DC's Vertigo to release "offensive" comic about Jesus.

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This month, DC’s imprint Vertigo announced they will be releasing a comic featuring Jesus called “Second Coming” in March 2019.

I’m not one to rave and be “offended”, but looking deeper at the premise of the comic it is very disappointing that one of the “Big Two” with all its media influence and followers would publish something so anti-Christian, it seems like an intentional statement. 

The fact is, it’s not just a character who speaks an anti-theist point of view but the whole story is constructed so that the objective truth within the story world is that Jesus was a failure and Christians are a disgrace.

In an interview with Bleeding Cool, author Mark Russell states “The concept is that God was so upset with Jesus’s performance the first time he came to Earth, since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked-up since then.” 

And “[Second Coming] is about Jesus coming down and being appalled by what he sees has been done in his name by Christianity in the last 2,000 years."

Unfortunately, we can’t even say this is the first time for DC, as Jesus was drawn into another unbiblical storyline in Azrael comic from 2010. (http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Jesus_of_Nazareth_(New_Earth)

Other comics have included Jesus in a similar way before (after all it’s inevitable), but there are two major differences. Firstly, even in these that were somewhat silly (Jesus Hates Zombies, Jesus Vs. Vampires etc) they do not rewrite the Bible and make “the lead character” a failure. Secondly, they are small scale things not backed and promoted by one of the biggest comics producers in the world.

Many Christian news sites and a petition rightly ask "Can you imagine the media and political uproar if DC Comics was altering and poking fun at the story of Muhammad... or Buddha?

"This blasphemous content should not be tolerated. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. His story should not be ridiculed for the sake of selling comic books."

And while I agree with this, we should not be surprised, as Jesus told us in John 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” 

I think many non-Christians may not understand why Christians would be frustrated by this comic and perhaps suggest they just ignore it. However, one does not even need to use Muhammad as an example, even a comic about someone’s family that misrepresents the people, their relationships and their past would be slanderous and libellous. The family would not be happy with people believing false stories about them. 

Therefore, for me what is sad about the situation is that there will be readers of their comic who have no significant knowledge of the real Jesus and may be negatively influenced by this story, a story promoted by one of the top company in the industry. 

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It is my hope that through our own work on the Gospel of Mark: Word for Word Bible Comic we can give this same audience an option to read the unedited source text within the Bible in a format they will enjoy.

Let’s pray for DC and anyone who hears that story to come to a knowledge of the truth. If you feel you’d like to petition against “Second Coming” you can do so here, (it’s nearly at 100,000 signatures already!

https://www.citizengo.org/en/md/167848-dc-comics-slated-release-blasphemous-series-about-jesus

Newsletter: January Sale and your opinion

Happy New Year! Not only do we have an update but also a 20% off sale on the book of Judges and Ruth! 

Yep, this is my 2019 year planner! Nothing gets wasted in this house.

Yep, this is my 2019 year planner! Nothing gets wasted in this house.

Sneak Peek: Esther and Ancient writing


In this short video, I show you the way in which I created the ancient writing which can be seen on the tablets and how I got the writing to fit onto the image from Esther 1:20. 

This is a very short example of the sort of video Patrons get every two weeks! Be the first to see pages from the Book of Esther, videos like this and support the project by joining the other patrons on Patreon today! 
https://www.patreon.com/WordforWordBibleComic
 

January Sale! 


Maybe you've got some Christmas money left or maybe you received The Gospel of Mark and now you want to expand your collection! Well, you can get 20% of The Book of Ruth and The Book of Judges until the end of the month.

Use this discount code at checkout to get 20% off. JUDGJAN19 or RUTHJAN19

[Note: You can use both discount codes on one purchase, just add one then the other at checkout.] 

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Have your say: Should the pages have chapter and verse references?


The graphic novels have never had verse numbers on the pages as I wanted to ensure the comics read as a story with no distractions or any hint you are reading an academic book with references, especially for those new to the text. However, the benefits to including them might be that you could find a verse you are looking for and more easily demonstrate that the text is word-for-word from the Bible to people who find that hard to believe. There is a poll on Facebook for you to give your opinion, so click on the link and tell us which image you favour and if you have strong feelings, either way, please comment why below. We are about to reprint The Gospel of Mark and in theory, we could add the verses but as it would be a lot of effort it will need to be strongly supported. 

True Believers Event: February 2nd 


Nope, it's not a Christian Event! Independent comics con "True Believes" is on in about 2 weeks and I'll be exhibiting there for the first time. Why not come along and say hi! See you there Troobs! 

