Flannel Ben

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You know what’s super-fun and really easy? Making your own flannel board characters!
I attended my friends' Christmas party yesterday and we had a white elephant gift exchange. I couldn't think of anything to bring, so I decided to make a homemade flannel board instead (like the little felt characters they always use in Sunday school.) This is a flannel board set of my friend Ben.

Ben is a great guy, but somehow he’s also the natural target for stuff like this. 
It’s his blessing and his curse. Here’s what I came up with:

 We sometimes tease Ben about how he always wears black, which is why there are so many black shirts. There’s also an Angels pennant, a Sigur Ros record, and a Radiohead record. Ben plays guitar. He wears sunglasses. He has an iphone. And he’s the best darn Monopoly player I’ve ever played against. He’s like a Monopoly wizard. Every time we play (group games - it’s not like Ben and I have one-on-one Monopoly duels), Ben always wins, and I get mocked for how in awe I am of his Monopoly skills. I’m telling you – Monopoly wizard. Anyway, this is Ben in a nutshell. A Ben of felt.

This isn’t so bad, right? Ben’s kind of a private guy so I wasn’t sure if this was an un-loyal thing to create and post about…but there’s nothing bad on here. He looks like a normal, cool flannel-guy, right? And hey, at least I gave him pants. That was loyal. He would haaaaaate it if I drew him in his undies. At least I know him that well. Although I'm pretty sure he'd hate that I just used his name and the word "undies" in the same sentence.

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  1. First, you did talk about Ben's undies. Second, I take issue with the Ben being a Monopoly Wizard...

  2. HE IS A WIZARD! He can turn two unmatching properties into six monopolies and kill off everybody using only the Marvin Gardens square. Don't act like it's not true.

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