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Titre, fighter, mitre.

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Strip by: Ian Boreham

caption: Before becoming a priest, Pope Francis worked as a chemical technologist and as a nightclub bouncer.

{A young Jorge Mario Bergoglio, dressed in a lab coat, holds a cylindrical flask up to eye level. A scowling, sunglasses-wearing Jorge in a suit stands, arms folded, in front of the Angel Bar.}

caption: This might seem like odd work experience for the head of the Catholic Church, but if you think about it...

{Pope Francis holds a fancy gold communion goblet up to eye level. A scowling Pope Francis stands, arms folded, in front of the pearly gates of heaven.

The author writes:

I must confess that I have been wondering what it would be like to be trained as, and work as, a scientist, and then later to hold a job in which a predecessor was responsible for bullying Galileo into denying the evidence of his own (albeit augmented) eyes.

Still, times are changing in Popeville. Francis is the second Pope to have a Twitter account, which appears to be very active. I wouldn't be surprised if he has the first Papal PayPal account. And I have a secret hope that he has created at least one internet "meme" and written some fanfic (including a Hail Mary Sue).

When drawing Jorge in the lab coat, I was tempted to put a primary-coloured liquid in the flask, but then I thought it would look like a stock photo, and clearly that would ruin the painstaking realism of the illustration.

Drawn in Krita and Inkscape.