is both why the internet is awesome, and pretty much what I envision Horsey taking off of Trakker’s property for a song.

With this @#$%&^@ Camaro, I hope to start a vacation far from the kinds of things that have me down. One can hope, at least. Saturday has my team and I slated for a GATE conference which is actually pretty cool, in Pasadena. After that…ponies and adult beverages.

UPDATE: Although I’m pretty fond of the final art above, I think a certain level of detail was lost in the conversion to the online version. The unaltered, unfiltered pencils are worth a look, specifically for the last panel. At least, in my opinion.

More greyscale, which I like less, but clearer art in panel five, which I like more.  A good solution would be a color version.

More greyscale, which I like less, but clearer art in panel five, which I like more. A good solution would be a color version.

Excelsior!

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