Life is hard, parenting is a rough gig, and with the world the way it is today, sometimes it can feel like the hard conversations are only getting harder. No one knows the truth of those statements more than Toronto father and elementary school teacher Christopher Grady – but he began using art and drawing as a way to cope with his anxiety and depression.
Early on, his cartoons were only for himself. They were a journal of his everyday life with his wife and two kids. It wasn’t long, though, before Lunarbaboon was born, and his lighthearted, warm take on raising kids in today’s world began to take hold.
“Usually the circle of people we can support, help influence is limited to our families, friends, coworkers, random strangers at the bus stop, but with my comic I suddenly found my circle of power was much larger. I guess I decide to use this power for good.”
He wants people to see that positivity is a powerful force – one we can pass on to the next generation with a little effort.
“Kids are always watching adults and they look to the adults as role models. I try to show my kids 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.”
Of course, he doesn’t have all the answers (who does?), but Grady thinks that it’s helpful for people to know that they aren’t alone in the struggles of daily life.
Comics aren’t going to fix the big problems of the world, no matter how touching, but a message of love, inclusion, and positivity can still do wonderful things.