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CCAS Members,

The Christian Comic Arts Society is exploring the possibility of hosting a Christian themed pop culture convention.  The CCAS hosted a Spiritual Themes in Comics and Related Media panel at the Bent Con in November 2013, which is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-sexual) themed pop culture convention in Southern California. Buzz Dixon and I hosted the panel, along with two other panelists.  The panel went well and we were invited to host the panel next year.  After four years this convention has grown from less than a thousand to over three thousand.  It was very well organized and people manning the con were very gracious and kind towards us.

One of the things that has been an outgrowth of the CCAS presence at the comic conventions has been an outreach to others in the comic book community.  The CCAS is a light the community, in order not to compromise the gospel or the Bible, but build bridges to share the gospel.  And over the years at Comic Con the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel has had pagans, WICCANS, agnostics, Jews, and even atheists on the spiritual themes panel.  The purpose is to share what Christians believe in a non-confrontational setting.  Prism is the LGBT equivalent to the CCAS and over the past couple of years the CCAS has been trying to build a bridge.  As a result of that communication, the CCAS was invited to propose a Spiritual Themes in Comics panel at 2013 Bent Con.  One of the statements by the founder of Prism that really motivated me was that he said, “When you talk to us, don’t patronize us and don’t tell us what we want to hear.” So the CCAS submitted the idea and they accepted.  

The panel at the Bent Con went well.  Of course, the other two panelists and the audience were not Christians, but Christ was talked about in the discussion.  Some thought He was a myth, some thought He was just a historical figure, but His death, burial, and resurrection were discussed at a LGBT event.  The audience was about 15-20 people, but among those there was a hunger for something spiritual.  The program organizer mentioned that this has been the first panel that they have an opportunity to discuss spiritual themes and they were so thankful that we were there.   And since they want the CCAS for next year, please pray that we will even be bolder in our presentation of Jesus Christ.

Here is a successful convention that is hosted by a subculture of a subculture in a region that has at least four major comic conventions; Comic Con International, WonderCon, Long Beach Comic Con, and Comikaze, during the year. 

I saw one of organizers of Comic Con International at the Bent Con.  When I mentioned the possibility of doing a Christian themed convention, he was very encouraging.  He even offered to give us some advice as needed.  Now, the CCAS is exploring the feasibility of doing a Christian themed convention.

 

 

The CCAS has had a convention presence at comic book conventions across the United States for over 15 years.  Recently the CCAS had a booth at Fish Fest, a Christian Music event in the Southern California which draws about 10,000.  Many of the attendees were introduced to the Christian involvement in the comic book medium for the first time.  With the explosion of convention attendance at comic book cons across the country, and even specific oriented cons such as the Bent Con, it may time that the CCAS looks at the possibility of expanding its influence to hosting a Christian themed, faith based, family friendly pop culture convention.  This is to show that Christian comics and sci-fi/fantasy fans become aware of our convention presence, panels, projects, website, publications and non-profit status.  If this is going to be reality, it might just take a grass roots effort among fans and professionals, looking not to corporate sponsorship, but prayerfully seeking the will of the Lord.  Since we are still in the concept and feasibility stage we welcome any suggestions, thoughts or comments you may have in this preliminary organizing stage.

The Purpose of a Christian Pop Culture Con

1.) To provide an environment Christian, faith based, and family friendly exhibitors and fans to meet, fellowship, and network. 

2.) To expand the audience awareness of Christian, faith based, and family friendly products in the comic book, graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and other related genres.

3.) To provide a family friendly/faith based alternative to the secular comic book and related media conventions.  And an alternative to the retailer focus of the Christian conventions. To provide an opportunity for fans to interact with people involved in the industry.

4.) Long term goals: To provide an educational forum for aspiring Christian comics professionals to learn basic comics history, gain or hone skills in script writing, art production, philosophy of Christian content and other aspects of comic book/graphic novel creation.

5.) As the convention grows other educational aspects of popular media culture can be addressed such as film, television, internet, gaming, and science fiction/fantasy writing from a Christian perspective.

The Vision
To expand the reach and influence of Christian themed, faith based, and family friendly product to the fan audience and to the mainstream audience.  

 

 

Here are some of the volunteer staff positions needed for organizing this type of convention;

I.  Executive Director

II. Facilities Director

   A. Large room for vendors/dealers

   B. One or two rooms for programming

III. Vendors/dealers Director

    A. Point person who would coordinate with vendors and dealers

    Sub-director

    1. Artist Alley director

IV. Program Director

   A. Point person to evaluate and schedule panels and speakers.

   Sub-directors under Program director

   B. Guest & Pro Coordinator: Person who will interact with special guests & pros

   C. Publication director: In charge of Con Program book & other print media

   D. Con Documentarian: Still photos and video of Con events for future publicity

V. Financial Director

   A. Person who is the treasurer/accountant

   B. Fundraiser- Sponsorship

VI. Security Director

   A. Point Person to head up security arrangements

VII. Publicity Director

   A. Point person to head up publicity and marketing

       1. Internet marketing 

       2. Conventional marketing (Flyers to local comic book stores, newspapers)

   Sub-director

   B. Media Relations: dealing with outside media (TV, Radio, etc.)

VIII: Web Master (This could be done through the CCAS web site)

IX. Registration/Volunteer Coordinator: To handle attendee registration. Assign and      

     organize volunteers who are not staff/directors

There is the possible option of collaborating with such organizations such as Geeky Guys for God, Game Church, and ROX35.  For it to be successful is going to be the effort by volunteers and raising money to cost such as facility rental, signage, program guide, and internet service just to name a few.

