Inevitably, we all find something to share with our kids. Right? I mean, we don’t just put our kids out on the street as babies and say “well kid, go find some interests.” For some dads, they share sports. For others, it’s video games. For others, it’s comics. Art. Movies. Working on cars. Fishing. You get the idea.
For Brent Almond, his love of superheroes and art created a – dare I say – adorbz habit of drawing “super lunch notes” for his son.
Parents always want a way to remind their kids that they love them when they go off to school everyday, and for graphic designer Rob Kimmel, the answer was on his desk: Post Its. Kimmel, an east coaster (Chicago, New York, Massachusetts – holla!), started putting Post Its in his son’s lunch box when he was in kindergarten. Originally, the Post Its quizzed his son, Ben, on things like numbers and spelling. But as time went on, Rob began a game that had Ben, now almost 9 years old, finishing full sentences and pictures.
We were lucky enough to get both Rob and Ben Kimmel to talk to us about the idea behind the art, as well as some of their musical interests, and one of our favorite topics, Star Wars.
Here’s a dad that’s been doing his thing for awhile, and in true 8BitDad fashion, we caught on late.
Derek Benson draws video game, cartoon and movie characters on his kids’ school lunchbags. The 41 year old from Georgia played games as a kid, used to work at Namco, and enjoys playing games with his kids now – which inspires some of the art. And when he can’t think of something they like, he just draws whatever he liked as a kid.