Celebrate Father's Day with Darth Vader and Jeffrey Brown
Call it "Parenting by Force." That would be Darth Vader's style, after all, if he had really raised little Luke during the young Padawan's adorable pre-K years.
That's the premise behind the cutest picture book we've seen in a while: Darth Vader and Son (Chronicle Books, $15), which hit stores on Star Wars Day (May the fourth—get it?). Written and drawn by Chicago cartoonist Jeffrey Brown, it's packed with charming illustrations and word balloons that provide a glimpse into an alternate universe where the Sith Lord also happened to raise a precocious junior Jedi.
While the small book with charming but simple illustrations is perfect for young hands, we can think of plenty of Star Wars-loving dads who'd dig it too, which makes it a fun Father's Day gift. Better yet, if you hit the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo on Sunday, you can meet Brown and probably get him to sign a copy of the Lucas-approved humor book. You'll have to be patient, though—he told us that he'll be doing a "minicomic demonstration" from noon–1:30pm, during which time he'll be talking to his audience while simultaneously writing and drawing an eight-page comic book.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to see more sample pages from Darth Vader and Son, check out this article from our little-sib mag, Time Out Chicago Kids. Our writer recently sat down with Brown, a Lincoln Square resident, to get the full back story, which involves a Google Doodle, missives to Harrison Ford and even a planned-for sequel.
Available at local bookstores and from the Chronicle Books website, Darth Vader and Son costs $15.