Sunday, January 10, 2010

My first atheist wedding art commission!

My friends Julie and Don are getting married this summer, and instead of including a dorky photograph with their wedding invitation, they asked me to draw a cartoon of them! (Click image for higher quality)
If you can't tell, all of my friends are a bit nerdy. Julie is working towards vet school and takes care of shelter animals, especially exotics - hence the snake. And apparently Don is just a big super hero dork on the inside, because he requested the Spiderman outfit.

They're also both active atheists and skeptics, which is why they're getting a little plug here. Julie is a frequent member of the Society of Non-Theists and often comments here at the blog. And some of you may actually know Don - he blogs over at Action Skeptics and gave a talk at TAM 2009 on Kids Thinking Critically, a "strategy to bring critical thinking skills to at-risk and underprivileged youth." He's also working his butt of organizing speakers for the upcoming Skepchicamp in Chicago, which Julie and I are speaking at.

An early congratulations to you to! Who says us godless heathens aren't capable of love?

14 comments:

  1. Too many.

    But still, congrats to them! Neat cartoon, too. Though, I missed both the snake and the Spidey suit the first time I glanced it over. *oh, the shame*

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  2. Teehee. Looks good, Jen. Also, congrats to your friends, I wish them the best in their journey together.

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  3. Yay! I'm so happy for them. And the cartoon is great. :)

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  4. Sweetness. Thanks for making me Spider-Man. I certainly hope that our relatives like it as much as we do, but relatives, well...They're a finicky sort.

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  5. Congratulations to the lucky couple, both on the nuptials and on receiving such an excellent 'portrait'.

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  6. I should totally have a snake ring bearer. Too bad my only candidate at the moment is a biter. Thanks, Jen!

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  7. Congrats Don and Julie! I'll probably be able to say that in person at some point :-)

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  8. Nice cartoon. I can relate to the inner dorkness. I had big dreams of having Darth Vader as an usher at my wedding. Unfortunately he charges way too much to make an appearance.

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  9. I wish them the best!!!

    I love your work... I know who I'm going to commission If I need some nerdy artwork done. :)

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  10. Bud:

    I'm actually performing the wedding of a couple of less-than-religious friends this July, and the groom and I have been after the bride for months to let me perform it as Chewbacca, in Wookese. Either that or have a third friend dressed as Chewbacca and sitting in the very back, so when I say "Speak now or forever hold your peace," he can jump up and pitch a fit.

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  11. Hope the coming grind of grad school & post grad work doesn't keep you from continuing & developing your cartooning, writing, etc.

    You already draw better than Gary Trudeau did in the early days of Doonesbury and look where he is now!

    (Dateline 2067: Biologist and reknowned cartoonist Dr. Jennifer McCreight wins Nobel Prize. In 2034 Dr. McCreight recieved a McArthur Fellowship (aka 'Genius Grant') for her pioneering use of cartoons to illustrate cutting edge concepts in evolutionary biology to a lay audience...)

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  12. News item continued:

    "...Dr. McCreight's pouplar works influenced the "Humanist Revolution" in American culture, which saw the marginalization of the once powerful but now largely forgotten Christian Fundamentalist movement of the late 20th and early 21st century...Fewer than 25% of Americans now express adherance to any religious belief, while over 90% accept mainstream scientific theories including evolution as fact."

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  13. Hey, I'll just be happy if I LIVE to 2067, let alone win a Nobel Prize ;P

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  14. Awe, I wish I could find another atheist to want me, much less marry me.

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