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Christian Comic Arts Society to Deliver the Best In Talent,
Themes & Topical Discussions of Faith at the Largest Comic
Book & Pop-Culture Convention in the World

CCAS Partners With Upcoming 2018 Faith-Driven Film,
and Leading Hip-Hop Community
to Showcase Major Talent at Comic-Con International

San Diego, CA – The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2017 kicks off this week with sellout attendance of more than 125,000 per day with hundreds of thousands more attending related events in downtown San Diego.  The CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY (CCAS) is honored to partner with CANAL STREET and RAPZILLA.COM to deliver top talent, projects, and compelling events open to all Comic-Con attendees.   

Christian Comic Arts Society in partnership with CANAL STREET will be hosting three events as part of the official Comic-Con programming, and will exhibit throughout the convention in the Small Press area #P-08. 

Red Guerrilla Productions’ Faith-Driven film CANAL STREET is directed by Rhyan LaMarr and features Bryshere Y. Gray (Fox’s “Empire”), Mykelti Williamson (FENCES), Mekhi Phifer (DIVERGENT), Kevin Quinn (The Disney Channel’s “Bunk’d”) and Woody McClain (BET’s “The New Edition Story”) leading an all-star ensemble cast. The film releases at the top of 2018.

Rapzilla is the Hip-Hop community for Christians, attracting people with a passion for faith and Hip-Hop culture. Their film crew will be shooting exclusive content at Comic-Con in support of CCAS and CANAL STREET.  Rapzilla has a dedicated, largely millennial audience, generating 2.3 Million page views per month from 300,000 unique visitors, 75,000 email subscribers, 132,000+ Facebook Likes and 127,000+ YouTube subscribers who devour their Hip Hop lifestyle coverage of music, movies, books, events and causes.   

Comic-Con events include: 

Friday, 07/21/2017, 8:30-10:00pm Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer in Room 26AB

Join the Christian Comic Arts Society as they partner again with Geeky Guys for God for this annual mixer. This is an opportunity for Christian professionals, fans, artists, and writers to intermingle, socialize and network.  There will be a trivia game and prizes will be awarded to those attendees who know their geek trivia. Panelists will include Scott A. Shuford – moderator (FrontGate Media), Joe Queen (Geeky Guys for God), Dan Lynch (“Bibleman”) and special guest Adam Key, Producer/Writer from the forthcoming movie CANAL STREET, and other special guests.

Saturday, 07/22/2017, 7:00-8:00pm Spiritual Themes in Comics in Room 4

This will mark the 20th year that the Christian Comic Arts Society has hosted the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel at Comic-Con.  As spiritual themes continue to be explored in movies like WONDER WOMAN, comics, science fiction, and fantasy, panelists will delve into and examine how spiritual themes influence the entertainment industry and how the reality of spiritual beliefs impact the culture’s perception of spiritual influences.  Panelists include B. Dave Walters (Electropunk), Travis Hanson (Beanleaf Press), Buzz Dixon (Serenity), Scott Mercano (Diablo Publishing), Adam Key & Kevin Quinn (CANAL STREET) and Geoff Strout - moderator (Faithful Creative). 

Sunday, 9:30-11:00am, Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society in Room 28DF

Join the Christian Comic Arts Society, Geeks4God, and Geeky Guys for God as they host this Sunday morning meeting.  It begins at 9:30am with worship by Brendan Prout, Sam and Leia Hornedo, and Josh Sims. Christian professionals in the entertainment industry will discuss their faith and how it influences their professional lives, their decisions, and the creative process. Panelists include Sergio Cariello (Action Bible), Rhyan LaMarr & Woody McClain (CANAL STREET), Kelly Fellows (Next Gen Foursquare Leader), Carmi Greene (Actress), Scott Zambelli (Topps- Transformers, Lucasfilm - Star Wars) and moderator Ralph Miley (CCAS President). Room 28DE

Also, as in years past, CCAS will be featuring book signings and giveaways throughout the weekend at their booth, #P-08.   

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Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) was formed in 1984 to locate and link Christians interested or active in the comic book/graphic novel medium. CCAS sponsors comic industry activities at various comic conventions across the country, and Alpha Omega, the APA of Christian comics.  The goal and purpose of CCAS is to support Christian professionals, hopefuls and enthusiasts within the Comic Book and related industries by providing opportunities for: 1. The sharing of the Christian message and our Christian faith, primarily within and through the comic book industry and art form. 2. Mentoring, training, friendship and networking. 3. The collaboration on and creation of visual storytelling. The CCAS is governed by a volunteer board which includes Ralph Miley (New Creation,) Holly Knevelbaard (Illustrator,) Clint D. Johnson (“FaithWalker”,) Luis Serrano (“Samson The Nazirite/Rooted Chronicles”) and Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media) along with numerous volunteers from the comic industry and the Church. For more information on the Christian Comic Arts Society, go to:,, or


In 2017, America needs a hard detour. Canal Street is a story about our America and the reasons for deep-seated fissions within it. The film sets the table for a much-needed national discussion by appealing to themes of family, friendship, and forgiveness through its multi-cultural ensemble and genre-spanning music. The music, under the leadership of Amir Windom (DESPICABLE ME 2, COLLATERAL BEAUTY) serves as the perfect soundtrack moving us in emotion and music toward unison.  The film speaks to what the majority truly want, and what is needed to turn fear into a minority.  Follow CANAL STREET at @canalstreetmovie on Twitter,, canalstreetmovie on Instagram and on the web at

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Los Angeles, CA – The Christian Comic Arts Society announced today the Alpha Omega Con; a family friendly, Christian Comics and Pop Culture Convention taking place in the Los Angeles area. With more than 50 special guests and industry professionals conducting panels and workshops, and an extensive exhibitor hall, Alpha Omega Con is a unique experience where the faith audience can explore positive forms of new entertainment.


Talking place on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, fans of comic books, movies, video games, and other media will gather from across Southern California to unite their passions for entertainment and Faith. Attendees have the opportunity to connect with industry pros, ministry leaders, vendors, and other likeminded fans during general sessions, workshops, and exhibits.


Featured industry professionals in the genres of comics, video games, film and faith include: Mike S. Miller (Justice League of America, Batman: Arkham), Flint Dille (Transformers, Teen Titans, Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu), Chris Yambar (The Simpsons, Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.), Pastor Fred Price Jr. (Crenshaw Christian Center), Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Dr. Thomas Parham (Asuza Pacific University), Eric Jansen (Christ of Prophecy, Paraman), Buzz Dixon (Serenity, G.I. Joe), Dr. Fred Sanders (Biola University), Clyde Taber (Visual Story Network), Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics, The Simpsons), and many more.


Pitch sessions for entertainment creators of all types will be conducted throughout the day for aspiring talent to present their work to industry professionals. Panels cover topics such as Pitfalls for Independent Artists, You Can’t Do That in Christian Media, Video Games: Controlled Conflict, Women In Media, 168 Film and DIY Film Making, Cosplay & Christians, Ministry + Artistry = Profitability?, Modern Media & Message, Breaking In Without Selling Out, Geeky Guys 4 God, and more. 


Exhibitors include leading comics distributors such as Kingstone Comics and LAMP PoST, along with Geekdom Wear, The Resurrection Project, Kids in the Spotlight, guest artists available for commissions, and many more.


Presented by The Christian Comic Arts Society, the event is sponsored by The Resurrection Project, Lightside Games, FrontGate Media, SocialZing,,, Hollywood Jesus, Sonoma Christian Home, Faded Pictures, Kids In The Spotlight, Christian Film Database, Internet Podcast Database (IPDb), and Visual Story Network. is the official ticketing partner for the event. 


The Christian Comics Art Society is hosting the Alpha Omega Con at Redeemer Church, 15151 Cordova Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638 on September 20, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.   Advance tickets are available at the event web site and on for only $5.  Admission is $10 at the door.  Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket.  For more information about programming, exhibitors, cosplay guidelines, and to register for the event, please visit or or call 800-965-9324.   



The Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) is a non-profit international organization that includes professionals, amateurs, and fans who enjoy comic books, science fiction, fantasy, gaming, cosplay, and other pop culture elements.  Founded in 1985 by Don Ensign, the CCAS has had a Christian presence for almost 20 years at comic conventions such as San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon, and Phoenix Comic Con.  CCAS has distributed tens of thousands of gospel tracts, Bibles, and free materials at conventions around the country, and serves as a vendor of quality Christian comics.  CCAS is governed by a volunteer board which includes Ralph Miley (New Creation), Holly Knevelbaard (Artist), Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Clint D. Johnson (Faith Walker/ M:2520 Media), and Luis Serrano (Samson the Nazirite, Rooted Chronicles) along with numerous volunteers from the comic industry and the Church. Free membership is available on our social community at, or you can follow us at, or



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VITAL SHIFT Launches at New York Comic-Con


VITAL SHIFT Launches at New York Comic-Con

Publishing Initiative to Meet the Growing Demand for Graphic Novels in the Faith Market

MESSIAH: ORIGIN – the Debut Graphic Novel –

In Stores This Week, Visually Explores the History and Legacy of Jesus’s First 30 Years.

