Jack Chick, dudes!

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More people have read Jack Chick comics than those by Morrison, Bendis, Brubaker, and Claremont combined. And yet he's only been mentioned by names four times in ilcomix history. I'm his target audience (aka, a damned unbeliever) and kinda love his style, even though I hate his message. I'm not even sure if it's just one guy or about a million assistants coming up with crazy shit. Anyway, discuss.

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 00:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

In my high school days I spent a lot of time on the Internet reading these and cracking up. My chief frustration is that you never see the really outre ones stuck on people's windshields or lying in the gutter - it's always the same old THIS WAS YOUR LIFE instead of one of the more xenophobic and bizarre narratives where you learn how hula hoops are part of the devil's plan or whatever. I'd love to see a variety pack of all the individual ones that attack other religions or denominations with the same exact plot: Single Mom is excited by visits from evangelist from Evil Religion X. Kids are confused and worried. Chick-Style Christian Male appears from the wings and beats back the proselytizer with shocking true facts he'd never been privy to about his own religion. "WHAAAAAAT? Do you mean that Selene was originally the name for the MOON GOD?!?!?!" Both Mom AND the would-be canvasser for Satan get converted on the spite. Rinse and repeat.

The best "WHAAAAAT?" moment is probably in "The Sissy?", when a grizzled and anti-god trucker is won over thusly:

TRUCKER: In my book, any man that turns the other cheek is a chump!
CHICK SURROGATE: Duke...if God almighty could turn himself into a man, like us, with all that power still inside him... and some dude asked him to fight... who would win?
TRUCKER: HEY! That wouldn't be a fair fight... the God-Man would KILL him!

If there's anything worth celebrating about these tracts it's probably their amazingly clever re-use of old art where necessary. I seem to remember a soccer story and a basketball story using the exact same frames, with only dialogue changes necessary to smooth over the difference. Chick really seemed driven to think of everything a person could possibly be into and build it into a narrative along with his usual themes.

The Imp #2 (zine by um... google... Dan Raeburn) offered an extended commentary on Chick's work - if memory serves, it was a shockingly exhaustive piece, combining the available biographical snippets and chronological facts to chart the evolution of Chick's drawing and storytelling style...

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 03:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There's somebody who's drawn a lot of the latter-day Chick tracts whose style looks VERY much like Marshall Rogers', although I don't think it's him...

Douglas (Douglas), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 05:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Long before I'd heard of JTC and the extent of his work, I found a copy of This Was Your Life on a train. I flicked through it thinking wow! this is completely fucked up but the dude knows how to put a message across. Of course, I was educated by evil Mary-worshipping Catholics so it bounced right off me.

Also, ALL HAIL PANTS! AND ALSO SATAN!

robster (robster), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 07:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like the one where a blustering SCIENCE TEACHER is reduced to stammering excuses and eventually converts after his handsome student brings the smackdown with the TRUE FACTS about his precious 'evolution'. 'OMG! He knows Piltdown Man was a forgery! That's like our biggest secret and the KEY TO EVERYTHING!'

robster (robster), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 07:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

His views on Judaism are pretty weird - he's pro-Jew, believing they will all convert moments before the Rapture.

Where does he get his money from? My friend wrote to him asking for some tracts for a giggle, and got airmailed him a box of like a hundred to the UK (a country that 'Islam has brought to its knees', by the way) for free.

chap who would dare to start Raaatpackin (chap), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 10:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There's somebody who's drawn a lot of the latter-day Chick tracts whose style looks VERY much like Marshall Rogers', although I don't think it's him...

Fred Carter.

kit brash (kit brash), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 10:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

His views on Judaism are pretty weird - he's pro-Jew, believing they will all convert moments before the Rapture.

This is a widely held view among Christian nut-jobs, if by "pro-Jew" you mean "pro-Israel". I don't think Chick is pro-Jew in any real sense - there is one which explicitly states that non-Christian Jews are all DAMNED.

DV (dirtyvicar), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 11:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'd like to try the long sideways, stapled at the short edge format sometime. I love the way that when you open a CT it's about five times as wide as it is tall.

100% CHAMPS with a Yes! Attitude. (Austin, Still), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 12:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Why is Mary crying?

Flyboy (Flyboy), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 13:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

BECAUSE SHE'S A PAGAN GODDESS!11!

Flyboy (Flyboy), Wednesday, 12 July 2006 13:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

His views on Judaism are pretty weird - he's pro-Jew, believing they will all convert moments before the Rapture.

Fundies love Jews the way stalkers love stalkees.

M. V. (M.V.), Thursday, 13 July 2006 13:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

HARRY POTTER, oh noes!

kingfish, Monday, 23 July 2007 20:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Haha, that's awesome. I want a print one.

