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CBA President Curtis Riskey – Court Ruling May Affect Your Business

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CBA Friend,

What if our government could control religious conversation to the point that if you owned a for-profit business, any reference to Jesus Christ or God could be banned? Or worse, our government required you to violate your Christian principles because of laws that political leaders might pass?

That is what is at stake in a U.S. Supreme Court case that will be heard on March 25. These examples have already occurred. You may not favor Hobby Lobby or its subsidiary Mardel Christian stores, but a ruling against this privately held company could set a precedent for how you do business as a Christian-product provider.

I believe CBA exists for such a time as this…

CBA is standing up for religious liberty so your for-profit business may continue to enjoy First Amendment rights now guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. CBA is the lead petitioner on a “friend of the court” brief that was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court last week in support of the case against Hobby Lobby and Mardel. The Court also will hear simultaneously a case filed by Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by a Mennonite family. The cases focus on the company owners’ pro-life stand against having to pay for “morning after” and “week after” birth-control drugs as required in the Affordable Care Act. These cases are about much more than birth control or pro-life values. If these companies lose, your freedom to operate your business under First Amendment protections could disappear.

CBA has joined with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Michael McConnell of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, one of the nation’s top constitutional lawyers, to help inform the Supreme Court’s judges about the threat this case has to religious liberty. The brief argues that businesses have long been protected since before the founding of the nation, and forcing a company to violate religious principles would destroy constitutionally guaranteed protections.

CBA is working to support you and your ability to provide the broadest distribution possible of Christ-honoring products. We thank you for your membership and support for such a time as this.

Grace and Peace,

Curtis Riskey
President

Please see the actual brief that was filed for CBA – www.cbaonline.org/AmicusBrief.

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Do you agree with Variety’s column? Are Faith-Based Audiences More Important Than Hollywood Admits?

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Now that A+E Network’s Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson clash has largely passed, I found Variety’s article by Larry Poland to be an excellent analysis of the gap between the Hollywood industry and the faith-based market, though I might have worded a few things differently.

In my opinion, I don’t think that the core execs in the industry have invested the same effort into understanding the faith-based, Christian market as they have for other core values that define markets based on gender, life stages, or ethnicities, OR they haven’t hired specialists to do so.

Variety and Rogers & Cowan’s Faith & Family Values conferences have been a solid resource for those of us who work in both the Hollywood and faith-based markets.

I’m not saying Hollywood has to agree with the value system, but you better understand it if you are going to market to it.

For me, A&E clearly either didn’t understand or chose not to honor their relationship with their consumer audience. I think they chose to be PC for pop-culture or the industry over audience loyalty. I can imagine the individuals involved found themselves between a rock and hard place on the personal side.

Either way, it’s very intriguing that we keep seeing these types of culture clashes. That’s my 2 cents, but I’m more interested in what you think.

Do you agree with this take, would you make other points, or would you disagree significantly?

Read the full article below and post your comments.   “Variety, January 2014, p. 26.  Reprinted with permission.”

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Why Faith-Based Audiences Are More Important Than Hollywood Admit

Faith community represents a strong, passionate opportunity for entertainment biz

- Larry Poland, Guest Column

It happened again. This time it was Phil Robertson, the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty,” who pulled back the shades on an immense body of TV viewers who had apparently escaped the notice of top execs at A+E Networks.

But they should have known. It was this “mystery audience” that made History’s miniseries “The Bible” a smash hit not long ago. Yet A+E leaders Nancy Dubuc and Abbe Raven can be forgiven for failing to anticipate the nuclear backlash that benching the fuzzy-faced man from West Monroe, La., would stir after his condemnation of homosexual behavior in an interview with GQ magazine. There persists in Hollywood a common thread of perceptions that have hung a lot of film and TV execs out to dry on one end or shocked them with success on the other. It is a thread of mistaken notions about the faith community in the America, especially conservative ones of the Christian and Jewish variety.

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Three things Hollywood needs to know about the mystery audience:

1. The market is huge. I estimate this “community of faith” at about 200 million of 312 million Americans. I start with the 78.5% or 245 million Americans calling themselves “Christian.” Then, I reduce this number an arbitrary 25% to allow for the most liberal Christians. This leaves 183.8 million.

