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The weekend is over and a new week has begun. What things are folks looking forward to?

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CBLDF – Japanese Editor Arrested for Distributing Obscene Images – Rally to help this person!

The New York Times – Sharing the Wealth as a Comic Book Goes to Hollywood – Great read and to see in the industry.

Fox – Why Jesus and comic books need each other – Um, no, neither needs either.

Entertainment Weekly – Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels reinvents himself as a comic book mogul, superhero – Ok then.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here. What are folks doing over the weekend?

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Church Mag – Christian Comic Books? – Interesting. I’ve read a few “Christian” comics, but can’t say there has been any that caught my interest.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-New X-Men #6

Talking Comics – Batman #16

Talking Comics – The Black Beetle #1

The Fandom Post – Captain Marvel Vol. #1: In Pursuit Of Flight

CBR – Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #16

The Beat – Review: Creator-Owned Heroes #8 and Black Beetle #1

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It’s new comic book day, what’s everyone getting?!

Around the Blogs:

Jakarta Globe – Father of Indonesian Comics Dies at 93Going to have to learn more about this guy.

Bleeding Cool – FX Still Haven’t Ditched Plans For A Powers Show, They Just Need To Start All OverThis spells disaster.

Comics Alliance – Syfy’s ‘Booster Gold’ TV Pilot Script Nearing CompletionI wonder how this’ll be.

ComicBook.com – Bane is not the Only Symbol: Other Politically Charged Comic Book Stories -This is the tip of the iceberg.

Examiner – Christian-themed, Superhero comic with a powerful message! -Could be interesting… at least different.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

ICv2 – Jui Jui Vol. 1

CBR – X-Men #32

I Respond to Avi Green About Islam and Extremism

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So Avi Green at Astute Bloggers in his post about the latest issue of Marvel’s X-Factor had this to say about me directly:

Brett Schenker, the blogmaster of Graphic Policy, is another disgrace and shame of an apologist for this propaganda that trivializes the seriousness of the subject. I wonder if he also sees nothing wrong with Muhammed’s marriage to an underaged girl or the violation of Lara Logan? Update 2: speaking of which, Israel Matzav has word of another case in Libya similar to that of Logan’s (via The Jawa Report).

First Avi, thanks for the link, appreciate the traffic.  And now my response.  I absolutely don’t trivialize the seriousness of the subject.  The threat from extremists is real and I take it very seriously.  But those extremists come from all kinds of religions and backgrounds, they aren’t limited to one.  What I don’t take serious is close minded hate mongers who would rather focus their rage against an entire religion, instead of the extremists amongst them.  How about taking that rage and focus it on politicians who fought against giving the brave men and women, those first responders, the medical care they deserve?  I see 0 posts on that subject when searching your site.

But again lets take his other points, dissect them, and point out Green’s blind hypocrisy.

I wonder if he also sees nothing wrong with Muhammed’s marriage to an underaged girl or the violation of Lara Logan?

Marrying underage women is absolutely wrong and so is assault of any type.  That’s why I’ve also condemned Catholicism for it’s rape and molestation of young boys and girls, and it’s subsequent cover up.  Also, we can pretty much set aside all of Christianity if we’re looking at assaults.  The rise of Evangelical Christianity in Africa has caused an increase in attacks on homosexuals including arrests, torture and murder.  Websites with supposed homosexuals allows extremists to easily track them down and dispense “justice.”

I don’t condemn an entire religion due to the actions of a few, as shown above, we’d have to write off a lot more than just Islam.  This great site has a list of the various atrocities Christian extremists committed over the years:

As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire by imperial edict (315), more and more pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.

Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.

Christian Emperor Theodosius (408-450) even had children executed, because they had been playing with remains of pagan statues.
According to Christian chroniclers he “followed meticulously all Christian teachings…”

In 6th century pagans were declared void of all rights.

Emperor Karl (Charlemagne) in 782 had 4500 Saxons, unwilling to convert to Christianity, beheaded.

After the war ended (1229) the Inquisition was founded 1232 to search and destroy surviving/hiding heretics. Last Cathars burned at the stake 1324.

Estimated one million victims (Cathar heresy alone),

Other heresies: Waldensians, Paulikians, Runcarians, Josephites, and many others. Most of these sects exterminated, (I believe some Waldensians live today, yet they had to endure 600 years of persecution) I estimate at least hundred thousand victims (including the Spanish inquisition but excluding victims in the New World).

Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada, a former Dominican friar, allegedly was responsible for 10,220 burnings.

The “island’s population of about eight million people at the time of Columbus’s arrival in 1492 already had declined by a third to a half before the year 1496 was out.” Eventually all the island’s natives were exterminated, so the Spaniards were “forced” to import slaves from other caribbean islands, who soon suffered the same fate. Thus “the Caribbean’s millions of native people [were] thereby effectively liquidated in barely a quarter of a century”. “In less than the normal lifetime of a single human being, an entire culture of millions of people, thousands of years resident in their homeland, had been exterminated.”

A total of maybe more than 150 million Indians (of both Americas) were destroyed in the period of 1500 to 1900, as an average two thirds by smallpox and other epidemics, that leaves some 50 million killed directly by violence, bad treatment and slavery.

In many countries, such as Brazil, and Guatemala, this continues even today.

Not to mention hate crimes, rapes and murders today that are committed by followers of “Christianity.”  Every religion, country, peoples have committed atrocities, many continue to do so.  If Green doesn’t want to be a hypocrite, how about he joins my call and condemn it all?
Update: As pointed out by a few that this post might come off as anti-Christian, in reality that was the easiest of information I could dig up online and think.  Here’s 8 more crimes committed in the name of religion.  People of all religions have done horrible things, and you can’t condemn an entire belief system due to the actions of a few.

Friday Fun – Christians Versus Communists

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Today is the latest edition of Friday Fun, where we look at a historical comic book that is tied into politics somehow.  Today’s entry is Two Faces of Communism.  Produced by the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade this 32 page comic book was released in 1961, well into the Cold War.  Based in Houston, Texas the CACC was formed by Australian-born Fred Schwarz.  Schwarz gained fame in the 50’s and 60’s as a red baiter.

Two Faces of Communism was one of only two comic books the CACC produced, but not the only anti-Communist literature it produced.

A great piece of hysteria and propaganda to come out of the Cold War.  Below is a sampling of some of the comic.

Two Faces on CommunismTwo Faces on CommunismTwo Faces on CommunismTwo Faces on CommunismTwo Faces on CommunismTwo Faces on Communism

You can read the full issue at http://www.ep.tc/problems/27/index.html.

Thanks for http://www.ep.tc/ and it’s amazing collection of these fantastic nuggets of history.

Florida Pastor Tries Bible-themed Comics

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Art Ayris, executive pastor of First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida has decided to try his hand at comics.  Working with former Marvel and DC Comics artists and writers they’re creating a new spin to spreading the Christian message: comic books with themes from the Bible.

Adam and Eve, the Book of Exodus and the end of mankind are some of the stories explored by the comics.  Other stories focus on historical moments and offer messages about tolerance and compassion.

The comics are published through Kingstone Media Group, a publishing company formed by Ayris that alsoproduces graphic novels. Ayris also produced a 2005 low-budget film titled The Touch, which became a hit in the Middle East.

So far nine issues have been released and is a new way to help spread religious views to a wider audience.  Christian themed comics are becoming a growing segment of the comic book industry.

Art AyrisArt Ayris, executive pastor at First Baptist Church of Leesburg and the founder and CEO of Kingstone Media Group, helped launch a line of Christian comic books. (RICARDO RAMIREZ BUXEDA, ORLANDO SENTINEL / January 7, 2010)

Christian-themed Comics

In an appropriate story for a Sunday, the Chicago Tribune recently covered the launch of a new Christian-themed comic book line by Kentucky brothers Joshua and Jacob Hicks and their comic company Palm Productions.

Palms (Productions) is not your average comic book company,” artist Joshua Hicks said. “We try to be different. I really was tired of the same old plots the mainstream companies were using.

This lead to a Chistian-based story line in the series Force Team Chronicles. The character Gemini is a former super-villain who turns good after a meeting with Jesus Christ.  His main nemesis is General Armageddon.

This isn’t the only Christian-themed project Hicks has in store.  Another project involves a person who uses the internet to deliver sermons.

Christian-themed video games have been a growing niche, we’ll see if the Hicks brothers can recreate that in the comic book market.