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Brien Sparling's Discussions

Two great ongoing animal Web Comics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin D. Lintz Sep 17. 2 Replies

    Both of these comics have the same basic storyline: animals negotiating and working together to survive in apocalyptic times. What really makes them worth taking your time to look at is the…Continue

Funding$$ directions for Self publishing creators

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Montgomery Aug 11. 2 Replies

Penny Jones is a self-published creator recently joined this site(check out her creatively designed site at…Continue

Scourge of the Shadow Dragon

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Allen Ives May 8. 1 Reply

The Scourge of the Shadow Dragon is the third adventure of Captain Sun by Bryce Morgan. The 39 page e-book is available for Kindle through Amazon,  or for a bargain 99 cents as an email-pdf through…Continue

Gospel in a Fantasy Comic

Started this discussion. Last reply by coleman D. rhudy Feb 23. 1 Reply

    Webcomic Daughter of the Lilies lays out Grace powerfully in the context of an inspiring story.Go see it!!…Continue

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Brien Sparling commented on Everett Paul Burris's photo
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"Maybe the inside is not good, but the perspective and linework in this pic is really good."
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King Regis and Prince Noctis

"Nice proportions and positions. Well done."
18 hours ago
Hope Daalling left a comment for Brien Sparling
"HAH! I noticed your profilr pic! it is hilarious! nice! XD"
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Hope Daalling left a comment for Brien Sparling
"Thank you for greeting me. I am glad to be here."
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Brien Sparling left a comment for Hope Daalling
"Hey Hope,     Welcome to the CCAS site. Looks like you're already looking over the gallery and discussions and making yourself at home here; good!  Post some of your own material when your comfortable."
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Brien Sparling commented on Landon J Weckerly's blog post Progress for the week
"I like your flying figures on each page a lot, your poses are fluid and dynamic.  I am concerned about a lack of space for speech bubbles on some of the smaller frames but I'm sure you have that worked out already. The explosion on page 1…"
Dec 10
Brien Sparling posted a blog post

Go see this Movie

   This is a conditional recommendation; you have to really like family values, great story, Pixar animation...and not be put off by a few hundred comedic skeletons. That fit me and I finally got myself to a theater to see Disney-Pixars 3-D animated Movie, CoCo.  In short, this is an awesome story with awesome values and a central dilemma of Family vs. a Personal quest.    Go see this movie.See More
Dec 9
Brien Sparling commented on Everett Paul Burris's photo
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"The perspective is great, but move his eyes down to her hand and open his mouth."
Dec 3
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"Wow, this is beautiful art. PS. I grew up on Guidepost; loved every issue!"
Nov 29
Brien Sparling replied to Poporetto's discussion Hi my name is Poporetto and I'm drawing a comic based on the Gospel of Mark :)
"Love the basic design; the characters have lots of emotional engagement, and a childlike design which could relate well to younger viewers/readers.  Really well done! My only suggestion is to give your strips the "shrinkability test:"…"
Nov 26
Brien Sparling liked Poporetto's discussion Hi my name is Poporetto and I'm drawing a comic based on the Gospel of Mark :)
Nov 26
Brien Sparling replied to K.G. Adams's discussion Need some help with my comic
"Just to clarify your question #1, you want powers that are genetic but not heredity(passed down from parent; right?  I have several ideas: A) Epigenetic changes are made after fertilization, often after birth. They are caused by environment,…"
Nov 26
Brien Sparling commented on Landon J Weckerly's blog post This weeks progress
"Heh, Well done Landon!  Lord grant that your gift hits the mark he intends it for."
Nov 26
Brien Sparling commented on Everett Paul Burris's photo
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"Fun exchange, nice intensity. Martin's eyes appear to be looking above CHelsea's shoulder."
Nov 26
Brien Sparling replied to Robert L. McFaddin's discussion Help
"Cool, sounds' like you already have a direction. Just thought I'd mention in passing that we've had some good success with a two week Graffiti art class at my high school. God bless, Rob."
Nov 21
Brien Sparling replied to Robert L. McFaddin's discussion Help
"I have found some universal truths about most high school students: 1) They cautiously want to try new things…but not fail, (just like their teachers).  So in both unit plans and daily activities, you want to set up the activity so that…"
Nov 21

