(NEW YORK) – Starting on July 30, 2006, King Features will launch “Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop,” a new, Sunday-only, faith-based feature created by cartoonist Kevin Frank, in newspapers nationwide.
The humor of the strip is driven by three central characters: WILSON, the rational and learned director of the thrift shop and its outreach programs; CASSIDY, the perhaps obsessively socially conscious, day-to-day manager of the thrift store; and DAG, the well-intentioned, but somewhat scattered worker bee of the operation, who is also a recipient of the shop’s efforts to help people who need assistance in becoming self-sufficient members of society.
The thrift shop is a means of raising funds for the store’s charitable endeavors. “Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop” serves three intertwined purposes: it recycles used goods, cutting down on needless waste; it offers products and clothes at a reasonable price – sometimes even for free depending on the needs of customers; and, the money generated by selling these goods is used to support the local neighborhood soup kitchen, homeless shelter, AIDS clinic and other outreach programs in the community.
What makes a cartoonist want to tackle faith in the funny pages? Frank doesn’t see his “Christian” strip as unique or any different than other comic strips about working moms, office workers or single parents. “I simply take my own angle on things, as a person of faith, and reflect it through my characters and the situations they find themselves in. I love ‘Beetle Bailey’ and ‘Hagar the Horrible’ – and I’m neither in the Army or a Viking, so I like to think that there is an audience for ‘Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop’ among all kinds of people.”
“Heaven’s Love Thrift Shop” can currently be read each week in newspapers nationwide, including Salt Lake City’s Deseret News, Chillicothe Gazette (Chillicothe, OH), Grand Haven Tribune (Grand Haven, MI) and Times-Standard (Eureka, Calif.), to name a few.