Add to this number more conservative Jewish adherents and members of Christian offshoot groups like Mormons, and the non-practicing offspring of Catholic or Protestant parents and grandparents who have retained more conservative Christian core values. Although there is much diversity of opinion among this group, it is a huge market and an equally massive force with which to reckon if these folks get rankled.

2. Their passions run strong and deep. In a secular society with generally negotiable values, many of the folks in this community have built their lives on non-negotiables. Verities rooted in religious truth and holy writ like the Torah, the Bible or the Koran have transcendent sanction. They may go quiet about them when society pushes in another direction, but when pricked, they bleed their deepest beliefs and respond based on them, a la Robertson.

3. The stereotypes don’t fit. When we at Mastermedia Intl. consult with media execs to demystify the faith community — as we have done for three decades at a score of media companies including Variety — we are stunned at how new the information seems to be. It’s like we are describing Martians. The shock is the number who are African American or Hispanic, who run Fortune 100 companies and championship NFL and NBA teams, who head huge media operations, and, sometimes, occupy the White House. They are dazzled that evangelicals spend $2.1 trillion a year and consume a broad spectrum of media.

“The notion that people of faith are just little old ladies in the Bible Belt doesn’t fit. Nor do the perceptions created by the faith community’s “jerk factor” — and every group has these folks — of hate-filled protesters, abortion clinic bombers or religio-political power-mongers bent on creating a fundamentalist U.S. theocracy. Neither are they monolithic in their beliefs. Some disagree with Robertson’s viewpoints and, most, his coarse expression of them.”

So, why does this huge audience remain a mystery to the power brokers of media? First, they generally have no personal association with faith conservatives, especially born-again Christians. Second, they don’t read the writings of or personally enter into the world of the devout. Third, in all of their demographic research, they don’t get into the nuances of the core beliefs. Thus, they are shocked when believers speak them and receive gargantuan national support as happened in the “Duck Dynasty” shootout. Finally, media execs share a kind of PC — Philosophical Correctness — with their media colleagues. This insulates them from a host of competent, reasonable, salt-of-the-earth people out there who believe in Jesus, the Bible or Torah and a four-millennia-old code of moral values.

Shocking but true.

Larry Poland and his Mastermedia Intl. team have been consulting with media executives on the faith community since 1985. His latest book, “Chasm: Crossing the Divide Between Hollywood and People of Faith,” will be released by Morgan James Publishing.

 

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My Broken Palace Encourages Struggling Teens Fighting Depression, Addiction, Self-Injury & Suicide

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My Broken Palace Encourages Struggling Teens Fighting Depression, Addiction, Self-Injury & Suicide

Orange Country, CA — Teen suicide accounts for 13% of all deaths among today’s youth, according to Fox News. In response to the rise in cyber-bullying, teen depression and addiction, My Broken Palace has started a movement to be an encouraging voice in the lives of teens.

mbp-girl300wMy Broken Palace believes that loneliness deepens teens’ struggles. The non-profit movement provides “emotional triage” for teens through a peer to peer encouragement network, as well as through one on one interaction at live events such as Vans Warped Tour and various other music festivals around the country.

The website at http://www.MyBrokenPalace.com was created for high school and college age young adults, enables people to find encouragement and hope. The online Prayer Wall features real time prayer requests from youth across the United States. The online Art Wall provides a place for self-expression which is a common part of the healing process. My Broken Palace also features links to professional help.

Suicide:  Every 2 hours someone between 15-24 yrs old will SUCCEED in killing themselves (24 hours a day, 7 days a week.)  Suicide is the 3rd largest cause of death for teens in the U.S. and 2nd for teens in Canada. 14 out of every 100 high school students seriously considered suicide. 7 out of every 100 HS students attempted suicide.

Depression: 1 in 5 teens suffers depression. Out of the percent struggling with depression only 30% receive any sort of treatment or intervention.  The other 70% simply try to struggle through the pain of this illness or emotional turmoil alone.

Abuse: 1 in every 4 girls will be abused sexually before the age 18.

Cutting & Self Injury: 90% of self-injury individuals begin harming themselves during their teen years or younger.

“I felt like I was forgotten about…by people in my life,” said Mary, a young adult who found encouragement with My Broken Palace. “I put a couple of prayer requests up on the walls and got so much encouragement and feedback. I am realizing that I am not alone and that there is hope.”

