Unanticipated Pleasure No. 485

Looking at pictures of your older son reading the first issue of the comic he wrote to your grandchildren…

 

Image may contain: 2 people

Image may contain: 3 people, child

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, child

(Thanks to the fabulous Kasey Langan for the photos!)

 

 

Advertisements

Sons of Thunder! (An exercise in shameless parental promotion)

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.)

 

 

 

Book Trailer

Also while going through my video files, I came across several that my older son, Nick, had shot with David and me during a visit several years ago, with the aim, as I recall, of assembling a book trailer for my second collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies.  I decided to stitch them together, add a bit of public domain music (“Traveler’s Journey” by David Rafael Krux), and here it is.  (Nick made a previous trailer for my first novel, House of Windows, as well as one for Laird Barron’s stories.)