Jason Bach’s Catholic Cartoons Both Tickle and Teach

On Valentine’s Day 2013, Jason Bach posted a cartoon on his personal Facebook page—and a new career was launched.  Readers loved it and shared it—more than 4,000 times.

Jason, who had been drawing comics for as long as he could remember, realized he was onto something, and that if he drew it, people would come.  Incredulous at the response, Jason launched a new website to showcase his original comics.  Explaining how it all happened, Jason says:

“This made me think that maybe there was an under-served niche for more Catholic cartoons. So I put together a few more and people keep reading them so I keep making them! Not my plan but it seems to be working out well!”

There’s no computer animation in Bach’s sketches.  The work is done by hand, the old-fashioned way.

“I draw my cartoons on Bristol board with a sable brush and India ink,” Jason explains.

“I use a technical pen for the frames, word bubbles, and dialogue. I have a calligraphy nib for odds and ends. Sometimes I’ll shade or color the strip in Photoshop, and if I’m feeling really adventurous I’ll try my hand at watercolor. Very low tech but I like it that way.”

Jason’s only professional training was an art class in high school.  He earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish at Oregon State University, then pursued a Master’s of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey.

Visit his website for more creative Catholic comics.

“A Mother’s Dream”: Emotional Winner of the National Right To Life Video Contest

In the first two minutes, you’ll find yourself falling in love with this mother and child.

“A Mother’s Dream” is the first-place winner of the 2013 National Right To Life video contest.  It was submitted by Joshua Rapavi, a Marquette native who is a student at Northern Michigan University.

The NRTL’s annual video contest is open to any amateur film maker/student ages 15 through 25.  The film can be from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length.  Each film must affirm in some way–even indirectly–“Why laws need to protect innocent human life.”

NRL News editor Dave Andrusko, in announcing this year’s winning video, said, “We hope you find it as powerful as we did.”

Congratulations, Josh!

Aspiring filmmakers who would like to submit an entry in next year’s competition:  The time frame for the 2014 contest will begin on September 1, 2013, with a mid-April deadline for entry to NRLC.  The same rules apply, and winners of the contest will be guaranteed acceptance to the Life Fest Film Festival in Hollywood, California with all fees waived.  The national winner will be judged and selected at Life Fest and then shown at NRLC 2014.