Fairness, festivity, and football

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I’ve been drawing less often since the semester began, but I haven’t been entirely idle. This year I unfortunately neglected my usual Halloween comic, and I didn’t realize I had done so until we returned from attending a Halloween wedding out of state – so I think I at least have a partial excuse.

The first comic is a situation I’ve fortunately only experienced once in my life, and it actually ended up being a fun experience since I was with friends at the time. It’s a common refrain that life isn’t fair, but in the day-to-day affairs, it kind of is. Our own negligence leads to natural consequences. It’s best to accept responsibility for our errors and not get bent out of shape.

My Christmas music comes on as soon as the last trick-or-treater goes to bed. I see a lot of social media posts from Scrooges claiming that getting into the Christmas spirit too early somehow violates the sanctity of Thanksgiving, but the fact of the matter is the rest of the world doesn’t have Thanksgiving (except Canada, but they have it earlier) and is already gearing up for Christmas. I’ll still enjoy my turkey and football even if I’m jamming with my boy Wenceslas for a few weeks beforehand.

The Monday Night Football Bible study idea is one that’s been in my notebook for ages, but I’ve always forgotten to draw it in time for Monday. Well, this year I remembered. Enjoy!

Introduction and introspection

citizenintrobetterbookRalph and Chuck is going to be published in IUPUI’s Campus Citizen. I’m looking forward to actually seeing my characters in print again. To introduce the strip to the campus, a new introductory comic was needed. The last time I did a strip like this was for the IDS, way back in 2010:

idspilotwebNot a whole lot has changed, other than the location and the pending marital status. Both mimic the first Garfield strip.

The next comic offers a bit of insight into what makes me tick. Over the last few years I’ve made a point of studying the Bible, and my faith and reliance on Christ has grown exponentially (thanks to Goodreads motivation, I know I’ve closely read about 60% of the King James Version). Law school has been one of the biggest challenges in my life, and my growing trust in God has been a big influence in how I approach both school and the other challenges that I’ve come across since graduation.

A big paper and finals are coming up much faster than I’d like, but I hope I can still get a comic out once a week during the last leg of the semester.

Frosty and finals

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In spite of our hectic and coinciding graduate school finals schedules, Lisa and I are going to try to get through the Christmas classics before Christmas day arrives. We started with the Frosty programs, because they’re objectively the worst.

They’re also the least Christmas-y. I know Christianity absorbed a lot of pagan traditions when the day was co-opted, but usually the traditions have at least some religious significance, however shallow.  Santa shares the connection with giving, the Christmas tree can represent the Tree of Life, etc. Frosty has none of it. It’s a purely secular tale from a song written in 1950. I suppose you can make an argument that the life granted to Frosty is symbolic of new life in spiritual death, but I’m not really comfortable analogizing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to the top hat of a failed magician.

The Second Coming of Frosty was also pretty underwhelming. The first film at least had some innocence, but the second was full of heavy-handed environmentalism and 90’s cynicism (no mention of “support groups” in the 1969 program). And it didn’t even had continuity – Frosty was talking and dancing without wearing the magic hat.

But we’re out of the woods and can start enjoying the fantastic stop-motion programs – in between long bouts of studying, of course.