What is this project?
This is the first issue of what we like to call a Visual Translation of the Biblical account of David–it's sort of a graphic novel meets word-for-word exposition of the stories of the Bible. So what does that mean? We are letting the words of the scripture be our literal script for creating a type of graphic novel that amplifies the details of Biblical stories all the while creating a visually exciting experience for the reader.
The intention is to not be an adaptation–where plot, events and dialogue might be changed or added. Instead, it is trying to stick as close to the Biblical text as possible. So that what you see in images will go closely along with what you read in the actual written word.
And with that we bring you the first issue of The David Story–A Visual Translation.
Although, it is our goal to visually translate the entire Bible (and we plan on working on this for years to come) we decided to tackle some of the major stories of the Bible first (based on our One Big Story poster), starting with one of the parts of the Bible we are most enamored with–the life of David covering 1 Samuel 15 through 1 Kings 2. This first issue will be covering parts of 1 Samuel 15-17.
Who are we?
Joe is an illustrator and sequential artist. He is a graduate of SCAD and has been producing art and illustrations for books, video and comics for about 15 years.
Rusty is a colorist and digital media designer, currently pursuing an art degree from UCF. Joe and Rusty have been working together for about 7 years.
Why are we doing this?
There are three main reasons, really. First, we think there is a richness and depth to the details of the Biblical accounts that we would love to capture and bring out in a visual format. The Bible is the most-read book of all time, and for good reason. There are some amazing stories within the contents of this library of books we call the Bible and we want to see them come alive in narrative-illustration.
Second, and let's face it, folks aren't reading the Bible like we used to. As a society we have grown unfamiliar with the stories from the Bible that once thrived in every home throughout America. We hope to help battle Biblical-illiteracy and bring back to the public knowledge these timeless accounts.
And finally, we are wanting to create an educational tool that speaks to our current and future cultures. We live in a world that is increasingly dependent on visual media where communication through images is overtaking the written word. We see a Visual Translation of the Bible becoming more of a necessity as time and technology progress.
When will it be ready?
We will be visually-translating the entire story of David (which in the Bible covers 1 Samuel 15 through 1 Kings 2) over a few years time, but will release it in a series of chronological segments, about every 3 months, as single issues (containing about 26 pages of graphics). We look to have this first issue (The David Story: A Visual Translation #1) of the series ready by mid-July 2013, deliverable by August 2013.
How can you help?
In order for this to happen, we need you to be a part of the team. We are looking to raise enough funds to allow for the creation of the first issue of David, which will cover the time put into the art (about 8 weeks), the cost of producing the incentives, and the printing of the first issue (our goal being 5,000 copies).
Also, by collaborating with the Nehemiah Foundation for Cultural Renewal (a 501(c)(3) organization), all US pledges can be considered charitable contributions, for tax purposes!
Thanks for helping out, and God bless!
Risks and challenges
With The David Story project there are challenges inherent in the process of its formation that directly affect the project's potential success. An easy way for us to look at it is in the form of the following equation:
Passion + Talent + Time + Funding = Project's Potential Success
Passion - We share a deep love for two things–great works of illustration and the Bible. And the combination of those, in our minds, is–awesome! The idea of brilliant art as visual translations of Biblical stories really gets us going. The desire to produce them has been in our minds for several years now and continues to grow. Joe has had it on his heart since 2000 to create a graphic novel of the Bible. Over the years, we have since discovered that there are many graphic novel/illustrated Bibles already in existence. Of which many are great works of art. The main problem with all of them, however, is that in order to create a single-bound illustrated graphic novel they have had to make adaptations of the stories. They are leaving out or even changing the rich details already built into the written narratives. In contrast, it is our deep passion to see those details explode onto the page! And since there doesn't appear to be anything like this on the horizon we are incredibly excited to take on the challenge of making it a reality. We are ready to dedicate as much of our time, talent and treasure as it takes to see this happen!
Talent - A work of this type requires not only artistic talent, but a developed skill-set as well. We believe that we have both been uniquely gifted and positioned in our lives to be able to do the creative work, the Biblical/historical research necessary and the proper formatting for digital and print distribution. Joe has a Graphic Arts Degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is a professional illustrator. He has been creating Biblically-themed art for video, comic books and curriculum for over 15 years working for organizations such as North Point Ministries and the reThink/Orange Group–doing the Biblical research and making art similar to the David project on a monthly basis for over 10 years. Rusty is soon to receive a Digital and Emerging Media Degree from the University of Central Florida. He has teamed up with Joe on several projects for the past 7 years. The workload is well divided between us with Joe handling the conceptual design, pencilling and layout and Rusty taking on the coloring and the digital media design. Our individual abilities and skills are a great complement to each other.
Time - With the high level of detail, historical accuracy and artistic excellence we are expecting for this project, time is a big issue. Everything about the process requires a ton of hours for it to be done right, all the while working within a limited timeframe so that issues can be released on a quarterly basis. Past experience with tight deadlines for highly detailed projects has taught us a lot about late nights and efficiency. So we are ready for that and expect no less from this project. But we are also dealing with freeing up enough of our time to begin with in order to do it. Our time currently is in high demand with the responsibilities of work and family. So the success of this project really depends on the success of this KickStarter campaign. If we reach our funding goals then we will be able to "buy" back the time we need–essentially being able to hire ourselves for this project.
Funding - So far, our biggest challenge. Our time costs money. Research costs money. Digital production costs money. And printing costs money. And we definitely need support. So while we are investing what we can into this project, we are counting on the help of those who believe in this project as much as we do! Together, we can create a product that will have a lasting impact for time and eternity. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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