New York, NY – In a bold step that meets the demands of the growing market for transmedia intellectual properties in the Christian marketplace, Thomas Nelson publishers is proud to announce the launch of VITAL SHIFT, a publishing initiative which focuses on titles for consumers 18-34 years old.  Announced today at New York Comic Con, VITAL SHIFT debuts with an impressive commitment to the market, with forthcoming announcements of seven graphic novel series releasing between now and 2019.

The creative team lead by Chip Brown, Senior Vice President and Publisher at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, has been following the interest and demand for several years, testing the waters with the 2012 release of The Book of Revelation, which sold 20,000 units in its first six weeks of release, immediately outselling every other graphic novel on Amazon except Image Comic's The Walking Dead, which had the benefit of its corresponding season three premiere on AMC television network just two weeks earlier.

"Four out of five Americans and one of every three people on earth are self-described Christians, all of whom have an inherent thirst for the Bible and Biblical stories. The market's recent and forthcoming print products, Bible feature films, television mini-series and even game shows are all aiming to quench that thirst," states Brown, adding, “We want writers, artists and filmmakers to know they have a place to come collaborate with like-minded people at the industry's leading publishing house, to develop innovative ways that help more people engage the Bible."

VITAL SHIFT launches with the official release of Messiah: Origin, the foundational account of the man who changed the world forever. The book sets the tone for VITAL SHIFT at an impressive scale.  Translated by Mark Arey exclusively from ancient Greek manuscripts, Messiah: Origin weaves the four gospels into one story.  Arey’s lifetime of deep study and biblical training, paired with the 288 illustrations of Lucasfilm Prize Winning artist Kai Carpenter, create a gloriously detailed telling of the Savior’s birth and early life up to the start of his ministry.  Adapted and edited into graphic novel form by Matt Dorff (Book of Revelation), with letters and title design by Carlton Riffel, Origin creates a journey into the history told in scripture, unique in both story and accuracy.

“Our early market success in pairing the scriptures with illustrations in a graphic novel format is encouraging and we are grateful to be working with such gifted creative talent,” explains Brown.  “Messiah: Origin is high-quality, hand painted fine art, worthy of gallery presentation, and there are over 288 rich illustrations throughout the book. This is just the first series we’ve announced today, but there are many more already in our development pipeline, all slated to release under the VITAL SHIFT publishing initiative.”

VITAL SHIFT is showcasing Messiah: Origin and The Book of Revelation at New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention.  Continuing today through October 13 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan, NYCC has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second largest event in New York City.  The Javits Center is located at 655 West 24th Street, New York, New York.  VITAL SHIFT will be showcased at booth 2125.

Thomas Nelson publishers is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN.  For additional information, visit

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The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2013 kicks off next week with sellout attendance of more than 125,000.

Your CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY (CCAS), in partnership with ZONDERVAN, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, will deliver top talent and projects to create impact at the event, and will exhibit throughout the convention in the Small Press area #P08.

Events include:

The Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
Friday, 7/19/13, 8:30p.m. - 9:30p.m., Room: 26AB

Come join the Christian Comic Arts Society for their annual fellowship mixer, open to all comics, media, and pop-culture fans!   With special industry guests giving personal updates on their upcoming projects, the mixer continues to be the singular Christian event at Comic-Con where fans and creators join together in an informal after-hours time of socializing and networking as we “talk shop” about Christians in the world of comics.

SIGNING at the HarperCollins booth #1029
Saturday at 2:00PM
Join The Book of Revelation artist CHRIS KOELLE and Last Adam: Firstborn artist KAI CARPENTER for a signing.

Spiritual Themes in Comics
Saturday, 7/20/13, 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m., Room: 4
The center cannot hold!  Major changes are sweeping through the world’s faith communities and popular media reflects these concerns.  What rough beast slouches towards San Diego to be born?  Join the always lively CCAS panel on spiritual themes.

Panelists include:

CHRIS KOELLE                  The Book of Revelation             
KAI CARPENTER               The Last Adam: Firstborn         
CHIP BROWN                     HarperCollins Christian Publishers
MIKE SHIELDS                   Team 33 Productions/168 Film Project
moderator: BUZZ DIXON     Savage Angels                         

The Christian Comics Arts Society General Meeting
Sunday, 7/21/13, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., Room: 28DE
Join fellow Christian fans and creators for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in visual formats.  Open to all who wish to attend.


DOUG TENNAPEL             Tommysaurus Rex, Scholastic   
MIKE S. MILLER                 Injustice: Gods Among Us, A Game of Thrones
KEVIN SORBO                    Hercules, Andromeda, Soul Surfer
CHIP BROWN                     HarperCollins Christian Publishers
Moderator:  BRETT BURNER  Lamp Post                             

CCAS will also distribute a “Passport to Christians In Comics” map of the Comic-Con floor designed to help attendees navigate to, explore, and support industry professionals who pursue excellence of the comics craft in the context of their Christian faith through various adult, family, faith-friendly or faith-based projects.

CCAS and Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, will be selling signed copies of The Book of Revelation, a graphic novel currently ranked #1 on Amazon Best Sellers list for Religious Arts and Photography.

3448613112?profile=originalCCAS and Zondervan will also be distributing samplers and signed posters for the first installment of the exciting new graphic novel series Last Adam:  Firstborn.  Set to release this fall, Firstborn is a beginning, an origin story, the remarkable starting point for a remarkable life.  This first adventure in The Last Adam graphic novel series illustrates the story of Jesus' birth and early life in terms of a grand and sweeping family saga, powered by acts of sacrifice, villainy and heroism.

HOLLYWOOD JESUS Comics Editor Arnaldo Reyes will provide live coverage for and the Christian Comic Arts Society throughout Comic-Con via @ChristianComics on Twitter and at

"Comic-Con is the Super Bowl of Pop-Culture! From comics to movies to TV and even gaming, you can find it all, and since we love Pop-Culture, the goal is to bring everyone a little of everything at," says Reyes.  If you've got a special angle for HJ's "Pop-Culture from a Spiritual Point of View," connect with Reyes at Comic-Con. From Wonder Woman to Ghost Rider to Gladstone's School for World Conquerors, covers it all. Hollywood Jesus is part of the FrontGate Christian Web Network.  HJ's latest comic reviews can be found at

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We want to thank all those who contributed to the CCAS Coloring Book!

The Old Testament illustrations were outstanding and it was very difficult to decide which works to include in the book.  However, we did choose seven illustrations.   

The works that were selected:

Abraham by Bryce Morgan

David and Goliath by Matt Ebisch

Elijah by Matt Ebisch

Esther by Matt Tirre

Jacob Wrestling by Joe Spicer

Jael by D.L. Maffett

Jonah by Steve English

If all participants could send their mailing address to Ralph Miley at, you will receive 3 copies of the 2013 CCAS Coloring Book when they are printed.

THANK YOU, thank you very much for your participation and the Lord bless you.

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3448611910?profile=originalTobey Maguire’s Material Pictures is teaming with Fox Animation and Wedgeworks to adapt Doug TenNapel’s latest project Cardboard. TenNapel himself will executive produce alongside Material Pictures, with Fox Animation Chris Wedge also producing.

Wedge directed the first Ice Age, and has been the voice of Scrat the squirrel throughout the hit series. He also executive produced Ice Age: The Meltdown.

According to Variety, Wedge may also direct the film, and if the project moves forward there’s a possibility that Maguire will voice one of the main characters (most likely Mike, the out-of-work dad who buys his son some magic cardboard for his birthday).

Two other TenNapel graphic novels are currently in development at other studios: Monster Zoo at Paramount Pictures, and Ghostopolis at Disney.

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This goes out to the rest of the world on Monday, but here's a sneak peek for our CCAS members!


