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Att: All Christians.

A three and a half-year study by the International Religion Registry (IRR) has concluded that your religions’ afterlife myth is both boring and stupid. An eternity spent inside of a giant cube, eating fruits and praising a carpenter is neither interesting nor engaging. Therefore, your afterlife myth is to be revised and replaced immediately with the following myth, which is also stupid, but which is not boring:
 

The world will end exactly twenty years from whatever the present date is at any given moment. As this report is being issued on Thursday, July 20th, 2006, the current end-of-world date is Monday, July 20th, 2026. As of July 20th, 2026, the end-of-world date will be July 20th, 2046. In this way, your rhetoric will never need to be adjusted, nor will it ever be proven wrong. You will always live in the end times, and it will always be coming within the space of the current generation. This will maintain a constant state of mouse-like anticipation and heightened tension.

When the world comes to an end (20 years from [the present date]), the situation will be both awesome and stupendous, both to the extreme. While it will not involve the suffering presently described in the christian bible, it will nonetheless be dramatic and exciting. The entire sky will glow with a shifting, multi-coloured, luminous aurora borealis-esque curtain of lights, which will be accompanied by loud noises and flashing lights in the air, which will neither offend the eyes nor ears. The chunk of earth you are presently standing on will lift up off the ground and begin to fly about in the air at ludicrous speeds, though you will neither fall off, nor yet be afraid of falling off, because you will be entirely too excited to even consider the possibility of anything which might inspire fear (what with the awesome and all). A table will appear in front of you on this chunk of earth, which will be filled with a selection of designer drugs and delicious foods, none of which will be a risk to your health because the world is ending anyways. The bright lights and loud noises will be considerably more awesome when you consume the peyote extract and LSD tabs provided for your enjoyment.

All dead human beings will at this point explode from their graves with flourishes of techno-inspired music, laser effects and firework-like light explosions. It will be maximally awesome. They will be similarly equipped with flying patches of earth, and feast-and-drug tables. Every person and every group of persons who have any outstanding grudges, feuds, or hard feelings with one another will then engage in battles of one sort or another, ranging from rock-paper-scissors matches to guitar solo contests. The results of all of these contests will be final, binding, and preternaturally mutually satisfactory to all parties, and in the end, there will be no hard feelings between any two people, as all disagreements will have been settled, permanently. Nobody will be harmed in any way during any of these contests, as all humans will be immune to physical or emotional harm. All humans will have a big giant dance party in the sky to celebrate this universal cessation of strife. There will be chips and pop.

 

Just before you get bored of all of this, you will magically transform into a being of pure light and awesomeness. You will be weightless, capable of flight, and immune to harm. You will be capable of inducing in your sensory experience the effects of any designer drugs you want, at whatever potency you want, without ill health effects, because you will be, as mentioned, immune to harm. The planet Earth itself will transform into a massive ball of stellar energy, and it, along with all of the planets in the solar system, will harmlessly merge with the sun. This, like every other element of this apocalypse, will be awesome. It will also be accompanied by a rock opera soundtrack with speed metal guitar work, unless you don’t like this sort of thing, in which case, it will be something similarly awesome, which you will find to be inoffensive.

This pan-solar mass of stellar matter will transform into a giant bear aboard a pirate ship, because both bears and pirate ships are awesome, and also exciting. The pirate ship might alternately look like an aircraft carrier, racecar, penis, or spaceship, depending upon what the individual viewer thinks is most extreme. This massive vessel of light will then set forth on a great voyage throughout the universe, and all humans will be on board. All will be totally excited (which is to say excited to the utmost extent that excitement is possible by any organism in the universe), and this excitement will never abate, or become tiresome. To anyone.

This star-bear will take up approximately 50% of the deck of the ship, standing on its hind legs (which it will be at all times). It will be experiencing continual orgasm, and nobody will think this is unpleasant or unseemly, because of the awesome. The ejaculate of this bear will then become new stars, which will fill the empty parts of the universe, and new planets (each of them exciting and new!) filled with life will, over the course of six days, appear around each. In the mean time, the pirate ship will be doing battle with evil star-destroying aliens, and it will always win, without losses, but it will nevertheless be awesome and exciting for all involved, every time.