Progress


Here's an update on the progress on the Book of Esther. 

Prayer


We've been very blessed since our Summer adventures where we exhibited the book at many events, we now have a few new distributors taking the books and feeding them into shops and catalogues, and so things are starting to grow. We are still waiting to hear back from Diamond the catalogue that supplies all comics shops in the USA and the UK, please pray they'd go ahead and list the comics in there!

We are also considering how to scale up the project and one option is for an established publisher to take on the project, the one we are talking to could potentially really help the work with their time and investment, but as much of what a publisher can do for a book we have already achieved, is it the right thing to do? Please pray that the right outcome for the Kingdom becomes clear and things fall into place there or are clearly ended. 

December Newsletter: Christmas and that

Inking Queen Vashti

This image was created as a character design for Queen Vashti in the Book of Esther. 
 

Christmas Gifts

“Jesus is the reason for the season” but so many of our family and friends don’t know anything about him or the things that he said, why he is at the centre of history and why we celebrate each year. 

We hope you’ll agree that Christmas is a great time to introduce someone to the story of Jesus with the Word for Word Bible Comic. 


Kickstarter Success - Thank you! 


Thank you to everyone who backed the Kickstarter or shared it with a friend, it was a bit worrying in the middle as it hung around the 7.5K make but we got there in the end!
 

Many of you will have already received your immediate rewards, including the digital rewards I sent out on a KS update.

Interview from New Wine


In the Summer I was at a Christian event in the UK called New Wine, I went on the radio station there, this is the interview I recorded at the time with pictures added. 

In this interview we talk about how the project came about, hopes for the future and things to pray for.


Progress


Here's an update on the progress on the Book of Esther. This graph shows you how far through the current book I am and will get updated once a month. 

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Please add a review of The Gospel of Mark! 


It would be really helpful if you could leave your reviews and thoughts on Amazon. At the moment I have 5 stars (yay) but only two reviews (oh).

The more reviews and engagement the book gets in launch week will boost the books ranking on Amazon and make it more “discoverable” in searches.
★★★★★

USA -https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Mark-Bible-English-Translation/dp/0995603545
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gospel-Mark-Bible-English-Translation/dp/0995603545

Prayer 


Since our Summer tour of all the big events and industry shows, we have several opportunities for big distributors and chains of shops to take on the project. Please pray that these will take on the books and get them out to a wider audience! Please pray for wisdom for us when dealing with them to know when to negotiate and accommodate and when to walk away. 

November Newsletter 

The Book of Esther Kickstarter ends soon! 


This campaign has had an amazing start thanks to so many of you! Now I'm really counting on the rest of you to save the day! There's 22% left to go right now and just a week to get there, but I've got faith that we'll make it! 

We've had a really long "Dead Zone" this time (the middle period when the early birds are done and the last minute people haven't started yet so you get few new pledges) and so we have started to sweat as the cut-off approaches. If you planned to get involved or "see how it goes" please do back it now.

Your pledge really does make all the difference!  (No payments will go out of your bank until a little after November 11th) 

 

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/word4wordbiblecomic/the-book-of-esther-word-for-word-bible-comic-book?ref=cahy98

This widget below (if it works) should show you the percentage funded up to date using magic... 

(If it doesn't work that's because magic is unreliable). 

Short Promo Video to Share


I've created this short 30-second video to promote the Esther Kickstarter. Please find it and share it far and wide. Also please give it a like and a comment to help its visibility 

Find it on Facebook here to share 
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Please share this video 

October Events

We exhibited at a few great events last month. Christian resources exhibition was great for networking and meeting new folk including many of you. I even held two 15 mins talks there.

Then that same week we had Nottingham Comic-con which was great Comics event that really did focus on comics, highly recommended! 

Finally, we had our stand at London MCM Comic Con, a massive event with a footfall of 100,000 people. Highlights included meeting "the" Frank Miller. I queued for about 2 hours, but I got my "300" book signed and got to present him with a copy of Judges, a picture of Xerxes and tell him about the Kickstarter and Book of Esther I was working on! He knew the book and wished me luck with it which was a great moment! In what I gave him was a letter to contact me so I could send him a copy of Esther later. it's unlikely but I pray he does. He was very nice. 

 

Image of Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello and more comic legends on a panel about Batman. 

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I also met Brian Azzarello, creator of 100 Bullets, Batman and others and had a chat to him. 

