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PhilaMOCA rings in the holidays with a special night devoted to the most published and most controversial cartoonist in history, Jack T. Chick! Joining us for this Chick-mas affair will be J.C. aficionado Kurt Kuersteiner who will present a multimedia talk on Chick’s life and work. The walls will be covered in Jack Chick-related ephemera, hundreds of tracts will be available for purchase, and Kurt will have official Chick Tract Club Kits available for new members.
Cartoonist Jack Chick’s instantly recognizable “Chick Tracts” have been spreading the author’s gospel through fire and brimstone-filled sequential art for over 50 years now. Embraced by churches and kitsch collectors alike, Chick’s outlandish cartoons are unrivaled in their ability to scare the hell out of the unsuspecting and unholy. A DIY-encouraged distribution method has gained Chick worldwide recognition, his tracts are available in over 100 languages with a total print run of well over half a billion.
Jack Chick (1924-2016) was an Independent Baptist who believed in the King James Only movement in addition to a multitude of conspiracy theories that drew the ire of the Roman Catholic Church, the Freemasons, and several other fraternal organizations. To the savvy non-secular, Chick’s work is a treasure trove of passionate paranoia, interesting inappropriateness, and mind-manipulating madness.
Kurt Kuersteiner has been researching and collecting Chick tracts and related collectibles for many years. He is the founder of the Chick Tract Club, director of the documentary GOD’S CARTOONIST: THE COMIC CRUSADE OF JACK CHICK, and author of THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE ART OF JACK T. CHICK. He has a website related to all things Chick and acts as a neutral liaison between the publisher and the collectors.
Doors 7:00 / Lecture 8:00 / $5 admission