About My Broken Palace
My Broken Palace is a non-profit organization of passionate people who want to help others in their time of brokenness. Our shared desire is that no one should ever have to deal with the crushing weight of loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, addictions, or thoughts of suicide alone.  Become part of the movement.  Whether you are the one in need or someone who desires to encourage others, My Broken Palace embraces your participation.   http://www.MyBrokenPalace.com

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For more information on My Broken Palace, please contact:

Cassidy Perry – FrontGate
714-553-5181
Cassidy@FrontGateMedia.com

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Story Is Still Everything, and Lucas and Spielberg Are Also Right

spielberg_lucasI just read an article in Variety about a panel hosted by the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It’s a must read based for those of us working in faith-based entertainment, and in Christian ministry or for-profit communication.

This isn’t just about faith-friendly or faith-based entertainment.  The summary concept at the end really applies to everything we do to communicate, from the content we create into products or outreaches, right down to the promotions and ads we create to draw people to them.

In the article,  George Lucas & Steven Spielberg have stated that the major film studios will implode, perhaps on a massive scale.  Evidently the movie theater industry is going to turn into a Broadway-like model.

Creating content for niche audiences to be served up by VOD (video on demand) is the very certain future.  I know our FrontGate family member ChristianCinema.com is excited to hear that.

This just continues to confirm that the small screen (your phone or tablet) and of course your television are only increasing in importance as content delivery devices.  Those of us in faith-based entertainment already know that, and our brothers and sisters in ministry are catching up with us now.  We will soon be posting a Nielsen graphic about television usage in our Facebook and Twitter streams that summarizes an interesting report on similar topics.

Lucas asked a key question that my friends in Christian film are already asking themselves, “Do you want people to see it, or do you want people to see it on a big screen?  I think that applies almost as well to the Christian television world.

At FrontGate as just one part of all that we do, we work on just about every one of the films and television programs that seek to draw in the Christian audience.  More and more, we are seeing Christian films target their theatrical to concentrate on only core areas, and then focus more on the post-theatrical distribution channels.

Of course, timing is everything when it comes to technological and distribution changes like the ones Lucas and Spielberg have stated with such certainty, but the very best part of the article for me was the last paragraph.

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Don Mattrick of Microsoft was also on the panel, and his contribution to the discussion was evidently overshadowed by the two big filmmakers.  However, what he said was my favorite part, “You still have to tell stories. Some people will want to be in a (video) game… and some people will want to have a story told to them. Those are two different things. But the content always stays the same. The content hasn’t changed in 10,000 years.”

Ultimately, those of us in the Christian ministry and for profit entertainment worlds have the single best story to be told, along with a ton of other outstanding stories already written in the Bible… and we’re getting better and better at telling them.  I hope that we’re also getting better and better at weaving Christian themes into “normal” stories.  As examples, we’ll have to see what you think about Grace Unplugged (October) and Doonby (November 1st.)

As faith-based communicators who are creating film, television, and webisodes, but also as Christian marketers creating direct email ads, banner ads, video spots, landing pages, apps, and more; we should be asking ourselves, “Are we creating something people want to see?”  Let this serve as a little reminder from me that “Available Now” doesn’t cut it.  You can quote me on that.

FrontGate’s Engagement Team will be attending Variety’s PURPOSE: Family Entertainment + Faith Based Summit on June 21st.  If you’ll be there, we’ll have to connect.

View the full article at Variety.

What do you think? Are Christian films getting better at storytelling?  What’s your favorite Christian film so far?

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Kingstone Comics and Hollywood Jesus Team Up for Discount on Christian Comics and Graphic Novels

Most folks know but just in case you don’t, I serve on the Board for the Christian Comic Arts Society. CCAS is an association of professionals and fans who are Christians and love comics: faith-based comics, faith friendly comics, and comics in general!

My friends at Kingstone Comics and HollywoodJesus.com put together a 25% off deal that I want to be sure all my friends have seen! Kingstone is one of the top Christian comics houses with great storylines and great artwork. Check out their stuff if you haven’t already.

Use the code HJ47 to get the discount.

You can also get a free comic by downloading the Kingstone app for your iPhone/iPad or Android phone/tablet.

KINGSTONE COMICS

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The Book of God tells the historical and reliable journey of how God gave us the Holy Bible.

Find this and other great titles at KingstoneMedia.com. Products can also be purchased via Kindle, Nook, iTunes.

Download the Kingstone Comics app on the iPad or Android and get a free comic.

