I don't have kids. And while I can understand what parents go through when raising their children (I think), I can't really relate to them. Unless I'm reading Chris Grady's comics.

For years, Grady has been drawing his experiences as a dad-of-two and sharing them through a project called Lunarbaboon. He started this endeavor to combat anxiety and depression, focusing on life-affirming aspects of everyday life. So it doesn't matter if a particular strip revolves around a not-so-pesky spider or teaching your son to respect women, Grady tries his best to infuse it with love and empathy. And it works.

Of course, a lot of inspiration comes from his family members too. For example, he said he's very lucky to be married to a smart, strong, and opinionated person who is constantly fighting against injustice, so a lot of what they talk about on a daily basis makes it into the comics as well.

But don't get the wrong idea, Grady keeps Lunarbaboon far, far away from toxic positivity, preserving genuine human emotions. I believe this sincerity is precisely what allows even childless folks like me to connect to the series.

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
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3 months ago

I really wish my parents would follow the father in the comics lead when raising my brother. hes 8 and when he was 6 he picked a random girl in his class. ever since then , every day he writes a "loveletter" and gives it to her in school , sometimes with jewelery or toys he stole from my family . i hoped on her behalf that this would stop over lockdown, but my parents asked for her address so it can continue . AND HER PARENTS GAVE US THE ADDRESS. ive spoken to the girl before at my brothers 7th bday party, and she hates the constant barrage of letters . i know its stalkery , but my parents and her parents find it cute .

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"The comic is my outlet and the place I go to express how I am feeling," the artist told Bored Panda. "It’s not really a cure for anxiety and depression. There is none that I know of at this point in time, but it definitely helps channel some of that energy. Instead of letting my mind cycle over and over on negative thoughts I try and let it cycle on comic ideas."

After posting his comics on social media for a few months, Grady began getting messages from many people about how they connected to his stories and it gave him hope and strength as they went through their own dark times.

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THE DOG LIFE
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3 months ago

This is so cute!

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As Lunarbaboon's follower count began to grow, Grady decided to continue to spread positive messages on social justice, gender issues, xenophobia, and other important topics.

The artist thinks it is impossible not to be influenced by the world around you and says there is a lot of bad things happening in the world. But there is also a lot of good. So he tries to focus on the latter.

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Thomas Stead
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3 months ago

Little s**t

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Hans
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3 months ago

This one made me think...and truly, many parents would stop boys from wearing girl costumers but not the other way around. Which is very sad, if you think about it.

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When developing his comics, Grady believes the best ideas are the ones that connect to something more universal. "Usually, I try to simplify something that happens to me by elongating language and try to tell it with as few words as possible. If I can do that and it makes sense then usually it will make for a good comic."

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A.J Milne
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3 months ago

I will do this when I'm lazy

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Thomas Stead
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3 months ago

lol

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While Grady made a few comics about the pandemic, it looks like it hasn't become an important topic in your comics. However, the artist said this wasn't a conscious choice. "I have a bunch of comics that deal with the isolation we are all feeling, but I try to make them less specific to the moment we are living in and more general to the feelings we are feeling in this moment," he said.

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Aroace tiger
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3 months ago

Same!

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Mimi
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3 months ago

Well done, dad. Extremely well done. I'm sure it's challenging.

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Pille P
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3 months ago

This is exactly what the world needs. Both ways!

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According to Grady, the main character of the series is different from you and me in a few distinct ways. "Lunarbaboon has too many pubes. His body hair count is outrageous," Grady writes on his website. "When he eats he never really feels full. He poops 4 to 5 times a day and rarely smells his fingers after."

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Deal _Anneal
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3 months ago

I wish my horoscope was like this

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Eva the Egg
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3 months ago

YES. THIS IS THE WHOLESOME CONTENT I CAME FORRRR

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Hans
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3 months ago

Purrfect, I guess.

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Lauren Caswell
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3 months ago

There are species of house spider too, that have adapted over time to live in our dwellings and can't survive outdoors, I found that out recently. I let spiders stay, the ones where I live are small and harmless, and they keep flies and mosquitos away (I'm allergic to the latter)

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"Lunarbaboon is very fast, enjoys foods wrapped inside a taco shell, and never drinks with a straw (even when a straw is required). He is hardly ever satisfied with anything. He pretends to be nice and like human people, but generally, he does not like most people. This makes Lunarbaboon feel bad about himself."

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ADHORTATOR
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3 months ago

You can never do it right I guess

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Phoebe Carter
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3 months ago

I didn't come here to be attacked lol

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Lauren Caswell
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3 months ago

Yes pls, we all need people like this out there, to counterbalance the "dark side of the force" lol. We could all make a niceness effort on May 4th :D

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Caleb Lumpkin
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3 months ago

my girlfriend is like this

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If we are talking about making comics, or creating art, the biggest influence on Grady was his mom. "She is an art teacher and has always been incredibly supportive when it comes to me doing something with my (minimal) talent," the humble artist said in an interview."

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Lauren Caswell
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3 months ago

Symbiosis :)

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magnadar
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3 months ago

Why not just "mammals"...?

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Erek Elliott
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3 months ago

DAMNNNNNNNNNNNN

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Hans
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3 months ago

Nice one.

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But if we are talking about how Grady lives his day-to-day life, the biggest influence on the man is his wife Danielle. "I consider myself a very weak and feeble-minded person, she is the opposite. She helps me be a more well-rounded human being."

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Ian Koch
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3 months ago

yaaaaaay cozy sweatpants! I'm wearing some cozy sweatpants right now.

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TheBookwormPotato
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3 months ago

Sometimes it only takes a little bit of work to make someone else's day. Learn from this!

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Horse lover
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3 months ago

THE WHOLESOMENESS I CANT GO ON *chokes*

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Ms.M.
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3 months ago

Excellent.

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
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3 months ago

phew got a sweat worked up there

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Deal _Anneal
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3 months ago

scooby doo?

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Bisexual Tiger
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3 months ago

If you think about it, just randomly kissing a sleeping princess is kinda creepy

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TheBookwormPotato
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3 months ago

Sometimes the ordinary can become extraordinary

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Teresa Thomas
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3 months ago

That about covers it

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