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The Winebibber : " The Big Holy One" ( Fish ) [Hardcover]

Mike Brooks , Mike Stonelake
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19 Sep 1991
This book is a comic style send-up of all those aspects of Christian faith that Christians mistakenly hold dear. The author looks at the world of religion in an attempt to remove false securities. Favourite characters that have appeared in previous issues of the "Winebibber" include Roger Mire (he's not on fire), Bible Repair Man, the Family Bongs (they speak in tongues), Gordon Bewes (out of the good news) plus regular features such as "witness of the week" and small ads for all the Christian products you will ever want.

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  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Pickering / Marshall Collins; 1st. Edition edition (19 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0551023759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0551023758
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,195,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing writing, bad drawing 3 Dec 2008
I agree with the previous review (despite grammatical errors!), that this was truly a ground-breaking book when published in 1991 - not to mention genuinely hilarious.

With characters such as "Belinda Bongues, she speaks in tongues", some viewed this collection of cartoon strips as a sort of Viz for evangelical Christians. But it was much more than that. There was a subversive undercurrent that gently prodded the pomposity and nonsense that exists within the evangelical church.

It was the writing that was the important thing (not the drawings). The book's massive impact was due entirely to the insightful intellect that lay behind the dynamic authorship of Mike Brooks (me). The book's only weak point is the shoddy, amateurish cartoons of the artist.

Being humble, it is for others, rather than myself, to point out the powerfully prophetic content of the writing. I still crease up when I read "Job, he's looking for one" or "Donald Fen and his highlighter pen". Cartoons such as these helped literally dozens of evangelical Christians who were searching for something honest and real. In a sense - and I am embarrassed to mention this - people saw me as a sort of saviour.

If only the drawings had been better, then I'm sure this worthy book - a Third Testament, if you like - could have been world famous. The artist should hang his head in shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One genius and one fool! 28 Nov 2008
Back in the early nineties, as the iron curtain came crashing down to the sound of U2, and the UK echoed with the sounds of Madchester, a quieter phenonoma was taking place in the pews, up and down evangelical Britain. Many people found something that made sense in those heady, uncertain times. This was a publication, that shook the lives and beliefs of many to the core, and brought them out the other side, stronger and ready to face life. This publication was actually a comic - in essence, a series of illustrations or pictures, that illuminated deep truths that people had never understood before.
These illustrations - each one a work of art in it's own right, as beautiful as Leonardo's Mona Lisa, as powerful as Picasso's Guernica and as shocking as Damian Hirst's shark in formaldahide, were drawn by the genius Mike Stonelake (me). People found themselves experiencing emotions that they never had before, as they contemplated these "parables in ink".
This comic, thought by some to be the result of a partnership between myself and that talentless Brooks, who could hardly hold a pen, let alone form an intelligent sentence, was really the brainchild of me and me alone. The best and funniest cartoons were not only drawn by my hand but written by the very same hand (although I used a different pen).
Despite Brooks attempts to spoil the Winebibber, the genius of Stonelake still shines through - I advise you to buy this book, and bask in my talent awhile.
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