or “Abandon Hope: read The Good Book” or “Bedtime Tales of Wonder and Astonishment. And heart-crushing loss, soul-rending hopelessness, piteous vulnerability, life-sapping submission...”
Disclaimer: “Nothing is anything, but it’s not…” and “Even a good book can do very bad things…”
(too many great by-lines for this issue: couldn’t leave them out…)
Front Cover: Jojo imagining the concept of crazy Bible stories… without ever having read one. Awesome free-form imagination.
Logo: For the Title Logo, the next letter to be changed is the “o” turned into a star and crescent (which in the 20th century sometimes came to represent Islam, Islamic communities, or countries)
Page 1 Panel 1 this is a preface, to get readers somewhat prepared for the crazy stories of Elijah (and his “man-servant” Elisha…) But this back-story (1 Kings chapters 18 and 19) is just as bizarre:
Panel 4 Jezebel: whose name is so reviled throughout history, threatened to kill Elijah
Panel 5 Elijah is afraid and runs away; he is tired and weary and asks God to die
Panel 6 An angel gives him a nice cake, cooked over coals, and a jug of water. Then he sends him to Mt. Horeb… because, why not?! The idea here is that the superhero of this story is Elijah: powerful, righteous, exciting, a prototypical comic book hero (but not without his own flaws and failings). We naturally root for Elijah, but shortly we will meet some less than admirable associates in theBCU (the Bible comics Universe…) Now we’re all on the same page, and ready for some Bible!
Page 2 we see Dany getting very sleepy-eyed, reading the 1611 King James Bible by the light of the candle Stan gave him (Lucifer, the bearer of light)
1 Kings 21:19 more lovely Bible wisdom and lessons. “Him that pisseth against a wall”: while this probably means “males and dogs…” you might not believe the number of scholarly article that study this ignoble Biblical expression…1
the only titles page written by hand into the background: “Faerie Tales” has so many meanings here… “Bedtime tales of wonder and astonishment! (And heart-crushing loss, soul-rending hopelessness, and piteous vulnerability…) Accept meaninglessness! Submit to life-altering shame!”
“Continentur in hoc libro…” table of contents, contained in this book
“ATU folktale types 401a, 410a, 706, 769” this is the Aarne–Thompson–Uther classification system2
a way of categorizing folk tales, fairy tales, etc. these numbers are to a variety of sick, twisted, perverse “fairy tales”, that are astonishing to read: they are ancient, but are more messed up than any purportedly “shocking” story today’s writers come up with. Really disturbing stuff… shudder… skim through a few here if you are brave… 3
“Nothing is anything, but it’s not” pushing the nihilism of “It’s all made up, all invented” even further…
“Even a good book can do very bad things” maybe TH main theme of showing all the madness n the bible and in religions in general…
“OK Alias” you’ll have to ask Jojo why he wrote this here… I can’t remember…
Page 3 panel 1 we tried to hew very closely to the actual bible stories of Elijah from 2 Kings chapter 1 here (we got a little more impressionistic later in this issue…)
The tattoo probably says “mom” or “dad” in fake Aramaic, but I can’t really remember… so many gags…
The healer is holding a staff of Asclepius, (one snake)
The headgear were based on ancient images of hats and clothes from the Levant, and Greece etc. like the pileus, etc.
Panel 2 Ba’al (Baʿal Zebub “occurs in the first chapter of the Second Book of Kings as the supposed name of the Philistine god of Ekron.” This is our own interpretation of the god, sometimes described as two-horned, and we decided to give him a staff like a caduceus (or like the serpent and cross https://gnosticwarrior.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Cross-and-serpent.jpg )
Panel 3 Elijah, “herald of the end-times” Elijah is prophesied to appear before the apocalypse "Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes,” immediately before the second coming of Jesus. 4 Now yes, some people may say that Elijah looks quite similar to former WWWF wrestling Champion, Bruno Sammartino. Well, you may be right… Bruno is still a legend in Pittsburgh, but growing up there, he was quite actually, a superhero to kids in the 60’s. Who else could ever portray the most powerful prophet in the old testament?
