“And When The Pudding Cups Run Out?”

There are three possible solutions to all of the world’s problems presented in this comic strip. Two of them depend on pudding cups. One does not. I guess that makes it fairly obvious which one I prefer! But what is the cost of that solution?

Any real change for the better will come through and because of a Real Life Messiah who people love more than they love themselves. I guess that’s rather direct, or more direct than usual. But what do you do when the pudding cups run out?

I believe that may be the thought behind messages from the Old Testament prophets like this about the Real Life Messiah:

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)

I think about what if I had been one of the twelve disciples. Being in the presence of the Real Life Messiah, would I have loved Him more than I loved myself? I don’t think so. I would have fled for my own life when He was arrested. 

But that is only a hypothetical “What if…?” question that I’ve asked myself. Every day is really centered on one real life question: “Will I show that I love Real Life Jesus more than I love myself?”

It helps me to remember this small portion of scripture, just eight words.

…who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

How can I not do the same for Him? Yet I know it will require His strength in me.

“Just Like A Rock Star, Baby!”


In thinking about “What are you seeking?” And why this is such a profound question for Jesus to ask, I have been focusing on the individual answers rather than the general condition. Today’s comic strip seeks fill in that gap a little. Seeking is the general condition of all humankind. “Everybody’s Lookin’ For Something.” That’s not a bad thing. It’s part of the way that God designed us.

Sometimes Laser Eyes Jesus says things that aren’t at all what Real Life Jesus would say, but this time, I think he’s speaking from his own experience and may be on to something. We also get an idea of what “Laser Eyes Jesus: The Early Years” may have been like.

People had already determined what they wanted before they went to see and hear Laser Eyes Jesus. They had their “list of three wishes” all prepared. Maybe they thought that since he had these remarkable laser eyes, he could give them something from their list. If not, well then, at least he put on a good show. 

People didn’t really care what he had to say because they had already made up their own wisdom and purpose and answers to fit their wishes. They only were willing to listen to words that would help get their wishes fulfilled.

People had already determined what they wanted before they went to see and hear Laser Eyes Jesus, and when they didn’t get what they wanted, they abandoned him. “Everybody wants to be a rockstar.”

Didn’t the same thing happen with Real Life Jesus? Doesn’t the same thing still happen today?

Maybe this little comic strip summarizes all of humankind, not because it’s brilliant (which it’s not), but because it’s really just an echo of Adam and Eve in the Garden Of Eden and their search for wisdom and purpose and answers based on a deeper “wish” to be granted: to be like God (or “just like a rockstar, baby!”)

Whether you believe we started with Adam and Eve or evolved from apes, all of humankind is born wanting to have a life where they are first in line “just like a rockstar, baby!” (however each one may personally define it). But Real Life Jesus never promised this first in line spot to anyone who was seeking it.

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Matthew 19:30 (KJV)

A Few More “Reboot” Details

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As part of the recent “Reboot” for Nickel Boy Graphics, I began reworking some of the initial comic strips beginning with Laser Eyes Jesus. This was partly to make them fit into a new format that would work better across all of the comic strips (some funny, some serious), but also to align them better with my first goal: “Present the Gospel in a way that is visually connected with our times.”

Some of the reworking involved editing each multiple panel comic strip into a single comic panel that still had a touch of humor while giving the reader something to consider. So far I’ve been able to tie each of these to one of “The Five BIG Questions” that were selected as part of the “Reboot.”

The new square format, somewhat shortened dialogue, and absence of any additional commentary as you’d find in WordPress have worked well with Instagram, allowing me to reach a new audience. These are also being shared on the Nickel Boy Graphics page on Patreon (with commentary) as everything previously there was scrapped as part of the “Reboot.”

Anyway, you may want to flip through this slideshow, particularly if you are a new reader. These are going all of the way back to the beginning of the Laser Eyes Jesus comic strips! There are only three, so you can get a small sample from the very beginning.

