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

San Diego, CA – The largest pop-culture entertainment event in the world, THE COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2013 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 HarperCollins Christian Publishing, 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:

The Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer, Friday, 7/19/13, 8:30p.m. – 9:30p.m., Room: 26AB

Come join the Christian Comic Arts Society for their annual fellowship mixer, open to all comics, media, and pop-culture fans!   With special industry guests giving personal updates on their upcoming projects, the mixer continues to be the singular Christian event at Comic-Con where fans and creators join together in an informal after-hours time of socializing and networking as we “talk shop” about Christians in the world of comics.

Spiritual Themes in Comics, Saturday, 7/20/13, 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., Room: 4

The center cannot hold!  Major changes are sweeping through the world’s faith communities and popular media reflects these concerns.  What rough beast slouches towards San Diego to be born?  Join the always lively CCAS panel on spiritual themes.

Panelists include:

CHRIS KOELLE                           The Book of Revelation                         
KAI CARPENTER                      Last Adam: Firstborn                            
CHIP BROWN                              HarperCollins Christian Publishers 
MIKE SHIELDS                           Team 33 Productions/168 Film Project
moderator: BUZZ DIXON       Savage Angels                                          

The Christian Comics Arts Society General Meeting, Sunday, 7/21/13, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Room: 28DE

Join fellow Christian fans and creators for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in visual formats.  Open to all who wish to attend.


DOUG TENNAPEL                                Tommysaurus Rex, Scholastic                         
MIKE S. MILLER                                  Injustice: Gods Among Us, A Game of Thrones
KEVIN SORBO                                       Hercules, Andromeda, Soul Surfer                  
CHIP BROWN                                         HarperCollins Christian Publishers                 
Moderator:  BRETT BURNER          Lamp Post                                                                   

LastAdam-coverSIGNING: Join The Book of Revelation artist CHRIS KOELLE and Last Adam: Firstborn artist KAI CARPENTER for a signing at the HarperCollins booth #1029 on Saturday at 2:00PM.

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 the comics craft in the context of their Christian faith through various adult, family, faith-friendly or faith-based projects.

CCAS and Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, will be selling signed copies of The Book of Revelation, a graphic novel currently ranked #1 on Amazon Best Sellers list for Religious Arts and Photography.

CCAS and Zondervan will also be distributing samplers and signed posters for the first installment of the exciting new graphic novel series Last Adam:  Firstborn.  Set to release this fall, Firstborn is a beginning, an origin story, the remarkable starting point for a remarkable life.  This first adventure in The Last Adam graphic novel series illustrates the story of Jesus’ birth and early life in terms of a grand and sweeping family saga, powered by acts of sacrifice, villainy and heroism.

HOLLYWOOD JESUS Comics Editor Arnaldo Reyes will provide live coverage for and the Christian Comic Arts Society throughout Comic-Con via @ChristianComics on Twitter and at “Comic-Con is the Super Bowl of Pop-Culture! From comics to movies to TV and even gaming, you can find it all, and since we love Pop-Culture, the goal is to bring everyone a little of everything at,” says Reyes.  If you’ve got a special angle for HJ’s “Pop-Culture from a Spiritual Point of View,” connect with Reyes at Comic-Con. From Wonder Woman to Ghost Rider to Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, covers it all. Hollywood Jesus is part of the FrontGate Christian Web Network.  HJ’s latest comic reviews can be found at

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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) along with numerous volunteers from the comic industry and the Church. For more information on the Christian Comic Arts Society, go to:,, or


Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company’s products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, translated into nearly 200 languages. The Company’s mission is to be the leading company in Christian communication, meeting the needs of people with resources that glorify Jesus Christ and promote Biblical principles. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. Visit Zondervan on the Internet at

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Lori Heiselman – FrontGate