Protestlytizing

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

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!

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.

DO YOU WANT A SAN DIEGO FANCY BASTARD MEETUP?

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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159 Comments

  1. bring back arrested development

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  2. Captain Tightpants makes out pants tight!

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  3. Han shot first!!

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    • Mal shot first!

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  4. “CAMPERS HATE FRAGS”
    “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.”)

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    • "Noobz hate Spawn-Campers!"

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  5. Serenity Now!!

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    • Want the t shirt!

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  6. There are three flowers in a vase…

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  7. THE CAKE IS A LIE

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    • ALL. YOUR. BASE.

      Show some respect.

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  8. The New Krypton Saga Sucked!

    The cake is still a lie!

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  9. There is no Jar-Jar!

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

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  11. "One man's religion is another man's belly laugh."
    –Robert A. Heinlein

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    • "Going to war over religion is like arguing over who has the best imaginary friend."
      – Richard Jeni

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  12. God hates corduroy jumpsuits

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    • Maya is a 3 faced liar! (kicking it oldschool. yo.)

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  13. "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.

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  14. JOBS HATES FLASH!
    REMEMBER MIRANDA!

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  15. 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.

    /SARCASM

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

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  16. 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!

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    • I have wanted to do the "God Hates Muties" sign or years.

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    • Or, referencing the x-men in the 80s; It's 2010, do you know what your children are?

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  17. Funny, I can't find #godlovesbatman on any of the IRC servers I use.

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    • It's Twitter, not IRC.

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      • My apologies for making that old-man humor a little too dry.

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  18. 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.

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    • 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.

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  19. Soylent Green is Pope!

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  20. Shaka, when the walls fell.

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    • Kiazi's children, their faces wet

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      • LOVE IT, love it love it love it!

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      • Picard and Dathon at El Adrel!

        Gilgamesh at Uruk!

        Hey kids…stop trying to do the Picard Maneuver on your pants!

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    • NICE ONE! made me laugh and spit salad…

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    • If its the same kind of special hell Mal was going to … I don't see that as much of a deterrent…

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  21. Jesus love you longtime!

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  22. Sheridan is The One!

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  23. Ivanova is God

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  24. Relax, George Orr, it's only a dream!

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  25. Yngvi is a louse!

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    • MIRAGE YES !
      ARCHIE NO!

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  26. +3 Sign of Annoyance

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  27. "I am holding a sign"?

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  28. Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong

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    • this = win

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      • You've Got The Touch…You've Got the Power!

        'Till All Are One!

        Whaddya know…a booby trap that really catches boobies. (You know the ep where Optimus said this)

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  29. 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”

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  30. As if I didn't want to go to ComiCon before. These all rock. And even get every reference. :)

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  31. You are going to burn in a very special level of hell
    a level they reserve for child molesters
    and people who talk at the theater!

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  32. My title submission was "Protest @Comic-Con". I thought it was good. :(

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  33. The Spice Must Flow

    God Hates Lag

    You Maniacs! DAMN YOU! DAMN YOU!

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    • Dune FTW

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      • Dude, how about "THE SLEEPER HAS AWOKEN!" or "PAUL MUAD DIB IS MY SAVIOR" That ought to piss them off.

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  34. "This.Is. SAN DIEGO!"

    "No Spoilers Please!"

    "I'm For Everyone!"

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  35. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • 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."

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    • 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!

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  36. "BENDER IS GREAT"

    "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)

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    • 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"

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  37. Darmok and Jalad, at Tanagra.

    Porkchop Sandwiches!

    and I third 'The Cake is a Lie'

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  38. I am a leaf on the wind, watch me flaaaaaaaugh.

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  39. Down With This Sort of Thing!

    Careful Now!

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  40. “We apologise for the inconvenience”

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

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    • Epic win!

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    • Nuts, I was gonna use that one! Still, good job.

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  41. BTW Joel, I09 have your shirts up on their website among great merch to get from SDCC!

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  42. "Kirk is my Captain!'

    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"

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    • HASTUR!
      HASTUR!
      HASTER!

      That'll cost you some SAN points, Mister. 8-P

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  43. Monkey Pants reminded me of another one…

    My God Can Eat Your God

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  44. God made 'Adam and Tom', not 'Adam and Kaaaaaaaaaaahn!'

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  45. "No more alt-tab switching!"

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

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    • watch me start a flame-war:
      "Up with Alt-Tab switching!"

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    • I get it and I'm not a geek. I'm just old.

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  46. "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!"

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    • No Matter Where You Go, There You Are

      "42"

      And the obvious: "My God, It's Full Of Fanboys!"

