Thursday, July 2, 2009

Samson!

I've got a lot to talk about today.
  • The A-MAZE-ing Book of Mormon is now on shelves at Deseret Book and available to order at deseretbook.com and amazon.com.
  • A couple of weeks ago my brother and president of my Facebook fan club requested that I draw him into one of my comics. In order to qualify for such an honor(?) you have to meet certain qualifications (namely, you have to be my brother and president of my Facebook fan club). Anyway, this is the week, Joel.
  • On a related note, I should point out to any single girls out there that Joel is still available (and he also just completed his second year of Medical School!).
  • Full disclosure, I also should point out that I slightly exaggerated Joel's physic. His legs aren't quite so toothpickish.
  • I reread the story of Samson while researching this week's comic, you gotta love the Old Testament. According to Judges chapter 15, Samson slew 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. With the number of dead solders lying around, you'd think Samson would have picked up something a bit more practical like, I don't know, a sword or something. I think the Bible Dictionary said it best when describing Samson: "He seems to have been a man notorious for his great physical strength, but weak in intellectual...character."
  • Finally, as a son of an anatomist, I feel it is my duty to point out that there are not one, but three bones inside the ear: the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup.

4 comments:

  1. Joel (AKA Samson)July 2, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Thanks for drawing me in your latest comic, and I have to say the similarities are astounding. Although, since I cut my hair, I might look more like Samson post-Delilah. If your ploy to get me a date works, I might be the first person to get a date via the internet. Someone should start a dating service on the web, I think that would really take off. Also, I would like to know which of the three bones Samson used. The stirrups, while they sound like the most harmless, could probably be sharpened into a deadly tool I imagine.

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  2. Your implication is that the story of Samson may be somewhat sensationalized--an assertion I'd agree with. It would certainly be the best argument against the idea (favored by many fundamentalists) of interpreting the Bible literally. From a practical perspective I imagine it would be a major undertaking to kill 1000 Philistines with any sort of weapon short of a large explosive.

    The likeness of Joel is uncanny, especially the small tuft of manly chest hair between his Lou Ferrigno pecs.

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  3. I definitely missed these details when we studied Samson in seminary.

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  4. I want to know what sort of drawing your sister and member of the facebook fan club could get? Do you think I could be drawn into the background or something? Love, your sister

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