Saturday, March 24, 2007

Feed My Starving Children Comics

Here are some new comics from Sherwin Schwartzrock for the ministry, Feed My Starving Children.

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Feed My Starving Children in a non-profit organization committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. Their approach is simple: Volunteers pack nutritious meals made up of rice, soy, vitamins and dehydrated vegetables, and they partner with relief organizations worldwide to distribute these meals to starving children.

Community Comics has been given the opportunity to help spread the awareness of Feed My Starving Children and to encourage the volunteers to continue their work with this very worthwhile organization. We would also like to open up the opportunity for other artists, companies or studios to provide art for future two-page comic flyers. A small amount of room at the bottom of each comic will be allowed to promote the artist/company/studio's website. For the cost of producing 2 pages of comic art, FMSC will guarantee distribution of 80,000 flyers directly to Christian teens. The flyers will be kept in circulation for successive years, so the promotion could reach 500,000 teens by 2008.

Please contact Sherwin Schwartzrock if you’re interested in learning more about this unique opportunity.

Feed My Starving Children

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Crosswind Comics and the Gospel Tract Society

Daniel Schwabauer of Crosswinds Comics recently passed this information my way, and I found it to be a very encouraging testimony. They’ve been targeting non-traditional outlets for their comics for several years now and it’s great to see them get this lift.

So in Daniel’s words:

As some of you know, we've been working on a 48-page color comic book based on the gospel of Luke. It has been five years in the making, not because we're really good, but because we aren't. Gabriel Valles (who actually is really good) did the pencils. Joel Chua and Carrol did the color. (Come to think of it, they're good, too. Pretty much everyone but me is good. :) Carrol and I have been telling each other that when we finally get the color done, God will give us the money to print it. Sounds crazy, but that's how Crosswind has always operated.

Last November we finally (finally!) finished the color. I took it to Sir Speedy to get some proof copies to show to potential funders, and as I was walking out with my laser-printed copy something just rose up in me and I knew it was going to work. As I got in my car I said out loud, "I know this is bigger than us, Lord, but thank you for letting me touch it." I'm sorry if this sounds pretentious now. It wasn't at the time.

Five days later I met with Tom Buttram of the Gospel Tract Society. I met Tom because, ironically, Bill Corum, the subject of our first comic book, gave Tom a proof copy of The Amazing Gospel. Tom asked Carrol and me to come to his office. I work for an insurance company, and I am, shall we say, jaded. I basically expected anyone to be interested in helping Crosswind Comics to be either 1) As crazy as me, or 2) A satanic cult member trying to foil God's plans by making the whole thing about money. (OK, I'm kidding about #2, but I didn't want it to be about money, because, well, as much as I really, really like money a lot, I consider this a personal flaw.)

So we meet, and I get the tour of their little building - half an hour from my house, by the way - and I sit down in Tom's office. Tom's dad started GTS in 1928. They never sell anything. All their stuff is given away for free. Hmmmm. They still have the first printing press his dad used to print single page tracts in his barn. But I'm still jaded. And I really wanted to know whether or not this is a God-thing, so I prayed for help. I asked God to let me know if it was Him or not.

Then Tom grabs the proof copy and holds it up and says, "This is bigger than Crosswind Comics. It’s bigger than the Gospel Tract Society. But sometimes God just lets us touch it." Coincidence? I don't think so. At the very least it was the expression of a similar heart.

Long story short, a couple of weeks ago we printed 85,000 copies in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. About half these are going into the prison system. We have an Indonesian translation completed, and people are working on Arabic and other languages. We expect to do another printing this summer, if not sooner.

But the coolest thing - which is too complicated to really explain in depth here - is that opportunities are opening for The Amazing Gospel to go to unreached people groups. The vision is for the book to be a kind of spear-point for missionaries reaching out to cultures that have never had a Christian influence. I'll post an update when we have more concrete info.

Meanwhile, Crosswind has officially become part of The Gospel Tract Society. They have support, printing presses, offices, a warehouse, and a quality staff. Frankly, responding to all the prisoners’ letters we got became impossible for us a long time ago. Merging with GTS makes sense. What GTS didn't have was much in the way of modern material. Most of their tracts are older. Tom Buttram told me he feels like a ship that finally found its cargo. In that case, I feel like a cargo that finally found its ship.

BTW: If you'd like a free copy of The Amazing Gospel, you can write to The Gospel Tract Society at 1105 S. Fuller St., Independence MO 64050-4221.

Crosswind Comics
Gospel Tract Society

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Dean's Parable

The Wonder from Down Under has done it again, check out Dean Rankine's latest comic:

Heaven is for Trailer Trash (c) 2007 Dean Rankine
Dean's quickly become one of my favorite Christian cartoonists. His comics are always entertaining, and his quirky style and sense of humor put a fresh spin on spiritual matters. You never know what to expect from him, but he'll always leave you looking at things in a different way.
UPDATE (03/09/07)
It looks like Dean's latest comic, Heaven is for Trailer Trash, was pulled. However you can check out some of his other comics at his website Holy Cow! Christian Comics.

Friday, March 02, 2007

The First Post!

Well, I finally decided to jump into the blog pool.

I'm not quite sure what this will turn into, but for right now, I just wanted a centralized place to discuss some of the projects I'm working on, jabber on about the latest show/cd/comic/movie I enjoyed, and maybe even post some cartoons and artwork.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to get something fresh for you at least once a week.

For now, check out this info on these books I'm working on for Zondervan: Z Graphic Novels