History ComicBook / ChickTracts

29th Aug '16 9:08:02 PM PaulA
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* LongRunner: Chick has been writing and drawing tracts since the TheSeventies and is ''still'', at the age of 91, producing more.
28th Aug '16 11:22:54 PM redandready45
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* CassandraTruth: In "Fat Cats", a priest informs his son-in-law that the revolutionary he intends to join will not only be as bad as the dictator his is fighting, but will kill him to secure his power. [[spoiler: The poor priest doesn't live to be proven right, as he is murdered by one of the revolutionary's advisors]].
28th Aug '16 10:36:31 PM Fireblood
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** While Constantine was obviously never a pope, pretty much every non Catholic Christian also rejects the idea that Peter was viewed by the early Church in any way similar to the modern conception of a Pope. The Apostles seem to have been viewed as a sort of collective authority in early Christian tradition, and the biblical book of Acts records an incident where Peter was corrected and essentially called a hypocrite at the Council of Jerusalem. On top of this Paul seems to have had more influence over the development of Christian Theology than Peter ever did
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quoted very often--but only the King James Version. (All other translations are allegedly the work of {{Satan}} himself, with the help of a massive [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0031/0031_01.asp Jesuit conspiracy]], you see.) Whether the quotes are presented with [[ItMakesSenseInContext due regard to context]] is another question.

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** While Constantine was obviously never a pope, pretty much every non Catholic Christian also rejects the idea that Peter was viewed by the early Church in any way similar to the modern conception of a Pope. The Apostles seem to have been viewed as a sort of collective authority in early Christian tradition, and the biblical book of Acts records an incident where Peter was corrected and essentially called a hypocrite at the Council of Jerusalem. On top of this Paul seems to have had more influence over the development of Christian Theology theology than Peter ever did
did, and they are recorded as openly disagreeing over theoogical issues.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quoted very often--but only the King James Version. (All Version (all other translations are allegedly the work of {{Satan}} himself, with the help of a massive [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0031/0031_01.asp Jesuit conspiracy]], you see.) see). Whether the quotes are presented with [[ItMakesSenseInContext due regard to context]] is another question.



* AuthorTract: ...in fact, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chick Tract]].

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* AuthorTract: ...in In fact, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chick Tract]].



** Also the girl in First Bite, wards off (with Jesus's help of course) the vampire with zero effort, knocking him across the room.

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** Also the girl in First Bite, Bite wards off (with Jesus's help of course) the vampire with zero effort, knocking him across the room.



* BeggingTheQuestion: Many of the tracts use this. They're intended to convince people that believing in evolution/being homosexual/following Roman Catholicism/anything else the author doesn't like is bad, but the reasoning behind this goes: This person did X. X is bad. People who do bad things are are sent to hell. This person is being sent to hell. Therefore, X is bad.

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* BeggingTheQuestion: Many of the tracts use this. They're intended to convince people that believing in evolution/being homosexual/following Roman Catholicism/anything else the author doesn't like is bad, but the reasoning behind this goes: This this person did X. X is bad. People who do bad things are are sent to hell. This person is being sent to hell. Therefore, X is bad.



** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient.
* TheBlank: God

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** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient.
lenient. He's also presented as unable to save people directly without sending down Jesus as a sacrifice on their behalf, which also contradicts omnipotence.
* TheBlank: GodGod.



** In one tract, Jack rightly calls out the Jehovah's Witnesses on their absolute refusal to accept a blood transplant. In fact, the consequences of doing so are the driving plot of the tract. Don't worry, the [=JWs=] convert in time to get the transplant. But in another tract, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0072/0072_01.asp Mad Machine]], Chick demonstrates an attitude towards modern psychology very similar to [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]], and recommends that anybody who is having mental problems should simply pray to Jesus.

