Old News for DOOBL!

by Jess Hanley

June 25th, 2006

Hello world! (That's a computer geek joke!)

Good to meet everyone! This is DOOBL! The first Christian webcomic aimed at bringing humor and happiness to the teens online! I'm not entirely what I should type here. I have never done this kind of thing before so hey I hope you enjoy it! Doobl will be different in many ways. Maybe I should talk about them!

I'm Jess Hanley. I've been online for about six years, and I'm the youth minister for Farmers Branch Fellowship of Christ, a non-denominational church in Texas. Our church believes that not enough people focus on the positive so we encourage bringing happiness and the truth of Jesus into peoples hearts! I'll explain.

A lot of churches belive in preaching about the devil. That's one way of doing things, but we noticed a while back that nothing in the bible says that Jesus taught about the devil! Brother Jackson noticed this, and realized that Jesus never said "seek out the devil and destroy him." In fact, Jesus only said that he was the light and the way! If you have the light of Christ in you, the devil will have no foothold, no purchase! Why waste your time worrying about the devil if you truly follow Jesus?

So Brother Jackson and five other folks started the FBFC in 1982, and we've been growing ever since. Our church is a righteous one, and we believe very strongly in Jesus.

Anyway, I got online and I found a bunch of webcomics. The first one I found was a pretty cool one called Sluggy Freelance! Although it's got some adult concepts and sometimes borders on blasphemy, I really think Pete Abrams is a cool artist. Some of the kids in my youth group pointed him out, and I'm thankful they did because they gave me an idea! The more I checked into it and found sites like Sinfest, Real life and PVP, the more I realized that nobody has made a good Christian webcomic.

So I started drawing Doobl!

Doobl will update five times a week starting Monday. That's my plan. I have a lot of strips already drawn, 32 to be exact and I think you will find that you can be funny and still run a Christian comic with a righteous core! If you're reading this, I hope you come back every day! I will try to update the news here as much as I can, and also inform new readers of what the bible says about Jesus Christ and his love for them! Who knows, maybe I can save a few more people this way? Ha ha! That would be cool!

On a final note, our church believes very strongly in the power of prayer. I would ask that, if you also beleive in prayer you spare a moment for my mother Marjorie Hanley. She is currently fighting a very serious form of cancer called Pheochromcytoma. It's pretty serious, and she's fighting every day to keep alive. Our entire church is already praying, but every bit can help!

Thanks, and Jesus Bless!

In His name,

Jess


June 27th, 2006

Well, it seems I have some readers already! Welcome to Doobl! It's been online for an incredible TWO DAYS Now!!!

Thank you to the two people who emailed me about my mother. she is also very excited about the website! I Showed it to her on the laptop and she thought it was greatShe thanks you for your prayers!

Please Spread The Word about DOOBL! If I get more readers than maybe we get more prayers for my mother. Although it seems like shes possibly in remission so good news there!!! I can't be TOO excited tho since we heard that once before and then a year later the cancer came back.

Otherwise I've been trying to get a friend of mine to teach me more html. I hope to make this site look better then it does now. Getting the comicgenesis update template to work took me nearly a day as it is ha ha!!

Peace in the Lord,

Jess


June 30th, 2006

Well I have bad news. Not about the comic tho. Not really.

The good news is that I now have over twenty readers. This is excellent. Spread the word! I also have been poking around on the web and found a site called On Eagles Wings! Another Christian webcomic! So I guess I'm not alone after all! If you know of any others please email me.

The bad news is that my mother is doing worse. In fact the doctor says she could go any time. I will not be online much for the next few days. We are all going to the hospital by the time you read this Friday to be with her. I beg you to pray for my mother and maybe even for my family and I because it looks like the end of her suffering is close. I visited her for three hours this morning and its pretty obvious shes not in her right mind anymore. When the drugs wear off she's in a lot of pain and when shes on them she says some really bad things. I pray to Jesus every hour that he will find it in our Fathers plan to spare her. Shes only 49.

The comics will continue to update in my absence as I already have a bunch of them uploaded. Keep spreading the word.

In His name,

Jess

July 4th, 2006

I'm back!!!!