Between battles, there will be access to the below-decks, in which entire planets of ski lodges, bowling alleys, hot dog eating contests, and concerts which will be available to all who want to take part of them. All of your favourite dead dogs, cats, and helper monkeys will be returned to you in proper working order. If you did not have a helper monkey in life, one will be provided for you, with all the concomitant emotional bonds ready-established between you and it. Genitals of whatever nature and quantities you desire will be provided for you, for maximum utility and stimulation. None will be of a size which is in any way embarrassing or non-impressive, and nobody will think this is in any way creepy or weird. Indeed, people will routinely high-five each other for the quality and quantity of their awesome genitalia. Birds will perch upon them, and this will be adorable.

This situation will persist permanently, and will be permanently totally awesome.

Please update your dogma accordingly.

Comments

( 31 comments — Leave a comment or comments. )
knigel
2nd Aug, 2006 01:21 (UTC)
Do you mind if I add you as a friend? I am enthralled with your writing and thoughts; I would like to read more.
dave_littler
2nd Aug, 2006 01:32 (UTC)
By all means, go right ahead. This isn't a masturbatory endeavour, for my benefit and enjoyment alone; I tend only to post things which I think will be of interest and entertainment to others for a reason.
ningauble
9th Aug, 2006 02:43 (UTC)
Wandered here from the old D&V site, which I still religiously check once a week... your non-comic and comic writing are equally excellent :)

Also friending you, as you seemed to have given global permission above.
dave_littler
14th Aug, 2006 01:10 (UTC)
Oh, yes, by all means. I have no objections to anyone friending me and/or posting comments, as long as they sign their work. You're good. :)
mothwentbad
26th Jun, 2010 01:42 (UTC)
comic and non-comic
...but which is this, I wonder?
dave_littler
26th Jun, 2010 05:19 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
I think they were talking about my old webcomic, Dave & Vyacheslav ( http://www.dave-littler.com/dandv ) , which was what brought a lot of the early readers to my blog.

But this having been said, I like to think that I manage in this post to straddle the line somewhat, in being both comedic and making a substantive point about the topic at hand.
mothwentbad
26th Jun, 2010 06:05 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
I read the last one and it made no sense. And then I jumped to the beginning, and it starts out good. I might get burnt out and overtired and unqualified to judge by the end, though.
dave_littler
26th Jun, 2010 06:07 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Hey, I stand by the quality of it, for the most part. At it's peak, it had a couple of thousand visitors a day. That's not nothing.

I will warn you, the art style started off really, really crude, and only later got good. I eventually went back and re-did the first ten or so of them, but there remains kind of an artistic rough patch from around numbers 11 through 20 or so.
mothwentbad
26th Jun, 2010 06:25 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
...holy shit, Charles Schultz? That's harsh, man.
dave_littler
26th Jun, 2010 07:16 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
If you have to ask why that was necessary, then you'd never understand the answer.
mothwentbad
26th Jun, 2010 07:29 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Naturally.
mothwentbad
28th Jun, 2010 00:32 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Interesting. Which characters are direct from your real life?
dave_littler
28th Jun, 2010 01:56 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Well, I more or less wrote myself and BJ as himself, and Chris was in some sense informed by the real Chris. The others were more or less entirely fictionalized.
mothwentbad
28th Jun, 2010 03:38 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Hmmmm. Writing yourself a webcomic puppet girlfriend is sort of weird, I guess.
dave_littler
28th Jun, 2010 03:48 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
True! Very true! Which is why I decided to make it an unpleasant and stressfull relationship, contemptuous and unrewarding. It was sort of meant to be a parody of guys who actually do so in earnest.
mothwentbad
28th Jun, 2010 03:55 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Hmmmm. Yeah, it's kind of tricky. I don't know. I'm not sure if you can write yourself as a necromancer AND give yourself a fake girlfriend and still play it all off as jest. I'll have to ponder some more.
dave_littler
28th Jun, 2010 04:02 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
If the comic had gone on longer, it was going to get progressively worse and worse, with Charlotte gradually becoming more manipulative, backstabbing and emotionally castrating. There was a meta plot that I was only starting to get into by the time that I burned out. I can see, from the perspective of what's actually there to be seen, it's easy to misinterpret what I was doing there.


