About My Creatures…

Posted: December 26, 2015 in cartoons
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I had a comment from one of my valued readers asking about my creatures, asking if they were demons. It’s a good question, and I was neither offended, not taken aback by it. They do occasionally have horns and things, and I guess I can see it, but the answer to that question is a decided no. I decided to give you a little of the origin behind them today as well as a preview of next week’s cartoons over at Creachertoons.

I have drawn creatures for most of my life. This has led to some really cool opportunities, including designing characters for a traveling show and working for a licensee of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’ve always enjoyed this for one main reason. These creatures do not exist anywhere but in my imagination and as such are only limited by my own imagination. I love that. There is so much freedom and creativity in creating something like that.

Also, as a cartoonist, I have at various times been taken to task by people who have been offended at the way I portray various people. While I intended no offense and had no ill will in my heart, I also had no desire to offend. Creatures look like no one and as such, they allow me to speak to everyone, from a safe space with very little opportunity to offend. You can say, “You need to stop being a people pleaser and create what is on your heart” but I have found that people shut you out when they are offended and the message is more important to me than my artistic sensibilities.

Then what sealed it for me was when I was invited to preach at a friend’s “King James Only” church. I prepared to preach on 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.” I love that verse. It speaks to a transformed life in Christ. When I went to the King James to prepare the message, I was surprised to see that the words we translate to “New Creation” in newer translations is translated “New Creature” in the King James. I began to wonder if I could use creatures to communicate the Gospel and what would become CREACHER was born. I’ve been using creatures ever since.

I love to do Creacher. It allows me nearly unlimited creativity. Because the focus is on being a new creature, I try to only use new creatures, i.e. I rarely use the same creature twice, though you will occasionally see lions and lambs repeated when I want to represent Jesus, since He is both Lion of the Tribe of Judah and Lamb of God.

So in spite of what they may look like, my creatures are usually a tool to communicate the Gospel and express truth, even when it’s not overt. Occasionally (as in the case of my new adult coloring book) I draw them to stretch my creativity and build my skills, which is a worthy pursuit for any creative. Here is how I explain the creatures in Creachertoons.






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