Hmm, I don't want to misunderstand what is being said here. I will just say that I am unconvinced that blatantly Christian comics with out in the open preachy messages are necessarily ineffectual. There are many audiences in this world, all looking for something that will appeal to them. One could argue that Twila Paris' song "Holy is the Lord" and "He is Exalted" are too overtly Christian to be good witnessing tools. I don't know, maybe, maybe not. But they are truly excellent Praise and Worship songs, among my favorites. Some people say 'The Choir doesn't need preaching to', but they do. Show me a church where the preacher isn't ministering to the Body of Christ as much as preaching to the unsaved? These different kinds of Christian comics are necessary I think.
If I may suggest something, just off the top of my head, it's that Christian superheroes are usually done by novice creators or fledgling pros for their first title. Is it possible that this, as much as any inherent limiatations in the genre, has caused the perception that Christian Heroes 'don't work'? I don't have the answers, these are just my thoughts. But the sheer number of Christian super hero titles I've seen come and go convinces me that there is an audience looking for such a thing, an audience who thinks this is the way Christian comics should be, even if it's just the growing number of Christian comic fanboys. Ministering to Christian children and fan boys may not be as exciting or dramatic as reaching the unbelievers, yes, but it's a good and worthy thing isn't it?
Now, for planting seeds of Faith in the hearts of unbelievers, I think you guys and gals have wonderful ideas, no question! And surely if done well, not only the unsaved audience will enjoy your stories, but the believer as well, since the world view is in accordance to scripture. I pray God will bless and use your stories for His glory and the salvation of souls!
Thank you Michael, God bless you and your endeavours for His Glory and the salvation of the lost! May God bless you all:)
?!?!?... Don't promote(recommend, esteem, endorse, forward, suggest, uphold, urge) Satanism!
Steve Crespo said:
There is a film called "The Mission" that I think is the ideal Christian story. I will try not give anything away- (Potential spoiler alert!)- but it is a story that deals in pride, sin, repentance, redemption in a most realistic and dramatic way.
The key to making this story work is the characters. They were REAL people, and it was the relationships that drove the story.
But what makes "The Mission" so powerful is that you have two Christian men faced with a terrible situation, a violent situation, and each man takes opposite responses.
Can a Christian man take up arms to defend the defenseless? Can he shed blood in the pursuit of righteousness? (I think of David in Scripture, a man of war, but a man after God's own heart.) Or is it better to sit beside the defenseless, and willingly submit to the fate that awaits them? Both men pray. Both men want God's will, but which is the right way? Or are both?
Think of Deitrich Bonhoeffer... a gentle man of peace who ultimately chose to be involved with an assassination plot against Hitler.
Even stories like "Les Miserables"... such powerful Christian characters such as Jean Valjean, how does he stand against evil, and corruption? What makes him such a powerful character?
A good story ought NEVER to wear its purpose for all to see. I see this with TOO MANY Christian comics- characters with crosses on their chests, or thinly veiled Christian names. No. It is too blatant, and makes the character one dimensional.
But a story with a REAL character in a tough situation- a man with a propensity for violence who chooses the Prince of Peace, or a peaceful man faced with a violent adversary- stories like these dig deeper into what it means to be a Christian, a man, and how to deal with a world that challenges us in every way. ...Sometimes we fail, sometimes we succeed, and sometimes we are even wrong when we think we are right.
Make your hero a PERSON with often times conflicting emotions and convictions, and put him in situations that challenge him, and you have the makings of a great story.
To move away from Christian comics for a minute... I think the character of "Hellboy" is very interesting. (Please, in no way do I agree with the theology so let's not go there.) Here we have a character who is a demon who fights for the right. A character who defies his nature and purpose to be something else. In the film (not sure in the comic), when the villain tries to force Hellboy to act demonically, Hellboy ultimately refuses, and defeats the villain. When the villain asks why he did what he did, Hellboy's answer was simple and powerful: "I chose." ...THAT is good storytelling.
Anyhoo.... just some suggestions.
Enough, Alika. Seriously.
I think its a great idea, and from what others have posted, Mr. Meyer, it sounds like everyone is pressing to do the same thing in some form or fasion. I even did a piece of artwork for a friend who went to prison. He's a Spiderman freak and unsaved. So I did the art piece where an evangelist was witnessing to Spiderman, trying to give him Jesus.
The key I believe that is important, is that you are giving a biblical foundation to you Superhero, and his or her solutions based on the following the scriptures. I found that in my church, they are very accepting of my use of Manga style art as the medium, because I apply scripture very closely to the messaging God gave me to draw about.
God speed you on your mission to giving us a new Superhero that serves Christ.