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Imp_JTC

Imp_JTC

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THEIMP?
D.K.R.
 
the 
holy book 
oƒ 
CHICK 
WITH THE APOCRYPHA 
and 
DICTIONARY-CONCORDANCE
KING IMP EDITION
daniel k.raeburn
general editor 
Introduction, Annotations, Cross-References,Special Articles, Map, and Indexes 
THE IMP
, number
2
, is copyright ©
1998
by Dan Raeburn,
1454
W. Summerdale
2c,
Chicago, IL
60640.
All rights reserved.Write me for permission to reprint.Frank is © Jim Woodring.All artwork not on the four sides of this cover is copyright © Jack T. Chick, unless noted otherwise, and its use herein is damn wellcovered by the provisions for parody and fair use outlined in §
107
of Title
17
of the
U.S.
Code.The cover is a parody, the guts are highfalutin literary criticism,and I’m definitely not going to make a cent from this. So Jack, please join me in saying God bless America.
EPISTLES
You actually made me curious tosee more of Clowes’work.
—Mom
Very uncomfortable reading forpoor, sensitive me…in a way it’smy dream come true, critical-response-wise.Thank you.
—Dan Clowes
I saw no evidence of “commiepropaganda,other than theusual pointless fretting over any possible trace of racism and sex-ism in Clowes’work, which Ipersonally don’t see at all.
—Peter Bagge
It’s rather frightening how muchbetter Dan’s getting…
p.s.—
I’ve been working for
hus-tler,
too.They are the greatest.
—Mary Fleener
I was passing through somesmall town in Oregon and saw abillboard for some sort of bar orlounge that had a picture of fourClowes freaks sitting at a bar.
—(Illegible signature)
The most insightful writing onDan’s work (or comics for thatmatter) that I’ve seen yet.
—Adrian Tomine
I read
the imp
on the Grey-hound back to Pittsburgh.WhenI got home, all I wanted to dowas re-read
eightball
.You ruledude.
—Al Hoff 
Totally bowled over by 
the imp.
It’s just the sort of thing neededin the comics world—serious,in-depth discussion of ambitiouswork.
—Seth
Thanks for the copy of 
the imp.
I’m very glad you didthis. Clowes is totally worthy of this sort of attention.
—Sean Tejaratchi—Jim Woodring
APOSTLES
Dan Clowes
drew the reasonthis issue will sell, gave meChick apocrypha, and photo-graphed Chick Publications.The enigmatic
VX 
created thedefunct
Unofficial Jack T. Chick Archive 
url,
which providedthe means to contact the follow-ing chicklets:
• Dwayne Walker
interviewedChick and supplied countlessanecdotes, tips, and tracts; youshould obtain Dwayne’s filmsby writing him at:
564
N.Bellflower Blvd.
#208
Long Beach CA 
90814;
• Jeremy Thomas
gave tracts;
• Steven Scharff 
gave tracts;
• Dan Kapelovitz
gave tractsand weird Chick stuff.
Darby Romeo
will eventually publish earlier portions of thisstory in
Ben Is Dead.
Bob Fowler
wrote
The History of the World According to Jack T. Chick,
the acme of Chick scholarship. I made extensive useof his research in preparing thisissue of 
the imp,
and you canget your own copy of Bob’s insanely detailed book by sending
$12
to him at:
1385
High Site Dr.
#102
Eagan MN
55121.
PROPHETS
[the imp]
hero worships toomuch and that kind of loyalty doesn’t produce the best analysis.
Roctober 
Slick, term-paperesque…
Zine World 
It’s really hard to make money selling items this cheap.
—Bud Plant
If it was about Jack Kirby we’dsell it. Jack Kirby sells.
—Diamond Distribution
 
H
e’s
the most widely-read theologian inhuman history,that’s who the heis.This Roundhead Protestant cartoonistis also one of the best-selling artists in human his-tory,having sold over four hundred million copiesof his comix in over seventy languages during the past thir-ty-six years.I’ll repeat that firststat: over four hundred millionsold—that ain’t
Peanuts,
but it’sdamn close. These comix aresold American, too, each andevery one with a thirty-day,money-back guaranteeensured by none other thanGod Himself, at the crafty price of thirteen cents each.A suspicious numerology because these comic books arevery unlucky; in fact, they are nothing but sancti-fied hate literature.People who dismiss hate litera-ture offhand are going to miss the point of thistribute to Chick,which is that hate literature revealsnot only its own corruption but the sick society that hatched it. Examine the historical and theo-logical forebears of little Chick and you’ll find anawful, and I do mean awful, lot of mainstreambeliefs. Like the Protestant zealots who colonizedand raped this country, Chick tracts and theviolence in them are as American as apple pie.Chick is an enigma, an recluse who religiously maintains his invisibility yet manages throughguerilla marketing techniques to be one of ourmost ubiquitous artists. Mention his name andpeople say,“Jack T.Who?” Show one of his comixtracts and they say,“Oh,
that 
guy.He’s succeeded inbeing both everywhere and nowhere.Chick is first and foremost a salesman, a theo-logical Babbitt whose fundamental intolerance forthe art and ritual of every religion compels him topitch his product, a brand of minimalist Chris-tianity he markets as “your own personal Saviour.”The comix corpus of this sales literature is itself afascinating work of folk art,complete with its own perversesymbology and rituals.If you’re one of the few whohasn’t by chance found one of Chick’s tracts placed in a phonebooth, laundromat, or on apark bench, take a tourthrough the dictionary at theback of this tract. Start at theRoman Catholic Church andwork your way outward, orstart at random and work yourway toward the RomanCatholic Church. All of Chick’s roads lead toRome. If nothing else this man’s work stands assmall proof that the average human mind iscapable of performing astounding intellectual andpsychological stunts in its relentless drive tocreate meaning where none previously existed.
 
Who theis Jack T. Chick?

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