As a kid, that was one of my favorite sounds. It usually happened at about four o’clock in the afternoon, and it meant the evening edition of the Minneapolis Star had arrived. I’d spread the pages, often cold from the winter chill, on the living room floor and dive into the worlds of Lil’ Abner, Gasoline Alley, and my beloved Peanuts. I wished I could climb intro those pen and ink neighborhoods and be friends with those characters. Would Linus find his blanket after Lucy buried it? Would snoopy escape the “The Icicle of Doom”? I’d have to wait one more day to find out. But I knew one thing for sure. Someday, I wanted to be a cartoonist.
Well, that didn’t happen. I became a musician, and played guitar in bands. Later I became a pastor of a church. Then one day a simple device brought back my ambitions of cartooning. It was an iPad, along with a simple app called “ArtStudio” that allowed me draw cartoons again. One day I dared myself to post one on Facebook. The drawing was a bit corny, but it got a few likes, and even a “share” or two. Just enough to encourage me.
For the next couple of years, I self published several cartoons a week. They were usually born out of my Bible reading time. Slowly, they got a little better. At least I hope they did. I hope you enjoy these comics. I decided to call it “Credo” because these scribbles articulate my faith beliefs. Hopefully they’ll encourage you and maybe make you ponder a few things. Either way, thank you for giving them a look. You can find a few samples here, or download the entire book here.
Blessings, Spencer Bernard
Spencer Bernard is an author, cartoonist, songwriter and musician, based in Minnesota. He is also a Pastor who uses his versatile artistic gifts and a dash of humor to connect with his communities.
Spencer uses his unique author conversational style that fuses a fun- to-read flair with practical storytelling to reinforce the meaning of the bible in everyday life. Spencer is appreciated by readers and his congregation for his intelligent simplicity and spirited approach.
As a cartoonist, his comics are thought-provoking, humorous and uplifting.
In his early career, Spencer wrote a song featured on Janet Jackson’s breakout album, “Control” called, “He Doesn’t Know I’m Alive.” He has also contributed to elite industry projects, including records by David Bowie and New Edition.
Spencer has been music-making with his co-artist and wife, Lisa, for almost a decade. The dynamic duo focus on creating kid’s music which help young people to remember Scripture passages in a fun and memorable way. When he is not helping others to connect with the bible through music, art, or writing, he enjoys spending time with his family, 'creating' anything interesting, and long walks in Gods' playground - the great outdoors.
"Comics were entertaining and drew us into reading the bible to understand Spencer's insight into the meaning behind the conversations. Several of the comics yielded "aha" insights."
"This book uses creative illustrations to communicate deep powerful truths of God. It can be thought provoking and life changing. Or it can be a light fun read that reveals Gods perspective on life and our human nature. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it to anyone."