Skeptic-Al web-comic coming soon

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I’ve been a busy boy. After ‘retiring’ from the atheism scene (yeah, like it’s that fucking easy, genius), I set off to try a variety of projects that I felt could potentially pay the bills. When you’re an entertainer, you try to cast a bit of a wide net; there’s no way to know which project will take off, so it’s best to have a few things going on.

One of those projects was originally for the Richard Dawkins Foundation. I pitched them the idea for a comic book called “Skeptic Al,” a kind of ‘skeptic superhero.’ I brought into the project an artist who’s even more skilled than I am, Jose Luis Gilles (who is also working on a cool comic called “Flesh,” which you should check out). Having him draw it meant I could concentrate on the story portion, which was fine by me.

At first, RDF seemed supportive, but when they learned the story would involve elements of magic, super-powers, and pseudo-science (the good guy needs something to fight, obviously), they pulled the plug. At the end of the day, I just couldn’t convince them that sometimes, a story needs to step outside of the confines of reality in order to make a point.

Their loss. I think Skeptic-Al is a lot of fun, and it’s intended to be a tongue-in-cheek, fun and satirical look at comic books. While it’s intended for kids, there are subtle lessons meant to skewer the atheism scene (we have to be able to laugh at ourselves more). I’ll be posting more about it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, go like it on Facebook, please!

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