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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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"Thank you so much, Brien. I just keep chipping away at it. I’m working on the 3rd of 10 commandment comic books. Those comics I posted on here are one page comics based on a scripture. I create those for churches to use in their…"
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Life of Jesus p1 layout

"I'm intrigued; what parts of the New Testament are you going to try to illustrate?"
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"Hi Carla and welcome to the CCAS site!  I love the comics you posted, and your TBone site is fun and colorful. The lessons in your comic are engaging and easy to understand. Nice! Lord bless your time here."
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"Thanks Brien,  I like print comics rather than digital since I like to donate them after I read them.  I have purchased superhero and science fiction comics like Batgirl , Captain Marvel, and Blade Runner 2019 from my local comic store and…"
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"Welcome to the CCAS site, Stevan. WHat kinds of comics do you like to read?"
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Why we must have squirrels.

"Interesting observations Southpaw, and I'm glad you caught the changing focus...which was partially intentional."
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"Hi Jim,    Welcome to the CCAS site. You have a cool testimony, and it looks like you've found a sound place with wife-church-friends.   Look around the discussions, blogs and gallery; contribute some of your own…"
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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 47years. 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?)
Be a writer-penciler for a team creating an serial online weekly comic.
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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Atomic Robo Webcomic

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 2:02pm 0 Comments

Atomic Robo Webcomic  http://www.atomic-robo.com/index.php?id=13

Scott Wegener and Brian Clevinger started creating Atomic Robo back in 2007. The comic has great writing and deep character development with a creative Fifties flavor. But for me this is really a go-to comic when I want to draw action figures. It’s tough to describe the art style…chiseled?...but it is so much easier to study action poses on Atomic…

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Designing a GospelTract

Posted on October 18, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

In 2006 illustrator Cedric Hohnstadt created the Gospel tract, "Are you a good person?" based on a presentation by evangelist Ray Comfort.  The design is colorful, eye catching; and the economy of words and line are a thing of beauty.  The site found here: https://www.freecartoontract.com/  ; also demonstrates tracts as a cheap way to get your…

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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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At 4:43pm on November 16, 2019, Carla Tyree said…

Thank you so much, Brien. I just keep chipping away at it. I’m working on the 3rd of 10 commandment comic books. Those comics I posted on here are one page comics based on a scripture. I create those for churches to use in their children’s curriculum. 

At 3:25am on November 12, 2019, Stevan Mixson said…

Thanks Brien,  I like print comics rather than digital since I like to donate them after I read them.  I have purchased superhero and science fiction comics like Batgirl , Captain Marvel, and Blade Runner 2019 from my local comic store and was looking to see what kind of Christian worldview comics there were and did not know if any were sold in regular comic shops.  My local comic shop sells items from the Diamond distributor.

At 6:23pm on October 27, 2019, Eve Marie Hunter said…

@Brien Sparling

Will do Sparling! I was actually busy the past two days preparing a comic cover, hopefully I can post November 9th a few pages! :D

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. 

 
 
 

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