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While working on my graphic novel, I had another amazing story fall in my lap. When my grandfather died, we found proof he had a secret son. My secret uncle, it turns out, is a serial con artist and possible polygamist, leaving a trail of broken families across the US. Now it’s time to unravel his deceptions and to plan the next step.

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This is a family story so bizarre, it has to be told.


Last year, I came home to a Facebook message from a guy named Derek who claimed to be my long lost cousin. My first thought was that it had to be a scam.

02kane.png My second thought was, “Denis.”


In my late grandfather’s apartment, my dad and I had an old family rumor confirmed—he’d been married before my grandmother, and had a son named Denis. We found a hidden stash of photos, telegrams, and hand-drawn Father’s Day cards, all from before 1950.


At some point, his wife left him and took the son. My grandfather spent 30 years trying to track him down.

My uncle, it turns out, didn’t want to be found.


Denis changed names, professions, and wives at the drop of a hat. He’s been a seminary student, a cop, a folk musician, and a helicopter pilot. Most of his 7+ children have never met him.


Recently, my dad and I went to Long Beach to meet three of Denis’ wives and four of their kids.


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There’s been an amazing surge in backers since yesterday. The support for Delicate Lies has been tremendous. We are so close!

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Hi Friends!

We’ve hit 50% of our goal with just under a week left!

I’ve been overwhelmed with the support from you guys and I’m excited to get started on Delicate Lies.

A big thanks to everyone who came to our comic reading/preview event at Beacon last week too!

Now we’re in the home stretch so we need one last big push to make this happen.

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PS: If you’d like to hear more about my story, tune in to the Derek and Romaine show TONIGHT (Tuesday) at 7 on Sirius! https://www.facebook.com/DerekAndRomaine Derek isn’t just my mysterious long lost cousin—he’s also the host of a popular radio show. Crazy, right?

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We’re more than 25% of the way there! Thanks so much for your support!

This week, I’ve decided to throw in little mini-portraits of the folks who are pledging. You can check ‘em out on my instagram: http://instagram.com/kaneicarus If you pledged earlier and would like one, drop me a line at kaneicaruslynch@gmail.com.

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Also! If you’re in the Bay Area, Beacon is hosting a comics reading with me and some of my favorite local ‘toonists! Stop by next week May 22nd to 2141 Broadway around 7pm for drinks, snacks and comics! https://www.facebook.com/events/710976082298607/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=49

Thanks again! Kane

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Kane Lynch is the author of the graphic novels The Relics and Aerial Structures, as well as the autobiographical mini-comic series Baby Kane. He lives in Oakland, CA.

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