comic book anthology, Proverbs & Parables features short vignettes
based around the proverbs of Solomon and the parables of Christ. Over sixty
artists participated in this anthology, reflecting a very wide range of
art styles and genres -- from "grim & gritty" to "funny animals". This
book is a visual celebration of the words of the wise, and the wisdom of
The Christian Comic Art
Society was founded by Don Ensign in 1984 as an outlet for comic-book
professionals, amateurs and fans who share Christian beliefs. The group
aims to address comic-book issues from a Christian perspective.
Illustrated by Bill Morrison, Kathleen Webb, Carlos Garzon, Gary
Martin, Sergio Cariello, Jay Disbrow, Steve Firchow, Rabecca Baerman, Jesse
Hamm, Ralph E. Miley, Christine Kerrick, Don Kelly, Tim Gagnon, Michael
James, Randy Emberlin, Ronn Stern, Kevin Yong, Drew Pocza, Monte Wilson,
Win Mumma , Hal Jones, Billy Leavell, Farel Dalrymple, Geoff Strout, Kenn
Bivins, Devin Parker, Greg Dampier, Michael Bennett, Mark Ammerman, Dennis
Jensen, Leo Bak, Roman Morales, G Eddy, & more
Edited by Don E. Ensign
M.A. Manley, The Comic
Co-op Classifieds, December 1998
"Steve Firchow (More Than
Mortal), Sergio Cariello (Catwoman/Wildcat), Gary Martin (Nexus) and Chris
Yambar (Mr. Beat) are just a few of the truly impressive artists who contributed
to this fantastic piece of inspirational material. Rather than reinterpret
the text, the creators and organizers chose to use a loose visual interpretation.
The end result was a very nice trade paperback with some of the wisest
words ever printed and some of the most exciting, innovative and diverse
artwork available anywhere."
Tony Isabella's Journal
#558, December 25, 1998
"I applaud this largely
well-intentioned attempt to bring comics to a new audience. Comics can
do so many things so well and I think expressing one's faith is one of
From the Back Cover
Over sixty artists have
collaborated to produce this unprecedented collection of work. Professionals,
aspiring professionals, and amateurs have illustrated proverbs, parables
and other scriptures found in the Bible. The artwork depicts the narratives
in unique and creative interpretations. This book presents traditional
Bible stories in thought provoking, fun, and uplifting ways. Proverbs &
Parables is a collection of Bible stories presented as you have never seen
From contributor Don Kelly:
This is too cool!
Proverbs and Parables! It
is sooo cool to see it listed here on Amazon. Many prayers and hard work
went into this little tome..believe me. Just ask Ralph and the rest of
the gang. I feel very blessed and priveledged to have been a part of this
project, a very small part. To be included in with these talented people
is like a dream come true. A big hand and a job well done to you all! Many
Blessings! To the readers of our work: I hope you enjoy it. May it enlighten
as well as entertain you.
Thanks for picking it up.
Remember, read to your kids! They'll thank you for it and so will I. :)
From the foreword by Al
Cartoons, creativity, and
Christ! What a tremendous combination for communicating. Comics are a graphic
medium and in an age of busy lives that allow little time for reading,
pictures seem to get priority. TV demands attention and then mesmerizes.
Comics present just as much action and because of their compact, streamlined
format they truly entertain. Those of us who have been involved in creating
Christian comics realize that the average reader wants to be entertained.
They buy a comic for fun and excitement. And we provide that -- but it's
only a book. We want the reader to pick up our books, be anxious to turn
the page and to become totally involved in the story line. So, yes, our
job is to entertain, but our goal is to offer something far more important
than slapstick and suspense. Folks by the thousands are seeking all kinds
of thrills and kicks to escape the reality of life. Our great motivation
is to take a slice of life that the reader can identify with, and then
show precisely how God wants to be involved in that life experience. In
short, to illustrate in a very practical way the tremendous difference
that having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can have, day in
and day out in the very nitty-gritty of our lives. Jesus wants us to enjoy
the wonder of life's adventure, and to enjoy it abundantly, positively,
and fruitfully. All of us involved in Christian comics are thankful to
God for the talent He gave us. It's a privilege to give it back to Him.
He is our Creator. Through Him we draw and have our being.
from the foreword to Proverbs & Parables
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