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!
I’ve been unsure what to write about today’s graphic…other than to tell you I think what this young woman is saying may connect with some people. There are sketchy details, and I’m okay with that. She actually says a good amount even when hurried and afraid.
Anyone can feel let down and beat up. Anyone can feel like there’s something wrong with themselves that has caused their life to turn out as it has. Of all that she has to say, I think the words in the post title are perhaps the most revealing because “Him” could apply to both Jesus and the man at home. Hers is a life of broken dreams.
This series doesn’t really have a name yet. It’s sort of like “Voices From The Last Pew,” but the setting is never a church. It’s more about going out into the world and finding people right where they are because they probably will never go to a church again ever unless the church goes to them first.
I had thought about doing a different portrait like this to go with each of the “Seven ‘I Am’ Statements Of Jesus” found in John’s Gospel, but that may be for a different time. I just wanted to present “I Am The Good Shepherd” right now because it has the most meaning for me.
It is perhaps the one “I Am” most needed by the majority of people who grew up in the church but later outgrew the church. (That is, as adults they feel Christianity to be outdated, irrelevant, or based on silly superstitions, but they had a genuine connection to Jesus in their childhood.)
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11 (NASB)
“and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28 (NASB)
I don’t believe Jesus ever stops being Our Good Shepherd…not even when we say we have abandon Him or think He has abandoned us.
It just didn’t seem right to leave Laura out! She just had to have a chance to answer the mysterious interviewer’s question!
Her list will be posted later, but for now, I thought that there may be a few readers who would like to ponder where Laura is going with this and which chapter of which book of the Bible she’s talking about!
This series of graphics focused on the BIG question “Who do you say Jesus is?” uses found images, usually old ones, that are then drawn and redrawn to hopefully convey a real person, but of today. This one is a mug shot for someone who was arrested on January 7, 1932 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Unlike some of the others, there are a clues that the source photograph was taken many years ago and I didn’t redraw or crop them out. People and heart attitudes haven’t changed all that much.
It’s important that this graphic is obviously a mugshot. It could be me because this man when apprehended boldly says what I have at times tried to hide away in my heart. Perhaps you as well? His eyes give him away, or so it seems to me.
I recently read this thought-provoking quotation.
The two things around which our Lord centered His most scathing teaching were money and marriage, because they are the two things that make men and women devils or saints. Covetousness is the root of all evil, whether it shows itself in money matters or in any way.
– Oswald Chambers “The Highest Good”
The arrested man may be somewhat “on the right track” but he has yet to get to the root of what has brought him to this point, covetousness.
I am wondering how it would be to set aside things like “This is what you are supposed to do with your money” and “This is what you are supposed to do with your sexuality” and instead judged for covetousness?
Covetousness is a thing of the heart, not the wallet or the body.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. Matthew 15:19 (NASB)
This is a follow up to yesterday’s sketch. It didn’t seem quite right to abandon, so to speak, the homeless waitress spending the night with her boyfriend on the beach. She represents so many of the people we meet everyday who have lives that we don’t fully know.
Her grandmother today hopefully reminds us that we never know what effect our words may have on Our Father’s prodigal sons and daughters. Each of us can help to point the way even if we don’t see the results.
She also puts the three simple words “Jesus Is Lord” into greater perspective with three more simple words “your whole lifetime.” At least that’s what my life is teaching me, and it may be just about the most important thing I have to share all week.
It is taking my whole life to realize Jesus is Lord. I’m not sure if it’s just my own stubbornness and selfishness or if that’s just really the way it goes for most people. At times, it seems quite impossible for me to live out, really live out, these three simple words, Jesus is Lord. Other times, when everything seems to fall into its proper place, there is nothing more filled with sublime joy.
One afterthought for what it’s worth…There is a difference between “my whole lifetime” and “my whole life.” I chose “lifetime” because that’s probably closest to what I’m feeling for these two sketches (and for myself). Sometimes it takes “your whole lifetime” of searching down disappointing and dangerous wrong paths to get to a place where you are able and eager to give “your whole life.”