HarperCollins’ Zondervan & the Christian Comic Arts Society Deliver the Best In Talent, Themes & Topical Discussions at the Largest Comic Book & Pop-Culture Convention in the World

CCAS Features Work by Authors, Illustrators & Entertainment Professionals including Mike Miller & Brett Burner, Robert James Luedke, Billy Tucci, Buzz Dixon, Kurt J. Kolka, Gary Shipman, Dan Conner, voice actor Katie Leigh, Javier Saltares & Ben Avery, Rich Collins, Bryce Morgan & Mitch Martin, Forrest Rawls & Corey Clover, Christine Kerrick, R.G. Sewell, Dr. L.P. Beltran, and Director Barry Cook (Studio 4°C/The JESUS Film Project/Brethren Entertainment)


San Diego, CA – The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, THE COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2012 kicks off this week with sellout attendance of more than 125,000.  The CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY (CCAS) in partnership with ZONDERVAN, a division of HarperCollinsPublishers, will deliver top talent and projects to create impact at the event.


Christian Comic Arts Society, in partnership with Zondervan, is hosting three events as part of the official Comic-Con programming, and will exhibit throughout the convention in the Small Press area #P08.


Events include:


Christian Comic Arts Society Open Mixer, FRIDAY, JULY 13:  8:00PM - 10:00PM, Room 23ABC
Come join the Christian Comic Arts Society for their annual fellowship mixer.  Open to all comics, media, and pop-culture fans!   Hosted by CCAS members Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Leslie Ezeh (Stop N Go Productions), and Ralph Miley (New Creation), fans and creators alike are invited to join an informal after-hours time of Christian fellowship, networking, laughter and prayer as we “talk shop” about the Christian comics movement.


Spiritual Themes In Comics, SATURDAY, JULY 14: 6:00PM - 7:00PM Room 4
This always lively CCAS panel examines spiritual themes in both contemporary comics and pop-culture in general, with a special nod this year to Ridley Scott's “Prometheus” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life.” 

Panelists include:

WAYNE GARDINER         Crucidel Productions    
SERGIO CARIELLO          The Action Bible          
LEO PARTIBLE                Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture
CHRISTOPHER KOELLE  The Book Of Revelation
moderator: BUZZ DIXON    Savage Angels             


CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel, SUNDAY, JULY 15:  10:00AM - 11:00AM Room 32AB
Join fellow Christian fans and creators for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in graphic format.  Open to all who wish to attend. 


SERGIO CARIELLO                The Action Bible              
CHRISTOPHER KOELLE         The Book Of Revelation   
BILLY TUCCI                           A Child Is Born                
moderator: BUZZ DIXON           Savage Angels                


SIGNING: Join The Book of Revelation author team: FR. MARK AREY, MATT DORFF, CHRISTOPHER KOELLE and CHRIS DIAMANTOPOULOUS (the actor who recently played Moe in “The Three Stooges”) for a signing at the HarperCollins booths 1016-1019 on Thursday at 2:00PM.


NEW for 2012, CCAS will distribute a “Passport to Christians In Comics” map of the Comic-Con floor designed to help attendees navigate to, explore, and support industry professionals who pursue excellence of comics craft in the context of their Christian faith through various adult, family, faith-friendly or faith-based projects.



CCAS and Zondervan, a HarperCollins Company, will be giving away signed posters by renowned artist CHRISTOPHER KOELLE, illustrator of The Book of Revelation, a graphic novel set to release February 2013. While supplies last, all CCAS event attendees will receive a sample copy of the graphic novel, at the events and though the CCAS booth on the exhibit floor. 


The book of Revelation has challenged, inspired, and astonished readers for nearly 2000 years; it’s been analyzed in countless interpretations and commentaries, and yet it remains the most mysterious.


The Book of Revelation is designed to give the text a visual resonance and physical vividness that makes it more real than ever before. This telling of Revelation is intended to have an immediate visceral impact, similar to the impact it would have had on its first and second century audiences, most of whom would have experienced it by hearing it told aloud. The Apostle John’s powerful descriptions have been transformed into imagery that makes the text come to life for contemporary readers.


“The translation by FR. MARK AREY captures the vibrant, pulsing word-image of the ancient Greek while the adaptation work of MATT DORFF moves the images from something you see to something you feel, but what really captures the reader is the masterful illustration by CHRISTOPHER KOELLE.” said Chip Brown, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Zondervan.


HOLLYWOODJESUS.COM Comics Editor Arnaldo Reyes will provide coverage throughout Comic-Con The action at Comic-Con is naturally a huge shaping force in what the comic-reading world talks about. "It's a fanboy culture," said Greg Wright, Editor-In-Chief, "and we're fans of fanboys." If you've got a special angle for HJ's "Pop-Culture from a Spiritual Point of View," connect with Comics Editor Arnaldo Reyes at Comic-Con. From Wonder Woman to Ghost Rider to Gladstone's School for World Conquerors, covers it all. HJ's latest comic reviews can be found at  


CCAS members are creating additional impact through Comic-Con related activities and projects:


Writer/illustrator, Robert James Luedke, will once again return to Comic Con International to share his award-winning Eye Witness graphic novel series.  This year Luedke will be featuring the REVISED EDITION of the first book in the series...A Fictional Tale of Absolute Truth.  The volume with feature totally remastered colors (by Luedke) and shore up what the author describes as "rookie editorial mis-steps."  Eye Witness, which premiered at Comic Con in 2004, has won five indy book awards and been named a finalist in five others, making it one of the most recognized and decorated series in the brief history of Christian-themed graphic novels.  Luedke and the series have been featured in diverse media from coast to coast including: LA Times, Washington Post, AP, Fox News, Publishers Weekly, Christianity Today, World Magazine, Comic Buyers Guide, Wizard Magazine and USA Radio Network. Visit booth Q-16 or see more at


It’s Christmas in July! Apostle Arts is pleased to announce the special hardcover edition of Billy Tucci’s A Child is Born available at comic and trade retailers nationwide for Christmas 2012. Adapted from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and lovingly illustrated by award-winning author and artist, Billy Tucci, A Child is Born offers a stunning portrayal of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Awarded five Doves by The Dove Foundation and nominated for six CBG Fan Awards, A Child is Born is a wonderful Christmas tradition to be shared with friends and family for years to come. Visit booth #1801 or see more at


Described as "A World War Two Lord Of The Flies with Catholic schoolgirls", Buzz Dixon’s new prose Young Adult novel SAVAGE ANGELS will debut this fall from Snokie Stories.  Creator of the ground breaking and bestselling SERENITY Christian manga series, Dixon continues to craft new tales of faith and courage in a challenging world.    Meet Dixon at the CCAS panel events. See more at


Lamp Post is making the Comic-Con debut of Kurt J. Kolka's The Cardinal Adventures, Gary Shipman's Pakkins' Land Vol. 2, Dan Conner's Heaven Forbid Vol. 2: Awkward for Everyone [with an exclusive signed/numbered bookplate just for this show!], and Brett Burner's Hand of the Morningstar Vol. 7 & 8!  Come to the booth for signing by renown comics artist Mike Miller (Hand of the Morningstar, Game of Thrones, DC Universe Online Legends) and to receive a free crayon drawing by Dan Conner!  Quite honestly, Lamp Post may be the most fun you have at a table this year!  Mention this news piece and save $5 on one of Dan's books and get the ArmorQuest graphic novel for $1!  Twenty Twelve is going to be an amazing year for Lamp Post at San Diego Comic-Con. Stop by Small Press booth Q-01, on the corner against the back wall.


Katie Leigh is renowned for playing the voice of Connie Kendall for the last 25 years on Focus on the Family's "Adventures in Odyssey." A voice actor in Hollywood since 1981, she has starred in many cartoons including Jim Henson's “Muppet Babies” and Disney's “Adventures of the Gummi Bears.” Just last September she was the voice of Young Han Solo in the Cartoon Network Lego Special "Padawan Menace." She will be at the Soul Geek booth #5619 to meet and greet. Check the schedule for details.


Kingstone Comics is a publisher of premiere comics and graphic novels for the faith market. The company's latest release, The Book of God, is a one-of-a-kind graphic novel that tells the process of how we got the Bible.  Illustrated by Javier Saltares (Ghost Rider) and penned by Ben Avery (Hedge Knight) fans can see more at


Created by The JESUS Film Project in association with Brethren Entertainment, Barry Cook (Director of Disney’s “Mulan”), and Tokyo’s renowned Studio 4°C, “My Last Day” is a short film of regret, repentance and redemption. This 9-minute animé unfolds through the eyes of a criminal who receives the same brutal crucifixion sentence as Christ. The criminal’s own guilt causes him to realize Christ’s innocence.


