That’s not the only … unusual choice made by new publisher JMG Comics. More on that after the press release.
THE COOLEST COMIC BOOK YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER EVER CONFISCATED!
New Comic Series Brings ‘New Twist’ to ‘Old Testament’
JMG Comics, a division of JMG Studios, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its first comic book series, MECHA MANGA BIBLE HEROES.
MECHA MANGA BIBLE HEROES brings classic Bible heroes to life in a whole new way! Drawn in the popular manga style and featuring “mecha” (robots), a mainstay of manga, this new series is sure to satisfy fans of imaginative action and adventure. The characters, themes, and stories remain the same, only the setting has changed — to a futuristic world of aliens, robots, and advanced technology!
“Just like modernized versions of Shakespeare’s plays, by taking a solid, meaningful story and translating its elements as faithfully as possible into a new setting, we hope to bring out some of the more amazing details that might get missed by today’s readers,” said co-writer Tom Hall.
The first issue, shipping in May, re-imagines the legendary tale of David, the shepherd boy who took down the giant Goliath. The 32-page, full-color comic book retails for $2.25 US.
“David is a young kid who has to go toe-to-toe with a giant super robot covered in every conceivable type of weapon,” said Hall. “Other than that, everything is what the Bible describes, down to the small details that most versions of the tale gloss over.”
“Other than that we put a Japanese robot in one of the best-known Bible stories, it’s the same.” A knock-kneed robot at that, based on this sample art.
“The series is designed to appeal to anyone, whether religious or not,” said Managing Editor Paul Castiglia, a veteran comic book writer and editor who has worked for Archie Comics, among other notable comic publishers. “Our aim was to create an all-ages series with broad appeal, so that even those who consider the bible ‘mythology’ on par with Greek and Roman legends may embrace it.”
“The stories of the Old Testament are universal — they can be found among several religions and cultures. Our creative team consists of Christians who approach the material with a Christian worldview and we’ve strived to make this the coolest comic book your Sunday School teacher ever confiscated!”
He added that the series is meant to appeal to anyone who enjoys manga (especially “mecha”), video game heroes like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, Transformers and other robot toys, and the animated versions of DC and Marvel superheroes.
So they’re aiming for … just about everyone? Everyone who reads comics and goes to Sunday School, anyway. And probably male.
ANCHOR DISTRIBUTION is the exclusive distributor for the initial launch of MECHA MANGA BIBLE HEROES. Anchor will handle distribution for comic shops, Christian bookstores, libraries, churches, schools, and other retailers. JMG Studios will provide flyers and wall posters for free upon request, and a customized ashcan at a portion of cost to help promote the comic book. For ordering and promotional information email email@example.com.
A comic book not being carried by Diamond has an uphill road, although if Anchor has a big part of the Christian bookstore market, it may not matter. I get the impression that that’s the main intended audience, anyway.
And the last weirdness: who does manga in stapled American comic format these days? Manga readers are used to 200-page packages with spines.