I thought it was Snkrs who died in this storyline…
A fine, fine cartoon here today. Thank you Mr Willis.
This is a suprise.
You do realize how pissed he’ll be if that occurred, right?
I dont get it
I didn’t either, but according to wikipedia the person in question was an editorial cartoonist who was somewhat of an avid and publicized atheist. I think that therein lies the joke.
Hitch was a well-known journalist and writer, and one of the big names in the atheist community. As far as I know, he was never an editorial cartoonist. The joke is that, like other recently deceased celebrities (Steve Jobs, for instance, who identified as buddhist), he’s being depicted at the gates of the judeo-christian heaven, which he didn’t believe in.
Yeah I thought this one about Steve Jobs was kind of funny: http://www.mattbors.com/archives/807.html
LOL ok yes that is very funny
this made me snort…well done
It’s kinda weird, but Willis’ depiction of Christopher Hitchens reminds me of Scott Kurtz’ cartoon depiction of himself.
that is really weird, it did as well for me.
you too? lol
When I first saw this comic I started getting ready to write an angry email. Hitch was not simply an atheist, but one who was eloquently outspoken on his vicious opposition to this kind of thing. One of the most amazing accomplishments of his life was how he faced death during the months of his cancer treatment. He turned his own mortality into a teachable moment for us all, sharing his fear, but also his resolve never give in to the easy comfort of hoping there was something after death. With his death he is forever lost to us, not alive in some other state, and he wouldn’t want us to view things any other way.
But then I read the caption and I lul’d.
In any case, I do believe in my religion, and hope there is something more for Mister Hitchens – annoying as he may find it.
I believe that after we die we get to cruise around the asteroids in a giant luxury cruise ship with Voltron.
(Seriously. I’m not making this up.)
Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
Americanized Voltron, or original extra-violent Japanese Voltron?
You were getting ready to write an angry email because you thought Willis didn’t know Christopher Hitchens was an atheist.
…do you actually know what comic you’re reading?
It’s just a joke. David Willis knew he was an atheist. Willis himself is an atheist.
He is? I missed this. Has he shared this on his blog?
An editorial cartoon about editorial cartoons about Christopher Hitchens.
How meta can you get, huh?
Definitely more than this. Like, he didn’t mention Hofstadter at all, yet.
Thanks for reminding me of that comic! I only just recently tuned into Hofstadter because he came up while I was reading The Psychopath Test.
Whoa. Meta. That comic of xkcd is awesome. How did I miss that one?!
I… I think this might have been stuck at a comment exchange that happened on the last comic that involved a Hitchens quote.
Oh my. I didn’t want to start a thing! Oh my.
Admittedly, I didn’t know much about the man outside of a couple quotes.
As I read further, perhaps it is better that way.
I’m So Meta Even This Acronym
Man, there needs to be some way to track how many times this one is going to get retweetblogpostripped all over the internets. Good call tossin’ your URL in there.
I appreciate that St. Peter has the glassy-eyed expression of someone who has a shitty but necessary job they can’t leave, and as a result gives absolutely not one single fuck. MOVE ALONG, PLEASE. NEXT.
The most tasteful Hitchens cartoon so far
his death is almost unmentioned on Australian news, even the artivle about him was only two paragraphs
I found his work far more intetesting before he discovered how lucrative it was to simply insult Christianity.
While I believe his latter works encourages blind and irrational hate frightingly similar to the religion he berates.
Some of his work I keep fiercly. Notably his inputs on standing up for ones self, like his article on the cartoon of muhommad.
Particularly when he stated that standing up for yourself is NOT the same as trampling others (or whizzing on the nearest holy book as he put it). Wish more people would pay that part mind.
As I recall he was quite fond of the drink.
Well, so am I.
12 year scotch to your memory Hitchins.
For all his faults, it’s a damned lie to say what he was doing was “simply insult[ing]” Christianity. Shame on you.
Yeah, he was also insulting Buddhism and Judaism and Islam.
Yeah, he straight up hated the fuck out of Muslims and was racist as hell towards the Middle East in general, don’t try to limit the man’s dickishness by chaining him to his badmouthing of any particular religion.
