Thank you for your interest in The Lord’s worldwide work through the COMIX35 ministry!

Due to the volume of e-mail we handle, and the small size of our staff, we regret that we are unable to respond to most e-mail inquiries individually. We have posted this Question & Answer (Q&A) page to assist you:



  How can I partner with COMIX35?

As with any ministry, our biggest need is PRAYER support. Please consider becoming one of our Prayer Partners.

You can host a COMIX35 seminar in your country.

Also, COMIX35 welcomes the participation of local teachers who live and work where we hold our seminars. Please contact us and send a résumé, C.V. or list of professional credits.

You can also support COMIX35 financially.

 

  What comics do you publish?
  Can I work on comics you publish?
  Can I see or receive samples of comics you publish?

Primarily COMIX35 is a Christian comics TEACHING, COACHING and CONSULTING ministry, So our focus is on assisting Believers in presenting the Gospel to their respective cultures through visually-oriented media, including comics, rather than functioning as a Christian comics publisher or distributor.

We do help initiate “special focus” comics and tracts through our P.I.C.S. Projects. Some of these may be purchased from us directly.
We have a Christian Comics Catalog at our Christian Comics International website, which we maintain as a ministry service, from which you can purchase many Christian comics, including Bible or Bible Story Adaptation comics.

 

  What does “COMIX35” mean?

What does “COMIX35” mean?

The “X35” in COMIX35 refers to Exodus 35:30-35, where the LORD calls the artisans whom He will fill with His Spirit, not only giving them the ability, intelligence, knowledge, and craftsmanship to do every sort of work done by a artist or a designer, but also inspiring them to TEACH it. So “COMIX35” signifies that we are a ministry which has been inspired by the LORD to teach others the comics production skills He has given us through years of training and professional experience.

 

  Where have you held COMIX35 seminars?
  How many seminars have you held?

Where have you held COMIX35 seminars?
How many seminars have you held?

Please see our Past Events pages for this information:

• Part 1 – Events from 1996 to 2000
• Part 2 – Events from 2001 to 2004
• Part 3 – Events from 2005 to present

 

  Where will you be holding your next COMIX35 seminar?

Where will you be holding your next COMIX35 seminar?

Please see our Future Events page for updates. All current seminar plans, both tentative and confirmed, are listed there.

COMIX35 is also available for Coaching & Consulting on Christian comics projects worldwide. Please see our Coaching & Consulting page for more information, including rates and availability.

 

  When will the next seminar be held in my U.S. city/area?
  Why aren’t there more U.S. seminars?

When will the next seminar be held in my U.S. city/area?
Why aren’t there more U.S. seminars?
At the Lord’s leading, COMIX35 has been holding events mostly outside the U.S., but in the past we have held seminars, short classes or workshops in Georgia (September 1996), California (August 1999), a Connecticut prison (March 2000), Delaware (August 2005), and Washington state (February 2011).
On the North American continent we have also held seminars in Cuernavaca, Mexico (February 2001), Mexico City (March 2003, March 2005, June 2010), and in Québec, Canada (April 2011).
It is always possible that there will be future seminars within the U.S. or North America, as the Lord guides and provides. Please see our Future Events page for updates.
COMIX35 is also available for Coaching & Consulting on Christian comics projects in the U.S. Please see our Coaching & Consulting page for more information, including rates and availability.

 

  Who should attend a COMIX35 seminar?
  What lessons are covered in a COMIX35 seminar?

The COMIX35 seminar is aimed at Christian communicators who need help with the specifics of creating and using Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship.
An average course includes such sessions as Identifying your Audience, Plotting & Scripting, Storyboarding & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, and Cultural, Communication, Evangelism Strategy Considerations. Click here to see some sample schedules from previous events.

Our teaching method shows attendees how to combine professional production values with culturally effective communication, which is the real strength of our unique seminars.

Please note that our seminars are not introductory “how to draw” classes for beginning artists. However, the COMIX35 instructors are there to help each attendee with their needs and will offer drawing tips during or after regular class time, or provide longer lessons after classes are over, if time and arrangements permit.
You can read comments from past attendees to help you decide if a COMIX35 seminar would be valuable for you or your ministry.

Please see our page on Attending a COMIX35 Seminar for additional details.

 

  Can you give me a scholarship to attend one of your seminars?

Can I receive a scholarship to attend one of your seminars?
We’re sorry, but in most cases we do not have the financial resources to provide scholarships.

If you live in French-speaking Africa or Québec, please contact us.

 

  Do you teach any correspondence courses?

Not at this time.

 

  Do you have teaching materials you can send me?

Not at this time, but COMIX35 hopes to offer low resolution PDF files of some of our comics tips, techniques, and training handouts at some point in the future.

 

  Why are “Christian-themed comics” so effective?

Universal Appeal: Cartoon characters and comics are enjoyed by all age groups and are excellent communication tools. People around the world already love them and read them. (While the bestselling US comics title checks in at around 1.5 million copies a year, the top comic in Japan has a circulation of over 3 million copies per week. In fact,comics are the world’s most widely read form of popular literature!

Cultural Versatility: Comics can be– and have been– adapted readily to fit specific people groups. A biographer of Martin Luther tells us that Northern Germany was won for the Reformation, in part, through tracts and cartoons. The leaflets dropped during Desert Storm, showing Iraqi troops how to surrender, were miniature comics. In Brazil, the health ministry prepared 1.4 million comics pamphlets to promote the government’s views on AIDS and sex education. The communists propagandized Nationalist China with cartoon booklets before their takeover and more recently produced comics in a campaign to promote national patriotism.

Clarity & Simplicity: Comics can communicate Gospel truths with an understandable directness. Bible lessons and Christian teaching can be represented in an engaging story format, making them more memorable to both children and adults. Additionally, comic books are “reader breeders.” They promote literacy by using exciting visuals to draw the viewer into the story. With Christian comics, you can encourage people both to read in general and to read the Word specifically.

Longevity & Accessibility: Comic books are one of the longest lasting outreach tools for youth and comic book reading adults. The message remains around to be read again and again. And, in addition to the individual who originally buys or receives it, a comic book will often be read by other members of the family, as well as visitors to the household.

Low Cost: Comics are relatively inexpensive when compared with other, similar forms of “entertainment” outreach. Entire issues can be created and printed for less than the cost of a few minutes of cartoon animation. And like most magazines, a comic book will still be around after messages heard on TV and radio are just dim memories.

 

  How can I get information on specific Christian comics titles?

Information on (and links to) many different Christian comics may be found on our Christian Comics International website.