Siân and I also celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary there by working from 9am til 7pm selling books, riding the Thames cable car and eating take away noodles :) 
 

Take me to the Kickstarter! 


October Newsletter

The Book of Esther Kickstarter starts now! 


I've just hit the launch button and the campaign is up and running! We'd absolutely love you to back the projects and help us get this next book underway! If you plan to back it, please do so at the start as building momentum and showing promise inspires others to get on board too, it also stops us panicking, so there's that. (No payments will go out or be reserved until the end November 11th) 

 

 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/word4wordbiblecomic/the-book-of-esther-word-for-word-bible-comic-book

Sneak peek at the first page of Esther

Here we see King Xerxes, but he is a little different to in 300...

October Events

Last weekend I was at Gloucester Comic Con which went well. I also got to chat to celebrity guest movie star Brain Cox (Braveheart, Troy, Xmen, Bourne etc). I believe we spoke for about 30mins and he was interested in the Bible Comic, turns out he collected ‘Classics Illustrated’ years ago so I gave him a copy of Mark. The idea of a movie star reading and owning the comic is pretty exciting.

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16-18th October - Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) - A huge three-day event for thousands of church and ministry leaders to find out about new resources, items and services.

20th October- Nottingham Comic Con - A con which comes highly recommended as still focused on comics 

26-28th October- London MCM Comic Con- Our largest event yet, hosting over 100,000 visitors over three days!

September Newsletter

LAUNCH! 🚀


The Gospel of Mark is now officially launched! Click the image to order your copy, why not get one for a friend?! And check out our new endorsement! 

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HOW TO HELP WITH THE LAUNCH!

Please help us get the word out for this launch! 

This week I'll be posting lot's of posts on social media, if you see one please hit like and add a comment and give it a share. The more love it gets to more FB and other platforms will show it to more people! 

If you can only do one thing, please go to this post and give it some love! 

Reviews ★★★★★


You can see some reviews of the comic using these links

TALKING COMICS


THE CHICO COMICS PAGE


GOOD QUESTION BLOG


YOUR REVIEW?... 

Please leave your own review on Amazon, Good Reads, or if you have a blog please do review it on there :) 

New Kickstarter October 12th

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This October we will be running a Kickstarter for the next instalment,The Book of Esther. 

Set in ancient Persia, it is a book of high court intrigue and one woman's struggle to save her people from annihilation. 

Set in the time of Achaemenid King Xerxes the Great, the book not only features the character portrayed in Frank Miller's 300 but encompasses the time of the legendary Battle of Thermopylae!

For notifications and updates follow the Word for Word Bible Comic on Kickstarter (below) or 
follow our Facebook page.

Kickstarter launch date October 12th, running until November 11th.

NB: Early bird and limited edition rewards will be strictly limited on this campaign. 


Together at Westpoint


We had a great time at Westpoint with Commission. One great moment was Guy Miller giving the work a mid-preach endorsement from the main stage which should be aired on GodTV in the future, another was finding an envelope with "A gift from God" written on it, with a cheque inside with funds to help support the ministry and us as a family which God had prompted someone to give. Both were a real blessing. Here are a few images.



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Free Entry to Christian Resources Exhibition in October!


On October 16th-18th we will be exhibiting at CRE, a big event at Sandown Racecourse in Surrey, where church and ministry leaders go to discover new resources and services to support their ministry. 

If you’d like to come along you can get in FREE with by booking a ticket using this special link just for our customers. 


See you there? 

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Prayer 


We are right in the middle of our run of events! We've done some of the big summer ones but now I have several ahead with three events this month and four next month! So please pray that the Gospel of Mark will get a lot of media attention at its launch and that many people will ultimately read the Good News for the first time through these graphic novels. Also, that we are healthy and very successful at these events and take home some healthy finances to fund the next year of bible comic creation.

August Newsletter

(Reposted a bit late to the blog but was sent by email in August, if you'd like to receive this update as an email sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bzpR9f)

This month is full of Christian events, caravaning, a random Bible exhibition and preparing for the launch. 

((Note: If the images are not visible in this email, look for "display images below" at the top of the email.))
 

Sneak peek at the Book of Mark


In this image Jesus rebukes Satan and the angels then comfort him. 

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This image was released to our patrons on Patreon in all the way back in September 2017! To get exclusive access to pages before anyone else, be part of the creative process and simply support this project please consider becoming a patron from just $1 a month!. 
https://www.patreon.com/WordforWordBibleComic

August Events


New Wine

We’ve recently returned from New Wine which is a week-long event. The marketplace was open 10:30 am til 6 pm and 8:30 pm til 10:30 pm, so it was a long old week. It went really well though.

