Art & Russ

Art (Tim Gooch) – The traditional older brother (Horned helmet). He may appear to be a middle-aged man, but his emotional and social IQ are those of a 17-year-old.  Art is sometimes embarrassed by his younger brother’s immaturity and lack of cool, but he’s protective of his brother if anyone else picks on him. He suspects that Russ is stronger than he is, but doesn’t want Russ to realize this, so he uses verbal put-downs to avoid a direct comparison of strength. Like Russ, he can’t read, write, or do basic math, due to a lack of education. He’s a bit more socially savvy than his younger brother (as far as he’s concerned, more than just a bit), but he’s no match for the social skills or intellect of the people he interacts with in the story.

Russ (Ken Whitman) – The stereotypical younger brother (Red bandana). Russ tries hard to be his older brother’s equal. He’s physically bigger and stronger than Art, but he doesn’t feel quite as funny, cool, or smart. He can’t read, write, or do basic math, but this is because he’s uneducated, not because he’s stupid. His emotional and social IQ are those of a 16-year-old, not of the middle-aged man he appears to be.