Friday, November 27, 2009

I think I've finally found something to start collecting

Because of Thanksgiving yesterday, I got to see my brother Chris and my sister-in-law Erin. I don't get to see them too often since they live in New York, but they're pretty awesome and I'm always excited to see them. To put it in perspective for you, they're my only family members who know about my blog and who I feel comfortable being heathen-y around.

At one point in the night, Erin pulled me aside and told me they had a belated birthday gift for me, but that it may not be socially acceptable to open it in front of the rest of the family. That made me even more excited, so we ran off into another room where she presented me with a giant bag. She explained that while they could have mailed it to me, it had some back story so they wanted to give it to me in person. She then dug around in the bag and handed me the Thanksgiving Chick tract.
I know this is totally what my Thanksgiving looked like.

I laughed and joked how I was starting to collect these things, since my friend gave me an evolution one a couple weeks ago. Erin smiled and said I wouldn't have to try too hard to collect them...because she and Chris had given me every single current Chick tract. I kid you not:I now own 106 Chick tracts (with a couple of duplicates, but not many). How the heck did Erin get all of these? That story is even crazier. Apparently when she was attending high school in California back in the 80s, Chick tracts were constantly being passed out at her school. One of her friends got to meet Jack Chick and asked Erin if she'd like to meet him too. Being the adventurous heathen she was, she said sure, and had coffee with Jack Chick. Ever since then she's been receiving free shipments of the newest Chick tracts.

Since Erin is a smart cookie and knew these would amuse me greatly, she called up Chick Publications and asked if she could have some more Chick tracts so she could share them with family over Thanksgiving - which is totally true, just not for the reasons they assumed. They were happy to spread the word, so they sent her a free box of the All Tract Assortment, which I now own.

That's not all. Like a sign from some sort of atheist God (shhh, it doesn't need to make sense) the box came with a free copy of a Crusaders comic. Which one? Primal Man?, the comic on evolution. Just too perfect. And if that wasn't enough, they bought me R. Crumb's Illustrated Book of Genesis, which I started reading during the car ride home. Simply awesome.

Not sure if I want to go for the whole set, though. I'd have about 940 left, and I'm not sure what I would do with that many Chick tracts...other than cry at their insanity.

12 comments:

  1. That's awesome. You can have a section of your home library titled "Bullshit!" and file them alphabetically in there.

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  2. Hand them out to the babtists and Jehovah's Witnesses.

    "Hiiii! Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ died for you sins?!" *hands over trackt* "Yes. And you're going to Hell, anathemate."

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  3. Hoooolllyy crap! That is a lot of Chick Tracts. I am officially jealous. Try not to read them all in one sitting or your brain will turn to mush.

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  4. Interesting read. I still find it amazing that the pilgrims proceeded to thank GOD instead of those "savages" in front of them. Oh, and then screwed over the Indians majorly right after that. It's a holiday of shame and hypocrisy if you ask me.

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  5. Jen's about to born again people. I'm telling you!

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  6. I am in awe, and wished to inform you of the fact.

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  7. This is incredible. Until couple of weeks ago I had hardly seen a mention of Chick Tracts. After your birthday post I went to Wikipedia for "Jack Chick" and learned that someone can actually be named that. Then I went to Jabberwock's site and ended up obsessively reading his dissections. They are hilarious and thoughtful but still I feel my brain becoming more and more polluted by Stupid. You Americans must be pretty resistant for it to survive.

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  8. @Arctic Ape: Who says they're surviving? ;-)

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  9. That is awesome! I also collect Chick tracts (and religious propaganda in general)... they are a hoot!

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  10. I only collect Chick Tracts that have been handed out to me. They don't really count if they get given to you as a joke.

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  11. I am totally jealous. I've been randomly collecting these since I was a teen, but I only have maybe 25. I DID once find a plastic bag full of three different tracts, all in Spanish (I went as a preacher to a party that Halloween and handed them out, actually one my worst Halloweens ever, go figure.)

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