Issue:  Vol. 46 / No. 34 / 25 August 2016

Memorial set for Jok Church


Photo: Mark I Chester
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A celebration of the life of comic artist Jok Church will be held Sunday, September 11 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco.

Mr. Church died April 29 after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67.

Mr. Church created the "You Can with Beakman and Jax" comic strip and the Beakman's World television show. The comic strip first ran in his local paper in Marin County and was the first to be distributed by computer. A kind of guided do-it-yourself question and answer, "You Can with Beakman and Jax" invited readers to write in with their science questions that would then be explained via an experiment that kids could perform, according to an obituary posted on At its peak, the comic strip was published in 300 newspapers in 13 countries.

Mr. Church was a gay man who also did his own sex-positive art, which will be on exhibit at the Center for Sex and Culture from September 10-30. A reception will be held September 20 at 6:30 p.m. The show will also feature pieces from Mr. Church's extensive digital collection.

The upcoming memorial will include recollections and bearing witness from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by social time.

Mr. Church is survived by Michael Hemes, a.k.a. Lorna Dune; David Forbes; Howard Roffman; and Richard Bolingbroke, in addition to many friends.

For more information, and to see comments and tributes to Mr. Church, visit the Facebook page at



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