For those that don’t follow on Facebook, Bryan & Simon posted this:
Hello Friends, this is very hard to share but we need to. For everyone wondering why our comic delivery has been so inconsistent for the last year, it’s because our nephew, JJ, who we were raising as our son for the last four years, has escalated into dangerous territory with his behavior and actions. I’m not going to get into the details of it, but the result is Simon and I were threatened by him and despite many attempts to get him help, he refused it and continues escalating his behavior. It breaks our heart, but he’s left us no choice but to surrender custody.As many of you know, our comic was inspired by JJ and our Mastiff, Magnus on a camping trip nine years ago. It was incredibly tough to write the comic after Magnus passed two years ago and the last year has been challenging because of the stress of trying to help JJ. However, at the end of the day our comic is fictional and an ideal. We have fun with it and use it in our own lives to lift spirits even if sometimes we do tackle tough life challenges. We will continue with the comic in the spirit of the original inspiration. Life throws a lot at us but we decide if we give in or not and we’re not ready to give in. We truly hope for the best for JJ. Even after all he’s put us through we still love him and want him to do better. It can be very tricky sharing personal and sensitive life experiences but ultimately, I think discussing mental health needs to be more prevalent. Nothing good comes from keeping everything to yourself or feeling shame for events beyond your control. We were really hoping it was just a phase and we’d resolve it together, but that wasn’t meant to be. We’ve all got life challenges others don’t often see and this was one of the hardest of our lives so far. If you’re going through your own life challenge, please know you’re not alone. We hope we can count on your support as we work our way through this.