Me and the Godfather of Cool


Chris Yambar and Steve Knight

Twelve years ago, I was publishing an underground ‘zine called Kamikaze Magazine, and Chris Yambar was an underground comic book artist. I published some of Chris’ artwork in Kamikaze, but we had never met—until last night.

Chris was in Charlotte to speak today at the commencement for the Art Institute. He was also interviewed by Mike Collins for the full hour this morning on “Charlotte Talks.” At the very end of the interview, he gave a shout out to my friends at Area 15, who are hosting the Brian McLaren event in February. That was fun to hear!

So Chris’ time here in Charlotte was short—and jam-packed—which is why it was so great to get to hang out with him last night and meet the man in person after all these years!

We talked about what we’ve been up to over the past decade and how far God has taken each of us. Chris now works for Matt Groening, writing for The Simpsons comic books, and he also continues to publish his own independent comic books. (He’s also an irreverent reverend and a rather unconventional volunteer police chaplain. Just ask him sometime about his strategies for talking down “jumpers”!)

He announced officially on “Charlotte Talks” that he’ll be licensing some of his characters to be done up in CGI/3D animation soon, so that should be really cool. In fact, he has been dubbed the “Godfather of Cool” in the indie comic world. Pretty great stuff. As I told him last night, I love it when good people have good things happen to them. I wish Chris and his wife all the best, and I hope he comes back to Charlotte again soon!



Posted on 12-14-2007


  1. Anthony Unpacks the Blues says:

    July 4th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    […] I went back to Cornerstone year after year, even running a booth at the Festival one year to try and promote my underground ‘zine turned wannabe national Christian arts and culture publication, called Kamikaze Magazine. The last time I was at Cornerstone was 2000, when I was working for Billy Graham and I convinced them it would be a good place for me to get interviews with Christians bands for use on the Web (which it was, but it was also just fun). […]

  2. Letting You Into Someone Else’s World says:

    May 15th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    […] one of my all-time favorite storytellers. My friend Blaine Howard did an interview with Wilcox for Kamikaze Magazine that was one of the first where he really openly spoke about his Christian faith. Becky and I even […]

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