I’m moderating the annual Spiritual Themes In Comics panel for the Christian Comics Art Society at this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim on Friday, April 3, at 12 noon. It’s my understanding there are no badge sales at the door, and all badge purchases must be online.
find more of Ruben’s strips at GoComics.Com
Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall
It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh: ours.
The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that–pierced–died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.
Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.
The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.
And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.
Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.
(found at Centre For Public Christianity)
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear Stan Lee Media’s case against Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment, bringing to a definitive end at least one part of a legal battle that’s been waged for the better part of a decade.
story found at Comic Book Resources
art by Angelo Torres
a wiggle o’
the bunny ears
to Percy Trout
Roger Slifer was killed by a hit & run driver on June 23, 2012.
He died today.
Roger was a born & bred Hoosier, an Indiana lad ala John Wickliff Shawnessey from the novel Raintree County. He was a quiet, self-efacing, hardworking writer / editor / creator. While not as outsized a character as many of his friends and co-workers — imagine Harry Dean Stanton mellowed out with two fingers’ worth of smooth Kentucky bourbon and you’ll have a good idea of his personality — he was well loved and highly respected.
Roger assumed a cornerstone position in any creative team he worked with. He was one of the “go to” guys in both comics and TV animation, somebody who was not only trustworthy and reliable, but a pleasure to work with.
We are all shocked and saddened by this news; shocked because his death came quite suddenly and unexpectedly after slow but steady progress in recovery after the
accident crime that left him comatose and brain damaged, saddened because our last hope of seeing him regain even a moderate portion of his once razor sharp mind is now gone.
I feel like a character in an Agatha Christies novel. One by one all the people I know are getting bumped off and I have no idea when it will be my turn…
“Prophets step in to disrupt the usual social consensus–”How wonderful our group is!”–and say, “It’s just not entirely true!” So you see why the prophets are all killed (Matthew 23:29-39). Prophets expose and topple each group’s idols and blind spots, very often showing that we make things into absolutes that are not absolutes in God’s eyes, and we relativize what in fact is central and important. As Jesus so cleverly puts it, ‘You strain out gnats and you swallow camels’ (Matthew 23:24).
“This tendency in religion to ‘absolutize’ things comes from a deep psychological need for some solid ground to stand on, and I understand that. But what the prophets keep saying is, “God is the only absolute!” Don’t make the fingers pointing to the moon into the moon itself, as it were. Jeremiah said, ‘The Temple, the Temple, the Temple of Yahweh! Don’t you recognize it has become a robber’s den?’ (7:1-11) and this is the very line that Jesus quotes (Mark 11:17). But of course he was talking about Jerusalem, and surely not our parish church, Salt Lake City, Washington, DC, or much less, St. Peter’s in Rome.” — Richard Rohr, “Archetypal Religion“