So what if Nickel Boy Graphics had an actual mailbox? And what if this was an actual letter from a fan or a critic? How would I explain myself, my drawings, my goals?
One of my graphic strips that definitely fits the category of “not cute” is “Flamethrower Mommy and Ghost Dad.” My plan is to post it each Sunday because it does almost always take place in a church building.
Although “Flamethrower Mommy” takes her son, Caleb Joseph, to church every Sunday, it is more because it is what is expected by the community rather than out of any concern for his soul. Keeping up appearances is very important to her, yet she has no idea how she appears to others, particularly to her son.
Caleb Joseph actually wants to be good like Jesus who he hears about in Sunday School, but his mother is set on tearing him down and pours out all of the negativity and hatred she can.
In some respects, his struggle may be similar to that of many who have grown up in dysfunctional homes feeling forced to go to Sunday School and Church while inwardly rejecting the hypocrisy they may find between the world of home and the world of church, not feeling the love of Jesus through others closest to them.
Although Caleb Joseph’s name doesn’t appear in the title, he is the main character. He struggles to put into practice the Bible truths he learns in church while navigating through his mother’s emotional outbursts and hatred. “Ghost Dad” remains a mystery character.
Definitely not quite ready for a kitchen magnet, but maybe a coffee mug?!?