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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Manga Bible Graphic Novel

Manga comics have been around awhile, but have recently exploded in popularity in the U.S. Some Christian book publishers have recently gotten into the act by working out there own version of Manga story lines. My friend, Marko, shared about that on his blog here.

Now comes an edgy version that puts a new twist to the re-telling of the Bible's story: The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation. There is a good article here in the New York Times about this biblical rendition. Here is a snippet from the article:

Ajinbayo Akinsiku wants the world to know Jesus Christ, just not the gentle, blue-eyed Christ of old Hollywood movies and illustrated Bibles. Mr. Akinsiku says his Son of God is “a samurai stranger who’s come to town, in silhouette,” here to shake things up in a new, much-abridged version of the Bible rooted in manga, the Japanese form of graphic novels.

“We present things in a very brazen way,” said Mr. Akinsiku, who hopes to become an Anglican priest and who is the author of “The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.” “Christ is a hard guy, seeking revolution and revolt, a tough guy.”

Though I'm not a manga enthusiast, this would at least be interesting to flip through in the local book store or library.

(bu to Boing Boing)

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