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  47. "Weaugh Teaugh Peaugh!
    There, now you're not a lifeless tool."

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    • Oz reference! You win AAAAAAAALL the shinies!

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  48. "I won't "Thank the Maker" for YOU!"

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  49. 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!

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  50. No one has pizza with margarita shooters!

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  51. "Nobody listens to poor Zathras."

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    • "Zathras Can Never Have Nice Things…"

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

    "Jean Grey Died For Your Sins!"

    "God Hates Foil Covers!"

    "Excelsior!"

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

    "Nuff Said!"

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

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  53. "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"
    or
    "A mind without purpose will walk in dark places" – Gideon Ravenor
    or
    "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

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    • +1 to "God hates fangs!"

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  54. (S)uperman
    (S)aves!*

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

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  55. Either "Hulk Smash!"
    or "88 miles per hour is speeding Doc!"

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

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  57. "I find YOUR lack of faith disturbing"

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    • HAHAHAHAHAH. This is win. Bravo.

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      • thank you, I've been putting out a lot of these. Not much love 4 STAR WARS, judging by these otherwise hilarious slogans. I came 2 represent.

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  58. Now dusting off the old Command & Conquer slogans:
    "PEACE THROUGH POWER!"
    "TECHNOLOGY OF PEACE!"
    and the crowd pleaser,
    "KANE LIVES THROUGH DEATH!"
    So Joel, which of these do you like the most?

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  59. "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!"

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  60. We require more vespene gas.

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  61. THE ALLIANCE PLANNED ALDERAAN!

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  62. "God loves Yaoi"

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  63. "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"

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  64. How could I forget "Crom Laughs At Your Carpenter"

    though over a 100 comments and not one "Kneel Before Zod!"…we're getting too old for this shit

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    • damn it. good point.

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      • oh wow, he's right

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  65. Grom Died For Our Sins: Hellscream 3:16

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  66. Why has no one done this one:

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

    Ect, ect.

    [shot]

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  67. HE'S NOT PINING, HE'S PASSED ON!
    HE IS NOT THE MESSIAH, HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY!
    HOW SHALL WE FUCK OFF, O LORD?
    BLESSED ARE THE CHEESEMAKERS!
    FWEE BWIAN!

    And, of course:

    FREE JOLLY JENKINS!

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  68. TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH!

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    • Ah, well I think I'll have cake then.

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    • Sorry we're out of cake. What, so my choices are 'or death'?

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      • I'll take- I'll take the chicken

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  69. God created Man. Davros created the Daleks!

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  70. Androids are people too!! Data isn't property!!

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  71. 42 is the answer What is the question

    I am to misbehave

    and finally dressed as the devil: TEAM WBC

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  72. The cake has been a lie since SM64! Get over it!

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  73. "The Space Pope is the scaly bringer of LIES!"

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  74. “My God Carries a Hammer”

    “Wonder Twins Power Activate”

    “SHAZAM!”

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  75. Don't Cross The Streams!

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  76. "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. "

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  77. Clatto Verata Nicto

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

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  79. This food is problematic.

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  80. "Space Jesus Has Hand Lasers!"

    "We're on a mission from Glod!"

    "If I could make you prettier I would!"

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  81. "One man's religion is another man's belly laugh." – Robert A. Heinlein

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  82. Lif! Lif! We lif for ha ha!

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  83. THE SPICE MUST FLOW!

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  84. For the EMPEROR!

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  85. GOD LOVES YOU LIKE HE LOVED JACOB! NAMASTE!

    WHAT DOES GOD NEED WITH A STARSHIP?

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  86. "'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.

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  87. 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

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  88. Oo, wait, I've got a better one:

    "Give IDIC a chance!"

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  89. Some classics:

    "Wolverines!!"

    "End of Line"

    "Shall we play a game?"

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  90. Jesus suffered from serious lag.

    Jesus was a time lord

    May the Doctor be with you

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  91. "The only winning move is not to play."

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  92. "Mars needs women!"

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  93. Awesome!!! Nerds gather like a little religion and protest the non-believer (or is that believer because of the costumes?).

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  94. re: “Browncoat vs. Red Shirt”

    UNFAIR!

    not everyone can go to Nerd Prom. :(

    Dragon*Con, however…

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  95. 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.

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  96. "Religion: Ur Doin It Wrong"

    "Have Fun Storming The Castle!"

    "What Would Picard Do?"

    "Thor is My Co-Pilot"

    "Now Go Away, Or I Shall Taunt You A Second Time!"

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  97. ok I am late but I love this topic so…
    – Die rebels scum!

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  98. Hans shot first, so say we all!

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  99. 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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  100. "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence!"

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