The temple and altars are also based on ancient temples and images of sacrifices, uniforms, etc.
And of course, the strongest, most powerful prophet has visible power emanating from his hands: Kirby dots! Yessah!!!
Page 4 panel 1 we even tried to get Ahazia’s home to be conceptually correct: he was theoretically injured falling off a second floor lattice. I like the joke of adding unnecessary articles before the letter “H” (“an + nouns starting with silent "h": an hour; a + nouns starting with a pronounced "h": a horse. In some cases where "h" is pronounced, such as "historical," you can use an. However, a is more commonly used and preferred.)
Panel 2 another Hebrew letter joke: Elijah/Bruno’s belt says WWWF in Hebrew… the bible says he was wearing a leather belt about his loins https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Sammartino#/media/File:Bruno_WWWF_Champion.jpg
Panel 3 uh oh… watch out… Kirby dots building up power…
Panel 4 the fire is so devastating, it instantly vaporizes the skin and soft-tissue and clothes on the parts of the people it crosses on the edges of the blast-zone
Panel 5 how’d you like to be captain number 2? Their swords are shaking this time, and the pile of bones keeps getting bigger: this sets up a sudden transition back to modern times and the real-world drama of Dany
Page 5 panel 1 The prophet of the lord spoke death (foreshadowing). Also yes, there is ghost-cow blood on the snow, also foreshadowing the tragedy to come. Also note the different, and decidedly sneaky sound-effects we hear now: Derek’s footsteps go “Crinch crinch crinch”, and when he knocks, we hear “Knick Knick”…
Panel 2 you can see Dany’s window lit up by the candle, with the angelic script for “Danyael” under his window. The signs say “Condemned”, but they mean more than just the building is condemned…
Panel 3 this is an actual condemned building notice, but why from Montgomery County, why not Cook County… I do not know, go ask your dad…
Panel 4 inside Dany’s uncle, drinking Devel beer and smoking Fortunas, while a rat and a big spider fight it out for the last bean.
Page 6 panel 1 “Knick Knick Knick” even Derek’s knocks are creepy.
Panel 2 Derek needs you to invite him in… we see Derek has Jehovah’s Witness buttons and badges, and he is carrying a very similar bible, but his is from 1631 (we’ll learn something VERY interesting about the 1631 Bible next month…). ICDFS the “uncle” only keeps dany around for the foster money and to buy him smokes and run his numbers. We find out as we go that he also lets the church abuse Dany for their own purposes, as long as they bring the uncle food, money, etc (the nuns have been feeding him LSD to give him psychedelic nightmares, the priest Bobson has probably been sexually abusing him…)
Panel 3 dhs Illinois dept human services (who provide food stamps for poor kids like Dany).
Derek is trading on the Uncle’s dependence on the Government… his character is based on Derek Frost, from the excellent movie Source Code (where delusional madman Derek Frost blows up a commuter train on its way into Chicago; he believes the Earth is Hell and he wants to end all life so the earth can start over again… and he is preparing to use nuclear bombs… more on this later)
We see the spider defeated the rat, and is making off with his prize, the last baked bean.
Panel 4 Illinois Link Card does the same function as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits or food stamps. P.s. there is also another important Chicago group called SNAP, “Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests”.
Panel 5 the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe saluting the flag, saying the pledge of allegiance, or singing the national anthem is a form of idolatry.5 Derek is laying out his philosophy, about Babylon, the Earth’s governments, etc. His motivation will become more evident in the next few issues.
