Why this story in this medium?
Judges is a group of great and gritty biblical stories well suited for any Frank Miller fan, while at the same time having a significant moral message. This presents a unique opportunity for story telling and makes for a wonderful comic book. It has an audience in both mainstream superhero comic buffs as well as Christians and Jews who have never picked up a comic. This is not meant as an evangelical project either to get religious people to religiously follow comics or to get geeks to geek out over religion, rather an interesting observation on where the two sometimes seemingly divergent cultures may overlap: on the ancient archetypes and storytelling that are prevalent from biblical times to today and the need for society to continue to look for a hero. Though God is the source of power for these ancient supermen rather than a yellow sun, they share many physical and moral similarities and it's fun to experiment with where they mix.
But this isn't a philosophy or sociology class! This a comic. A comic where superheroes kill bad guys with swords to the belly, tent spikes to the temple, and jaw bones to the face. If you go on cracked.com and look up the words "superhero" and "bible" and dig around a little you'll find there are a number of articles praising some of the most awesome feats and violently horrible things that happen in the bible, many of them coming from the book of Judges, which if written today might have been called the book of superheroes simply for how similar Samson and Ehud are to Hulk and Wolverine. This is some great superhero stuff! Don't take my word for it check it out for yourself!
Cracked Article One!
Cracked Article Two!
A Bible Story:
If you are more interested in the bible side of things there will be no shying away from scripture in fact many parts of the comic are nearly word for word with small adaptations to make the words fit better with the imagery. So then you will also know that this might not be the perfect bible comic for your little kids. Though not every gruesome detail of a woman being chopped into pieces is going to be depicted, I do not plan on shying away from the graphic nature of the words. If you think the Passion of the Christ was too graphic I suggest you look for something else to read, but at least buy a copy for a not so squeamish friend.
The Scripture: Judges 2-3
I guess a quick sum up is: this may be religious, but it's also brutal. So read it for one or the other or both! It's a good read for anyone looking for moral inspiration and a great book if all you're looking for is a good story, storytelling and some cool action scenes. One thing I can say is it is certainly something different than you'll ever had read, while still playing towards what you have always loved about comics!
What's the end product?
It will be at least 60 color pages and tell the story of Moses arriving at the promised land for some context as well as the stories of Othniel and Ehud. The Intro Issue contains the story of Moses' arrival and of Othniel; Ehud will have the next two issues or what I've referred to as the first complete story. The intro is more about setting up the situation of the people of Isreal and the cycle they find themselves in during the book of Judges, while the story of Ehud, the left-handed assassin, will contain a little more elaboration from the scripture and a little more artistic license while still relying heavily on scripture for important plot points and overall tone. Basically what you'll get as a whole is a story of sacrifice, a story of a reluctant warrior, and a story of an underestimated assassin.
What's the money for?
More than anything else the money is for time. Time to write and draw and color, but also much of it is going towards rewards for you! I don't want this to be a project that goes for long periods of time while I have to manage other obligations because as a young artist my work is constantly changing and I want this story to be consistent. I'm at a time in my life when this is the perfect opportunity. Just enough responsibility that I best be doing something but not quite enough that that something can't be a comic book. With your help I'm sure I can get this done. All I need is enough money so I don't starve while I'm doing it. Thank you!
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