From the maker of the Manga bible, comes a new manga series based on the life and works of Jesus!
It is very difficult to find Christian comic books, even harder to find ones which are actually of any substance or of high standard. As a dedicated follower of the comic industry I am continuously disappointed, not by the lack of Christian comics, but by the poor quality in script and artwork that current Christian Comics are known by.
It was, with some excitement, that I stumbled across the Manga Jesus. Siku [the writer and artist], is a known comic book artist, I have seen some of the work he has produced for 2000AD and its very good. When he produced the Manga Bible, which has become very popular, I wondered if it was going to be just another poor attempt to bring comics into the Christian market, It wasn’t!
The first time I met Siku was at the Bristol International Comic Expo in 2007 [then later at the Christian Rescource exhibition in Esher the same year]. To see him promoting his work at a national Convention filled me, not only with great hope, but awe as well. Here is someone who has brought his passion for Jesus and comics together to form a great tool for evangelism and enjoyment.
This latest venture, the Manga Jesus is absolutely superb and I recommend everyone buy a copy, not just for personal use [as I have], but also as something that can be given away to others who do not know Christ and maybe want to get to know him more! Not to take away from the word of God, but as a way to lead those of a visual nature into the word, and better understand the God we serve.
If you would like to find out more about Siku or the manga bible, please click here
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I have, I would say, a very keen eye for design, and so when I see some really amazing Christian design work, I absolutely LOVE IT!
Whilst at Soul Survivor this year I was walking around the warehouse with all the shops and stands, and came upon a stand for an organization called New Generation. They had these pile of AMAZING looking bibles, and instantly I asked the guy if they were for sale. They were white and blue with an AMAZING design of the face of Jesus on the cover, inside there were fantastically written, easy to read testimonies, and information about giving your life to Christ. I found out that they were 5 for £10, working out to £2 each! I snapped 5 up straight away!
New Generation is a great organisation which exists to help students to share the gospel with their friends. With this project they are trying to get as many students as possible to step out and share the gift of a bible with their friends. You can read more about the project on the New Generation Website, and if you are interested in buying some bibles (which I think are FANTASTIC) you can visit the New Generation webshop.
I really love stuff like this, because the design is SO good that it draws you in. I’d really love to see more stuff like this in circulation, its cool, its relevant, and its appealing. Fantastic.
For those of you who want to read some art history with a christian perspective, read ‘Modern Art and the Death of a Culture’ by H.R Rookmaaker. It’s a pretty well known book and has been around for a while but I only found it a few months ago. I’ve been slow getting through it but it’s a great book for understanding the place Christian art is at currently, and how we’ve got here.
As the blurb on the back says…
‘… Dr. Rookmaaker builds up a message for our times which may be devastating, but is also profoundly helpful and positive. He sees above all the tremendous potential and relevance of Christian attitudes, to man, to society, to freedom, to the whole of reality, as the basis for a way ahead in the future.’
If you wanna purchase it you can click here.