 

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Chick-fil-a in Blast Zone as Religious Persecution Continues to Rise in America

Do you know the degree to which  persecution of Christians has increased in our culture?

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Many of us think of persecution as something that only happens overseas.  Even the very active people in my church small group didn’t realize that home Bible studies are being shut down by over-zealous city officials, churches are being kicked out of their buildings, and kids have been banned from bringing their Bible to school.  I’ve seen the Expulsion Slip that states directly “Student will not bring Bible to school.”  It’s so brazen and bold that I almost couldn’t believe it.  

We’re having to go to court to overturn these grievous violations of freedom of speech and religion.  Want more examples? See “18 Examples Of How Christians Are Being Specifically Targeted By Big Brother”, an article from 2011.

The home Bible study mentioned above is right here in San Juan Capistrano at the home of Chuck Fromm, the publisher of Worship Leader magazine!!!  That’s right here in what is considered ultra-conservative Orange County, home to some of the biggest mega-churches  and church movements to ever hit planet Earth including Saddleback, Calvary Chapel, Vineyard, Mariners and more…

I don’t think most of us in the church realize the massive increase in persecution as vocal and well-funded groups push their own goals, which for some includes removing all mention of God from the public square.

Chick-fil-a is in the blast zone right now simply for contributing to traditional marriage and family organizations, and when the CEO was directly asked about marriage, providing his honest answer, the Biblical definition of marriage, the answer every practicing Christian who utilizes the Bible as the final authority in all things would give.  Elizabeth Scalia’s particularly excellent article over at Patheos said it best…

“The big deal is simply this: the press put aside context and decided to paint this company as some radically-religious-gay-hating-entity and then let the forces of anger, hate and spite have their way with it. The truth is, one can be a Christian and still be sympathetic to some parts of the so-called “gay agenda” without signing on in toto. One can disagree on the issue of gay marriage — based on scripture, or thousands of years of tradition, or on natural law — without actually hating anyone. But the right to principled opposition is being erased, quickly, and the press is doing all it can to help erase it. We are losing the right to say, “I don’t think the same way you do; my opinions are different.” That matters, a lot.”  This is our mainstream press — the people charged with the public trust — and it has moved beyond advocacy and into “search and destroy” mode.”

If you are a Christian who is concerned about defending religious freedom, you really should review the Alliance Defending Freedom.  If you are in California, then you also must review Pacific Justice Institute.  The cases above and others like them were overturned thanks to pro-bono support from Pacific Justice Institute and ongoing precedent-setting cases defended by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

As Christians, we can’t sit out of the public forum. We MUST love our neighbors AND stand for God’s principles.

What can you do now?

Alliance Defending Freedom

My wife and I are now Ambassadors for the Alliance Defending Freedom. You want more info about how issues like these or how to save the future for your kids? Contact me and I’ll get it mailed to you.

If you don’t yet get what all the Chick-fil-a fuss is about, see the following articles:

 

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Phoenix Enters the Twilight Zone – Phoenix Court sends Mike Salman, Father of Six, to JAIL for Home Bible Study

Phoenix Enters the Twilight Zone

reprinted from FRCAction UPDATE

In what can only be described as surreal, the City of Phoenix Court has sentenced Mike Salman, father of six and the owner of Mighty Mike’s Burgers to 60 days in jail. What’s the City’s beef with Salman? According to our friend Todd Starnes at Fox News Radio, it has nothing to do with his business; it is what he has been doing at home. About 7 years ago Salman began holding Bible studies in his home that sits on almost 5 acres of land. In 2007 the City sent Salman a letter saying Bible studies were not permitted in their living room because it was a violation of the construction code. In 2009 after securing all the permits, Salman constructed a 2,000 square foot building in their backyard to host the 30 or so people who attended the Bible study. The harassment of the city only continued culminating in a raid of their home by police which led to them being criminally charged with 67 code violations.