Readers who are reading will have noticed that Derek is barefoot in the snow. Creepy, but look more closely at his feet… something even creepier will become clear soon…
Page 7 Panel 1 Derek is cracking himself up telling the uncle everything will be straightened out by October 2014 (which just may turn out to be a certain Apocalypse time round these parts…) “I’ll tell you about it in a bit…” is always a funny gag to me, when certain characters believe they know something the other doesn’t, and which will have dire consequences for the other person (and this always makes the one who knows the secret guffaw)
Panel 2 here we put in the sayings you can get from a Magic 8 Ball tm: It is certain; It is decidedly so; Without a doubt; Yes definitely; You may rely on it; As I see it, yes; Most likely; Outlook good; Yes; Signs point to yes; Reply hazy try again; Ask again later; Better not tell you now; Cannot predict now; Concentrate and ask again; Don't count on it; My reply is no; My sources say no; Outlook not so good; Very doubtful…
“Story and pencils by me…” (ummmm, yeah, these Derek Frost pages were written and penciled by me…) And yes, he can’t even give it away for free… (I told you, everyone was fair game for lampooning here: including me!) We see that Derek’s home-made copy of “the Watchtower” is in fact the one on the back cover of this issue of Sons of God. To which Derek’s scuzz-ball Uncle replies “Why would anyone want some crappy parody rip-off comic? that book’s got no value at all.” Yes, yes, scuzzballs and genocidal maniacs, all decrying the worthlessness of a parody comic-book about religiosity… ha…ha…
Panel 3 Derek’s old old Bible (from 1631: aka “the Naughty Bible) is “verrrrry nice…” (from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the French castle guard) but it is not special enough for some devious purpose: it’s missing a few very important chapters…
Panel 4 good gag here: it’s not an 8-ball… if you turn it sideways, it’s “an Infinity Ball”! the secret message it is telling Derek (1 Corinthians 6:10) is “nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Panel 6 Rich Corinthian leather was Ricardo Montalban’s most famous quote, from the Chrysler new Yorker commercials in the 70’s. Derek is still trying to get invited in: like a vampire crossed with a JW…
Panel 8 the secret message for Dany’s uncle this time says “And the Lord God rained down fire on them…”
Page 8 Panel 1 Back to Elijah and the King’s soldiers.
Panel 2 this is a take off on star wars’ Darth Vader with each new unlucky promotee “Don’t fail me again… admiral!” The narrator’s voice is being purposefully mischevious here. The captain actually does say “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life! Please have respect for the lives of these 50 men! 14 Fire has come down from heaven. It has burned up the first two captains and all their men. But please have respect for my life!”
But here he also says “Zachor”6 as a way of getting Elijah to spare his life after the rain of fire from above (“Aren’t we all Israelis here…?”) All of a sudden he’s pretending to be a Jew, so Elijah will spare him. Zachor means “remember”, and it’s a critically important phrase for Jews, to remember the Holocaust and pass on the stories and legacies of the survivors so the world never forgets.
Panel 3 Elijah happily delivering the bad news to Ahazia. We added the touch of him bringing the head of the statue of the “false God” Baal Zebub” from Ekkron (it’s disturbing to see Baal’s head crying…)
Page 9 Elijah’s journey (around 903 BCE): At the beginning of 2 Kings 2, Elijah travels from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to the Jordan before being taken up in the whirlwind. we put a LOT of work into this map, on several fronts, to try to make sense of this odd chronicle: we looked through tons of old maps to try to get the right names of the kingdoms at the time of Elijah, and their borders. 7
There has also been a lot of sleuthing surrounding what years biblical events probably happened!
We put in a scale in both stadia and cubits (for the ancient romans and the greeks who may be reading…) and remember there are MANY different types and purposes of stadia and cubits…
There are many excellent websites analyzing Elijah’s travels and other historical biblical locations8 and they involve historical sleuthing and scholarly research: sometimes it is difficult to even figure where old Biblical cities were, and several places could have the same name (eg. Gilgal could refer to 4 different places in the Bible) It’s all kind of fun, really!
As with all stories, I think it is important to have a point of view: it just seemed to me that Elijah was a classical hero, but that his weaselly little sidekick, Elisha, was more of a weak wannabe. With that, we tried to construct a visual map of Elijah’s strange journey: with this, we try to put real-world context on the miraculous stories, and also to have a reality check about the horror and violence in these venerated sanctified tales: eg here is the nice spot, by a stream, where Elijah, our hero, killed 450 followers of the old God Ba’al…
We wanted to really showcase the locations of several historic biblical landmarks, eg the River Jordan: it gives better context to see how it runs between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, right through the Kingdom of Israel. And I always like a good map gag, with giant arrows, and Elisha padding along after his hero, enraptured (with little hearts in his eyes). Sometimes here we put the turning page gag also, at points where a new story was to begin, or where urgency was signaled (you can see the next page underneath the lower right corner, as if to say “Let’s get started!”)
