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Sunday, 22 July 2007 08:00 PM America/New_York

An online exhibition is showcasing how Christian comics are sharing a message of faith through "the medium of the masses."

Characters including a spikey-haired street rapper from Cuba, a cranky cactus from Australia and a Goliath-powered housewife from Japan are among the selected entries for COMIX35's second International Christian Comics Competition, online at, ASSIST News Service reported.

Twenty-four countries are represented in the competition, whose entries can be seen online through Sept. 5. "Comics are the 'medium of the masses' around the world," said Nate Butler, president of COMIX35.

"Middle Eastern youth, East Indian school children, Filipinos, French and Mexican adults-all are huge readers of comics," he said. "And the Japanese are in a class by themselves. Their best-selling comic has a circulation of 3.2 million copies per week, compared to 2.5 million copies a year for the top U.S. comic book title."

Two entrants will be selected as prize winners by judges from Japan, Australia, England, France, Malaysia and the U.S. COMIX35 is a comics ministry based on the Bible verses from Exodus 35:30-35 and has been training individuals and organizations around the world in the production and effective use of comics-style literature since 1996.