Divided Kingdom Pro Tip

I'm teaching the Divided Kingdom in the adult class for our church right now, and I'm making notes on repeating themes, since it's a study that follows a linear story arc. I read each new chapter in stunned disbelief that God's executioners of doom (each succeeding king), knowing the reason they are killing or taking over for the last guy, make haste to not only take up his wickedness, but innovate and expand it. So, I've written this Pro Tip for your edification.

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  • whipsmile
    If only you were there to help them out.
    by whipsmile at 07/22/10 10:23AM
  • curlie
    by curlie at 07/22/10 10:39AM
  • kaceyatthebat
    To semi-quote The Office, "and then I do not do that thing."
    by kaceyatthebat at 07/22/10 7:26PM
  • psemmusa
    Charlie, what's happened to Gutenberg's Pygmies?
    by psemmusa at 12/23/11 10:37AM

07/13/10 3:55PM

  • maddieandiansmama
    Yay! I am going to be a great-cousin again!
    by maddieandiansmama at 07/13/10 4:09PM
  • wifelet
    Congratulations! :)
    by wifelet at 07/13/10 6:02PM
  • isabeau_danjou
    by isabeau_danjou at 07/13/10 6:11PM
  • kaceyatthebat
    YEAH she is!!!!!! Woo hoo!
    by kaceyatthebat at 07/13/10 6:30PM
  • mropolo
    lol, congratulations, man
    by mropolo at 07/13/10 8:19PM
  • mapgray
    Congrats!! Always an awesome blessing!
    by mapgray at 07/13/10 8:38PM
  • justg
    Congratulations to you and your bride. What a fun dad you must be!
    by justg at 07/14/10 6:47AM
  • weekendsongservice
    super super.
    by weekendsongservice at 07/14/10 8:09AM
  • whipsmile
    by whipsmile at 07/14/10 12:21PM
  • sunnylee
    I heard a rumor about that somewhere...YEA!
    by sunnylee at 07/14/10 9:17PM
  • bonkrs5
    Yay! Congratulations! :)
    by bonkrs5 at 07/14/10 10:16PM
  • navydoc
    Atta boy Charlie!
    by navydoc at 07/15/10 9:31AM

Gutenberg's Pygmies

Here's a new comic strip I've started. [email protected]! got a little out of hand in terms of production. I'm proud of the work I did, especially there toward the end, and will keep some of those comics in my professional portfolio for long time, but it ended up being too much freedom. This new comic, updating when I have time, is small and hand-drawn using traditional cartooning tools. I'm not allowing myself to scan them or touch them up in Photoshop. Any fixes have to be done by scratching away the ink with a sharp quill, painting over it with white ink, or actually cutting and pasting paper over mistakes. I'm not even allowing myself to take nice photos of the comics with a camera. I get the best shot I can with my cell phone and text message the comic to the website.

Having too much freedom, for me anyway, meant coming down hard with restrictions on my next project. It's been good for me so far.

Take it for a spin.

  • maddieandiansmama
    We knew you were trouble when not given restrictions when you were a mere 6 months old! Love you, cuz!
    by maddieandiansmama at 07/07/10 3:39PM
  • kaceyatthebat
    Funny! BTW, the second picture looks like an onion to me.
    by kaceyatthebat at 07/07/10 4:06PM
  • justg
    You know I enjoy you and your work!
    Clever works for me!
    by justg at 07/07/10 8:52PM
  • shadow
    lift-n-plant technology gave me a good belly-laugh
    by shadow at 07/07/10 9:00PM
  • isabeau_danjou
    Hahaha, that one actually made me giggle!
    by isabeau_danjou at 07/07/10 9:18PM
  • isabeau_danjou
    No no no...the piece in the mug...that is classic. :)
    by isabeau_danjou at 07/07/10 9:22PM
  • chaz
    Kacey, you are correct. He is an onion.
    by chaz at 07/08/10 10:15AM
  • fullofgrace
    the amber one is pure genius
    the rest are merely extremely clever and enjoyable

    by fullofgrace at 07/14/10 10:45PM

T.G.I. FRiDAY's Partners With Tea Party

Through an old agency connection I got pulled in as a subcontractor on a pretty exciting gig about a month ago. T.G.I. FRiDAY's is interested in producing some full-spread ads for placement throughout various Tea Party event programs. Smartly, they agreed to pay for printing the programs in exchange for a full sponsorship. This is an interesting shift of their attention away from their core demographic: 18-24 year old males for whom Bennigan's feels a little too crowded.

The restaurant, due to the current political climate, felt it was time to really own the "G" in their name. Some will call it a cynical choice, but the Far Right is bound to co-opt a restaurant chain to which they can confidently send their throngs, so why not FRiDAY's? To create a little buzz about the campaign and partnership, they are allowing us to give you a sneak peak at two of the ads. Get excited. The Far Left are about to have never felt so foolish for what they believe, and the Right, never more justified.

