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On the Swing by Agahnim On the Swing by Agahnim
Me and my girlfriend :iconferahgo-the-assassin: on a swing, at the edge of the pasture near her father’s house.

My sister ~liimegreeen took this photograph, and I really liked how it turned out. She waited a little while for the deer to walk behind us so she could get them in the shot.
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:iconbonklefan99:
Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015
I salute you two for standing against religious fundamentalism and for scientific truth.
Are you going to continue Captain Occam?
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
It's funny, even though I haven't drawn those comics since 2007, I think you're the first person who's asked me about that.  Anyway, here's the answer:

After Kent Hovind went to prison for tax evasion, I originally was planning to start a new storyline about the Prattmaster going to work for another organization that's a parody of Answers in Genesis.  As I researched Answers in Genesis and their Creation Museum, though, I eventually realized that parodying them wasn't going to be as easy as it had been in Hovind's case.  Even a sizable portion of creationists don't take Hovind seriously, but some of the papers published in Answers Research Journal (such as this one) have received over 30 citations on Google scholar.  What's more, now that most parts of Talk.Origins are no longer updated, some of these publications haven't received any mainstream response.  I think the response that's needed to the material published by Answers in Genesis is a scientific book or website refuting it, rather than comics making jokes about it.

I began working on such a book around the same time that I stopped drawing my comics.  It's been virtually complete for more than a year, but the publication has experienced one delay after another.  My current plan, if everything goes as hoped, is for it to be published next spring.

I originally was intending to continue my comics after the book is published, but now I'm not as sure about that.  Over the past eight years, I've come to the conclusion that a greater threat to scientific truth than creationism is blank-slatism--the belief that a person's intelligence and personality are determined entirely by experience, rejecting the conclusions of behavioral genetics.  The science in this area is about as settled as it is for evolution (this paper is a pretty good overview), but blank-slatism has far more influence in academia and educational policy than creationism does.

Once I'm entirely finished with my anti-creationism book, it's likely I'm going to decide that combating blank-slatism should become more of a priority for me.  I hope fans of my comics can see the value in that also, even if it means I don't have the time for cartooning anymore.  I'm proud of the work I've done, but at this point I think I'm needed more for other things.
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Bonklefan99 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
It seems there is no rest for the misguided. Best of luck to you!
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Midiaou Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great timing. Btw, I love your stories and Emily's art. Kudos to both of you and may u have the greatest relationship.
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Empa85 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Aww thats so cute ^^;
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Saxophlutist Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, I imagined you guys to be shorter... and have feathers... and sharp teeth...
I like the deer!
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Brafisra Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
Oh deer! They actually cute looking! The one up here in the Frozen..er, Soaking wastes look like someone started ripping chunks of fur off them!

It also seems like some places on the east coast look strikingly similar to Juneau...even if the flora/fauna are totally different. It's probably way too hot over there for me though, anything above 75 F and 30% humidity is pushing it.

As a side note, for some reason you two seem oddly familiar....

Conspiracy anyone?
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Captain-Banana Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007   Writer
you're girl has excellent choice in shirts, sir.
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MsMergus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems like every time I see a new picture of you, I'm still shocked a little by how gangly you look. :P I know I should be used to it by now, but, eh. I don't know. :)

I guess those deer are relatively tame, eh?
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
I actually think I’m a little less that way than I was when you and I were together. I’m getting more exercise, and I’m also eating a lot more—at one point recently I ate an entire pizza in one sitting. Almost all of the weight I’ve gained during the past couple months is muscle, though, and since I’m 6 feet 4 inches tall it takes a lot of that to make any noticeable difference.

And yeah, these deer are pretty tame. Ferahgo’s father often leaves food out for them, so they don’t seem to be afraid of humans at all.
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ImaginaryGoddess Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
You two are cute! :D
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Jetgirl-13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007   Traditional Artist
I can honestly say I was expecting more feathers. :aww:
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Brad-ysaurus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Did you know those deer were in the shot?
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Agahnim Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
I couldn’t actually see them while they were behind me, but when my sister was taking this picture she commented on how she was trying to include them in it. So I figured they probably would be.
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