A comic by Seth T. Hahne
Golden Rules masquerades as an argument for the innate depravity of the human soul, calling on the testimony of millennia of moral philosophers. It wants to be a tour de force indictment of the human spirit, a shameful indication of how bad we all are at heart. But really, that's just veneer (probably) and it's real aim is to shame men into cleaning the seat after they pee on it—or even better, maybe not peeing on the seat at all!
Golden Rules is an 18-page full colour comic written, drawn, coloured, and lettered by Seth T. Hahne (me). It's designed to print at 5" x 7". Though it's got a bit of a moral, it should make you smile. A reader in Switzerland said, "I giggled. My husband guffawed." I cannot guarantee you will guffaw. You might not. I think it's worth the risk.
Golden Rules was made available in print for the first time at SPX 2014. It sells for $7 through Gumroad, which covers shipping and tax. Golden Rules is also available in DRM-free PDF for $1.
About the Successful Kickstarter
Golden Rules sees print due to a successful Kickstarter campaign (check out the Kickstarter video if you want to recognize me at SPX). For its modest $1200 print goal, it received pledges of nearly $1900. This enabled a substantially higher print run.
Kind Words About Golden Rules
"Golden Rules really is a fine comic book—it's about the perfect length for the joke, it's lowbrow without being icky, it deals with a gross subject without being offensive, and it looks really good." – Greg Burgas, Comics Should Be Good.
"I quite enjoyed it. I give Golden Rules an A++" – Kimberly Nobriga, ballet dancer.
"This is the whole syllabus of Virtue Ethics shrunken down into one 18-page micro-graphic-novel. This is Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue told through a very peculiar series of episodes, so to speak. It is a very arresting way of getting people's attention to think about this sort of pervasive, never-ending culture of soft narcissism that does not attend to daily habits. And in our daily habits are all of the things that add up to culture and civilization—which is the veneer of manners. If culture is the flow of moral energy that keeps a society intact and if civilization is the veneer of manners that shows that there is such a thing as culture, I think Seth Hahne's comic book does that beautifully." – Gregory Thornbury (president of The King's College in NYC):
And here's David C. Hopkins and Austin Wilson talking about Golden Rules on their podcast, Hideous Energy.