Giant chickens! Evil robots! Goblins and orks that are constantly on Facebawk! Enter the fantasy world of The Aydellon, penned by Dr. L.P. Beltran.  Koa the cheeky monkey has been called on a mission from the Great Creator Himself. With the help of a unicow, a toothfairy and a dragon, they must build a mysterious machine that will save all of Aydellon! Take a look at this fantasy cartoon epic made on the big island of Hawaii!! With a colorful cast of characters The Aydellon tells stories that are fun and comedic, told with a level of sophistication and positive biblical overtones that appeal to the broadest audience and captures the imagination of all people regardless of age.  This all audience graphic novel can be read for free at


Raegan and RJ in Space! is a new graphic novel trilogy for Christian kids, written and illustrated by Rich Collins.  These graphic novels tell the story of the first Christians to leave Earth in a star ship to colonize other star systems.  Go to the trilogy web site at to download a free adventure, deck plans, character details, and to listen to the theme songs for each book.


Rescue Me: What Superheroes Can Teach Us about the Power of Faith is a unique blend of comic book and kids' devotional. Using Captain Sun, a classic comic hero in a classic comic adventure, writer/pastor Bryce Morgan builds the story around eight spiritual lessons that connect the theme of each chapter to biblical themes like rescue, power, and the church. Kids of all ages will love both the action and Canadian artist Mitch Martin's amazing illustrations, and parents will love the gospel-centered lessons and additional discussion questions. The book is available at For more, visit


The Legacy, written by Forrest Rawls and drawn by Corey Clover, is based on the idea and book “Legacy of the Holy Warrior.” Set in the 30th Century at the End of Days, this “what if” story imagines how the world would see the second coming of the Christ a thousand years in the future. See how the legacy of a family bloodline spans time by starting the story at the end. View a YouTube video featuring the first 8 pages of Issue 1. YouTube video: Web Site:


Dating has changed over time, but one thing remains the same: There will always be Princes and Frogs. How To Tell A Prince From A Frog by Christine Kerrick gives you a glimpse into cognitive interviewing techniques for dating. It helps you develop other skills to detect the Frogs who will inevitably hop across your path. This book teaches you how to know your value, find your purpose, and do it, instead of sitting around waiting for your Prince. See more at


R.G. Sewell was just interviewed by R-Squared Comicz. Sewell produces two webcomics: When Foxes Fly, an anthro-spoof of superheroes and villains, and Lost Legends of Whoelterran, a fantasy comic done in a LOTR style. See and to view the webcomics, and for the interview:


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Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) was formed in 1984 to locate and link Christians interested or active in the comic book/graphic novel medium. CCAS sponsors comic industry activities at various comic conventions across the country, and Alpha Omega, the APA of Christian comics.  The goal and purpose of CCAS is to support Christian professionals, hopefuls and enthusiasts within the Comic Book and related industries by providing opportunities for: 1. The sharing of the Christian message and our Christian faith, primarily within and through the comic book industry and art form. 2. Mentoring, training, friendship and networking. 3. The collaboration on and creation of visual storytelling. The CCAS is governed by a volunteer board which includes Buzz Dixon (Snokie Stories,) Ralph Miley (New Creation,) Holly Knevelbaard (Illustrator,) Leslie Ezeh (Stop n Go Productions,) and Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media) along with numerous volunteers from the comic industry and the Church. For more information on the Christian Comic Arts Society, go to:,, or


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Now that you've seen The Avengers, how would you like to get a bunch of their gadgets and powers and become a hero yourself? No, you probably can't divert a missile safely into another dimension, or smash the god of mischief with your bare hands, but you could do the next best thing: own a custom-made, one-of-a-kind Avengers desk, and help needy children and families along the way!

But how is that possible, you ask? Here's how: Mark Hall, the lead singer of the award-winning Christian contemporary rock band Casting Crowns, is auctioning off his Marvel Superhero Desk and giving the proceeds to charity! 

Hall, who is a collector of movie memorabilia in addition to being a great musical talent, previously did a similar auction with a Han Solo Carbonite desk, and is now doing the same with this Avengers one! The desk was custom-created by a company called Tom Spina Designs, and comes with a replica of Iron Man's helmet, a light-up arc reactor just like Tony Stark's, Thor's mighty hammer Mjolnir, a Captain America shield, a gamma vault, and Sgt. Nick Fury's gun, I.D., and badge. With all of its awesome, authentic accessories, this desk would be an amazing addition to the collection of any Avengers fan! The bidding for the desk has already begun and will continue through next Friday, July 13th—so if you want to be the owner of the desk with all these Avengers artifacts, you'd better act quickly! You can place your bid here!


The proceeds from the sale will go to World Vision's WASH program, which provides clean water to families in poverty. The money will be used to build wells with clean water, piping systems for watering crops, rainwater storage containers, purification equipment, and stations for protection of clean water for these families to help alleviate their suffering and sickness. Thousands of children in poverty die each day from diseases related to lack of clean water, but WASH and its resources aim to prevent that, which they will do with the proceeds from the Avengers desk. For more information on WASH, visit their website!

Just because you're not a master spy, a hulking powerhouse, a super-soldier, a thunder god, or a genius billionaire inventor doesn't mean you can't still be a hero. There are lots of important things you can do to make a difference. You can pray for the children and families affected by disease and in need of clean water. You can donate time or money to WASH and other charitable causes. And you can place a bid on a unique, fully equipped Avengers desk that any collector would love to have!

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3448610722?profile=originalLast weekend, we had our final board meeting for the massive Comic-Con Intl in San Diego. I'll be posting info about the CCAS panels and mixer shortly.  In the meantime...

If you would like to be included in the Christian Comic Arts Society press release related to Comic-con International - San Diego, I must receive your 3-4 line news paragraph.  I will be writing the press release in the next couple of weeks.

You can be included by making a $25 donation to CCAS via the Donate button here on the site, and emailing me your 3-4 line paragraph.

DONATE via the button on the left side of the home page here on the site.

To see last year's release, click to

The press release is a great way to get exposure for your comics related project.  The press release is serviced to news media nationally and internationally, and will be run across major Christian news and Comics web sites.  We also cut up the release to post out via CCAS' social media outlets.

We are happy to accept a donation of any amount in support of CCAS even if you are not yet ready to release a news item.  Con season is our highest expense period of the year, an in particular, the San Diego con is our biggest outreach of the year.

Every donation helps PLUS it's tax deductible!

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Hands are some of the hardest things to draw right and they're also something that a lot of artists don't bother learning well enough.  I have put a lot of effort into getting hands right.  Here are some of the things I've done:
1. I have a large filing system with literally thousands of clippings of cars, buildings, faces, and yes hands that I have clipped from magazines and newspaper though the years.  I tape the clippings onto a sheet of paper and put that in a well-organized folder.  Whenever I have trouble, for example, drawing a hand holding a telephone receiver, I flip to the four pages of clippings I have for hands holding phones in various positions.
2. I also recently hired a photographer friend of mine to take a couple of hundred photos of a man's hands and then a woman's hands in all manner of poses.  I have put these photos in their own folder and they are now my first stop when I have a problem drawing hands.
3. On top of that, years ago, I spent quite a few hours going through my favorite Neal Adams-drawn comics and, with tracing paper, tracing all his best hands.  (He is the best artist and he always took special care drawing hands--probably from his own photo reference files).  The act of tracing helped put a lot of that hand anatomy in my head.  Now, I would probably more recommend tracing the hands in my photo clippings instead of another artist's interpretation of reality.
4. Of course, practice sketch (with your clippings in front of you) whenever you can.

So, bascially, my advice is (1) collect clippings, (2) practice by tracing, and (3) practice by sketching/copying.  Soon, you will be an expert on drawing hands!

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Hola CCAS Members!


I wanted to take a quick minute to brag on you, the members of CCAS.  Actually, I'm not going to brag at all. I'm going to let New Identity Magazine brag on you.


Read the feature on Christian Comic Arts Society in the latest issue of New Identity Magazine! .   See pgs 47-49.


What a blessing you are.  Thank you for being involved in CCAS.





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It was revealed today that the courts have supported Marvel's denial any sort of creator rights or compensation to Gary Friedrich (who created the character for Marvel back in 1972).

