(art by David Trustman)
WTF is GOD SLAP?
by David Trustman
...and on the eighth day David Trustman and Dean Haspiel created GOD SLAP.
It started when I posted a video of various preachers manipulating their flocks, slapping and shoving demons from their bodies. Dean almost immediately messaged me saying that there was a comic just waiting to be plucked out; something with preachers having duels, flinging their godly powers about. Fast-forward to Wizard World Raleigh in March of 2015. While sharing Dean’s table we crafted a hero named Brother Science, a young black man sentenced to life in prison for smoking a joint. Ten years into his sentence, the apocalypse happens. Saved by The Lord Science and one true God, Brother Science gets evolved! With his giant hands he sets out to heal the world by slapping the Jesus out of people.
Accompanying the new Messiah is a ten-year-old orphan girl named Little Bitch. Brother Science battles believers and recruits disciples on his way to the ultimate showdown with Emperor Eclipse and the Choke Brothers, the folks who incited the apocalypse.
GOD SLAP came about a full year before “bathroom hysteria” gripped my home state. It came before “gay marriage” simply became “marriage.” Fortunately (or unfortunately) for us, every advancement in societal norms sets off a wondrous range of world-ending prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled. These prophecies are bombarded on the public-at-large daily by dozens of talking heads, each peddling their own brand of panic. It was in this hysteria where Dean and I found ultimate inspiration.
Imagine for a moment a world where all the craziest worst-case scenarios actually came into existence. What would that world look like? For us, it was horrifically funny. Terrifying, but humorous nonetheless. Drawing on actual scenarios laid out by religious leaders, pundits and politicians, GOD SLAP is a comic that takes on conservative rhetoric, literally, in the most fun way possible through explicitly graphic portrayal.
GOD SLAP features Brother Science and Little Bitch, along with a congregation of disciples like Black Tyrone, unexpected allies like Captain Jesus, and arch-nemesis the likes of Church Tyson and Emperor Eclipse.
The original version of this essay appeared at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/05/2