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Grieving Jarrid Wilson

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Allen Ives 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

The suicide of Associate Pastor, Jarrid Wilson, Monday9.9.19. is a tragedy beyond words, so there's not really anything to discuss. Just pray for Jarrid's family: parents, wife and sons; as well as…Continue

Social Media toon' evangelism Part 2

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brien Sparling Aug 12. 2 Replies

Adapting a comic to be viewed on a mobile device*Disclaimer: I am still researching how to do this, but haven’t uploaded a mobile-device ready comic yet. Paul Caggegi started comic called Homebased…Continue

Social media based cartoon evangelism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerard Lee Aug 7. 1 Reply

I was recently commenting on a fellow artist's webcomic, a black/white manga-style short story; and I got kind of excited as I realized how much it resembled a Chick Tract from the 70's and…Continue

Proposed collab on a Police Noir Comic

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerard Lee Aug 5. 3 Replies

I have a bit of time and have revisited a concept I had for an Anthro Police Noir comic. I have three concept drawings in my gallery and I've attached a recent page bellow. I would welcome a collab…Continue

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Joseph Allen Ives replied to Brien Sparling's discussion Grieving Jarrid Wilson
"So sorry to hear this. Praying God will comfort Pastor Jarrid's loved ones.    "
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Grieving Jarrid Wilson

The suicide of Associate Pastor, Jarrid Wilson, Monday9.9.19. is a tragedy beyond words, so there's not really anything to discuss. Just pray for Jarrid's family: parents, wife and sons; as well as the spiritual wreckage left by his death throughout the LA Basin as well as the mental-illness ministry that he co-founded.  This is a huge loss; its also an opportunity to express faith...and yet at the moment all I can feel is the loss. Pray.See More
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Brien Sparling commented on G. Strout's group Web-Comics
"Hi Justin, I'm interested in giving you feedback and I really hope I'm joined by others, since we could all benefit from multiple viewpoints. I will message you."
Monday
Brien Sparling replied to Calvary Comics's discussion Hosanna in the Highest - comics anthology
"Amazing testimony, beautifully depicted. God is gracious."
Sunday
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Visually Engaging Comics

Our comics need to be more “Visually engaging,” right?   Cute, horrific, epic, bizarre are like spices that hold your reader page after page. Color helps but plenty of engaging comics are holding their viewers without it. For example:1) I am not a big fan of “cute” but Robin Dassen’s Twin Dragons, is holding my interest with school-age antics of a pair of young anthro Dragons. Robin does ‘cute’ so well that she mocks it in this 9/9/19 strip:…See More
Friday
Brien Sparling left a comment for Shelley Mulock
"Hi Shelly,   Welcome to the CCAS site, make yourself at home here.  When you have the time, post some pics of your cakes, I would love to see them."
Friday
Cris Vleck commented on Brien Sparling's blog post Digital Art programs for the Non-professional cartoonist 2019
"They aren't free but the Affinity suite is the best replacement for Adobe that I've seen. I see them as a viable option since it's $140 for both the illustrator and photoshop options. This is a one time cost, not a  yearly…"
Sep 11
Marco Tulio Rodrigues Vilela commented on Brien Sparling's blog post Digital Art programs for the Non-professional cartoonist 2019
"You're welcome! Medibang or Jump Paint are also excellent options! They are free and have specific tools and resources to draw comics: https://medibangpaint.com/en/jumppaint/"
Sep 11
Brien Sparling commented on Paloma Liu's video
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Jesus loves me this I know, with lyric and beautiful illustrations (2019 top baby lullaby)

"I would love to add to your comments section but after 15minutes of fighting with Youtube's terms of  service to make a 'Public comment', I gave up. Sorry."
Sep 10
Joseph Allen Ives commented on Brien Sparling's blog post Digital Art programs for the Non-professional cartoonist 2019
"Thanks for the tips, Marco. I'm trying to upgrade to Adobe Photoshop Elements, but it's pretty tough learning new software.    "
Sep 9
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Love the Winner, Not the Win

"Our little Baptist Church decided to have a Dunk tank at the town Craft's fair. "Earlier in the week" rolled around and we still had no members who volunteered to be dunked; the Deacons were conscripted, of which I was one. Several of…"
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Love the Winner, Not the Win

"Our little Baptist Church decided to have a Dunk tank at the town Craft's fair. "Earlier in the week" rolled around and we still had no volunteers so the Deacons were conscripted, of which I was one. Several of us protested that this…"
Sep 7
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"Bosworth Bean Bag"

