Here's some written and sketched ideas I came up with for you to see. I'm sorry about the quality of the images and the missing annotations, the scanner kept messing up. I'll retype anything that is missing.
I had a nice meeting with some people in my class who have been interested in being group mates (Michelle Vinall, Steve Pender, Clym Smith, and Fahran Younas). I showed them these ideas and they warmed to idea 3 and 4.
I am thinking of combining the two ideas into one.
I also think that it would be funnier if the child that fights the monster away is a girl instead of a boy. So I'll need to do some new drawings to come up with a good girl character.