Religion, Spiritual Development

COMIX35

  • Houston, TX
  • www.comix35.org

Mission Statement

To bring people to Jesus Christ through the visual storytelling medium of comics

Main Programs

  1. Visual Storytelling Seminar/Workshops
  2. Christian comics consulting
  3. Christian Comics Tracts for Prison Inmates
  4. Christian BD for Quebec
  5. Native American Projects
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

In partnership with top Christian organizations across the globe COMIX35 has held over 40 Christian comics teaching events for over 900 attendees representing 52 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. We help to help Christians create their own evangelistic stories and messages, in their own languages, as part of an evangelism strategy and/or discipleship program for their own people.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Nate Butler

Co Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Dr. David R. Martinez

Keywords

Self-reported

comics, cartoons, literature, visual storytelling, prisons

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Also Known As

COMIX35

EIN

74-2815860

 Number

1790773401

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place." 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)This past year COMIX35 was part of three publishing triumphs:+ The full-color, evangelistic "Betrayed!" tract for pre/young teen boys was completed. The tract features "transforming robots" in a story that illustrates Christ's sacrifice vividly through the hero's willing death for a disloyal subject. One of COMIX35's Board members had his church youth group distribute copies at their local movie theater during the opening week of the "Transformers 2" film. He reported: "We probably handed out about 160 or more tracts in just 10 to 15 minutes. We were able to tell people on the way to see 'Transformers' all about the Great Transformer, Jesus, and the 'Betrayed!' tracts made it so much easier!"+ The first issue of the African Comics Project, a b&w comic magazine entirely written and drawn by Africans, for Africans, was produced after a number of struggles. A Kenyan contributor responded: "Thank you so much for this ministry. You would never believe it, but until you contacted me about this project, I had 'moved on' from making comics to other things 'coz I wasn't seeing where the comics ministry was headed. God used you to bring me back to this ministry!" Two original long-term goals for the project may become reality sooner rather than later, Lord willing:  [1] A French publisher will partner with COMIX35 to expand the project into Francophone countries of Africa, and [2] a Nigerian contributor to the first issue plans to produce a Nigeria-specific comic "for outreach purposes to the lost."+ COMIX35's coaching and consultation work on the Japanese "Manga Messiah" Bible graphic novel series produced major results: 1.6 million copies in print in 16 languages, with another 4 languages in production.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Visual Storytelling Seminar/Workshops

COMIX35 offers classes for all Christian communicators who want to learn the specifics of producing and using comics-style literature for evangelism and discipleship. Past seminars have been attended by missionaries, publishers, editors, writers, artists, evangelists, students, journalists, video producers, marketing directors, and many others - both men and women, young and old, professional and amateur. Our standard COMIX35 seminar is either 3 or 5 full days. (1 day introductory seminars or seminars of other lengths can also be arranged.) The 3 and 5-day seminars are very "hands-on" for the students, with opportunities to create comic strips and tracts during class which can go into print immediately after the training has ended.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Christian comics consulting

COMIX35 has advised or assisted on comic book, tract, and graphic novel projects in a number of counties including Japan, England, the Philippines, France, Hong Kong, the Gambia, Peru, India, Australia, and the USA, working with organizations such as United Bible Societies, the Edge Group UK, the Josh McDowell Ministry, and Word of Life Press, the largest Christian publisher in Japan.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Christian Comics Tracts for Prison Inmates

COMIX35 launched this project in 2008 to develop personal testimony tracts (mini-comics) written and drawn BY inmates, FOR inmates, in their own authentic cultural voice, as an outreach to the "captive audience" of their fellow prisoners, to juvenile offenders, and to at-risk youth on the outside.

Category

Population(s) Served

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Budget

Program 4

Christian BD for Quebec

The Québecois (people of Québec) literally kicked God out of their culture in the '60s. The Christian remnant there call it "The Silent Revolution."Now Québec has the lowest rate of church attendance in North America; the highest percentages for divorce, abortion, cohabiting couples, and out-of-wedlock births in Canada; and the highest suicide rate in Canada (also one of the highest rates in the industrialized world.)Outreach Canada, a church-planting and church-growth ministry, has labeled the Québecois as "the most unreached people group in North America."As with all the other Francophone cultures, the Québecois love their BD (pronounced "bay-day," and short for "bande dessinée," the French term for "comics").COMIX35 is working with Christian Québecois ministries to produce French-language comics - by the Québecois, for the Québecois - to reach the hurting, empty hearts of these lost people who are loved by our LORD Jesus Christ.

Category

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 5

Native American Projects

In partnership with Christ for Native Youth and Western Indian Ministries in Window Rock, Arizona, COMIX35 is undertaking a series of comics projects for Native Americans and ministry workers who want to serve them in the Southwest USA, including: * Seminars / Workshops * Retreats * Consultations * Tracts

Category

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

In partnership with top Christian organizations across the globe COMIX35 has held over 40 Christian comics teaching events for over 900 attendees representing 52 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. We help to help Christians create their own evangelistic stories and messages, in their own languages, as part of an evangelism strategy and/or discipleship program for their own people.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

COMIX35

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Nate Butler

Co Principal Officer

Dr. David R. Martinez

BIO

Nate Butler made his living for more than 20 years as a cartoonist, commercial artist, and writer/illustrator of comics before going into full-time ministry. His former company The Nate Butler Studio, Inc. produced artwork for clients such as Jim Henson Productions, Weekly Reader, Children's Television Workshop, Consumer's Union, DC Comics, and King Features Syndicate, as well as script writing for Modern Publishing, Archie and Marvel Comics. Nate has worked on over a dozen internationally known characters such as The Muppets, Jughead, Popeye, Heathcliff, Bugs Bunny, Tiny Toons, Mighty Mouse, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Snuffy Smith, Barbie, Animated Batman, The Jetsons, Berenstain Bears, Tom & Jerry, etc. He was also editor/co-publisher/packager of Christian Comics & Games Magazine, editor/publisher of Christian Comics Catalog. He wrote and packaged the Aida-Zee Christian comics and magazines, the Truth For Youth comics, and the Brother Yun graphic novel, plus evangelistic tracts for Dave Roever, George South, and others. Nate created the Christian Comics International web site (the first site of its kind on the Internet) which is now maintained as an additional ministry service of COMIX35. Nate is also one of the original 44 "Evangel-Vision" bloggers selected by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. Since 1996 Nate has been a coach, consultant, and teacher on the production and effective use of comics-style literature for evangelism and discipleship.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. David R Martinez

No Affiliation

Term: July 2011 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?