But in addition, the courts also ruled in Marvel/Disney's favor in their counter-suite to get back money earned by Friedrich over the years promoting his creation at conventions and selling pictures, prints and artwork of the character to the tune of $17,000! Read about the whole situation and rulings, at:
For those of you who know or have met Gary, this borders on the absurd, since he has very little to begin with and selling these items over the years at conventions that welcomed him as a guest, helped him financially stay afloat. It also once again demonstrates Marvel's corporate pettiness and traditional disregard for the creators who helped establish them as an industry leader and corporate Juggernaut.
As an indy creator this really gets me mad and I think the only way I (and other like-minded comic creators and comic lovers) can voice our displeasure and make it something tangible to both Marvel and to boycott the ironically premiering Ghost Rider 2 movie, which opens next Friday (here in the USA) at 12:01Am!
Our Mission statement:
"We will not help Marvel earn any further money on the Ghost Rider property by boycotting the new Ghost Rider Movie and by boycotting the purchase of ANY new Ghostrider comics...until Marvel/Disney, (at the very least), announces publicly that they will immediately renounce the judgement rendered in their favor, which stipulates that Gary Friedrich (The writer who created the character in 1972 for Marvel) must pay them $17,000 and additionally, that they immediately begin a dialog with Friedrich, ( that short of granting him ownership rights to the character or royalties from the properties), at least grants him a creators credit and ability to earn independently from the character."
I ask that you join me in this and DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE or BUY ANY GHOST RIDER COMICS ...and make sure to let your locate theaters and comic shops know why you are doing this! Think about some of the things that the power of FB has made come to pass over the past year...overthrowing entire governments for gosh sakes!! WE CAN DO THIS TO SUPPORT A BROTHER CREATOR in dire need!
And also, please share this with as many people as you can here on Facebook, on Twitter, on other networking sites, on your personal blogs and even by sending press releases to media of all sizes in your sphere's of influence! Let's take this thing viral my brother and sisters lovers of comics!
And FYI....for you friends in other countries....and I know you're out there, this applies to you also. Just time it (and market it) whenever the movies scheduled to open in your country!

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Opening with a keynote address from Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson on Friday night that will include some exclusive announcements, the programming at the upcoming Image Expo on February 24-26 in Oakland, California features some of comics’ most creative personalities discussing the industry’s hottest topics, as well as talking about their own work.

CCAS members who are involved with the event, please notify me and we'll feature you here as well.

The programming ranges from large event panels, like those with Saga creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples and The Walking Dead superstar Robert Kirkman, to small, intimate workshops with the Image Comics founders that will require advance registration to attend. Panels on topics such as women in comics, writing and art, and comics on TV will offer cogent conversation; and workshops on retailing, combating censorship, writing, and design will engage with attendees’ creativity and passion for comics. And, of course, there will be an Image Comics 20th Anniversary panel that will reunite seven of Image Comics’ founders to talk about the future of comics and reminisce about their decision to leave work-for-hire behind for independent creator ownership.

Image Expo is the premier Northern California comics convention in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center February 24, 25 and 26. Celebrating the creative spirit of independence, Image Expo commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the formation of Image Comics. But more than just looking to the past, the event showcases the evolving the comic market by spotlighting the future of independent publishing. For more info, see

Headline guests include Image Comics Founders & Partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. Special guests for Image Comic Expo include Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Blair Butler, Ed Brubaker, Joe Casey, John Layman, Jonathan Hickman, and many more.


6 p.m.
Keynote Address
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson welcomes you to Image Expo, the comics convention that celebrates independent creativity. Expect some incisive commentary as only Stephenson can provide, plus some exclusive announcements.


11 a.m
Womanthology: What Zeitgeist?
It's no secret that diversity in comics takes up a large part of the critical discussion of the medium online. How does gender relate to who is telling a story, what story they're choosing to tell, and how that story is perceived by an audience? Womanthology started as an online discussion, then quickly blossomed into a full-fledged idea. And from there it went on to be one of the most successful comics projects on Kickstarter. Join some of the contributors and editors to discuss the experience of making Womanthology, the role of women in comics, as well the need for more anthologies that feature new creators from a variety of backgrounds. Plus, jokes about giant crab attacks and superheroes wearing underwear.
Panelists: Bonnie Butler, Mariah Huehner, Trina Robbins, Nicole Sixx, Fiona Staples
Moderator: Blair Butler

12 p.m.
Stories and Scripts: Writing Comics
How do comics readers get their vision from their minds, to script, to the drawn page? What do you need to know about successful collaboration with artists? Some of comics’ best writers will talk about the challenges, triumphs, and idiosyncrasies of the comics creative process. Find out how comics like Fatale, Haunt, Chew, Morning Glories and Saga are conceived, written, and brought to the printed page from the writers who knew them from “PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE.”
Panelists: Ed Brubaker, Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, and Brian K. Vaughan
Moderator: Richard Starkings

1 p.m
Twenty Years of Independence: The Image Comics 20th Anniversary Panel
Twenty years ago, a group of young artists left their work-for-hire jobs to forge their own path in comics. The result was Image Comics, a publisher dedicated to creators’ individual visions and a champion of creative ownership. The Image Comics partners and some of the original founders now come together to talk about that momentous meeting of minds and talent.
Panelists: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino
Moderator: Eric Stephenson

2 p.m.
Saga: A Conversation with Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
One of the most-anticipated new comics of 2012 is Saga, by best-selling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Pride of Baghdad) and the amazing artist Fiona Staples (Northlanders, Jonah Hex). The sweep of the series is epic, but its emotions are intimate: a forbidden romance and a young family on the run, set against the backdrop of galactic war and racial hatred. Vaughan and Staples will talk about the conception of their gorgeous new comic, the creative process, and the overwhelming response that it has gotten from the media months before its first issue even hits stores.
Panelists: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

3 p.m.
From Page to Screen: Comics on TV
How do producers go about translating comics for the small screen? How does working in comics compare to working in television? A panel of comics creators who have worked in television — whether as producers like Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), writers like Jay Faerber (Ringer), creators like Joe Casey (Ben 10) and Todd McFarlane (Spawn), or a little bit of everything like Blair Butler — will assemble to talk about the ins and outs of the industry.
Panelists: Blair Butler, Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Robert Kirkman, Todd McFarlane, and Brian K. Vaughan

4 p.m.
The Talking Dead Live
Is watching the recap talk show The Talking Dead after every episode of The Walking Dead part of your weekly viewing ritual? Then you won’t want to miss this panel! Chris Hardwick sits down with creator of The Walking Dead comic and executive producer of the hit AMC television series Robert Kirkman and actor Steven Yeun, who plays the fan-favorite character Glenn, for a lively conversation with The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick about the latest shocking plot twists and what it’s like working on a show that has taken the world by storm.
Panelists: Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun
Moderator: Chris Hardwick

5 p.m.
Spotlight on Chew
How does it feel for your comic book about an FDA agent who gathers clues by eating things — including people — to sell out, become a critical darling, win multiple awards, and appear on a New York Times bestseller list? Wait, how do you even come up with the idea for a comic about a cibopathic police-officer-turned-food-plant-inspector? You have questions about Chew. Creators Rob Guillory and John Layman just might be the right guys to answer them.
Panelists: Rob Guillory and John Layman

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Warren Ellis sees the future. He is a comic book writer and cyberpunk philosopher living on the edge of tomorrow. He speaks to a cult audience of artists, journalists, scientists and fans who hail him as Internet Jesus. The new film Captured Ghosts features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given, covering his life from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child, to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation of Red. Along the way, Ellis' acerbic wit and core belief in humanity come across like never before. Complimenting Ellis' own words are interviews with his artistic collaborators, friends and admirers from across all media. Ellis' comic book collaborators also provide insight into Ellis' mind and creative workings. The film features numerous ambient interludes that spotlight Ellis' prose and writing from both his online columns and his comics.


Instructions for Workshops
Admission to workshop panels is limited and attendees will require tickets for entry. Tickets for each panel may be picked up at the Image Comics booth no sooner than one hour before the workshop begins. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and quantities are limited.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
MAN OF ACTION: Ben 10 and Explosive Creativity
Join two of animation’s most influential creators as they talk about their creation - Ben 10 - the story of a shape-shifting boy that burst on to Cartoon Network and now boasts hit television series, movies, and video games all over the world. What’s in store for MAN OF ACTION? Founding members Joe Casey & Steven T. Seagle talk Ben 10, Generator Rex, their upcoming TV shows and the Image Comics projects all rolling out of their action-filled creative development company!
Panelists: Joe Casey and Steven Seagle

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pro Tips with Todd McFarlane
In a world of comic book icons, comic superstar Todd McFarlane and his creation Spawn have clearly stood the test of time. Now McFarlane himself is inviting aspiring creators and fans to an extended workshop where he'll share behind-the-scenes tips and tricks about his creative process. Armed with a Wacom and more than 20 years of experience as one of the most successful pros in the business, McFarlane will show fans how to unleash their own creative beast within!