What type of violations? No Exit Signs over the doors and no handicap parking spaces in front of their home. Not only was Salman found guilty and sentenced to 60 days in jail, he faces a fine of $12,180 and three years’ probation. The City claims that because Salman was meeting on a regular basis he was operating a church and therefore had to meet zoning codes for public meeting spaces. When asked if the same would apply to someone who had a weekly poker night or a Monday Night Football gathering, the City prosecutor refused to respond.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. City governments are increasingly using zoning ordinances to trample on religious freedom. You may recall the Fromm family in San Juan Capistrano, CA that was fined by the city for violating zoning ordinances by holding a Bible study in their home. Fortunately after a public outcry San Juan Capistrano officials amended their ordinances to be faith friendly and refunded the fine. Religious freedom is our First Freedom and it recognizes our right not just to attend church services on Sunday mornings but to live out our faith in a real and tangible way. That would include the right to have a Bible Study, small group, or other “church” meeting in your own home.

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Scott here now.  Can you imagine having your own home Bible study or small group shut down by your city?  Are you ready to go to jail for your church small group?

This is happening more and more across the country.  The Fromm family mentioned above, is Chuck Fromm and family, the publisher of Worship Leader magazine. That’s right here in CONSERVATIVE oriented Orange County, CA.  He was defended by Pacific Justice Institute.

YOU CAN HELP STOP ATTACKS on our religious freedom. In fact, you can completely PREVENT situations like the above IN ADVANCE.  Support non-profits like the Alliance Defending Freedom and Pacific Justice Institute.   ADF is working on national and international precedent setting cases while PJI is focused on just about every individual case in the state of California.  Both orgs defend Christians in cases involving religious persecution for FREE.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check them out.

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HarperCollins’ Zondervan & the Christian Comic Arts Society Deliver the Best In Talent, Themes & Topical Discussions at the Largest Comic Book & Pop-Culture Convention in the World

HarperCollins’ Zondervan & the Christian Comic Arts Society Deliver the Best In Talent, Themes & Topical Discussions at the Largest Comic Book & Pop-Culture Convention in the World

CCAS Features Work by Authors, Illustrators & Entertainment Professionals including Mike Miller & Brett Burner, Robert James Luedke, Billy Tucci, Buzz Dixon, Kurt J. Kolka, Gary Shipman, Dan Conner, voice actor Katie Leigh, Javier Saltares & Ben Avery, Rich Collins, Bryce Morgan & Mitch Martin, Forrest Rawls & Corey Clover, Christine Kerrick, R.G. Sewell, Dr. L.P. Beltran, and Director Barry Cook (Studio 4°C/The JESUS Film Project/Brethren Entertainment)

 

San Diego, CA – The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, THE COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2012 kicks off this week with sellout attendance of more than 125,000.  The CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY (CCAS) in partnership with ZONDERVAN, a division of HarperCollinsPublishers, will deliver top talent and projects to create impact at the event.

 

Christian Comic Arts Society, in partnership with Zondervan, is hosting three events as part of the official Comic-Con programming, and will exhibit throughout the convention in the Small Press area #P08.

 

Events include:

 

Christian Comic Arts Society Open Mixer, FRIDAY, JULY 13:  8:00PM – 10:00PM, Room 23ABC
Come join the Christian Comic Arts Society for their annual fellowship mixer.  Open to all comics, media, and pop-culture fans!   Hosted by CCAS members Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Leslie Ezeh (Stop N Go Productions), and Ralph Miley (New Creation), fans and creators alike are invited to join an informal after-hours time of Christian fellowship, networking, laughter and prayer as we “talk shop” about the Christian comics movement.

 

Spiritual Themes In Comics, SATURDAY, JULY 14: 6:00PM – 7:00PM Room 4
This always lively CCAS panel examines spiritual themes in both contemporary comics and pop-culture in general, with a special nod this year to Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life.” 

Panelists include:

WAYNE GARDINER         Crucidel Productions              http://www.crucidel.com
SERGIO CARIELLO          The Action Bible                    http://www.sergiocariello.com
LEO PARTIBLE                Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture http://www.actoneprogram.com
CHRISTOPHER KOELLE  The Book Of Revelation          http://www.christopherkoelle.com
moderator: BUZZ DIXON    Savage Angels                       http://www.buzzdixon.com

 

CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel, SUNDAY, JULY 15:  10:00AM – 11:00AM Room 32AB
Join fellow Christian fans and creators for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in graphic format.  Open to all who wish to attend. 

