Showing posts with label bullying. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bullying. Show all posts

Monday, January 2, 2023

It’s Iimi! Dam it All!

A double-length issue. The pressures to defend the faith continue as always. Iimi presses onward despite the stress. But when emotions get pushed back, there will be a breaking point if you try to… Dam it All!


Preliminary Notes:

While it isn’t mentioned in the comic (I work about a month ahead of the publishing date), Benedict XVI passed away on December 31st, two days before this comic was published. Even before he became Pope, I had great admiration for him: his writings had a strong influence on my theological studies. Please keep him in your prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Post-Comic notes:

For the scrupulous, no, I didn't take the Lord's name in vain under the "censored" mark. The mark was there to hide the fact that it was gibberish underneath.

Monday, October 10, 2022

It’s Iimi! Schwerpunkt!

When Ms. Machen brings up the topics of dictatorship and political factions, the questions seem targeted only in one direction and against one person. Can Iimi explain why her views are different than she is accused of? Or will she fall prey to being the focal point of the…  Schwerpunkt!



Preliminary Notes: Schwerpunkt is a German military term that doesn’t carry across fully in an English translation. Roughly it means center of gravity, crucial, focal point, or point of main effort. In the context I’ve seen, it seems to give a sense of “everybody, attack this point until it collapses!” As the regular reader of the comic knows, the Schwerpunkt target of the comic is Iimi.


I suppose I could have just used the English phrase but, just as things sound more profound in Latin, they sound more menacing in German…

Post Comic Notes:


The trick in writing Otios and Machen is to accurately represent the modern anti-Christian attitudes that seem prevalent in secular society without making them seem one-dimensional. They truly believe what they accuse us of, but have only a superficial understanding at best, and often miss the point. 


The Cover art was originally conceived of with Ms. Machen giving a Nazi salute. I decided to change it to her pointing because I wanted to avoid giving people the impression of “her side are the real fascists.” Remember, Iimi’s point is, unless everyone starts following the Christian concept of justice and the golden rule, either faction is fully capable of becoming tyrannical through self-interest. They won’t think they are, of course. But trying to limit your rivals by doing what you refuse to accept for yourself is a short road to that destination.