AJ is a rambunctious 8-year-old and Magnus is his monstrous Mastiff best friend. Together they'll journey through life and find plenty of mischief along the way. Throw in two loving dads, an eclectic group of friends, some odd family members, and you've got the ingredients for a life that's anything but boring!
”AJ & Magnus” has been a popular feature of Gays With Kids almost since we launched. The cartoon chronicling the everyday adventures of a boy, his dog and his two dads has built up such a devoted fan base that creator Bryan Steel is hoping to turn the strip into an animated series, giving even greater exposure to our families! But to make this happen, Bryan needs the help of the Gays With Kids community -- even the smallest donation can help make this dream a reality! For more about this project, read Bryan Steel’s words below:
The Story Behind “AJ & Magnus"
A few years ago, Simon and I were reunited with my family and were introduced to our two nieces and nephew. While on a camping trip with our nephew, we watched him play with our English Mastiff and the fun they had was contagious. Simon and I were recently married and seeing this started us talking about what we would be like as parents and this led to creating our comic. Fast forward a few years and now we all live together and we're working hard to support our family.
The Importance of “AJ & Magnus"
When we were younger, Simon and I would have been thrilled to see a comic strip with gay parents alongside the strips in the newspaper we followed, it could have been life-changing. This is one of the reasons why we created “AJ & Magnus"; we hope to be a part of exposing people to the non-common gay parent family so they see every family is family, no matter who it's made up of and show LGBT youth that a family of their own is an option for those who want it.
The other reason is we just want to add some more laughter to the world. There can never be too many smiles!