October 24, 2016

Christian publisher begets Bible reboot


The cover of one of Kingstone’s Bible comics. Via kingstone.co.

The cover of one of Kingstone’s Bible comics. Via kingstone.co.

What is this Bible book Donald Trump is always talking about? And where can I get one? Preferably with pictures?

Kingstone Comics, a Christian publisher out of Florida has given us just that, and with plenty of action, in the form of 10,000-panel comic edition of the Bible. The project clocks in at over 2,000 pages, totaling twelve paperback volumes or three hefty hardcovers.

Of this truly biblical undertaking, Alison Flood reports for the Guardian:

Some of the books of the Bible were more difficult to adapt than others, [Art Ayris, the company’s founder] admits, but artists were selected to fit the text. “For the book of Revelation we used a top horror artist who had been with Marvel, and it was a great fit for the powerful imagery in that book. Where we dealt with Bible reporting on major slaughter, rapes, adultery etc, we tried to honestly communicate but not be over the top with the graphic portrayals.”

The volumes are intended for a pre-teen audience that might need some visual supplementation to their more traditional bible studies.

It joins the canon of surprising and excellent publications of Christian material such as a Kinfolk-ily illustrated BibleJames-Earl-Jones-reading-the-Bible audiobook, a Klingon Bible, and, of course, Melville House’s pivotal public document edition of Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality.



Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.