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Hard hitting, historically accurate, unabridged & untamed graphic novel of the Book of Esther! 80-pg, full colour. Aimed at ages 12-40+
Hard hitting, historically accurate, unabridged & untamed graphic novel of the Book of Esther! 80-pg, full colour. Aimed at ages 12-40+
207 backers pledged £11,167 to help bring this project to life.

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This 80-page graphic novel includes all the words of The Book of Esther, unedited and untamed!

Set in ancient Persia, it is a book of high court intrigue and one woman's struggle to save her people from annihilation. Set in the time of Achaemenid King Xerxes the Great, the book not only features the character portrayed in Frank Miller's 300 but encompasses the time of the legendary Battle of Thermopylae!

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Esther Page 1

This time, however, Xerxes will be a little more historically accurate. 

★★Stretch Goal: 12,000 = If we can hit 12,000 we'll produce a 12-page full-colour sampler using the story of Deborah and Barak's battle against Sisera in Judges.  ★★

★★(Every Backer with a physical reward will receive one, to keep or to give away to a friend who's unfamiliar with the Bible. All digital backers will receive a digital copy).★★

The Bible is the most influential and best-selling book of all time, yet many people haven't actually read it. Now there is a new way to read the Bible unabridged, the new graphic novel series: The Word for Word Bible Comic.

This is, of course, not the first comic to portray Biblical stories. But unlike its predecessors, it will not abridge any of the text or attempt to "reinvent" any of the stories.

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The WfWBC combines the words, chapter and verse, with in-depth historical research to make the illustrations as accurate as possible. Therefore, aspects of culture, history, locality, ethnicity as well as meanings, subtleties and emotions are conveyed instantly, unlike Bible commentaries and encyclopaedias which can take pages to explain the same level of detail.

  • "Indeed, one might argue that The Word for Word Bible Comic is actually a more authentic presentation of the Bible than our bare printed texts, which invite us to fill a visual vacuum by supplying pictures in our own imagination of people and events."- Rev Dr Christopher R. Smith (Author of “Understanding the Books of the Bible” Study Guides from IVP.Doctorate in Historical Theology and the Bible). 
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In this fast-paced visual age of instant movies and tv-on-demand, this series intends to grab the attention of those unlikely to sit down and read a dusty old book, let alone the Bible.

Some may be surprised to learn, the primary consumers within the exploding comics market today are not children but men aged 27-36 and women aged 17-26 (Comixology survey '13). This series targets that market by simply using the multifaceted and often bloody ancient narrative, without simplifying it, watering it down or attempting to repackage it in a child-friendly way.

The method we use to retain all the text is to take the words rendered redundant by the illustrations and place them inconspicuously between the panels. (see below)

This will be the fifth instalment! We've run three successful Kickstarters in the past, so we are experienced at fulfilment, shipping cost and have tried to set realistic completion dates.

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All four previous books available

MAXIMISE YOUR SUPPORT 

“Blessed Altruist” Digital only – Fulfilling physical rewards like books and prints obviously eats into your pledge, if you would be equally happy with digital rewards only this would greatly support this fundraiser meaning all but the fees and tax will be used to support the project.

“True Altruist” (Gift) – If you want to support the project but wish nothing but a thank you in return you can make your pledge a gift, meaning all but the fees will be used to support the project. There is no tax because you haven't purchased anything, (as a “gift with reservation of benefit” up to £3000).

ADD-ONs

Choose a reward level from the list on the right to get all that stuff, then increase the money you pledge by the amount indicated below (Item Cost + Postage to your location), and send us a message to with what you've added so we can keep a record of it and check it for you.

If what you want is not here just message us. For example, if you want 5 copies of one book for a group study, don't hesitate to let us know.

Collector's Editions

In the collector's editions, each one is numbered individually. You will get one of the first 100. They are signed and have a unique hand-drawn sketch on the inside cover.

When this comic is as big as Harry Potter, you'll have one of the first printed, first editions. Here's a picture of one from the limited edition Mark's Gospel...

Restrictions on appearing as an extra in the “YOU IN THE BIBLE” reward - *** Please read this entry carefully and contact me if you are thinking of going for this level *** Firstly if you have glasses you will appear without glasses. If you have a very modern hairstyle your style will be interpreted into a more natural look or may be covered up. The decision on where you feature will be my choice to best fit the story. You may be a good person or you may be a bad person, dead or alive.

Restrictions on the “SPEAK IN THE BIBLE” reward - *** Please read this entry carefully and contact me if you are thinking of going for this level *** All the restrictions above (though your likeness will at least start out alive). If you are white you may appear to be more tanned than normal to fit in with a Semitic ethnicity. As this is a set text I can only accept people who can fit into the roles available, based on age, gender, look etc. The decision on where you feature will ultimately be my choice to best fit the story and your appearance but if you contact me we can discuss the options.