Page 10 Panel 1the river Jordan can be small and slow moving, or sometimes ripping with class II or III rapids and some big drops. It is only wide at the Seas and tributary inlets. We made this section of the river (near Jericho) much wider for dramatic purposes.
Panel 2 Yes, Elijah (Bruno Sammartino)’s belt says WWWF in Hebrew letters. Here is another instance of one of my favorite old jokes: George Kirby’s classic story of the little guy stopped by a cop for swimming on a private beach: “Sorry, but the sign clearly says “Private Property, no swimming allowed”. The man responds: “That’s not how I read it. It says “Private Property? No! Schvimming allowed!”” we’ll see this little gag again in several more iterations: it just seemed like a surreal running gag (like doing an Ernie Kovacs skit…)
Panel 3 all the stuff you would see if the river Jordan suddenly parted: leech monsters, nun’s glasses and the crucifix Stan tossed in the water from episode 2, and a brief (confused) cameo appearance by what appears to be the celestial salmon.
Some readers who are reading, may have noticed a certain similarity between Elisha and Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Silly twisted people…
Page 11 panel 2 again, we tried to be very accurate about maps and locations: Bethel is 12 roman miles, or 96 greek stadia from this spot: Maine has an inordinate amount of cities named after famous countries, cities and states. The town of Bethel is a favorite spot of ours: Sunday River is our favorite skiing place!
Panel 3 more Jojo wackiness: his conception of Elijah being taken away in a chariot of fire: driven by a spider (of course…)
Page 12 panel 1 Elisha, in our story, is a fawning sycophant, so he covets Elijah’s “mantle”: not his belt of power, rather just his swim trunks (essentially, he wants Elijah’s jock strap)
A rare spelling mistake here: souirce. I’ll fix that some day…
Panel 2 Elisha wearing Elijah’s underwear, which of course says “BVD”… this is like Danny Bonaduce wearing susan dey’s bra like a mask in the old Mad Magazine send up: “The Putrid Family”:
Note Elisha still only gets pathetic, fizzling Kirby dots.
Panel 3 also, when he tries to part the waters like Elijah did, they only part a little…
Panel 4 Here is the George Kirby joke again: “Poison? No, drinking allowed!” Another weird Bible story, about healing poisoned water this time (like the other stories with poisoned stew, or snakes, etc.)
Page 13 panel 1 this sign is a Bethel, Maine joke: “Welcome to Bethel, Maine’s most beautiful mountain village” is a sign you used to see driving into Bethel, ME. The “Divided Kingdom” is of course, the Bible’s story of how the Israelite country split into two: the Kingdom of Israel in the north and the Kingdom of Judah (containing Jerusalem) in the south.
Panel 3 “Sabbath River” is Sunday River Ski Resort (the mountain in the background is their official logo) Elisha called down bears to kill and eat the children.
Panel 4 bears killing and dismembering little children… great noble and useful life-lessons: thanks, Bible!
Once again, you can see the “turning page” gag in the lower right hand corner, to emphasize the story-telling nature of the Bible tales here.
Page 14 panel 1 around 550 BCE… the way most historians can date events like these is by the rules of kings, cross-referenced with other sources from these times (from the Masoretic texts here: of the Tanakh). Here are the crazy dreams of Daniel interpreted by me and Jojo: (you’re welcome, History!)
Panel 2 we decided to have the bear eating his own 3 ribs
Panel 3 this leopard is based on a wild dancing leopard photographed with his mate9
Panel 4 it’s an octopug, of course (squashing tiny people). Why? Ho ho ho, silly human… btw yak yak yak, blab la bla is kind of a mantra for me, from George Martin’s cartoons in the old New Yorker (back when the cartoons were sublime, back in the 60’s and 70’s)
Page 15 we tried to illustrate some of the psychedelic stories from the bible (“his throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze…”), but jojo also came up with his own imagery, every bit as wacky as the bible’s authors…
After this actual bible passage at the top, we invented the dialogue about the burning sword 10 and had the little horn pipe up with his own demands… foreshadowing what comes in the later issues: the flaming sword of Uriel! (and why one character covets it so badly…)
I love “the court was seated and the books were opened”. It’s just about reckoning time… the books were opened to
Page 16 panel 1 Moses! In Exodus, 500 years earlier… JOjo just heard these stories for the first time, so… theyah! Of course this is what Moses looked like! Now and forever hence!
