Leaving on a plane for San Diego Comic-Con in 6 hours. Please post your “geek protest sign” slogans in the comments.

I will have this comic as a special print available at The Topatoco Booth (#1231) in the Webcomics Pavillion. One of the signs is left blank so that I can personalize a slogan for you when you buy the print. It looks like this:

SDCC Protest Print

I’m not going to comment on the WBC protesting comic-con (because it promotes false idol worship) since it will just lead to them getting more attention. Dumb, hateful people are predictably hateful and dumb. Something kind of neat is happening as a result of the protest, though. Check out #godlovesbatman on Twitter [more info here]. Thanks to @melsh for titling the comic.

[skip the rest if you’ve read Monday’s blog post. just some SDCC updates and reminders]

Comic-Con 2010


I will be at the Topatoco booth (#1231) in the Webcomic’s Pavilion (just around the corner from Penny Arcade).

I will have a few shirts, my book, various comic prints, a few left over large prints, the special print mentioned above, and a new item:

Sketch Cards! For $5 I will do a quick sketch for you on a nice card that looks like this:

HijiNKS ENSUE Comic Con Sketch Cards

Pretty neat, huh? Sketches in HE books (that you buy) are free, and larger commissioned pieces are priced depending on complexity.

COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE “Browncoat vs. Red Shirt” SHIRTS!!!

I did a couple of shirt designs for Quantum Mechanix, fine online retailer of various Firefly/Serentiy, Dr. Horrible, Battlestar and Star Trek Merch, that will be exclusively sold at Comic-Con (booth 3251, which is mid-hall, toward the back wall, near the break area) and likely never again. Pick a side and display your colors proudly.


FB’s JustChristine and JonnyAce wants to organize a meetup for sometime during the con. Thursday night I will be at W00tstock. If you are interested make a commentFollow me on Twitter for minute to minute updates as to what’s going on while I’m at Comic-Con.

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    “You can’t take the sky from me!”
    “Let he who is without rhythm pick the first instrument.”
    “Jebus loves me, this I know, for the Simpsons tells me so.”
    “WE HATE PEOPLE WHO SAY FAG!” (the subprint would read “I’m looking at you, XboxLIVE.”)

  2. "SHE'S WATCHING US (sketch of the portal camera)"
    "I still know what you all did ten summers ago"
    "The iPhone 5 is a lie"

  3. "MY Anakin is Sebastian Shaw!"

    On a separate note, I saw that Westboro Baptist was planning to picket SDCC. I can, not, wait for the counter-protests.

  4. Right, you're not going to comment. You're just going to post a link to the news story and counter-protest Twitter page, write and draw a comic about it, offer to sell prints of it, and invite others to comment on it down here in order to spread it even further.

    But that's totally staying above the issue and not commenting on it at all.


    Still a funny comic, though I dunno if Comic Con will be happy about you selling prints with their logo.

  5. Who Watches the Watchmen?

    Personally, though, I love the idea of trying to blend in with the WBC folks with a sign that says God Hates Mutants!

  6. As a christian (and a baptist, myself), I would suggest using the words of our Savior.

    "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" -Matthew 7:1-3

    The idol worship of others is none of their business. As christians, we're not called to condemn others but to share Christ with them. *sighs* Anyways, that's a very long rant and I should probably stop now.

    • But, your comment (I don't consider it a rant) makes a very good point.

      It isn't about reading the Bible and having an intelligent discussion on the Word…it's all about who can scream their personal view the loudest and claim it in the name of God, or whomever.
      I would rather listen to 1 person with an opposing view, than 9 who shriek their Twit pick of Bible verse.

      But, as we all know…it's the squeaky wheel that gets the intarwebz aTwitter, and that gets on the 24 hour news cycle.

  7. Twits are just a bunch of newcomers that wish they could be as cool as IRCers

    Also, I second “Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong”

  8. I was (unlike Phelps) born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, where WBC is located, and I've worked with various groups opposing them over the years.

    Responding with humor is the perfect solution. They want anger, and don't know how to react to being laughed at. At one counter-protest we organized a chorus line of men singing "My Boyfriend's Back And You're Gonna Be In Trouble." They left during the second verse.

    Here's why they want to provoke angry responses: It's a con job.

    Fred Phelps has a long history of using his religious trappings to advance con games, starting with having his children sell "fund-raising" candy bars and other items year round to line his pocket, and getting more and more involved. This is the most convoluted of his schemes, but to a large extent, it's just another con. Here's how it works:

    1. The Equal Access to Justice Act mandates that legal fees and costs incurred in the process of suing the government to overturn a law on civil rights grounds (amongst other issues) must be paid by the governing body that passed the law.

    2. Fred Phelps made his children attend law school, and many of them are practicing lawyers for Phelps Chartered law firm.

    3. The Phelps cult shows up and engages in the most outrageous activities and uses the most offensive slogans they can come up with, in an effort to get cited for violating an anti-picketing or flag desecration law, or to provoke the passage of one.

    4. If they are cited or such a law is passed, they sue.

    a.) If they lose, Fred pays nothing to his children. On to the next picket.

    b.) If they win, Fred makes up whatever legal fees and billable hours he thinks he can get away with and hands a bill to the government.

    5. Rinse and repeat.

    Properly executed, it's a license to print money, provided one has no ethics, compassion, morality or soul. Which, of course, makes it the perfect scheme for "Reverend" Phelps.

