Love this one. This weekend I spent an evening with Paulie and his wife Gina, the Genius Disney Lighting Effects Queen. Back in their studio she had a clay gargoyle she sculpted.
I would’ve been all over this in the sixth grade. My own personal Middle Ages. I’d read Tolkien, I played Dungeons & Dragons. Some kids played Cowboys & Indians or Army; we’d play the backyard version of D&D, making medieval weapons like flails and maces out of broomsticks and boxing gloves. I even made a shield out of plywood and painted a griffin on it. And yeah, I did a research report on gargoyles, plagiarizing the hell out of the G volume of Encyclopedia Britannica.