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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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"Heh, looks like the 7th day of creation."
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"Could we make Freida getting a bit more of a head-slam against the wall?  That would make it clearer why she's knocked out in the following frame."
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"Those are both excellent. Thanks!"
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"Thanks for sharing these! i love the look of Scurry!"
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"Actually, I think its cool that Spiritman's hand is the last thing I see.  My eye goes from faces, to dialogue...then finally to the realtively blank upper right where I then see the hand coming through the wall: Doh! Really well done."
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Two great ongoing animal Web Comics

    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 incredible artwork.1) Ghost in the Gulag by David Derrick, https://www.ghostofthegulag.com/comic/2017/9/14/chapter-4-pg8  can be brutal but needfully so to tell its story. 2) Scurry by MacSmith   is found at…See More
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Location:
Monterey California
Gender
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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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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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Put some bucks on your belief

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 8:55am 7 Comments

Two times to consider making a donation to CCAS:

*When you've got a little $ overage, gotten that bonus for a project well done, or had a large bill that turned out to be a small bill...and you want to give a praise offering: hit the donate button on the left hand side of the  CCAS page.

*When you've got no extra dollars, but giving to a site that is maintained for your benefit; and giving to the work of…

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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.

At 6:08am on July 27, 2017, Amy Michelle Fusco said…

I never turn down coffee! It was a road-trip kind of vacation so we only stayed for about 3 days, all of which my 6 year old insisted spending at the Aquarium.

I was actually born at Fort Ord (I hear the hospital has been converted to a Dept. of Defense building or something!) and lived in Marina for a while during part of Middle and High School. I remember walking home from the bus stop and enjoying the rain and fog. There's something so serene about it.

At 2:48pm on July 26, 2017, Amy Michelle Fusco said…

Thank you for the welcome! I was actually vacationing in Monterey right after I joined and couldn't get to a computer for a while. God Bless!

At 7:42am on July 26, 2017, Don Swartzentruber said…

Thanks Brien,
We might be similar in age.
I'm very connected to the Grace Brethren denomination
...is that your church affiliation?
I'll be in California in a couple of weeks.
My oldest son is attending Art Center School of Design in Pasadena.
It's his first year.

 
 
 

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