Jesus and Mo
|Jesus and Mo|
A sample of the comic Jesus and Mo originally published in November 2006, featuring all four of the recurring characters.
|Current status / schedule||Published twice per week|
|Launch date||24 November 2005|
The comic is simply drawn, typically using a single image for each face, each of which is duplicated for each panel in the strip. It features two present day religious prophets, Jesus and Mo. While Jesus is portrayed as the actual Christian figure, Mo claims to be a body double, using casuistry to oppose the restriction of Islam in representing the Islamic prophet Muhammad pictorially.
Jesus and Mo share a flat (and a bed), and occasionally venture outside, principally to a public house, The Cock and Bull, where they drink Guinness and engage in conversation and debate with an atheist female bar attendant known simply as Barmaid, who is never drawn but is characterised only as an out of frame speech bubble. The barmaid functions as the voice of reason when criticising the Abrahamic religions or religion in general. Other times, Jesus or Mo may act as the voice of reason depending on which religion a particular comic aims to criticise. Jesus will act as the author's mouthpiece if the comic aims to criticise Islam while the character Mo will be used to criticise Christianity. They also converse with each other on a park bench.
A fourth character, Moses, another Abrahamic prophet, appears in a few strips. The Hindu god Ganesh made a one-time appearance; both Jesus and Mo mocked his depicted weight and four arms. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, has also appeared. His face is hidden by a hat, a reference to Smith supposedly reading seeing stones by putting them inside a stovepipe hat and sticking his face inside.
In the comic for 24 September 2008, the author used animation (blinking eyes) in the final panel. Starting with the strip released on 10 November 2009, both of the principal figures were redrawn in a somewhat cleaner style.
The comic consists mainly of religious satire, often criticising arguments for religion, religious texts and decrees and the actions of believers. As the comic features only Christian and Muslim figures, these are generally directed at the two religions, though some apply to many forms of theism.
Episodes from Jesus and Mo have been published in paperback. Strips 1–50 are published in Vol 1 "Where's the soap?" and strips 51–100 in Vol 2 "Transubstantiated". Vol 3 "Things Not Seen" contains strips 101–140, as well as 10 previously unreleased strips. A fourth compendium of 140 strips '"Big Al"' was published in 2008. All print copies are published by lulu.com.
The strip is published sporadically in the British magazine The Freethinker. Three strips were printed in the Danish newspaper Information and one in their online version on 2007-03-22.
Members of the London School of Economics Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society were ordered to cover-up their Jesus and Mo T-shirts at the Students' Union Freshers' Fair in October 2013. A new comic was published in response. In December, the University apologised for the incident.
Maajid Nawaz tweeted a picture of one of the Jesus and Mo T-shirts, after the cartoons came up in a discussion on a BBC programme The Big Questions. On the programme, the production team stopped participants from being shown wearing T shirts, one of which depicted Jesus saying "Hey" and the other Muhammad saying "How ya doing?". The BBC had feared a hostile response from some Muslims. On Twitter, he later wrote that he did not find the T-shirts offensive, but then received death threats for this stance.
- "(Urdu blog with thumbnail of Government of Pakistan document entitled BLOCKING OF WEB SITE)". BBC. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-10-28. (Urdu)
- "The Freethinker publishes cartoon special". mediawatchwatch.org.uk. 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2007-10-28. "featuring several Mo-toon fever inspired cartoons, a couple of Jesus-on-the-cross funnies, Jesus and Mo,..."
- "Jesus and Mo published in Danish newspaper". comixtalk.com. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-10-28. "2007-03-22 ... the Danish daily newspaper Information has today published three strips from Jesus and Mo in its print edition: danny, good, and badge"
- Mohammad Kamran (2006-03-14). "SC seeks legal avenues to ban blasphemous cartoons worldwide". Daily Times (Pakistan). Retrieved 2007-10-28. "The government has blocked all websites that carry caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad"
- Xeni Jardin (2006-03-20). "Pakistan bans websites that carry Muhammad cartoons". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2007-10-28. "Jesus and Mo"
- Peter Nielsen (2006-03-20). "Mens vi venter". Dagbladet Information. Archived from the original on 9 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. "(includes danish text below the comic strip that translates as ... More cartoons can be found on www.jesusandmo.net ...)" (Danish)
- Julian Baggini (2006). "Jesus reads TFM". The Philosophers' Magazine Issue 36, page 7. Retrieved 2010-10-11. "TPM has made an appearance in the popular and controversial comic strip Jesus & Mo."
- Michael Cavna (2010-01-06). "Time to vote for your Best Webcomic of the Decade". The Washington Post Comic Riffs. Retrieved 2010-10-14. "we're still stuck with a whopping 22 webcomics that are vying mightily to be crowned Best Webcomic of the Past Decade."
- Michael Cavna (2011-01-21). "Best Comics Contest: And the winners of your 2011 Riffy Awards are...". The Washington Post Comic Riffs. Retrieved 2011-01-21. "The twice-weekly cartoon by the pseudonymous Mohammed Jones won both the Best Comic and Best Webcomic categories in our nonbinding reader poll"
- Jesus and Mo 24 November 2005 body
- Jesus and Mo 23 March 2006 mess
- Jesus and Mo 8 February 2006 baby
- Jesus and Mo 14 July 2006 slow
- Jesus and Mo 24 September 2008 Cult
- Jesus and Mo 10 November 2009 Role; see in particular the author's comment on the change in style.
- Jesus and Mo 10 August 2007 sense
- Jesus and Mo 16 May 2006 wait
- Jesus and Mo 17 July 2007 grief
- Jesus and Mo 21 August 2007 press
- Jesus and Mo's Bookshop
- Peter Nielsen
- "Jesus and Mohammed T-shirts banned: victory for the 'sanctimonious little prigs' of LSE's student union". The Daily Telegraph (London). 5 October 2013.
- Nick Cohen "The Liberal Democrats face a true test of liberty", The Observer, 25 January 2014
- Keith Perry "Lib Dem candidate receives death threats for tweeting Prophet Mohammed cartoon" Daily Telegraph 21 January 2014