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Last week, I exhibited the third generation of characters from the American Boys series; this week, it’s the fourth generation. (See the first generation of American Boys characters for what I mean by ‘generation’.)

  • Manhattan

A lover of glamor. He visits the drugstore almost daily to try out different sorts of make-up, leading to him being labeled as a “girly boy”. He tests out lipsticks on his hands, and then redraws the marks every now and then to make sure he remembers the color. Sometimes he makes his own colored lipbalm by mixing plain colorless balm with food coloring, then keeping it in the fridge for a few hours so it becomes firm but still squelchy.

  • Brooklyn

Manhattan’s brother. A year younger than his older brother, he likes to make lip prints in a special book by applying lipstick and kissing a page. He also has books for eyeshadow and lip liner. He loves to draw using eye pencils, getting his hands very smudged up in the process.

  • Phoenix

A quiet 18-year-old woman who is fascinated by nature. She likes to tug leaves off plants and trees and stick them up on her bedroom wall, and cultivate homegrown herbs from her garden to flavor soups, pizzas and savory bakes. She owns a library of cookbooks which specialize in herbs as an ingredient, and she likes to display bottles of herbs in her bedroom, which she often gets caught for.

  • Los Angeles

An MP3 player collector. His home, or rather ‘museum’, is visited by many, and he collects their old iPods in exchange for new ones, putting up the old on ‘exhibit’. He owns the rare golden iPod, which costs millions of dollars. He sometimes listens to the music on the MP3 players ‘donated’ to him, commenting that it “sounds awesome”.

  • Orlando

A lifeguard at the American Water Amusement Park. He watches over the swimming pools every day, saving people in danger of drowning. He sometimes appears in the news for his heroic deeds. At closing time, he blocks off the flume with barriers, although he says there have been some incidents when people – either accidentally or intentionally – went riding on it outside of opening hours. He often gets annoyed due to finding his ‘highchair’ knocked down to the ground by people who have nothing better to do than tick him off.

  • Abilene

A 2-year-old seriously-ill child. She has a very bad habit of spitting at people who irritate her, and is unable to keep any kind of food down for more than a few minutes, promptly vomiting it back up in front of her parents. She must instead be fed via a tube filled with skimmed milk powder and water blended together. She makes an appearance in a television commercial for the American Society of Sick Children, where her parents speak out about her unusual illness and how they cope with it.

  • Dayton

An American Boy who acts like – and thinks he is – a dog. He is able to speak like a normal person, but he is addicted to food, eating almost anything his owners Indianapolis and Cleveland drop on the floor. He leaves piles of his ‘business’ all over the house, and he frequently belches noisily after downing a bottle of soda. He wears a dog collar secured around his neck embellished with a metal tag engraved with his name, home address and telephone number.

  • Indianapolis

Dayton’s first owner. Worrying greatly about his behavior, she will become disgusted if she sees a pile of ‘business’ made by him on the floor. When cooking or baking, she must keep a close watch for Dayton trying to steal and eat her food. She fears Dayton vanishing or dying in some horrible manner, like getting mowed down by a car.

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