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Lunch Bag Art: From Spock to Star Wars

Earlier we shared with you the top ten best lunch boxes you could buy your kids for back to school. And sure, you could do that if you don't love them enough to make them yourself.

Since 2008 dad Derek Benson has been decorating his kids boring brown paper lunch bags and documenting the master pieces on his Tumblr, LunchBagArt. Sometimes he comes up with the designs himself and other times his kids make requests.

Benson says that while most of the bags just end up getting thrown out -- or pilfered by teachers -- some of the best bags get pressed flat and put in the Drawer of Honor and Glory.

He's done everything from the usual children's cartoon characters...

To more grown-up cartoons his kids probably weren't even alive for...

To classic geek fan art...

He's not the only dad doodling on lunch bags. (And it does seem to be mostly dads. Moms, pretty lame.) Over on Lunch Sack Poetry dad and husband Kermit Mulkins sends his daughter and his wife off with not only drawings but original poems. And Wander Monster Rob Kimmel sends his son to school with a half finished comic which his son finishes.

If you already do the same for your precious progeny -- or plan to start -- you can send Benson a link to your Tumblr or Facebook page at [email protected]. You can also check out his Facebook, his Twitter, and even his store.

But you don't have to be an amazing artist, a professional graphic designer, or the greatest parent in the world. A few stick figures standing in front of a crudely drawn house waving hello would warm the cockles of any child's heart. Or, ya know, just buy them a lunch box from the store. Whatever.

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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