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When the first volume of Astronaut Dad came out in 2008, the Robot 6 crew was still blogging at Newsarama. I reviewed it at the time and noted that the story by writer David Hopkins and artist Brent Schoonover owed “a lot more to The Wonder Years than Buck Rogers.” The book is about a team of apparently second- or third-string astronauts during the ’60s, and their relationships with their families, especially their kids. One of the main characters is the son of an astronaut and resents his father always being gone for work without receiving the compensating glory that comes from actually going into orbit. However, as the first volume ends, there are hints that just maybe the dads have been involved in some sort of top secret space mission. I was hooked and couldn’t wait for the follow-up.
It’s been a long time (the original book was published by the defunct Silent Devil Productions), but today Schoonover (Mr. Murder is Dead) announced on his blog that the complete story will be debut in a self-published volume at New York Comic Con on Oct. 13-16. “I’ve always been very proud of this book,” Schoonover writes, “and felt that those who picked up Volume One were really missing out on some of the best parts of the larger story by not having the final volume.” Though it’s debuting at the convention, the book will also be available on Amazon and through an Astronaut Dad website that’s currently in development. Stay tuned to Schoonover’s blog for details.