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Tom Montgomery's Discussions

Plasmatic #1 & #2 now available through indyplanet!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lance Rengel Mar 14, 2018. 1 Reply

Hey Everyone,The second issue of my comic book Plasmatic is now available through Indyplanet, both hard copies and digital downloads.…Continue

House Cleaning in the Forums Section!

Started Aug 11, 2017 0 Replies

Hello Fellow CCAS Members!We are cleaning up the forums section!We have already narrowed down the number of categories (moved Marketing into Business & Logistics, and a number of other discussion…Continue

HeroBear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Allen Ives Aug 23, 2019. 4 Replies

A friend of mine recently reminded me that I need to be reading lots of comics if I am going to be making them.So, one trip to the comic book shop later I discovered this wonderful all ages…Continue

Add an Event Near You!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Granderson Aug 8, 2017. 4 Replies

Hey Guys,I just realized that the Events tab (at the top of the screen) is not just for official events put on by CCAS. You can also post comic related events near you.You can also create an event!I…Continue

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Brien Sparling replied to Tom Montgomery's discussion HeroBear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel
"I love my copy of Herobear. The Zany facial expressions and poses are so fun, yet technically excellent."
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Al Nickerson replied to Tom Montgomery's discussion HeroBear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel
"I always enjoyed HEROBEAR AND THE KID. The first series, "The Inheritance," is collected in a trade paperback..."
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"I like your friend's advice. well, its too long time passed can you tell me how many books have you read? "
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San Francisco, CA
Area(s) of Interest or Expertise:
Comic book writer and artist, with a BFA in 2-D Animation.

I self published a comic book during my last year of school, called Plasmatic, which is currently available on Indyplanet. It's a comedic super hero story with deep spiritual undercurrents that wrestle with predestination/ freewill, and faith.

I believe that good storytelling should have a deep message that grows organically from the center of the story, not tacked onto the surface like a bad Christian retelling of bible stories.
My Testimony: (We encourage members to share briefly about how their faith in Christ has impacted their lives.)
I became a Christian at an early age. At 25 years old I sold my possessions and went to follow Jesus, working at an inner city ministry in Chicago. I worked as an editor at their publishing house for 4 years and then went to seminary where (by the grace of God) I got an MDiv.

Later I realized that I had never professionally developed my artistic skills, so i went to art school and got a BFA in animation.

Graduated in 2015. After a year of working office jobs I decided that i wanted to make comics.
Dream Job: (If you could have your dream job in the comics industry, what would it be?)
#1: The financial freedom to write and draw my own graphic novels, and possibly employ other artists and writers to continue several ongoing series that I hope to create.

#2: Be the acclaimed director of several award winning animated series and films.
Favorite Comic Creators:
Jeff Smith (Bone), Jim Shooter (Marvel comics editor in chief in the 80's), Warren Kremer (artist for Harvey Comics), Jim Davis (Garfield), Peyo (Smurfs), and Walt Kelly (Pogo). I also loved Karl Barks' Uncle Scrooge.

Other writers (non comics): CS Lewis, JRR Tolkein, GK Chesterton, Stephen King, Lloyd Alexander, L Frank Baum, Lewis Carrol, George MacDonald, Wilhelm & Jakob Grimm.

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Survey for Independent Creators

Posted on September 3, 2017 at 10:00am 2 Comments

Hey All,

I thought it would be fun (and helpful) to shoot a survey out there to all the other independent creators.

If you have independently published a comic book, take a moment to answer the questions below!

1. What are the titles of the comics you've published?

2. How long have you been self publishing?

3. What is your biggest challenge as an independent creator?

4. What are some mistakes you've learned…


Comic Book Review: HeroBear and the Kid, by Mike Kunkel

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

A friend of mine recently reminded me that I need to be reading lots of comics if I am going to be making them.

So, one trip to the comic book shop later I discovered this wonderful all ages gem! Herobear and the Kid, by Mike Kunkel is absolutely glorious.

You can tell the artist is an experienced animator. All of the characters, even minor ones, have fun, well crafted designs. The art choice of leaving it all in black and white except…


Visually Representing Social Media in a Comic Book

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 5:08pm 2 Comments

How do you guys represent social media in your comics?

It is such a big part of our lives, it would make sense that it would be in our characters lives as well. but frankly, it is not as fun to look at.

A lot of it is text-heavy; and when there are pictures, it's the pictures that are interesting, not the format.

Any clues? Thoughts? Have you seen it done well somewhere?

I have a few pages of social media interaction in my comic and…


Christians, Storytelling & Subtlety

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

*I originally wrote this mostly as a reply to someone else's post, but I thought it was worth repeating in a blog.

I think if you are a Christian and a storyteller, you don't have to turn your writing into a superficial representation of Christianity. A good story is a good story, and it does its job whether you emblazon crosses all over it or not. 

I remember when I worked as the Acquisitions Editor for a small Christian…


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At 5:03pm on December 27, 2017, Justin Martin said…

Hi Tom,

Happy holidays and thanks for the add! Feel free to contact me at if I can help support you. I need to update my profile, but I currently live in Spokane, WA. If you have any relevant comics news you want me to share on my site (, e-mail it to me.

At 6:05pm on August 22, 2017, EP said…

Thanks for the welcome!

At 9:10pm on August 18, 2017, Al Nickerson said…

Thanks, Tom. New York Comic Con is always fun. I get my Pro Badge every year. Looking forward to the convention in October.

At 7:24pm on August 12, 2017, Marco Tulio Rodrigues Vilela said…

Thanks for the comments! There is a Phantom Blot/Deathstroke mashup in the illustration. Cheers!

At 11:34am on August 12, 2017, Marco Tulio Rodrigues Vilela said…

Thank you too much, Tom! Nice to meet you!

At 8:34pm on August 10, 2017, Cassia 17 said…

God bless you, Tom.  Excited to be a part.  Need to talk about art sometimes.

At 1:15pm on August 8, 2017, A.N. Christian Comics said…


At 7:21am on July 26, 2017, Don Swartzentruber said…

I interviewed for Art Department faculty at North Park about fifteen years. Good program. The SF Academy and North Park Seminary have strong academic reputations!

At 8:58pm on July 24, 2017, Don Swartzentruber said…

Thanks Tom,
Wanted to look over your work but got a bad link.
Can you fire me a good one.

Also, what schools-seminary and animation, did you attend?
I'm 2 hours east of Chicago...heading in tomorrow morning.

At 8:01pm on September 17, 2016, Ralph Ellis Miley said…

Welcome to the CCAS my brother.  Thank you so much for posting your work and your testimony. May the God of our Savior, Jesus Christ, richly bless you in the knowledge of His grace and love.


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