Create Your Own Familiar

We've been traveling around the country visiting schools and at each one the students have created their own Familiar Story.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tournament of Heroes - Day Seven

Hogwarts results are in: Batman, Hermione, Neo, King Arthur, Rocky, Lisbeth Salander, Jack Sparrow, and Indiana Jones win!

Things are really getting interesting now. We're moving on to the second round.

Here are all the match-ups (with each remaining competitor's odds of being crowned the ultimate hero).


Luke Skywalker (5:1)
Odysseus (75:1)

Frodo (75:1)
Thor (25:1)

Percy Jackson (50:1)
Lara Croft (100:1)

Wolverine (15:1)
Katniss Everdeen (8:1)



Superman (1:1)
Mario (100:1)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (5:1)
Captain America (20:1)

Gandalf (30:1)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (75:1)

Scooby Doo (100:1)
Han Solo (2:1)


Harry Potter (3:1)
Iron Man (15:1)

Princess Leia (10:1)
Spock (100:1)

John McClane (50:1)
Sarah Connor (75:1)

Wonder Woman (5:1)
James Bond (15:1)


Batman (3:1)
Hermione Granger (30:1)

Neo (50:1)
King Arthur (75:1)

Rocky Balboa (100:1)
Lisbeth Salander (75:1)

Jack Sparrow (15:1)
Indiana Jones (2:1)

Odds to be the last hero standing:

1:1 Superman
2:1 Han Solo
2:1 Indiana Jones
3:1 Batman
3:1 Harry Potter
5:1 Luke Skywalker
5:1 Obi-Wan Kenobi
5:1 Wonder Woman
8:1 Katniss Everdeen
10:1 Princess Leia
15:1 Jack Sparrow
15:1 James Bond
15:1 Iron Man
15:1 Wolverine
20:1 Captain America
25:1 Thor
30:1 Gandalf
30:1 Hermione Granger
50:1 John McClane
50:1 Percy Jackson
50:1 Neo
75:1 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
75:1 Frodo
75:1 Lisbeth Salander
75:1 Odysseus
75:1 King Arthur
75:1 Sarah Connor
100:1 Lara Croft
100:1 Mario
100:1 Rocky Balboa
100:1 Scooby Doo
100:1 Spock

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tournament of Heroes - Day Six

The votes from the Middle Earth Bracket are in... Harry Potter, Iron Man, Princess Leia, Spock, John McClane, Sarah Connor, Wonder Woman, and James Bond are moving on. 

Now for the final first round match-ups, we go to the Hogwarts Bracket!

Batman vs. Lassie

It's the Caped Crusader versus your grandma's favorite Rough Collie in what can only be described as one of the most lop-sided match-ups in the Tournament's entire first round.

Winner: Batman

Hermione Granger vs. Sawyer from Lost

She's Hogwarts precocious Muggle-born wizard. He's the Island's resident bad boy and con man. Can smoldering good looks defeat adorkable magic?

Winner: Hermione Granger

Neo vs. He-Man


Will it be The One or the Master of the Universe in this epic showdown? By the power of Grayskull, your vote decides!

Winner: Neo

King Arthur vs. Ben-Hur


One wields the mythic sword in the stone. The other is a heck of a Roman chariot racer. It's a duel for the Ages.

Winner: King Arthur

Zorro vs. Rocky Balboa


The dashing black-clad masked outlaw steps in the ring with the linguistically challenged Italion Stallion. Who will get the knockout?

Winner: Rocky

Lisbeth Salander vs. Daredevil


It's the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the blind, red-suited Man with no Fear. Super hacker versus Super hero.

Winner: Lisbeth Salander

Jack Sparrow vs. MacGuyver


The legendary pirate of the Black Pearl goes up against the crafty secret agent in this first round hero smackdown. Will Mac's duct tape and Swiss Army knife be enough to stop Captain Jack?

Winner: Jack Sparrow

Indiana Jones vs. Eowyn


The archaelogist with the bullwhip (that doesn't sound nearly as cool as Indy deserves) takes on the Lord of the Rings shield-maiden.

Winner: Indiana Jones

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tournament of Heroes - Day Five

Yesterday's votes are in! Moving on to round 2 are... 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Scooby Doo
Han Solo

We're moving on to the Middle Earth Bracket with more first round match-ups. 

Harry Potter vs. Scully

It's boy wizard versus FBI special agent. She's skeptical of the paranormal, but Harry's got the magic to make her a believer. Who gets your vote?


Winner: Harry Potter

Iron Man vs. Duke (GI Joe)

It's real American superhero and real American hero. The man in the iron suit dukes it out with the man in army fatigues. 


Winner: Iron Man

Princess Leia vs. Tarzan
A Rebel Alliance spy takes on the boy raised by apes. Both have gone on heroic adventures, but only one dressed in a loincloth while doing it. 


Winner: Princess Leia

Hercules vs. Spock
The son of Zeus meets the son of a Vulcan in this timeless duel. Will it be Roman God or ambassador to the Romulan Empire moving on? 

Winner: Spock

John McClane vs. Doctor Who
The smirking NYPD detective tries to handcuff the eccentric time traveling alien. It's yippie kay yay to one of these mother you-know-what'ers.

Winner: John McClane

Optimus Prime vs. Sarah Connor
It's the leader of the Autobots battling the savior of the human race. She knows a thing or two about big, angry metal things trying to kill her, so look out Optimus.

Winner: Sarah Connor

Wonder Woman vs. Buck Rogers

She's a warrior princess from the Amazon. He's a futuristic space pilot. Can the buxom superheroine lasso a first round win? Your vote decides. 

Winner: Wonder Woman

James Bond vs. Blade

It's spy versus vampire hunter as 007 tries to stir up the competition. But only one can survive the Tournament of Heroes!

Winner: James Bond

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tournament of Heroes - Day Four

First, last week's winners: Superman, Mario, Obi Wan, and Captain America.

Now onto the remaining first round match-ups in the Galaxy Far, Far Away Bracket.

Gandalf  vs. Starbuck 

It's the wizard with the Santa Claus beard against Battlestar Galactica's hottie hothead. Who's the hero you want to see move on?


Winner: Gandalf

Buffy the Vampire Slayer  vs. Link

Two easy-on-the-eyes blondes battle it out. Sunnydale's resident teen monster fighter takes on the Legend of Zelda's vanquisher of evil. Only one can survive.


Winner: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Aragorn vs. Scooby Doo

The Fellowship's mighty warrior battles the Scooby gang's hapless mutt. It's man versus dog. Who's got the more heroic bite?


Winner: Scooby Doo

Han Solo  vs. d'Artagnan

A loner who goes by the subtle name Solo faces off against the fourth Musketeer. Your vote decides the winner.

Winner: Han Solo

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Penny's Request for Art

Today, my five and a half year old daughter drew her first pictures of The Familiars. I told her that I would post them on the blog and she had a request to go along with it.

"Hi. My name is Penny. Could you send me a picture of the Familiars that you made? Bye."

Email the pictures to I think Penny would really appreciate it.