Graham Sale

Graham Sale
Location
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Birthday
July 18
Title
Chief of Everything
Company
Me, Myself & I
Bio
Graham Sale's familiar artwork has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, and on licensed products worldwide. His cartoons appear in the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN. men in Hats appear every Saturday. Graham is a writer, author, cartoonist, illustrator, and manufacturer of the character, Boneless Chuck. A NYer by way of Los Angeles and now Memphis, TN. Wow!

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Currently PBS has been airing a 3 part series on the Mormons and other religious organizations. Coincidentally, I recently re-watched The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. I find it unbelievable what people believe and commit to. That's not a criticism, simply a fact. Nevertheless that's the genesis of these cartoons, yes, the pun is intended.

In case you've wondered where I've been, my ten year old computer has been broken for a month. It took two hours to turn on and then did absolutely nothing. Miraculously, however, just before I threw it away, I was able to restore the system to a previous date and the voodoo haunting it vanished.

Although I felt disconnected, and was distraught because I can't afford to purchase a new one, it nevertheless felt good to be away from the internet. I recommend it. However, I had the strange experience of trying to find a phone book...who has a phone book anymore? Nice to be back, though. Cheers to everyone.
Graham, great to see you back! Those pesky computers can turn things upside down when they go on the fritz. Thanks for posting the three humorous cartoons!
The middle one has forced me to go fetch the windex, while choking.
Thanks for these. You have great skill and wit. The last one is just great. Glad I discovered you. Keep 'em coming.
The Mormans use cars but the rest is frightingly accurate
The thing is, there are no gas stations in space, so nothing beats a Schwinn!
Welcome back Graham!

Your fun and innovative humor has been missed!
:) Lolly
WHAT??!!
You mean you didn't pray that your pc would live again and you played god by doing that yourself??
Are you really so all powerful?
I'lll keep you in mind.lol
Rated for number one. Priceless.
People keep asking me if I am an atheist. I tell them that I am unable to understand why they believe what they claim to believe. I am not an atheist or even an agnostic. I am simply mystified by the notion that a being would create this "unholy" mess solely for the joy of being worshipped and loved by sleazeballs who make money out of urging others to love this being and fork over money so that more humans can be urged to love the creator of the mess.

How did we sink so low? Why do we keep it up?

BTW where did "god" study/learn universe building? Why did "god" fail so miserably at constructing humans? Why all the engineered diseases?
Loved the cartoons, especially the ET baptism!
For the past 48 years I have thought that religion was a very successful pyramid scheme, your cartoons have given me a new perspective that hasn't changed that view.

Rated, I wish I could rate this one again. Thanks for a very creative look at the strange world of religion.
Don't forget the Deity failed miserably with his attempt at angels-At least some of them fought against the angels who liked him and wound up in Hell as the instigators of all things evil. But how did they know Evil? did they eat an apple too? Why did Jesus include in the Lords prayer -And lead us not into temptation? And why is God depicted as an old white guy -Shouldn't he be younger than Spring? And for the tea baggers who don't give a c--p about the poor-Check yor pockets-You might find thirty pieces of silver there.
"I find it unbelievable what people believe and commit to."

Yes, like atheism.
The Proof of God is the ABSENCE of "miracles."
because of re-districting shenanigans, God no longer lives in a cloud. One OS'r thinks he's in Texas now. I think he's snorkeling in Belize.
"Any fool can condemn and criticize, and most do"...stolen from someone years ago, I cannot remember his name but I will always remember his wisdom.
I've always wondered, whenever they find, say, a phallic looking something - and they assume it's a lignum, or some kind of 'fertility totem', well, what IF it was just someones DILDO?!? And all the little supposedly 'charm object' anthropogenic thingys, what if they were just some childs toy?
I wrote a SciFi Piece, for my Hippie Profs amusement, where some future archaelologist found a BEER TAB and assumed that it was some kind of a 'Temple Offering' - that the 'Please Don't Litter' meant 'Hail Zeus' in some ancient Linear B.
It'll be in the museum, labeled as such - right next to the battery powered vibrator/'fertility fetish'.
Just had to add this.
I believed in 'The God Above' - twelve hours ago.
Now, as the Earth has Rotated, I believe in 'The God Below' - or, maybe The One in Texas, I dunno.
Great stuff.....And the miniseries mysteries of religion.
I don't exactly get them. I am this way with most cartoons, so don't worry. But I smiled anyway.

Question about the Hokey Pokey cartoon: Did you know that this song -- which Catholic families such as mine have been having for decades and decades at their weddings -- is actually mocking the Eucharist? A priest friend who converted to Catholocism told me this. He is extremely scholarly.

I just wondered if you did know this since I didn't exactly get that cartoon. Seriously -- I am super bad with cartoons. I hardly get any of them, so don't feel badly. I'm too literal.

Based on what he told me, I had actually considered doing some research into the song and finding out its orgins. My thinking is that even if it is mocking the Eucharist, it probably was not written with anti-Catholic intentions... Maybe just like a little joke... I am hopeful, though.

I was actually planning to check this out but I forgot and your cartoon reminded me. If you know anything further about this topic, please share. Thanks!
Loved the space Mormons. Very good cartoons - thanks for sharing!

You know, the Hokey Pokey thing? There may well be a distant, vestigial remnant of meaning attaching to it. (Here's an interesting sermon from a Unitarian Universalist perspective - UUs FTW!: http://www.thoughtsandstories.com/id71.html ).

I'm still not sure how much importance I'd put it in. I once worked with a fellow, a Seventh Day Adventist, who took himself and his religion very seriously. Actually, he was a total creep; he took it upon himself to instruct his female colleagues that they should not wear makeup (something about hiding God's beauty).

Anyway, this man also objected (loudly) to anyone using words such as "Golly", "Gosh", "Gee", "Crikey", etc, on account of the (correct) fact that they originally derive from the names of deity. "Blasphemy words" he called them. Blithering idiot I called him. I don't worship "Golly", and the words have no sacred resonance for me whatsoever.

So, point is, I don't think Hokey Pokey - however it began - has any reason to be considered offensive. By anyone.
Thanks Lefty. That's interesting. I agree with you for the most part. Although I do think there are certain cases where HATE is behind sarcastic humor and sometimes it does seep into popular culture. I do not think that is the case here but I wanted to investigate it a bit. History is interesting.

Anyway -- even though I don't really GET the cartoons, I did think the one with the Space Evangelists was funny. I especially enjoy picking on the Mormons and Evangelical Christians, of course.. xoxo :-)
All hail our new spambot overlords...
loved the god blog - amen.