Profile Information

Location:
Monterey California
Gender
Male
Website:
http://abalonofcalifornia.com
Area(s) of Interest or Expertise:
All areas of general science, chemistry, Guitar, Education, California history 1700-1840, Origins of Life, Horses and Sheep(really!), Song-leading
My Testimony: (We encourage members to share briefly about how their faith in Christ has impacted their lives.)
Depressed loner at 15, I was saved in an on-campus christian club. I've been a Christian for 45years. Currently a board-chair and Praise-team leader at a small Grace Community Church.
Dream Job: (If you could have your dream job in the comics industry, what would it be?)
Independent writer-penciler for a graphic-novel weekly strip: "Californios 1830"
Favorite Comic Creators:
Usagi YoJimbo(Stan Sakai), BONE(Jeff Smith), POGO(Walt Kelly), Lakadaisy Cats(Tracy Butler), Kevin &Kell(Bill Holbrook), Freefall(Mark Stanley), anything Pixar -Disney
Calvin&Hobbs(Bill Watterson),Gordo(Gus Arriola), Endtown(Aaron Neatherly), Dr.Rat(Jenner), RoseIsRose, Anything by BerkeleyBreathed or Gary Trudouea...
I'm sorry, what was the question again?

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Go see this Movie

Posted on December 9, 2017 at 4:59pm 1 Comment

   This is a conditional recommendation; you have to really like family values, great story, Pixar animation...and not be put off by a few hundred comedic skeletons. That fit me and I finally got myself to a theater to see Disney-Pixars 3-D animated Movie, CoCo.  In short, this is an awesome story with awesome values and a central dilemma of Family vs. a Personal quest.

    Go see this movie.

Jesus is calling

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

“Jesus is calling.”

   I have a deep love-link to Jesus which leads to an emotional jolt every time I hear his name.  I’ve had to control my reactions over the decades of teaching teens in the Latino culture, whose parents have honored their sons with biblical names, including Jesus. It helps me to give Jesus the Spanish pronunciation, ‘Hey-sus’ but over the years these blessed students respond to either pronunciation.  I’ve had to get used to exhorting Jesus to do homework more…

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Inspiration through watching others

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 3:51pm 0 Comments

Make a place in your week for an inspiring biography/autobiography

 As a Christian, I have been a bit reluctant to do so because I want to keep my focus on Christ; however worthwhile lessons, encouragement and exhortation can come from the lives of everyday people living out exemplary commitments.

   I was reminded of this somewhat accidently as I was flying through the internet, looking for knowledge-resources-inspiration to make me better…

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New sites worth your watch

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 8:44pm 1 Comment

A couple of websites worth your look-over:

1) Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than; His take on a CS Lewis quote is at GoComics site http://www.gocomics.com/zen-pencils/2017/01/02  and a short bio of his life is here:

http://www.gocomics.com/news/between-the-panels/3338/gavin-aung-than-zen-pencils . Gavin is not a Christian…

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At 2:07pm on December 17, 2017, Hope Daalling said…

HAH! I noticed your profilr pic! it is hilarious! nice! XD

At 1:48pm on December 17, 2017, Hope Daalling said…

Thank you for greeting me. I am glad to be here.

At 6:14pm on October 18, 2017, YESAYA said…

thank you so much Brien, greeting from Indonesia.

At 9:10pm on October 9, 2017, Mike Skinner said…
Thanks
At 6:56pm on August 30, 2017, Joseph Allen Ives said…

Brien, Thank you so much for your kind reviews on Lulu.com. You've been such a great friend to me here & your advise has helped make my stories better. I always look forward seeing your work & try not to miss anything you post because it's always so excellent. Take care & God bless, my friend.   

At 7:26pm on August 22, 2017, Marco Tulio Rodrigues Vilela said…

I agree your comment on anthropomorfic animals! Yeah, the Barkleys were also a tiny part in my childhood. I remind that cartoon show in Brazilian tv circa 1978. God bless you!

At 7:00am on August 13, 2017, Marco Tulio Rodrigues Vilela said…

Thanks for the comment in my "Batfink versus Underdog" drawing! By the way, some of your drawings reminds me a 1970s TV cartoon I loved to watch in my childhood: "The Barkleys", about  a anthropomorfic dog family, the father was a bus driver. Best regards!

At 1:17pm on August 8, 2017, A.N. Christian Comics said…

Thanks so much!

At 9:22pm on July 28, 2017, Penny A Jones said…

Thanks, Brien. I will have to check out those links.

At 10:03am on July 27, 2017, Amy Michelle Fusco said…

Yes!
I started Captain Orange because I wanted to read comics with my daughter, but all the modern "adult" comics are a little too vulgar and the kid comics I've seen encourage bad behavior and annoying catchphrases (I'm sure it's not their intention).

You're spot on about the Buck Roger's influence. I love retro-scifi and am trying to incorporate as much as I can into the comic.

 
 
 

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