Panel 4 Yes, in this image, Moses supposes his toeses are roses (erroneously, as it turns out…) the dialogue here is not from the Bible: the burning bush warns of the danger, that the flaming sword is missing (from the garden of Eden) and that flames surround the sons of man (eternal damnation, banishment to hell…) Jojo’s colors, pencils and inks are off the charts here: my favorite page in the whole book (I only did the roses)
Page 17 panel 1 the book seems to be lulling Dany to sleep “There is a way…” the Bible here says “Moses and the Hebrewites… So let it be written, so let it be done!” This is, of course, Billy Crystal’s famous impression of Yul Brenner playing the Pharaoh Rameses in “The Ten Commandments”. The other page says “There is a way out. there is only one way. There is a way…” Dany has been having a “waking dream”, incorporating the surreal Bible parables into hisexhausted, traumatized consciousness. It’s called hypnagogia11 .
Panel 2 Poor Danyael was never baptized, so he can never go to Heaven. (nice religion, huh?)
Panel 3, 4, and 5 this is a mash-up of several components: of course, the famous scene from “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson ischopping away at the bathroom door where his wife is hiding. But it’s also the old folk story “The Golden Arm”: it’s a “campfire tale” you tell very quietly, scarily… “And where are your red lips?” “All gone” “And where is your Golden hair?” “All rotted away…” “And Where is your golden arm?” and suddenly you scream: “THOU HAST IT!!!” (For those scoring at home, this folktale is classified as Arne-Thompson type 366…)12 But there is a secret here. Don’t read it if you don’t want to know…
Ok, here it is… it’s actually Jesse (Jesus) calling Dany into the flames: “Where’s my blade of fire?!” to the child’s doom. but Stan arrives at the last minute again (Deus ex machina…?) and saves him… or does he? Does he bear Dany away to a safe house in Idaho or Alaska, etc, or is he tricking him to follow him into Hell, or…
Panel 6 Stan does a parody of Jack Nicholson’s classic “Heeeer’es Johnny!” but in 2014, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show is now hosted by a new host, introduced by his announcer as “Heeeeere’s Jimmmy Falllon!” Stan reprises his catch-phrase “You were expecting maybe somebody else?”
Panel 7, 8 Leviathan was considered to be the Hellmouth: the portal through which damned souls must pass on their way to hell. Leviathan was also considered to be a “Chaos Monster”: in perpetual conflict with the forces of “creation”. Stan is proposing that the only way out of this inferno, is directly through the Hellmouth (and back towards the ordered world of reality). But Dany being a pawn of so many powerful, unscrupulous forces, it’s hard to believe this is a safe passage for him… as the Devil, it’s Stan’s thing to trick people, for his own purposes… there seems to be a GIANT school of thought that the path back through the Leviathan’s mouth leads to universal chaos, and UN-creation…
is Stan trying to help him? or trick him, for some unknown purpose? I know what I think… you’ll have to decide on your own… does Dany go “straight through the flames and into…”
page 18 “…Unspeakable Tragedy”? This is the newspaper page that was partially hidden back in issue #3 page 12. now we can see the rest of the page: we see Dany’s house engulfed in flames: we see Stan and Dany in the upstairs window; we see Derek Frost’s bare footprints going through the snow, up to Dany’s door (but the snow has melted all around the house from the intense heat…) The fire is playing tricks on our eyes, and the word “Condemned” looks like it says “Damned”;
