Mecha Manga Bible Heroes

Mecha Manga #1 cover

As if a Manga Bible or two wasn’t enough, now there’s a new series promising Bible heroes… but with robots!

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.”

Mecha Manga robot

“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 paulc@jmgstudio.net.

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.

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10 Comments

  1. Lord, save us from our good intentions.

    This has all the hallmarks of a train wreck about to happen. I checked out the sample pages online and think it looks more Archies than manga. In fact, David eeriely reminds me of Jughead. Nonetheless, I’ll read through the first issue to see what they’re trying to do.

    Plus, the cover is a nice homage to Frazetta. (Again, not a manga artist)

  2. Paul Castiglia

    Hi Johanna – actually that knock-kneed robot was dismantled – the page you show has been totally redone. I can send you the new page to replace it with if you like. :)

    As for the format, we wrestled with that question, but since we’re trying to reach kids first, we decided to go with a traditional Archie format (no surprise given my background). Paperback collections in standard formate may follow later.

    Thank you for featuring us,

    Paul Castiglia
    JMG COMICS
    Managing Editor

  3. Ed Sizemore wrote:

    “This has all the hallmarks of a train wreck about to happen.”

    We expect and understand such reactions. Whether we succeed or fail is ultimately up to God’s providence.

    We know that neither our content nor our distributor is the norm for direct market comic shops, and that puts us firmly in the “underdog” category.

    In a week when the NY Giants can beat an undefeated team to win the Super Bowl, and an Arkansas governor whose presidential campaign was declared dead can make significant gains on Super Tuesday, we’re willing to don the garb of a shepherd boy and see what God has in store for us. :)

    Paul Castiglia
    JMG COMICS
    Managing Editor

  4. Paul Castiglia

    NOTE: My above quote should read “Paperback collections in standard Manga format may follow later.”

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  6. Hi, Paul. Thanks for stopping by with more information. If the knock-kneed robot has been upgraded, don’t worry about my site — update your sample pages. :)

    Do more kids read flimsy 32-pagers than manga collections these days? I guess the shorter, cheaper edition may be an easier impulse sale to parents.

  7. Paul Castiglia

    Noted about updating our pages – we’re on it! :)

    Kids read manga-styled Sonic and Sabrina comics from Archie in the 32-page format – we expect our core audience to be a crossover sampling of that readership.

    Paul

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  10. This is a wonderful concept!!!! How can I become involved?

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