    • Wow. That's. Just. Fucked. Up.

      I go to a non-denominational Christian Church, so I believe that scum like this are going to have to answer for crap like this. I would really like to see Glenn Beck answer to God for all his BS too. If that were a Youtube vid, you'd watch it. Just to see Beck cry real tears for once.

    • Hmm. That's the first time I've heard that theory. I'm not sure whether to take it seriously or not. One would think he could scam more money out of people by just being a standard tort lawyer, or running some other scam that doesn't put him at risk of getting killed with a brick to the face.

      • Steve,

        It's not a theory. This is his standard practice. As for making money as a lawyer, he tried that. Mostly nuisance suits, and he lost more often than not when he couldn't cajole an out-of-court settlement out of the defendant.

        He got disbarred for harassing court officers, accusing all the judges of conspiring to make him lose cases, and suborning perjury, if I recall correctly. He now is prohibited from practicing as a lawyer before state or federal courts, permanently.

        He's a con man *and* a religious nut case, not a con man *pretending* to be a religious nut case. Sort of a Renaissance Man of douche-baggery.

        • Oh. OK then. As long as they really do believe this stuff and aren't just saying it as part of some elaborate scam, my worldview remains mostly unchallenged. I was torn over which would be worse, but now I don't have to. Because "both" definitely qualifies as "worse."

    • I think it was these guys who were protesting outside the McEnry Convention Center when FanimeCon '10 was in town. They were shouting from the sidewalk of San Carlos Street and we fans were shouting back, and the SJPD just HAD to intervene! Best Con Ever!


    "All Glory To The Hypnotoad"

    "Committee for the Liberation and Integration of Terrifying Organisms and their Rehabilitation Into Society" (can't resist a 'Red Dwarf' reference)

    • All Hail Hypnotoad!

      Oh Blinding Light/ O Light That Blinds/ I Cannot See/ Watch Out For Me…

      *picture of William Shatner under the words "Rock. It. Man"

  10. “We apologise for the inconvenience”

    Thow the words of their “bestest friend ever” back in their face.

  11. "No more alt-tab switching!"

    Nobody is going to get that one, which makes it the perfect geek slogan.

  12. "All of This has Happened Before, All of This Shall Happen Again"

    Pictures of Patrick McGoohan, Tricia Helfer and Jim Caviezel side by side

    "Magneto Was Right!"

  13. We live for the one, we die for the one!
    The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father
    President Clark is a Shadow Puppet
    If you go to Z'ha'dum, you will die!

  14. "It's a Bayonne! It's a Prosciutto! It's Superham!"

    "Jean Grey Died For Your Sins!"

    "God Hates Foil Covers!"


    "For Glory! For Asgard!!!" . . . and of course,

    "Nuff Said!"

    • How's this: "Steve Rogers died (and bounced around time Slaughterhouse 5-style before coming back) for your sins!"

  15. "Questions are burden to others, answers a prison for oneself" or "God hates fangs" or "Remember Aldaraan" or simply "KHAAAAAN!!!!"

    Or there's the 40K references – "Let the Galaxy Burn"
    "A mind without purpose will walk in dark places" – Gideon Ravenor
    "Then the prophet spake: saying "Frak this, for my faith is a shield proof against your blandishments"."
    – Alem Mahat, The Book of Cain, Chapter IV, Verse XXI

  16. (S)uperman

    *The (S) stands for the Superman logo, or the Family Crest of the House of El if you want. Use your imagination!

  17. Ezekiel 23:20 (She lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose semen was like that of horses)

  18. Now dusting off the old Command & Conquer slogans:
    and the crowd pleaser,
    So Joel, which of these do you like the most?

  19. "I'm against picketing but not sure how to show it."
    "You must build additional Pylons."
    "Need a Dispenser here."
    "I assumed the party position, and there was no cake!"

  20. "The Lord Spake and Lo he sayeth: You are holding it wrong"

    "Can you hear me or am I holding this sign wrong"

    "A Special Hell"

    "My God Says he can get me out of this"/"My god says you're fucked"

    "Mel Died for your Sins"

    "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do"

    "Bad Horse says NEIGH"

  21. Why has no one done this one:

    "NGod's never gonna give me up, never gonna let me down…"

    Ect, ect.



    And, of course:


  23. "Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I've got news for you pal, you ain't leadin' but two things, right now: Jack and shit… and Jack left town. "

  24. Hey, so any chance that we could get some simple shirts with these protest slogans on them? Should be simple and cheap – and hilarious. 🙂

  25. "Space Jesus Has Hand Lasers!"

    "We're on a mission from Glod!"

    "If I could make you prettier I would!"

  26. "'Ive got a bad feeling about this."

    "Do or do not. There is no try."

    "There is no spoon."

    "Will I dream?"

    "The ability to speak doesn't make you intelligent."

    Also, "There are four lights!" should be your next T-Shirt.

  27. I'll Be In My Bunk!
    What The Frack Was Starbuck?
    Warren Ellis Does Not Approve!
    Abesik Kampfire For Warchief!

    all glory to the hypnotoad

  28. I've been going through all the seasons of Next Generation lately, and coincidently started going through the comic archive recently. So many references that make me smile.

  29. Remember Serenity Valley!
    The Doctor regenerated for your sins!
    God hates Michael Grade!
    God made Kirk and Spock, not Adam and Steve!
    Kneel Before Zod

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