Showing posts with label justice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label justice. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

It’s Iimi! Old Classroom (A Song Parody)

On Election Day, Ms. Machen plans to push her agenda once again. Iimi must oppose her. A song parody set to the tune of “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus.


Preliminary notes: This is an “Earworm” comic. Sometimes, when I can’t get a song out of my head, I rewrite it to fit the comic. This is one of those songs. It should not be seen as any moral endorsement of the original song or the artist. I blame it on watching Remy and the Holderness Family on YouTube. The original song can be viewed here:













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.

 

Monday, September 26, 2022

It’s Iimi! Truth, Justice, and the Moral Way…

Iimi and Krysta are taken aback when Rick asks to interview Iimi for an elective journalism class. Reluctantly agreeing, she soon realizes that this isn’t simply about explaining her views. It’s a battle to defend… Truth, Justice, and the Moral Way!
































Friday, July 29, 2022

It’s Iimi! ALEA IACTA EST! (The Die Is Cast!)

Kismetta always knew, in the back of her mind, that this was a possibility. But when push came to shove once too often with the Assistant Imam, is there any way back? And if there is, does she even want to take it?


Preliminary Notes: Those interested in how Kismetta reached this point can see the list of comics of her evolving views:

[Season 0 Episode 2] It's Iimi! Issue Zero (Part II)

[Season 1 Issue 8] It's Iimi! Maybe I Was Born A Tree Because I Will Dialogue

[Season 2 Issue 21] It's Iimi! Problematic Assumptions (Part I)

[Season 2 Issue 27] Lesson One: Knowing That We Don't Know

[Season 2 Issue 29] It's Iimi! But Where Does That Leave You?

[Season 2 Issue 42] It's Iimi! Conflicted!

[Season 2 Issue 50] It’s Iimi! Mistakes, Oversights and Assumptions...

[Season 2 Issue 64] It’s Iimi! Storm Brewing?

[Season 2 Issue 80] It’s Iimi! Walking the Talk

[Season 3 Issue 83] It's Iimi! Paradigm Shift

[Season 3 Issue 89] It’s Iimi! Honor Your Father and Mother

[Season 3 Issue 92] It's Iimi! Bus-Stop Battle

[Season 3 Issue 96] It's Iimi! Coffee Clash!

[Season 3 Issue 97] It’s Iimi! The Riddle…

[Season 3 Issue 98] It’s Iimi! Bear One Another’s Burdens

[Season 3 Issue 99] It!s Iimi! Ascetics' Aesthetics

[Season 3 Issue 102] It's Iimi! A Muslim Ponders During Good Friday

[Season 3 Issue 104] It's Iimi! Jesus is God, Not "a god."

[Season 3 Issue 105] It’s Iimi! Divided Over “Joiners”

[Season 3 Issue 106] It’s Iimi! Acta non Verba!

[Season 3 Issue 107] It’s Iimi! Credo

[Season 3 Issue 109] It's Iimi! Busted!

[Season 3 Issue 113] It's Iimi! Slow Burn

[Season 3 Issue 116] It’s Iimi! Dubai-ous 

[Season 3 Issue 117] It’s Iimi! Struggles in a Sandstorm

[Season 3 Issue 118] It’s Iimi! Interpretations and Misinterpretations

[Season 3 Issue 120] It's Iimi! Gifts of Love and Mercy

[Season 3 Issue 121] It's Iimi! Duel to the Life! 

[Season 3 Issue 122] It’s Iimi! Bonds of Battle, Shackles of Mistrust








































Post-Comic notes:


For those interested in the song Kismetta was vengefully playing, it (with lyrics) can be viewed here: 



Sunday, June 12, 2022

It’s Iimi: Dubai-ous!

Arriving in Dubai after a fifteen-hour flight, Kismetta arrives in the United Arab Emirates. Her parents hope she’ll be enamored by the glamour and opulence. Zara hopes they can get along. Kismetta is initially hopeful that she might be able to enjoy herself in the glamour. But after an ominous dream and an encounter with some foreign workers, she begins to feel… Dubai-ous.

Pre-Comic notes: This comic contains some characters using stereotypes of other groups (Emirati citizens and guest workers). As always, I don’t use these with approval, but to reflect certain beliefs that exist. Nor am I using the Fallacy of Composition (assuming of the whole what exists in individual parts).



































Post Comic notes: The conditions of foreign “guest” workers in Dubai has been widely commented on. Every country has its own blind spots and vicious customs of course. So, I’m not portraying this as “the UAE is the worst place in the world” or “Muslims don’t care about others.” Rather, this is a case of Kismetta becoming aware of things that trouble her which were previously blind spots. 

What’s up with the dream? Well, you’ll have to wait and see.