History ComicBook / ChickTracts

12th May '17 9:19:34 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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In other words, this setting is a very dark fantasy world, comparable to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', although with less graphic violence (and with a bit of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' thrown in). Unlike Games Workshop, however, the people behind chick.com seem to believe their own message. Some people [[PoesLaw insist that it must be some kind of parody]]. However, Jack Chick himself has given one interview where he claims to be totally serious. Honest or not, he did seem to make a lot of money from people who buy large quantities of his tracts with their own money and then hand them out free of charge to friends and random strangers in the hope that this act will eventually spare a few souls from the horrors of hell.

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.]]''

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In other words, this setting is a very dark fantasy world, comparable to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', although with less graphic violence (and with a bit of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' thrown in). Unlike Games Workshop, however, the people behind chick.com seem to believe their own message. Some people [[PoesLaw insist that it must be some kind of parody]]. However, Jack Chick himself has given gave one interview where he claims claimed to be totally serious. Honest or not, he did seem to make a lot of money from people who buy large quantities of his tracts with their own money and then hand them out free of charge to friends and random strangers in the hope that this act will eventually spare a few souls from the horrors of hell.

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.]]''
12th May '17 9:18:17 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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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 called 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.]] The author called himself Jack Thomas Chick. This may or may not be have been a pseudonym.
26th Apr '17 5:31:11 AM MitchellProductions
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* AllCrimesAreEqual: 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: Whether for murdering, stealing, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking occasionally telling a small lie, lie]], you deserve to go to Hell if you don't accept Jesus-and conversely, you'll go to Heaven if you do.
15th Apr '17 10:25:39 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]].

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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 he is fighting, but will kill him to secure his power.power and thus send him to hell. [[spoiler: The poor priest doesn't live to be proven right, as he is murdered by one of the revolutionary's advisors]].
9th Apr '17 5:41:02 PM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: Paul in "The Last Generation". Overlaps with EtTuBrute, as he is Connie's brother.



* LesCollaborateurs: Paul in "The Last Generation". Overlaps with EtTuBrute, as he is Connie's brother.
9th Apr '17 8:06:50 AM Valiona
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* TheBadGuyWins: Fairly often, Satan and his minions succeed in capturing a soul.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Fairly often, Satan and his minions succeed in capturing a soul.soul, reflecting Chick's belief that most people will go to hell.



* BrutalHonesty: Typically exercised by the Christians over whether the unsaved have gone to hell. Oscar in "The Slugger" mentions that "a '''real''' friend had the '''guts''' to tell (him he) was a sinner on (his) way to hell."

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* BrutalHonesty: Typically exercised by the Christians over whether the unsaved have gone to hell. Oscar in "The Slugger" mentions that "a '''real''' friend had the '''guts''' to tell (him he) was a sinner on (his) way to hell."" Oscar himself has the guts to tell his boss, a famous baseball player, that he's nothing without Christ, and that he'll go to Hell if he doesn't convert.



* EnfantTerrible: Harry Garner in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1033/1033_01.asp Fairy Tales?]]"

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* EnfantTerrible: EnfantTerrible:
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Harry Garner in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1033/1033_01.asp Fairy Tales?]]"Tales?]]"
** Bobby in "[[https://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0094/0094_01.asp The Last Generation]]", who enthusiastically talks about animal sacrifices, disrespects and threatens his parents, and even turns in his own grandfather for a reward.



** Same goes with the grandfather in "The Last Generation".



* VillainousBreakdown: In "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0034/0034_01.asp Angels?]]", Lew Siffer, despite being calm and in control for the entire tract, save for angrily reminding the band that they belong to him, loses it when Tom prays for forgiveness.
-->'''Lew Siffer''': STOP THAT! What do you think you're doing? Remember, you're mine!



* WithFriendsLikeThese: Danny O'Hara's friends stop coming by after a short period of time when he's in the hospital with cancer, and this and other tracts imply that friends aren't worth going to hell for, especially if they abandon you only for being a Christian. [[DontShootTheMessage This can be read as basically saying that you shouldn't let other people, even those you like, sway you to abandon your convictions]].

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* WithFriendsLikeThese: WithFriendsLikeThese:
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Danny O'Hara's friends stop coming by after a short period of time when he's in the hospital with cancer, and this and other tracts imply that friends aren't worth going to hell for, especially if they abandon you only for being a Christian. [[DontShootTheMessage This can be read as basically saying that you shouldn't let other people, even those you like, sway you to abandon your convictions]].convictions]].
** This exchange in Angels. It's the first sign that the group's falling apart and Don doesn't care.
-->'''Tom''': Hey, Don, have you seen Bobby? He's skin and bones. He looks like death.
-->'''Don''': So he's got AIDS. Big deal! We'll replace him.
-->'''Tom''': But he used to be your best friend.
-->'''Don''': So who needs friends?



** Naturally, all of Satan's followers end up going to Hell with him.

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** Naturally, all of Satan's followers end up going to Hell with him. A few tracts involve him making fun of his followers for believing him.
8th Apr '17 10:20:06 PM nombretomado
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* FelonyMisdemeanor: Apart from the straight examples it is also inverted when portraying [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0004/0004_01.asp the reactions of the friends and family of the newly converted]]. And apparently, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0057/0057_01.asp learning that a Christian is praying for them]] acts as a BerserkButton for non-Christians. As noted earlier, even Satan occasionally screws up. In this case, he was probably planning to have his character commit some more "spectacular wickedness" (as [[TheScrewtapeLetters Screwtape]] would put it) and corrupt the people around him before harvesting his soul. And of course, according to Chick, trying to witness to others often gets you sued, prosecuted or killed.

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: Apart from the straight examples it is also inverted when portraying [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0004/0004_01.asp the reactions of the friends and family of the newly converted]]. And apparently, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0057/0057_01.asp learning that a Christian is praying for them]] acts as a BerserkButton for non-Christians. As noted earlier, even Satan occasionally screws up. In this case, he was probably planning to have his character commit some more "spectacular wickedness" (as [[TheScrewtapeLetters [[Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters Screwtape]] would put it) and corrupt the people around him before harvesting his soul. And of course, according to Chick, trying to witness to others often gets you sued, prosecuted or killed.
29th Mar '17 5:31:46 AM Killerikala
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** Several tracts tell us that even the worst murderers can still go to heaven, as long as they accept Jesus as their saviour. Homosexuals, however need to stop being homosexuals as well as accept Jesus to be saved.
28th Mar '17 12:59:46 PM SparkPlugTheTroper
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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"]] one has a peeping scene that isn't even included in the others.

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* CulturalTranslation: "This Was Your Life" has a ''ton'' of this in its various different-language versions. Besides the art style of the tract being different in certain translations, the tract [[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 English-African one]] has a peeping scene that isn't even included in the others.
4th Mar '17 3:21:38 PM Sammettik
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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. He's also presented as unable to save people directly without sending down Jesus as a sacrifice on their behalf, which also contradicts omnipotence.
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