I don't really want to talk about the weekend. Sufice it to say that my mother is still hanging in there and appreciates all your prayers. Things are still rough but enough about my personal life.

Seems I have a bunch of readers from the Penny Arcade forums!! Hi there guys! I read through a bunch of the archives for that comic and it is funny if you play games but I'm not sure about much of the content. They seem to say the F word a lot and there are a few strips that make fun of Jesus. Although I think **GOD ROCKS** I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say that Jesus is F'in Metal. There are Christian metal bands but I'm not sure the lamb of Nazareth would listen to them -- he was probably a little too busy healing lepes and trying to save all of our sorry souls!!! But I appreciate the readership and hope you guys stick around!!! Plus mosh pits are so not Jesus. He wasnt about throwing elbows and making people bleed. That's the devils work, and in our church we ignore the devil and give all our attention to living righteously!

In every case, thanks for reading! Doobl is going to do a story arc now as the kids call it, so I hope you enjoy it.

As this is the fourth of July, I hope you all remember that this is the day that God gave us this great land with amber waves of grain and purple mountains majesty. Most people don't realize that America was founded on belief in Jesus Christ!!! That's right the first colonists came here to get away from the English church because it wouldn't let them pray to Jesus! Although I like to think I have an open mind, you should remember in this day and age what with all the debate on the television and such that Freedom of Religion does not mean freedom from religion. The fredom to choose how you believe in a higher power was one of the founding roots of America!!! But there was no stipulation that you could live life without neighbors who believe so quit trying to tell our children where not to pray!!! We will continue to peacefully love Jesus and those who don't can just keep their atheist shouting up until the cows come home because you won't change our minds!!!

Happy fourth!

In His name,

Jess


July 7th, 2006

Got an email from a fellow Christian cartoonist! You might want to check out Prime Rib! It's a play on words here, with "Prime" meaning "First and foremost" and "Rib" alluding to Adam's Rib! I think that's pretty clever!

Didja know that you kids were created to love God? He's straight up waiting for you to respond to His invitation to salvation, yo! Yes, you'll be forgiven for your sins and assured of eternal life through His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Betcha didn't know that!!!

"Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3).

You may be asking yourself: "What up with God?" Man, y'all able to know the true and living God through His Word, THE BIBLE!!! The Bible is all up in God's character and His plan for mankind! It is through reading His Word that we come to a knowledge of the righteousness of God!

Some of you kids might ask, "Whassap that prevents us from personally knowing God?" Like you could just walk up to the Big G and slap him some skin! Word is, sin has separated us from God In fact, we're so wiggedy wack that we cannot know Him personally and cannot experience His love as is. Man was created to have fellowship with God, but because of his sin (i.e., anything that is against the righteousness revealed in God's Law) he is prevented from that fellowship. This includes anything less than perfect obedience to God's commands, yo!

God created a way by sending His Son to pay the price for our sin. "God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Deu 22:5). He died for us! He became sin for us. This removed our burden of sin and allows us to get straight to heaven, yo!

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (Gal 3:25).

In His name,

Jess



I am not okay.

MARJORIE VANESSA HANLEY
1957-2006
picture taken florida keys 1978

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my Rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. In my distress I call to the Lord; I cry to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him for who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior! Therefore I will praise you amoung the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to your name. (Psalm 18)

Marjorie was born in Graton, California. She attended Humboldt State and earned her degree in Political Sciance. She moved to Houston and gained her teaching degree. In 1983 she married Robert Hanley in Dallas and became the loving stepmother of his two children from a previous marriage. I was one of those children. Marjorie taught us to do good in life. She taught us the meaning of speaking truthfully and striving to be our best. She fought wiht cancer for seven years and succumed on the night of July 10th, surrounded by her loved ones.

At least she's with Robert now. My father passed on in 1996. I know they are in heaven and happy together again because they loved each other more than any two peopel I've known but right now we are mourning and mourning hard. I just got back from the memorial and I am a wrecked. Marjorie was such a pilar in my life and this hurts.

doobl will continue to update, but I might not be around for a little bit. Thanks to all your prayers for her.


july 14

I am really, really angry.

First off, thank you to those who wrote with condolences. Our family has been strong and making our way through this.

