Ser Andrew, I Choose You!

Watch out! When Andy starts talking, he never stops.

My daughter is obsessed with Pokemon. She and her friends collect the cards, swap them and battle. They play Pokemon on their DSs, they own t-shirts, gadgets and games. And so many cards. When not occupied by all things Pokemon, they read Sgt. Frog, a manga series by Mine Yoshizaki. She and her friends all have Sgt. Frog names. We have baked Sgt. Frog cookies.

Recently, she discovered a website where she could create her own Pokemon cards (for fun) and two of her obsessions met and combined in a series of cards featuring attributes and powers she described using her knowledge of the Sgt. Frog manga series. I sized the images appropriately and printed them out on card stock for her.

I really enjoyed watching her exercise her creativity. Choosing the powers, describing them. She made up her own rules. Essentially, she made her own game.

Then she suggested I make my own set, so I did!

I gathered up my favourite fiction, fan fiction and role play characters, assembled images (some my own art, some commissioned) and created a series of cards. I chose unique powers for them and had a lot of fun reminiscing over their personality quirks. When I had them all printed out and cut to size, I had a unique keepsake, one I’ll treasure. I am not allowed to keep them in a drawer, however. My daughter wants to battle, my cards against hers.

Pictures of some of my favourite cards under the cut.

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