Showing posts with label orthodox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label orthodox. Show all posts

Friday, February 10, 2017

Comics in New Martyr Magazine


I've fallen behind on my monthly-fool-daily, but I'm still making comics! New Martyr is a new quarterly magazine for Orthodox kids, and I've contributed a recurring comic "Draw Near" to the last two issues, as well as hidden picture puzzles. Each issue features stories and illustrations from a variety of contributors (and some kids!) relevant to the season and feasts in the church year. I was excited to draw some St. Lucia ills for the Winter edition, since we have a Lucia in our house. The next issue will arrive in time for Holy Week - so be sure to order yours!

Draw Near in the Winter 2016 issue - featuring St. Lucia Day!


A Hidden-Picture Puzzle and Recipe for the Winter 2016 Issue

Fr. Paul Drozdowski's lovely illustrations of St. Herman 

So, it looks like I my daily might have become a quarterly, but I'm persisting! Thanks for checking in with me. ;)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As a Bird She Escaped - St. Barbara

This month's Fool [ahem] Daily tells briefly the life of St. Barbara. Her story, and the miracles and legends associated with her, are pretty fantastic, so I focused on those and left out the more sordid details of her martyrdom. I have some thoughts about how this turned out and how it could be better, but I'm remembering being told that I shouldn't immediately point my audience to all the things I don't like - so I'll let it stand on its own. If anything, these comics are fun for me and perhaps I won't worry about being too critical now. An icon of St. Barbara is included below. 








Sunday, May 15, 2016

Smelling Roses

I don't know that storytelling is one of my better skills. So maybe this isn't a story exactly, just a collection of connected moments, perceptions, from the last few years.




Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

Forgiveness Sunday

Orthodox Lent begins this Sunday! We're a little late this year. :) I may take clean week off from the comic, I haven't decided yet.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Three Legged Stool

More lenten preparations. I drew this little doodle to teach my kiddos about balancing the three components of our Lenten effort, and thought it would be fun to make an animated gif.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Lady Meatfare

Today is one of those days I've been running crazy trying to accomplish all the things, and I didn't realize I had forgotten my cartoon until 10:00! I was working on some Lenten education materials, so I turned one of those doodles into todays comic.

For my non-Orthodox/non-Greek readers, Kyra Sarakosti (literally Lady Lent, or Lady Forty Days) is a personification of Great Lent. She has 7 legs for the 7 weeks of Lent, her arms folded in prayer, and no mouth to represent the fasting. We're in the 3 weeks of preparation before Lent now, so today's comic features Kyra Sarakosti's lesser known sister, Kyra Meatfare.

Almost time! A blessed fast to those of you celebrating.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The One Storey Universe

This is a series of theological cartoons (not my regular daily comic, I suppose) based on the writing of Fr. Stephen Freeman about Christianity in a One-Storey Universe.

I grew up, happily, in a fundamentalist Christian denomination until about a decade ago when I experienced a crisis of faith. Fr. Stephen's writing has played a crucial role in my conversion and continued faith in God, by holding my hand through a major paradigm shift. His writing about the comparison of a two-storey universe and the one-storey universe most clearly explain this paradigm shift, and I return to re-read these articles frequently. This is about a faith that is not abstract or at odds with the natural world, but the reality that God is with us and fully integrated into our life and world.

Since I first began reading about this metaphor I have pictured it in little cartoons, but I only sat down to draw them this last week. Forgive me, I can't promise they illustrate the concept perfectly, and they have a little humor infused (at least, I think they do). Most of these cartoons come out of the writing at the link above, but he has written many more articles to expand this topic; see also these discussions on the church and unbelief.








A House Blessing

Orthodox bless their homes each year between Theophany and the beginning of Lent. Our house blessing was yesterday, and so today's comic reflects on the sacredness of all things. "Nothing is profane except that which you profane." 




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Shining with Joy: a story about faith

I didn't mean to spend most of my day drawing the story of a really personal encounter with a saint. But, hey, I did, so why not be vulnerable and share it with the world, eh?












Monday, February 1, 2016

Hourly Comic Day

Whew, this was harder than I expected! I think I learned a lot about what is really necessary, and what is beautiful and communicative. I still have a lot to learn about media, and need to practice working with the figure more. This was a great exercise.