Comics for Christ
Interview with French artist Didier Millotte
Today comic books are the world’s most widely-read type of popular literature, capturing the interest of both children and adults. Christian publishers around the world have begun harnessing the genre to spread the Gospel.
Why do you believe the comic book industry is so popular currently?
D.M.: A combination of strong graphic images, their ability to stimulate the imagination, and a narrative based on dialogue. These characteristics allow the reader to identify with characters in the story.
Why are comics valuable for Christian publishers?
D.M.: Comics are a great vehicle for the Gospel message because they allow the reader to immerse themselves in the words and participate with the story.
D.M.: One day a Swiss boy was gathering old papers and magazines for recycling. He found some Christian comic magazines and thought, “Oh, cool, some comics!"
D.M.: I recently wrote a modern-day encounter of a young man in search of a father and an old Christian missionary. I’m also hoping to design a 200 to 300 page graphic novel of the Gospels with modern narration. And I’m working on several projects for kids.
How are you involved in training African writers and artists?
D.M.: In 2010, I was invited to teach workshops in Cameroon and the Central African Republic. There I met with African Christians interested in writing and drawing comics. Now I’m coaching an African writer on a script and will be helping the illustrator develop comics on themes of sexuality, AIDS, abortion, fidelity and more.
Live in Chicagoland? Come meet Didier at Art for the World, on Sunday, April 15.
You can meet and learn from Didier at LittWorld 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.
-Didier illustrated the Gospel and Acts in this French comic Bible
-Didier was awarded winner of the "best Christian comic" of 2011 for Monsieur Vincent
-A free comic in French on the life of Jesus