Cartoonist Draws Others to God
As a child, Brent Manning spent his Saturday mornings watching cartoons, especially those produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It’s not surprising, then, that he eventually started sketching his favorite characters. His teachers noticed his talent, and by the time he entered high school, “I could draw just about anything,” he says. His mother, Betty Jean, suggested that he create his own cartoons.
But it wasn’t until 1986 when he was serving in the Air Force in Riverside, California, that his talent and his destiny coincided. A sergeant saw him doodling with some of his sketches and told Manning that God would someday use his talent to spread the Gospel and bless other people. “Yeah, right,” Manning thought.
Fast forward about 30 years. Manning has been producing a comic strip series since 1986, and is the founder of Eye of a Child, which produces Christian cartoons. “I like to think of my drawings as a sermon in 60 seconds,” Manning says. “You can teach God’s word in a way that people will enjoy it, and you don’t have to beat them over the head with your message.”