Showing posts with label Pope Francis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pope Francis. Show all posts

Monday, July 25, 2022

It’s Iimi! Verbal Aikido

“When some people have issues with us being pro-life, they come out and target those of us who hold it… then I have to use apologetics to defend what I believe in a way that doesn’t give them a chance of accuse me of being the aggressor. We don’t want to just win the argument but lose the arguer. It’s a sort of… Verbal Aikido”


Preliminary Notes:


As the backlash against Dobbs continues, repackaged arguments against the defense of life get repeated. It can be demoralizing to see the constant barrage of attacks made against us. What’s fictional about this comic is very few promoters of abortion as a “right” are willing to listen to our reasons. A large number assume we act from theocratic desires to control instead of believing that the fetus is a human being. 


So, this comic is more of presenting reasons why we hold what we do so the defenders of life might realize how hollow the attacks against us are. 


The comic was originally titled Verbal Judo. But Verbal Aikido is more accurate. Aikido is a defensive martial art aimed at deflecting attacks and turning them against the attacker. As this is Iimi’s apologetic style, it seemed to be a better title, if more obscure. 


I’m experimenting with a new cover style. I like it better than the older format. But what do you think?




























Post comic notes: I decided to experiment with a new cover layout. If you’re interested in seeing the original cover layout, it was like this (and, no, I didn’t fix the typos in this rough draft):






Saturday, July 16, 2022

It’s Iimi! Bonds of Battle, Shackles of Mistrust

In times of conflict, some become closer, others pull away. When Krysta and Daryl find conflict in a trip to Hipso Hill, those affected individuals react based on their differing temperaments, beliefs, and past experiences. 





























Post Comic Notes:

This comic included an experiment with action scenes. I don’t know if there will ever be a repeat. Each page took over a day each to pose models and backgrounds before I added in the Comipo elements and special effects. Safe to say that It’s Iimi! won’t become a superhero comic anytime soon.

Monday, May 23, 2022

It’s Iimi! At The Point of Breaking!

Krysta is struggling with what to do about Daryl constantly warring with Iimi. A discussion with Kismetta after witnessing an argument over Archbishop Cordileone’s response to Nancy Pelosi makes her realize how those outside the Church view the scandal of dissent and disrespect. Realizing she and Daryl are on opposite sides, she resolves to talk with him. But what will happen when she does?

(While the cover says 5/25, I decided to push it forward to today because of the escalating attacks)

Archbishop Cordileone’s statement to Pelosi and his statement to the faithful can be seen at these links:
 https://www.sfarchdiocese.org/notification-to-the-speaker-of-the-house-of-representatives-of-the-united-states-congress-nancy-pelosi/

Saturday, January 15, 2022

It’s Iimi! Trust and Dialogue

When Pope Francis spoke to diplomats, he mentioned "Cancel Culture" (he used the English word) as one of the dangers of this time. He described the phenomenon as we know it in the west. It would be easy to think that "Only they do that but We do not," and conclude that We do not need to change.

 

The Problem with that kind of thinking is that the Pope's remedy is something we all should do but tend to neglect when we interact with others we disagree with: The Willingness to take part in... TRUST AND DIALOGUE.

















Wednesday, January 12, 2022

It’s Iimi! Reigning Cats and Dogs

When Pope Francis mentioned the attitude that focusses on pets as if they were human while refusing to be open to raising actual humans because they were seen as inconvenient, he jogged a lot of consciences and made many angry. But the arguments they raised to "refute" the Pope actually proved his point for him...

 

Whether through being open to children in marriage, or through adoption, those who are able to create families with real children instead of "Fur Babies" take the unselfish attitude.

 

No, it's not a sin to have a pet. But it is past time to dethrone them from the altars we make for them. It's time to end the attitude of REIGNING CATS AND DOGS.















Friday, November 12, 2021

It’s Iimi! Beneath the Surface

Of course we must do good and reject evil. Yes, people do things that are—or at least seem to be—morally wrong. But we can’t just assume that what they do are done out of malice. Being badly taught, suffering trauma, any number of things can shape a person’s thinking in a way that is hard to break free from.

When we evangelize, we should keep in mind what lies beneath the surface. Showing compassion to those who underwent things we can’t comprehend can help us reach out to them. And even if it fails, it is better to be hated for doing right than doing wrong.
























Post Comic Notes: the main point of this comic was to explore Pope Francis’  concept of how Christians must not assume the worst possible motives of those who do wrong. Sure, it might be malice. But it might not be. Certainly Mike and Shelia assume the worst of Iimi and her friends. But we don’t know what motivates them (yet?) in their anger.