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Grieving Jarrid Wilson

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Allen Ives Sep 18. 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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"I "sorta" worked it out……I tried an entirely different file, so the problem was in the original file itself, apparently, and I cannot figure out what it is (I'm usually pretty good at "work-arounds").Anyway:…"
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"Ah, I see you worked out the Avatar issue. Good."
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"Re your thumbnail Avatar: Hmmm, there is no troubleshooting forum; serious issues are run past the Webmaster (button at the bottom of the main page) who is pretty prompt about responding within a couple of days.  Photoshop JPEGS shouldn't…"
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"Hey, Brien:I'm trying to upload a photo for my Profile avatar. It's 1.8 Mb, a Photoshop CS1 jpeg, but I keep getting an error. If there's a better place or forum/discussion to ask this question, please re-direct me (I couldn't…"
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"Thanks for accepting me as a member, and for the compliment on my design poster. The photo was taken by my best and oldest friend in the world, whom I've known since 6th Grade: Kevin Parks……also a believer, a designer and…"
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the Lost Warrior Vol 1. Pg 1.

"Nice balance to page, nice range of pattern and hues. The tree is beautiful. Possible typo in second sentence: "Althaea the great she was."   Really clean, pro look to the page."
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"MArk, Welcome to the CCAS website! You have some great designs on your Behance page; I like the way you worked your face into the pic for Design Dominion. Well done."
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"Isaac, Welcome to the CCAS site! Check out the Gallery and discussions; post something of your own when you feel comfortable."
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"Thank you, Brien! I appreciate the warm welcome and feedback about my art page."
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Brien Sparling commented on Marco Tulio Rodrigues Vilela's blog post 24 Hour Comics Day: O Pulga (The Flea)
"Fun comic to look at; you always have such a talent with inking. Reading it would require some extensive translating."
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"Wayne, Welcome to the CCAS site, make yourself at home here. You have an impressive website; I had a lot of fun checking it out. Even more I appreciate your goal for your dream job; the Lord grant your desire."
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I'm vegan, he is deffinitely NOT vegan!

"Hmmmm, I wonder what he's praying for before dinner time?   Kidding aside, any dietary decision that makes your body happy and healthy is a good thing."
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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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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 10:08am on October 17, 2019, Mark said…

I "sorta" worked it out……I tried an entirely different file, so the problem was in the original file itself, apparently, and I cannot figure out what it is (I'm usually pretty good at "work-arounds").

Anyway: thanks for replying!

At 9:30am on October 17, 2019, Mark said…

Hey, Brien:

I'm trying to upload a photo for my Profile avatar. It's 1.8 Mb, a Photoshop CS1 jpeg, but I keep getting an error. If there's a better place or forum/discussion to ask this question, please re-direct me (I couldn't find a "troubleshooting" forum).

Thanks

At 9:11am on October 17, 2019, Mark said…

Thanks for accepting me as a member, and for the compliment on my design poster. The photo was taken by my best and oldest friend in the world, whom I've known since 6th Grade: Kevin Parks……also a believer, a designer and illustrator.

At 4:05pm on October 8, 2019, Wayne Beeman said…

Thank you, Brien! I appreciate the warm welcome and feedback about my art page.

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
 
 
 

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