Today is my last day in Chicago before I go back home to NYC tomorrow morning, and I had an unbelievable time here with my brothers and their families, and a couple friends who I got to see. In fact, I got to spend some time with my friend Super Chic Trisha Star, and we discussed quite seriously the idea of a Normal Bob Smith tour. A party which, in 2007, would be hosted by me, organized by her, that would have several random dates and locations across the USA. She throws parties. That’s what she does for a living! And now that I’m touring more with the movie to Universities and film festivals, the door has been opened for such a project. So get your plaid skirts and party horns ready.
Hey, you wanna know how much hate mail MohammedDressup.com has gotten since I posted it over a month ago? Care to venture a guess? 40 letters? 100 letters? 1,000 letters? How about this… to give you a hint, Jesus Dress Up to date has brought in roughly 7,000 email complaints since I first posted it 6 years ago. Now are you ready to guess? Okay, here’s the answer: Muhammad Dress Up has brought in, *one last tally* okay, exactly ZERO hate letters! Not one! And here people were telling me to live the remainder of my short-ass life in hiding! Christians trumpeting the unbridled lunacy of Muslims, counting the days to when my head is no longer attached to my shoulders! Hate mailers daring me to tempt the itchy guillotine-switch-finger of America’s Muslim community! And I have yet to receive even one “you suck.”
I’m ashamed of myself for even humoring the idea of a threat at all. And anyone who’s out there promoting the idea that we should succumb to the “terror” we’ve dreamt up ourselves should be set straight. We seriously don’t even realize how programed we all are to be Chicken Littles at the drop of a doodle. That said, I suggest sending me no more emails telling me how gutsy I am for posting the site, or how proud you are of me for putting my life on the line for the cause. I just might dedicate pg 300 to fans who seem to be fantasizing about me being the first artist beheaded for a drawing.
That said, isn’t it fun having Satan’s Salvation back? And the Prophet Muhammad lends himself so wonderfully to it. I can’t wait to illustrate the next 10 episodes I’ve written when I get back. I love that comic so much.
Also, today my Wikipedia article became official, losing its “Up for deletion” title. I totally appreciate being deemed notable. I’m still a sucker for any sort of recognition at all. I mean, I love guys like Dawkins and Harris, but they totally trump anything I’m doing, ten-fold. But I still have dreams of changing that to 7-fold, or 3-fold, or maybe even no folds at all in the coming years.