About this project
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My project is simply the retelling, illustratively, of the biblical story of NOAH. ...But in its "EPIC-ness"! And using NO WORDS. That's right, this is not a preachy book unless you wish to fault me in providing a sermon through pictures. This book is NOT about a little boat, cute fluffy animals that come in "twosies" BUT a book that explores the WHOLE story as I've read it and poured over the biblical text. The story is one of my favorites and I am so compelled to tackle it with everything I have. In fact... I'm chomping at the bit! Please come alongside me and help me to share one of the most meaningful and beloved stories of all time.
This will be my 10th book (scroll down to see some of my other work) which I'm thrilled to tackle and my first KickStarter project - WITH YOU no less! KickStarter allows for an intimate involvement throughout the creation process from the get go. I can't imagine a more enjoyable way of creating a book.
Why is THIS "re-telling" of Noah is unique?
Aside from my illustrative style, my approach explores much of the inferred aspects of the story, or, what I read between the lines. This work seeks to flesh out the man, his world, his family and show the very real obstacles he faced, the ingenuity he used, the creativity he employed and the faith in which he walked.
This story as I read it, while full of redemption, beauty and hope has also the grim reality of judgement on such a grand scale as never before or since seen. The story lifts my eyes to see a God who is awesome and terrifying, while full of love and compassion; I believe that to sidestep these aspects of the story is a disservice to all.
Most already know the story, but unfortunately, most have what I would term a "sunday school version" of it. This story is deserving of more then a cursory glance and when one does really read it - Holy Mackerel! It is incredible!
What will be created and what your backing will enable?
- You are backing the creation of a wordless picture book, created by me, Mark Ludy, then packaged and bound in a quality hardbound edition (Retail Price will be $19.95 - $24.95. The size will be approximately 12 x 14"). We'll as well be offering a Limited Edition Boxed Set (learn more about this gift and others to the RIGHT).
- Plus! All the illustrative art released in the finished work will be made available for you art lovers out there. Only 100 of each illustration will be released in its original size, each signed and numbered with certificate of authenticity. This art will be brought to gallery showings where the whole story of Noah will line the walls - where communities can discover the story of NOAH in a unique artistic way.
The story is storyboarded with many sketched renditions worked out, but needs to be fully fleshed out. The KickStarter enables this while meeting the costs of printing, binding, distribution, the marketing of the book, it's Limited Edition boxed set, the Limited Edition Giclee Art and all ancillary products associated with, and in, the book of "Noah". I will keep in touch with you letting you know when we receive the books and when we start fulfillment. The art on the other hand will be ready for showings and fulfillment in 6 months.
- One cool thing is you'll be able to follow the whole creation of the book through my Facebook page - as it materializes. This I think is the most intriguing part of the whole project... to come alongside its creation and become more intimately involved in the whole thing.
Who am I?
I'm sure after watching the video I could be written off as just a nut - which I certainly can be. I do love to laugh and cut up - but just as much, love to be serious and be about the things I think matter - and my work I take very seriously (of course in the funnest possible way!).
I have always loved drawing and discovered when I was 18 that I was a "communicator" and that the pen, the paper, words, etc.. were just TOOLS in the hand of the communicator.
I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had in my life to date. I've written and illustrated a number of children's picture books, 9 total. I have a small publishing house that has 4 of those works but haven't fed it with one since 2005. As a result I know what is involved in publishing a book and a fair understanding of what it will take to do this project well.
My passion is people and I love to connect through the arts. I've been professionally using my talent in a myriad of ways since 1994. The art I create has an edge of whimsy, an undercurrent of soul and a dash of humor (and sometimes that can change piece to piece).
THANKS for coming alongside this project!!
Risks and challenges
The RISKS and CHALLENGES - I've tried to calculate time frame based off years of creating books and my experience. The risks you need to be aware of is any unforeseen hurdles in way of revisions, the printing and shipping and so forth. I would be committed to following through and doing everything in my power to see it completed in the time frame targeted. At the time of release I will employ extra help to make sure all fulfillment is done properly and all backer's gifts are doled out nicely and timely.So... barring any major hits with health, natural disasters and so forth... we ought to be good. But here is my commitment to you. I will keep in touch and let you in on what the journey will involve. You are coming with me... we are doing this together! We'll take everything in stride.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I have received some questions and this one I felt I would respond to publicly. Here is what one individual asked. - “Obviously this book is a recount of the Judaio-Christian account... And it is an epic tale... I noticed however that you describe it as your interpretation and that it had a lot to do with Noah's struggle as a man among his family and community... But not with God. maybe Im misinterpreting but God and Noah's relationship with Him were omitted from the description... In fact the story sounds more about Noah than God. So, before i invest, my question is, what exactly is going to be communicated ala your interpretation of the biblical text? Is this going to be an epic recount of the story of Noah from a mans perspective and fictionalized, or will it recount the story as truth and include Noah's relationship with God, God's intervention, and Noah's response? Sorry that's long winded. I just was reading over your bios and didn't see any mention of your religious affiliation so I'm not entirely sure what the book is going to be about.”
