Finally, Kingstone Comics hits the Philippine shores with gorgeous artworks and unforgettable stories that teaches the Bible. We are praying and looking forward for the impact of these great graphic novels that it may shed biblical and eternal perspective to its readers. We recently chat with Kingstone comics founder and CEO, Art Ayris,and we talk more about Kingstone Comics:
Delighting Grace: What sets Kingstone graphic novels among other Christian comicbook companies and their products?
Art Ayris: We are alike in that we all want to reach people with the gospel of Christ. Maybe what sets us a little a part is that we have a passion to become the Marvel of the faith market.
Most of our artists have worked with Marvel and DC so it has a decidedly western comic style flair.
Delighting Grace: How is like working with Randy Alcorn and Ravi Zacharias? Can you tell us the process on getting them aboard in a different format of their works?
Art Ayris: Both men are top shelf individuals whom God has used to reach multitudes of people with the gospel of Christ. Randy Alcorn actually came to our booth at a Christian retail show and we found out that he was a comic book fan! We told him we had a passion of doing a comic on heaven and hell and who better than Randy Alcorn?
When he has an opening in his writing we did a project together and he and his team have been a joy to work with. With Dr. Zacharias, one of our investors supports his ministry and connected us.We actually did the licensing agreement with random House and then Dr. Zacharias was with us at the International Christian Retail Show. He is a brilliant communicator and we look forward to doing more projects with him.
Delighting Grace: What is your favorite comicbook of Kingstone?
Art Ayris: The Last Convert of John Harper by Kingstone Comics
Delighting Grace: Who is your favorite superhero?
Art Ayris: Probably Captain America
Delighting Grace: What is the hardest part in producing a comicbook with a Christian story?
Art Ayris: Trying to get the right artist on the right project. When you hire an artist it Is very much like hiring a director for a film. You have to trust they can really deliver the goods.
Kingstone has rosters of writers and artist that worked for comicbook companies like Marvel and DC.
Delighting Grace: So whats the difference between working for your company and the secular ones?
Art Ayris: A lot of the ones that work with us are believers (thought not all). The believers see their work having a more eternal impact through Kingstone. One of our top guys who was a top guy at Marvel said he thought his current project was the most important he had ever done.
Delighting Grace: If you are given a opportunity, which secular comicbook title would you love work on?
Art Ayris: Don’t really have a passion and vision for that. All the vision we have is within Kingstone. We are a very focused team.
Delighting Grace: Can you tell us a typical working day on Kingstone?
Art Ayris: We start at 6:00 for prayer time, 7-8:30 for answer e-mail, fulfill orders 9-5. I work as a pastor 6 to 11 to answer e-mails, edit and write comic books, sales etc. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 PM each day. Sunday we worship and relax.
Delighting Grace: Please invite our readers to check out Kingstone and what are other projects to look forward from you?
Art Ayris: The Kingstone Bible is coming out over the next six months, The Apostle and the Revelation in about 2-3 months. Love to have people follow us on @kingstonecomics and @artayris and to like Kingstone on Facebook. We are very happy and excited to have our comics there in the Philippines.
Delighting Grace: Thank you pastor. God bless you and Kingstone Comics
Marianito “Nitoy” Gonzales is a 30 something blogger who wears many hats. But his passion is to preach the gospel and make God know to all men. He blogs at Delighting Grace (https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com). You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.