Fire trucks often have interesting but obscure words on the sides, and sometimes nicknames. The far truck is nicknamed “Old Scratch” with a drawing of a devil. the Chicago Fire Dept, like many big city fire depts., has a certain number of Tower trucks (this one just coincidentally happens to be Tower 666, and also ladder 666…) The near truck has the logo “Death” truck, indicating fatalities in this fantasy comic-book world. Chicago Fire Station 98 looks just like a castle13 but I don’t remember why I wrote that… I’ve lost the handwritten notes... these are supposed to be ghost-firetrucks, part of an inescapable response to the events (so possibly not very helpful to the victims…)
On the opinions page, we see opinions from such random passersby as Frank Miller, Anton leVay, and Alan Moore. I lampoon everybody, including myself, for taking my opinion way too seriously sometimes… “Somebody innocent is going to get burned…” creepy…
The story titled “Bomb Scare” is taken, as exactly as I could, from the excellent movie “Source Code”. Derek here is giving a rapture-like apocalyptic message/appeal, but from Jehovah’s Witness perspective: “God loves you and wants to do something special with your life. Make sure of where you stand with him because he’s coming back again. Because, the world is hell. But we have a chance to start over in the rubble. But first there has to be a rubble…” if you know the movie, the idea is that in this iteration/parallel timeline, Derek is still on the loose, and on a mission to turn the world to rubble, to start the endtimes, because he has read the signs in the religion he trained in: we’ll see why the JW’s believe the world will end in October soon.
The story under the photo: here is a cameo from the Angel Gabriel (so please imagine his lines read by Christopher Walken). The last paragraph is a takeoff on Colter Stevens returning to try to stop the tragedy over and over, every 8 minutes in the movie, and his mantra “Everything is gonna be OK”… the right column is a bunch of references to Dante’s inferno, then references to Isaiah 30-33 (the burning place); then there’s a description of Derek leaving the scene, with his bare 4-toed feet. This reporting will become more important later, as reporter Hally Scion follows the strange clues and occurences here, and elsewhere across America
Page 19 panel 1 this is a takeoff on “Out of the cradle, endlessly rocking…” walt whitman’s poem, which kept coming back in D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance”. The fire truck is number “Infinity”, a mystical spiritual firetruck, like the other demonic or ghost trucks on the last page.
Also, here is the George Kirby joke again: sorry, it just keeps making me laugh… “Warning: Leaving Chicago? Repent, He’s coming back soon!” can you guess who it is whose coming? This is a tableau, parralelling the two levels of storylines: Chicago, and…
Panel 2 The River Jordan, the Holy Land, the land of Elijah
Panel 3 here is a view that includes both “Chicagoland” (as residents are coerced to call it) and “Israel-land” (as no one calls it…)
Here is the first news report on the celestial body: it’s orbital period is 2014 years (from the year 0 A.D. aka 0 A.C.E.) “plus or minus 30 years…” because it is commonly believed that Jesus died when he was 30 years old. This would make the body a “Long period” orbit because it is more than 200 years (some could take 1 million years to orbit the Sun!) “Most of the comets seen close to the Sun seem to have reached their current positions through gravitational perturbation of the Oort cloud by the tidal force exerted by the Milky Way.” This is called the Galactic Tide, and it seems appropriate for the Celestial Salmon to swim the tidal waters back to its spawning ground here on Earth, as an earthly salmon navigates back from the vast ocean back to its own singular little spawning stream.
