Great News! (At Least To Me! Maybe You Too?)

I discovered yesterday that Patron now allows for the attachment of ePub documents! This is something that I haven’t been able to do with WordPress!

One of the greatest things about ePub documents is how they give you the page turning experience of a printed comic book with double page spreads! How cool is that?!?

The other greatest thing is that ePub documents allow you to catch up with a comic strip’s plot as well as view everything in sequential order! That is huge since with individual posts, the most recent always appears first, so a reader really has to take some extra steps to go back to the beginning.

So why not visit the Nickel Boy Graphics page on Patreon and try out the ePub version of “The Miraculous Multiplying Pie”?!? (This link will take you directly to the post you’ll need!) You’ll also be able to view as a PDF if that works better for you!

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!

A Listmaker’s Dream!

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!

“Because You Have To Have Goals!”

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!)

“What Alien Invaders Eat For Breakfast!”

So…Alien Invaders have a strange appetite and a strange sense of humor to go with it! I’ve scrapped everything here (work produced since January 2017) and have started the biggest REBOOT of my entire life as a graphic artist! So bookmark this and visit again soon. (It’s not a scrap like “delete” or “trash,” just in my mind because I want to clear out my brain and do something new.)

Remember, I didn’t promise “cute and cuddly”…just trying to present an old and familiar message in a new and different way.

And I guess that really is the main point. While I started this adventure on WordPress to better understand my Christian faith, I’m feeling a need to get down to the absolute basic essentials.

So think about it. What if there really were Alien Invaders! Yikes! They are destroying everything! People are scattered, huddled together in odd places wherever they can find shelter like underground caves, sewers, wherever. There is no more internet. There are no more books. There is no more Bible, only what you can remember. What if you had only what is in your mind and heart to pass along to others? And even then, you can’t write anything down because there is no paper and no pencils or pens.

How do you share an absolutely essential message with only the absolute essential materials from nature like sticks and rocks? Hmm…

Just to be sure you know…I’m not saying at all that there have ever been, are now, or will ever be Alien Invaders! This is just a “What if…?” I’m also not sure about how cataclysmic the future will be, so the rapture and horrors for those left behind is not where I’m headed here.

So Alien Invaders are shown here just as a reflection of my own sense of urgency and to help me focus on the essentials and how to communicate them graphically.