My Favorite Bit From JESUSLAND


My dear friend Mary Robinette Kowal, the Hugo Award-winning author of a popular series of fantasy novels set in the era of Jane Austen (the titles so far have been GLAMOUR IN GLASS, SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY, and WITHOUT A SUMMER), is playing host to me on her blog this week. Mary has a regular feature she calls MY FAVORITE BIT, which she describes as follows:


A short (400 to 1,000 word) essay on your favorite bit of your new work. This can be a scene, a sentence, a character, or a bit of world-building. It can even be a piece of research that never made it on the page. The key is that it’s something that you love LOVE sooooo much. This is your chance to be enthusiastic and geek out over that favorite thing you wrote but don’t expect anyone else to notice.

David Chelsea is reading:
Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero
by Danny Fingeroth

Mary Robinette Kowal
Mary Robinette Kowal

So far, most of the contributors have been her fellow novelists, but the submission guidelines say she’s open also to “game designers and artists”, or in my specific case, “graphic novelist promoting a new collection of his 24-Hour comics.”


The bit I describe is a short sequence from JESUSLAND, a 24 Hour comic which appears in the collection EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG!, published by Dark Horse. I won’t spoil it for you, but it deals with Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitism, Scientology, and a much-censored passage from Chaucer’s CANTERBURY TALES.


Read David’s MY FAVORITE BIT entry on Mary’s blog.


Mary Robinette Kowal’s home page.

My thanks to Mary for graciously hosting me.