Illustrator convicted over Jesus comic
'An Austrian illustrator of a comic that depicts Jesus as a laid-back, binge-drinking surfer, is in the midst of an uproar. A group of artists gathered in Vienna Tuesday to draw attention to Greece's ban of Gerhard Haderer's The Life of Jesus, a religious satire and playful re-imagining of the life of Christ. It is reportedly the first book the country has banned in more than 20 years. In January, an Athens court convicted Haderer of blasphemy and gave him a 6-month suspended sentence – in absentia – for creating the tongue-in-cheek comic, which features an often inebriated Jesus whose miracles happen because of luck rather than by divine intervention. The book, which has sold more than 100,000 copies across Europe, also includes appearances by such contemporary characters as rock icon Jimi Hendrix and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.' More here.