This past year has seen a number of disasters -- everything from the earthquake in Haiti to the BP spill in the Gulf to the tipped kick in the BYU - Utah game. Many of those disasters were man-made, some of them self-inflicted (witness Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan). It's this last category that inspired today's sketch.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Tonight and tomorrow night, our stake is sponsoring a live nativity, complete with Nigel the camel and Barney the donkey. One of my tasks as a committee member was to come up with a page that kids could color and take home as a momento. Well, I always have to overdo, so I made three: Isaiah from the Old Testament and Samuel the Lamanite, both of whom prophesied the coming of Christ, and one the Nativity itself.
Feel free to download them, color them and tape them on your fridge.
You're more than welcome to stop by and get one in person; it's at the LDS stake center on the corner of Eola and Doaks Ferry Road in West Salem. It runs from 5-ish until 8:30 or so. We've also got cookies. It'll be fun!
Sometimes a cartoonist has to be careful. Often there's a fine line between a cute little joke and blasphemy (witness the reaction to my Darth Vader PPI cartoon in Meridian). But in dealing with the Nativity, the Wise Men seem to be fair game. This one went a little too close to that line for my comfort, so it stayed in the sketchbook.
I ran this last year in Good Heavens. I don't know how it is in your family, but every time we watch It's a Wonderful Life, someone always winds up ringing bells all over the place at the end of the movie. It always makes me wonder if they get an overabundance of wings up in the celestial realms whenever that happens.
There was a sister missionary from Virginia in our mission who found out her father worked for the CIA when one of the members of her ward mentioned it in sacrament meeting. She was shocked, and her father was not happy. I understand he was a good home teacher. He kept an eye on his families.
I've been cartooning since I was a teenager, and have been published in magazines ranging from AASHTO Quarterly to the LDS Church magazines and several other periodicals, trade publications and newsletters.
Feel free to contact me with comments, complaints or questions!