Last weekend, San Diego hosted Comic-Con, one of the largest comic and pop culture events in the world. Each year I keep a strong eye on the internet, living vicariously through bloggers and news sites. Who said what and the panels? What new projects were announced? What cool swag am I missing out on? And most importantly, which companies have done something stupid and tacky to market their product.
EA Games seem to have won the title of most inappropriate marketing for 2009 with their competition “Sin To Win!”
Written by Murray Smith
This is a book I’ve been waiting a very long time for. I’m often looking for great Christian books that I can put into the hands of a teenager and say “read this, it’s good”. Most Christian stuff out there is pitched at too high a level for your average 14 year old. And once you’ve used up John Dickson’s fantastic books, there’s not a great deal left out there. Until now. Murray Smith’s Jesus All About Life is just the book I’ve been waiting for.
What do you do when you have a successful animated movie that’s popular with the kiddies? You put out sequel after sequel. (How many Land Before Time Movies are there now? Is anyone still watching them?) So here we have the third movie in the Ice Age franchise. The same characters front up again with some new ones thrown in and a new adventure in store. Ultimately, there’s one big problem: this is a movie struggling to find a reason to exist.
C.S. Lewis was once quoted as saying that in his youth he was “very angry with God for not existing”. It’s a common, though paradoxical, statement. If God did exist, then surely he would see all the suffering and pain in the world and do something about it. The fact that he hasn’t stepped in and got rid of all the bad stuff in the world is surely evidence that there is no God. Isn’t it?
In 1986, the band XTC had a surprise hit with their song Dear God. How much of a surprise? It was released as a B side on another single. (Side note: Do people even remember B sides? Do I need to explain what a B side is? I feel so old.) There was controversy and outrage over this song. How dare they release a song that was so heavily atheistic in nature? “If there’s one thing I don’t believe in, it’s you. Dear God.”
Written by Brian Azarello
Art by Eduardo Risso
A man in a black suit approaches you. He hands you a attache which contains a gun, 100 untraceable bullets and enough evidence to prove without a doubt who ruined your life and how. You are assured that no matter what you do, there will be no repercussions. What do you do?