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Sanctuary of the Cinema 2016-2017 Syllabus

Sanctuary of the Cinema 2016-2017 Syllabus

Sanctuary of the Cinema, 2016-2017 Course Syllabus Instructor: Chad T. Johnston chad1978@gmail.com Twitter: @Saint_Upid All features begin at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kansas. FBC is an American Baptist congregation, and is based at 1330 Kasold Dr. Film screenings followed by group discussion. Food and...
"To Build a Throne": My Essay on James Hampton

“To Build a Throne”: My Essay on James Hampton

Read my latest piece, “To Build a Throne” (In Touch Magazine), which reflects on the work of African-American janitor James Hampton, who secretly built a 177-piece collection of throne-room furnishings for the return of Christ before his death in 1964. Photos courtesy of the Smithsonian. Excerpt: “If God chose to...
"Nightmarriage": Information, Critical Acclaim, Published Excerpts, Free Audiobook MP3s & More

“Nightmarriage”: Information, Critical Acclaim, Published Excerpts, Free Audiobook MP3s & More

Buy CTJ’s”Nightmarriage” NOW! Buy the Print Edition Here for $14.99 Buy the E-book Edition Here for $4.99 Buy the Color Edition Here for $34.99 Chad Thomas Johnston’s Nightmarriage is a whimsical memoir that explores the terrors of marriage and the perils of parenthood. Adapted from Johnston’s blog series of the same name, Nightmarriage proves that,...
CTJ Designs "Building a Life Out of Words" Book Cover

CTJ Designs “Building a Life Out of Words” Book Cover

Just finished my first ever paying book cover design! It’s nice when dead presidents can validate your meager attempts at art. Thanks to Shawn Smucker for giving me a chance. It was a pleasure, despite the fact that it took me around 30 hours to create from start to finish. I began...
Rubblebucket Tours for "Omega La La" LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

Rubblebucket Tours for “Omega La La” LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

I was already off work this week, attempting to help the wife keep our almost 3-week-old daughter from sabotaging sanity and sleep alike, but it was Rubblebucket that really made my week. It’s one thing to take perverse joy in the knowledge that your coworkers are handling all the “TPS...
Free 35-Song Album + Free Art Exhibit = Audiovisual Feast

Free 35-Song Album + Free Art Exhibit = Audiovisual Feast

Download the Poster Above here. Make it the computer screen wallpaper on your boss’s laptop. He’ll fire you, but he’ll also thank you. Consider this Web page an invitation to an audiovisual feast. The hands that prepared the meal are visible above. If not for the art of Danny J. Gibson,...
Nobody Wants to Be the Stinky Kid: CTJ Creates Planetary Recycling Poster for Allen Press, Inc.

Nobody Wants to Be the Stinky Kid: CTJ Creates Planetary Recycling Poster for Allen Press, Inc.

I created the above poster (click on it to enlarge it) for Allen Press, Inc., my place of employment here in Lawrence, KS. First, I sketched the shapes and facial expressions for each planet. Then I used GIMP, a freeware raster graphics alternative to Adobe Photoshop, to “ink” the images....
CTJ Creates Cover Art for Author Dwain Smith's New Book "Bullheaded"

CTJ Creates Cover Art for Author Dwain Smith’s New Book “Bullheaded”

In February, one of my contacts on Twitter, Claudia Hall Christian (@ClaudiaC), indirectly introduced me to Washington D. C.-based author Dwain Smith (@DwainSmith). She informed her followers that I was interested in creating book art, as I love drawing (in addition to writing). But I gave Claudia a little extra...
My Honorable Mention Essay Entry in Belle & Sebastian's "Write About Love" Contest

My Honorable Mention Essay Entry in Belle & Sebastian’s “Write About Love” Contest

Today I received notification from Matador Records that I have been awarded honorable mention in Belle & Sebastian’s Write About Love essay contest. We were limited to 300 words, and I did the best I could with what time I had.  We honorable mention essay writers will receive an autographed...
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Read CTJ/Saint Upid's Writings

Read CTJ/Saint Upid’s Writings

My Honorable Mention Essay in Belle and Sebastian’s “Write about Love” Contest chadthomasjohnston.com, January 12, 2011   The Star-Lassoer: An Interview with V2/Bella Union Artist Stephanie Dosen chadthomasjohnston.com, February 13, 2011   Music Review: Rubblebucket “Omega La La” Somewhere Over the Audio Rainbow, Prime Parents Club, July 8, 2011   Music Review: SPIN Magazine’s “Newermind: A...
CTJ's InTouch Series: "Wholly Scripture: Confessions of a Wayfaring Reader"

CTJ’s InTouch Series: “Wholly Scripture: Confessions of a Wayfaring Reader”