Panel 4 yes, the cosmic salmon will be making his big return in 6 months, i.e. on October 2nd… there seems to be a convergence coming on that date…
We LOVE drawing galaxies and stars and such
page 20 jojo pictured leviathan as wishing to be a big prophet like Elijah or Jesus… but he does not have their sophistication…
Back Inner Sleeve this, of course, is the “Who’s that Pokemon?” game, from the original Pokemon TV series (I pictured the ones from Indigo League): VERY popular in this house…
the silhouette being teased is from the next episode, Issue 5. The idea is that there are many other “Gods” in the world, of different shapes and colors and powers, etc. the way kids keep trading cards of the wonderful variety of Pokemon
Back Cover Watchtower cover for March 2014. So remember, “Sons of God” also follows the parallel path of the maniacal, psychotic, barefoot JW Mr. Frost, pursuing his own bizarre obsessive quest. We see the updates in his quest, real time, on the back pages of “The Watchtower”: we see HIS version of the story, as told in his own self-published private monthly edition of “The WatchTower” (which themselves are parodies of the Watchmen” covers). This is kind of like “Stella Luna”, the excellent children’s book about a little bat who became lost and separated from her mother when a hawk attacked them, and how she tries to survive. Well, if you look closely, at the margins of the pages of stella luna, you can see a separate, parallel story told in simple black and white dot images: it tells the story of what happened to the mother, and follows the mother’s path in real-time, as she tries to find her baby. I found this amazing when we first realized it was there in Stella Luna: it was a whole secret world, right under our eyes, kind of a parallel universe. Well, you can see Derek’s thoughts and plans and agenda, unfolding if you read the back covers closely…
On this issue, you can see that the number of souls from the small flock who have made it up to rule with Jesus in Heaven is now up to 143,991.
The top quote was always one of my favorite things to hear back in Catholic School, Catholic Church, etc. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart the things which God hath prepared for them which love him.” this passage always woke up great imaginings in me, of what heaven would look like to us mortals (although there is a very short list of humans who have actually seen a glimpse of what was in store in Heaven…)
Along this line, St. Paul writes to the Corinthians about the “Third Heaven” where “He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell." (2 Corinthians 12:2–4) The Greek says "caught away", not "caught up" possibly reflecting Jewish beliefs that Paradise was somewhere other than the uppermost heaven.14
This Watchtower is all about the wonder, the magick, the surreal imaginings that await in Heaven… and there is no wilder, more unbridled madness than Revelation. This is reality to Derek Frost, and he has based his life and immortal soul on it: Derek, poor as a churchmouse, Mr. Self-Denial and self-mortification/mortification of the flesh (look that stuff up if you want some real disturbing stories…) and he is getting up to heaven, hoo boy, yessah.
In our house, the kids kind of love, kind of live in fear of “Coraline”: this image is, of course, Neil Gaiman, who misheard/misinterpreted St. Matthew’s famous quote about a camel passing through the eye of a needle… oh, but wait, this might be “Other-Neil Gaiman” anyway… wait, so does that mean all this is backwards…? P.s. Neil’s tshirt says “Welcome Home”: this is foreshadowing the importance of Chicago’s Insane Asylum “Dunning”… welcome home to the Sanitarium (cue Metallica), especially for one character in particular, but as regards all the characters: “Are they all crazy? All imaginary characters in some madman’s paranoid delusions/hallucinations?” But thosewho have heard the wonderful music from “Coraline the Musical” will get the reference to “Welcome Home” as well…
And how about the old Watchtower slogan: Watchman: what of the night?” “The morning cometh… and also the night…” maybe that was supposed to give someone courage, but it just kind of saddens and freaks me out…
This is all a look forward to/ in preparation for our next episode: “A peek inside “The Kingdom””
6) http://www.oychicago.com/article.aspx?id=9266&blogid=132 http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/346416/jewish/What-does-it-Mean-to-Remember.htm
) is a term used in connection with biblical angels. Watcher occurs in both plural and singular forms in the Book of Daniel (4th–2nd century BC), where reference is made to their holiness. The apocryphal Books of Enoch (2nd–1st centuries BC) refer to both good and bad Watchers, with a primary focus on the rebellious ones.) from Wikipedia "Watchers", "those who are awake"; "guard", "watcher"
11) Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic state of consciousness, during the onset of sleep. Mental phenomena that occur during this "threshold consciousness" phase include lucid thought, lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis. From Wikipedia
12) The Golden Arm can be documented at least 200 years back, but it has been told orally for longer. This tale is part of the Aarne–Thompson Type 366 which means that a corpse comes back from the dead to claim what was stolen from them, usually a body part, article of clothing or object. This stems from the belief that “a dead man or animal can find no rest until its physical remains are intact.”  from wikipedia
Disclaimer: I am fully aware of just how Zimsky this is: writing down all these sources and inspirations and references for… well, for posterity. Theyah!