Ms Misery, Monday, 23 July 2007 20:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

http://www.chick.com/tractimages88063/0094/0094_16.gif

pc user, Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Classic! http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0046/0046_01.asp

Mordechai Shinefield, Sunday, 23 December 2007 23:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Spotted a tract in the wild last weekend... Resting on top of a mailbox in the New York New York casino in Las Vegas.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4142/4892239474_3f7ab09390.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

how's it feel to be born again?

Z S, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

DO these all end with "START WITH THE GOSPEL OF JOHN" or were those the Archie Xtian comics?

sharkless dick stick (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

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('_') (omar little), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a7/Ockham/lisa2.jpg

('_') (omar little), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a7/Ockham/lisa3.jpg

('_') (omar little), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a7/Ockham/lisa4.jpg

('_') (omar little), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

There's a 99% chance Jack Chick is totally evil, 1% chance he is the comic genius

Z S, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 05:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

"don't worry henry, jesus will forgive you for being a nonce, just like he forgave all those priests."

max arrrrrgh, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 18:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

what's the % chance he's insane? everything i've read about him paints him as being a very savvy marketeer.
is there anyone carrying the torch for jack chick in webcomics?

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 18:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

don't worry henry, jesus will forgive you for being a nonce, just like he forgave all those priests."

lol Chick's not very favorably inclined to Catholicism FYI

it's pretty clear he's totally bonkers from what few personal details have emerged

glitter hands! glitter hands! razzle! dazzle! (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

there was a guy in the 90s who did a comic-book length analysis of Jack Chick, went to his offices to meet him, etc. blanking on his name, having trouble googling it

glitter hands! glitter hands! razzle! dazzle! (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

kinda shocked there's no mention of the guy turning himself in to the cops at the end of that comic... just says soz and gets a do-over :/

max arrrrrgh, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

my favorite exchange is when henry tells his wife that she just made the situation worse

('_') (omar little), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

re: jack chick analysis, was it Dan Raeburn?

it just seemed that the bonkers comics was a means to an end, and he himself is just regular xian bonkers.

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

ah yes that's him. The Imp #2.

glitter hands! glitter hands! razzle! dazzle! (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

cool he put it up for free online!
http://danielraeburn.com/The_Imp,_by_Daniel_Raeburn_files/Imp_JTC.pdf

his chris ware book is amazing if that's the one i'm thinking about. you feel like you are absolved of any cosmic responsibility to be a cultural custodian of chris ware, because he's in good hands.

Philip Nunez, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

“Fill me with your love,” a man prays on his knees, his rump turned to face the reader: “I’m vile and unworthy.”

bring me your finest milksteak and a side of jellybeans (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

i find i have an abstract affection for the catholic-hating evangelicals, cos it seems like they're already in a lost world

but there's probably a hell of a lot of them still around.

goole, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like the kid who introduces himself with "The kids call me slime because my parents are still married."

BIG HII'M aka the teendriver (crüt), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Implying that Chick thinks kids whose parents are divorced are godless sinners?

rhythm fixated member (chap), Saturday, 28 August 2010 11:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

it just seemed that the bonkers comics was a means to an end, and he himself is just regular xian bonkers.

I agree. I think he's currently catering to the tastes of the people who read his comics as camp in the hope of saving a few souls among the way, and I'm bothered that everyone is taking his bait.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Saturday, 28 August 2010 11:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://www.myimgs.net/images/bwor.gif

lol

max arrrrrgh, Monday, 30 August 2010 22:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

from 4chan or something? funny anyway.

max arrrrrgh, Monday, 30 August 2010 22:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

rage out and peace hard, fucknuts...

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Monday, 30 August 2010 22:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

♫ cut my life into pieces, this is my last resort ♫

Nhex, Monday, 30 August 2010 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

"sup, dickweed? how come you got a rope around your neck and shit?"

max arrrrrgh, Monday, 30 August 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://www.goaste.com/goaste/pictures/edmunds/chick18jr.jpg

Pheeel, Tuesday, 31 August 2010 22:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

I streamed Krull last night; that shit is truly unwatchable

this isn't STRAWBERRY 0_o it's RAWBERRY (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 04:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

The video game wasn't that hot either.

tricked by a toothless cobra, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 06:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like the idea of a Jack Chick videogame.

The New Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 15:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

You would have to make loads of different choices, and at the end you would be sent to Hell by God.

The New Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 15:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Jill, you have an unseen enemy. His name is God."

tricked by a toothless cobra, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 15:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

"But don't worry, because God hates everyone. At least according to Jack Chick."

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 16:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Jill I'm serious! Chick says that you can be a Christian missionary and still go to Hell, just because you didn't attempt to convert any of the people you helped."

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 16:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

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