I am going to try and make this a quick post, but there are several cool things that this artist has led me to…
So first of all Mike Maihack is the artist of Cow & Buffalo a very groovy comic. Well worth bookmarking for a regular read. C&B is, in turn, part of a larger consortium of comics/artists called “Lunchbox Funnies.” Again, book mark each of them as well (if you are reading this you must have time for a few comics, right?).
Back to Mike. He is also part of a book project called Parable: A Comics Anthology. I will let them describe the project in their own words:
parable- a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.
Some of the best comic creators on and off the web have gathered together in an attempt to create the best Christian comic anthology- ever.
The Parable anthology started out as a discussion of faith between web artists from many different religious backgrounds and quickly grew into a project dedicated to serving Christ using our love of graphic narrative storytelling. Many different creative styles and voices have gone into the production of this anthology, creating a unique collection of stories meant to rest comfortably in both secular comic book shops and Christian bookstores.
The goal for Parable is a double edged sword. First, to give the mainstream and indy comic markets Christian storytelling that isn’t too scriptural in nature but focuses on the principles and ideals of Christianity and it’s people instead. And second, to give the Christian literature market comics that are representative of the excitement currently circulating the independent comic book industry. Stories in Parable range from expanded interpretations of classic Bible stories to more personal introspections of faith all the way to fictional tales dealing with fantastical creatures.
Parable’s first book was completed in August of 2007 and is now working on securing a publisher. This site will keep you updated on news and future developments as well as sneak peeks of stories and artwork as we move further along.
The latest word is that it is done and they are looking for a publisher. I for one cannot wait! The idea that this will not be a straight retelling and will also have some of the best comic artwork I have seen in ages is very exciting. (Be sure to click through to the other artists collaborating.)
And one last parting gift. In addition to his two other comics (Seed and Quill) Mike also participates in a weekly event called “DrawerGeeks.” These are a group of artists who each week produce a comic/image based upon a theme. This week: Hot Dog Stand.
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