As a dad and a writer, I’m not sure there’s any pleasure quite the equal of watching your kids grow into artists in their own right. It’s a thrill to be able to share what they’re doing, and to encourage anyone who’s interested to check it out and support it. (Yes, this is one of those awkward, look-how-great-my-kids-are moments. If it isn’t your thing, feel free to skip it. No hard feelings.)
First off, my older son, Nick, who has been a police officer for some years, now, first in Baltimore and now in Lancaster (where he has yet to arrest Brian Keene, despite my repeated requests for him to do so), has recently broken into writing comics. He has a number of irons in the fire, and first up is a comic called Crowns of Hebron, which is a retelling of the Biblical Saul/David story. The first arc is set to run for five issues. Should it succeed, he has several more arcs planned. Right now, he’s set up a Patreon account to help fund the project; if you’re interested, I encourage you to kick in a little cash to it. The rates are exceedingly reasonable.
Here’s an image from the first issue of Crowns of Hebron.
And while Nick makes his way into the world of comics, his younger brother, David, has expanded his musical activities to include joining local punk band, Interference 845, as lead guitarist and backup vocalist. Last week, the band livestreamed a short concert consisting of covers of half a dozen classic punk songs including, “Search and Destroy,” “Harmony in My Head,” and “Amoeba.” Today, at around 2:00pm EST, they’ll be livestreaming another half a dozen covers. You can find them through their Instagram account, which is also the location from which they’ll be broadcasting today. (I’m pretty sure the broadcast will be available for 24 hours after it’s first shown.)