"Heh! Too cute!"
Sep 4
Brien Sparling replied to Brien Sparling's discussion JesusChristComics.com
"One of my favorite books is called the Gospel of Luke, a Greek physician who collected eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus; eyewitnesses who saw the resurrected Jesus days after he was crucified. What do you think about Jesus, Lisa?"
Sep 2

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Location:
Monterey California
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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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Visually Engaging Comics

Posted on September 13, 2019 at 10:26am 0 Comments

Our comics need to be more “Visually engaging,” right?   Cute, horrific, epic, bizarre are like spices that hold your reader page after page. Color helps but plenty of engaging comics are holding their viewers without it. For example:

1) I am not a big fan of “cute” but Robin Dassen’s Twin Dragons, is holding my interest with school-age antics of a pair of young anthro Dragons. Robin does ‘cute’ so well that she mocks it in this 9/9/19 strip:…

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Digital Art programs for the Non-professional cartoonist 2019

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 12:08pm 7 Comments

   A decade ago I got Photoshop Elements for about $68, and started using it to clean-up, edit and color my toons. Most of what you see on my CCAS gallery is done with a mouse, although pieces done within the last two years are assisted by a Wacom drawing pad ($240). Easy to use and focused I what I wanted to do, these programs gave me multiple years of making multi-layer toon art, and for the hobby artist on a shoestring budget these are still great art tools. Today Photoshop Elements 2019…

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Slithrah Webcomic

Posted on July 27, 2019 at 11:56pm 0 Comments

Just finished rereading the webcomic Slithrah (Hebrew for "Protector") by Jason Brubaker. Totally inspiring Christ-based Parable/fantasy, awesome artwork...and free on line at https://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/sithrah/ep-1/viewer?title_no=524&episode_no=1     ; Check it out!

Quick defense against "New Atheism"

Posted on February 20, 2019 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Many of us spend a great deal of time on the net, and are exposed to a great deal of the world and its philosophies because of that.  This morning I came across a laudatory summary of the current thoughts of Sam Harris one of the current spokesmen for the ‘New Atheism.”

  I want to keep this short, so I’m going to dodge taking a jab at the erroneous  ‘New’ in the New Atheism label (Genesis 3).  I’m going to quickly gloss over Sam Harris’s respectable life(Wiki Sam Harris)…

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At 9:10pm on August 8, 2019, Jesse Hansen said…

Thanks for the welcome Brian!

At 11:20am on August 5, 2019, Carl Tiessen said…
How come you didn't respond to my emails about how I am interested and how I want to move forward?
At 1:45pm on July 30, 2019, Cris Vleck said…

Thanks, Brien, 

Glad to be here. Looking forward to pouring through the site. 

At 6:21am on July 4, 2019, God and I Comics said…

Thank you for the welcome and kind words, brother Brien. God bless you.

At 8:44pm on July 3, 2019, Joshua 1:9 Holley said…
Hi there! Thanks for the welcome and the encouragement!
Direction in my faith: deeper!
I’m trying my best to answer the Call of God in ‘my’ life,
Which currently has me as a Campus Pastor, a husband and father,
And a creator...
I’m trying my best to follow Him by following through
In all of the creative ideas/ministry endeavors He’s entrusted to me
Currently working on making Word Weirdos a reality (I’ll post more later)
And various comic ministry efforts.

What about you?
At 7:43pm on June 1, 2019, James M. Lawson said…
Hi, how do I put my own picture for my bio on this site? James M. Lawson
At 7:29pm on May 28, 2019, GMarie said…

That's is one full gallery! Wow cool. Lots of talent. 

At 8:12am on May 26, 2019, GMarie said…
Cool, I have a Bachelor's in Art and would love to share and talk art stuff. Hope to become a regular and grow my art people friends and colleagues of the future.
At 4:15pm on February 21, 2019, Femi Olowofoyeku said…

Thank you. I would

At 1:07am on January 29, 2019, Bob Bewley said…

Thank you, Brien, I am in college in figure drawing lass.  
My goal was to draw comics; especially Christian comics, I
 have drawn out the first issue and have

layouts for the second.  Though it is a hero it is a horror based Christian super hero story.  It is clever in content, because the horror genre is hard to incorporate into Christian writing.  Anybody interested in a pitch.    if so I would be pleased to chat. Thank you, Bob.

 
 
 

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