God, Art, Illustration, Games, Film, Comics, Geek Culture et al.
My Testimony: (We encourage members to share briefly about how their faith in Christ has impacted their lives.)
I was raised in a Methodist church that did not know Christ.
I left that community for university and left God at arm's length.
I tried everything just shy of hard drugs and sampled nearly every religion and belief system available before I crashed.
I returned home and was baptized April 1st, 2001 and was named a Youth Pastor by May 2001.
I was on fire for Christ for a while, but made poor choices and crashed more permanently this time. It is said a prophet will never be accepted in their home town. The same could be said for reputation and rebirth as well.
In the midst of losing everything but my parents and siblings, I cried out to God. "You win. Take it all, or kill me.", I said. It was in the middle of a severe thunderstorm that I said this as I grieved for my losses, on my knees, in the middle of a large lawn in the middle of nowhere. I was broken. I had nothing. Even my dog had run off.
Still, God had plans. He restored me. He raised me up. He gave me purpose. He gave me family and friends.
I left that place with my new bride a few short years later. We are not perfect. My faith is not without doubts or low points, but it does not stray and it does not falter. I know, no matter what, that God is in control - and it is through Him that I have strength to carry on.
My life is to serve Him, even if I sometimes get distracted for a moment.
Dream Job: (If you could have your dream job in the comics industry, what would it be?)
I used to dream of being a penciller or sequential artist, but that's not really for me. I can do it, but what I love more than anything is creating content. Story - from top to bottom, that's what drives me.
Favorite Comic Creators:
Where to begin? I love most all legacy characters from DC and most of the X-men and Avengers types from Marvel. I have not really read many mainstream comics since around 2004 though. Most of my interest these days lies in nostalgia or Indy works.
Hi ya, I know you like Christian comics so I know you'll love The Word for WORD Bible Comic, (Unabridged, historically accurate graphic novel of the Bible with a high view of scripture. For ages 15+)
To complete the first book I need your help, as I am raising funds on Kickstarter. My passion is to get God's Word in full into the hands of young believer and unbelievers and comic lovers of all ages, in the hope they will come to really know God. Please check it out at the KS page, it's going well but I still need lots of backers so I hope as a CCAS member you'll please pledge to support this project...
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm Scott A. Shuford, one of the new Board members. I wanted to stop in and say thanks for being involved with CCAS! If you have any input or would like to be involved with anything in particular, please let me and Eric Jansen (Membership Coordinator for CCAS) know by contacting us both through the site. We'll be making several announcements in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. To see a bit more about me, check out my profile here on the site. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.
Consider the words of C.S. Lewis:
"If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and to earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I suggest that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased."
My pressures... I mean precious, it's great to see you here in CCAS. I've been spending too much time with the ring that's why I look like this. Oh well, I'll take a break from it so I can revert to my original form.
It's great to hear that you will be marrying soon. It's wonderful if you let God write your love story.
Anyway, I remember working on the Phinius and Tribulum. I hope i can do that again.
Welcome to the Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) Online Network!
Did you know that CCAS has monthly meetings in the Los Angeles area? Contact Eric Jansen for more info!
Also, members of CCAS have produced the APAzine ALPHA-OMEGA for over 25 years! We have about five openings right now! Contact Eric Jansen for more info! (This is a 30-member active-participation-only photocopied magazine for Christian writers and artists who submit a "trib" every other month for fun, fellowship, and critiques by other members. Between postage and your photocopying costs, you might pay anywhere from $5 to $25 per issue.)