A Child's Sketchbook From The 1980s, Preserved For The 21st Century

From 2012, let's take a trip back to the 1980s, and what it was like to be a kid drawing the stuff you were into. Some of the images you're about to see are ostensibly part of "schoolwork", others drawings scribbled in the rear pages of a book where there was supposed to be stuff like maths problems, but are instead just giant drawings of Voltron.

I know this and can show these because they're mine, given back to me by my mother over the weekend after she'd done a spot of tidying up of the old family home. They're all from either my time spent in Kindergarten or the First Grade, and come from my maths (or, for Americans, maths) book, my religious education books, my spelling books and what look some kind of series of "shit I liked over the weekend" pieces.

It's a fantastic look back at what was awesome to a five year-old kid in the mid-80s. There's the obvious, like Transformers and Star Wars, but it appears I was also maybe a little too into He-Man, Knight Rider, MASK, Ghostbusters, Batman, Robotech, Inspector Gadget and what looks like Knight Rider.

If you're on the edge of your seat about the conclusion to my gripping Centurions fan fiction, sorry, the page was wrecked after the first sentence of the second act, so the fate of my rather abrupt encounter with Ace McLoud remains a mystery.


    Wow.just wow. What sort of self indulgent crap is this? I know,i know, if you don't like it, don't read or comment, etc. but really? Fifteen pictures of your scribbles? you're just taking the piss now, aren't you?

      Lighten up Francis. It's a catalyst for you to reflect on your childhood. But considering you inane comment you must have spent a lot of time in the dungeon with poppa Fritzel.

    Since his write up about the book, i think his quality has actually degraded.

    I liked when the tank chucked a wheely.

    Heh I remember MASK quite well. Was a good G.I Joe alternative. On a side note I also miss Dino Riders.

    If you are under the age of 25, kill yourself, because you missed out on the best possible childhood in the history of human kind. Kids from the 80s had awesome technology that blew people's minds, the best cartoons ever made that taught you moral lessons and parents who weren't yet worried a child rapist was going to kill their kids. This will never return... ever.

      Utter garbage. I'm almost 19 and I grew up watching all the great 80s shows and loving them (particularly TMNT - and I know a number of people my age that grew up with the 80s series). Some of them were still on TV in the late 90s/very early 2000's, and whatever wasn't could be found on VHS at the Video Shop. This was the same with games and toys too.

        You and your friends are not representative of the norm. At all. The vast majority of teens have grown up on a diet of Dragon Ball Z, Yu Ghi Oh, Pokemon and other second rate Japanese cartoons (not to be confused with proper anime). Mainly because the heyday of good Japanese serialized cartoons and the great US cartoons are well over. The even widget the world watcher was rad.

    Man are you sure these aren't actually my books? Far out we would have been best mates if we ever met back then!

    Oh, and ignore the whiners - I love seeing stuff like this, reminds me of my own childhood =)

      [Round of Applause]

    So good! The Transformers books look exactly what I used to draw at that age : )

    Awesome =D
    Nice to take a trip down nostalgia lane as all this looks familiar to me. I can almost guarantee that the textas that you used to draw most of this were those hard felt tipped pieces of crap with the skinny end that kept pushing into the pen with the cap that had a ton of ridges and pointy bits on the top it.

    Also, is that a piece of dot matrix printer paper on the first picture to the left? (for the uninitiated, the dot matrix was a noisy printer that chewed through ink like it was going out of fashion, needed to manually separate each piece of paper via perforations and the quality of the image was terrible due to the printing method)

    My 6 year old is drawing pretty much the same stuff as we speak. He is into all the stuff that me and his Daddy were into back in the 80's. It's fantastic.

    "and come from my maths (or, for Americans, maths) book"
    Someone explain this joke for me.

      I think one of the "maths" was misspelled, I believe it should have been "and come from my math (or, for Americans, maths) book"
      The idea being that Americans abbreviate the word mathematics to maths, which would effectively butcher the original word into mathsematics, which even the US spell check tells me is wrong.

      Unfortunately there is a typo in the amusing bit which hides its delectable funnies :'(

    I saw the title and immediately wanted to rip on it. But...I.. I... can't. Those could have been my own pages there.

    But I still don't think Kotaku is the right place for this.

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