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While I’m on a cartooning kick, I thought I’d share a little preview of Creacher. Sometimes the words come first, but in this case I just started off by drawing the characters and let them speak. I just started to look at the things I know and the things I wanted to share. These are some of the things I know and now you know them too.


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I’ve been trying to express the way I’ve been feeling lately and that usually comes out in cartoons, So here’s a preview of this week’s Creacher.
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Sometimes the best way to vent is to hit the old sketch board. Guys there is hope. We just need Jesus!


So I’ve been wondering. One of my favorite things on social media are the memes. There was a time when these humorous little pictures would get a little chuckle out of me and I really enjoyed them. It was an example of people stretching their wit, creativity and sometimes just a kernel of sarcasm to add a little humor to our day. Lately however, they seem to be becoming more mean and biting and people seem to be using them as a source of news. I have come to the point of wondering how many of the divisive issues we’ve faced over the past few months (years?) were the result of some pretty diabolical memes. I decided to do a little commentary on it, using, what else? memes! This is a preview of next week’s Creacher comics. I hope you like them, and share them but more than that, that they make you think.

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Man if only I had known how to animate back in the day… If I didn’t have friends, I could have made my own. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say if all goes according to plan these two guys are about to take on a life of their own. Stay tuned.
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I first proposed this idea to friend of mine, but decided to do it myself first to make sure it actually works. This could really make my speaking ministry even more interesting.


Spoiler alert…
If you subscribe to my webcomic Creacher, you may not want to look at this post, or maybe you’ll want to take the sneak peak.
I started off thinking I was going to do a lot of quotes from other people and decided I would just do my own. These are some heartfelt (and hopefully humorous or thought provoking) ideas that I hope will touch and bless you.
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What do you do when you’re out of ideas and you need to create. One of my favorite things is to hit the Scriptures. Case in point, this week I was having difficulty coming up with the content for next week’s Creacher cartoons. Where oh where could I find short pithy sayings for cartoon “gags.” Well considering I want them to be humorous but with a solid point, why not the book that holds some of the great wisdom of all time, the book of Proverbs? I am reading through them as part of my devotions right now and before long I had a week’s worth of cartoons written and ready to go.

The Word of God is a great source for Christian creative projects of all kinds. The trick though is knowing what’s in there and where you can find it. Of course there are tons of sources for finding what you’re looking for in the Bible, but there is one thing that will trump them all…

Picking it up and reading it.

So Hit the Word. You’ll be glad you did.
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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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My church is doing trunk or treat and I decided to decorate my trunk with one of my favorite things to create, creatures. I have always loved making creatures because the possibilities are endless. You can literally create anything you want. For the longest time I could not see how this connected with my faith, but then one day I was preparing to preach in a “King James Only” church. My text revolved around 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation…” Well in the King James, “new creation” is translated “New Creature.” There was my answer. I could use the creatures I create to talk about being a new creature in Christ. After a few false starts, I settled on the name CREACHER because it combined Creature and Preacher, and also it had reacher in the name and that was my intent, to use creachers to reach people for the Kingdom. Well I decided to ramp up CREACHER and give out cards to the site along with my candy. The new version includes a meme, a coloring sheet and a color download available free on the site. You can see them for yourself at the CREACHER website along with my pop art and some other cartoons.
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There are a lot of problems in our world. This should come as no surprise to anyone, and especially not to believers. The Bible tells us, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” Further it tells us we are more than conquerors in Christ. Sounds to me like we’re not just supposed to accept that there are problems in the world but that we’re supposed to join in Christ in being part of the solution.

This is great news especially if you’re a creative. That creative spark God has put inside us was put there for a reason and I believe it’s this simple, God made us creative so that we would seek Him to find a way where there seems to be no way. It makes sense if you think about it. Someone once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” (That is true of most everything but prayer.) Einstein said that a problem will never be solved by the same level of thinking that created it. If problems are created, and most of the time they are, then prayer and creativity will also most likely be part of the solution.

Don’t look at problems as insurmountable. We serve the God who overcame the world and we can do all things in Him. Look to Him first and look beyond the obvious. Be creative in Him and allow God to help you find the creative solution. Then do it for all you’re worth.

When there seems to be no way, look to Yahweh, then get creative!