Christopher Grady, a parent and teacher from Toronto, was struggling with nervousnes and depression. That’s when he started drawing.
He describes his early cartoons and illustrations as a periodical where he’d chronicle everyday moments from his life as a spouse, elementary school teacher, and father to two kids.
“I needed a positive place to focus all my thoughts and found that when I was constructing comics I felt a little bit better, ” he says.
He began putting a few of his comics online , not expecting much of a response. But he rapidly became aware that people were connecting with his work in a deep way.
The comics series called Lunarbaboon was born, and the replies to the first few was soes powerful that Grady was inspired do more with his comics than simply document his own experience.
“I began getting messages from many people about how they connected to the comics and it gave them hope and strength as they went through their own darknes times, ” he says.
“Usually the circle of people we can support, help, influence restricted to our families, friends, coworkers, random stranger at the bus stop, but with my comic I suddenly saw my circle of power was much much larger, ” Grady explains. “I guess I decided to use this power for good.”
Grady continued to draw, making a point to infuse the panels with his own special brand of positivity.
“Kids are always watching adults and they look to the adults as role model, ” he says. “I try to show( my children and students) that even with all my flaws and weaknesses I am still a good person and I can still make a positive change in the world.”
Lunarbaboon comics tackle huge, important subjects with an effective, lighthearted touch that you can’t assistance but smile at.
Check out Grady’s take on teaching his son about consent.
Here’s one about mothers being supportive of a lesbian son or daughter.
On creating girls in a patriarchal world.
And here’s a sweet one about appreciating the heck out of his wife.
Big topics. Important issues. Grady tackles them with meeknes and ease.
As Lunarbaboon has continued to grow, Grady says the messages of support he gets have become increasingly powerful.
He surely doesn’t claim to have all the answers to all the complexities of parenting, but he does say that “people like knowing they aren’t alone in life’s daily struggles. Most people who contact me only want to say thank you for putting something positive into the world.”
Grady doesn’t expect his Lunarbaboon comics to fix rape culture or objective intolerance. He only hopes his message of love, inclusion, and positivity continues to spread.
“My hope is that for the short time people read it they smile and feel good, ” he says. “Then I hope they take that good feeling and smile into the world and make it slightly brighter.”
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