SMBC Kickstarter raises money for religion-themed comic compilation, features “Speciation”

Zach Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is raising money on Kickstarter to finance a collection of his religion-themed comic strips. The project is “Religion: Ruining Everything since 4004 BC.” A bit of information:

What’s in the Book?

The book is a collection of the best religion jokes on SMBC over the last ten years! And, as a bonus, there will be a number of exclusive comics. The number will be determined by the amount of funding raised during the kickstarter.

Is This Book Mean to Religion?

Not really. Or, at least, the nature of the humor isn’t mean-spirited, but the comic does mock plenty of sacred concepts. If you are a religious person, we hope you laugh in the same way we hope science fans laugh at the science jokes in our last book.

Um. . . I wonder if Zach realizes the futility of that hope.

So far the project has has raised almost $70,000, and the rewards for contributing include a spiffy Abridged Bible. But what I like best, feeling somewhat self-aggrandizing today, is the two-minute video ad used to promote the project, which includes a cameo of the book I’m proudest of—and the one that’s least read. It’s 40 seconds into the video, and I’ve made a screenshot (click on it to go to Zach’s page):

Screen shot 2015-10-19 at 3.27.22 PM

Note that her hair is on fire! It’s the work of Satan. . .

UPDATE: Another pair of twe**ts:

h/t: JJE


  1. Posted October 20, 2015 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Well I just got a copy so there are a few more cents for your retirement fund! 😉

  2. Posted October 20, 2015 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Is her hair on fire…or has the fire developed a body?


  3. Scote
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Is that his wife? Kelly Weinersmith is a parasitologist.

  4. Lurker111
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ve collected a list of Zach’s greatest SMBC comics. I’ll just put four here:

    I’ll say this much: I’d hate to be his kid when he gets into a joking mood!

    And: Don’t forget to press the big red button at the bottom right of the comic for a postscript.

    UPDATE: Zach hilariously promotes his new book. Here, _really_ don’t forget to press the red button:

    • eric
      Posted October 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      As an ex- and dad I got a great kick out of #1 and #3. Fun stuff, thanks for the links. Though weird-takes-on-monster-under-the-bed stories are so common now that most 3-4 year olds wouldn’t be phased by #3.

  5. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    In my experience, some religions have more a sense of humor about themselves as other, but it can be selective.

    Unitarians really like Unitarian jokes. There are very few Buddhist jokes, but the few in circulation are appreciated. SOME Catholic jokes amuse SOME Catholics, but NOT ALL Catholic jokes NOR ALL Catholics. (But Jesuit priests really really like Jesuit jokes!!)

    Muslims are utterly devoid of any sense of humor.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted October 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      And the best Jewish jokes are those told by Jews…

  6. Posted October 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    The essential book on speciation, supersedes Mayr’s. Highly recommended for all evolutionary biologists.

  7. Stephen
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Zach and Kelly Weinersmith responded to your tweet. Apparently Kelly is about halfway through your book:

  8. HaggisForBrains
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    The SMBC Kickstarter seems to be having slightly more success than the Finding Proof: G*D Exists project, still stuck on $6.66 (BWAHAHAHA). Ten hours left as I write this though, so y’all better get a move on and subscribe.

  9. Richard Bond
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    I have been thinking of buying Speciation for some time, so I just checked the price on Amazon UK, where the hardback is listed at £999.11! Good for your retirement fund!

    BTW, I only use Amazon for checking details, and I then order the book from my local bookshop. Amazingly, my little town of ~3,000 people supports a proper and independent bookshop.

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    … her hair is on fire! It’s the work of Satan …

    Or the work of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost Sunday.

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