What if the Bible raised our heart rate?
Gave us butterflies?
Punched us in the gut?
Brought tears to our eyes?
Why doesn’t it? Why shouldn’t it?
What keeps the Bible from being as engrossing as our favorite comics, novels or games?
It’s our working theory (and personal experience) that disinterest in the Bible stems from a lack of understanding. The Bible is a work of ancient literary art and as such, can be down-right hard to wrap our heads around. On top of that, the Bible is often portrayed as something like an owner’s manual. And who likes passing their free time reading instructions?
But we don’t think we need to make the Bible interesting.
We are convinced it already is.
We are here to help readers understand, enjoy and be challenged by the Bible as it really is.
And so, as a method of visual commentary, illustration provides a way to see deeper into the text while we are reading it. Whether through books or trading cards, comics or prints, everything we make explores the significance, meaning and artistry of the Bible.
WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE, WE CAN ENJOY IT AS A WORK OF ART.
AND EVERY TIME WE ENJOY A WORK OF ART, IT HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE US.
We want to facilitate deeper understanding while reading the Bible. We read a lot of biblical scholarship, do a good bit of historical research and inject a hardy amount of imagination. Publishing new books and comics that follow this formula are a key component of Fish Coin Press and we have many projects in development.
In 2020, we introduced Behold Trading Cards as a way to explore biblical themes through a wide array of illustrators. Each card uses a single passage as the launchpad for a contemplative journey through a network of related passages. It is our plan for Behold to be an ever-expanding collection of Bible study cards with around 2 new installments each year.
It’s ridiculously exciting to think about all the things we could make in this framework, and believe us we have a long list of hopes and dreams.