But right now we're having some problems. For one thing, I've been reading the bible a lot because I'm pissed off at God.

That's right. I said it. Its not the frist time I've said it in the last couple days either. Marjorie was not ready to die. She said so in the hospital. She wanted to contine living. She faced ddeath bravely but she also wanted to live and god took her away and Im not entirely okay with that.

So I've been reading the bible a lot and praying a lot but I'll admit it as well my heart's not in it.

And I see my readership has spiked. You sick jerks. That picture is from marjorie's vacation to the Keys. She always talked about how it was the best vacation she ever had. She and some friends went down and got to surf and tan and dance the nights away and she had a really, really great time. She always told us it was the best vacation of her life and when we asked her why she didnt go back she said it was because she didn't want to ruin the memory. She said it was her idea of heaven and I hope beyond all hope that she found it.

and you sick punks in journal.com">WTFINC can burn in hell shes wearing a tube top in that picture. What kind of sick, sick human beings would suggest that a women who just died is TOPLESS IN THAT PHOTO. YES I CHECK MY REFERRAL LOGS AND YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK. SICK SICK SICK.

Yeah my temper has been flaring up since she died and I got other news from that. I kind of talked to Brother Jackson last night and voiced my concerns and well now I'm not the youth minister for FBFC. Hes releived me of my duties "until I find peace in my soul again" what ever the heck that means. He says hes afraid to let me lead the youth group. I don'tr know what he thinks I'm going to do I'm not the type to go postal, but for now Brother Jevne is taking over my spot and I really trhink he's a good one to do it. I just hope things aren't too sticky when they give me my spot back.

doobl will continue to update. My stepmother loved it and said I should keep doing it so I keep doing it. Sometimes it feels like she's watching me over my shoulder when I'm typing or drawing. I imagine she's smiling. I hope she likes the comics I'm doing and bringing smiles to everyone who reads them.

In His name,

Jess


july 17

So I've been reading the bible again and it's starting to really wear me down in light of everything that happened.

Is it just me or is Jack chick really not right in the head?

some might say he's just not read the bible enough but I'm starting to think hes what happens if you read the bible all the way through.

Jess


August 2

there are days like today when I just want to pull the plug on everything.

My sister is really pissed off at me. I mean REALLY pissed off at me. She thinks she should be the executor is what I think. On the one hand I'd love to let her have the run of the estate but I dont think she'd be very good at it. We're having an estate sale soon and she keeps trying to find out exactly how much everything in the house is worth I mean down to the last PENNY and its kind of sickening. There's an espresso machine that our mother loved that was from an italian restaurant in chicago that burned down in 1970 and here's my sister trying to find out how much we can get for it for god's sake. Like I don't want it.

Speaking of god's sake I am in deep shit with my now ex-church. Theres a rumor going around that I had INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS with several of the girls in my old youth group. Whatever. They can file charges. Until they do, my attorney says they can go hang. And its not like they WILL file charges since anyone who says I did anything of the sort with those girls is a LIAR. Besides if they want to dig up dirt I can do the same. There's so much that goes on in FBFC that I know about. So they better not mess with me or they'll be very sorry.

So no, I don't think I'm going back. LOL

Jess


July 28

Fan art! I got fan art!!!

It's a nice thing to say! I appreciate it! I e-mailed J.H. and asked him if he wanted a link but I guess he doesn't. Anyway, here's his email!

Hello, Brother. I recently found your comic through a fellow I attend church with. I love it. What you sit upon is an avenue to Christ's work. So many have ability and squander it on the fleeting world and secular hopes for the adoration of others. My heart has been heavy for you since I read of the loss of your mother and the shaking of your faith. I will not pretend I know this pain directly but I stood by my wife as she lost both of her parents. It is easy during trials of loss and tests of our faith to look for comforts beyond Jesus but remember that now is when you need Him most. You will be in my prayers every night and I'm asking the rest of my adults' Bible Study to lift you and your troubles up to the Lord. Be strong, Brother. Keep at what you're doing. It is good. It's even made me want to make some of my art public and start one of these comics. Heaven knows we need more comics on the internet that praise Christ instead of games and movies. If you have any advice on this please let me know. Take care of yourself Jesse.


In His Glory,

T.H.

