ALL of the tears.
Linnéa Johansson was inspired to create the drawings by her son.
When cartoonist Linnéa Johansson’s 3-year-old son Caspian came home after a particularly trying day at preschool, fighting to hold back tears, she was surprised to hear his reason for refusing to cry.
“I said to him, ‘Why don’t you want to cry?’ and he replied, ‘Because Spider-Man doesn’t cry,’” said Johansson, a mother of two. “It’s a strange phenomenon that kids, who are so emotional and sensitive have to relate to these shallow role models.”
So Johansson, who lives in Norway with her family, decided to create a more sensitive superhero for her son. One drawing of Spider-Man turned into a coloring book for children, showing everything from Batman baking cookies to Superman crying over a dropped ice cream cone.
“For boys, the role models are violent and aggressive,” Johansson said. “It seems the only emotions they are allowed to show are either neutral or angry.”