Many readers should be familiar with the amazing talent and work of the next rockstar of DadsLikeUs, even if you don’t recognize the name.

Dallas Busha is the man behind the scenes cooking up monthly ridiculousness for the best damn fatherhood-focused webcomic online.

DaddyUP is one of most popular segments that we produce on the site. It gets lots of social media love and recognition.

And it is Dallas that puts pen to paper to create this world – of what it’s like to be a dad in the 21st Century – with a comedic twist and that occasional Jedi themed flair that makes us unique here at DaddyMindTricks.

When Mark and I got together and decided to take our talents to the next level and incorporate some awesome graphical elements outside of the usual written knowledge bombs, we knew just the teammate for the job.

A longtime friend of the family and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, Dallas has always been a ridiculously talented artist.

He’d draw anything and everything with ridiculous clarity and quality in his free time as a young padawan.

Now that we’re all grown up, he’s developed that passion and hobby for drawing and creativity into his career as a graphic designer.

We sat down with Dallas to talk about how he keeps his passion and hobby alive by applying his artistry on a new graphic novel; we dabble in the history behind DaddyUP; and, of course, we hit on what it takes to survive the struggle of fatherhood and how to keep our sanity.

DadsLikeUs: Dallas Busha

DadsLikeUs – DaddyUP artist Dallas Bush on DaddyMindTricks

Name: Dallas Busha
Location: Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Occupation: Graphic Artist
Number of kids: 1 (for now)
One word that best describes how you parent: Fiercely

How do you balance fatherhood, marriage, work and social life?

It’s not easy, as any father will tell you. My wife and I will agree that our daughter comes first.

I’m lucky enough to work from home, so I get to spend a lot of time with her.

As far as marriage, we get out when we can. A date night to a fancy restaurant here and there. And social life … wait, what’s that again?

How do you recharge?

Nothing unique or exciting.

I love relaxing with a good book and a glass of whiskey, but lately recharging equates to sitting on the couch watching CNN.

Funniest moment as a dad?

The moment my daughter inexplicably started blowing raspberries on my stomach.

Scariest moment as a dad?

My wife was at an internship. I had just fed my daughter and had put her down in the living room so I could clean her high chair.

Within seconds, she was on the floor and screaming. I picked her up and realized she had blood coming out of her mouth. I freaked.

She had hit her face on our ottoman and cut her lip. It looked worse than it was, thankfully.

What’s your best time-saving trick/life hack?

Get up early and stay up late!

Those hours that your son or daughter are asleep are precious and the only time you’ll ever be productive!

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

Being organized. And by organized, I don’t mean the important stuff, like finishing this interview on time.

I mean, making sure all my pencils and pens are lined up by size.

How did you get started with DaddyUP and where do you draw the inspiration?

It was a joint project with the guys from DaddyMindTricks. We basically spitball ideas from our own lives.

Any parent will tell you, kids are capable of anything at any time, so our well of inspiration runs deep.

In addition to DaddyUP you spend time creating graphic novels (congrats on the recent release of The Mighty Blue). How did you get started with the Tales of Syphain series and where do you see the series going?

I began working on the world of Syphain nearly 20 years ago. I’ve written a novel set in this world called “The Circle Theory” and have just finished “The Mighty Blue,” a graphic novel also set in the world of Syphain.

For me, it’s about world-building. Creating a fun, immersive place that people would want to get lost in.

I’m just excited for people to experience this little world that I’ve been swimming around in for nearly two decades.

DadsLikeUs – DaddyUP artist Dallas Bush on DaddyMindTricks

What are you currently reading?

I’m re-reading “Pyongyang” by Guy Delisle, a wonderfully expressive autobiography about an animation director’s time working in the North Korean city and its oppressive atmosphere.

What’s the biggest challenge/surprise that hit you since becoming a father?

Being on point, all the time. You blink and your child is into something new.

Also, just trying to appreciate these formative years before they’re gone. That’s a big one for me – cherishing these moments.

How (if at all) has fatherhood changed you?

It’s certainly changed me in ways I didn’t expect. I’m a little more emotional these days. Sappy, even.

What’s the best advice (parenting or just life in general) you’ve ever received?

Everyone tells me to enjoy my daughter as much as I can, because she will grow up quickly. I cherish every moment that I get to spend with her.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Fathers, I salute all of you. It’s a difficult, sometimes thankless job. But having a presence in your child’s life may be the most important thing you ever do.

Where can we find you on the Interwebz (website, twitter, facebook page, etc.)?  

Here we go … DaddyUP can be found on DaddyMindTricks HERE.

My graphic novel “The Mighty Blue” can be found on TalesOfSyphain.blogspot.com.

And I have a wonderful podcast called “Two Dimension Comics” that can be found on bunchofdorks.com.

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The DadsLikeUs series asks fellow fathers to to share their stories, advice, cautionary tales and much more. If you know a dude-turned-dad that you think should be featured here, or if you have some interesting questions you think I should ask, email us at DaddyMindTricks [at] gmail [dot] com.