I think it's a nice gesture, dont you?

More mail from Shanna:

I was just looking around for a few comics to read, and happened to stuble upon this cute little spot on the web. And you had it just started out, as well. Normally I like to start on a story that's been around for a while so that there's a lot to read. But it's nice to start at the beginning like this because you get to know the author better. I thought it was the sweetest thing(I mean, I still do ^^), and after about a week, decided to mail you. Maybe just because of what you're going through, I dunno. I really loved the messages that Doobl(and friends) are there to present, and now that the story's turning down a slightly different path, a more realistic one, well, I don't mean to sound sadistic or somesuch, but I'm rather overjoyed. It's sort of more about the people(ie you), rather than just simply spreading the word of God(though, it still will do that, I'm sure). Well, I don't really know what I'm getting at, or even if I'm "getting at" anything, but for some reason I felt compelled to message you.

By the way, name's Shanna, and I think you've inspired me.

Thank you shanna! If you want this linked to a webpage, just let me know!

Jess


July 21

A POEM

Excuse me mister but can you spare a bucket of water

I'm burning to death in hate you see

Can you spare a bit of water

for me?


I hate a lot right now

It started with hating God

Then I started hating the world

and now I'm hating me


The hatred all colesced like sunlight in a magnifying glass

And the second I pointed it at my dry brittle life

The flames leaped up


Everyone close to me is getting burnt

Everything I love is catching flame

Ashes and soot where I used to have a heart

And nobody seems to have water



I've decided to use this space to vent. The comic is going to go on but I think I'm going to take it in a different directoin than what I originally planned. Life is too much right now. Its all too reeal. And I need something to put my anger into.

Let's see how you like it.


July 19th

Wow. Seems some of you actually read these things.

It's been a bad week already and it looks to only get worse. First off my mom left me the bulk of her estate. I'm getting a lot of flak from the rest of the family but that's the way it goes. Its kind of depressing when shes barely cold in the ground and other family members are clamorring to see who gets her car. Jeez.

I'm still not quite over the fact that she's gone. I have to spend a lot of time around the house she had with my dad and I keep expecting her to be in the kitchen making her famous chicken dumplings or offering us "kids' a beer. My sister is there a lot too and she keeps crying and I'll admit that I've done it too. We each have our own houses each, and the place isn't really something either of us wants to move into so we had to decide to put it on the market but first we have to clear it out and people keep asking me if there's going to be an estate sale and it's just so aggravating and such.

On the church note, I'm starting to wonder if I should take this site down because I have some serious problems right now. I might talk about them later in depth. Right now I can only say that due to personal conflict I have a problem with the bible. And the church. So it doesnt seem right to take out my problems on the kids who are still reading this (HI MARK AND RACHEL! I got your emails!) I went to church this last weekend but my heart wasnt in it and I talked to Brother Jackson for a while but he didn't seem to be able to answer my questions about the bible. He kept giving me ridiculous answers and my eyes are peeled wide for the first time. I'm still agnry and it seems like none of the experts are able to give me adequate answers to the things plaging my soul.

Did you know that when you die the creditors get a big chunk of your estate? Dont die in debt kids.

But I keep thinking of how her face lit up when I showed her Doobl on this laptop. She was really pale in the last days and she GLOWED when I showed her what I was doing with my art. So I think the site will keep going.

I'm going to read the bible some more now.

Jess


August 15

I hate this life.

I hate my sisters greed. I hate my so called friends who are letting me hang to dry on this crap at the church. I hate the people who email me every so often telling me I suck. I hate the bible. I hate that I wasted my life for so many years on the fairy tale of a guy who got nailed to a plank. I hate my neighbore who called the cops because he thought I was making drugs in my kitchen. I hate the president. I hate our government. I hate that every tiny bit of my money says that I still trust in god. I hate listening to the radio. I hate watching tv. I hate looking at my old cds and realizing how much of it is gospel. I hate that I can't sleep without taking nytol anymore. I hate the alarm clock that wakes me up. I hate that my landlord cant seem to get a plumber to my apartment that doesn't fuck it up and leave dirt everywhere and never fixes the problem. I hate the idiots I see driving on the freeway. I hate that children as young as nine years old are dressing like three dollar whores. I hate that I was put here by something or maybe not. I hate selling my mothers things. I hate dealing with the estate. I hate that the gardener at their old house keeps using the weed whacker near the daffodils. I hate that the summer is too hot and the daffodils are all dead. I hate that I didn't have more time on this earth with my parents. I hate that I don't know what happened to them. I hate that everyone keeps telling me they're sorry. I hate that nobody seems capable of telling the truth anymore. I hate that everyone is fuckin gfake. I hate knowing that I'm related by genetics to the same people who stomp on kittens and molest toddlers. I hate that every cop I ever met is a complete asshole. I hate Suvs. I hate not knowing what tomorrow will rbing.