Panelists:

SERGIO CARIELLO                The Action Bible                        http://www.sergiocariello.com
CHRISTOPHER KOELLE         The Book Of Revelation             http://www.christopherkoelle.com
BILLY TUCCI                           A Child Is Born                          http://apostlearts.com
moderator: BUZZ DIXON           Savage Angels                          http://www.buzzdixon.com

 

SIGNING: Join The Book of Revelation author team: FR. MARK AREY, MATT DORFF, CHRISTOPHER KOELLE and CHRIS DIAMANTOPOULOUS (the actor who recently played Moe in “The Three Stooges”) for a signing at the HarperCollins booths 1016-1019 on Thursday at 2:00PM.

 

NEW for 2012, CCAS will distribute a “Passport to Christians In Comics” map of the Comic-Con floor designed to help attendees navigate to, explore, and support industry professionals who pursue excellence of comics craft in the context of their Christian faith through various adult, family, faith-friendly or faith-based projects.

 

The Book of Revelation

CCAS and Zondervan, a HarperCollins Company, will be giving away signed posters by renowned artist CHRISTOPHER KOELLE, illustrator of The Book of Revelation, a graphic novel set to release February 2013. While supplies last, all CCAS event attendees will receive a sample copy of the graphic novel, at the events and though the CCAS booth on the exhibit floor. 

 

The book of Revelation has challenged, inspired, and astonished readers for nearly 2000 years; it’s been analyzed in countless interpretations and commentaries, and yet it remains the most mysterious.

 

The Book of Revelation is designed to give the text a visual resonance and physical vividness that makes it more real than ever before. This telling of Revelation is intended to have an immediate visceral impact, similar to the impact it would have had on its first and second century audiences, most of whom would have experienced it by hearing it told aloud. The Apostle John’s powerful descriptions have been transformed into imagery that makes the text come to life for contemporary readers.

 

“The translation by FR. MARK AREY captures the vibrant, pulsing word-image of the ancient Greek while the adaptation work of MATT DORFF moves the images from something you see to something you feel, but what really captures the reader is the masterful illustration by CHRISTOPHER KOELLE.” said Chip Brown, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Zondervan.

 

HOLLYWOODJESUS.COM Comics Editor Arnaldo Reyes will provide coverage throughout Comic-ConThe action at Comic-Con is naturally a huge shaping force in what the comic-reading world talks about. “It’s a fanboy culture,” said Greg Wright, Editor-In-Chief, “and we’re fans of fanboys.” If you’ve got a special angle for HJ’s “Pop-Culture from a Spiritual Point of View,” connect with Comics Editor Arnaldo Reyes at Comic-Con. From Wonder Woman to Ghost Rider to Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, HollywoodJesus.com covers it all. HJ’s latest comic reviews can be found at http://tinyurl.com/HJcomics.  

 

CCAS members are creating additional impact through Comic-Con related activities and projects:

 

Writer/illustrator, Robert James Luedke, will once again return to Comic Con International to share his award-winning Eye Witness graphic novel series.  This year Luedke will be featuring the REVISED EDITION of the first book in the series…A Fictional Tale of Absolute Truth.  The volume with feature totally remastered colors (by Luedke) and shore up what the author describes as “rookie editorial mis-steps.”  Eye Witness, which premiered at Comic Con in 2004, has won five indy book awards and been named a finalist in five others, making it one of the most recognized and decorated series in the brief history of Christian-themed graphic novels.  Luedke and the series have been featured in diverse media from coast to coast including: LA Times, Washington Post, AP, Fox News, Publishers Weekly, Christianity Today, World Magazine, Comic Buyers Guide, Wizard Magazine and USA Radio Network. Visit booth Q-16 or see more at http://www.headpress.info.

 

It’s Christmas in July! Apostle Arts is pleased to announce the special hardcover edition of Billy Tucci’s A Child is Born available at comic and trade retailers nationwide for Christmas 2012. Adapted from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and lovingly illustrated by award-winning author and artist, Billy Tucci, A Child is Born offers a stunning portrayal of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Awarded five Doves by The Dove Foundation and nominated for six CBG Fan Awards, A Child is Born is a wonderful Christmas tradition to be shared with friends and family for years to come. Visit booth #1801 or see more at http://apostlearts.com.

 

Described as “A World War Two Lord Of The Flies with Catholic schoolgirls”, Buzz Dixon’s new prose Young Adult novel SAVAGE ANGELS will debut this fall from Snokie Stories.  Creator of the ground breaking and bestselling SERENITY Christian manga series, Dixon continues to craft new tales of faith and courage in a challenging world.    Meet Dixon at the CCAS panel events. See more at http://www.snokiestories.com.

