Agahnim

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Agahnim, also known as Aggie, Anhinga, Microraptor and Cayro (born 1983), is an artist, writer and cartoonist who lives with his girlfriend Ixerin in North Carolina, USA.

Media[edit]

Most of his art and writing relates to paleontology, evolution, and the origin of birds, particularly in order to make fun of creationists for their failure to understand these topics.[citation needed] He is known for drawing the webcomic Occam’s Razor, starring the superhero Captain Occam and his nemesis The Prattmaster.

Occam’s Razor[edit]

A typical exchange between Captain Occam and the Prattmaster

The Occam’s Razor comic series was first introduced as a private joke[1] at Christian Forums, a forum where Agahnim often debates with creationists.

The nature of the joke revolved around creationists who rely on “PRATT lists”: lengthy lists of arguments that each has been refuted numerous times before, “PRATT” being an acronym for Point Refuted A Thousand Times. However, this comic quickly became so popular that it grew into an entire series. In addition to Captain Occam and the Prattmaster, its recurring characters include the following:

  • Dr. Hovind - A caricature of the infamous creationist Kent Hovind, who is portrayed in the comic as an evil mastermind.
  • Mr. Pardalis - A character based on an actual paleontologist for whom Agahnim has worked.[clarify] Both the character and his real-life counterpart bear more than a passing resemblance to Revolver Ocelot, although in the comic this resemblance is slightly exaggerated.
  • Mr. Pardalis’s student - A young man based on Agahnim as he was in spring and summer of 2003 while working for this paleontologist between high school and college.
  • Ixerin - A Deinonychus based on the fursona of Agahnim’s girlfriend.
  • Zedekiah - An ignorant and arrogant creationist pastor. He is named after a similarly self-righteous king described in the Old Testament of the Bible.

The reaction to these comics has been overwhelmingly positive,[citation needed] with posts about them from such high-profile sites as Dresden Codak and Pharyngula.[citation needed]

Other projects[edit]

Agahnim’s longest-running online project is the creation of a dinosaur RPG that attempts to reconstruct the lives of extinct animals in as realistic a manner as possible, without involving the anthropomorphism that is common in most such RPGs.[citation needed] This RPG has gone through several iterations at different websites, which include:

  • Terribleclaw.com, which was shut down as a result of being spammed by Bobby Plank.
  • Deinok.com, which was abandoned as a result of its webmaster breaking into accounts at other websites belonging to the people who posted there.
  • Snakebird.net, Agahnim’s own website from 2004 until 2006, which was abandoned following his separation with his girlfriend Crow.
  • SpreeBB.com, the RPG’s most recent location.

Another project shared between Agahnim and Ixerin is the creation and management of Domain of Darwin, a deviantART community devoted to evolution and debunking creationism.

References[edit]

  1. I made an EVC comic post on the Christian Forums. Retrieved ?.

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