A buddy of mine, Jeremy Grant, from over at the Art In Love blog he writes with his wife, recently turned me on to some cool new projects that are aimed at men. I’m paying the favor forward to you guys.
First up, we have Bearmageddon, a graphic novel in-progress. At the time of this writing, the story of Bearmageddon is still in it’s first act but so far, the story seems pretty rad. We have the threat of mad scientist-created bear monsters (just check the image above), we have young guys with father issues, and the makings of a classic, if unusual, story about coming of age as a man.
Here’s what Ethan Niccole, the author and artist of Bearmageddon, says this about the story,
“This comic is all about manliness. It is all about beards, bear fighting, guns, heroism… and it is also about counterfeit manliness. The bears act as a catalyst to divide the counterfeit manliness from the true manliness.”
Take a minute to check out the blog commentary Ethan provides with each page. Ethan Niccole is a Christian and has referenced G. K. Chesterton as a major influence so I think he has a lot to offer besides awesome bear-freaks-of-nature attacking the world–even though that would be enough.
Next, we have Man Up, a campaign reaching out to the men in urban, hip-hop cultures, challenging them to live a biblical manhood. Reach Life Ministries and Reach Records have produced a short film, a small group curriculum, a soundtrack, and a concert series, all designed to reach out to men and challenge them to be like Jesus.
You can find a trailer for the film as well tour dates and more info at the Man Up website. Lecrae, the talented, theological, Christian rapper will be performing for the concert series and is one of the actors in the movie. I’m praying God really uses the efforts of the Man Up campaign to restore his vision for christlike manhood and to raise up strong leaders to do his work.
Check out the Man Up Anthem. It rocks.