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.
Hello! Wow, it has been a long time since I have been on this community. Used to visit it daily, but not as much lately. Very cool to hear of other interested people! I do love the comic form, always have. I just consider myself a bit more of a guy that likes to push things to the edge. I have a lot of ideas, characters, plots, story arcs, etc. I am a graphic artist and used to draw comics, but I am never happy with getting the right look. I am more of a developer here lately. I can create all the infinite details, I just need others to help bring them to life, so to speak.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Checked out your upcoming book, very cool! Hope to hear from you! Take care!
Brian D said:
I think the concept is long overdue, BTW.
I was just thinking to myself the other day that the two of the most predominantly welcoming communities out there are Christian sites like this one and, ironically enough, the horror genre. It sounds strange, perhaps even mutually exclusive, but when you think about, both tend to deal with people who are outcast brushed off by society. I think the grittiness Shawn mentioned could be very helpful in trying to bridge this gap provided 1) it's not the simply shock-jock blood and gore which have been seeping into comics lately and 2) it's not the God hammer Leon mentioned earlier.
I'm just a writer but both of my Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) projects have been written with this in mind. My most recent one would definitely fit the bill - it's a supernatural story something along the lines of This Present Darkness meets Screwtape Letters. There are angels and demons influencing people throughout the story, but it's less "there's us and then there's them" and more real people with real problems and real struggles trapped in between. I'd really like to develop it as a comic book for just this kind of company because it was with this very purpose Shawn talked about - reaching the people who don't give Christ a second thought - that I wrote it in the first place.
So, short version, where do I sign up?
Also, please correct me if I'm wrong, but a lot of comments are talking about being "gritty" as if that's the main type/idea/audience you're going for with this and that is not the impression I got from the main post. I'm reading it more as fitting into whatever is "mainstream" or "cutting edge" which can include, but is not limited to "gritty" (apologies for using potentially ambiguous terms...I couldn't think of anything more solid off the top of my head at this time of night).
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