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. 

“My Shield And My Reward, My Lord” or “IX-NAY On The OMANS-RAY”

This post is a result of another of my non-traditions Bible Study methods called “The Snow Globe Method.” With this method, you just need to have a lot of different Bible verses and hymn choruses and sermon notes and things your grandma told you all floating around in your mind. Get as many as you can in there! 

Then you shake them all up, wait for them to settle, and whatever is on the top, that’s what you use! The key for this to be successful is to have a lots of materials, just like how a real snow globe is more interesting if you have (1) Big Chunky Sequin Shapes and (2) Sparkly Glitter along with (3) Plenty Of Plain White Snowflakes.

So let’s see what’s in there!

Big Chunky Sequin Shapes…That’s the part about Father Abraham And The Lord’s Covenant Promise With Him. (Genesis 15)

  • The first time God told anyone “Fear not.”
  • The first time anyone called God “Adonai, Lord.”
  • The first time God shows up and makes a Promise Covenant representing both Himself and Humankind.

Sparkly Glitter…That’s the part about Our Boy Samuel Hearing From The Lord. (1 Samuel 3)

  • The first time God spoke and appeared to anyone in a really long time.
  • The first time we ever get a look at what it means to have the heart of a servant in a child.

Plenty Of Plain White Snowflakes…That’s the part about Jesus Calming The Storm. (Matthew 8; Mark 4; Luke 8)

  • A real life example of how fear of any kind can prevent us from seeing who Jesus really is, Our Lord.

“Just Like Out Of A Sunday School Bible Story Book”

Seriously, I still have a copy of “Child’s Bible Reader” from when I was growing up, and almost every chapter begins with Aunt Charlotte telling the children another Bible Story. The story of little Samuel always was one of my favorites because it made me imagined that maybe God would wake me up in the middle of the night to tell me something! I still love stories that make me think, “That could be me too!” Anyway, the premise for this Bible story is a lot like what was always happening with dear Aunt Charlotte!

After Flamethrower Mommy totally torched “Jesus Is Lord,” I wanted to do a little more with that, and so this is a look at “Lord” in the Old Testament. I’m interested in what this word meant back then. This is why Nate says “Adonai, the Lord” in this comic strip.

I’m wondering if “Lord” has been altered (at least in my mind) by images of medieval lords and lowly peasants which are in contrast to our American values of equality and independence. I’m also wondering if maybe “Jesus Is Lord” has lost some of its meaning because it has been used as a slogan to promote a ministry or as a litmus test to identify “True Believers” and “Fake Christians.”

I’ve tried several different approaches to presenting Bible stories graphically. For me, the challenge is to find a balance between cute and cuddly Bible story books and dynamic and action-packed Bible story graphic novels.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my best current solution which still needs a some tweaking but which is hopefully moving a little closer to having a greater focus on the essentials. (You may remember “What Alien Invaders Eat For Breakfast!” is about this type of challenge. What are the absolute essentials that we would want to pass on as simply as possible? Hmm…)  Hope you’ll check back tomorrow!