November 15, 2006

Combat colouring book for Chinese kids. Lots of young'uns still like to play war, but do they really need to learn how to draw a silenced handgun or a mobile rocket array? Full Flickr set
  • yes, yes they do.
  • If they plan on drawing still-life, yes. Wokka, wokka.
  • That is the best thing I've seen for ages, and will inform my artistic practice for years to come. Aces! Great post!!!!
  • This is just excellent. I love the dossier-esqe feel and the necessary vocabulary for all your kids' operational communications (push, pull, bullet, military, artillery). Plus, the silhouettes in the corner are maybe for stickers, but also serve as in-the-field recognition practice. Now if it only it included battle language hand signals, it would be complete.
  • Yeah- anyone know where I can get online instructions for battle hand signals? Then I need never talk again...
  • This earlier version of the tank page was rejected by the censors.
  • Brilliant. For such a perfect angle on the tank, I smell subversion. That gets me thinking. From another perspective, it helps to have names for the things that may be pointed at you. You know, not much, but still.
  • Battle hand signals. Hover over them to see what they mean. "Dog" is particularly puzzling. So don't say I never do anything for you, eh?
  • Or drag the mouse across the white space below each picture. And don't be put off by the differently-gendered person at top right.
  • You publish a children's coloring book with the pictures you have, not with the pictures you want. Re: Battle hand signals - when it comes to road trip usage, I don't see myself calling for "Shotgun" with that particular gesture.
  • Ha! When I was young, boyz just drew their pictures of tanks and fighter planes on lined notebook paper without all this assistance. I call it a lack of imagination nowadays. Don't forget the bullets and the flames. - - - - - - - - - - - - - ^^^^^ Kapow! Pssshssst! Pssshssst! Bam Bam Bam! Akk akk akk akk! sound effects and stabbings into the paper with a pencil were optional, depending on whether the teacher had left the room.
  • There's an aircraft carrier in there. They don't have one of those. This is target identification training. Like in "Tora, Tora, Tora:" Pilot 1: (holds up silhouette of aircraft carrier) Pilot 2: Enterprise! Pilot 1: You idiot, it's your own flagship! *laughter*
  • Excellent! I will attempt to communicate all day in the office using only those signals. Although I couldn't see one for 'make the tea', so it might be a long day...