I like signs, and in particular, protestsigns, so naturally I was drawn to the distinctly jaundiced Jesusy signs outside the convention center during Comic-Con.
In the photo above, I have obviously caught Echo and the Bunnymen’s pink-shirted Ian McCullough (or The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie?) having traveled back in time to attend the Con (or protest)!
The Bible-belters had sole reign of the sidewalk on Day 1, but by Day 2, Comic-Con’s atheists, pagans, virgins and hedonists had clearly had enough. During lunch, I ran into a small group of renegades who, having “appropriated” a sign, were busy altering its meaning.
By Day 3, the protesters were out in full force, preaching their made-up stories and fantasy parables. Hmmm…wait a minute…
Day 4 was a nerdy ne’er-do-well free-for-all. Cthulu is a false idol, right?
The moment of reckoning is at hand!
I’m just as confused.
FYI, there’s room for religion AND superheroes in this society. As seen in the photo above, a hearing-impaired Wonder Woman sports a Jesus tattoo while registering for Comic-Con. What I’ve got no patience for is evangelicals who call out comic-book-reading kids as “sinners”. Thankfully, their bullheaded, bullhorned speeches mostly fell on deaf ears anyway.
NEW BONUS PHOTO!
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