Heaven's Love Thrift Shop is a faith-based, Sunday-only feature created by cartoonist Kevin Frank. The strip centers on a community-minded, Christian-run thrift shop, its outreach programs and the diverse people who can be found there.
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 help in becoming self-sufficient members of society.
The strip takes place in a thrift shop, which is a means of raising funds for the store's charitable endeavors. The community-based 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.
Along with entertaining people, one of the main goals of Heaven's Love Thrift Shop is to make readers smile and maybe help them view the world in a more redemptive or open and giving way.
Kevin Frank was born in Peoria, Ill. and grew up in rural East Peoria. After high school, he moved to Chicago and joined an intentional Christian community called Jesus People USA. During his 15 years with JPUSA, Kevin volunteered at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, music festivals and many other programs, including a thrift store.
He also worked on staff with the community's magazine (Cornerstone) as a designer/illustrator, where he created a regular comic feature called Oboe Jones. The strip ran for 10 years and won Kevin an award from the Evangelical Press Association in 1989.
For two years, Kevin created a comic feature for Campus Life magazine called Zed, which also received an EPA award (2005). He currently draws a strip for his local weekly paper called True North that was recognized by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association.
Kevin has spent the last number of years creating freelance illustrations for a host of publishers across North America. His clients include Christianity Today, Group Publishing, Pioneer Clubs, Cook Communications and The Salvation Army. Samples of Kevin's freelance work may be seen online at www.kevinfrank.net.
Currently, Kevin lives in rural Ontario with his Canadian-born wife and their three children.
The rational and learned director of Heaven's Love Thrift Shop and its many outreach programs.
The perhaps obsessively socially conscious day-to-day manager of the thrift shop.
The well-intentioned but somewhat scattered worker bee of the shop who is also a recipient of the shop's efforts to help people become self-sufficient members of society.
A thrift shop regular who doesn't consider herself a person of faith, and is always on the hunt for a bargain she can re-sell on Ebay.