17 Comics From A Dad Who Encourages Compassion, Respect, And Gender Equality

“I needed a positive place to focus all my thoughts and found that when I was making comics I felt a little bit better."

Some comics make you laugh. Others make you realize you're not alone. But Chris Grady's web comic Lunarbaboon might just inspire you to be a better partner, parent, or overall person. 

Grady works as an elementary school teacher in Toronto and has a 7-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. His comics often touch on themes such as the value of knowledge, and raising children to be compassionate. In one illustration, his character teaches his son to "be a real man" by telling him to respect girls. In another, his wife reminds him to tell his daughter that she's smart instead of just saying she's pretty. 

"I want both my kids and my students to grow up to be good people," Grady told HuffPost. "Kids are always watching adults, and they look to the adults as role models. I try to show them that even with all my flaws and weaknesses, I am still a good person, and I can still make a positive change in the world."

He uses his charming cartoon characters as a way to send positive messages about important issues, such as mental illness, social justice, xenophobia, gender equality, and more. He encourages tolerance, respect, and compassion through his comics.



"I needed a positive place to focus all my thoughts and found that when I was making comics I felt a little bit better," Grady told HuffPost. "After posting the comics on social media for a few months, I began getting messages from many people about how they connected to the comics and it gave them hope and strength as they went through their own dark times." 

Now, Grady has more than 900,000 followers on his Facebook account dedicated to his comics and over 250,000 on his Instagram. With each heartwarming, and poignant comic he posts, Grady might just inspire someone to make some positive change of his or her own.

You can check out some of our favorite comics from Grady's "Lunarbaboon" series below.

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(H/T: Huff Post

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