A new documentary about Jack Chick, publisher of those familiar Christian fundamentalist tracts – including the anti-evolution Big Daddy – will be showing at the Bozeman Public Library on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 pm. The showing of God’s Cartoonist: The Comic Crusade of Jack Chick (website) is hosted by the newly revived Bozeman Freethinkers group (Facebook). Here is a description of the film:
For nearly forty years, Chick Publications under the leadership of Jack T. Chick has published nearly one billion religious tracts (palm sized comics) that are now distributed in over 100 languages around the world. In the process, Jack Chick’s name has become revered in the world of fundamentalist teachings, reviled among dozens of major religions and banned as hate literature in several countries including Canada. Outside the world of religion the tracts have become highly valued pop culture collectibles with presentations in galleries from NY to LA and a permanent collection in the Smithsonian. Notoriously reclusive, Chick Publications for the first time let camera crews in to meet the creators of the infamous works as well as noted authors, artists, critics and collectors who have covered the history of all things Chick.
And the trailer:
I will be going since Wednesdays are the one day I am in Bozeman during the spring semester.
If you plan to go, RSVP at the film’s website here.
I personally own a handful of the Big Daddy tracts that I picked up at a Kent Hovind talk in Temecula, CA before moving to Montana. There are other tracts dealing with evolution, however: In The Beginning and Moving On Up.
Hat-tip to The Sensuous Curmudgeon for posting about Chick, which made me look up the website for the film and discover the Bozeman showing!