Prayer in Schools

Jefferson's Diary

In case it isn't abundantly clear. None of this is true.
  • wifelet
    That's it. I'm boycotting every restaurant but Friday's now. And I'm going for the $1 Margaritas. Fetuses like alcohol.
    by wifelet at 02/12/10 10:33AM
  • shadow
    hah, i'll have to go have some buffalo wings now. shoot
    by shadow at 02/12/10 6:29PM
  • megan
    by megan at 02/14/10 11:20PM
  • curlie
    Um. Wow. Glad we can have our alcohol as long as we sanctify it first!
    by curlie at 02/15/10 11:01PM
  • chooselove
    nicely done.
    by chooselove at 03/07/10 6:49PM
  • shadow
    this guy reminds me of you, for some reason
    by shadow at 03/08/10 8:10AM
  • fullofgrace
    by fullofgrace at 03/20/10 1:08PM
  • lefantstaf
    wow. i work for fridays and havent seen this. and i live in a red state. i hope we atleast get the separation of church and buffalo wings one. that is fantastic. but i live in kentucky. most people will miss the humor...
    by lefantstaf at 04/22/10 6:42AM
  • parker1000
    Happy Birthday Charlie!
    by parker1000 at 06/08/10 9:42PM

On Liking the Right People


I got my grapes crushed recently by some friends over my distaste for Glenn Beck (It was not the first time, but part of a pattern across several people over a year's time, which is why I mention it anonymously, not because I'm trying to fire off a passive/aggressive, you-know-who-you-are internet zinger. Which - good grief - I hate.). There were text-book scandalized gasps and some rather hasty math done that I was a ravenous Obama devotee. I’m far from in love with him, I’m just not convinced he’s the Antichrist. The reason I can’t stand Beck and his ilk is because I am conservative. I’d like at least one person to step forward and share a conservative view point without a bone-in ham on each hand.

Here’s the thing: My gasping friends haven’t attended Tea Parties (to my knowledge, though I will happily retract if corrected). They’ve voted. They’ve prayed. They’ve bought books. They’ve tuned their radios and TVs. They've felt the thrill of shared, nationally broadcasted, debatably clever, seemingly righteous indignation. But they haven’t protested, they haven't lobbied and they do not want anything close to a red-neck uprising. Nor I. In fact, I voted the same way they did. I prayed the same things they did. So, in terms of my net effect on the nation, I’m not doing an ounce less than my friends. The only thing I’m not doing is giving Glenn Beck my money.

Be careful, my dears, when whipping each other over unactionable thoughts held, and for crying eyes, don't beat your friends with your favorite flavor of commentary extremism, be it left or right. You'd do better to fight about how you take your coffee.
  • shadow
    Not sure I agree with you on the last statement. I don't think fighting/brow-beating is in good form, but a good book says that iron sharpens iron. Why not have debate of ideas? Talking things out with people usually results in a reasoned position rather than a emotional position.
    by shadow at 02/09/10 11:10AM
  • staci
    I'm not a big fan of Beck either. He's a little too fatalist "the world is coming to an end as we know it" for me. The voters of Massachusetts did more good for our country, through our democratic system, than the Tea Parties (I'm not against those though because I just see them as symbolic representation that we are not going to stand for the assaults against our Consititution/future freedom.) I think the Tea Parties are showing the liberal groups that we do have a voice and we can make verbal stinks like they can, but we've accomplished more with our voting power and with the people we interact with on a daily basis. I personally think we accomplish more convincing someone to vote conservative through discussion/debate, than do go scremaing through the streets holding Lipton Tea Bags. Or Luzianne. I'm not partial.
    by staci at 02/09/10 11:41AM
  • holly_ann
    Colbert's Glenn Beck parody "Doom Bunker" had me screaming with laughter.
    by holly_ann at 02/09/10 11:51AM
  • holly_ann
    Nice ham, btw.
    by holly_ann at 02/09/10 11:51AM
  • radthanael
    Glenn Beck is a godly man as much as French fries are good French cuisine. He's worshipping the same name with a very different meaning.
    by radthanael at 02/09/10 12:00PM
  • chaz
    Jay, I'm totally up for measured conversation, and thereby sharpening one another. And I actually found my way into some in the same conversation I'm mentioning above. But. Talking things out and exploring ideas in a way that leaves everyone room to think is, sadly, rarely my experience. It's usually more of a frightened shock that anyone could sanely think anything farther left then themselves.
    by chaz at 02/09/10 12:15PM
  • hoose
    Amen to it all.
    by hoose at 02/09/10 12:33PM
  • dwatkins
    And this is why you're a good person. I enjoyed listening to Michael Savage when I was 15. But then I got tired of all the anger. I still have my political opinions, and it still upsets me when the Constitution is ignored. But I don't have to yell about it, and the world's not about to end. God is in control, and I desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
    by dwatkins at 02/09/10 3:39PM
  • chaz
    "God is in control, and I desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one." Daniel, amen.
    by chaz at 02/09/10 6:26PM
  • justg
    I so agree with you. Far left? Far right? Both extreme. Both dangerous.
    by justg at 02/10/10 6:22AM
  • whipsmile
    agreed. totally agreed.
    by whipsmile at 02/10/10 8:39AM
  • timstarr
    Speaking of fighting about how we take our coffee... a coworker gazed into my mug the other day and said "Hmm. Coffee with training wheels." I opened my mouth to quote your line about not judging how others prepare their joe... but forgot what you said. So I just said "Whatever."
    by timstarr at 02/10/10 10:49PM