Pirate Mike Promotes Education

The characterization of the son has long been a source of difficulty for me. He’s gone back and forth from nice kid to punk. Early on, I played with the idea of him having different colored hair all the time, but I’ve left that behind. He’s a much more agreeable kid now and that appears to be the direction I’ve gone with him. In the future, I’m still thinking of ways to make him an unwitting sidekick in Pirate Mike’s shenanigans. What I love here, though, is the kid’s look in the final panel. One of these days, I’ll also give the kid (and the mom) names.