Lunarbaboon is one of my favorite parenting and relationship webcomics. In 2-3 tone, multi-panel comics, Lunarbaboon effectively sums up what it is to be a Generation X parent who is trying to be a responsible “adult” and role model for their children. Creator Chris Grady successfully ties his clean graphics and his unique hand-drawn font together to make comics that most of us new parents can relate to.
If you’re feeling nostalgic for that kid inside of you and are looking for a webcomic that reiterates what imagination is trapped inside of your brain while having to discipline your kids, check out Lunarbaboon. Here’s an interview of Lunarbaboon‘s creator, Chris Grady, to give you a little more insight into the source of this great webcomic:
Interview with Chris Grady, creator of LunarBaboon:
A. My mom was an art teacher, I did my undergrad in Studio Art at a State school in New York called Geneseo, and I’ve illustrated a dozen or more Children’s workbooks here in Ontario. That is about the extent of my “artist” background. I got into comics because I wanted something to do that wasn’t watching TV every night. Originally the plan was for my wife and I do a series of comics separately and then at the end of the month share them as a way to communicate better. She doesn’t like to draw and gave up after one sad comic. I never stopped.
Q. What inspired the name “Lunarbaboon?”
A. Honestly, it was just my first email account when email accounts became a thing. I think firstname.lastname@example.org was taken and I didn’t want email@example.com, so I found a name no one else had. Fictionally, the name came about as a way to explain how the majority of people feel. They feel different and unique then everyone else, yet their experiences, likes, and dislikes are so similar. Half moon monkey/half human.
Q. Any comics that helped inspire you to start and/or that you like following today?
A. One graphic novel that I remember having an impact on me was Blankets by Craig Thompson; it is one of the first instances I can remember thinking I like the idea of using comics to tell a biographical story. As for webcomics I follow the list is quite extensive. I wouldn’t want to leave people out. Can whoever is reading this just agree to go to my Twitter Feed and see who I follow and talk to each day… Thanks Readers! Oh! and Calvin and Hobbes. They are the best.
Q. You are a very prolific artist and have an incredible social media presence. How do you juggle Lunarbaboon with your daytime job as a teacher as well as being a family-man?
A. I sacrifice personal Tv watching, reading, exercise, and getting a healthy amount of sleep. Also a good portion of my life is spent with my 2 and a half year old watching the same movie over and over again. I use that time to catch up on my social media presence.
Q. 1 year is a big milestone for webcomics. Any big plans for Lunarbaboon’s 1 year anniversary?
Yes. I was hoping to fire a rocket filled with business card at the moon. I also might make a comic that includes some of my fav comics people.
Q. How were your comics initially received? Anyone we should give kudos to for helping you along the way?
A. From the generally public… not great, but luckily I have a huge supportive family, so it felt like I had a big following. Stephen McGee of Raindogcomic was the first from the webcomic world to contact me and show support. For that I am forever indebted to him and contractually obligated to mention him in every interview I do. There have also been a lot of comic aggregate sites that have shared my stuff like Pleated-Jeans, Cheezburger, Tastefully Offensive, 22 words, that has been really helpful for getting my stuff out there.
Q. What is the main message you are trying to get out to the world through Lunarbaboon?
A. I don’t think I have an underlying message, but I do find I like making comics that capture something specific I am feeling or thinking on a particular day and tie it to some larger more universal theme. I tend to gravitate towards themes of love, death, time, imagination, anxiety, fear, sex and other little things like that.
Q. What few Lunarbaboon comics would you say best sum up your message?
A. I really have always liked my comics without words: Bottle, Again, Distraction, Mess, blocked
Q. What do you like more: having to explain your comics or having to drink through a straw?
A. Oh god, neither…I hate straws and explaining a comic. I guess if I constructed some sort of super straw out of many smaller ones then that would be okay with answering straws. Do I have that option?
Q. What advice would you give aspiring cartoonists and artists trying to get into the field?
A. Make comics that you really like, not ones you think other people will like. You will feel more satisfied that way… and give it time… also never read the comments on Reddit.
Q. What’s your favorite platform for good comic feedback and comments: Facebook, Twitter or Reddit?
A. I love Twitter. The webcomic artists on Twitter are really fantastic at being supportive both with the comic and with any other issues you may be dealing with. There is always someone around to talk on Twitter.
Q. What are your future goals and/or up-and-coming projects for Lunarbaboon?
A. I would like to put together a book this summer. I may do a t-shirt or two. I am also starting to work on a short graphic novel with my wife about the origin and history of my son’s name… Moishe.
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