Friday, May 20, 2022

It’s Iimi! They Drew First Blood

The political divide, especially over the defense of life has gotten to the point where some assume there can be no justification for the pro-life position. Pro-lifers can find themselves attacked without warning and accused of things they simply do not hold. Meanwhile, those who think abortion is a “right” often make unjust attacks and then get defensive when pro-lifers respond, forgetting that… They Drew First Blood.

Preliminary Notes: A lot of notes today.

In another case of the news moving faster than I can create these comics: as I was finalizing it, news hit of Oklahoma banning abortion from conception. So, it was only mentioned in passing in this comic. But, Iimi would say, “One down, 49 to go.”

Also, the news of the Archbishop of San Francisco applying canon 915 to Nancy Pelosi came out after the comic was finalized. ( ) I would (and if it had been known to me before the comic was uploaded, Iimi would) certainly pray that this action shows her how serious it is. Neither I in real life nor Iimi in comic would wish her damnation. 

This comic doesn’t exist in a vacuum, making ipse dixit statements. It would help to review earlier comics (Moral Monsters lays out the four square on what it means if the four most common positions on abortion are true). Or, better yet, see Peter Kreeft’s The Unaborted Socrates

For people new to this comic: No, Principal Julius Barrett wasn’t named for Amy Coney Barrett. He was named because I was playing Final Fantasy VII at the time when I needed a name.

One of the tricky things about doing a Rambo themed send-up for the title and cover was balance. It was originally going to be called Nothing is Over! I rejected that because I figured there would be dangers of people thinking I was making light of the suffering real-life veterans with PTSD struggled with. On the other side, that theme would need to deal with Iimi’s Aspergers trauma in a way that would diminish the focus on defense of the pro-life cause. On the cover, I decided it was best to not give Iimi any Rambo-style firearms out of concern this would be unintentionally linked to school shootings or any abortion related violence (none so far) that might arise. Perhaps this was all overthinking, but that was my approach. You may spot a few “Easter eggs” however.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

It’s Iimi! Busted!

It was bound to happen. Kismetta lacked prudence when she asked her questions and ended up offending everyone at the mosque by her aggressive tone. When the Mosque calls to tell her mother about her behavior, how will Kismetta respond to being BUSTED.

Preliminary Notes: While the arguments presented here are ones that I have seen Muslims use online, I don’t want to have cartoonish villains as foils for the main characters. So, in portraying the annoyed reactions to Kismetta’s questions, I asked myself how those attending a Catholic youth group might respond to a Catholic youth asking those kinds of questions in a similar tone. 

Zara (Bahrudin’s second wife probably needs her name explained for Western readers. The naming conventions of the UAE would be her given name (Zara) + bint (daughter of) her father’s name (Raziq) + ibn (son of) her grandfather’s name (Daaood) + her family name (Aslam). So formally we’d have “Zara bint Raziq ibn Daaood Aslam.” However, except for formal documents, the “ibn Daaood” and often the “bint Raziq” would be dropped. I’m told that the practice for Muslim women in the Middle East is to keep their own family name and do not change it to their husband’s. So, in America, she might simply be known as “Zara Aslam.” Sumeja, marrying Bahrudin in the United States followed the American custom and does use her husband’s last name. Kismetta is simply Kismetta Dhumzur from the American convention, though in the UAE she might be formally introduced as “Kismetta bint Bahrudin Dhumzur.”

One unexpected thing that happened during the creation of this comic was the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler (nominally since his stroke) of the UAE. The country is currently undergoing 40 days of mourning. I found this out after I completed the comic on 5/13/22. I had to re-edit dialogue on the last two pages to reflect this change.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

It’s Iimi! Kashira, Kashira? A Tale of Rash Judgment

On a typical day, a typical conversation occurs. The typical misinterpretation happens. The rumor is completely wrong, but everyone believes it. That’s rash judgment.

Post Comic Notes: かしら、かしら、 ご存じ かしら? (Kashira, kashira, gozonji kashira?) is from the anime Revolutionary Girl Utena where some silhouetted characters gossip about the events of the school.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

It’s Iimi! Credo

Kismetta has more questions for Iimi. Iimi needs to come up with explanations that sets forth what she believes in a way that Kismetta will understand.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

It’s Iimi! Acta non Verba!

It’s one of those days. Paula is praying for the courts to approve her mother’s transfer. Kismetta is troubled with the direction that following truth is moving her, and Krysta is fighting with Daryl. What will they do when platitudes aren’t enough?

Preliminary Note: Acta non Verba is Latin for “Action, not words.”