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January 3, 2003

If Only I Could Draw

Jack Chick is a xtian who put his cartooning skills to use by creating comic strip tracts like this one to spread his faith. He urges his fellow travelers to buy these things in bulk and leave them on restaurant tables, waiting rooms, bathroom stalls... wherever they might be picked up by someone with a few minutes to spare for reading. It's hilariously heavy-handed and cleverly subversive at the same time.

I wish someone with other goals would pick up on this idea. Imagine using the same format to get people to listen more critically to the baloney they hear on talk radio. Or a little parable that extols the virtues of reading more or exercising more (without having some product to sell). Perhaps a cartoon that demonstrates that politeness and hospitality don't cost you anything but make the world a better place.

Is there a secular humanist out there who can draw? I'll happily distribute the results to restaurants and men's rooms everywhere.