 

Lamp Post is making the Comic-Con debut of Kurt J. Kolka’s The Cardinal Adventures, Gary Shipman’s Pakkins’ Land Vol. 2, Dan Conner’s Heaven Forbid Vol. 2: Awkward for Everyone [with an exclusive signed/numbered bookplate just for this show!], and Brett Burner’s Hand of the Morningstar Vol. 7 & 8!  Come to the booth for signing by renown comics artist Mike Miller (Hand of the Morningstar, Game of Thrones, DC Universe Online Legends) and to receive a free crayon drawing by Dan Conner!  Quite honestly, Lamp Post may be the most fun you have at a table this year!  Mention this news piece and save $5 on one of Dan’s books and get the ArmorQuest graphic novel for $1!  Twenty Twelve is going to be an amazing year for Lamp Post at San Diego Comic-Con. Stop by Small Press booth Q-01, on the corner against the back wall.   http://www.lamppostpubs.com

 

Katie Leigh is renowned for playing the voice of Connie Kendall for the last 25 years on Focus on the Family’s “Adventures in Odyssey.” A voice actor in Hollywood since 1981, she has starred in many cartoons including Jim Henson’s “Muppet Babies” and Disney’s “Adventures of the Gummi Bears.” Just last September she was the voice of Young Han Solo in the Cartoon Network Lego Special “Padawan Menace.” She will be at the Soul Geek booth #5619 to meet and greet. Check the schedule for details. http://www.katieleigh.com.

 

Kingstone Comics is a publisher of premiere comics and graphic novels for the faith market. The company’s latest release, The Book of God, is a one-of-a-kind graphic novel that tells the process of how we got the Bible.  Illustrated by Javier Saltares (Ghost Rider) and penned by Ben Avery (Hedge Knight) fans can see more at http://www.KingstoneComics.com.

 

Created by The JESUS Film Project in association with Brethren Entertainment, Barry Cook (Director of Disney’s “Mulan”), and Tokyo’s renowned Studio 4°C, “My Last Day” is a short film of regret, repentance and redemption. This 9-minute animé unfolds through the eyes of a criminal who receives the same brutal crucifixion sentence as Christ. The criminal’s own guilt causes him to realize Christ’s innocence. http://mylastdaymovie.com.

 

Giant chickens! Evil robots! Goblins and orks that are constantly on Facebawk! Enter the fantasy world of The Aydellon, penned by Dr. L.P. Beltran.  Koa the cheeky monkey has been called on a mission from the Great Creator Himself. With the help of a unicow, a toothfairy and a dragon, they must build a mysterious machine that will save all of Aydellon! Take a look at this fantasy cartoon epic made on the big island of Hawaii!! With a colorful cast of characters The Aydellon tells stories that are fun and comedic, told with a level of sophistication and positive biblical overtones that appeal to the broadest audience and captures the imagination of all people regardless of age.  This all audience graphic novel can be read for free at http://www.AYDELLON.com.

 

Raegan and RJ in Space! is a new graphic novel trilogy for Christian kids, written and illustrated by Rich Collins.  These graphic novels tell the story of the first Christians to leave Earth in a star ship to colonize other star systems.  Go to the trilogy web site at http://www.raeganandrjinspace.com to download a free adventure, deck plans, character details, and to listen to the theme songs for each book.

 

Rescue Me: What Superheroes Can Teach Us about the Power of Faith is a unique blend of comic book and kids’ devotional. Using Captain Sun, a classic comic hero in a classic comic adventure, writer/pastor Bryce Morgan builds the story around eight spiritual lessons that connect the theme of each chapter to biblical themes like rescue, power, and the church. Kids of all ages will love both the action and Canadian artist Mitch Martin’s amazing illustrations, and parents will love the gospel-centered lessons and additional discussion questions. The book is available at Amazon.com. For more, visit http://www.itscaptainsun.com.

 

The Legacy, written by Forrest Rawls and drawn by Corey Clover, is based on the idea and book “Legacy of the Holy Warrior.” Set in the 30th Century at the End of Days, this “what if” story imagines how the world would see the second coming of the Christ a thousand years in the future. See how the legacy of a family bloodline spans time by starting the story at the end. View a YouTube video featuring the first 8 pages of Issue 1. YouTube video: http://youtu.be/ScCqYamF8ms. Web Site: http://www.thelegacycomic.com.