 

The Bent Con did not get any sponsorship the first year, which may be same case for this convention.  It will only be successful by the volunteer efforts of those who would be willing to put in the time to make this convention a reality. If you’re interested or you have some ideas you’d like to share, please feel free to contact me at ralphellismiley@verizon.net.

 

We are asking for your prayers and that you prayerfully consider helping the CCAS in some capacity.  Thank you for your time and may the Lord richly bless you.

 

In Christ,

 

Ralph Ellis Miley

CCAS President

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Okay, I haven't read through this (because I don't have the time right now), but I'd love to do anything! I live in New Jersey, though, so I don't know if that would be a problem...

Whoa! My Thanksgiving praise was already pretty high, and your report on Bent Con just put it through the roof! So totally Jesus-in-action!

It seems to me that many of the diverse religious groups, as well as PRISM, might expect reciprocal invitations to discussions at a Christian themed Pop conference. And that could be powerful...and could generate a lot of heat with my more strident brothers and sisters.

I'm still not clear on the advantage gained by being the overall sponsor of our own convention rather than the participant in the conventions ran by others.  I will also send my questions to you Ralph, but posting here is where others can see and respond.

The 15 year witness of CCAS in this emerging field of evangelism is awesome.

One of the aspects I noticed at the Bent Con was the fellowship that was displayed amongst the exhibitors and fans.  Their sexual orientations was what drew them together.  Numbers 1-3 of the Statement of Purpose is why it would be beneficial to provide that type of environment for a faith based type of con.

I am impressed.  I have to say that I haven't ever considered what it would be like to appear at a convention/conference of the Bent Con type.  Its a great testimony.  In the same way our Lord was willing to appear with tax collectors and prostitutes, so CCAS was willing to put themselves out there, take the shots, and be a witness.  Amen!  I am new to the group but I think I would like to see a Christian event. Inviting people to see love in action.  I used to be a "strident" person, and I am not willing to compromise on my belief that there is only one way to salvation but, I have learned over the years that sometimes things aren't that cut and dried.  Thanks to the members of ccas who went the extra mile.  I am moved and deeply grateful. 

I honestly don't like the idea of a Christian themed pop culture convention.  I would much rather see more presence at non-Christian themed events like the ones you've mentioned.

Just a couple thoughts. I think a Christian con would be awesome. I think emphasizing fellowship and fun would be great.

 

I really like the idea of limiting corporate/retailer involvement. I think big retailers are fine, but there needs to be more emphasis on small-time/individual creators, amateurs and fans to have a healthy artistic community.

 

I don't think a Christian con would detract from a Christian presence at other cons, especially if they can raise money at a Christian event through sales or donations.

 

I'm not sure having non-Christian groups involved is necessary. There are thousands of opportunities for Christians to "dialogue" with other groups every year. I think that area is pretty well covered. I think a fun con where Christians can relax and hang out and talk about Star Trek and see new comics and encourage and inspire eachother is not covered. I think a lot of people like "geek" stuff and cons because they can fellowship with their friends, let their guards down and be a little less serious than usual.

 

I'm not sure exactly how big the Christian sci-fi/fantasy/comic/anime community is, but it might be a good idea to include some music and fine and performing arts in there just to fill out the con and maybe attract more attendees. That's just a random thought, though and I don't know if it would be necessary.

 

P.S. I know a few Christian Let's Players and I have bunch of Christian pop-culture stuff bookmarked, if you want some ideas or anything. You probably know more people and groups than I do, though.

 

Anyway, I like it.

 

 

Dan- This convention would never take the place of the CCAS involvement in the other conventions.  I think that Jotham made an excellent point in the fact that would provide opportunity for Christian geeks to fellowship.  The Bent Con does not take the place of the Prism involvement in other conventions.  The LGBT community has a con it can go to meet people of like mind.  If it is God's will, we would like to have that type of gathering for Christians.

I'm not saying it would.  I'm just not a fan of a standalone event if that makes any sense.

 

 

Ralph Ellis Miley said:

Dan- This convention would never take the place of the CCAS involvement in the other conventions.  I think that Jotham made an excellent point in the fact that would provide opportunity for Christian geeks to fellowship.  The Bent Con does not take the place of the Prism involvement in other conventions.  The LGBT community has a con it can go to meet people of like mind.  If it is God's will, we would like to have that type of gathering for Christians.

Well, I suppose you have point there Dan, but I think it would be great if we did both. Participate in secular conventions, and have our own convention. :)
Edited in after reading other responses: Well, I guess what I already said has already been said...oh well. But besides that, I've seriously dreamed that someday there would be comic convention like this. I think it's a great idea that can not only unify the christian comic artists community in vision and art, I believe it will do many things to shape God's kingdom with comics and let people know there is actually good Christian media. I actually hope that someday there will be a large following of Christian nerds to create quality science fiction/fantasy/nerdy/etc. media/entertainment  that ranges from Christians comic books to christian video games and MMORPGs and even christian movies and TV shows in this genre. If we can pull together and put all our creative genius together with the power of the holy spirit, I have no doubt we can accomplish great things by reaching out and getting through to some of the most passionate and dedicated people in the world: nerds. It's like a mission impossible team of misfits, haha. (btw, I've never seen mission impossible, so if I applied that wrong, woe is me:P)
Dan Lee said:

I honestly don't like the idea of a Christian themed pop culture convention.  I would much rather see more presence at non-Christian themed events like the ones you've mentioned.

I love the idea.  As far as sponsors, if you involved local churches perhaps they would support.  Like everyone else here I would love to help however I could.  Perhaps it could be called Christ con?

@ Kevin-  We would love to have your involvement.  My email is ralphellismiley@Verizon.net.  That is where we doing most of the planning.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

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