Hello Everyone!This discussion is to drum up some interest and to see if anyone out there might have some ideas/comments.Anyone out there interested in helping create/build a christian comic company that goes against the grain? First off, let me state that I have nothing against the christian companies out there now. You guys keep up the great work and keep pushing! I just want to take an avenue that no one else seems to want to travel on. I am curious if anyone else out there in christian comic land is on the same page I am.I am looking to create something that can sit on a shelf in a regular comic store and attract someone who would never buy anything remotely christian. Think Image Comics back in 1992. They jumped ship and created something that was different and pushed the envelope for comics. I want to do that with the christian industry. I would love to have a handful of different titles/characters with excellent art, writing, etc. I want this to be different from everything out there. Not necessarily looking for comics based off scriptures and bible stories. Although, I do want that involved! I am looking for everyday events, personal struggles, things that normal people deal with, but layed out and depicted in a very unique way. To take those everyday things and relate them to christianity. Whether this calls for cartoon/fun storytelling or extreme/graphic/violent storytelling that is fine. I am not looking for sugar coating, I am looking put out there what is "real".For example, Mel Gibson portrayal of Christ in his film was fantastic. Yes, it was violent, graphic, and bloody, but it made an extreme impact and really delivered the message. This is what I am looking to do with this idea. No, I don't want all blood, etc. I just don't want to hold anything back. I just want to give the reader top notch art, great writing, and something that pushes them to want to keep reading. A deeper meaning, if you will.Obvisously, I realize a lot of christians will not agree with this style I am sure. But, that is fine. I am not really doing this for "christians". There is a massive market out there in comic land that is very anti-christian. Those are the people I need to reach.I was a musician in a christian band for about six years and had many christians/churches tell us were too "extreme", or not "contemporary" enough. But, we made an impact on many kids lives. Many that I still hear from today through emails, etc. We weren't trying to change the church/religion, we were trying to change the people who would never come to those establishments. Those are the people that need help. Many people forget that.So, if anyone out there is interested, please let me know! I look forward to hearing from you. And to everyone, keep up the great work! I am so glad I found this site. It has been an inspiration to find other christian comic enthusiasts out there! God Bless.
I like your idea.
That is an amazing quote! I actually read that book, "Time Quake" for an undergrad English course. I really enjoyed it.
Martin Murtonen said:
Thank you Harsh!
Mr. Lawlis did Barb Wire? THE Barb Wire? I looked at all the covers Dan's done, and I think each and every one is stuck somewhere in my memory. And I quite possibly do have some of your stuff floating in my long boxes - and I do have the Big Book of Martyrs.
This should cover your question. ;)
Nice work, Dan!
In other news, I've not been here for a very long time, but I have an opportunity to finally start work on a web comic/possible e-comic book that is shaping up in concept to being a team book. It will have a Christian message and theme, but not sure how direct it will be yet. I know it will be more analogue than heavy-handed though. The client wanted something more akin to illustrations and devotions than a preachy sermon.
So, I may (finally) get to be here more often. lol.
Oh, and Shawn, I'll shoot you an email sometime soon too.
Y'know Mr. Lawlis, I just may have a couple of your books in my bins...
Do you recall what titles you worked on and what issues?