“Raspberry Bombe vs. Miracle Pie”

Ah, the weekend! And everything is in full beautiful color! Say, had you noticed the change? That’s part of the “Reboot” to make what’s here compatible with what’s on the Patreon page. Monday through Friday are in the classic style, while the weekend postings are in color! (It’s sort of like getting color comics in the Sunday funny papers, but with Saturday thrown in as a bonus!)

Just between you and me, I have a feeling there could be a major food fight in the television studio! But now we know why Laura’s comic strip has changed some over the last few weeks and what that “call in for the recipe” message is all about! This should definitely open up some new possibilities, and maybe even allow her to purchase her very own brand new automatic dish washing machine!

While it truly does seem that her heart and her listmaking have changed for the better, I do wonder if Bradley Martin, “Lloyd Servant, Your Servant Of The Lloyd” might eventually bring out the worst in her again. Time will tell, but I have a feeling she won’t let us down!

Laura’s List will be published later today! Two Laura comic strips in one day? For the second Saturday in a row?!? Go Team Laura!

For new readers, “The Lloyd Servant Show” has been a popular comic strip with a storyline that grew into a full comic book. This will be made available through Patreon so that anyone who wants to can catch up on “Chapter One: The Miraculous Multiplying Pie” before we launch fully into Chapter Two!

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!

“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. 

“Time For A REBOOT!”

If you’ve gotten here expecting to find something the typical…you may be just a little disappointed. 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.

And hey, you’re not going away emptyhanded. You now know how to spell Godzilla’s roar!

Just between you and me, I don’t have any really good ideas on what this will look like or what form it may take! It could be like a Godzilla rampage! Who knows?!? In the meantime, I hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day celebration!

“The ‘My Grandma’s Jesus’ Zone” (Dialogue Hidden)

Just as a refresher, with this whole concept of “Not My Grandma’s Jesus,” I cycled through some of the Nickel Boy Graphics characters and imagined how they would react to it. These aren’t arranged in any special order other than what I thought would look good visually. These are just a few of the ideas to come to mind.

As I was thinking about these for today’s post, it occurred to me that they almost made a storyboard for a movie or television show like maybe “The Twilight Zone.” This was partly because of how the individual dialog balloons seemed to go together and also because the swimsuit in Panel 2 (upper right) looks a lot like the swimsuit in Panel 3 (lower left).

So I used a black and white type of filter on them and took away the dialog in the balloons because I thought you might enjoy imagining your own movie or television episode titled “The ‘My Grandma’s Jesus’ Zone” or something similar. So that’s why they are empty today! (Not that I got lazy and couldn’t think of anything!)

Just to “set the stage”a bit…If you are familiar with this old show created by Rod Sterling, you’ll recall it frequently imagined “a world gone mad” where you learned to expect the unexpected.

Each episode in a season had a standard opening narration. This is the one used for Season 1.

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

There was then a unique introduction to set up the story to follow. This is the one used for Episode 1 of Season 1.

The place is here. The time is now. And the journey into the shadows we’re about to watch could be our journey.

So what do you think? If you were to write an episode, not necessarily based on anything scriptural (seriously, invading space aliens) or with a happy ending (seriously, a hoard of evil invading space aliens), how would that go? The only real “rule”is that each of the four panels must include “My Grandma’s Jesus” or “Your Grandma’s Jesus” at least once. Inserting “Not” is okay too. Here is a link to download a single page PDF to doodle on and print. (The background is white to save ink and toner.)

Tomorrow I will share my version of this storyboard’s dialogue, and you can compare it with your own. (Oh, WOW! A two-part episode! “Tune in tomorrow!“) You may find that your first impressions are very self-revealing, at least I did for myself. 

The dialogue that I used actually told me more about my perception of how the world views Jesus than I expected. For me, that’s important because it showed me some of my preconceptions about people which I may unknowingly carry into a conversation about Real Life Jesus. Those preconceived notions may make it difficult for me to truly listen. In other words, I think it’s quite possible if we assume that the majority of the people we come in contact with view Jesus a certain way, then that is going to shape our interactions with them regardless of what they might say to us. That will then be a barrier to making a connection with that person.

Until tomorrow! And HEY! Don’t get trapped in either “The My Grandma’s Jesus Zone” or “The Not My Grandma’s Jesus Zone”! Make sure you’re in “The Real Life Jesus Zone.”