Many of the Christian holidays are a little silly, at least the way they're observed today. Easter is especially ridiculous to the point of hilarity. What chocolate bunnies hiding colored eggs have to do with the Resurrection is beyond me. Mildly Sensational and I were walking with our little Sparkle and tossing jokes back and forth about what we would put in a "Zombie Jesus Day" cartoon. Here are a couple of the ideas we came up with:
- The newly risen savior is shambling toward a group of people who spot him and flee shouting the usual, "he's come back to eat our brains." The last panel is just Jesus quite innocently saying, "Actually, I'm starving for schwarma."
- Jesus, newly risen is walking with now small degree of tenderness on feet ruined by the nails used to crucify him. He laments, "I hope thousands of years from now my suffering and sacrifice is honored with a fitting icon!" In the last panel he's joined by an adorable bunny in a bow tie sitting next to a basket full of brightly colored eggs. Jesus' response to this is a completely understandable, "ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!"
Ultimately what we came up with was the idea that Jesus gets up on Easter morning and is confronted by the Easter Bunny; a creature he detests. Here's the final cartoon:
There are two small things in this strip that I had a lot of fun coming up with and drawing. The first is "Bless This House" on the wall behind Jesus and Mary Christ. You'd think that was a given. The second was the pepper grinder on the counter. There's something quirky and oddly endearing about the idea of Jesus Christ owning a pepper grinder. I had the most fun drawing the bunny and his expressions ranging from hopeful to terrified.
So there you have it. A mildly blasphemous little cartoon for Easter. Enjoy.