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I love comics, but my first love has always been stories. If comics (and art in general) didn't help tell a story, I would have little to no interest in them. I also am a child of God, adopted into His family.

I think comics have great potential to share God's truth with the world but are largely regarded as "kid stuff". I hope to change this by creating comics that have depth and declare who God is. Also I want to educate people on how they cane create their own comics.

It is encouraging to know that a site like this (one that combines God and comics) exists and that there are so many people here. 

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Hey Alyssa.  Welcome to CCAS.

Here's a couple quotes from Charles M. Schultz:

“Cartooning is preaching. And I think we have a right to do some preaching. I hate shallow humor. I hate shallow religious humor, I hate shallow sports humor, I hate shallowness of any kind.”
Charles M. Schulz, Charles M. Schulz: Conversations

“I do not like a high-organized church. I think that as soon as the congregation reaches a level of one hundred or so people, it is time to build a new church. As soon as the congregation gets to the point where you are not on fairly intimate terms with every other person in that church, then you have become a theater where people can attend services. I do not think you can attend a church service. Service is not something which is there to be viewed as if it were a play or a movie.”
Charles M. Schulz, Charles M. Schulz: Conversations

As far as I can tell... kid stuff is not really how it weighs when people watch me look at comics... more like geek/nerd stuff.  However, if it looks gorgeously perfect, hand painted in a painterly/realistic style, on panels 3 feet or larger on one side, and is storyboarded(pictures and sound effects tell all the story, words are excluded), then it's art.

But if you really want to see comics... look up the gothic style of the 13th and 14th century.

It was called Devotio Moderna , that is, a prayer theme the included getting back to the simple life.  And it included painted or sketched pictures and words.  Prayer devotionals, I guess you could say.  The Devotio Moderna fell out of style in painting in the 14th century.

In fact, Martin Luther went to the school "Brethren of the Common Life" which founded "Devotio Moderna".

"That’s one of the main struggles in this medium, anyway, is the struggle for sovereignty over storytelling and art. I believe this is a language. I think of it as a literary form. Comics is literature." -Will Eisner (from an interview in HERO GETS GIRL! By TwoMorrows Publishing)

Hi Alyssa, a very late welcome to you! I am going through the posts for 2017 and commenting; hoping to spark a little more life on this website!

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