Click for more info on HISTORICALLY ACCURATE

 Click for more info on UNABRIDGED

Click for more info on UNTAMED

This interview was recorded for our Mark's Gospel Kickstarter but gives you the information you may be looking for about the vision for the project and the creator. 

Find this info in FAQs at the bottom of this page including the headings DOCTRINE, TRANSLATION, AMBIGUITY, VIOLENCE, NUDITY, PORTRAYING GOD AND ANGELS and RESEARCH NOT TRADITION
IN BRIEF - Where there is 'interpretation' or 'hermeneutics' it is in keeping with a general Christian orthodoxy rather than a specific doctrinal agenda.

IN SAFE HANDS: We also have published Bible Scholar Rev Dr. Christopher R Smith, (author of IVPs "Understanding the Books of the Bible", Doctorate in Historical theology and the Bible) on heresy watch. He will be helping with the interpretation and exposition, as well as checking over the finished images.

PERMISSION – As standard, the permission to display the images for the comic in public, (such as alongside a sermon or teaching) are withheld. You may add a donation of £10 to receive written permission to use the images (see more add-ons below).

The money we are raising is going to be used primarily to fund the artist working on the project full time to produce the comic within one year, (hopefully less). Also, the payment per-page of the two supporting colourists. The cost of the reward fulfilments, print costs, postage and fees are also a factor.

£10,000 will really be making this book on a shoestring for us, but it's the absolute minimum we believe we can do, (bearing in mind that give a wage of about £5,000 ($6,500) to last 12 months). We are hoping to hit at least £15,000 to ensure it will be more plain sailing.

Please tweet, share, tell your friends who like comics and Christian friends because how can they believe in the project of which they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to tell them? ;)

Website -www.WordforWordBibleComic.com

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Risks and challenges

Many of the digital rewards are ready to send out already once the campaign finishes.

The only challenges I can foresee is anything that could delay the fulfilment of the finished printed book, like printer troubles, illness or injury etc. But God willing, we will get the finished products to you on time and in good order.

We have left ourselves a comfortable amount of time to create the book so we will be setting realistic expectations, having learnt from the previous KS.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    Digital Book of Esther

    The delivery date below indicates when all instalments should have been received by.

    Includes:
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    Just this book thanks: Esther

    Just this book and the PDFs as they are completed so you can see it progress.

    Includes:
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
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    Signed & dedicated copy of Esther Book

    The book of Esther with a signature and a personalised dedication (if desired). This also includes the PDFs as they are completed so you can see it progress.

    (This is different to the Collectors Edition (below) as it is not one the first 100 copies and doesn't have a hand-drawn sketch on the inside cover)

    Includes:
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    Back catalog: 3 Old Testament books

    You won't need to wait a year with this reward. Great for Christmas Gifts.
    Only the already completed hard copies. Judges, Joshua and Ruth (Nothing from Esther.)

    Note: This bundle is available as an add-on, see the 'add-on' section.

    Includes:
    • Judges: 132 Page graphic novel
    • Joshua: 132 page Graphic Novel
    • Ruth: 52 page Graphic Novel
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    Back Catalog: Mark, Judges, Joshua, Ruth

    You won't need to wait a year with this reward, great for Christmas Gifts.
    Only the already completed hard copies. Mark, Judges, Joshua and Ruth (Nothing from Esther.)

    Note: This bundle is available as an add-on, see the 'add-on' section.

    Includes:
    • Judges: 132 Page graphic novel
    • Joshua: 132 page Graphic Novel
    • Ruth: 52 page Graphic Novel
    • Mark: 180 page Graphic Novel
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    ★♛ DIGITAL KING ♛★

    This has EVERYTHING in digital format. All the books, all the sketchbooks for previous KS. It's got a very special digital 30-page comic based on the book of Revelation (not Word for Word), and the 2-page Prodigal son story. It's even got wallpapers.

    So, if you just want to the art and the stories but you aren't fussed about the physical object this it the level for you!

    Plus extra fast delivery on Rewards and no postage.

    (Buying digital maximises your contribution as fulfilling physical rewards like books and prints obviously eats into your pledge).

    Includes:
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
    • Digital Mark PDF
    • Digital Judges PDF
    • Digital Joshua PDF
    • Digital Ruth PDF
    • A Future Revelation PDF
    • Prodigal Son 2 page PDF
    • Digital Wall Paper
    • Digital Sketchbooks
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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 64

    All 5: Esther, Mark, Judges, Josh, Ruth

    All the books including Esther.

    NOTE: The previous books will not ship to you until Esther is completed also.

