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Speaking of Crowd Funding Shroud of Turin Projects: Should We Laugh or Cry?

August 6, 2013

clip_image001What has become of the Shroud of Turin?

Shawn French, in an offbeat blog, writes in a posting, Christ Has Returned. A Lot:

I was a young stand-up comedian, carving out a decent living in the middle rungs of the New England comedy scene. I’m walking out of the theater after having just watched the first Jurassic Park movie. I plop down in my car and, almost immediately, a news story comes on the radio about a group who claimed to have found the Shroud of Turin.

Hmm… if they can extract Christ’s DNA off that…

And I immediately fall into an uncontrollable laughing fit, envisioning a Jesus cloning story that’s equal parts Jurassic Park and The Hills Have Eyes. A remote island testing facility where the mutant Jesus clones get loose one stormy night and wreak havoc. I could not stop laughing.

That night onstage, I did a joke about it that stayed in my act for months and was in a clip of mine that ran on Comedy Central back in the Long Ago Time.

I also wrote the story up as a short film script. It was then that I realized it was more than just a funny concept. There’s a great story to be told here. Escape From Jesus Island was born.

And it gets better (or is it worse):

Since then, I’ve been transforming this story into an epic tale that spans years and matches up with the prophecies of Revelation. Christ and Antichrist as twin brothers, each with the same abilities. A genetic research company, ReGen Corp, run by the ruthless Anna Thorne. Scores of caged mutant test subjects. A Vatican Black Ops raid, with plans to steal Jesus for themselves. And that’s just Act One.

And it is now to be a comic book series, not a movie. And Shawn has launched a Crowd Funding Campaign.

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  1. Hugh Farey
    August 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I imagine someone dies horribly, probably in a welter of blood, before we get to the opening credits…

    • Yannick Clément
      August 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      I just hope they wont put his body covered with fresh blood too soon in a linen shroud because if they did so, there will be a montain of smudges and smears of blood on the cloth… ;-)

      • August 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        That was worth a chuckle. Nicely done.

      • Yannick Clément
        August 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        Finally someone who can understand my sense of humor and take a joke! Thanks! :-)

  2. August 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Decent artwork. Pedestrian story, as usual with the Shroud cloning premise. Jesus as pulp fiction icon, who would have thunk it.

  3. daveb of wellington nz
    August 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    It’s all about the money! What’s the message?

  4. daveb of wellington nz
    August 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    It’s all to do with playing around with the genre. They’ve done William Shakespeare with zombies, vampires and Nazi SS. I’ve seen King Lear done with medieval Japanese warlords. WS has been popular in India for yonks, all done in local dialects. TV has been taking liberties with Jane Austen. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Superstar had a battery of Israeli tanks. Jesus is now right up there with Shakespeare and Austen!

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