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"A colorful comic training manual for motivating young leaders of the next pogrom against Jews."

mangamessiahcover_a-thumb.jpgHuffPo | Bruce Wilson | Aimed at Children, Nationally Distributed Christian Comic Book Called a "Training Manual" For "The Next Pogrom Against Jews"
...today an anonymous source -- a devoted and concerned student of the spread of anti-Semitic ideas within American pop-culture and religious culture -- sent to me a product, currently sold at Barnes and Noble bookstores, that suggests the historically covert anti-Semitism within American Christian Zionist culture is mutating, changing and entering a new phase: the anti-Semitism is becoming overt.... According to Chip Berlet, senior analyst at Political Research Associates, based near Boston, the portrayal of Jews found in a Manga comic now sold in Barnes and Noble depicts "A colorful comic training manual for motivating young leaders of the next pogrom against Jews. Not just offensive -- ghastly and horrific in content with a clear enemy scapegoat identified for venting apocalyptic religious bigotry." ... Berlet further characterized the Manga comic book "Manga Messiah" currently sold at Barnes and Noble bookstores, the comic:
Portrays a version of reading Biblical text about the crucifixion of Christ rejected by most Christians for decades--especially since the Nazi genocide of Jews. Many readers of the Bible's New Testament will recognize the jibes from the jeering crowd as coming from Jewish chief priests, elders, scribes, and Pharisees. If readers don't know the references, the Bible verses cited below the images can be consulted to make clear the Jewish identity of the bloodthirsty crowd taunting Jesus. These images of Jews as the Christ killers make Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" hideous snuff movie seem tame in comparison."
Tyndale House, one of the largest Christian and Christian Zionist publishers in the United States, was built largely on the breakthrough publishing success of Tim LaHaye's and Jerry Jenkin's "Left Behind" books...

May 28, 2008

Lost Vs. Fruit Pies

Our Little Losties : Benjamin Birdie

Is there anyone who didn't love the old fruit pie ads in Marvel comics?

Tokyopop's new contract is ridiculously awful

radiomaru.lj - Statement

Bryan Lee O'Malley breaks it down. Click through to see his illustrations and hissing cats, too. In essence, the contract gives you $20 a page for your own original work, and you lose all rights associated with the work. And they may not even admit you created it. And if you get sued for any reason because of the work, they do not have your back. It's pretty much the worst possible contract.

I'm going to go through this piece of shit with you, because I'm sure a lot of aspiring cartoonists read my blog and I want to do my part to help you all have a future.

Read my bloggy lips: if you sign this contract, say goodbye to THE FUTURE.

I'm not going to speculate about where they're being untruthful. I'm just going to let them say what they're saying. It's bad enough.

. . .

They have this new Manga Pilot program. It's a thing where you come up with a great idea, you toil over it and create a 24-36 page comic, they put it online with a bunch of other submissions, and "the people" decide who wins. Or, y'know, whatever.

The contract for this fun deal is horrible, draconian, ridiculous. It's like Satan wrote it. I can't believe Tokyopop is getting away with this in broad daylight.

Very extensive coverage over here.

May 26, 2008

What does Sex Bob-Omb really sound like?

radiomaru.lj - The Bands

Bryan Lee O'Malley asks the question, and his legion of fans responds in the comment thread.

May 23, 2008

Freakangels 0014

May 22, 2008

Diesel Sweeties vs Twitter

Twitter Downtime, Something Is Technically Wrong | Laughing Squid