I hate you.

Because its all your fault.


August 30

If I could reach out and kill someone right now I would.

If I could grab everything you hold dear and slowly strangle it to death in front of your eyes I would.

If I could shatter your whole fuckking world with the sheer force of my hatred I would.

If I could destroy the world in one fell swoop send all the kittens and butterflies and Jesus folowers and Satanists and Islams and Germans and Republicans and Democrtats and Baptists and moonlit nights and swing voters and croissants and station wagons and smog and perfume and rainbows and love and torment I would.

If I could undo everything I would.

And I would replace it with nothing.

ever.


September 6th

Oh look at those referaal logs and look at all the assholes.

Yeah this is real fake you fucks. That I had a cop come to me and ask my whereabouts over the weekend yeah thats fake. That I had to give them four witnesses who had me stay in their house for the holiday is fake too. That the cops are still sure I'm a pedofile is totally fake as is the impotent god damned anger I feel every waking moment.

The tears that wont stop, the contastant fear and depression, the arguments with my sister the management of her estate, and her cold body rotting in the ground where she once had beautiful skin thats all fake. You sherlocks sure got me. All my memories of the way her sun shone in her hair and how she used to sing while making breakfast and the way she held me when dad died are all fake fake fake. Every time I scream out at an empty sky and ask when the pain will stop that's fake too. My incabability to accept that shes gone and only a hole in my chest is left is SO TOTALLY FAKED. Breaking two knuckles when I punched the wall at Jackies house was sooooooo fake. Yah i can fake broken bones. I never told my own sister to go fuck herself to death, I never lost the faith I was fed with my mothers milk, and I never had to bury the only woman I truly loved. I don't sit here at night crying and grinding my teeth and trying to figure out what the fuck to do. I dont have dreams every night of how she used to hold me. I dont sometimes take her favorite sundress and rub it against my neck because its the closest thing to feeling her alive that I can find. I don't sit here full of contstatn hate and torment sometimes opening up this word processor and typing over and over again I miss her I miss her I miss ehr I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss herI miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her Imiss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her Imiss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I mis her I miss her I miss her I miss her I mss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss hr I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her i miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I iss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss heri miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss er I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her I miss her

fuck off the lot of you


Septembr 11th

had a talk with my lawyer. Seems the "girl" who was 'violated by me" is refusing to testify. Its in the judges hands whether her sworn affadavit is allowed in court. Lying little bitch.

thank you for all your emails and by thank you i mean fuck you. I have never had so many condescending messages from teenaged zit-face craps in my life;. Please stop emailing me with your support. You havent been where I am and you can't feel real sympathy. Go pray to Jesus or soemthing.

it rained here in Dallas today and I was reminded of five years ago. Maybe if it hed rained on September 11th in 2001 then the towers wouldnt have burned to the ground. And if the towers hadnt burned maybe Marje would still be alive. She would still wake up and tend to her pepper patch in the backyard. She'd make coffee and rub my shoulders after a hard day. She'd still smell like jasmin and hot skin. Maybe wed all be better off with Al Quaedea flying planes into all our houses.

How many people have died for god?


Sep24th

I dont think updating this news is the best thing for me any more.

Too many emails from strangeres trying to help or harm. My favorites are the tough guys of the internet trying to show me tough love I got news for you. Gettting tough with someone in my position only works on television. Then again who am I to tell all you wanabe home psychatrists after all youre all obviously experts.

Last night I uploaded enough strips to carry e out through the month and then well see what happens.


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