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Jok Richard Church was a news broadcaster, magazine editor, artist, and illustrator, gay rights activist, and is most famous for his science comicstrip "You Can With Beakman and Jax" and the television show "Beakman's World". He worked for Lucasfilm from 1980-1988, where he worked on a variety of projects.[1] He died of a heart attack on April 29, 2016. His final comicstrip appeared just two days after its 25 anniversary of publication.[2][3][4]

BiographyEdit

Jok was born in Akron, Ohio, and after high school hitchhiked his way to California, where he meet his husband to be Adam Kazimir Ciesielski, they were married for 34 years, until Adam died of AIDS. During his time in radio Jok, and his husband, produced a Long Play {LP} record about the "National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights".[5] Later after his husband's death, Jok used the HIV genome, and created a musical abstract composition, called the "Retro Virus Suite {HIV}".[6] Through a friend he meet George Lucas and was given a job at Lucasfilm. At first he answered fan letters, and then later wrote articles for the Bantha Tracks Star Wars Fan Club magazine.[7] He eventually became its editor, before it ended. During this time Jok also began working on a project called "Here's How" a comicstrip and animated educational series featuring C-3PO, and R2-D2, the idea was everntualy abandoned, but the concept later evolved into Jok's Comicstrip, and the television series featuring a character named Beakman.[8] Before leaving Lucasfilm, he also co-wrote a "Hint Book" for the video game "Maniac Mansion".[9]. He would later go on to produce sevreal Beakman books, featuring collections of his comics, and specialty explaining topics such as Bubbles, and Microscopes.[10] Jok would later work with National Geographic, and TED talks, giving lectures on science, as well as talks on gay rights issues. Shortly before he died he created a animated series of videos called "Urgent Cultural Update", and a parody/spoiler of the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens",[11] it they featured a animated version of Jok talking about the arious topics.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Church, Jok. Making Magic and so forth, {The official Jok Church webpage.}. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  2. You Can with Beakman and Jax Comic Strip, July 17, 2016 on GoComics.com. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  3. Article/Chat and Anniversary for 'You Can With Beakman and Jax' Cartoonist by "Editor & Publisher"
  4. BreanLaw, LLC (1992-09-29). U Can with Beakman {trademark information}. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  5. Doyle, J.D.. Houston Gay Pride Week 1979 {Cover and liner notes from "The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights" LP, Magnus Records by Jok Church and Adam Ciesielski}. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  6. Retro Virus Suite (Hiv) by Jok Church. Apple Inc. (May 18, 2013). Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  7. Church, Jok. Star Wars VII Spoiler Alert. The Cincinnati Post.. Archived from the original on September 6, 2004.
  8. Jok Church: INTERNATIONALLY SYNDICATED SCIENCE NERD. Universal Press Syndicate. Archived from the original on October 24, 2005. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  9. Anderson, "Teary Eyes". Maniac Mansion: Hint Book. Universal Press Syndicate. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  10. Anderson, "Teary Eyes". Open Library authors Jok_Church. Universal Press Syndicate. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.
  11. Church, Jok. Star Wars VII Spoiler Alert. YouTube. Retrieved on February 27, 2017.

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