Old-style Western comics just don't cut it.
Paul Beck of Operation Mobilization writes how the gospel of Jesus is getting new packaging. OM has produced a comic book of the Savior in the Japanese Manga style.
From the description:
Published by New Life League, the Manga Messiah is a 300-page comic book that depicts Jesus’ life from birth to resurrection.
Unlike their Western counterparts, young and old Japanese alike love comics, and it’s not unusual to observe a train full of commuters in the Tokyo rush-hour with their heads buried in the latest manga.
“For reaching Japanese, this book is far more effective than showing The Jesus Film,” stated one long-term missionary based in the country.Image via Wikipedia
Can't read Japanese? Don't worry, I found other editions of Manga Messiah available, and a Manga Bible, is also available. Here's another The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.
Products like these continually remind us how religious media is used (and re-used) to accommodate emerging visual art and carry a missional imperative forward to convey religious messages in forms familiar to local cultures.
What do you think?