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I happen to be a person of faith who also has a sense of humor. As a result, the effort by writer Mark Russell and cartoonist Shannon Wheeler to accurately, yet comically, condense the Bible, God Is Disappointed in You, amused the hell out of me. In Catholic high school, I once offended several people by characterizing a newly unveiled statue of Christ (hands outstretched blessing a crowd) as showing the son of God opting for a “basketball zone defense.”
Fortunately Russell and Wheeler, are far superior at comedy (and religious scholarship) than I have ever been. The book clicked with me from the opening pages. While it will not be released until August, you can preorder it now from Top Shelf.
Tim O’Shea: First question goes to Shannon, thanks to his part of the book dedication. Just to clarify: In the dedication, in which both you and your mom were glad you were not struck by lightning, you also thank Patricia, who survived a lightning hit. I have to hear the story about that.
Shannon Wheeler: My mom manages to be in the middle of all sorts of zeitgeists. Elvis played at her high school. When I was little we went to see Jim Jones preach (before Guyana). She managed to stop by the Koresh compound mid-standoff (she bought me a novelty Frisbee from a roadside vendor). She seems to be at the right place, or wrong place, at the right, or wrong, time. In college she was hit by lightning. It knocked the shoes off her feet and threw her into a ditch. She couldn’t move her legs. A couple of co-eds carried her back to her dorm. The doctor told her to take a warm bath and call back if the feeling didn’t return. Over the next couple hours everything returned to normal. She said it was “tingly” — the same as when your foot falls asleep. She had a circular carbon mark on her side for a bit. Some Native Americans believe that being hit by lightning makes you a shaman. She tells the story like it was no big deal.
Who spoke the inspirational words, “We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up”? Hint: It wasn’t Captain America. Really.
A new survey found that 63 percent of U.S. adults attributed the quote to Martin Luther King Jr., President George W. Bush …. or Marvel’s Sentinel of Liberty. It’s actually a Bible verse — 2 Corinthians 4:8, to be precise — taken from the Contemporary English Version.
In the survey of 2,572 Americans, conducted earlier this month on behalf of the American Bible Society, King came out on top, with 27 percent crediting the civil-rights leader with the quote. Just 12 percent correctly attributed it to the Bible, presumably meaning ol’ winghead trumped the Word.
It just goes to show you, as the Good Book says, “When Captain America throws his mighty shield, all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield.”
Animation and sometimes comic artist Ovi Nedelcu has updated his blog with new pages from his long-gestating project The Bible Storybook. While Nedelcu spends most of his time in animation these days, comics fans might know him from his story in Flight Vol. 4 and his short-lived series Pigtale. This project looks to be quite different from R. Crumb’s recent adaptation on the Bible, and enjoyable in a very different way.
Here’s the first two pages:
You can see more over at a dedicated blog Ovi set up for the project.
Apropos of Crumb’s recent Genesis adaptation, here’s another attempt to bring the classic old testament tales into the comics medium courtesy of Sharon Rosenzweig and Aaron Freeman. The Comic Torah is a much more interpretive, looser adaptation of those classic Bible stories, with God portrayed as a woman, for instance, and the Land of Milk and Honey becoming an actual character of sorts. You can read a summation of the story here, or start reading the story here.
The creators are trying to self-publish a full-color edition of the work and have initiated a Kickstarter project with the goal of raising $12,000. So check it out and if you like what you see, throw a couple of bucks their way.
(found via Bleeding Cool)