Cartoon Church: Comics for Church Use

May 10, 2005 by

CartoonChurch has gone live, offering single comics and syndication for church newsletters and publications. There’s not currently a huge offering, but it appears to be growing.

One of my favorites is The Congregation Assumed.

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Kevin D. Hendricks

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3 Responses to “Cartoon Church: Comics for Church Use”

  • Anne Jackson
    May 10, 2005

    Someone passed an ad from them on to me to see if we’d be interested in posting it on our new website (not yet up….next week!)
    Anyway, although I personally got a few chuckles and it took me on a walk down memory lane of my dad’s church’s old newsletters, our church’s newsletters, bulletins and website are mainly outreach/info tools for our guests – and by using something like this on any of those, to me it says, “come join our christian club – we have our own jokes!” which is not the message our church is trying to communicate.

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  • Dave
    May 11, 2005

    Cheers Kevin,
    There will be plenty more cartoons — it’s been a mad rush getting the site up for the Exhibition where it’s launching.

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  • kevin
    May 11, 2005

    That’s a good point, Anne. I wonder what everyone else thinks: are church cartoons appropriate? Or are they more Christian bubble navel-gazing?
    While I understand your point, I also think it’s acceptable–even expected–for the content of a newsletter to reflect its audience. Thus if a business journal chose to run cartoons, they’d be business-oriented cartoons. If a family magazine ran cartoons, they’d be family-oriented. If a church newsletter ran cartoons, you get the idea.
    Of course the cartoons need to be top-notch. While they should be church related, they need to be understandable to outsiders. If that’s the case, then I think they send the message, “hey, we know how to be funny, church isn’t always serious, and you’re welcome here” as oppsed to “come join our christian club–we have our own jokes.”

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