“The Art of the Catapult” is a How-To project book written by William Gurstelle. My favorite bits are the history he generously includes with his projects, detailing ancient (and totally disgusting – heads were common projectiles before gunpowder) military tactics and war machines.
It also gave me a brilliant way to dress up an old story in new clothing, by changing the title to match his. I spent way too long trying to mash the idea of catapults into a story about misfits, but I’m pleased with the result. Probably because I love these two socially awkward idiots. Go here to enjoy:
In related news, I spent half an hour researching Cicada blocks while looking up references for people physically trapping other people in corners. It’s actually a parody of a romantic move (popularized in romance manga) called a kabe-don, in which the hero traps the heroine by using some part of his body, usually with one or both arms, and occasionally the leg. In the cicada block you use your entire body.
This is a relatively unfortunate discovery, mostly because this is not supposed to be a romantic move in this story. He’s just a jerk. Good times are not exactly had by all.
(Also, I just realized that Tom looks like he’s wearing eyeliner. It was an overenthusiastic application of the marker tool in one of my art programs. I’d fix it, but that would take actual work.)