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The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation Paperback – 1 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Waterbrook Press (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385524315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385524315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SIKU is one of Britain's leading comic book creator/conceptualists, having worked for "2000AD"; producing titles such as '"Judge Dredd," ' '"Slaine"' and a strip he co-created called '"Pan-African Judges"'. He has also worked for Marvel UK and COM X and has been credited on a number of computer games, such as "Evil Genius." More recently, he has been developing concept work for TV commercials and producing freelance work for Nicklelodeon IP and promos.
Siku's works are published in several books like "Images 22"--the best of British Illustration and Digital Art Masters. He also appeared on TV doing interviews for ITV's "The London Programme," Channel 4's "The Big Breakfast" and "More 4 News," Channel 5's "Chris Moyle's Show" and BBC's "Heaven and Earth."
He studied at Yaba's School of Art, Design and Printing and the London School of Theology.

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This is a very interesting book - telling the old stories of the Bible in an up-to-date style...a great read!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dramatic New Vision of the Bible in Manga Form 10 Feb. 2008
By David Crumm - Published on
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Even though this is a thick manga-style graphic novel, obviously its not the whole Bible -- nor is it the only possible interpretation of the Bible's sacred text. So, with those potential assumptions set aside, you're likely to really enjoy this vivid "take" on the Bible's highlights.

Research into Americans' Bible-reading habits has shown repeatedly that Americans love to own Bibles -- often more than one. The problem is that we frequently can't find time to read our Bibles, or we get stuck in a rut of a single version or two. Even if we love the Bible and read it regularly, most of us are always looking for fresh ways to re-envision these powerful, timeless stories.

When I first got my copy of this book, opened the first page of Genesis -- I was lost for the next couple of hours!

Plus, I like the chapter-and-verse references sprinkled through the book -- so readers can check out the full version of the stories in the Bible itself.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great, but one concern 7 July 2012
By emo13 - Published on
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first of all, I love this book. it turned out to be more than I was expecting. the art is great even in black and white. I like how the author included references to the stories in the bible to expand the readers understanding of the stories. for the most part I feel that the biblical account was treated very respectfully with this being am attempt to put a new perspective on it.
the only real concern I have is a few instances of nudity. I completly understand that the bible deals with some pretty heavy stuff, specifically speaking of the old testament right now. there are stories of adultery and other things and there are no punches pulled, no attempt to sanitize it. that's what a truthful witness (thw bible) does. with that said, I feel that the author didn't need to show certain images so graphically, especially if this is geared toward younger readers. even if its meant for older kids the younger ones will still pick it up. specifically the stories of adam and eve (of course), ruth, and especially david and bathsheeba. I think the points could have been made in a less edgy way. now I don't feel like the images were meant to stimulate, but depending on who is reading, you never know, especially with younger kids. so parents be warned about that. I was able to "edit" my copy to lessen the impact a little, so that's an option.
otherwise I love how the book flows and it is great as a supplementary reader. I sometimes have a very hard time reading especially long passages or those very involved sentences in pauls letters. Having a picture in my mind really helps me keep track of my thoughts. this book is great for that. there are lots of books passed over, but I understand that.
another thing I like is how the gospels are combined into one narrative with a few parables of Jesus inserted in strategic places.
overall, I really love this adaptation and enjoy reading it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the Best Illustrated/Comic Bible 9 Feb. 2012
By Murl J. Sprout Jr. - Published on
Format: Paperback
First, I should say I couldn't care less about the art - it could be stick figures for all I care. Telling the story and stories effectively and accurately are what is important. This is the Word of God, right? Everyone raves about "The Action Bible" which is boring and, surely, makes every one who reads it never want to read The Bible again. The Manga Bible, on the other hand, seems to have been written by someone who cares far more about the material and what it means than most of the useless and downright painful literature of faith available.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to say the least... 19 Mar. 2008
By Anderson Silva - Published on
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Fun to read, and to use your imagination. I wish it covered more stories of the Bible. My favorite fact is that it tells the story in chronological order, which if someone were to try to do by reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, they wouldn't be able to w/o some historical background.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Fix for Believers, Others Should Stay Away (And Deserve Better) 27 Jun. 2015
By G. O. Schneider - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a CliffNotes version of the Bible or simply a more pictorial way of breezing through a few Bible stories, you might like this. However, if you are looking for something that represents the long-form storytelling, beautiful illustration, strong characterization, and just novek storytelling that encapsules the best of the manga format, stay away. Siku's mimicry of the manga style is decent, though his stylization of the character designs runs a bit extreme. By far, the biggest problem is that Siku is attempting to condense the entirety of the Bible into one volume, while Japanese artists can spend decades and put out dozens of volumes, for big epic stories or even simple teen romances. Panels get squeezed together, characters are almost impossible to recognize, and there is an overabundance of narration to explain what is happening (rather than allowing the characters themselves to say or emote them, to allow readers to become invested in them). Then, of course, there's the jarring use of modern slang amid the bloody wars and rivalries in the ancient Middle East (ex. Cain mozzies up to Abel with "Whassup, bro?").
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