My friend has a tendency to capture praying mantids and keep them in small aquariums, hand feeding them crickets with loving care until they reach the end of their insectoid life. Whenever a cricket is delivered, or the creature otherwise deigns to notice her, the standard reaction is a display of threat and dominance, a graceful pantomime of those scythe-like forearms which conveys:
Hello, human. If our positions were reversed, I would not keep you in a cage and feed you tasty things. I would eat you.
You have to admit, this sort of directness is worthy of respect. What better way to immortalize it than to illustrate it with a praying mantis who is, in fact, large enough to reverse those positions?
Given that 13 True Ways features the true initiation of the monk, I couldn't resist asking Aaron for Mantis vs. Mantis action. And even though this is just the thumbnail, he has delivered.
We'll be announcing all the winners via a Kickstarter update later today or tomorrow. I'm just sorting out a couple entries that are probably-winners-but-may-have-issues.