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Putting Words in Their Mouths: The Art of Lettering
With over 150 fonts in his Comicraft library, chances are you’ve read a comic lettered with a font designed by Richard Starkings. Join him, Chew co-creator and letterer John Layman, and letterer J.G. Roshell for a workshop on creating professional, pleasing lettering.
Panelists: Richard Starkings, John Layman and J.G. Roshell

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Image Introduces...
Some of Image Comics’ most exciting new creators assemble to talk about their new work and life as independent comics creators. Join the creators of Moriarty, Li’l Depressed Boy, Hell Yeah!, Witch Doctor, Peter Panzerfaust, and Skullkickers for an eye-opening conversation about what it’s really like to work in comics.
Panelists: Daniel Corey, Sina Grace, Joe Keatinge, Brandon Seifert, Kurtis Wiebe, Steven Struble, and Jim Zubkavich

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Retailing the New Generation of Comics
With creator-owned hits like The Walking Dead, Morning Glories, and Chew grabbing their places on the sales charts and bringing in new readers to comic shops, the comics industry is excited about new titles and new ideas. What are the best retailers in comics doing to strengthen and support the creator-owned comic revolution while competing with faceless online outlets or big box bookstores? If you're a comic creator, retailer or fan, we'll help you understand how to stay on top of the next wave of hidden gems.
PANELISTS: Brian Hibbs (Comix Experience), Steve (Third Eye), James Sime (Isotope), Todd Martinez (Image Comics), Jim Zub (Skullkickers)

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Crossing the Line: Twenty Years of Shadowline
Join Jim Valentino and some Shadowline superstars for a rollicking question-and-answer session about Shadowline Comics past, present and future — plus dancing bears and a few surprises. Well, maybe not the bears (but we'll try).
Panelists: Jim Valentino, Jimmie Robinson, Kurtis Wiebe, Tyler Jenkins, Joshua Williamson and Jade Dodge

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Portfolio Reviews with Erik Larsen (a.k.a. Larsen Tears You a New One)

Image Comics partner and Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen, will be imparting artistic wisdom via no-holds-barred portfolio reviews... for those that have the guts! A random drawing will be done during the workshop to determine which aspiring artists in attendance will be chosen to have the brutal light of truth shine upon their work. Larsen's ready to tell you what he really thinks! Can you handle it?

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Design Workshop with Jonathan Hickman
The creator of The Nightly News, Pax Romana, A Red Mass for Mars, and the upcoming Secret and The Manhattan Projects will address the basics of making your work stand out: cover design, book design, design strategies, personal branding, and understanding what appeals to your market.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Top Cow Panel
Top Cow: We Create... REBIRTH
2012 is the best time EVER to jump into the Top Cow Universe with Rebirth. Get the scoop on what's changed, what remains the same, and where things are headed for the rest of the year. Get behind-the-scenes information on the making of The Darkness II video game and be the first to hear about what exciting new projects Top Cow has lined up for their 20th anniversary! Plus special surprise guests and a free giveaway for every attendee. Moo!
Panelists: Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins, Filip Sablik, and Joshua Hale Fialkov

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Jim Valentino Workshop
Shadowline publisher and Image co-founder Jim Valentino discusses what he's looking for in new projects, the founding of Image, and his work with the Hero Initiative. He will be doing portfolio reviews with a donation to the Hero Initiative ONLY. We will have a donation jar in the room.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
CBLDF: The History (and Future) of Comics Censorship
Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell and read them are still threatened.  CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein tells the sordid tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on retailers in the 1980s, artists in the 1990s, and readers today that the CBLDF is working to combat!

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Portfolio Reviews with Whilce Portacio
Whilce Portacio, creator of Wetworks and current artist on Incredible Hulk, will offer thoughtful tips and critiques for artists looking to break into the comic book industry. A random drawing will determine which lucky artists will get a personal review during the workshop. Bring your portfolio for an hour of a guidance from a master of the medium!

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Writing Workshop with John Layman
The writer of the best-selling comic Chew (drawn by Rob Guillory) will talk about the fundamentals of crafting a story, drafting a script, and effectively communicating your intentions to artists.

3 p.m. 4 p.m.
Take to the Sky: Skybound and the Next Generation of Independence
Things continue to look up for Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics. The premiere original Witch Doctor has sold out nationwide, the all-ages hit Super Dinosaur  continues to soar, and And Kirkman’s first-ever writer’s room-driven crime drama, Thief of Thieves, is a critical success… what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the future of the imprint with his stable of creators, including the creative teams behind Witch Doctor, Thief of Thieves, and more! Expect only AWESOMENESS.
Panlists: Robert Kirkman, Brandon Seifert, and Nick Spencer

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Robert Kirkman Q&A
Kirkman, one of the most successful writers in comics today, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Haunt, will offer fans some insight into the genius behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic, The Walking Dead on AMC, and recently announcing an upcoming video game adaptation of the same series from TellTale Games, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force.

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Covers and an Eye for Talent: Marc Silvestri Workshop
Join Top Cow founder, Image partner, and top industry artist Marc Silvestri as he takes a look at two facets that have helped define his career. Silvestri is best known in the industry as a highly-sought cover artist and as an incredible mentor for young artists who have come through his studio system at Top Cow. In this intimate workshop, Marc will present his thoughts on what makes a dynamic, memorable cover using his own pieces as examples and also tell young, aspiring artists what he looks for in undiscovered talent. Find out what draws the eye of the man who discovered Michael Turner, David Finch, Joe Benitez, Francis Manapul, Mike Choi, and many, many others!

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Creating Living Legend: Eric Shanower and Age of Bronze
Relive the Trojan War in Age of Bronze, Eric Shanower’s award-winning comics version of the world's greatest story. With words and pictures, Shanower will detail his creative process from initial idea, through research into literary sources and archaeological remains, to writing and drawing comics pages and coloring for the digital edition.

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DC 52
Featured: The Magdalena
Roundtable: Batwoman
Graphic Novel: Lucille
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DC 52 -- First Issues Coverage at HJ
On May 31st, USA Today reported major changes coming for DC Comics. Starting at the end of August, the publisher began re-numbering its entire DC universe titles. Not only is DC going to start everything back at #1, but the characters themselves are getting the revamp treatment.  Stay tuned at HJ as we cover the DC 52.

Action Comics #1 Action Comics
Issue # 1 
Is this Superman?

Back to #1. DC's first ever superhero, and first line of comics, is also getting the reboot. My only question is, what happened to Superman?

Detective Comics 
Issue # 1 
DC's flagship title back to #1

Who better to start off this series than the Joker? A very sick, serial killer type Joker at that.

Batman & Robin
Issue # 1 
Growing Pains

In the end, this is not a story about Batman & Robin, but a story about Bruce and Damian Wayne, father and son.

Justice League
Issue #1 
The start of the New 52

The relaunch of DC comics has officially begun. So what happens when Batman meets Green Lantern?

Magdalena Issue #8 Featured Review
The Magdalena

Issue #8 
Whom Do You Follow?
Arnaldo Reyes | Comment

AW Tozer once said, "If your Christianity depends upon a pastor's preaching, then you're a long way from being where you should be."

This is the problem Anneli faces. She has put all her faith in the Cardinal, and in the end, it is not the Cardinal who saves her. Patience's road may not be the one that the Vatican had in place for her, but it is the road that God is leading her to.

Again, the writing in this series is terrific. And the artwork, no matter by which artist, seems always to be beautifully executed (with the possible exception of a little line art that is not quite as sharp).   


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Batwoman: Elegy Roundtable

Whom Do You Follow?

Arnaldo and JLD exchange notes on a DC classic character in advance of the renumbering...

JLD: Let's dive into the art just a little. I consider myself somewhat of a snob when it comes to buying comics, and definitely when it comes to buying a hardcover for the ol' comic library bookshelf at home. But when I picked up the first issue of this series when it first came out, I immediately knew that it was destined for my collection! This is one drop-dead gorgeous book! J. H Williams III has provided a feast for the eyes with gorgeous splash-pages and double-page spreads that rival any book I've ever read, and he is able to successfully bounce around from one style to another as the story... 


Arnaldo: I agree. Especially the "mirror" pages of Batwoman and her soon-to-become nemesis. All while a circle of action swirled around that most artists would make look sloppy, he made it look like clockwork. I mean the sequences in those pages just made you stare and admire how beautifully crafted it was.

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Lucille Graphic Novel Feature

"You Ain't a Beauty, But Hey, You're Alright"
Buzz Dixon | 10/19/11 
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I started Lucille by artist/writer Ludovic Debeurme, a 544 page tome of deceptively simple black and white line drawings about an anorexic and her ill-fated boyfriend, thinking I should at least begin on it today so I would have something to write about in a week or two...