Amusingly, when I first started out doing this strip, there was no plan whatsoever, just an inane premise; that I was living with Vyacheslav Molotov, and this was a comic about the wacky hijinks around the house. As I progressed, I realized I needed a premise to explain how in the world this could be the case, and the necromancy thing was initially literally nothing but a plot device to serve that goal.
mothwentbad
28th Jun, 2010 04:05 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Hmmmm. Yeah, that probably would come out sort of sexist. I don't know.

I don't think I'd be able to convincingly write a relationship, because I've only had a couple and they've both been pretty low-drama.
dave_littler
28th Jun, 2010 04:13 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Well, people can find sexism in anything, if they want to. I've made the conscious decision not to worry about it too much.

I just saw all these webcomics where the protagonist is this kind of comedic doofus, and who was obviously a self-insert of the author, and who was given this pure and perfect girlfriend who would put up with any bullshit on his part and always just be this stable and supportive presence. My plan was to do the oposite, with having this girl with whom the relationship IMMEDIATELY went sour, and was this corrosive, destructive presence in the self-insert character's life. The idea was funny to me.
mothwentbad
28th Jun, 2010 04:17 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Well, it's still kind of dangerous and possibly sexist, unless the parody is really obvious and somehow poignant.

Given that everyone else is written in a kind of smartass way based on real people, it'd probably be better to have a real person to base her on and sort of have it be kind of the same. In the absense of any such character, having the only token female character be a psychotic backstabber might leave things a little ambiguous.
dave_littler
28th Jun, 2010 04:23 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
In fairness, I never intended her to be psychotic, nor even slightly mentally unstable. Just selfish and unpleasant.

And really, most of the cast was selfish and unpleasant, so she didn't even stand out in that respect.

I admit it bugged me a little that she was the only female character, but my social circle was at the time almost-exclusively male, and so there wasn't a lot of people to choose from to play female roles. These days, it's a lot closer to 50/50, so it would be a whole other scene.
mothwentbad
28th Jun, 2010 04:57 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Well, Bea Arthur died not long ago, so maybe you should start the comic up again.
dave_littler
28th Jun, 2010 05:06 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Hah! Every few months, I momentarily toy with the idea of returning to this comic, but then I remember the fifteen other projects I have going on that I barely have the time or attention for, and I remember why I stopped in the first place!
mothwentbad
28th Jun, 2010 06:08 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
Hmmmm. Well, I've friended you.

What's the deal with the... underwater space rooster?
dave_littler
28th Jun, 2010 06:19 (UTC)
Re: comic and non-comic
One of these days, I really ought to just add this to my profile, I get asked so much. ;)

http://www.dave-littler.com/art_profile/cocktopus.htm
(Anonymous)
13th Aug, 2006 03:31 (UTC)
The World According To Dave...
Some things never change and in this instance, it should. Read your BS to "christians". It confirms one thing: YOU'RE FREAKIN INSANE.

But on the other hand, you have a wonderful imagination.

peace!
dave_littler
14th Aug, 2006 01:14 (UTC)
Re: The World According To Dave...
Well, comparing this vision of the end of the world to that in the bible, is this SO insane? The bible has seven-headed dragons, and a giant cube descening from the sky fo house all the people that god likes, and the seas turning into blood, and monsters with the bodies of scorpions and the heads of women... the whole thing seems like some kind of bizarre fever dream. What I've come up with is at least internally consistent!
(Anonymous)
14th Aug, 2006 18:13 (UTC)
Re: The World According To Dave...
If you're referring to Revelations, Davey, then it's mostly symbolic. If you'd really done your homework instead of looked at it with your own large, out of focus, utterly biased eyes, then you would have realized that. Skimming through the pages of any book can hardly qualify as study. It's quite clear that your intentions were merely to discredit and find fault with the bible.

Whatever floats your boat.

Just remember to preface your next rant with facts and not just your own faulty opinions.



mothwentbad
26th Jun, 2010 01:44 (UTC)
Re: The World According To Dave...
The scary thing is that Dave cranked this out in a single afternoon and it's more coherent than Revelations... by far.
ashbet
11th Dec, 2008 23:22 (UTC)
I wish to subscribe to your philosophy. My check, made out to the Church of the Giant Ejaculating Star-Bear, will arrive shortly

-- A :D
hentaikid
19th Jun, 2009 19:37 (UTC)
This post reminds me I found a comic you like.
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