Just as a refresher, I began this as just a project to explore and better understand what I believe, and I think that will always be happening. It’s just how my brain works! But now there is a growing desire to be more concentrated and refined in what I share here, particularly for a wider global readership.
So some things may have to change, and other things may have to go! But I think this is good advice to anyone who is using WordPress. Know your goals and what you do well. Stay with those. Remember that you can’t be all things to all people.
A great deal of thought and editing went into these three goals. (I sort of wish I had done this at the very beginning!) Each one is paired with a particular graphic strip that best represents that goal even though these goals can apply to others that have been created.
You may notice that the examples are all of the “serious” kind even though the tag line is “Comic Strips (some funny, some serious).” That’s another area where some tightening up is needed because I don’t think the goals are quite as clear as what they could be on the “some funny” side. Also, I think I need to trust the graphics more to carry the message and rely less on the accompanying words. After all, this is called Nickel Boy GRAPHICS!
Goal 1: Present the Gospel in a way that is visually connected with our times.
Obvious Example: “Whatever The Gospel Is…”
Not So Obvious Example: “Laser Eyes Jesus” and “The Lloyd Servant Show”
Goal 2: Help to heal wounds even though we didn’t cause them.
Obvious Example “Voices From The Last Pew”
Not So Obvious Examples: “Flamethrower Mommy and Ghost Dad”
Goal 3: Share God’s transforming love in Christ Jesus.
Obvious Example: “The Gifts Of God”
Not So Obvious Example: Hmm…Can’t really say that “Laura’s Essential Life Lists” is doing this, at least not as well as it could. More thought needed here!
(It’s possible that the dinosaur on the sofa was a misstep in the plot. Actually Laura’s comic strip was never intended to have a plot, but transformation and plot go together!)