Many of you may not know that by day I’m a priest, and by night I write for a site called Comicattack.net. I’ve been doing a monthly column for them called Comics Are My Religion, along with regular reviews of various books. I love comics, and find so many theological ties to them. The thought occurred to me that someone who reads my blog might be interested in what I’m writing elsewhere. It may even interest you to pick up a comic or graphic novel. There are so many kinds out there now. Keep in mind, the main audience of this column is diverse, so the themes are broad.
Welcome to Comics Are My Religion, a look at theology through the lens of comic books. There are some basic ground rules about engaging in respectful dialog about religion in this column.
A few weeks ago, I preached a sermon at my church on how much churches are like comic book shops. Not many of my parishioners have ever dared step into a local comic shop (LCS), so I don’t know if the illustration connected to them. But with the supposed decline of mainline Christian denominations, and also the supposed decline of LCSs, I wonder if there are any similarities in how both of these institutions are reaching new people.
This past week, I have heard many comic fans online talk about their experiences at their LCS for Free Comic Book Day. FCBD is such a great idea, hoping to bring new readers into stores as well as treating long-time fans with sales, discounts, signings by comic creators, and a lot of free stuff. However, despite FCBD being such a great idea, I hear many mixed reviews on the experiences people have. It all depends on the store. Lots of people exclaim over the many things they get, while others complain about only getting one free comic and a lot of hassle from LCS employees…