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Roland Mann
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Location:
Oxford, MS
Gender
m
Website:
http://www.rolandmann.me
Area(s) of Interest or Expertise:
writing, editing, teaching
My Testimony: (We encourage members to share briefly about how their faith in Christ has impacted their lives.)
Like many, I walked down that center aisle when I was young. I'm fortunate to have grown up in a Christian household where my family found themselves in church most of the times the doors were open. We were involved in many of the extracurricular activities as well, so many of our friends were from church. In August of 1974, when I was 10, I gave my life to Christ...or thought I did. Until recent years, I thought 1974 was when I'd become a "Christian," but I realize it was an emotional reaction and there really was very little change in my life. For many years, I did little more than pretend to walk with Christ. Obviously, it's easy to see now, but not then. Calling myself a Christian probably kept me out of some things, but not all, because there was no life change.
In 1999, God led us to First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals where we were immediately placed under strong Bible teaching. At first, I was very hesitant because it was such a big church. BJ and I are both accustomed to small to medium sized churches, but this was a big one--probably the biggest in the Muscle Shoals area.
I “rededicated” my life in February of 2000. The men of the church went to a men's conference in Jackson, TN where there were several good sessions. I was under the word for two straight days. God really convicted me and showed me what I needed to do: true repentance and salvation. Essentially, I got saved. With salvation came true life changes.
The first thing I did was give up secular music. Completely. I was big into music (as a kid I wanted to be a musician) and had a sizeable collection of music on vinyl and a decent cd collection. I got rid of it all. I don't even listen (not by choice, that is) to secular music on the radio anymore. I still enjoy music, and I'm still learning about the Christian artists that have come around the last few years.
Then we shut off our cable tv. Yep. Just turned it off. It was difficult for a while, and I especially missed it from September to January (football season), but it caused BJ and I to grow much closer together and closer to God. Something about not having that idiot box on all the time just really worked. Oh, we still have a tv and we watch movies. But we stopped watching rated R movies (the Passion being an exception) as a rule. The kids were still able to watch Veggie Tales and Disney stuff, etc. But it was an incredible gift for us.
Since 2000, I’ve been steadily involved in the church. I was recently ordained as a deacon; I’ve taught Sunday School (and even written 13 weeks worth of lessons), sang in the choir, and played drums in the praise band.
While I’ve spent most of my career in publishing, I taught at the University level for about four years. Any skills I have come from God, and I feel he has truly blessed me with the ability to write, edit and teach. It is a desire of mine to pass on the skills God blessed me with and to encourage young students not to wait until later in their life to use their skills and talents for God. I love writing and the creative process of writing and believe that my passion is contagious.
Dream Job: (If you could have your dream job in the comics industry, what would it be?)
Avengers writer. :)
Favorite Comic Creators:
Old school BayBEE: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

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Digital Photography

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

I’ve become a big fan of digital photography, both still and moving. I was never a big picture taker—oh, I’ve got nothing against it and I’m certainly not one of those who annoyingly always try to hide whenever a camera comes out, but most of the times I just don’t think about taking pictures. I’ve tried to get better about that, and with digital possibilities, I’ve improved some.

Some.

I’d been aware of the power of digital for a while. I’ve used digital files generated by…

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Taking Criticism

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments

So I’m writing this particular entry because of this blog post. Not necessarily the post itself, which is just a review of an independent book, but the author’s response to that review. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s gone viral (there’s a blog all in itself, huh?), but it’s certainly making the rounds with small press and indy writers.

Before I get off on that, though, I want to give a head’s…

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Shawn Hawk by Roger Elwood

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 11:58pm 0 Comments

Who Needs A Superhero?

Posted on December 23, 2010 at 2:38am 1 Comment



I recently read …
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The Gospel According To The World’s Greatest Superhero

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 4:30am 4 Comments

I’ve been on a “superhero” book kick lately. I posted recently about the book Who Needs a Superhero?, and the book I just finished was of like sort: The Gospel According To The World’s Greatest Superhero, by Stephen Skelton. To Skelton, the “world’s greatest,” is obviously Superman.

I always had problems really “liking” Superman. Not that I thought he was bad or anything, but I found it hard to be interested in a guy who do anything and couldn’t be hurt. Where was the…

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At 2:30pm on May 16, 2014, Simon Amadeus Pillario said…

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...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/word4wordbiblecomic/the-word-for-word-bible-comic-100-pg-graphic-novel

If you are concerned about the accuracy and faithfulness to the text please read this Blog...

https://wordforwordbiblecomic.squarespace.com/blog/how-do-i-know-its-accurate-to-the-bible-and-that-i-should-back-it

PS - Please add me as a friend here on CCAS

At 9:35pm on June 8, 2012, Christopher Haupt said…

Hey glad you liked the spidey pic. 

At 6:55am on June 7, 2012, D.L. Maffett said…

So true about being able to help but now be the quarterback. I am in the same position. I am very interested in starting a comic ministry at my church also. So here is what I am going to do (need your help with this but its easy). Pray for me that God provide the opportunity to start the ministry and the opportunity to have a convention/retreat. I will pray on it also. I am also going to fast about it in the up coming week. Then as Gideon did, we will "turn the fleece" to deeper examine what God is saying. At that point I believe that he will either make the opportunity, place a ram in the bush, or send us someone who has the time, ability and effort to support this endeavor. Your friend and brother in our most powerful and wonderful Jesus Christ. -maffett

At 2:04am on June 5, 2012, D.L. Maffett said…

do you have a goolge account? if so Im up now. lets chat. I am interested in doing a christian comic convention. We are both in the southern united states. maybe we can get something started.

At 6:22pm on January 10, 2011, andre jardine said…

Hi Roland!

Thanx for your e-mail! Wish that I could send you a link, but I'm STILL not that computer savvy to do this! I DID have a website that had featured a webcomic that I created, but now it's taken down!(long story;I'll explain to you later!) However, my art style is a cross between Jaimie Hernandez,Alex Toth, Jim Steranko, and Jack Kirby! Hopefully in the future, I can wrangle my friend Elgin Boilling to help me create a link, so that everyone can see what I draw like! Thanx again, my friend!

                                                   Andre

At 3:00pm on January 12, 2009, Demetrius Veasy said…
happy new year my friend. it's gods time to shine in 2009. so make sure you do it big for the master and put your foot to the plow.
At 1:55pm on November 27, 2008, Scott A. Shuford said…
HI Roland,

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.


At Your Service,

Scott A. Shuford
www.frontgatemedia.com
CCAS Board Member 2008-2010


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."
At 10:44am on August 11, 2008, Kathleen Webb said…
Hi Roland--
I know of Steven Butler (any relation to Nate Butler??) but I don't think he's ever worked on any of my stories at Archie.

I actually took a Japanese language class at a local community college that has a large ESL department almost overrun with Japanese students. It was so much fun interacting with them! I miss those days.

God bless and thanks for stopping by my page!
At 7:00am on August 6, 2008, Dave "Weird World" Weiss said…
if you want to see a different side of my cartoon work go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgqLmKbkXp8
At 1:20pm on July 26, 2008, Will Caligan said…
Thanks so much for the welcome. I appreciate it.
 
 
 

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