    Includes:
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • Judges: 132 Page graphic novel
    • Joshua: 132 page Graphic Novel
    • Ruth: 52 page Graphic Novel
    • Mark: 180 page Graphic Novel
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    Pledge £55 or more About US$ 71

    Collector's Edition Book of Esther

    Get one of the first 100 printed copies - they are numbered and signed by the creator, with a hand-drawn sketch on inside cover. (Numbers are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis but for #1 see below.)

    Includes:
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • Collector's Edition of The Book of Esther
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
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    Pledge £145 or more About US$ 186

    ⓵ Number #1 Edition: Book of Esther

    Get THE first printed copy - it is clearly numbered #1 and signed by the creator, with a hand-drawn full-page sketch on inside cover.

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Behemoth Sized Supporter'
    • Collector's Edition of The Book of Esther
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 193

    A4 Original Artwork and Esther Book

    One of the A4 Bristol Boards with the original hand-drawn ink line work on. Includes one copy of the Esther Graphic Novel.

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Behemoth Sized Supporter'
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
    • A4 Original Artwork
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    Pledge £160 or more About US$ 205

    EARLY BIRD: ♛ King Collector- 5 books

    3 early people will get this very limited offer for just £160 (Normally £200)...

    The collector's editions of all four the previous books and this one.
    Aside from the collector's edition of Esther, you'll also get one of the last remaining of the 100 first copies of Mark, Judges and Joshua from the previous Kickstarters, all were about £50. Each numbered, signed with a sketch inside. One of the last limited 36-page preview edition run of Ruth which was just 200 copies altogether printed for NewWine Event, not available anywhere else.

    NOTE: The previous books will not ship to you until Esther is completed also.

    ALL THOSE LISTED BELOW WILL BE COLLECTORS EDITIONS...

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Behemoth Sized Supporter'
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • Mark: 180 page Graphic Novel
    • Judges: 132 Page graphic novel
    • Ruth: 52 page Graphic Novel
    • Joshua: 132 page Graphic Novel
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 257

    ♛ King Collector- 5 books

    The collector's editions of all the previous books and this one.
    Aside from the collector's edition of Esther, you'll also get one of the last remaining of the 100 first copies of Mark, Judges and Joshua from the previous Kickstarters, all were about £50. Each numbered, signed with a sketch inside. One of the last limited 36-page preview edition run of Ruth which was just 200 copies altogether printed for NewWine Event, not available anywhere else.

    NOTE: The previous books will not ship to you until Esther is completed also.

    ALL THOSE LISTED BELOW WILL BE COLLECTORS EDITIONS...

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Behemoth Sized Supporter'
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • Mark: 180 page Graphic Novel
    • Judges: 132 Page graphic novel
    • Joshua: 132 page Graphic Novel
    • Ruth 36 Page Graphic Novel
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 321

    A3 Original Artwork and Print

    A special one of the A3 Bristol Boards with the original hand-drawn ink line work on (e.g. A splash page, crowd scene etc). Includes one copy of the Esther Graphic Novel.

    Also, includes a high-quality A3 Giclée Print of your page. (Total pledge value determines priority when choosing which page).

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Leviathan Sized Supporter'
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • A3 Original Artwork
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    The Cover Art for Esther and Print

    "The" A3 Bristol Board with the original hand-drawn ink line work for the cover. Signed.

    Also, includes a high-quality A3 Giclée Print of the Cover.

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Leviathan Sized Supporter'
    • The Book of Esther: 80 page Graphic Novel
    • A3 Original Artwork
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    YOU IN THE BIBLE!

    You drawn as an extra in the Bible (Restrictions apply, find in the description, left) you might even get killed!

    Includes Collector's edition of the Book of Esther

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Leviathan Sized Supporter'
    • Collector's Edition of The Book of Esther
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
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    SPEAKING PART IN THE BIBLE!

    SPEAK IN THE BIBLE! - You drawn as a speaking part in the Bible in a minimum of three panels (Restrictions apply - find in the description- left). We can only fit 4 men and one woman in at most. The female will be Haman's wife.

    Includes EVERYTHING! Collectors edition of the Book of Esther, the 4 other books, A4 artwork and all the digital elements within the "digital King" tier above.

    Only 5 possible parts available - please contact us to be sure we can fit you in!

    Includes:
    • Credited as 'Leviathan Sized Supporter'
    • Collector's Edition of The Book of Esther
    • Digital: Book of Esther. Sections as they are completed
    • A4 Original Artwork
    • Mark: 180 page Graphic Novel
    • Ruth: 52 page Graphic Novel
    • Judges: 132 Page graphic novel
    • Joshua: 132 page Graphic Novel
    • All the Digital King elements
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