FELTON, Del.- Steve Rinaldi and his son Jake were best friends. They shared a love of comic books and would spend hours together talking about characters and dreaming up a comic of their own.
Rinadli's plan for developing a comic with his son ended nearly four years ago after Jake's death from injuries sustained in a car accident.
After the accident, Rinaldi said he sunk into a deep depression. What saved him was his son's love of comics and their dream of creating one of their own.
"I grew a big bushy beard, packed on about twenty pounds and became a recluse for a year and wrote the story and took it the printers and here we are," he said.
The result is, The Fallen Templar, a three-issue series dedicated to Jake. Rinaldi thinks his son would have liked the comic.
"I hope he'd say he likes it," Rinaldi said. "I hope he would criticize it like the way he normally would and be honest and give me what he thinks is good and what he thinks is bad and we would debate it."
While writing the comic has helped Rinaldi deal with the grief, he said his heart is forever broken.
"He's missed every day, you know, I cry every day."
"The Fallen Templar" will be available exclusively at Superior Comics in Dover beginning Sept. 12.
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