315 – Kite Man

So, this begins Joe Grunenwald Week(s?)! Joe has made a ton of requests, and as the year-long experiment comes to a close, I aim to fulfill those requests. So for the next 7-10 days, expect nothing but Joe-centric art to pave the way for him to make more requests when I am done with the Sketch-a-Day process.

And with that, we have Kite Man, an incredibly goofy Batman villain whose origins I will be exploring in a few weeks as part of another thing I’m working on. This isn’t the last of Kite Man you’ll be seeing from these withered hands!

I wasn’t sure I was actually going to get this done before midnight, and Day 315 was dangerously close to becoming the first time I would have missed posting a piece of art. I made it, but it was close. My Dad went to the hospital today for a scheduled surgery, and when I got off of work, I spent the evening with him and my Mom in his hospital room as he recovers. Just before Thanksgiving, he had gone to the doctor for a CAT Scan, and they discovered that he had a life-threatening aneurysm in his stomach. The aneurysm had expanded past the “safe” point and could have ruptured at any moment. Such a life-threatening condition this was that his doctors made him wait three weeks before having the surgery. God bless the American healthcare system.

Anyway, he’s doing fine and staying overnight at the hospital, possibly to be released tomorrow afternoon. I’ve taken a few days off work to make sure he’s okay. He’s cranky and stubborn, but helpless, and it made me a little sad to see him in that condition. He had more tubes and wires coming out of him than a robot. But at least he isn’t going to suddenly drop dead because he picked up a box at the wrong time. I know that he’s just looking forward to going home, and I’m looking forward to him being home.


    • joe g. on December 13, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Very nice Kite Man, and I’m glad your dad’s surgery went well.

    • Bruce on December 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I was thinking of your dad this weekend as i watched Kelly’s Heroes.

    I’m pulling for him!

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