I'm going to start Father of the Brood with the same strip I started its prototype, Durkin's Droppings. In that strip, I was simply getting the ideas out of my head. I wasn't really concerned with much else. As a result, the characters are inconsistently drawn from panel to panel.
When I decided to revisit the strip, I knew I was going to have to redraw the original artwork, which is about 40 strips or so. For those viewers who have been following this process from the beginning, I apologize. You're going to be seeing some things that you've seen before. But it won't be long and I'll be caught up, and producing all-new strips for your viewing pleasure. So here's the first strip, which I drew while Jett was taking swim class. At the time, he was about 2 years old. He didn't have a problem with the water, he had a problem with the instructor's technique, which consisted of throwing him in the water and letting his "instincts" kick in. If his instincts were to scream and flail about, he passed the class with flying colors. It was a frustrating time for all of us, so I drew this cartoon to break the tension. This is the one that started it all.