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The Comic Torah is a wildly unorthodox, deeply faithful re-imagining of the Good Book. Help us publish it as a graphic novel for your bookshelf.

For three years, Sharon Rosenzweig and Aaron Freeman have been collaborating on The Comic Torah: A graphic re-imagining of The Very Good Book. They've refined their story and characters as they posted them online each week.
Now, Ben Yehuda Press wants to publish The Comic Torah as a full-color book. We need to find enough fans and supporters to fund a first printing. This is your chance to pre-order The Comic Torah -- and show there's enough support to justify publication.
Here are some blurbs:
"Genius" --Douglas Rushkoff
"Awesome" --Alison Bechdel
"If God were a comic artist, this is what She would have drawn" --Harold Ramis
"It's apikorsus [heresy], but I like it!" -- Dr. Bertram Newman, father-in-law
But take a look for yourself. We've prepared a highlight reel of our favorite pages at http://benyehudapress.com/catalog/ComicTorah/ . You can also jump directly to this week's Torah reading at www.ComicTorah.com, or start reading at the beginning: http://afreeman.com/52portions/bereshit08.htm
Just a warning: If you are offended by graphic representations of the Deity, racially diverse Israelites, bloodshed, or idolatrous orgies -- then The Comic Torah is not for you. (Though in that case, we suggest you approach standard editions of the Torah with caution as well.)
If you're in the market for a fantastic, totally Torah-true, wildly memorable Bar Mitzvah gift, look no further!
If you want your name in the credits of a modern work of visual Midrash, you've come to the right place.
And if you'd like The Comic Torah to take its place in your graphic novel collection, show your support today!
Thank you!
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    All contributors will be acknowledged in the book!

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    One signed copy of The Comic Torah: The Book.

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    One signed copy of The Comic Torah: The Book and a signed archival print of the 2-page episode of your choice.

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    5 signed copies of The Comic Torah: The Book.

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    One signed copy of the book and a custom designed home-made challah by Sharon Rosenzweig.

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    Be inscribed in The Comic Torah! Artist Sharon Rosenzweig will draw you into the Comic Torah as a supporting character. (You provide a photograph.) We'll send you 20 signed copies of the book to give to your friends.

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    Six people welcomed to Shabbat dinner at the home of Sharon and Aaron, with a menu themed to the Torah portion of the week. An unforgettable experience sure to rock your world. Each of you will receive a personally autographed book.

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    Sharon and Aaron will come to your house and make Shabbat dinner for you and up to 20 people, who each get a signed copy of the book. (Travel and expenses additional)

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    Author Aaron Freeman will come to your synagogue (or church or mosque or country club) for a weekend and perform his stand-up routine... or his dramatic interpretation of the weekly Torah reading. (Travel and expenses additional)

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    Aaron and Sharon will create an original 2-page full color comic of the Torah episode of your choice featuring you and your family. You will receive up to 20 signed archival prints.

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    Naming rights! You've seen the Schottenstein Edition of the ArtScroll Chumash? The Gutnick Edition of the Lubavitch Chumash? This is your chance to have a Torah volume named for you!

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