The Bible Meets 'The Far Side'— Chris Sushynski Author of "In the Beginning" Comics Shines!

October 05, 2005   Entertainment News
(PRLEAP.COM) Religion is a serious matter but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take a step back and see the humor in it every now and then. That’s the message of Chris Sushynski, the innovative young artist who launched ‘In the Beginning,’ a comic strip that presents the ‘lighter side’ of religion by depicting religious characters, events, and issues in comic form.

“‘In the Beginning’ makes an effort to look at the humanity of religious characters and the mistakes or blunders they may have made,” says Sushynski. “The Bible is pretty serious, but I’m sure Jesus and the others laughed and had a good time, too. Our comic strip comes along and says, ‘Hey, this is what might have happened.’”

The Bible Meets ‘The Far Side’

So what are Sushynski’s comics like? “People have said that my cartoon is like mixing the Bible with The Far Side, mixing creative/obscure comics with a religious theme,” says Sushynski. For example, one strip shows a man approaching Jesus with a box of Krispy Kreme donuts just after Jesus finished feeding 5,000 people with bread and fish. With a puzzled look, Jesus then asks the man, “You want me to multiply those too?”

Demand for Sushynski’s comics is increasing rapidly. Recently, a local church asked Sushynski for a signed print that would be auctioned at a fundraiser. “I donated a large print of the Kripsy Kreme comic,” says Sushynski. “Although, it was not a wealthy area whatsoever, it sold for $140! Not bad for a single print.”

Americans Ready for ‘Lighter Side’ of Religion

Sushynski, who himself is a man of deep faith, felt the time had come for a comic strip that looked at the lighter side of religion. “I started ‘In the Beginning’ to answer all the successful secular cartoons out there,” he says. “I’m not trying to prove that people of faith can be ‘cool’ too. I’m out to show that we can have good clean fun just like anyone else can without going over the edge.”

Americans appear to be ready for a light-hearted look at religion. Several recent studies have shown that most Americans are religious and most believe in God and attend religious services. “Since most people are religious, why shouldn’t we have light-hearted comic strips in our newspapers,” he states.

To learn more, please visit: www.InTheBeginningComics.com

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