Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
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10-01-2015, 03:23 PM (This post was last modified: 10-01-2015 03:41 PM by cactus.)
Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
So the other day I found a Chick Tract in a bathroom stall at work (yes, really. I've found a few of them, actually), and it made me wonder if there's a version of these little passive-aggressive mini-comics that people pass out to random strangers, focusing instead on skepticism, ancient mythology, comparative religion, scientific discoveries, etc. I've never heard of anything like that. It might be kind of a worthless endeavor for someone to create such a thing (I've definitely never heard of anyone being persuaded by a Chick Tract. lol) but still I find the concept kind of amusing. You could call them "Skeptracts" or "Fact Tracts," or if they're made specifically as bathroom reading material, "Urinary Tracts."

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10-01-2015, 03:46 PM
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
The only thing I could think of are the Freedom From Religion tracts....
https://ffrf.org/shop/nontracts

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10-01-2015, 04:02 PM
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
Easy. Take a normal chick tract. Scan it (or download one).

Import it into gimp or photoshop.

Blank out the speech bubbles

Write in your own sceptical words.

You can even download your own comic font to make it look genuine. Some are free. Or just use Comic Sans.

http://www.blambot.com/fonts_dialogue_standard.shtml

What's really good about this is that the artist thought they were promoting their own religion and would be horrified to know that it was being used to do the exact opposite.

In fact we should all do that and post them here.
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10-01-2015, 04:11 PM (This post was last modified: 10-01-2015 05:41 PM by cactus.)
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
^Just don't try to sell them or get them professionally printed if you do that. The copyright laws may not be in your favor. Parodies that involve altering the original material are protected under fair use, as long as the original author is credited for his work (link to the url of the original comic), and your parody is a direct comment on his work, rather than being about some totally unrelated topic, which shouldn't be too hard to do in this case. lol

Although, be warned, Jack Chick is an asshole about his copyrighted material, and has been known to abuse the DMCA takedown system to bully people into removing parodies that are clearly protected under fair use.
http://www.eqemulator.org/forums/archive...19951.html

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10-01-2015, 08:39 PM
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBibleReloaded

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11-01-2015, 12:06 AM
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
(10-01-2015 08:39 PM)f stop Wrote:  https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBibleReloaded

Their work is commentary, not parody, which also falls under fair use. I wouldn't be surprised if they've received illegal DMCA takedown notices already (DMCA abuse is rampant on Youtube), although Jack Chick really should be smart enough to realize that Hugo and Jake wouldn't be pressured that easily into removing their content.

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11-01-2015, 03:43 PM
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
One of the best ways to do this is if someone did some, compiled them into one archive (zip, rar, tgz, etc), and shared them on p2p sites behind a VPN. Included inside the archive would be a copyleft to let anyone upload them to any site.

Y'know, if someone did do that.
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11-01-2015, 03:53 PM (This post was last modified: 11-01-2015 04:22 PM by cactus.)
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
Or just find royalty-free pictures and add your own captions. Googling "Royalty Free Sunday School Coloring Books" is a good place to start. lol

With royalty free images, you're probably still not 100% safe from the copyright overlords, but I just figure someone like Jack Chick is a lot more likely to be an dick to atheists about the use of his material.

If I could draw, I'd totally make a few Urinary Tracts and slip them under the windshield wipers of cars in the church parking lot, just for shits and giggles.

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11-01-2015, 05:27 PM (This post was last modified: 11-01-2015 06:07 PM by cactus.)
RE: Are there any atheist/skeptic versions of Chick Tracts?
Btw, I forgot about public domain images. Feel free to alter these any way you want, with zero fear of any bullshit legal hassles:
http://www.wpclipart.com/browse.html
https://openclipart.org/homepage
http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/Picture.htm
http://homeschoolcommons.com/2012/01/bib...-pictures/

If you go looking for public domain images, always read their terms of use. Some of them call themselves "public domain," until you look at their policies which have vague restrictions about not being used in a manner that's too "offensive" or promotes "hate speech," according to the owner's discretion. I'd avoid those, because the people who uploaded them clearly don't know what the term "public domain" means, and I'm sure some of them don't know what the term "hate speech" actually means either.

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