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SDCC ’10 | Pickets, programming and … Pitt and Jolie?

With a mere 13 days left until Comic-Con International — well, 12 if you count Preview Night — the convention-related stories are beginning to pour in:

Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church

• Rich Johnston catches word that Westboro Baptist Church, the small but vocal anti-gay extremist group best known for picketing funerals and Jewish institutions, will protest Comic-Con on Thursday — if only briefly. The Kansas-based congregation, which is headed by Fred Phelps, is in San Diego to oppose the appearance by former Vice President Al Gore at the 2010 AHA Health Forum Leadership Summit. However, members are squeezing in time from 1:15 to 2 p.m. to take a run at nerds, who “have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them.”

“The destruction of this nation is imminent,” the group’s website reads, “so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”

• Brace yourselves for a media frenzy: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are rumored to be attending Comic-Con to promote their films Megamind and Salt.

• DC Comics has released the full programming schedules for its DC Universe, Vertigo and WildStorm imprints.

• Speaking of programming: As we noted yesterday, convention organizers unveiled the schedule for Thursday. I run down the highlights here, and break out the TV and movie panels at our sibling blog Spinoff Online.

Douglas Wolk and Robert T. Trate roll out survival guides. But don’t forget Tom Spurgeon’s sprawling list of tips.

The Live Feed breaks down some of the TV series that won’t be at Comic-Con, and why.

• San Diego News Room has a general overview of the convention.



“The destruction of this nation is imminent,” the group’s website reads, “so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”

Works equally well as in-universe supervillain monologuing.

Here’s a little history of that idiot Fred. Almost made me feel sorry for the rest of his family. Almost….

If God actually exists (I have my doubts, given that people like the Westboro Baptist Church are able to read, write, and feed themselves) he would actually disown these supposedly followers of his, spreading all that hate in his name.

Funny how they want to take a stab at people’s “false idolatry,” but they believe in some likely mythical big Sky Daddy who, as far as I can tell, hasn’t actually come to anyone’s rescue any more than Batman or Superman have. I haven’t heard of any big hand coming down and keeping a car or plane crash from happening, plucking someone out of a burning building, stopping homicides, or preventing wars from occurring.

Oh, wait, those are all sinners who deserved it… How silly of me.


I’m sorry that the only view of christ-followers is what these people are showing you. They do not represent the Christ that I follow. They do not represent the Jesus that came to save people, not tell them how terrible they are. And I’m even more sorry that people like this have caused you to make assumptions of what following Christ is all about.


This is the man who pickets at the funerals of fallen soldiers because the government will not support his anti-Gay stance.

This is the man who picketed at the funeral of Randy “And the Band Played On” Shilts because he was a, forgive the language, “famous fag.”

This is the man who believes that 9-11 is God’s revenge against we mere mortals for allowing homosexuality to exist.

Fred Phelps belives himself to be the last true Baptist on earth. He is an insane bigot who belives his rhetoric.

Preach love, not hate.

Lance Roger Axt
The AudioComics Company

Better yet, completely ignore them. I know its hard, but it can be done. Ignore the “Reverend” Fred and his flock. He craves attention of any kind, good and bad publicity. Ignore them and they will go away.

Specifically 2pm, but still…

Lance Roger Axt
The AudioComics Company

I don’t understand their GOD HATES YOU argument. For one thing, God doesn’t do the hate thing. For another, if He did, why would anyone not indoctrinated from birth (I’ve been called heathen by fellow ‘Christians’ for such statements) want to love Him in return?

i want to hold my own protest in front of their protest just to frustrate them. i was thinking i would have a picture of my cat and cat related slogans. if anyone wants to join in with the chaos feel free to show up with a posterboard and something funny to say.

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