I met a few of you who backed the project’s Kickstarters and heard some great testimonies of teenagers really getting into it and reading whole books of the Bible in a morning.

I took my family with me to this event and the kids had fun in “Ground Breakers” but it was very full on getting them to their groups on time and fed between market shifts. Our new (to us) caravan served us well despite a few teething problems with the battery and such. 

Welcome to all the new people who signed up to this newsletter there!
 

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Commission: Together at Westpoint

At the end of this week, we’ll be at a 5-day Christian event near Exeter. So we will see many of you there. 
 

Video: The Resurrection- Order of Events


On the Youtube channel, I occasionally release videos of my research. This is a recent one about the order of events surrounding the resurrection in the various Gospel accounts, which on the surface seem at odds with one another. 
 

Free Entry to Christian Resources Exhibition in October!


On October 16th-18th we will be exhibiting at CRE, a big event at Sandown Racecourse in Surrey, where church and ministry leaders go to discover new resources and services to support their ministry. 

If you’d like to come along you can get in FREE with by booking a ticket using this special link just for our customers. 

https://eventdata.uk/Visitor/CREcomp.aspx?TrackingCode=WORDFOR

Let me know if you take up the offer! 


Please be ready to add a review of Mark in September! 


On September 14th the Gospel if Mark will officially launch and be available on Amazon and in bookshops. At that time it would be really helpful if you could leave your reviews and thoughts on Amazon. Reviews and engagement of the book in its launch week will boost the books ranking on Amazon and make it more “discoverable” in searches. This helps it sell which also makes it rank higher and helps kick off a helpful loop on being discoverable and selling on Amazon.

I’ll send the newsletter then too, to remind you. ★★★★★

Ps. Also we’ll see them and hopefully be encouraged too. 

Random Bible Exhibition


Completely by chance while visiting Oystermouth castle in Mumbles, Wales (of all places), we stumbled upon a Bible exhibition in a local Christadelphian church. We stuck our head in to see and it was actually really good! Here is just one of the exhibits. If you are following the FB, Instagram, Tumblr or twitter you'll see the rest of the photos I took as I post them over the next week or so. 

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Prayer 

We are really ramping up the promotion of the work this season, so please pray that the Gospel of Mark will get a lot of media attention at its launch and that many people will ultimately read the Good News for the first time through these graphic novels. Also, that we are healthy and very successful at these events and take home some healthy finances to fund the next year of bible comic creation.

June Newsletter 

Kickstarter Backer Rewards Soon!

You will see below that we are very close to completing the Gospel of Mark, in July we will be sending out the first copies for the Kickstarter backs as well as the remaining digital PDF instalments. I've sent out the surveys so if you're a backer you'll need to input your address. 
 

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At Events this Summer! 

This summer I will be at lots of events. In just 10 days I'll be at in a field near Swindon 'The Gathering' for Christian menfolk. Then in the school holiday's, we will be at New Wine: United Week 2, and Commission's 'Together at Westpoint'.  If you will be at these events please come and say hi, and drag your friends, church and family over to the new stand.

Have Your Say: Extra Pages at the Back? 

In the comic of The book of Judges and Ruth, I included extra pages with notes and sketches on character designs and some historical elements (like we discuss here). I didn't include any in Joshua and wasn't planning to in Mark, but some people have said they really liked these pages, they also add a certain amount of proof regarding the research involved. However, they cost more money to include and I imagine many people won't even read them. 

One alternative idea is to have one page to show the sort of thing and give a link to an online version for people who are interested. The advantage of this is you can potentially link them to buy other books, sign up to the newsletter etc. 
The Gospel of Mark is 164 pages, including just the comic and intro pages. The price will be £14.99. If I add pages there will be 16 pages of sketches and go up to 180 pages. 
In the comments below, I've included a few pages from the Judges sketchbook. 
Please add your opinion on the poll at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wordforwordbiblecomiccommunity/
 

Progress and Prayer


I didn't add a progress report last month due to all the boring GDPR stuff, but in the intervening time, we've covered a lot of ground. I have 8 pages of the comic to draw and 144 are complete. We are working our way through checking for errors and then it will be a case of finishing off the few pages that surround the comic (intro etc).

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Please pray that we finish the book in good time and there are no errors in the printing. Please pray that the Gospel of Mark will get a lot of media attention at its launch and that many people will ultimately read the Good News for the first time through these graphic novels.