Writer Mark Russell and two-time Eisner award winning New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler are back at it again with a sequel to their tongue-in-cheek but respectful retelling of the Bible, God is Disappointed in You?.
Apocrypha Now from Top Shelf Productions tells a faithful-yet-irreverent take on stories that were left out of the canonical Bible.
It weaves stories about familiar charcters, Cain and Abel, Mary Magdalene, and Judas through the Midrash, Apocrypha, and Gnostic Gospels. You will also get to read “The Song of the Three Jews” as a rap.
Apocrypha Now aims to tell you what the Bible didn’t through LOL cartoons and smart and insightful prose.
“The stories of the Bible underpin history and our communal artistic and literary heritage, regardless of our religious affiliations, so Shannon and I created GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU because we thought it was important to make those stories accessible to, and entertaining for, a modern audience,” says writer Mark Russell. “Then we discovered that, like every best seller, the Bible has a sequel — the Apocrypha — so, of course, we had to tell these more obscure stories in our tongue-in-cheek way, and APOCRYPHA NOW was born.”
“We expected a lot of backlash from the religious community over GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU, but we were pleasantly surprised that the new, more liberal Christian community embraced it along with a mainstream audience,” says artist Shannon Wheeler, whose TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. “These books are fresh and modern and truly funny, but they aren’t satire or parody. It’s great that ministers bought GOD IS DISAPPOINTED to help teach the Bible, and we hope an equally diverse crowd will discover whole new stories in APOCRYPHA NOW.”
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Apocrypha Now features a foil-stamped cover, gilded edges, and a satin ribbon. Get your copy now!