Mike Marshall is an amazing artist and illustrator who sports a fantastic mustache. He's currently working on a project that is mind blowing even in it's infancy: an illustrated series of the Martyrdom of Polycarp. The illustration work is incredible.
Mike's style evokes so much emotion and drama. Even these few early pieces transport me to the space in my imagination that I've always stored the stories of the early Church from when I was young. These images tap into my childlike wonder at the hero figures of the new testament and their willingness to give it all for the faith. I can't wait to see the completed series, and we'll definitely give you an update when it's up. In the meantime, you can check out his smooth jazz rendition of O Come O Come Emmanuel here because yes, Mike also plays guitar in a band. Some people are just good at everything.
At that first Summit, I felt in my heart a spring of water push up out of the dry desert clay and begin making a garden of the wilderness inside me just as those mission trips did so long ago. The thirst in my soul is for the Church to look like family again, and when I look around at the men and women who’ve heard the call in Catholic Creatives and answered it, I don’t just see temporary friends, I see brothers and sisters.
I want to share this story because I believe in my depths that if we keep the community safe behind our computer screens, then we will never live to see a New Renaissance.
We’re not sure how or when it happens, exactly. Is it when two creatives sit next to each other and laugh at the same joke from a Summit speaker? Does it start as mutual admiration on a Show-Off Tuesday post? Is it even smaller, like a podcast downloaded, a product purchased, a video watched? Whenever it happens and however it develops, we know one thing for sure: Catholic Creatives is a hub for connection.
I worked in ministry, but couldn’t coax myself to join any Catholic young adult communities. I didn’t want to have to hide the fact that I did yoga in the mornings or listened to NPR. Deep down, I honestly had lost my dream for the utopic Catholic community I saw at that Steubenville conference. I kept my distance, instead making friends in the Dallas start-up circles. That is, until I found Edmund Mitchell’s Facebook profile.