Saturday, July 16, 2005

Who thought that Christian faith and popular comics don't mix? These books oughta change everything. Granted that there are Christians working in the comic book business and there are those who are into collecting comic books, you have to admit you don't see all of them bobbing on the surface of pop culture. It maybe asking too much but the way the occult became the pretty much of a norm in the books these days you'd think that at least Christian artists and writers would come out with something that tips the balance towards the light.

There's an interesting article I came across with, "Christian comic summit drawn into debate on faith" published by the Chicago Sun Times while researching on the subject. An excerpt reads:
"People talk about Christian comics. I'd like to see more Christians in comics. You say, 'There aren't enough good comics out there.' You know why? Christians refuse to get involved in their industry. Everyone wants to work from an outside position," he said, pantomiming water swirling while making flushing noises. "Let it go. Put on a new mind. Get involved in your culture. Get involved in your people, face first. Make it happen. Earn the right to be heard."

"I don't believe in separating the sacred from the secular. I think that breeds schizophrenic behavior," he said.

Jesus, after all, was a carpenter for the better part of 30 years before he got around to turning water into wine.

Amen, brother.

D.R. Perry, 32, is a Chicago cop who writes and draws a new up-market comic called War in Paradise, about the fall of Lucifer. It looks a lot like something you might find in Marvel or DC comics rather than on the racks of a Christian bookstore.

"Most Christian books are by Christians for Christians," said Perry, 32, who is shopping his comic to several publishers. "What I'm doing is creating books by Christians for everybody that have the look that the secular community demands but the content to please the Christian community."

He wants to jump-start a Christian comics industry that can truly compete with the secular market.

"There are a lot of Christians in the secular market who work for Marvel and DC who are friends of mine. Yet, they can't afford to pursue Christian comics because they don't pay the bills. I'm trying to start a house that has the same quality, the same financial backing, so that this popular Christian talent in the secular market can come over and do Christian comics that aren't boring," he said.
Although the matter of using stories as an aid in ministering and spreading the Gospel is not entirely a lost art (as evidenced by the works of authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis) it hasn't caught on for decades. Every missionary knows that before they can effectively share their message is that they to learn their subject group's culture and language before anything else. Thank God the Church has finally caught on to reaching this much maligned part of society.

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