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The Spiritual Journey: Just Go!

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Where Do I Go Now?

This is the question I keep asking myself about this blog. Where do I go now? In the last post I said that I wanted to talk about God and the spiritual journey from now on because that was the subject that was interesting to me. Since then I’ve been wondering how to do this. I’ve gotten lots of emails from people encouraging me to keep going but I just don’t know where to start. Plus I usually like to avoid controversy. Then this morning, I was praying about it and I kept hearing this one short sentence in my mind saying,ย “Just go.” It kept repeating in my head and it made me think of all the times that Jesus said to just go.

“Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:3

It became more and more clear that I didn’t need to know where I should go, just that I should start going. It’s funny but I used to give this same advice to people asking me how to start a graphic novel. My answer was always to just start it already.

It seems in life like I am always called to “step out on faith” and allow God to work. It’s only in hindsight that I can look back and say “Wow, that was a pretty good move!” but in the moment it always seemed like a big risk. Even stupid at times to everyone around me.

This has always been a great challenge for me as I have pursued a creative path in life. You see, there are lots of voices in our heads telling us what we want to hear. Almost all of these voices are completely selfish and destructive, leaving a wake of carnage behind anyone who listens. Oh, but they are so seductive aren’t they? Just look at television commercials and you will see an industry built around feeding these seductive voices in our heads telling us what we need and what we should be like and look like. “It’s okay to want EVERYTHING!” they say. “You deserve it.” But what these seductive voices fail to mention is if we listen to them, we are only being lead to want more. And soon we are in chains to their every command. All because we listened to these self-focused voices in our heads.

Okay, I’m getting off track here. My point is, I want to listen to the right voices with my art and life.

This may sound like a bunch of hocus pocus if you aren’t a Christian but we believe that the Spirit of God works in those who believe what Jesus said. This Holy Spirit, as we call it, leads us if we allow it. The thing is, it’s always about stepping out on faith. To just go. Honestly, I did the same thing when I started reMIND. I can plan all I want, but at the end of the day my secret weapon is that I just try to listen and follow where the Holy Spirit is leading me and I try to ignore all the other opinions.

So, I am just going. This blog post is me stepping out on faith. reMIND was me taking a step. Starting Sithrah was another step.

In other words, I understand what Iโ€™m getting into. I know talking about subjects like religion, faith, God and Jesus are going to cause controversy and a full range of emotions from people. I get that. And quite honestly, with all the hostility on the internet, I feel like I’m going to be one of those “lambs among wolves” that Jesus was talking about. But whatโ€™s the point of all this if we believe in something and can never talk about it?

 

Sithrah #1 – The Hidden Place

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Here we go! The first pages of Sithrah in one long strip. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now let me share with you my plan for the future of this site, what it will be about and how you can help (if you want).

My New Focus…

As you can see I am approaching this book differently from reMIND. I’m not worrying about an update schedule. I’m not building individual pages yet, but I’ll reformat it into pages for the book version. I’m trying to add animated GIFFs for fun. I’m not using a comic font. I’m trying to mix prose with comics when I can. I’m also working with a great colorist, Josh Ulrich!

Many people who followed reMIND (my last webcomic) enjoyed the behind-the-scenes approach that I openly revealed on the blog. This was one of my strategies for attracting search engines and well, it worked pretty good. I was also very much enjoying the process of learning how to self-publish comics and it was just natural to write about it all while learning. The thing is, I’m just not in that same place anymore and so I have decided to switch blogging subjects from Making Comics to…

Are you ready for this?

God.

It’s not what you think. I didn’t just have a come-to-Jesus moment. In fact, I’ve been a Christian all my life. It’s just that I have always been scared to talk about my faith in public for fear of stepping on toes. Or fear of public ridicule. But over the last few years I have realized that our faith is a subject that everyone thinks about but very few discuss in a respectable way. Everyone believes in something. Even people who don’t believe in anything believe just that. Plus, the last thing I want to do is lead a double life. I’ve lived that way long enough and for once I’d like my online personality to match my offline personality.

So, the blog of Sithrah.com will not be about the “making comics” journey (like reMIND was) instead, it will be about the spiritual journey. I would be fake otherwise. And honestly, it’s what my comics are all about anyway. Did you know that Sithrah is a ancient Hebrew word?

Behind-The-Scenes

For those of you who are still dying to still see behind-the-scenes stuff, there is still hope yet. You see, I started using a service called Patreon to help me raise funds to speed up the creation of this book. If you want to see thumbnails, and inks before the pages come out then I’m pulling back the curtain for everyone who becomes a patron. I will post thumbnails of the next pages, maybe even the script. I’ll post the black and white inks too. Then the final art will appear here when it’s colored and finished.

Higher pledging patrons will get the chance to win original art monthly and I’m even thinking of having a Google+ hangout with even higher pledging patrons. We will see.

If you’re a little confused at what Patreon.com is then check out my video.

You can see and read more about it at: www.Patreon.com/JasonBrubaker

Patreon_bannerAs you can see, I’m jumping into a few new arenas and I hope you will join me for the ride again. I’ll probably be able to upload new pages once or twice a month so please bookmark this site or join me as a patron for additional updates. Also, since this is a brand new comic, I could use all your help spreading the word that it’s starting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks again for all your love and support!

Jason

Sithrah Cover

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I’m slowly getting this website up and running. I had to reinvent my approach for this webcomic because there are a few new features that I had to learn. (You will see what I mean when I start posting pages) So anyway, this is the cover image for now.

If you want to follow my working progress then subscribe to my Instagram feed. I plan to post lots of work-in-progress images and videos there. My handle is @Jason_Brubaker

See you soon!

Jason