In a handful of simple lines Debeurme did what all the slick, glossy, technically proficient high concept stories couldn't do: Engage me with characters I really cared about, characters whose sorrows and happiness and eventual success or failure meant something to me.
He resonated. I blitzed through the book in less time than it would have taken me to read any three mainstream comics. 


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Action! Thrills! Suspense! Scripture!
By Samuel N. Harris for Christian Comic Arts Society

Imagine opening up a thick volume of full-color comic book art with pages packed full of action—except, instead of seeing several panels of Spider-Man pummeling a bunch of costumed criminals, you find a splash page illustration of David slinging stones at Goliath.

It might not be quite what you’re used to seeing in comic books and graphic novels, but that’s what you’ll find when you pick up a copy of The Action Bible, the newest work by longtime comics artist Sergio Cariello. As its name might suggest, The Action Bible is a graphic novel adaptation collecting many of the Bible’s greatest stories, filling 750 pages with familiar tales, timeless truths, and colorful, vibrant illustrations of the heroes of the Old and New Testaments in action.

The Action Bible is a newer and more action-packed version of The Picture Bible by David C Cook Publishing. Though Sergio fondly remembers reading The Picture Bible as a child in the 1970s, he probably had no idea back then that he would one day get the opportunity to illustrate The Action Bible. However, Sergio was brought onto The Action Bible project in 2006, after he took two pages which he had previously drawn for a Christian publication called Proverbs & Parables and entered them into a contest for the 1st International Christian Comics Competition in 2005. Sergio was voted as the winner on his birthday, April 23rd, and soon afterward, David C Cook Publishing asked him to draw the new Action Bible, to which he readily agreed. In the first week he submitted an inked page of David fighting Goliath and got chosen for the job.

For three years, Sergio worked diligently on the project, drawing whichever scenes and stories he was told to draw, and often doing as many as seven or eight pages a week while also managing to balance other projects, such as The Lone Ranger and Son of Samson for other companies. Working on The Action Bible kept him very busy, especially with his multi-step artwork process that always begins with looking through a script from the writer, continues on to loose pencil drawings of the action written in the script, and ends with inking his own pencils, erasing the pencil drawings (with which his wife sometimes helps), and touching up details with Photoshop. Sergio likes to alternate between working on several pages at once instead of just doing each one straight through from start to finish. He also makes sure to find helpful influences or references for the story before he begins drawing, such as buying an actual jawbone on the internet and getting the feel for it in order to accurately draw the jawbone with which Samson killed a thousand Philistines in the book of Judges. This scene with Samson was one of his favorites to draw for The Action Bible, as were the scenes of David and Goliath, Jonah and the big fish, and Moses parting the Red Sea.

Now that Sergio has finished working on The Action Bible, he's excited to work on other projects, such as his continuing series of The Lone Ranger. He also mentioned another upcoming project that he couldn't give many details about, except for that it is also Christian. Most of all, though, Sergio is just waiting to see what projects and jobs God will bring to him in the future, as he believes God is ultimately the one who decides what is best for him to work on.

Even before he began working on The Action Bible, Sergio was certainly no stranger to either the world of comics or the world of Christianity. As a child in his native country of Brazil, Sergio was raised in a Christian home, brought to church regularly by his parents, and taught all about Jesus and the stories of the Bible, but he also watched popular cartoons on television and filled up sketchbooks with his favorite characters and other drawings. At the young age of five, Sergio had informed his parents that he wanted to be a cartoonist when he grew up, and at eleven, he was writing and drawing an original comic strip called "Frederico the Detective", which was published in the children’s section of his local newspaper and was nominated as the best strip for his age group.

Despite his Christian upbringing, it wasn't until Sergio was sixteen at a Word of Life Christian camp in Brazil that he really felt Christ calling him personally. Sergio says, "That's when I really responded with commitment to follow Christ and allow Him to be my boss." From that point on, he began to get more involved in church, especially in church music; he learned how to play the guitar and often led worship for church services (in fact, Sergio is still the worship leader at his local church today).

Still an aspiring cartoonist, Sergio had set his sights on going to the Joe Kubert School of Cartoons and Graphic Arts in Dover, New Jersey after high school. He began to save up his money for college and to learn English in order to be able to get by in America. However, the director of Word of Life had offered Sergio a scholarship to study at one of their Bible Institutes instead. Sergio attended Bible college in Brazil for one year, followed by two years in upstate New York, which was how he first came to America in 1986. By the end of his time at Word of Life, he had been accepted to the Joe Kubert School, but didn't have the money to go until a pastor in Manhattan offered to pay for his schooling in exchange for Sergio’s services as a janitor.

While in school, Sergio took a job as artist on Dagon, the Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, which prompted a few professors to excuse him from assignments. This was the first American comic book he had worked on. Sergio penciled, inked, and lettered the first issue by himself, but then hired some other students to help him on the second issue. He was later hired by Marvel Comics as a Bullpen Letterer, but once they recognized Sergio's drawing ability, he began to get penciling and inking jobs on several Marvel titles as well. Since then, Sergio has illustrated lots of titles for not only Marvel, but for DC, Darkhorse, Image and Crossgen as well, and featuring just about every major superhero character, including Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Captain America, the Hulk, Daredevil, and the Avengers. He also returned to the Joe Kubert School as a teacher for seven years while still balancing illustration jobs for popular superhero comics.

Being a Christian and trusting in God for everything really helps Sergio as he works in the very competitive industry of comics. He tries not to worry about having to find the best assignments because he knows that God will always lead him to the right ones. According to Sergio, every job he has gotten in the comics industry has been offered to him from places where he wasn't looking. He says, "I trust . . . that God opens the right doors for me . . . The jobs my God has for me will be mine . . . I understand that as long as I'm ready and alert for that opportunity He wants me to get." To support this viewpoint, Sergio quotes from Romans 12:2, about conforming oneself to God in order to receive God's good and perfect will, and mentions Psalm 139, which tells of God planning each of our lives with great care.

This attitude towards his illustration jobs seems to have worked well for Sergio so far, as he's been able to draw for so many well-known and successful titles in addition to The Action Bible. In fact, Sergio's advice to other aspiring artists springs from this attitude as well. He says that he often asks his drawing students if they believe in a creator God, because Sergio believes that God gives us the talents, goals, and dreams we have. "You have to work hard at getting things done, as if it depends on you, but trust God for the results, believing that you were created the way you are, with dreams and desires in your heart to be accomplished," Sergio says. "God put those dreams in your head, and it's up to you to make an effort to do what you can to fulfill those dreams, and at the same time, trust that if something doesn't work out the way you want, it probably was better for you not to get that job or goal, because you might need to learn a few things before you land on a job or it would not be the best fitting for you."

On the subject of his faith in a Creator, Sergio also says this: "We are eternal beings, and it is wise to think about that with the choices we make today. I believe that we were created. We did not come out of a Big Bang—we were created and designed, carefully thought out. If we are amazed at how men can construct a computer, we should be amazed at how God constructed the universe. The Earth is exactly in the right spot in relation to the sun and all the other elements in the universe. There's an order for everything. I would say to the world, seek your creator. He has something for you unlike anybody else. He is the only source that can make us live an abundant life, whether we have a lot or a little. Life here on Earth is short, but we are eternal. We don't cease from existence when we leave our body suits, so you'd better think about eternity."

Sergio makes it a point to acknowledge God's role in his work and his success as an artist and in all he does. When asked about how it feels to have made professional contributions to such famous and iconic characters as the ones listed earlier, Sergio said that it feels "like the grace of God fell upon me, fulfilling my dreams." He also adds that it's an honor and a privilege to be recognized professionally and to see his drawings of superheroes on merchandise such as T-shirts and watches. Batman is one of Sergio's favorite characters to draw, along with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man. However, if given the choice to become any superhero or comic book character, Sergio would probably want to be Superman. He says, "I think it would be nice to be able to have superhuman, super-powerful strength, and be able to fly. I'd also enjoy being able to teleport myself to another place . . . so if you combine Superman with Star Trek, maybe that would be ideal.” Of course, Sergio also recognizes who the most powerful hero really is. He says, “If you think about it, though, the historical Jesus is way more powerful than the fictional Superman and all the heroes invented by men. Jesus has all power, all things are under His feet, He’s all knowing, he has all the answers, and He’s all present, multitask at its fullest. Better off to choose to become more like Jesus!”

