Brent Almond wanted to do something special on his son's first day of preschool.
"I wanted to send a little bit of myself with him — probably more for my sake than for his," Almond said.
The result? Nineteen months of daily doodles, all chronicled on Instagram and sent off to school with Almond's son.
The professional illustrator has had a lifelong passion for superheroes, which he always hoped would be the legacy he'd pass down to his son.
So far, it looks like he's succeeded: "Jon has known the name of pretty much every major and some minor superheroes since he could talk," Almond boasted.
While superheroes are still his main focus, the dad has also brought Disney, Star Wars, and other characters into the mix, challenging himself to draw any and all characters his son connects with.
Almond told BuzzFeed Life he draws inspiration from what Jon is excited about at any given moment.
"When he came to see me sing with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington for the first time," Almond said, "the show featured songs from animated TV shows and movies, so I did a whole week of notes inspired by songs from the show."
Though Brent Almond reports that his son has gotten pretty used to the spectacular daily notes, every once in a while, Jon makes a request for something special.
As for what becomes of the daily doodles? "I keep the ones he brings home — they're all in a drawer in my office. His teacher reads them aloud, and sometimes he gives them to friends at school."