In 2015, I decided to read the Bible from cover to cover for the first time. I did so believing I’d probably read most of the text over the course of my life in piecemeal form via personal devotionals, sermons, and Sunday school lessons. To my surprise, I discovered quite a few things in scripture that...
Marcia Epstein Interviews CTJ on LawrenceHits.com

Marcia Epstein Interviews CTJ on LawrenceHits.com

In 2014, I realized that if God found it necessary to rest on the seventh day of creation—literal, figurative, or otherwise—I might do well to take a few deep breaths, too. That being said, last year I resolved to slay fewer word dragons, eased up on my overeager social media output, read more (I even finished Dune,...
CTJ Designs Jennifer Luitwieler's "Seven Days in May" Book Cover

CTJ Designs Jennifer Luitwieler’s “Seven Days in May” Book Cover

In February, I designed the cover of Jennifer Luitwieler’s new book, a novel titled Seven Days in May. Unfortunately, I did not draw the marvelous map of Tulsa that adorns the cover. That’s an authentic work from 1918. My biased review of the book is up at Amazon here. Buy the book, and follow Jennifer...
Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

Denison Witmer Sings Evie to Sleep

I have been listening to Denison Witmer since I discovered his Safe Away album in 2001, which was a very lonely year for me. I was in graduate school, girlfriendless, and vocationally clueless. I soothed myself by listening to Safe Away and a few other albums I mention here in my essay, “The Flowering Dark,“...
JWB Interviews CTJ + Blurbs to Make You Buy "Nightmarriage"

JWB Interviews CTJ + Blurbs to Make You Buy “Nightmarriage”

JWB vs. CTJ: An Acronym Battle for the Ages Read author, editor, and English teacher Jeri Walker-Bickett’s interview with me! In it, I discuss Nightmarriage, eLectio Publishing, Danny Joe Gibson, IMAGE Journal, Anne Lamott, and many more people, places, and things. http://jeriwb.com/author-interview-chad-thomas-johnston-6764/#more-6764 Do me a solid: If you like the interview, share it on Facebook,...
"Nightmarriage" Announced as Finalist for "Shirley You Jest! Book Award"

“Nightmarriage” Announced as Finalist for “Shirley You Jest! Book Award”

I just received email notification that Nightmarriage is officially a finalist for the Los Angeles, California-based “Shirley You Jest! Book Awards!” Hooray! The judges of the contest write, “From his explanation of the title (no, it’s not about getting married at night) to his explanation of his wife’s lost phone (she’s a black hole), Nightmarriage...
"Nightmarriage" Notables, Part Deux

“Nightmarriage” Notables, Part Deux

THE BOOK THAT WRITES STORIES OF ITS OWN Nightmarriage continues to spin its own stories. Consider Jennifer Jacobson of Fairview, Texas, whom I met via the Interweb. She ordered four copies: one for each of her children, and one for her parents. I inscribed them with my silver Sharpie, mailed them in my sci-fi-friendly silver...
The Hungry-Eyed Artist: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part II (Outtakes)

The Hungry-Eyed Artist: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part II (Outtakes)

READ PART II OF “THE HUNGRY-EYED ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM PHILLIPS” HERE, AT IMAGE JOURNAL‘S “GOOD LETTERS” BLOG AT PATHEOS.COM. Due to space limitations at the “Good Letters” blog, I am featuring outtakes from my recent interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips here. In case you missed yesterday’s installment, check it out here. When you...
Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Help CTJ Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Hi All, A lot is going on. If you’re able to help me spread the news, please do. Sam Phillips Today, the first part of my interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips is out via IMAGE Journal‘s “Good Letters” blog. Click here to read it. In addition to album after album that I own and adore, Sam has written...
A Feast for Hungry Eyes: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part I (Outtakes)

A Feast for Hungry Eyes: An Interview with Sam Phillips, Part I (Outtakes)

READ PART I OF “THE HUNGRY-EYED ARTIST: AN INTERVIEW WITH SAM PHILLIPS” HERE, AT IMAGE JOURNAL‘S “GOOD LETTERS” BLOG AT PATHEOS.COM. Due to space limitations at the “Good Letters” blog, I am featuring outtakes from my recent interview with singer-songwriter Sam Phillips here. Expect installment #2 here tomorrow! CTJ: You seem very comfortable with the...
Update + Lawrence, KS Book Signing: August 3rd, 1-3 p.m. at Signs of Life

Update + Lawrence, KS Book Signing: August 3rd, 1-3 p.m. at Signs of Life

Things have been busy around here. This week alone I have: 1) Been interviewed by the Kansas City Star. Look for me in it this weekend. 2) Been interviewed and photographed by the Lawrence Journal-World. Look for me in it this weekend, too. 3) Signed off on production of the color edition of Nightmarriage. Buy it...