 

Dating has changed over time, but one thing remains the same: There will always be Princes and Frogs. How To Tell A Prince From A Frog by Christine Kerrick gives you a glimpse into cognitive interviewing techniques for dating. It helps you develop other skills to detect the Frogs who will inevitably hop across your path. This book teaches you how to know your value, find your purpose, and do it, instead of sitting around waiting for your Prince. See more at http://www.christinekerrick.com.

 

R.G. Sewell was just interviewed by R-Squared Comicz. Sewell produces two webcomics: When Foxes Fly, an anthro-spoof of superheroes and villains, and Lost Legends of Whoelterran, a fantasy comic done in a LOTR style. See http://whenfoxesfly.thecomicseries.com and http://whoelterran.thecomicseries.com to view the webcomics, and for the interview: http://tinyurl.com/ccasrgsewell.

 

For more information on the Comic-Con International: San Diego, go to: http://www.comic-con.org.

 

ABOUT CHRISTIAN COMIC ARTS SOCIETY
Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) was formed in 1984 to locate and link Christians interested or active in the comic book/graphic novel medium. CCAS sponsors comic industry activities at various comic conventions across the country, and Alpha Omega, the APA of Christian comics.  The goal and purpose of CCAS is to support Christian professionals, hopefuls and enthusiasts within the Comic Book and related industries by providing opportunities for: 1. The sharing of the Christian message and our Christian faith, primarily within and through the comic book industry and art form. 2. Mentoring, training, friendship and networking. 3. The collaboration on and creation of visual storytelling. The CCAS is governed by a volunteer board which includes Buzz Dixon (Snokie Stories,) Ralph Miley (New Creation,) Holly Knevelbaard (Illustrator,) Leslie Ezeh (Stop n Go Productions,) and Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media) along with numerous volunteers from the comic industry and the Church. For more information on the Christian Comic Arts Society, go to: www.ChristianComicArts.com, Facebook.com/ChristianComicArts, or Twitter.com/ChristianComics.

 

ABOUT ZONDERVAN
Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is a world leader in Christian communications and a leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with additional offices in Miami, Zondervan conducts events and publishes its bestselling Bibles, books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products through its Zondervan, Zonderkidz and Editorial Vida brands. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan on the Internet at http://www.zondervan.com.

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Christian Comic Arts Society Map & Flyer – New for Comic-Con International 2012!

Christian Comic Arts Society

 

New for Comic-Con International 2012, CCAS has created a flyer listing the CCAS events on site at the Con, along with a Con floor map listing booths for CCAS friendly pros who are exhibiting on the main floor, in the Small Press area, or in the Artist Alley.

 

1. Download your copy to see

2. Google the people/companies you may not be familiar with.

Download the PDF at http://frontgatemedia.com/ccas/CCASPassportMulipage.pdf.  Note: this is a 17MB PDF file.

 

A special thanks to CCAS members Brett Burner (Lamp Post) for the idea, and Holly Knevelbaard for her design time in laying this out!

 

Please pray for this to draw more attention to CCAS and friends.

 

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Variety and Rogers & Cowan Hit Home Run with Family and Faith-based Entertainment Summit

Last week, Variety and Rogers & Cowan completed their first Family Entertainment and Faith-based Summit for the industry.  It was a home run: way out of the park.

In fact, we may all look back on this event as the catalytic fork in the road for the next period of growth between the entertainment industry and the Christian community.  I tip my hat to Leslie and Kirstin and the rest of the Rogers & Cowan and Variety teams, respectively.Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit

What made this event special was not the level of talent that came out to speak via the stage, not the level of working professionals in creative, distribution and finance in the audience; not the discussion about the differences between family, faith-based or faith-friendly entertainment…  It was all of those things in the context of a sold out audience, half of whom I didn’t know yet.  Frankly, that’s a tough thing to do these days after my 23 year career in the faith-based market and my years of service on the Board for the Biola Media Conference.

This event brought new professionals into the discussion and into faith-based market experience. That can only be good for our Christian market industry.

Also of interest: the discussion across the day waded more and more into faith-based waters, signaling to me that faith-based and faith-friendly entertainment is deeply intriguing the family entertainment industry professionals.

To see a listing of who spoke and the schedule, click here.

To see the Variety article summarizing the event, click here.

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