Before closing, I’d like to thank the group Christian’s In Motion for providing support for this project through my Patreon page. In fact, they recently started their own page on Patreon as well. The work that they are doing is great (especially videos and podcasts), and I really appreciate the renewed enthusiasm that their support has given me! Thank you so much, Christians In Motion! Please be sure to check out what they have to share on both WordPress and Patreon!

“Once In A Lifetime Questions”



This comic strip introduces the next BIG question “What are you seeking?” and it’s companion “What do you want Jesus to do for you?”

The question “What are you seeking?” is the first recorded question of Jesus in his ministry. I think it goes very well with the first recorded question of God in Genesis “Where are you?” Where we are is often a good clue to what we are seeking.

And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” John 1:38 (NASB) This was asked of those who would be His disciples.

The question “What do you want Me to do for you?” Is not a Santa Claus Christmas Wish kind of question. It’s asked of someone who has specifically identified Jesus as the Son of David and all that goes prophetically with that title.

And answering him, Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Mark 10-51 (NASB) This was asked of a blind man He would heal.

I think that these are a natural next step after “Who do you say Jesus is?” and “Do you believe that Jesus is who He said He is?” That’s because if you believe that Jesus was just a man (or just a myth), you wouldn’t care to tell him what you were seeking or to ask him to do something for you.

Unlike during He ministry of Jesus, these questions are not “Once In A Lifetime” questions for most of us. I think that if you and I had lived during that time we would have treated them that way though. The fishermen might never have a chance to speak with Jesus again. The blind man might never hear of Jesus passing by him again.

Perhaps we may sometimes lack a sense of urgency for questions like this, thinking we can put them off for another day? I know I have done this. Today I will seek what my heart desires, but tomorrow I will seek what I think Jesus wants my heart to desire. Today I will do for myself to get my heart’s desire, but tomorrow I will ask Jesus to do for me what I think Jesus wants to do for me.

There is always time for Jesus tomorrow. Right? Well, maybe not. What if right now is now is my “Once In A Lifetime Big Moment”? How will I answer then?

Not to be overlooked is some new information about Laser Eyes Jesus! We now have a new perspective on his physical condition and his heart as well. These small insights don’t come along very often, though I am considering how to arrange them together in a separate collection.

“If God Walked With People In The Cool Of The Evening…”


This comic strip is an extension of the questions “Who do you say Jesus is?” and “Do you believe Jesus is who He says He is?” These go together because how you answer the first question may not necessarily be the same as how you answer the second question. For example, you may say “Jesus was a great teacher teacher” (or Rabbi as in John 1:38, 49), but you may not believe what Jesus said about Himself, things like “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

For a Bible passage to go with this comic strip, I was a bit lost. You see, I am at times a bit lost, and I feel that other people are a bit lost too. I think, “If I really believe that God became flesh and dwelt among us, if Jesus really is the Christ, the Son Of The Living God,” then my life should be radically different in some way. And likewise, if the church as a body across denominational and regional boundaries really does believe this, then the church should be radically different in some way. (Like without any teams or divisions…A church body where nobody is left out. Nobody.)

But I’m not always seeing that. 

The characters in the comic strip seem to be so sure that if only God would come and walk with them, everything would be different and better. Yet this is set in the same time period that Jesus Christ actually did just that. For a companion Bible passage,  I finally settled on this parable that Jesus told about a rich man and a poor man in Luke 16:19-31. It just seemed to best summarize what I’m feeling about all of this.

I had always considered the parable to be about believers (Lazarus, the poor man) and non-believers (the rich man). Now I’m wondering if maybe it’s not about me too as I think about how the parable ends.

“…He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:30-31 (NRSV)

If I really and truly do believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life, shouldn’t that radically change how I conduct my life? How I treat other people? How people who believe as I do build a community of faith?

The beginning of a radical change, I believe, just might be spending some time with just Real Life Jesus in the cool of the evening.