As a kid I always looked forward to finding Chick tracts in the street or passed out by the demonstrator or two protesting outside St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Reading one is like holding a screaming deranged man in the palm of your hand.
Check plus! And regarding the copyright issue, as long as you aren't making a profit from it, you may be able to claim the "fair use" exception to the law, because when used for satire, copyright law is flexible. I would investigate with an intellectual property lawyer before caving into any legal demands by Chick; because, again, satire is considered fair use.
I do indeed claim "fair use," since I am not, in fact, making a profit. I'm very familiar with property laws, having filed for copyrights in the past. I am also familiar with lawyers, and the fact that they spew bullshit out of their ears, and back down the instant you seem to know anything about the law.
Sounds like what I'd do- nobody actually READS the things on the spot.(although I read them for sheer amusement value. I grew up in the middle of the Southern Baptist Church- then saw the LIGHT) A true heathen am I.
... who finds Jack Chick and his ilk embarrasing to Christianity, I found this hilarious. Yes, including the parts where you make fun of the Eucharist. (I liked the Chicthulhu tract a little funnier, but I suspect that's only 'cause I saw it first...)
Regarding the copyright issue: "fair use" is funny stuff. The real problem here is that you're using a lot of the art, not just the text, and the art seems to be largly unaltered. That makes it a pretty clear violation, and you could get your virtuous pagan arse whupped in court. So I'm copying the darn thing before the damn lawyers make you take it down!
On a side note, I have always thought of Catholicism as the "good Christianity" because it emphasizes good works, and pentitence/penance for sin, rather that just faith, and faith alone. I know that the comic does seem to be slightly more anti-Catholic, but it is only because Catholicism is the most flagrant violation of the Theogeny. ;) --I decided to leave transubstatiation out of it, however. It would also horify most fundies to be lumped in with Catholics. Indeed, a lot of the artwork I used was from Chick's anti-Catholic propaganda. Kind of the same way Hellenists, Gamers and Wiccans don't want to be lumped together.
My points were:
1) Just because it violates an ancient text, yea, even a sacred writing, does not make it wrong -- unless your deity(ies) subscribe to that text, it does not apply to you.
2) Anything can be argued convincingly, if you choose to overlook facts and distort the truth, as Chick routinely does with pagan religions.
A famous logician once said that from a false statement, anything can be derived. He was challenged to prove that he was the Pope (because he was an ardent atheist), by using the fallacy 1=2. He argued:
1) 1=2 2) The Pope and I are two Therefore: 3) The Pope and I are one.
The deal with "fair use" as explained to be by a friend who works as a graphic artist, is that what is "fair use" is decided by, according to the letter of the law, "by one's peers" -- an ill-defined term, but in this case, livejournalers, I would assume. "Fair use" laws only apply when the person claiming it stands to make a proffit by that use. If I got a Chick Parody tatooed on my ars, could Chick sue me to have it removed through laser surgury? No. Well, they could, but they wouldn't have a legal leg to stand on.
Actually, what I can do is *credit him* -- that would cover my ass. That is what you do when you quote someone else's work, and this is sort of a visual (miss)quotation.
This is why you must aproach them out of love, and let them know the truth: that they are worshipping a dead Jew, that they are symbolically comitting the sin of canabalism, and that they are spreading thid depravity to others through witnessing. ;)