The famously reclusive and idiosyncratic Christian cartoonist Jack Chick has died, at the age of 92.
I found my first Chick tract – the classic This Was Your Life! – on top of a phone booth in Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station on a school trip, and was instantly FASCINATED by his outsider-art approach to both comics and fundamentalist Christianity. (And speaking of the art, fans of the tracts have recognized two very distinct art styles over the years – Chick hired African American artist Fred Carter in 1972, and he worked anonymously for many years, producing epics like Doom Town and Dark Dungeons.)
If you have never experienced the batbleepery that is a Chick tract, you can find a lot of them online here. (Archive warnings, as the kids say, apply – Chick tracts are notoriously homophobic, bigoted, and anti-just-about-everything.)
In conclusion, here is the Internet-Famous Peter Pie Cat Esq., contemplating his own salvation through the medium of my sadly small personal collection of Chick tracts. Anyone got a copy of Dark Dungeons to spare? That one’s TOTALLY my favorite.