RefToons: An Interview with Paul Cox | Ep. 52

If you spend much time on social media, you’ve likely come across RefToons – cartoons depicting figures from church history such as Calvin, Owen, Spurgeon, and many more.

RefToons exists to preserve the legacy of theologians of the past by producing humorous and thought-provoking comic strips that bring clarity to various biblical teachings through visual storytelling.

On this episode of the podcast we talk with Paul Cox, the artist behind RefToons, to learn about how his love for deep theology inspires his creative work.

Along the way we’ll also talk about the importance of church history, the value of catechisms, and which person is Paul’s favorite one to draw.

On this Episode We’ll Discuss:

  • How Paul became a cartoonist
  • How RefToons got its start
  • The impact older works from pastors and theologians have had
  • The process of creating a RefToon comic
  • Why merging humor and theology is helpful in our social media age
  • The importance of catechisms and how Paul’s illustrated Baptist and Westminster Catechisms came to be
  • Paul’s favorite person to draw and what he hopes to create in the future

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About Our Guest

Paul CoxPaul Cox is a full-time freelance cartoonist and is the artist behind the popular RefToons drawings, where he depicts figures from church history in fun, thought-provoking ways.

Additionally, he has several books including The Pilgrim’s Progress: A Poetic Journey, the Illustrated Baptist Catechism and the Illustrated Westminster Catechism. You can see his work at

Illustrated Catechisms

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Clay Kraby: Well, thanks for joining us. We are going to be talking with Paul Cox. He’s a full time freelance cartoonist. He’s the artist behind the popular RefToons drawings, where he depicts figures from church history in fun and thought provoking ways.

Additionally, he has several books, including Pilgrim’s Progress: A Poetic Journey, as well as An Illustrated Baptist Catechism. And now he has the Illustrated Westminster Shorter Catechism. You can check out his work at and, of course, on social media. So, Paul, thank you so much for joining us.

Paul Cox: Yeah, thanks for having me.

Clay Kraby: Now, as we start, could you share a little bit about yourself and your family and how you got into your work as a professional cartoonist?

Paul Cox: Yeah. So I live in Wisconsin with my wife, Stephanie. We’ve been married for 16 years, going on 17 in July. We have four kids: ages six, eight, nine, and twelve. It’s hard to keep those straight.

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