Touching a Nerve

30 May 2019

Touching a Nerve

Those who know my life story know that I grew up as the son of a preacher man (‘pastor’, ‘minister’, ‘priest’ … whatever you want to call that job) and have been drawing cartoons throughout my life, very often with religious themes inspired by my upbringing in the Christian Church.

In 2006, I published my first book, called ‘Gone Astray: A collection of (sac)religious cartoons by Jim’, which chronicled my first 10 years of cartooning on ‘churchy’ topics.

Since then, I have had a cartoon panel featured monthly in Touchstone magazine (published by the Methodist Church of New Zealand) – which has touched on wide range of topics relevant to church-going people … as well as those outside church walls who may look in through the windows wondering what the heck is going on inside!

This book will collect together for the first time 120 of these cartoons drawn for Touchstone and other media and will be appropriately titled TOUCHING A NERVE: A CURLY COLLECTION OF CHURCHY CARTOONS BY JIM.

It’ll be an irreverent, often thought-provoking, and (hopefully!) laugh-inducing collection of cartoons that will touch readers’ nerves (and funny bones) on some big topics – life, God, religion, politics, social justice and spirituality in the modern world.

The book will be about 136 pages in full colour, so I’m aiming to raise at least $3,500 to cover an initial limited print run and am offering a few different reward packs as incentives for you to pledge your support.

Thanks for your consideration of this project, and I look forward to your help in bringing ‘TOUCHING A NERVE’ to life!