catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Draw Me a Story

vol. 7, num. 9 :: 2008.05.02 — 2008.05.16

In many academic institutions, graphic novels are emerging as a rich medium for study.  Fortunately, creative storytellers have not been so slow on the uptake and there’s a treasure trove of works already available.  This issue will explore the form of the graphic novel for beginners and fans alike.



Neither Minnie Mouse nor Wonder Woman

An overview of the genre and two specific novels reveals changing images of women.


Unlikely places

Venturing into the graphic novel genre was a surprise both pleasant and difficult.


Icons and alphabets

An image on the wall tells several stories simultaneously.


Are graphic novels simply too graphic or is this a genre Christians should openly engage?

Comic lessons

On what happened when a first-time instructor chooses a graphic novel for subject matter.

Commissioned by God

An interview with Ron Vander Pol, an artist and art and Bible instructor from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Doing what I love

An artist reflects on the joys and challenges of drawing stories.


Ten graphic novels you’ve probably never heard of, but should totally read soon

A list of graphic novels to check out when you're ready to go beyond Maus and Persepolis.

Superman: “Man of Steel” or “Stalin”?

A review of Steven T. Seagle’s graphic novel It’s a Bird.

Out of right field

An overview and analysis of Jack Chick’s graphic tracts.

Drawing the Story for children

A review of The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jago.

Capturing uncertainty

A review of Martin Scorcese’s Shine A Light, a concert film featuring the Rolling Stones.


In case you missed it the first time

Healing place: a sketch

A reflection on lives intersecting in unexpected spaces.

The artful bulletin

On how a requisite page became a blank canvas for an entire congregation.

Weaving the web

The Caped Crusader

Jeet Heer writes about Frederic Wertham and the campaign against comic books.


U.S.S. Catastrophe

Explore the works of comic artist Kevin Huizenga.


Apprenticeship, Illumination in a Modern-Day Atelier

Ellen Frank’s illuminated “Cities of Peace” series tells stories on a number of levels.




Not a lap God

On the images of God that meet us at various times in various places.

daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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