Thanks for your questions, as I totally understand you wishing to gain clarification up front of where I intend to take this story. You are correct in where I am drawing from as my source for the story. While this story is named after NOAH, like the book of Esther, it is a story that ultimately is about God and his relationship with mankind. And, if I somehow omitted, it IS about Noah’s relationship with God. As shared before, the story is often told in a “Sunday School Version” which highlights a lot of water, a little boat, cute little animals bursting forth from it and a rainbow in the end. The story is kept “safe” – while all those aspects are IN the biblical account, it has been so over and over retold – the same way, that most have no idea REALLY what the “Roots” of the book are or what the story, as discovered in the biblical account, tells of. There is a disconnect.
God instructs Noah quite specifically on what he wants made, to its dimensions and tells about the animals that he wants on there. He actually gives creative license to Noah about the specifics and how he is to accomplish this task. Now, mind you, God gives him 100 years to do it. There is much that is NOT fleshed out in the account and I am taking creative license, within the bounds of the biblical account. Hopefully to lay out the story, illustratively, that will flesh it out for people to really gain deeper understanding – providing the “connective tissue” to the story that allows for people to discover more of the nature and character of God and also display what FAITH looks like, or should look like, from man (this displayed through the man Noah.)
I have no intent to revise the story to make it more “marketable” or emphasize anything that I feel is not emphasized through the whole of the Bible. The judgment of God within this story is nothing short of severe, but reveals clearly God’s intolerance of sin, his holiness, his justice, his power and his loving salvation. I tell you this, I have a Holy Fear upon me, that I feel it is important to not mess with this story in a way that would communicate something other then the context of the text suggests. I do believe that the story is important and relevant to today as it will be tomorrow.
One of the things interesting about the account of Noah and the flood is that it is “pre-religious”. It is a story that is believed by most all major religions and most civilizations around the world and have, at least in their storied histories, accounts of a worldwide flood. If true, it would be that all mankind came through the loins of this one man, making him the father of all humankind living on the earth. Making it a most significant story for everyone. I can’t say that I am an authority on what everyone believes about this account. I simply believe in it.
With that said, I am not “affiliated” with any denomination but simply am a Christ follower and believe wholeheartedly in the deity of Jesus and that he is worthy of my all. I believe the scriptures to be true and the accounts solidly represented – but apart from all that what Jesus has done in my life, in my wife’s life and in our family – he has wrecked us and shown us just how great he is. So, I love Jesus and am passionate about things I never thought I would be this passionate about. I also know that me saying what I just said lumps me into a hypocritical congregation of folks that say maybe the same thing. That is my concern, not for my reputation, but for how God’s name is mocked. And for me, it ultimately is about His glory or should be. What is done under the covers of "religion" is sad these days. Maybe thats why I like to come to this story which has such a purity to it.
So that is a bit more about me. As said before, this is a Wordless picture book. There is no preaching within it except what the illustrations will tell. I hope that it will be illustratively and artistically enjoyed while the story discovered for what it is. Hopefully this gives you the clarification you wanted.
Hmmmm.... There is a wild hair that he's got. While not much grows up on top... there is this one! And when its tugged or petted - watch out world! Who knows what he'll do!
And then, there is the rest of the time. Which... while he's not maybe "normal" by every persons standard, (but who really is?) He is not launching into diabolical laughter. (which ought to put your mind more at rest).
So the answer to your question is, (unofficially), Mark Ludy is NOT crazy. He just has what many call a "big personality" which is revved up either by the presence of a camera or a large audience... otherwise he can actually be quite tame and even quiet. Can you imagine him getting things done, or any one for that matter, if he always was making that racket? No.
Some will not be pacified with this answer, we know, and may feel it is still debatable.
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