I wonder if his parents were as pissed off by his religious views as he clearly wanted them to be.
He wen’t on record several times saying he hated Islam and gave many reasons for it. I don’t recall him ever being racist.
As he responded once to a debate opponent “Ah, well, the conversation is over. You used the R-word, I can scarcely come back from that.”
And no, his mother died in tragic circumstances some time before he was on board with the new atheist movement, and his father was distant and never followed his career. Neither of them were especially religious, and they went out of their way to raise him and his brother in an irreligious environment.
Wow, ignorance is bliss truly :-/
Doggone space phone trying to auto change words on me.
Its Hitchens, phone.
At first I was wondering why Willis was relaying someone else’s cartoon…the St. Peter looks uncannily like Jay Hosler’s work.
Well…he could end up in Download City….
A cute send-off to the man. I have to admit that I was never a fan of his, but that this had less to do with his antitheism and more to do with him turning into a full-on cheerleader for Dubya’s war in Iraq. If you want a good read on the subject, try http://politics.salon.com/2011/12/17/when_hitch_was_wrong/
You know, after Willis’ comments the other day about how hard it is to drop comics in because he has quite a buffer, I think we can only assume this comic was in the buffer. WHAT DID YOU DO WILLIS?
Though Dumbing of Age has a 3-week buffer, Shortpacked! does not. I drew this comic Friday morning, then drew Monday’s, then threw them up onto the site.
(It is easy to upload a comic onto a day where there wasn’t previously a comic. It’s the shuffling around that gets complicated.)
Before I read the caption, I thought Aaron Archer had died.
I am disapointed not to see SNKRS on Saint Peter’s shoulder.
(Even if it would have shattered the 4th wall.)
Besides, I think even most of Hitchens’ fans would admit that in the unlikely case there’s a cosmic reward that privileges deeds over faith, he’s got some nasty ones to work through.
The cool thing about prolific creators is that they have a pretty rad chance at immortality through their body of work. I don’t have to agree with every opinion Hitch ever voiced to say that he was a brilliant guy with a quick wit and a keen BS detector, and I’m pretty grateful to him for standing up for the religiously unaffiliated – particularly in a country where belief in a supernatural being is considered a prerequisite for both moral behavior and appreciation for the profound.
This comic made me giggle.
How can it be heaven if Hitch has no scotch?
Seriously, the man is a hero to me. I didn’t agree with some of what he said, but he was eloquent, direct, and FEARLESS. He said what needed to be said with no regard for the taboo of talking about people’s religious views. He Stood up and said yes you DO have the right to attack a person’s religious views the same as their political views.
When he was sick he didn’t stop. Sickness only made him treasure his time left more.
But to paraphrase the man himself, we all have to face the day when we are tapped on the shoulder and we are not told the party is over, but slightly worse. We are told the party will keep going, but YOU have to leave.
There are many things people try to say to him, religious or otherwise, but I think the best thing I ever saw someone write was:
“Thanks Hitch. We’ll take it from here.”
He sometimes preached a much necessary hate
An honored and opposing deadman. Hmm, not sure how to feel about this. I knew literally nothing about him before reading this comments (which is a sham eon my head) but it seems he was an outspoken and well-represented anti-theist. While I’ve made no secret my intense loathing of Anti-Theists and the Antitheist movement, he seems to be someone who was presented as a worthy foe. A tip of my hat to you sir, and yes, I think there should’ve been a SNKRS Cameo.
As a self-described “questioner”, not quite an athiest, not quite a deist, I have to say that this cartoon managed to find the humor in the situation no matter your view. Was Mr. Hitchens right and heaven is a myth? Funny to pose him there. Was he wrong and heaven exists? Awkward funny to pose him there. For myself, regardless of if he was right or wrong, I was always impressed with his ability to be direct, honest and confrontational all while remaining polite to the other person. He seemed to respect the person even if he did not respect their views and beliefs. Wouldn’t it be a great world if we could all just do the same, agree to the ability of others to believe differently than us, and then accept them anyway. Learn to get along, people.
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