Every year about this time, I have to force myself to walk past the school supplies displays that dot the Big Box stores I frequent.
I bought a box for my 8-year-old nephew.
Not only did the box have such delights as mauvelous and wild strawberry, it had a bonus: A free invitation to Crayola’s StoryStudio which promised to convert photo portraits into cartoon characters.
The project kept my nephew occupied for about five minutes, which isn’t bad for a toy you can’t plug in, but it seems you get what you pay for. The free StoryStudio didn’t really turn a photo into a cartoon — it offered a catalog of attributes (eyes, eyebrows, mouths, chins) to puzzle together into a character that looks sort of like you.
I’ve always said I had cartoon-like eyes. Here’s the proof.
This is what I got in the Haunted House storyline — me, about to be nabbed by a scary alien. Not to give away the ending to the coloring book, but the alien turned out to be a not-so-scary friend in costume at a Halloween party.
Do not ask me what the yellow green vapor is. It wasn’t identified in the story. That’s probably the scariest part.