Exodus 20:13.

faked by Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Helicopter from the first panel based upon a portion of G.I. Joe #27 by Frank Springer and Andy Mushynsky.
Stormtrooper from the third panel based upon a portion of
Star Wars #63 by Walt Simonson and Tom Palmer.

17 Responses to “Exodus 20:13.”

  1. bulb says:

    “You shalt not kill.” Since not everyone can quote chapter and verse. And yeah I had to look it up in my handy RSV.

  2. pinky says:

    funny enough, that’s what i tell Sahra. we don’t play war and we don’t kill and we never act like we are going to die. i guess mom really did drill that in our heads. but, i think that was a good thing.

    this is a badass drawing. the helicopter, the stormtrooper, all of it… amazing! it took my back to another time and i thank you for that.

  3. pinky says:

    oh, i just remembered the burial services that we held for the men that accidentaly lost their life in battle! do you remember that? we buried them in the mound behind the white house. if i’m thinking correctly, you even played the harmonica.

  4. Kathleen says:

    My uncle gave me my first handgun when I was three. He used to help me shoot at squirrels in the yard.

    I also helped my brother blow up GI Joes with firecrackers.

    Laser Tag was awesome too.

    I’ve since reformed. Mostly. Video games are problematic.

    Because of the Flaming Lips song “Yoshimi battles the pink robots” (or whatever the heck it’s called), my daughter tells me she has a robot fist which she uses to fight the bad robots. She wants to be a hero when she grows up.

  5. jaysus says:

    took me a few seconds to make out the copter in the first frame. this is beautiful, man.

  6. KoE says:

    Man. Such a rad post. My dad was career Army, so I was all about shooting and exploding. Then I had kids, and…...not so much. We’ve given them a little room to explore paramilitary exercises in the living room as long as they keep it unreal. Mostly, we just tickle.

    Anybody ever played real paintball, like in teams at a paintball range? It’s, er, “fun,” but the glaze that goes over some people’s eyes as they charge in to turn your back into a Pollock canvas is mighty, mighty scary.

  7. bulb says:

    The copter’s blurriness puts me in mind of the sound effects on the album version of Country Joe and the Fish’s “Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag.”

  8. sally says:

    We had a long discussion this morning about this being the root of Gorjus’s deep love of all things robot. He tried to point out all the other non-robot toys he played with, but they all turned out to be robots. (Uh, like Transformers. Somoene please tell me how those are not robots.)

    However, I didn’t know about the harmonica, so there you go.

    My brother didn’t have G.I. Joes to begin with, just because he didn’t like them, I guess. And he let me lead the play time, so we grew up with an awful lot of “let’s take all of Barbie’s clothes off while Ken plays the piano.” That’s not harmful, right?

  9. gorjus says:

    Well . . . not harmful to . . . I guess, passers-by. And obviously not to you. But to your brother? Maybe.

    Thanks for the kind words. Bulb, you’re partly right about the title. Folks argue now whether it means “thou shalt not kill” (which the King James taught us) or “don’t murder” (as in premeditated attacks). An interesting aside which perhaps plays into war as well—especially those wars concocted on false reasons.

  10. This is great! I love your mom’s compromise/accomodation.

  11. Darren says:

    So no other Pretty Fakes readers went to see Romancing the Stone with his/her parents then immediately returned home to figure out he/she could strap his/her b-b gun to his/her back, Michael-Douglas-shotgun style?

    No one?


  12. Dr. Wagner says:

    I think Transformers are more like androids than robots. They are individuals and they think for themselves and they have morals and they can die. Robots are all the same, no mind of their own…they just run their program over and over. Transformers just happen to have mechanical bodies.

  13. Mr. Mooch says:

    Dr. White would get you on that graduated thing in panel one! 😉

    the stormtrooper is very well done. It seems a bit of a style we don’t often see out of you. I have to ask. how do you feel about the ‘no guns/war’ thing now? how about for your children? I see what you’re saying Pinky, but wonder, as Kathleen mentione: where do video games fit in this?

  14. pinky says:

    well, I have a gun now. and my daughter knows that I have it and that JC has lots of them. instead of telling her to never touch it, we educated her about it. showed it to her, talked about guns and what they can do and how people are the ones responsible for what happens when they are around a gun.

    we chose to educate her instead of scaring her or telling her that guns are bad things to have. she doesn’t play war or killing games but she knows that we have guns in our home. you can teach both.

    as for the video games, that’s entirely up to the parents control and care of their children. I get so sick of hearing parents play the blame game on everyone but themselves. there is a lot of terrible shit out there and it is our responsibility to monitor what our children see and participate in. we stress to Sahra that video games are not real, but if you cut someone, or shoot someone, or runover someone in REAL LIFE…they could die.

    I believe that our mom did what she thought was the best thing. our dad tried to educate us. in a wierd way, they worked as a team but the message is still the same that I am sending to my daughter 30 years later.

  15. gorjus says:

    Mooch, good eye! I actually had it scripted out as “my mom was graduated from . . . ” since, as Dr. White would remind us, one doesn’t graduate oneself, one is graduated by an institution. Alas, I fear that construction is both formal and archaic at this point.

    I don’t have a gun, and I don’t want one. I also do not think I’ll let my kids have one. I do like to shoot my grandather’s old ten gauge shotgun, which my dad has, and I like to play video games where you blow stuff up.

    I also don’t know how I feel about the idea of education v. restraint of access. For instance, I want my children to be vegetarians. But how worthwhile is that if I let them eat meat? (that discussion is a whole ‘nother cartoon!).

  16. Mr. Mooch says:

    i don’t know that saying “no play guns, no play war, etc” and “here’s your xbox, shoot ‘em up kid!” can coexist…lest you ban the shoot ‘em ups!

  17. pinky says:

    Well, Moochie, we do. She can play car racing games but that’s it. My main point is that we should strive to educate and participate in our children’s lives. If we aren’t there, then who is? Who teaches them gun safety and responsibility for their actions? If we aren’t willing to be a part of their lives then I honestly don’t think we should create new lives.

    Being a parent is huge and I think that our mom handled the gun and “thou shalt not kill” thing as best as she knew how. My job as a mom is to learn from that and take it a step further. Most parents want better for their children than they had and there is a common misconception that this is limited to monetary things. I want my daughter to have more knowledge and understanding than I did. Sure, I don’t want her to lack for anything, but I want her to know that me being active in her life is more important than stuff.

    Sorry about the huge ass posts, but this is a topic I obviously feel strongly about. JC and I take great care in making sure that our daughter is educated about guns and what they can do AND keeping her away from games the glamorize killing. JC has lots of them, he loves to kill people with video games, but he doesn’t play them when she is around because he doesn’t want to influence her in that way. See where I’m coming from?