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** In one tract, Jack rightly calls out the Jehovah's Witnesses on their absolute refusal to accept a blood transplant.transfusion. In fact, the consequences of doing so are the driving plot of the tract. Don't worry, the [=JWs=] convert in time to get the transplant.transfusion. But in another tract, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0072/0072_01.asp Mad Machine]], Chick demonstrates an attitude towards modern psychology very similar to [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]], and recommends that anybody who is having mental problems should simply pray to Jesus.
28th Aug '16 10:24:27 PM Fireblood
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** In "Mad Machine," a father and a son go to a facility described to treat alcoholism. The father's told that he'll like it there, but he says that [[WhamLine his son is the patient]]

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** In "Mad Machine," a father and a son go to a facility described to treat alcoholism. The father's told that he'll like it there, but he says that [[WhamLine his son is the patient]]patient]].



* [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]]: Whether for murdering, stealing, or occasionally telling a small lie, you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus--and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.

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* [[AllCrimesAreEqual All Sins Are Equal]]: Whether for murdering, stealing, or occasionally telling a small lie, you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus--and Jesus-and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.



** The Eastern Orthodox church was finally mentioned in [[http://chick.com/reading/tracts/1077/1077_01.asp this]] tract where it was, insanely enough, portrayed in a positive light as having fought against the Roman Catholic church [[InsaneTrollLogic (after the Pope secretly created Islam to take Jerusalem from the Catholics there and give it to the Pope)]] and whom the Roman Catholic church waited nearly 1000 years to try and get revenge on using Communism... Yeah

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** The Eastern Orthodox church was finally mentioned in [[http://chick.com/reading/tracts/1077/1077_01.asp this]] tract where it was, insanely enough, portrayed in a positive light as having fought against the Roman Catholic church [[InsaneTrollLogic (after the Pope secretly created Islam to take Jerusalem from the Catholics there and give it to the Pope)]] and whom the Roman Catholic church waited nearly 1000 years to try and get revenge on using Communism... YeahYeah. This despite Eastern Orthodoxy being virtually identical with Catholicism theologically.
28th Aug '16 7:22:03 PM WillKeaton
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* CatsAreMean: Inverted - "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0025/0025_01.asp Trust Me]]" portrays dogs as mangy [[JerkAss jerkasses]], and cats as misplaced, innocent creatures, a kind of AnimalReactionShot AuthorAvatar EmpathicEnvironment.

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* CatsAreMean: Inverted - "[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0025/0025_01.asp Trust Me]]" "Trust Me"]] portrays dogs as mangy [[JerkAss jerkasses]], and cats as misplaced, innocent creatures, a kind of AnimalReactionShot AuthorAvatar EmpathicEnvironment.
28th Aug '16 7:21:31 PM WillKeaton
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Among many other examples, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, not Saint Peter, is said to have been the first Pope. There was, in fact, a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Constantine Pope Constantine]], but he was neither the first Pope nor the Emperor of the same name.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Among many other examples, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, not Saint Peter, is said to have been the first Pope. There was, in fact, a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Constantine Pope Constantine]], Constantine,]] but he was neither the first Pope nor the Emperor of the same name.
28th Aug '16 7:21:05 PM WillKeaton
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** "[[https://web.archive.org/web/20080325011339/http://www.epsilonminus.com/godhatesthescene/ God Hates The Scene]]". What would Music/EazyE and {{Music/Tupac|Shakur}} do if they were alive to see all this pretentious {{Goth}} bullshit? They'd grab their gats and start rushing some pasty-ass tricks to the dirt, that's what.

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** "[[https://web.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20080325011339/http://www.epsilonminus.com/godhatesthescene/ God "God Hates The Scene]]". Scene."]] What would Music/EazyE and {{Music/Tupac|Shakur}} do if they were alive to see all this pretentious {{Goth}} bullshit? They'd grab their gats and start rushing some pasty-ass tricks to the dirt, that's what.
28th Aug '16 7:19:56 PM WillKeaton
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* AbusiveParents: Most infamously in "[[http://www.fmh-child.org/Lisa.html Lisa]]," but a running theme.

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* AbusiveParents: Most infamously in "[[http://www.[[http://www.fmh-child.org/Lisa.html Lisa]]," "Lisa,"]] but a running theme.



* AlcoholHic: "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1102/1102_01.asp Hard Times]]," "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1025/1025_01.asp The Missing Day]]" and "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0006/0006_01.asp Somebody Loves Me]]". In the latter two, a character ''thinks'' with an AlcoholHic.

