Thought I’d try my hand at a web comic, just for fun. Click to view full-size.
I picked these up at a touristy toy shop in southern Minnesota. I call them my Tex Avery glasses, in honor of the famous animator who drew more eyes-popping-out-of-heads than anyone. If you like ’em you kin getcher own pair from Amazon.
I’ve been plenty busy getting ready for our upcoming move to a bigger house while also working on several client projects that have to stay under wraps. In the mean time, here’s a few interesting links and tidbits from around the ol’ interwebs:
Today is Good Friday. As a Christian this is one of the most important days of the year for me, the day we pause to commemorate the torture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ. Some of you my wonder, why on earth would a day like that be called “good?”
Because even though it was a terrible day for Jesus it was a very good day for you and me. Over the course of my career I’ve been able to work on several projects that help explain that message, and every Good Friday I like to take a moment to share them:
Here’s an 8-page cartoon Gospel tract I illustrated several years ago for the ministry of Living Waters. To date over five million copies have been printed in English and it has been translated into over twenty languages. You can download it for free in multiple languages at www.FreeCartoonTract.com, or you can purchase printed copies from the ministry of Living Waters.
Based on the tract’s success, Living Waters also hired me to produce an animated version, which I supervised with the help of two terrific animators (Michael Foster and Chance Dodd). To date it has received over a half million views on YouTube and has been subtitled into 19 other languages. If you like the video you can download a free HD version to use however you’d like.
Finally, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer has recently completed a series of videos called “What’s In The Bible?”. I’ve had the privilege of working on a few of them. Here’s the trailer for Volume 10, which covers the life and ministry of Jesus including his death and resurrection. In this episode I designed a few of the characters and did a smidgen of animation.
Here’s a clip from the episode explaining the meaning of Easter:
You can order DVDs or digital downloads from the series at www.whatsinthebible.com. Also, if you subscribe to JellyTelly.com you can stream all episodes of “What’s In The Bible?” to any computer or mobile device.
I don’t make any money or royalties off of these items. I just believe in them and want to share. Thanks for indulging me. Here’s wishing you a very happy Easter filled with peeps and jelly beans!
There’s some terrific projects on Kickstarter right now that might be of interest to other artists. Unfortunately I can’t get the videos to embed in my blog, but clicking the images below will take you to their Kickstarter page:
I’ve seen a lot of gadgets and gizmos designed for artists ranging from brilliant to blah. The NOMAD Art Satchel looks like it belongs on the brilliant end of the spectrum, and judging by how quickly it was funded a lot of other artists think so too.
This creators of HOO-HAH! Heroes Behind The Heroes have interviewed tons of really big names in the comic book industry for their documentary. Unfortunately they seem to be struggling to get traction on Kickstarter, but if you love comics this seems worthy of support.
Full disclosure: I’m not a reader of Erfworld so I know very little about it, other than that creator Rob Balder has had three other Kickstarter projects that were wildly successful so there must be something there. Also, Rob was incredibly generous and helpful when I was launching my Kickstarter for the Pose Drawing Sparkbook so I’m happy to return the favor. Check out Erfworld: Print Book 2, Draw Book 3.