So, even in the midst of all the fun and fantastical characters he's gotten to draw, Sergio knows that the characters and stories in The Action Bible are even more important. He says, "To me, [The Action Bible] is probably the most significant job of my life, of drawing history—God's Word in a comic book format, with the real iconic characters. Because Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, the Incredible Hulk—they're all fiction and will pass, but God's Word will never pass."

So next time you're reading a comic book about Batman cleaning up the streets of Gotham City, make sure to remember that as fun and exciting as those stories can be, the truly great stories and heroes are found in God's Word, the Holy Bible, and that now, with the release of The Action Bible, you can see those holy heroes of old jumping off the page in the form of action-packed drawings with brilliant colors and an eternally relevant message.

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CCAS Needs You for the Long Beach Comic Con

Hello fellow CCAS members!

I want to ask for your help AND make you aware of an event coming up for CCAS.


We will be serving at the Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) in Long Beach, CA on Oct 29-31. This will be our first appearance at the LBCC which had 6,500 attendees last year. They are hoping for 8,000-10,000 this year.

We've assembled a team to oversee the event for CCAS. I am the chair (Scott A. Shuford) and joining me on the volunteer team are fellow members Buzz Dixon, Holly Knevelbaard, and Leo Partible. Thanks very much to them for jumping in to volunteer for this event. After only our first meeting together, we've come up with some great ideas for LBCC.

CCAS will have a significant presence at LBCC including:

· A corner booth in the Premier Exhibit area.

· A panel event discussion about R. Crumb's Genesis.

· 100 Giveaways of the Action Bible from David C Cook.

· A significant number of freebie items promoting CCAS.

· A web banner on the LBCC site.

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A special thanks also to the publishing ministry of David C Cook which has generously come alongside CCAS to help fund part of our presence at LBCC. We'll be supporting their recently released Action Bible, a 3 year labor of love for fellow CCAS member Sergio Cariello which is just releasing this September.


There are four areas in which CCAS can use your help...

1) WEB ARTIST: We need a web savvy artist to create our 160x600 pixel banner ad for the LBCC site. If that's you, please email me at

2) ON SITE VOLUNTEERS: We need a few possible volunteers on site in Long Beach to help with the booth. We will provide a conference badge for you. Email me your skill set or strengths to

3) DONATIONS: We need donations to cover costs of printing flyers and creating the booth itself. Make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation through PAYPAL. Any amount would be a great help. Fast from fast food or Starbucks one time and donate $5, $10, $25, $50, or more. DONATE HERE.

4) INTERCESSORS: Saving the best for last, we need you intercessors out there to start praying for CCAS to be effective at LBCC. We want to reel in many new members, be a positive presence of professionals on site, and have some great conversations with attendees.

Thanks in advance for your participation. :)

I'll report more information as we have it available. I'm looking forward to reporting the results from the LBCC event when we're all done, and when you will be welcoming the new CCAS members coming in from Long Beach!

At Your Service,

Scott A. Shuford

CCAS Board Member

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Hey there CCAS Members,

As part of our presence at the San Diego International Comic-Con, we're going to be very actively Tweeting about our onsite events and happenings. We'd love your help!

The hash tags for the event are #SDCC #ComicCon.

This THIS THURS thru SUNDAY is a great time to be retweeting for us or posting your own tweets. I'll be posting from my Twitter account which is Follow me there.

Here's a list of posts I'll be making. Use these or add in your own to the Twitterverse discussion about the Con.


The Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) celebrates its 15th Year at Comic-Con International #sdcc #ComicCon

Get Christian Comic Arts Society giveaways in the Small Press section of the exhibit hall at table N-06. #SDCC #ComicCon

Christian Comic Arts Society to host “Spirituality In Comics” & “The Word In Pictures” industry panels- Chk the #SDCC #ComicCon program

Meet Sergio Cariello @ Christian Comic Arts Society booth N06-reg2win autographed limited edition from The Action Bible #SDCC #ComicCon


Christian Comic Arts Society’s 2nd Annual After-Hours Mixer is Saturday nite in Room 24ABC at the convention center #SDCC #ComicCon

CCAS celebrates Marvel & DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello’s completion of The Action Bible for David C Cook #SDCC #ComicCon Booth N06

Christian Comic Arts Society giving samples of The Action Bible-over 750 pgs depicting 215 Bible stories in chronological order #sdcc #ComicCon

Christian Comic Arts Society & David C Cook announce Sep date 4 The Action Bible: God’s Redemptive Story by Sergio Cariello #sdcc #ComicCon


PANEL: Spirituality in Comics-SAT July 24: 11AM, Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Hotel #SDCC #ComicCon 1of2

PANEL-Spirituality in Comics: Holly Golightly(School Bites) KJ Kolka(The Cardinal) Clint Johnson(Faithwalker) SAT 11AM #SDCC #ComicCon 2of2

Come see the Christian Comic Arts Society in the Small Press section of the exhibit hall at table N-06. #SDCC #ComicCon

Sergio Cariello (Spiderman, Superman, Batman) completes The Action Bible for David C Cook. See at Christian Comic Arts N06. #sdcc #ComicCon

NEED PRAYER: come to Christian Comic Arts Society located in the Small Press section of the exhibit hall at table N-06. #SDCC #ComicCon

Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer: SAT July 24 7:30PM Convention Center Room 24ABC. #SDCC #ComicCon


Christian Comic Arts Society & David C Cook announce Sep date 4 The Action Bible: God’s Redemptive Story by Sergio Cariello #sdcc #ComicCon

PANEL Christian Comics: The Word in Pictures, SUN July 25 10AM Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Hotel #SDCC #ComicCon 1of3

PANEL-From Andre LeBlanc’s classic Picture Bible to Robert Crumb’s adaptation of Genesis, Marriott Hotel #SDCC #ComicCon 2of3

PANEL-Buzz Dixon (Serenity) Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible/David C Cook) & Eric Jansen (The Christ of Prophecy/FMP) #SDCC #ComicCon 3of3

Got a spiritual question: come chat up the Christian Comic Arts Society in the Small Press area at table N-06. #SDCC #ComicCon

Please be in prayer for us all four days as we're running the two CCAS panels, after hours mixer, booth and the big giveaway for a signed piece from Sergio.

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Editor's Note: Thanks to our volunteer writers Michele Leacock and Sam Harris, we're starting to bring you exclusive news and stories from CCAS! Here's the first story. We hope you enjoy the exclusive features we'll be bringing you from time to time. Give Michele and Sam some love!


BCNmultimedia Releases Children's Bible Comic Books for iPhone

By Michele Leacock for Christian Comic Arts Society


BCNmultimedia has announced 5 months of success in the App Store with their Children's Bible for iPhone and iPod Touch. The full color Children's Bible app tells the stories of the Old and New Testament in seven different languages and is the first comic book style Bible to be made available to iPhone users.

Children's Bible allows people to:

* Get a new, free episode of the Bible in comic every month.

* Buy content in 7 languages with the purchasing system.

* The content covers the most important passages from the Old and the New Testament.

* The Children's Bible uses a faithful transcription of the biblical texts from the Good News Bible.

"While it has become a common occurrence to see worshippers attending their churches with digital versions of the Bible on their iPhone's, up until now that was solely for the adults" said Toni Matas, publishing manager of BCNmultimedia. "We wanted to give the children something that was just as accessible while being entertaining as well."

Comic albums published so far:

* Land of Nazareth

* Roads of Galilee

* Streets of Jerusalem

* New Testament (includes the 3 comic books above)

* The Genesis

* The Exodus

* Kings and Prophets (scheduled release: June 15, 2010)


The app and its comic albums have been acclaimed all over the world:

* More than 95.000 downloads

* USA Top 50 since the first day

* Europe Top 25: France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Portugal

* South America Top 10: all countries

* Ranked in 62 countries worldwide

Device Requirements:

* iPhone and iPod Touch

* iPad

* OS 3.0 or later

Pricing and Languages:

* Children's Bible is available as a free download in the iTunes App Store.

* Available in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Deutsch, Portuguese, and Catalan.

* Readers can purchase the complete comic books for $2, $3 or $5.

New formats on

* Kindle Edition

* Paperback


App Store Link:

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The Self Publisher Association (of which I'm a member on Facebook - look them up!) has released a new PDF mag called SP! Nexus. Erik W Hendrix there has done an excellent job in creating the publication. They are looking for submitions of books for review in the next and future issues. Also, if you are interested in contributing, let Erik know too. They are already filling ad space for the January issue, too, so if you have any interest in that regard, they would be happy to discuss. DOWNLOAD FREE SP! NEXUS ISSUE 1 - Contact: Erik Hendrix Tell him Scott A. Shuford at CCAS sent ya. :)
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