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* AlcoholHic: "[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1102/1102_01.asp Hard Times]]," "[[http://www."Hard Times,"]] [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1025/1025_01.asp The "The Missing Day]]" Day"]] and "[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0006/0006_01.asp Somebody "Somebody Loves Me]]". Me."]] In the latter two, a character ''thinks'' with an AlcoholHic.



* AllHallowsEve: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp Boo!]] It's {{Satan}}'s birthday, so he's liable to crash your party while wielding a {{chainsaw|Good}} and wearing a [[{{Narm}} pumpkin on his head]]. Surprise!

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* AllHallowsEve: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp Boo!]] "Boo!"]] It's {{Satan}}'s birthday, so he's liable to crash your party while wielding a {{chainsaw|Good}} and wearing a [[{{Narm}} pumpkin on his head]]. Surprise!



** Also, as noted below, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1053/1053_01.asp The Devil's Night]] explains the "true" origins of Halloween in a massive case of research failure.

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** Also, as noted below, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1053/1053_01.asp The "The Devil's Night]] Night"]] explains the "true" origins of Halloween in a massive case of research failure.



* AmoralAttorney: Attorney Douglas Rogers in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1014/1014_01.asp Busted!]]" prosecutes people without caring whether they're guilty, and likes "to see the accused squirm."

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* AmoralAttorney: Attorney Douglas Rogers in "[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1014/1014_01.asp Busted!]]" "Busted!"]] prosecutes people without caring whether they're guilty, and likes "to see the accused squirm."



* AndThatsTerrible: From ''[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp Boo!]]'': "Satanic human sacrifices are a slap in God's face."

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* AndThatsTerrible: From ''[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp Boo!]]'': "Boo!"]]: "Satanic human sacrifices are a slap in God's face."



** In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5003/5003_01.asp Sin City]]", Bob has two in rapid succession.

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** In "[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5003/5003_01.asp Sin City]]", "Sin City,"]] Bob has two in rapid succession.



* {{Badass}}: Jesus, according to "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0086/0086_01.asp The Sissy?]]", for being willing to suffer and die for the good of humanity.

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* {{Badass}}: Jesus, according to "[[http://www.[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0086/0086_01.asp The Sissy?]]", "The Sissy?"]] for being willing to suffer and die for the good of humanity.



* CaptainObvious: Jack Chick [[http://www.chick.com/reading/comics/0112/albertoindex.asp Alberto]] found it necessary to fill the thing with [[StopHelpingMe helpful]] definitions of complex words, like "deacon", and "sacraments" and "Dominicans". And "deny", "documents", and "intense". And "stone". He seriously found it necessary to tell us all what a stone is. It turns out it's actually subverted, however: he fails to [[CriticalResearchFailure define stone correctly]].

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* CaptainObvious: Jack Chick Chick's [[http://www.chick.com/reading/comics/0112/albertoindex.asp Alberto]] "Alberto"]] found it necessary to fill the thing with [[StopHelpingMe helpful]] definitions of complex words, like "deacon", and "sacraments" and "Dominicans". And "deny", "documents", and "intense". And "stone". He seriously found it necessary to tell us all what a stone is. It turns out it's actually subverted, however: he fails to [[CriticalResearchFailure define stone correctly]].



* CorruptChurch / ScamReligion: In the Chick 'verse, the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Roman Catholic Church]] is decidedly this. In the infamous tract [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0074/0074_01.asp The Death Cookie]], for example, Chick explains that [[{{Satan}} the Devil himself]] came up with just about every Catholic tradition as a way for evil priests to manipulate people out of their money.

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* CorruptChurch / ScamReligion: In the Chick 'verse, the [[ChristianityIsCatholic Roman Catholic Church]] is decidedly this. In the infamous tract [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0074/0074_01.asp The "The Death Cookie]], Cookie,"]] for example, Chick explains that [[{{Satan}} the Devil himself]] came up with just about every Catholic tradition as a way for evil priests to manipulate people out of their money.



* CulturalTranslation: "This Was Your Life" [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0401/0401_01.asp in Chinese]] and [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0710/0710_01.asp and Slovak]] has some subtle, and not so subtle differences from the English version. Heck, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0409/0409_01.asp the African]] one has a peeping scene that isn't even included in the others.

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* CulturalTranslation: "This Was Your Life" [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0401/0401_01.asp in Chinese]] and [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0710/0710_01.asp and Slovak]] has some subtle, and not so subtle differences from the English version. Heck, the [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0409/0409_01.asp the African]] "The African"]] one has a peeping scene that isn't even included in the others.



* CureYourGays: In addition to the infamous "Wounded Children," the idea is also presented in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5003/5003_01.asp Sin City]] and [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp Uninvited]]. The latter tract also states that being molested makes you gay (unless you find Jesus). Note that none of the "saved" gays are shown to become heterosexual.

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* CureYourGays: In addition to the infamous "Wounded Children," the idea is also presented in [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5003/5003_01.asp Sin City]] and [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp Uninvited]]. "Uninvited."]] The latter tract also states that being molested makes you gay (unless you find Jesus). Note that none of the "saved" gays are shown to become heterosexual.
28th Aug '16 7:15:24 PM WillKeaton
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Meanwhile, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Chick's efforts have inspired many parodies, and he was featured as the subject of the documentary, ''[[http://store.documentarychannel.com/product-p/449.htm God's Cartoonist]]''.

In addition, [[WebVideo/DarkDungeons a live-action version of Dark Dungeons]] came out in August 2014. It's precisely as [[StealthParody over-the-top]] and [[NarmCharm narmy]] as was expected. Also, two Chick tracts, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcokN06inA The Sissy]]" and "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F8Y-Ur50_M Tiny Shoes]]", have been made into short animated films. Interestingly enough, the latter has Jack Chick credited as a few supporting roles, meaning it contains what may well be the only publicly available recording of Chick's voice.

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Meanwhile, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Chick's efforts have inspired many parodies, and he was featured as the subject of the documentary, ''[[http://store.documentarychannel.com/product-p/449.htm God's Cartoonist]]''.

Cartoonist.]]''

In addition, [[WebVideo/DarkDungeons a live-action version of Dark Dungeons]] came out in August 2014. It's precisely as [[StealthParody over-the-top]] and [[NarmCharm narmy]] as was expected. Also, two Chick tracts, "[[https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcokN06inA The Sissy]]" "The Sissy"]] and "[[https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F8Y-Ur50_M Tiny Shoes]]", "Tiny Shoes,"]] have been made into short animated films. Interestingly enough, the latter has Jack Chick credited as a few supporting roles, meaning it contains what may well be the only publicly available recording of Chick's voice.



* AffectionateParody: Some funny parodies have been done of ''Chick Tracts''. A few examples: [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/darkseid/ "Darkseid"]], [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/who-will-be-eaten-first/ "Who Will Be Eaten First?"]], [[http://www.fredvanlente.com/cthulhutract/pages/ Why We're Here]], and [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/galactus-is-coming/ "Galactus Is Coming!"]].

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* AffectionateParody: Some funny parodies have been done of ''Chick Tracts''. A few examples: [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/darkseid/ "Darkseid"]], [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/who-will-be-eaten-first/ "Who Will Be Eaten First?"]], First?"]] [[http://www.fredvanlente.com/cthulhutract/pages/ Why We're Here]], Here,]] and [[http://foo.ca/wp/chick-tract-satire/galactus-is-coming/ "Galactus Is Coming!"]].Coming!"]]
28th Aug '16 7:13:06 PM WillKeaton
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''Chick Tracts'' are short evangelical comic books that primarily exist in the form of very small printed albums - small enough to easily fit into a wallet. However, most of the tracts are also available for free at their home website [[http://www.chick.com Chick.com]]. The author calls himself Jack Thomas Chick. This may or may not be a pseudonym.

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''Chick Tracts'' are short evangelical comic books that primarily exist in the form of very small printed albums - small enough to easily fit into a wallet. However, most of the tracts are also available for free at their home website [[http://www.chick.com Chick.com]]. com.]] The author calls himself Jack Thomas Chick. This may or may not be a pseudonym.
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